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Turning on the LIGHTS at DC’s 9:30 Club

WASHINGTON, December 04, 2015 – It’s been three years since the Canadian pop star LIGHTS last played at Washington DC’s 9:30 Club. Those three plus years have been somewhat tumultuous for this singer. Not only did she release a new album, Little Machines, in 2014. She’s given birth to her first child. Life-changing events like ...

Review: José González at the 9:30 Club

WASHINGTON, May 18, 2015 – Often, DC’s 9:30 Club can bring on the flash and pop when it comes to lighting their shows, though in some cases, it’s the performer’s light crew. As for the venue itself, the lighting system is not overly complex. But the 9:30 Club’s capacity for putting on a show in ...

JJ Grey and Mofro: Southern rock at the 9:30 Club

WASHINGTON, March 19, 2015 – The recent JJ Grey and Mofro show at the 9:30 Club might not have been sold out. But at various times during their set, it certainly had the appearance of a sold-out show. People were swirling and chanting along with JJ Grey’s voice. They weren’t really dancing in a traditional ...

Music Review: New Politics at DC’s 9:30 Club

WASHINGTON, January 15, 2015 – From the moment New Politics stepped on stage at the 9:30 Club in a flash of light, everything that followed during their set happened in a burst. It might be something that’s expected of a pop band these days. But in their recent appearance here, New Politics seemed to take ...

RDGLDGRN and the DMV celebrate at DC’s 9:30 Club

WASHINGTON, January 12, 2015 – The greater Washington D.C. metropolitan area is a good deal more diverse than many people outside the Beltway tend to realize upon first glance. Since the Constitution effectively limits the District of Columbia to its original boundaries (minus Arlington), it can’t annex or grow like other cities. So its effective ...

Music Review: Roméo Testa at DC’s 9:30 Club

WASHINGTON, December 10, 2014 – Roméo Testa was nervous when he started his recent set at the 9:30 Club. This wasn’t initially the case when he first stepped on the stage. But that feeling started to sink in once he got a better look at the audience. This wasn’t likely observable to the casual audience ...

Review: Hip-hop artist Lizzo at the 9:30 Club

WASHINGTON, November 21, 2014 – At least in theory, the kind of energy hip-hop artists during their performances makes them the ideal opening acts for any sort of headliner. That is, as long as they’re on board with the natural process of a live show. At the 9:30 Club recently, Lizzo was opening for Clean ...

Review: Delta Heavy at D.C.’s 9:30 Club

WASHINGTON, November 17, 2014 – Attending a performance of Electronic Dance Music (EDM) by a band like London’s Delta Heavy is less about the group or performer than any normal concert or show. Yes, the majority of people who attend these shows do so because they hold a connection with the DJ, whether that DJ ...

Music review: Neon Trees at the 9:30 Club

WASHINGTON, September 18, 2014 − During Neon Trees’ recent appearance at DC’s 9:30 Club, it was unclear exactly how many people in the audience had ever been in a music video before. And it’s not certain that even these individuals were quite prepared for the fact they were to be employed as props for live ...

Review: The Knocks and ASTR at D.C.’s 9:30 Club

WASHINGTON, September 10, 2014 − Crafting the atmosphere of a show consistently is a difficult thing for any touring band to do. It’s an art and a formula a band must be able to replicate night and night out, making the audience feel that what the band is creating is authentic and organic yet as ...

Conor Oberst performs two sold-out shows at DC’s 9:30 Club

WASHINGTON, July 8, 2014 – Conor Oberst is commonly recognized as a legend in any number of indie rock scenes. For many people, his best-known work has been with the band Bright Eyes. But he’s been involved in so many other projects that the Bright Eyes linkage necessarily common knowledge just the same. Yet more often ...

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Surprising Haim: Three sister ensemble performs at DC’s 9:30 Club

WASHINGTON, June 6, 2014 – Anything anyone thinks they know about California band Haim before seeing them live can easily be tossed out the window. Haim demonstrated they’re one of the most surprising bands to garner the high level of popularity they’ve achieved in quite some time, as they performed the first of two sold ...

Dale Earnhardt Jr Jr performs at DC’s 9:30 Club

WASHINGTON, April 18, 2014 – Dale Earnhardt Jr Jr is the kind of cumbersome band name that’s difficult to take seriously. The name in and of itself is kind of silly, starting with the double juniors in the title. But then, to top it off, the band borrows the name of a sports figure not ...

Cowboy Mouth energizes the 9:30 Club

WASHINGTON, March 24, 2014 – When Cowboy Mouth started their set at the 9:30 Club recently, there was certain kind of energy in the air that almost seemed uncommon for an opening song. At first, the energy came in a quick burst. But what was really surprising was the way this band was able to ...

Review: Welsh band Los Campesinos! at the 9:30 Club

WASHINGTON, February 21, 2014 – The one thing no one should ever forget when seeing Los Campesinos! – or just listening to them in general – is this: Los Campesinos! are just plain fun. Anyone standing in the crowd at the 9:30 Club who were familiar with Los Campesinos! understood this as a truism during ...