"I'm a little shy," Ellie Goulding said somewhere in the middle of her performance last night at Echostage, but the audience could be pardoned for not believing her. Backed by a large ensemble of instrumentalists and backup singers, Goulding seemed fluent in everything she did—singing, playing guitar and electronics, pounding on floor toms, and working [...]
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What happens when you throw Lorde and her meditative songs into a cavernous warehouse of a venue originally built for EDM acts and raves? Not surprisingly, something a bit weird.
As an artist and performer, Lorde certainly didn't disappoint last Friday at her sold-out show at Echostage; her vocals were spot-on and impressively faithful to the [...]
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, [...]
Fans of Swedish death metal stalwarts Amon Amarth would probably describe the band as "consistent" and "reliable"; detractors might say "predictable" instead. You know what you're going to get from an Amon Amarth album or live show: solid, ridiculously catchy, accessible death metal. In that respect the band's show last Friday came with no surprises—but [...]
Local guitarist Anthony Pirog has assembled a new trio with drummer Ches Smith (among many others, of Secret Chiefs 3 and his tremendous collective improv group These Arches) and prolific Baltimore bassist Michael Formanek. Under the name "Anthony Pirog Trio"—the compositions are all Pirog's—they put on their first live show last night at Atlas Performing [...]
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 [...]
Virginia-based vocalist and multi-instrumentalist Margot MacDonald has toiled away in the D.C. music scene for over a decade. The fruits of that labor were evident at last night's impressively attended release party for first record since 2009, Canvas.
Performing with a full band (including guests Wytold, Derek Evry, and The Sweater Set), MacDonald's best moments were [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
"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 [...]