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Bob Dylan Live: ‘Is This Foggy Bottom?’

Before it was so rudely interrupted, Bob Dylan’s annual touring regimen took on a recurring pattern, playing the same towns the same times of the year. His last time in Washington, D.C. was the first week of December 2019. The final show in that leg of the campaign that he never called the Never Ending […]

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This Year’s Rock ‘n’ Roll Induction

Given the diminishing pool of worthy candidates, it might be a good idea to take a year or two off from the annual Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony (HBO, 8 p.m.). As the event has moved from an intimate, anything-goes party in a New York ballroom to a slick arena cable special, […]

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Kaleidoscopic Flaming Lips at The Anthem

Add to the list of necessary roadie skills that of leaf blower. He’s the guy who scampers on stage at a Flaming Lips concert to inflate a series of transparent plastic bubbles surrounding lead singer Wayne Coyne — or similarly blow-up giant rainbows, or swaying pink robots, as required.  Decades ago, Coyne developed the idea […]

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Chuck Prophet: Back Rockin’ the Strip Mall

Chuck Prophet is always cheery and maybe a little goofy on stage. But Sunday at Jammin’ Java out in Vienna, Va., he seemed cheerier than usual. “I don’t know if you noticed, but we’ve been gone,” he said by way of explaining the pandemic that wiped out more than a year and a half of […]

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A Different Jayhawks Lineup for D.C. Show

One plus of The Jayhawks playing the mid-Atlantic is that their former bandmate, guitarist Stephen McCarthy, often drives up from Richmond, Va., to rejoin the Minneapolis band, adding some extra country twang and bringing added authenticity to the classic albums the Long Ryders member made with them, 2006’s “Rainy Day Music.”   His appearance with […]

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Jason Isbell & The 400 Unit at Wolf Trap

Americana kingpin Jason Isbell is always a gracious frontman and performer. But he had to stop his show with his band The 400 Unit a couple of times Tuesday at Wolf Trap in Virginia to take in what he was seeing: a nearly full outdoor amphitheater packed with fans who had been waiting as long […]

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NSO’s Labor Day Concert with Ben Folds

The pandemic has thrown traditional events like the National Symphony Orchestra’s annual Labor Day concert for a loop for two years running. Held for years on the West Lawn of the Capitol, it had to be broadcast last year to an audience parked at RFK stadium, watching on screens and listening to their car radios. […]

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Documentary Reminds: He’s Rick James

More than 20 years after his hitmaking heyday, Rick James became a household name to a whole new generation in 2004 when Dave Chappelle mocked his brash personality with the catchphrase “I’m Rick James, bitch!” The singer was still around and trying to catch a break after drug binges, prison and record company indifference had […]

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Willie Nile Finally Returns to Rock

Willie Nile’s pent up energy for getting back on the road was fairly palpable in his show Saturday at the Hamilton in D.C. Originally scheduled for April 2020, it had been postponed by the pandemic to summer that year, then to April this year to finally this late summer date 16 months later.  In the […]

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Elizabeth Cook, Waylon Payne Perform

Elizabeth Cook could well be the best of the legion of DJs on Sirius XM. Her weekday “Apron Strings” show on the Outlaw Country channel reflects her personality, as she speaks frankly and sometimes brashly about her life, her musician friends, and everyday hard knocks in her engaging twang. She’d bring that same charm to […]

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