Author Archive for Erica Bruce

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 [...]

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 [...]