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Photos by Matt Lenell Concertgoers were treated to two of rock ‘n’ rolls more forward-thinking, creative, and experimental groups on Tuesday night at Echostage, as TV on the Radio gave their debut performance at the...

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Photos by Clarissa Villondo It only took one song for Matt and Kim to bust out the confetti and the booty dancing, but believe it or not, it only got better from there. The Brooklyn...

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Photos by Justin Rodgers Ben Folds and yMusic played the first of two sold out shows in D.C. last Thursday. yMusic kicked the night off, playing an instrumental intro prior to Folds coming on stage....

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Review: Passion Pit @ 9:30 Club 5.6.15

May 8, 2015 | 0 Comments

Reviewed by Emma Daniels It’s rare that it’s better in real life. Since Passion Pit’s new album Kindred came out a few weeks ago, I’ve been training for an upcoming road race to the single...

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Photos by Alex Schelldorf Lord Huron and Hamilton Leithauser made their way back to 9:30 Club for two sold out shows on Sunday and Monday night. Last summer, Leithauser released his first solo album called Black Hours. Even...

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Photos by Alex Schelldorf “When I’m president,” Moses Sumney joked in front of a still half-full DAR Constitution Hall, “crying in public will be acceptable.” Opening for Sufjan Stevens last night, the California-based musician drew...

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Photos by Clarissa Villondo Rock fans can be a pessimistic bunch. We’re always complaining “rock ‘n’ roll is dead” or “there are no more guitar heroes” or “music just ain’t what it used to be.” Friday’s...

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Review: Beauty Pill @ Artisphere 4.30.15

May 4, 2015 | 0 Comments

Last Thursday, D.C. rockers Beauty Pill played their first show together since 2007, when lead singer and guitarist Chad Clark had to take leave to focus on his health. Clark, whose struggle with a heart condition was...

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Review: Broccoli City Festival 4.25.15

April 28, 2015 | 0 Comments

Photos by Jon Nelson Despite torrential rain, Broccoli City Festival still managed to bring a big crowd to the Gateway Pavilion, located in Southeast D.C. In its third year, the annual festival brought bicycle-powered recharging stations, yoga classes, community murals and an impressive...

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“I want more life, fucker…” Chad Clark sings in his air-gasping snarl on “Drapetomania,” the opening track of Beauty Pill’s long-awaited album, Beauty Pill Describes Things As They Are. The lyrics are lifted from a line delivered...

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Duluth, Minnesota band Trampled by Turtles has an interesting dynamic with its fans. The five-member bluegrass/folk group can sell out venues like 9:30 Club in advance of the show, but still manage to appear accessible. I know this...

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Review: Lady Lamb @ Rock & Roll Hotel 4.9.15

April 14, 2015 | 0 Comments

Written by Emma Daniels Lady Lamb hasn’t quite shed her “before-times” name yet. When someone hollers, “I love you, Aly [Spaltro]” from the floor, it strikes me that it must be a process. And between person...

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Saturday night, weirdo-electronic producer and Baltimore resident Dan Deacon brought lights, joy and actual robotics to a wild, sold-out crowd at 9:30 Club. The veteran composer, who’s touring to promote his new album Gliss Riffer, has enjoyed a...

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Photos by Jinwoo Chong  Even before it started, the audience could tell that Delta Rae‘s show at 9:30 Club would be different this time around. Rather than the usual black box setup, the stage was...

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I’ve seen shows in dirty basements, cramped living rooms, the legendary 9:30 Club, outdoor amphitheaters, a cornfield in Illinois (shout out to Cornerstone Festival), and just about everywhere in-between. But one venue that’s seemingly always...

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“When you get back home, write a letter to your parents thanking them, because they’re paying a looootttt of money for us to be here.” Friday night, the ferocious duo known as Run the Jewels...

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