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Filthy Friends, Dressy Bessy on U Street

Women rule the world, or at least they did at the U Street Music Hall in a rockin’ Monday night show by Filthy Friends with Dressy Bessy. The oddly named Friends are a kind of supergroup led by Corin Tucker of Sleater-Kinney that also features Peter Buck of R.E.M., Scott McCaughey and Kurt Bloch of [...]

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Ex Hex Triumphant in Hometown Date

Mixed amid the sheer exhilaration of an Ex Hex gig at the 930 Club is the added pride of a hometown date. The D.C. rockers led by Mary Timony, once of Helium, Wild Flag and Autoclave, quite rightfully nearly sold out the place, but I’m wondering why the trio isn’t selling out everywhere they go. [...]

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Maren Morris Goes Pop at The Anthem

Maren Morris paused a couple times in her splashy headlining show at The Anthem in D.C. to take it all in. It was her largest sellout to date, with 6,000 people, and just about everybody in the young, largely female crowd knew every lyric of her new album, which she only released a couple months [...]

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Returning to 1960s Laurel Canyon

Jakob Dylan grew up amid his own small-town musical crossroads — Woodstock — but the subject of his new documentary is the one that flourished on the other side of the country in Los Angeles’ bohemian Laurel Canyon in the late 1960s. An added treat to his bringing the film to festivals ahead of its [...]

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Robyn Hitchcock: Sublimely Weird

Age is only helping Robyn Hitchcock settle into his role as wizened surrealist singer and mystic storyteller. More than 45 years after starting his first band, the founder of the Soft Boys who went on to fronting the Egyptians and a long, accomplished solo career is a unique troubadour — a singer who can create [...]

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The Unexpected Return of Mott the Hoople

Mott the Hoople always seemed the kind of band that would implode at any moment, and such was the case when they pulled into New York in the middle of their 1974 U.S. tour, becoming the first rock band to play a week on Broadway. That achievement didn’t pay off for the band (any more [...]

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Nick Lowe, Straightjackets Begin to Mesh

Nick Lowe is calling his tour with Los Straightjackets the Quality Rock & Roll Revue and it’s no idle boast. The cool, memorable songs of Lowe with his smooth, elder statesman air, combined with the funhouse snarl of the twangin’ Straightjackets, in their Mexican wrestling masks and goofy stage presence, makes for pretty well-balanced entertainment. [...]

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Mark Eitzel Makes Himself at Home

It was billed as a living room concert, and the entire Mark Eitzel tour dubbed “Living room Tsunami” so it was a little bit surprising when the secret D.C. area location, once payment was made, turned out to be an Irish bar in Wheaton, Md. It could have been another barroom show except that the [...]

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New York City Ballet Forges Ahead

The new artistic director and co-director of the New York City Ballet looked a little nervous Tuesday as they awkwardly welcomed the Kennedy Center audience to their annual week-long residency. Jonathan Stafford and former company star Wendy Whelan, who had been in their new roles less than five weeks, are the first to lead the [...]

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Todd Snider at the Birchmere

Todd Snider walks on stage in goofy hat, trusty guitar, barefoot but also with his equally raggedy dog, Cowboy Jim, who promptly lies down and listens to these songs and stories one more time. “It don’t get folkier than bringing your @#%ing  dog!” Snider declares to the appreciative audience at the Birchmere Music Hall and [...]

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