Post Tagged with: "concert review"

RELIEF IN ABSTRACT

Concert Review: XXYYXX

Many old-school DJs lament the lack of skill and creativity of their newer counterparts. As technology has advanced, mixing and beat-matching has become easier than ever, meaning that the bar for entry into deejaying is low. This situation has created a glut of overhyped DJs who play pre-produced sets and[Read More…]

Concert Review: Spreading the Love at Grouplove

Concert Review: Spreading the Love at Grouplove

On Nov. 9, an uneasy fog had settled over Washington, D.C. Words could not seem to encapsulate the depths of what many were feeling following one of the most contentious presidential elections in history. That night, indie rock band Grouplove played a near-perfect set at Echostage, reminding attendees of the[Read More…]

KING Aims for R&B Royalty

KING Aims for R&B Royalty

Supported by a mid-tempo beat, the balmy trio of KING’s voices cascaded over ethereal synth waves as a sweetly repeated “goodbye” grew in intensity. Setting the tone of the concert, the mesmerizing overture to a mashup of “Mister Chameleon/The Greatest” created a luxurious, dreamy mood that pervaded the L.A.-based band’s[Read More…]

by October 28, 2016 0 comments Music Issue, The Guide
“Nostalgic for the Present,” Sia’s Hymn to Modernity

“Nostalgic for the Present,” Sia’s Hymn to Modernity

On Oct. 19, Australian singer-songwriter Sia brought “Nostalgic for the Present,”  her first-ever arena concert tour, to the Verizon Center. Blending powerful renditions of tracks from her newest album, “This Is Acting,” with impressive live production, the pop star put on a memorable show that left the thousands in attendance[Read More…]

by October 28, 2016 1 comment Arts & Entertainment, Music Issue, The Guide
JOHN MILLER/ THE HOYA
Father John Misty  played a diverse set to a sold-out crowd at Washington's historic Lincoln Theater.

Concert Review: Father John Misty

Led by singer-songwriter Josh Tillman, Indie-folk group Father John Misty played the second and final night of its sold-out stay at U Street’s Lincoln Theater on April 26. From the start, it was clear the group was no longer touring solely in support of its latest album — 2015’s sophomore studio[Read More…]

JOHN MILLER/THE HOYA

John Mayer joined the Grateful Dead offshoot, Dead and Company, for a performance at Verizon Center last Friday night.

Concert Review: Dead & Company

★★★☆☆ On Friday night, the audience at the Verizon Center witnessed a marriage of blues virtuosity and jam-band perfection as John Mayer took the stage alongside former Grateful Dead members Bob Weir, Mickey Hart and Bill Kreutzmann. A diverse crowd of almost 18,000 featured youthful fans of Mayer bonding with[Read More…]

by November 13, 2015 1 comment Arts & Entertainment, Guide - Top, The Guide
ANNA SHUSTER/THE HOYA 

Despite a quiet crowd, the indie-rock quartet Transviolent maintained its energy all throughout its opening set for Mikky Ekko.

Concert Review: Mikky Ekko & Transviolet @ 9:30 Club

★★★★☆ The crowd that welcomed Transviolet to the stage last Saturday, Oct. 24 was modest at best — U Street Music Hall isn’t the biggest venue, and many ticketholders seemed to be waiting for the big name to take the stage later in the night. They didn’t realize, though, that[Read More…]

Concert Review: Spandau Ballet

Concert Review: Spandau Ballet

Last Tuesday, the 80s new wave group Spandau Ballet rocked the 9:30 Club with a night full of slow jams and funky hits from yesteryear. These pioneers of the New Romantic movement, now in their 50s, played their first-ever D.C. show with an impressive level of energy and charm and[Read More…]

Concert Review: Laura Tsaggaris

Concert Review: Laura Tsaggaris

With her domineering vocals and infectious personality, the ever-changing Laura Tsaggaris has been one to look out for. In a preview of the upcoming release of her fourth album on iTunes on Feb. 17, she put on a show at the 9:30 Club on Feb. 4, and her performance represented[Read More…]

by February 13, 2015 0 comments Arts & Entertainment, The Guide
ISOBELLA GOONETILLAKE/THE HOYA
The up-and-coming duo Jack + Eliza brought 1960s spirit to their intimate performance at Hill & Dale Records.

Concert Review: Jack + Eliza

★★★★☆ Last month, two grungy 19-year-olds performed in a small record store filled with fewer than 20 people. The duo was called Jack + Eliza, and the two musicians filled the room with their combined guitar strumming and drowsy ’60s, Motown-style harmonies. This unconventional blend of electric guitars and nostalgic,[Read More…]