Don’t Miss: Jessie Reyez @ Wolf Trap, 7/15/18

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Jessie Reyez (Phot courtesy Tickets.com)

Jessie Reyez released Kiddo, her debut EP, via FMLY in 2017, and she followed it up with a new single “Body Count” in 2018. She’s coming around to sing all of her songs while opening Halsey at Wolf Trap on Sunday, July 15.

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Music Park: Sloan @ Rock & Roll Hotel — 5/11/18

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Sloan plays a packed Rock & Roll Hotel on May 11, 2018. (Photo by David LaMason)

For nearly 30 years, the Toronto-based band Sloan has shown how a band can be consistently great while being completely democratic. Each member — Jay Ferguson (guitar/vocals/bass), Chris Murphy (bass/vocals/drums), Patrick Pentland (guitar/vocals/bass), and Andrew Scott (drums/vocals/guitar) — takes on songwriting duties and each song is perfectly crafted and laden with hooks that keep fans coming back from the band’s debut Smeared to the recently released 12th album (appropriately titled) 12. Fans came back again for their latest show at Rock and Roll Hotel on Friday.

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Music Park: Lindi Ortega @ Union Stage — 4/24/18

Lindi Ortega @ Union Stage, Washington DC, 04/24/2018Lindi Ortega performs at Union Stage on April 24, 2018. (Photo by Paivi Salonen)

When you hear an artist live for the first time, there’s always a question of how they will sound compared to a studio recording. Some artists can only hit high or low notes in the controlled atmosphere of the studio. With some performers, the experience and spectacle of their live act is the point, and whether they are as “good” as they are in the studio is simply not the point. Some musicians seem to sound even better live than they do recorded.

Despite suffering from sleep-deprivation, Lindi Ortega sang, to use a cliché, with the voice of angel at her show Tuesday at DC’s Union Stage.

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Music Park: Melanie Fiona @ Howard Theatre — 2/13/18

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Melanie Fiona performs on May 2, 2013. (Photo by Avital Zemer)

Dubbed our friendly neighbor to the north, Canada has a history of R&B generosity to the United States. Deborah Cox, Tamia and The Weekend are proof that the nation of maples is a credible musical partner, and 34-year-old Quiet Storm songstress and Toronto-native Melanie Fiona is no exception as we saw at the Howard Theatre recently.

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