Neko Case performs at the Lincoln Theatre in DC on Jan. 26, 2019. (Photo by David LaMason)
Fans love fire-haired songstress Neko Case for being a quirky character. Between “This Tornado Loves You” and “Halls of Sarah,” a truly unusual conversation took place between Neko and her background singers at the sold-out Lincoln Theatre in DC on Saturday.
Neko Case (Photo courtesy Anti- Records)
Neko Case released Hell-On, her eighth studio album, last summer to great acclaim, with Paste magazine naming it one of the Top 50 Albums of the Year. Neko’s visiting DC again with two shows, the first of which is sold out. See her at the Lincoln Theatre on Sunday, Jan. 27.
Allen Stone performs at 9:30 Club on Nov. 21, 2018. (Photo by Rashad Polk)
Over his past three albums, Allen Stone has proven himself as a deeply personal and honest songwriter. On Thanksgiving Eve, Allen Stone gave everyone in attendance at the 9:30 Club a little bit more to be thankful for by turning his sold out show into what felt like an intimate coffee shop performance. The Washington state native exuded a level of comfort as though he were hanging out with just a few of his closest friends, sharing personal stories and life philosophies.
Lauren Mayberry performs with Death Cab for Cutie at The Anthem on Oct. 17, 2018. (Photo by Anna Moneymaker; video by Jordan Grobe)
It was a night filled with nostalgia for many people in the audience, as Death Cab for Cutie played The Anthem recently to a packed crowd.
Death Cab for Cutie (Photo by Eliot Lee Hazel)
Alternative rockers Death Cab for Cutie released Thank You for Today, their ninth studio album, via Atlantic Records in August. Vocalist Ben Gibbard and company have launched an accompanying tour, and the band performs at The Anthem on Wednesday, Oct. 17.
It’s a difficult thing to accept there was nothing you could do to help someone in a life-threatening situation — much less hundreds of “someones.”
But you and I aren’t an Iron Man, a Captain America or a Thor. For my part, I arrived to witness the destruction at the Pentagon on the morning of Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2001, in less than 15 minutes after terrorists crashed American Airlines Flight 77 into a newly refurbished wedge.
You see, in my day job, I’m a security communicator. As an independent reporter, I spent the next 10 years exploring the question of what could we have done to save those lives, and what can we do to prevent or mitigate future catastrophes of a similar scale?
Here in Washington, DC, teams of people got to work on different aspects of the problem, and some policymakers produced the National Response Plan, a policy that emphasizes the protection of lives and critical infrastructure.
It’s rare that the developers of such policy are the ones who also carry it out, but in the movie world of the Avengers, characters like Tony Stark and Steve Rogers get to do just that. They are fictional superheroes who get to represent what is best in all of us as viewers and readers. As a long-time comic book collector, I know and appreciate their world as well.
And so it’s absolutely refreshing that these movie characters appropriately put a great emphasis on avoiding the loss of human life. Spoilers lie ahead for Avengers: Age of Ultron.