Concert Review: Guster at 9:30 Club, 1/20

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The District was under a pre-blizzard weather siege Thursday night after an unexpected inch of snow fell and froze to untreated roads just as doors were opening at the 9:30 Club for Guster and opener David Wax Museum.  Many were stranded and couldn’t make it into the show, as was my co-host Claire Kostorhyz, but those who braved the slick streets were glad they did as soon as Guster took their crochet-decorated stage and started their set with the upbeat title song of their 2003 album Keep It Together.  

The theme of the night’s show for many was celebrating and collectively reminiscing with the 1990s’ favorite band of New England college friends.  Guster has a loyal following of fans that span generations: the crowd was a mix of adults still in business casual and fresh-out/current college students.  Yet, every song from their 20 year repertoire was met with head-bops of affirmation, singing along, and dancing from the crowd. Their set was heavily familiar, as they played mostly songs off of records prior to their most recent 2015 release Evermotion, which was seen as quite the departure for Guster’s trademark indie rock guitar sound.  We heard crowd favorites like Manifest Destiny, Stay With Me Jesus, and Airport Song mixed in with the few singles off Evermotion.  We were reminded of the band’s earliest days of Parachute and Goldfly with a story of their first gig outside of the Boston area at the late Georgetown venue The Bayou in 1997.  

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WRGW interviews Circa Waves

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After taking the UK and European festival scene by storm, Liverpudlian band Circa Waves keeps gaining momentum with more international festival bookings and plenty of hype off their first album, Young Chasers. Shortly after their arrival in DC, we sat down with Kieran Shudall (lead vocals, guitar) and Joe Falconer (lead guitar) before the band opened for Foals in December 16th at the Lincoln Theatre to discuss their whirlwind year in review and their short- and long-term plans for the future.

CA: Ok, so this is our first interview..let’s just start with some musical history background.  What was your first album purchased?

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