Author Archive for Brandon Wu

Photos: Paramore @ Fillmore Silver Spring

"We've been kind of a soap opera for the last couple years," admitted Paramore frontwoman Hayley Williams about halfway through her headlining set on Saturday night at the Fillmore in Silver Spring. But the band seemed to have emerged from their tabloidy interlude not too much worse for the wear either musically or commercially. They [...]

Photos: Marnie Stern @ Black Cat

Thursday night, on the second-to-last show of her current tour supporting her new album The Chronicles of Marnia, Marnie Stern started off with an apology: "My voice is shot." Not something you want to hear from a musician whose compositions are heavy on fast-paced, aggressive vocals. But after a couple of admittedly rough songs, Stern [...]

Photos: Excision @ Echostage

After three months of renovations, the reopening of Echostage—a Saturday night show featuring Canadian dubstep DJ Excision—didn't go as smoothly as one might have hoped. Doors opened a full hour late. The upstairs bars are completely unfinished. The women's restroom flooded within an hour, forcing the club to split the men's restroom in two and [...]

Photos: Sigur Rós @ Patriot Center

At some point in the Von, Ágætis byrjun, ( ) era, I counted Sigur Rós as one of my favorite bands. The group lost me a bit after that, and I hadn't seen its live show since the very early 2000s. Last night, they played to a sold-out and ecstatic Patriot Center. [...]

Photos: Eivør @ Millennium Stage

In front of a sizable audience at the Kennedy Center's Millennium Stage last night, Faroese folk musician Eivør showed off the full range of her utterly unique voice, darting from snarling ferocity to high, almost saccharine sweetness. Her set drew primarily from her 2012 album Room, with a smattering of earlier pieces sung in her [...]

Photos: Meshuggah @ Fillmore Silver Spring

Meshuggah vocalist Jens Kidman was sidelined with the flu for several dates of the Swedish metal band's current U.S. tour, though the group famously played at least one show with a cardboard cutout of him onstage. He appeard back in full force on Saturday night at the Fillmore Silver Spring, leading the band through a [...]

Photos: Yo La Tengo @ 9:30 Club

Yo La Tengo's current tour gimmick involves them playing two long sets, one "quiet" and one "loud," at each show. It's a pretty great gimmick, though; on Friday night at the 9:30 Club, the entire capacity crowd was dead silent during the stunning quiet set, which opened with a compellingly subdued version of the [...]

Photos: Coheed & Cambria @ 9:30 Club

Coheed & Cambria brought their blend of rock, metal and prog to the 9:30 Club for the second of two nights on Tuesday, headlining a well-thought-out bill with Between the Buried and Me—whose own rock/metal/prog hybrid is notably more schizophrenic—and slow-burning instrumentalists Russian Circles.
Check out the slideshow for photos of all three bands.

Photos: Doro @ Empire

How many fans can a minor heavy-metal legend bring out to a show in the Virginia 'burbs on Super Bowl Sunday? A good 150 to 200 people, if Doro is any indication. Ostensibly from Dusseldorf, Germany, but now residing in New York City, Doro seems to tour and play the D.C. area on [...]

Photos: Buke and Gase @ DC9

It might not be obvious, but New York duo Buke and Gase take their name from their handmade instruments: "buke" refers to its baritone ukelele and "gase" describes its guitar/bass hybrid. But while these unusual tools generate some interesting timbres, Buke and Gase play them much like, well, guitar and bass. Their intricate compositions, full [...]