Posts Tagged ‘2012’

Photos: Afghan Whigs and School of Seven Bells @ 9:30 Club

What made Friday night's sold-out Afghan Whigs show at the 9:30 Club so memorable? Was it lead singer Greg Dulli wading into the crowd and donning someone's fedora during "See & Don't See?" Was it the way they teased "The End" by The Doors before performing a driving version of "Gentleman," or how the first chorus of [...]

Photos: David Byrne & St. Vincent @ Strathmore Music Center

David Byrne doesn't box himself in: His work with The Talking Heads was foundational to art rock and post punk; he composed music for choreographer Twyla Tharp and dance company Ultima Vez; he started Luaka Bop, a label dedicated to music from across the globe; he's made visual art; he's written books, most recently How Music Works [...]

Photos: Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band @ Nationals Ballpark

There was no bigger party happening in town on Friday night than the one Bruce Springsteen hosted at Nationals Ballpark. Clocking in at three-and-a-half hours, the set list pulled from all parts of his illustrious discography and included covers, like the encore-closer "Twist and Shout" ("This one's for the Navy!," he said), and the "Detroit Medley," [...]

Photos: Jesus & Mary Chain, The Psychic Paramount, The Vandelles @ 9:30 Club

The fuzzy distortion of Bob Mould's guitar was still in the air on Sunday at the 9:30 Club when I arrived for another night of ear-splitting sounds courtesy of The Jesus & Mary Chain. While the band didn't offer the most animated stage presence, JAMC's guitars, drums, and lead singer Jim Reid's voice were the [...]

Photos: Rodriguez @ Sixth & I Historic Synagogue

Most of the time, shooting a concert is just a job. But there are some cases when it's more than that—when shoots can feel like capturing a significant moment in history. When I learned the story of rediscovered Detroit folk singer Rodriguez, I predicted his sold-out show at Sixth and I Historic Synagogue Thursday night [...]

Photos: Lorelei and Deathfix @ Black Cat

There were three things that a majority of Washingtonians missed out on Friday night at the Black Cat: One was the Lorelei record release show, which was stellar. The second was a lesson in hutzpah from the likes of Lorelei singer and guitarist Matthew Dingee. Suffering from a bad case of the flu and on [...]

Photos: The Gaslight Anthem, Dave Hause @ U Street Music Hall

In a sold-out show Friday night at the U Street Music Hall, Gaslight Anthem's audience pogoed, crowd surfed, and screamed along through the band's blistering 19-song set, one that pulled from all areas of their discography. By the time the band wrapped things up with a downright searing version of "'59 Sound," the walls were [...]

Photos: Best Coast, Those Darlins @ 930 Club

Best Coast's airy Bethany Cosentino and the husky twang of Those Darlins' Nikki and Jessi Darlin seemed like an odd pair at first, but live, it was all about powerful sounds barreling off the stage. Between Best Coast's lo-fi buzz and Those Darlins' '60s-girl-group-gone-to-Memphis vibe, Saturday's sold-out show at 9:30 Club was enough to light up [...]

Photos: These United States and Henry Clay People @ Black Cat

These United States closed out their tour in support of their new, self-titled album Saturday at the Black Cat with a set spanning their discography. (It also included a Willie Nelson cover, with whom the band recently played.) The band opened with "The Park," of which frontman Jesse Elliot said, "I wrote that song sitting [...]

Photos: Fiona Apple @ Warner Theatre

I've always thought of Fiona Apple as the anti-Tori Amos, at least in terms of her voice—both deliver a torch song with ease, but Apple's delivery has always been less affected, more real. Last night at a sold-out Warner Theatre, Apple showed that her voice is as powerful as it was in 1996, the year of her [...]