Author Archive for Erica Bruce

Photos: The Hold Steady & Cheap Girls @ 9:30 Club

"You've always been good to us D.C....I love it here," said the Hold Steady lead singer Craig Finn on Monday at the start of the band's sold-out 9:30 Club show. Out supporting Teeth Dreams, the band's first release in four years, the Hold Steady and the 9:30 Club crowd are always a study in how [...]

Photos: Dave Hause @ DC9

Dave Hause came to DC9 last night and gave the packed crowd a special treat: Hause with a full band. Hause, out supporting his latest release, Devour, played acoustic when he was here last—opening for the Gaslight Anthem in 2012—so hearing his songs in full electric blow-out-the-doors mode was jaw-dropping. Backed by his brother Tim and old friends like [...]

Photos: Drive-By Truckers @ 9:30 Club (Night 1)

There was a ton of good music happening in the area this weekend. As the beer and Jameson flowed across town at ShamrockFest, it was about beer and bourbon at the 9:30 Club, as Saturday was the first of two nights of Drive-By Truckers. Out supporting its 12th release, English Oceans, the band packed the [...]

Photos: Bob Mould Plays Workbook at the 9:30 Club

I first saw Bob Mould on a solo acoustic tour around the time that 1989's Workbook, his first solo record after the demise of Husker Du, came out. He played for more than an hour, barely looking up from his guitar, as he ripped through songs at the speed of sound. Fast forward to last night, [...]

Photos: Deathfix @ Millennium Stage

Yes, last night the weather outside was—dare I say— frightful. But that didn't stop the crowd from coming out for the free show at Kennedy Center's Millennium Stage. The talent was local favorite Deathfix playing its first show of the new year. The audience—fans who knew them and tourists who didn't—were treated to music from the band's [...]

Photos: Ex Hex @ 9:30 Club

It's hard to top the The Hives' live show, but when you've got killer songs, theatrics aren't always necessary. And during its opening slot for the Swedish band at 9:30 Club last night, D.C.'s own Ex Hex showed it had killer songs indeed. The band, featuring Mary Timony, Betsy Wright, and Laura Harris, played its [...]

Photos: Elvis Costello @ GWU Lisner Auditorium

Elvis Costello celebrated his past and present work during a sold-out solo show at George Washington University's Lisner Auditorium on Friday. For more than two hours, he used an array of Gibsons (and, occasionally, an electric piano) to play songs from five decades of his catalog, as well as several loved by his father and [...]

Photos: Minor Alps @ Black Cat Backstage

"If you can play a song on acoustic, and it sounds good, then you know it's solid," Juliana Hatfield said last night after her performance with Minor Alps at Black Cat Backstage. It doesn't hurt to have a copilot as talented as Nada Surf's Matthew Caws, too. Hatfield and Caws, already friends for years, decided to embark [...]

Photos: Nine Inch Nails @ Verizon Center

I first saw Nine Inch Nails in a 1,500-capacity club in New York City in 1991, and was blown away by the intensity. Modern-day Nine Inch Nails hasn't changed in that respect. On Friday night, lead singer Trent Reznor brought his band to a full Verizon Center—armed with The Who bassist Pino Palladino no less—and proved [...]

Photos: Kid Congo and the Pink Monkey Birds @ Black Cat Backstage

Not everyone gets turned on by lyrics about haunted heads and Phyllis Diller being a killer, but maybe more would if they heard them performed by the great Kid Congo and the Pink Monkey Birds. Touring in support of its latest release, Haunted Head, the band nested at the Black Cat Backstage on Saturday, attired in [...]

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