Author Archive for Erica Bruce

Photos: Bebel Gilberto @ 9:30 Club

Seeing Bebel Gilberto live on Sunday night at the 9:30 Club, the same adjective kept coming to my mind: hypnotic. Her voice, her dance moves, even her hair, were all siren-like. Born to Brazilian music icons João Gilberto and singer Miúcha, Gilberto's music has always been completely innovative, mixing her traditional bossa nova roots with more [...]

Photos: Jeff Tweedy and Minus 5 @ Lincoln Theatre

"Thank you for listening to an hour of new songs. Not easy for an audience to do," said Jeff Tweedy, frontman of Wilco, to his sold-out audience Tuesday night at the Lincoln Theatre. Those songs, from Tweedy's forthcoming solo record, Sukierae, are an interesting variety of what Tweedy does best: a little Americana, a little gussied-up [...]

Photos: Frank Turner Records a Song for Josh Burdette at the 9:30 Club

English punk troubadour Frank Turner laid out the night's rules early in his sold-out 9:30 Club show on Wednesday: "Rule No. 1: Be nice to each other. Rule No. 2: Have a good fucking time." Both were abided with exuberance.
Turner tried out some brand new songs on the crowd, requesting that folks put camera phones away. [...]

Photos: Old 97′s, Lydia Loveless @ 9:30 Club

There was a moment early on Saturday night that showed just what kind of lifeless crowd came to see the sold-out Old 97's show with Lydia Loveless at the 9:30 Club. In the balcony, early in the evening, there were disagreements among patrons between those sitting on the steps and the folks who wanted to stand in front [...]

Photos: Surprise Foo Fighters Show w/ the Don’t Need Its and Trouble Funk @ 9:30 Club

"This is a dream come true for me, just to see my face on one of those cardboard go-go posters," said Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl at the 9:30 Club on Monday night. On the posters, Grohl was slated to be the MC of a birthday celebration for Trouble Funk's legendary frontman Big Tony. But Grohl [...]

Photos: Against Me! @ Rams Head Live

Friday's Against Me! show at Rams Head Live in Baltimore was a party on many levels: It was a celebration of the week's end, of being with friends, of being understood. But mostly, it was a celebration of music and being alive to enjoy it.
It's hard not to admire the hell out of frontwoman Laura [...]

Photos: Future Islands @ 9:30 Club

After Baltimore's Future Islands blew up the internet last month with their Late Show with David Letterman performance, I knew that their stop at the 9:30 Club last night, the last date on their U.S. tour, would be a hot ticket. All three bands in the line-up (Oh Hang and  Ed Schrader's Music Beat opened) were [...]

Photos: Boy George @ 9:30 Club

"He has such a beautiful voice. He sounded like a black female blues singer," wrote Bob Geldof about Boy George in his 1986 autobiography. "Soul. Don't matter what you look like. You got it or you ain't."
At the 9:30 Club on Monday night, George proved that the statement still holds true nearly 30 years later. Decked out in [...]

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 [...]