Author Archive for Brandon Wu

Photos: Sun Ra Arkestra at the Lincoln Theatre

Sitting on stage in full glittery regalia, the band looked "ready for space travel at any moment."

Photos of Arch Enemy at Baltimore Soundstage

Melodic Swedish death metal gets a new frontwoman.

Photos: Within Temptation at Ram’s Head Live

This Dutch metal band has made a cover of Lana Del Rey's "Summertime Sadness" and an Xzibit collab staples of its live repertoire.

Photos: Pree @ the Black Cat

There's more indie-pop than before, here, but still plenty of weirdness.

Photos: Mad Decent Block Party @ Merriweather Post Pavilion

Unfortunately, the D.C. incarnation of this year's Mad Decent Block Party will be remembered for a tragedy: One dead, 20 hospitalized, said the headlines last weekend after 20-year-old Tyler Fox Viscardi died of an apparent drug overdose.
As for as the music went, as Washington City Paper's Matt Ramos predicted, the main draw was Mad Decent label head Diplo himself, with fellow moombahton [...]

Photos: Richard Pinhas Plays Familiar Soundscapes at Pyramid Atlantic

"How many of you are here because of the Post or the City Paper articles?" opener TL0741 asked of a packed-house crowd at Pyramid Atlantic last night, which prompted fully a third to a half of the audience to raise their hands. This may have been one of the more thoroughly previewed shows ever put [...]

Photos: Sweetlife Festival @ Merriweather Post Pavilion

This year's version of Sweetgreen's Sweetlife Festival was a bit of a one-note affair, with a lineup dominated by danceable pop-rock bands whose music largely blended into one another.
Two of the outliers got by far the most delirious crowd responses. Rapper 2 Chainz was relegated to the secondary stage but put on an energetic set [...]

Photos: Haim @ 9:30 Club

The brand of pop-rock on Haim's debut record, Days Are Gone, is polished and catchy, so it's not particularly surprising that the band is the latest to sell out two consecutive nights at the 9:30 Club. Also not surprising—but pleasing nonetheless—was that the band's live set emphasized the rock in pop-rock, with heavy percussion, herky-jerky [...]

Photos: The Sounds @ 9:30 Club

Though the crowd was unsurprisingly sparse when doors opened at 5 p.m. for the Sounds' early show at the 9:30 Club last Saturday, by the time the Swedish pop-rockers hit the stage, the venue appeared to be filled to capacity. Over the course of its 16-year, five-album history, the band has built quite a following [...]

Photos: The Dillinger Escape Plan @ Baltimore Soundstage

I've never quite been able to grasp the Dillinger Escape Plan live. How the band manages to play some of the most complex, intricately composed music while hanging from rafters, crowdsurfing, or just generally freaking out like almost no other band in existence will always be a mystery to me. It's been a few years [...]

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