Shirley Manson
Photos: Joseph Cultice

Alt-Rock Queen Garbage’s Shirley Manson

More than 20 years have passed since Garbage’s first album hit airwaves, gifting the 90s with their revolutionary sound that wraps alt-rock, grunge, trip-hop and even some pop sensibilities into one badass package. It seems only fitting that one of the most influential rock bands of the past two decades, revered by Gen Xers and […]


Aimee Mann in performance at The Lincoln Theater in Washington, DC on April 20, 2017.
Aimee Mann brought her smart, catchy and somewhat cynical pop sensibility to The Lincoln Theater stage to open her tour in support of her newest album,"Mental Illness." Although described by at least one reviewer as "her best work in years," a cynic might observe that every new Aimee Mann album represents her best work in years. Judging from her performance this night (a mix of "hits," deep cuts, and the new songs), Ms. Mann's songwriting, performance and stage presence skills are still top-notch.
For more on Aimee, her music, and current tour find her on FB or here: And check out "Mental Illness." Everybody should have it.
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Valerie June's sold out performance at Sixth and I Synagogue in Washington, DC on March 9, 2017.

Ms. June reminds me of Supremes era Diana Ross, not so much for her music, but for the on-stage presence combination of talent, strength, beauty and vulnerability. She spoke of how her songs come to her through dreams and singing voices. And what songs! I heard delta blues, funk, folk, rock, Motown and soul. Her newest recording, "The Order of Time" is out now. Find it at:


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Danú to Perform at GMU for St. Patrick’s Day

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Music Picks: March 2017

TUESDAY, MARCH 7 All Them Witches What does it mean that out…
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Open Your Ears and Listen to the Sounds of the City

If you're plugged into the local DC music scene, it's likely…
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ShamrockFest’s Quest for Best Irish Celebration

For the past 18 years, DC has enjoyed a plethora of celebration…
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Ska Darlings Save Ferris at Black Cat

I’m not going to lie. When I found out that 90s ska band Save…

Concerts & Festivals

7:00 pm Andy Shauf @ Rock and Roll Hotel DC
Andy Shauf @ Rock and Roll Hotel DC
May 2 @ 7:00 pm
Andy Shauf @ Rock and Roll Hotel DC
Canada’s Andy Shauf returns to our area to headline his own show. He last appeared a few months ago as opener for the Case/Lang/Veirs tour. Shauf’s tunes are a mix of Elliott Smith, Nick Drake[...]
6:30 pm Historical Continuity of Greek M... @ Cosmos Club
Historical Continuity of Greek M... @ Cosmos Club
May 3 @ 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Historical Continuity of Greek Music @ Cosmos Club | Washington | District of Columbia | United States
Professor Panagiotis Liaropoulos, Associate Professor at Berklee College of Music, will address the issue of historical continuity of Greek music from ancient times to the present. Manifestations of such continuity – or discontinuity – will[...]
7:00 pm Ab-Soul @ The Fillmore Silver Spring
Ab-Soul @ The Fillmore Silver Spring
May 4 @ 7:00 pm
Ab-Soul @ The Fillmore Silver Spring
Part of the Black Hippy collective, essentially the four horsemen of California rap, with Kendrick Lamar, Jay Rock and Schoolboy Q, Ab-Soul shares similarities to his West Coast contemporaries, but also stands out amongst the[...]
7:00 pm Brian Wilson @ The Lincoln Theatre
Brian Wilson @ The Lincoln Theatre
May 4 @ 7:00 pm
Brian Wilson @ The Lincoln Theatre
The Beach Boys legend is on a tour he’s billing as the final performances of the band’s masterpiece, Pet Sounds. A seminal album that inspired countless songwriters, even prompting The Beatles to write their Sgt.[...]
all-day Breakin’ Even Fest @ Songbyrd Music House & Record Cafe
Breakin’ Even Fest @ Songbyrd Music House & Record Cafe
May 5 – May 6 all-day
Breakin' Even Fest @ Songbyrd Music House & Record Cafe
This two-day music festival in DC features headliners Pkew Pkew Pkew and The Sidekicks. Music lovers everywhere can come enjoy and support local bands that are sure to light up DC.