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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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Review: SynchroniCity @ NPR 3.20.15

March 27, 2015 | 0 Comments

D.C.-based group SynchroniCity blended classical with hip hop and jazz at NPR’s Studio One on Friday. Located in NPR’s DC Headquarters, Studio One hosts a variety of public events, including shows for broadcast. The seated...

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Photos by Terrance Doyle Shakey Graves and Nikki Lane brought a night of mixed genres—country, blues, and rock—to a sold out 9:30 Club show this past Tuesday. The night took off with opener Nikki Lane,...

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Photos by Alex Schelldorf If you haven’t gotten your hands on it yet, D.C.’s Polyon just unveiled an excellent EP this week. Last night, the band celebrated the release at DC9 with local experimental rockers...

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Photos by Alex Schelldorf Last night was my third time seeing Perfume Genius since I saw him play The Hamilton in 2012. The growth of his popularity was evident between those two performances, as he brought 700+ people to...

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Photos by Albert Jiang U.S. Royalty, who has been a staple of the local music scene for over a half-decade now, played to a full crowd at U Street Music Hall this past Saturday night. The...

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Words and Photos by Alex Schelldorf Last night, local sweethearts Baby Bry Bry and The Apologists swept the rug out from under Black Cat’s Backstage to kick off an evening so loud, someone should make sure...

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