Category Archives: Music

Remembering Christine McVie, 1943-2022

When I interviewed her in 1984, an astounding 38 years ago, she was just on tour on the heels of her solo hit “Got a Hold on Me.”  She had established herself as a solid component to what had become a wildly successful band, Fleetwood Mac. Behind Stevie Nicks and Lindsay Buckingham, the shiny American […]

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Remembering Loretta Lynn, 1932-2022

The most influential woman in country music, who everybody knows was raised a coal miner’s daughter, died Tuesday at 90, after a career that lasted more than 60 years.  Loretta Lynn, whose first No. 1 country hit was “You Ain’t Woman Enough (To Take My Man)” broke barriers with songs about “The Pill” and late […]

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Tav Falco’s Panther Burns On the Prowl

Rock ’n’ roll is a sound and it is a style and Tav Falco’s been straddling both since the late 1970s. The latest version of Tav Falco’s Panther Burns, on a cross country tour, stopped at The Runaway in D.C. for a midweek show that was strangely mesmerizing and altogether rocking thanks largely to his […]

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Music: The Decemberists at Wolf Trap

The Decemberists, the charming chamber folk-rock band from out of Portlandia, became famous for live performances as elaborate and detailed as their ornate songs, staging obscure battles or sea scenes with sudden appearances by man-eating whales into their shows. There was none of that Wednesday as the band took the stage at Wolf Trap in […]

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Elvis Costello, Nick Lowe at Wolf Trap

It’s gratifying to have any Elvis Costello concert come around, after two years of pandemic postponements. But the one that finally took the stage at Wolf Trap in Virginia last week had the added advantage of being opened by Nick Lowe, his longtime colleague, producer and influencer. It was a version of  “Surrender to the […]

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Sarah Borges Rocks the Pearl Street

Listeners literally place performers on pedestals, onto elevated stages and spotlights. So it was a little shocking to hear Sarah Borges say during her free-wheeling show at the Pearl Street Warehouse last week that she had spent some of the pandemic as a truck driver. She couldn’t tour, and the clubs were all closed and […]

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Here’s Molly Tuttle and Golden Highway

Oftentimes artists will say they’re glad to be at a place. But Molly Tuttle and Golden Highway were clearly delighted to be making their debut at The Birchmere in Alexandra, Va., in between some festival gigs. This, after all, was a hallowed ground for Mid-Atlantic bluegrass, where generations of stars have performed over the storied […]

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Jason Isbell Joins Sheryl Crow at Wolf Trap

Bundling acts together for summer tours doesn’t just provide entertainment value, it also allows fans of one act to be introduced (or reintroduced) to acts they might otherwise not have bought a ticket for — and being pleasantly surprised as a result. At first look, the Americana stardom of critics’ favorite Jason Isbell might not […]

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Belle & Sebastian, et al, at Wolf Trap

Two summers of canceled or delayed concert tours due to COVID has not only resulted in a pent-up desire among music fans to get out and enjoy, but caused a big pile-up of top acts sharing bills in order to fit in all the season’s dates. There’d be no reason that, say, Belle & Sebastian […]

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Rocker John Doe Reaches Way Back

If you didn’t know he was a central figure of the L.A. punk scene, you’d think John Doe might have leapfrogged straight from the dusty circuit of 1940s country-western. In the inaugural set of the John Doe Trio at Jammin’ Java in Vienna, Va., the lanky entertainer sported a classic cowboy shirt, sang behind a […]

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