Snapshots: The Jesus and Mary Chain @ The Anthem — 10/9/18

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Jim and William Reid perform with The Jesus and Mary Chain at The Anthem on Oct. 9, 2018. (Photo by Mickey McCarter)

For two nights at The Anthem, The Jesus and Mary Chain opened Nine Inch Nails, and the Scottish noise poppers led by Jim and William Reid were at the top of their game!

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Don’t Miss: Nine Inch Nails @ The Anthem, 10/10/18

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Nine Inch Nails (Photo courtesy Capitol Records)

Nine Inch Nails, the ambitious industrial project of Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross, has awoken! In June, NIN released Bad Witch, the final volume in a trilogy that began with 2016’s Not The Actual Events and 2017’s Add Violence. NIN scheduled two nights for The Anthem, and the first sold out, but tickets remain for their show on Wednesday, Oct. 10.

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Don’t Miss: Cloak and Dagger Festival – Dusk Till Dawn @ The Globe Theater + The Tower Theatre (Los Angeles, CA), 10/20-10/21/17

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Sascha Konietzko of KMFDM performs at the State Theatre in Falls Church, Virginia, on Oct. 5, 2017. (Photo by Paivi)

If you’re in Los Angeles this weekend, you may well want to pop out to S. Broadway for some nights of dark pop at The Globe and The Tower Theatres on Friday and Saturday. That’s where you’ll find the Cloak and Dagger Festival – Dusk Till Dawn, featuring headliners The Jesus And Mary Chain, KMFDM, She Wants Revenge, Poptone, TR/ST, Com Truise, The Soft Moon, HEALTH, Cold Cave, and many more.

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Music Park: The Jesus and Mary Chain @ 9:30 Club — 9/27/15

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Jim Reid of The Jesus and Mary Chain sings at NOS Alive in Portugal on July 11, 2015. (Photo by Ana Viotti)

When The Jesus and Mary Chain debuted in 1985 with their powerful album Psychocandy, they set out to do something different then what they heard on the radio. Band leader Jim Reid has said there was so much electronic music at the time that he wanted to make a great guitar record.

And make a great guitar record they did. Psychocandy has endured as a much believed masterpiece that made people stand up and take notice of noise pop and set the stage for the rise of shoegaze throughout the United Kingdom within the next couple of years.

So it’s a very potent thing that The Jesus and Mary Chain chose to mark the 30th anniversary of the album with a world tour to commemorate it, playing the album from start to finish along with a handful of their other well-known songs.

The brothers Jim and William Reid, the two-part keystone of the band, and their bandmates brought the show to the 9:30 Club in DC on Sunday night to a very full house. The club never announced the show was officially sold out, but damn I’ve been in sold-out shows there that had a lot more elbow room!

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