Snapshots: Sonata Arctica @ The Fillmore Silver Spring — 11/7/16

Sonata Arctica @The Fillmore, Silver Spring 11/07/2016Sonata Arctica performs at The Fillmore Silver Spring on Monday, Nov. 7. (Photo by Paivi)

Finnish power metal band Sonata Arctica headlined a group of seven metal bands from Europe at The Fillmore Silver Spring on Monday, Nov. 7.

Sonata Arctica are touring in support of their ninth album, The Ninth Hour, released in October by Nuclear Blast.

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Snapshots: Swallow the Sun @ The Fillmore Silver Spring — 11/7/16

Swallow The Sun @The Fillmore, Silver Spring 11/07/2016Swallow the Sun performs at The Fillmore in Silver Spring, Maryland. (Photo by Paivi)

Swallow the Sun is a Finnish doom metal band currently touring United States with Sonata Arctica, Dark Tranquillity, Leaves’ Eyes, Omnium Gatherum, Enforcer and Starkill. The bands performed at The Fillmore Silver Spring on Monday, Nov. 7.

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Don’t Miss: The Fray @ The Fillmore Silver Spring, 11/15/16

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The Fray (Photo by Frank Ochenfels)

Denver rock band The Fray will always be beloved for their mid-aughties singles “Over My Head (Cable Car)” and “How To Save A Life” from their debut album.

If you didn’t get acquainted with the rest of their output, The Fray have made it easy for you to catch up, as last Friday they released a compilation package, Through the Years: The Best of The Fray, via Epic Records.

Through the Years contains 12 tracks covering greatest hits in chronological order, but then also delivers the treat of three new songs from the soulful rockers.

Listen to “Singing Low,” one of the new songs from Through the Years, by The Fray via YouTube:

Isaac Slade (vocals, piano), Joe King (guitar, vocals), Ben Wysocki (drums), and David Welsh (guitar) are touring in support of the greatest hits package, and they arrive locally at The Fillmore Silver Spring on Tuesday, Nov. 15.

The Fray have released all four of their studio albums via Epic Records, including their latest Helios in 2014. (On that album, they worked with one of my favorite producers ever — Stuart Price, who has done great work with Madonna and The Killers.)

You may also recall hits from The Fray like “You Found Me” and “Never Say Never” from their second album. Needless to say, this will be an “epic” night of power ballads and soul searching, and you’re sure to sing your heart out as the band plays all of the songs you know and love from them.

Tickets are available online.

The Fray
w/ American Authors
The Fillmore Silver Spring
Tuesday, Nov. 15
Doors @7pm
$40
All ages

Don’t Miss: Swallow the Sun @ The Fillmore Silver Spring, 11/7/16

Swallow the Sun (Photo by Jussi Ratilainen)
Swallow the Sun (Photo by Jussi Ratilainen)

About a year ago, Finnish doom metal band Swallow the Sun released their sixth studio album, Songs from the North I, II & III, via Century Media. It was extremely well received! Metacritic aggregated its overall critic score at 78/100 and AllMusic rated it 4.5/5 stars.

“Each disc is a separate album, though all were conceived, written, and recorded as a single project with the band exploring different aspects of its sound. What unites them musically is a pervasive melodic sensibility, no matter the setting,” said AllMusic critic Thom Jurek.

Swallow the Sun produced a music video for “Rooms and Shadows,” a song from the first of the three discs (a disc subtitled “Gloom”). Watch it on YouTube:

Vocalist Mikko Kotamäki really growls with gusto in this epic song of loss! And his bandmates guitarists Juha Raivio and Markus Jämsen, bassist Matti Honkonen, keyboardist Aleksi Munter, and drummer Juuso Raatikainen, trully fill your very blood with their roiling, dynamic melodies. Kerrang! rated Swallow the Sun’s latest effort 5 stars (or 5 “K”), hailing it as “one of doom metal’s finest moments to date.”

You can see how the six men come together so well yourself, as Swallow the Sun are on tour, opening for fellow Finnish metalmen Sonata Arctica, who released a brand new album last month. The tour comes to the Fillmore Silver Spring on Monday, Nov. 7 with a very full bill, but you’ll want to pace yourself to make it there for Swallow the Sun!

Tickets are available online.

Swallow the Sun
Opening for Sonata Arctica
Fillmore Silver Spring
Monday, Nov. 7
Doors @5pm
$30-60
All ages

Snapshots: The Specials @ The Fillmore Silver Spring — 9/10/16

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The Specials lead singer Terry Hall performs at the Fillmore Silver Spring on Sept. 10, 2016. (Photo by Ben Eisendrath /Instagram+Twitter: GrillworksBen)

The sprawling ska band The Specials visited the Fillmore Silver Spring last month, and our friend Ben Eisendrath was there!

Ben sent over a few cool snaps he took during the show, which was a hit among all of the rude boys and girls who went on Saturday, Sept. 10. According to Setlist.fm, The Specials played several of their high-profile hits that night, including “Ghost Town,” “Friday Night, Saturday Morning,” and “Stereotype,” which are enduring dance staples that serve as reason enough to keep The Specials coming back around in their various iterations!

Revisit the official music video for “Ghost Town” by The Specials on YouTube:

The Specials wrapped up their latest US tour in Las Vegas on Sept. 30, and they are about to embark on a UK tour starting Oct. 19. Quite a few of their UK dates are sold out through October and November, but catch them if you can!

Below, The Specials guitarist Lynval Golding performs at the Fillmore Silver Spring on Sept. 10, 2016. (Photo by Ben Eisendrath /Instagram+Twitter: GrillworksBen)IMG_5525

Don’t Miss: Switchfoot @ The Fillmore Silver Spring, 10/26/16

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Switchfoot (Photo by Robbie Jeffers)

Over the summer, San Diego rock quintet Switchfoot returned with their 10th studio album, Where the Light Shines Through, via Vanguard Records. Like LeBron James dashing down the court to a basket, Switchfoot slam dunked that album into the Billboard charts, where it reached #3 on the Rock, Alternative and Overall Digital Albums charts and #10 on the Billboard Top 200.

Well, of course, that called for a tour, and to sweeten the pot, Switchfoot teamed up with Relient K to launch the “Looking for America” tour. That tour has been underway, and it is set to hit the Fillmore Silver Spring on Wednesday, Oct. 26.

Watch the official music video for “Float,” the lead single from Where the Light Shines Through, by Switchfoot on YouTube:

Switchfoot have been remarkably consistent for the past 20 years, since its establishment by the brothers Jon and Tim Foreman. They are of course joined by Jerome Fontamillas (keys, guitar), Drew Shirley (guitar), and Chad Butler (drums), as they continue to produce uplifting power pop.

Switchfoot have found very appropriate tour partners in Relient K, who recently released their eighth record, Air for Free.

Tickets are available online.

Switchfoot
w/ Relient K
Fillmore Silver Spring
Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2016
Doors @7pm
$33
All ages

Music Park: Metric @ The Fillmore Silver Spring — 3/13/16

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Emily Haines strikes one of many triumphant poses during the Metric show at The Fillmore Silver Spring on March 13, 2016. (Photo by Mickey McCarter)

Emily Haines steps onto the stage and the room lights up.

Well, it literally does light up with intense shades of red from an explosive light show that her band Metric have orchestrated at the Fillmore Silver Spring on Sunday night. But it also lights up in the way that you cannot help but smile and gasp when Emily bounds onto stage to take her place alongside her bandmates.

Ebullient and effervescent, Emily engaged the audience throughout the evening in a show worthy of the band’s consistently strong material. Metric performed for nearly two full hours for a stop in their “I Can See the End” Tour, a name lifted from a line in “Breathing Underwater” from their 2012 album,  Synthetica. The set list drew heavily from the last two albums (Synthetica and sixth album, Pagans in Vegas), but the band touched on all six of their records, kicking things off with “IOU” from their very first album, Old World Underground, Where Are You Now?

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