Lord Huron and Night Moves at the 9:30 Club

Lord Huron

I’ve had the pleasure of seeing Lord Huron live on three separate occasions thus far: performing at the Firefly Music Festival, opening for Alt-J at the 9:30 Club, and now, taking the stage at the 9:30 Club themselves. And they really took that stage. Stormed it in fact. Touring now with Night Moves (a fantastic, albeit ironic, fill-in for original openers Night Beds), Lord Huron performed at their first headlining show at the 9:30 Club with an energy and vibrancy that far surpassed the already wondrous performances I’d experienced before. Continue reading “Lord Huron and Night Moves at the 9:30 Club”

The Lone Bellow with Greg Holden at 6th & I Synagogue

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Torrey and I had the amazing opportunity to meet, interview, and experience The Lone Bellow (Zach Williams, Brian Elmquist, Kanene Pipkin, Jason Pipkin, and Brian Griffin) and Greg Holden at Sixth and I Synagogue.

And I can say without a doubt that it was the best show I’ve ever witnessed.

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Lissie and Kopecky Family Band at the 9:30 Club

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On an incredibly cold Sunday night, I headed over to the 9:30 Club for a concert featuring the Kopecky Family Band and Lissie. Lissie, one of the more prominent singers in the recent folk revival, brought her blues flavoured folk rock to the venerable DC venue. Kopecky Family Band started things off and it was obvious by the second song that they were a great choice to open for Lissie. They got the normally stagnant crowd moving with their fun music and numerous crowd interactions. Their sound was what I’d imagine if ska music went on a date with folk music. Their sound was drum heavy, a fun and refreshing aspect of their live shows that allowed us to see the drums onstage right for a change rather than hiding behind the other instruments.

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Concert Review: The Dustbowl Revival at DC9

The Dustbowl Revival

How many bands can describe themselves thusly?

“The Dustbowl Revival is a Venice, CA-based roots collective playing a raucous brand of mountain bluegrass, ethnic swing and swamp-blues”

Correct me if I’m wrong, but I believe the answer is NONE. TBR appeals to folkies, newgrassers, big band-ers and everyone in between. These Californians have  been recording together since 2008, and their newest CD Carry Me Home, released this year, opened the floodgates. After high praise and even a feature on SiriusXM, they hit the East coast for the first time.  For those of us fortunate enough to be at DC9 one night in August, magic was in the air.

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