Friday, November 11, 2016

Friday Fix

Lindsey Stirling

Hey all! I know, two posts in two days, what does this guy think he owns the place? Well, as a completely unqualified man, I'm going with "yes, yes I do."

Some songs I think you should listen to: (Spoiler alert, it's a recap of the last 7 #todayssongs I've tweeted out)

  1. Throwback Thursday Special:

Shows coming up in DC that I'm going to:

Tue 11/15 - Lincoln Theatre - The Naked and Famous

I've seen them before in concert, and the energy that they exude while on stage is contagious. You cannot go to this concert and not be super happy. Since bursting on the scene about 6 years ago, they've released albums every 3 years, and each has built upon the energetic body of work preceding it. I challenge you to listen to "Young Blood," and not feel like, well, you're young and naïve still.

You can find their new album "Simple Forms" here: iTunes | Spotify

I'm also really interested in seeing XYLØ open for them, because I'm nothing if not a sucker for electropop.

Mon 11/21 - Lincoln Theatre - Ingrid Michaelson

I first heard of her when I saw her open for Dave Matthews Band in 2008. (In case you were wondering, I can't be a music snob when I've been to over 50 DMB shows, but please don't hold that against me... too much.) Her smoky, but optimistic, voice carries melodies that make you sway with the beat, and from what I've heard, her "Hell No" tour, which started in my home city of Cincinnati, has been full of her rocking small to mid sized venues.

I'm not sure which sibling act opener I'm more excited to see - XYLØ for TNAF, or AJR for Ingrid Michaelson. These three guys are hilarious and have taken their new attention 100% in stride. You just can't beat "bad white folks dancing" for a self-aware video, and they did it perfectly. Their sound is fun, their vibe is fun, and sometimes there's nothing better than a garden variety pop sound.

Tue 11/29 - Gypsy Sally's - Girls, Guns, and Glory

The best way to describe these guys is that they inhabit the space somewhere between alt-country and Hank Williams... ALL of it. (The good, deceased Hank Williams, not his far-less-talented son.) Their unique sound is something to be cherished, especially because Gypsy Sally's is one of my favorite intimate venues in the DC area.

Check out their new album "Love and Protest" here: iTunes | Amazon | Google Play.

Wed 11/30 - 9:30 Club - Starfucker/STRFKR

It's difficult to make it to the mainstream when your name is Starfucker, but this band has done well with the name and the music. They're probably best known for "Rawnald Gregory Erickson the Second," but they're a mainstay in both TV and Movies. They've done what they can to make their name safe for work, but their music is as potent as ever.

Check out their new album "Being No One, Going Nowhere" here: Spotify

Shows coming up in DC in the next three months that you should go to, and I might go to:

First of all, if you're not going to a show on Tuesday, November 15, I'm not sure I want to know you - there are three awesome acts all around the area.

Tuesday 11/15 - Echostage - Good Charlotte
Tuesday 11/15 - Fillmore Silver Spring - The Fray and American Authors
Tuesday 11/15 - Lincoln Theatre - The Naked and Famous
Thursday 11/17 - Echostage - Two Door Cinema Club
Monday 11/21 - Lincoln Theatre - Ingrid Michaelson
Tuesday 11/22 - Lincoln Theatre - Ingrid Michaelson
Saturday 11/26 - Warner Theater- Brian Setzer Orchestra
Tuesday 11/29 - Gypsy Sally's - Girls, Guns, and Glory
Wednesday 11/30 - 9:30 Club - Starfucker
Wednesday 12/7 and Thursday 12/8 - Fillmore Silver Spring - 94.7 FM Not So Silent Night (two days)
Wednesday 12/7 - Fillmore Silver Spring  - 94.7 NSSN Day 1: Mike Posner, Lindsey Stirling, and JoJo
Thursday 12/8 - Fillmore Silver Spring  - 94.7 NSSN Day 2: Third Eye Blind w. Wrable, The Rua
Thursday 12/8 - Birchmere - The Dan Band
Saturday 12/10 - Black Cat - Reverend Horton Heat
Sunday 12/11 - Hamilton Live - Edwin McCain
Monday 12/12 - Birchmere - Big Bad Voodoo Daddy
Thursday 12/15 - Birchmere - Carbon Leaf
Thursday 12/15 - 9:30 Club - Thievery Corporation
Sunday 12/18 - Fillmore Silver Spring - Lauryn Hill
Tuesday 12/20 - Hamilton Live - Los Lobos
Friday 12/23 - Hamilton Live - Virginia Coalition
Friday 12/23 - Fillmore Silver Spring - 80s and 90s Dance Party with DJ BIZ MARKIE!
Friday 12/30 - Hamilton Live - Old 97s * - I'll be there
Saturday 12/31 - Hamilton Live - Old 97s
Wednesday 1/4/17 - Hamilton Live - $20-25 - Cherry Poppin Daddies - WITH A DANCE FLOOR!
Thursday 1/12/17 - Echostage - Run the Jewels * - I'll be there
Friday 1/20/17 - Birchmere - Ricky Skaggs
Saturday 1/21/17 - Birchmere - Ricky Skaggs
Friday 1/27/17 - Howard Theatre - Ginuwine
Sunday 1/29/17 - Birchmere - Phil Vassar

Stations you should create this week:

1. Radical Face

Ben Cooper's haunting vocals will stay with you, and his sound provides a perfect keystone to create a station on. You won't have to add anymore seeds to this station and can just let the music wash over you.

"Welcome Home"

2. Andrew McMahon/Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness/Something Corporate/Jack's Mannequin

I'm not going to lie, I feel like "Everything in Transit" might be one of the most perfectly constructed albums of all time. It encapsulates its mood and its time perfectly. I challenge you to listen to it and not instantly be transported to the innocence of your first love and the crushing misery of your first heartbreak. Despite "Dark Blue" and "Into the Airwaves" starring on this CD, I can't let go of "La La Lie," and you shouldn't either.

"La La Lie"

Band tour to spotlight this week:

The Lumineers

There's really nothing more to say about this band than they're perfect. They are great live, they're great on an album, and even better, Kaleo is their opener! If you're ANYWHERE near them, you have to see them live!

Their sophomore album, Cleopatra, takes and builds on the amazing sound they had four years ago with their self-titled debut. It's a richer, more complex sound: they're growing into it, and I can't wait to see what they come up with next!

Check out their new single "Angela/Patience" here: Vevo

17            Omaha, NE                             CenturyLink Center
19            Minneapolis, MN              Target Center
20            Rosemont, IL                        Allstate Arena
21            St. Louis, MO                        Chaifetz Arena
24            Kansas City, MO                 Sprint Center
26            Grand Rapids, MI              Van Andel Arena
27            Auburn Hills, MI                 Palace of Auburn Hills
28            Columbus, OH                     Schottenstein Center
31            Cincinnati, OH                     US Bank Arena

2               New York, NY                        Madison Square Garden
28            Grand Prairie, TX               Verizon Theater

2               Sugar Land, TX                     Smart Financial Centre
3               New Orleans, LA                UNO Lakefront Arena
8               Duluth, GA                             Infinite Energy Center
10            Indianapolis, IN                   Bankers Life Fieldhouse
11            Cleveland, OH                     Wolstein Center
14            Pittsburgh, PA                     Petersen Events Center
16            Uncasville, CT                      Mohegan Sun Arena
18            Montreal, QC                       Bell Centre
19            Quebec City, QC                 Videotron Centre
21            Ottawa, ON                           Canadian Tire Centre
22            London, ON                           Budweiser Gardens
24            Des Moines, IA                    Wells Fargo Arena
25            Milwaukee, WI                   BMO Harris Bradley Center
28            Winnipeg, MB                      MTS Centre
30            Saskatoon, SK                      SaskTel Centre
31            Edmonton, AB                      Rogers Place     

Thought of the week:

Just do what you can to put as much love as you can into the world out there. Believe me, it needs it.

'Til next time... keep on listening, keep on singing, and keep live music alive.

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