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I have heard alot about Matt & Kim before finally seeing them a few weeks ago opening for Cut Copy. Their energy on stage in infectious, but I didn’t think the songs they played were anything special. They seem like great people to hang out with, but not the best band in the world by any means. That said, I’d go shoot them again in a second. If only other bands were so expressive on stage.
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[Photo Gallery] Matt & Kim @ 9:30 Club
[mp3] Matt & Kim | No More Long Years
[mp3] Matt & Kim | Yea Yeah

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Quite a few people that were there really liked this show. Not me. I still listen to the album quite a bit, but after seeing them twice, I don’t think they do it for me live.
[mp3] Glasvegas | Be My Baby
[Photo Gallery] Glasvegas @ Black Cat

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I honestly knew nothing of Estelle before going to see her at the 9:30 show a few weeks ago. I had heard “American Boy” once or twice (love that shell-toe reset) but that’s it. But she totally owns things in concert. Smart, sassy and full of talent. I think UK R&B in general is light years better than the American version, it’s less formulaic and takes more chances.
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I would go see Estelle again in a heartbeat. I bet she’d be a big hit at a big summer festival, unlike someone like Duffy, who was a total snoozer.
[Photo Gallery] Estelle @ 9:30 Club

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Last time was the second time I have seen Glasvegas in DC and I have come away with the same feeling both times. I really like the album, but as far as the live show goes, there is just something about it that’s a bit off. The band and their show both seem a bit contrived. I get that they think they are big rock stars and that they play to 3000+ each night in the UK, but if that’s the case, they should totally own a gig at a cozy place like the Black Cat, but they didn’t even come close last night. Thinking you deserve it is one thing, showing you deserve it is another. The band has attitude to spare but the songs (especially the lyrics) just don’t hold up. Opening the set with “Geraldine” was a ballsy move, but it backfired on them because James Allan’s vocals sounded very rough (and that’s me being kind). He ultimately got it together about halfway through the set (“Flowers and Football Tops” sounded much better), but it wasn’t enough to salvage the gig in my mind. I’ve seen plenty of sold out shows at the Black Cat, but this was one of the least exciting. But not as bad as this.
Last night turned out to be a bummer all the way around since Duke crashed and burned against Villanova. I DVR’ed the game and will go back and watch it later (caught most of the second half before they cut away to watch Mizzou shoot free throws) and will offer my thoughts then.
No rest for the weary tonight. Primal Scream at the 9:30 Club! The Scream have long been one of my favorite bands and I am super excited for this show. I fully expect my face to be melted off by “Shoot Speed (Kill Light)” or “Swastika Eyes.” The set from their L.A. gig looks incredible. The club is running a two-for-one special on tickets, so there is no excuse not to come!

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I’ve always been pretty meh about Longwave. All style and no substance. I would constantly hear people talk about how great they were but none of their recorded material did a thing for me. I remember being very excited to hear their 2005 album There’s A Fire because the great and wonderful John Leckie produced it but it didn’t do it for me. They piqued my interest again a few months later when they picked up former Sea Ray (RIP) keyboardist and all-around good guy Jeff Sheinkopf for a while, but he eventually left the band and my interest faded.
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Anyways, I had still never seen them live so I thought I would give them a shot on Sunday at the 9:30 and I am so very glad I did. Not sure what has happened to them in the last few years, but man, they were straight fire. I was gobsmacked! Gone were the breezy pop songs I remembered, in their place was a wall of guitar effects that Ride or Spooky-era Lush would be proud of. And lead singer Steve Schiltz has the pipes to keep up too. They were amazing. Wikipedia says they put out a record at the end of last year. I’m going to have to track that down ASAP.
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Also, the band said they were recording the gig for future use. There were quite a few video cameras set up around the venue. Hopefully they share that with all of us before too long.
[Photo Gallery] Longwave @ 9:30 Club

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I wrote up a quickie review on DCist earlier int he week, but here are a few other thoughts on the Bloc Party show from Sunday.

  • It was way sold out. Shoulder to shoulder all the way to the back of the venue.
  • They didn’t play “Waiting for the 7.18” Boo!
  • “Ion Square” was pretty mind-blowing. The slinky keyboards from Gordon provided a nice respite from a very guitar heavy set. Definitely my new fave song.
  • The seamless segue from “Song for Clay (Disappear Here) into “Banquet” was pretty awesome.
  • Best lighting and best sound I’ve experienced from a 9:30 show in a long time.
  • I love it when headliners go on before 9:30. We stayed through the firt encore and still got home a little after 11. Yes, I’m old.

[Photo Gallery] Bloc Pary @ 9:30 Club
Got some killer shots of Longwave. Will post those tomorrow.

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Bloc Party put on a killer show at the 9:30 Club last night. Kele came out onstage wearing a Clinton Portis jersey! Pretty awesome. Head over to DCist for a short review and more photos. I’ll have the full set up in a few days. Loving my new 5D, BTW.
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Last Thursday I swore of basketball for the night (I more than made up for it over the weekend) and headed down to the Black Cat to check out Pree and Meredith Bragg. As I’ve mentioned a few times in the last week or so, Pree is the new group formed by May Tabol, formerly of Le Loup. Her new group put on a great gig showcasing her quirky folk-pop. Definitely worth checking out if you are curious about them. I was surprised at how polished they were.
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Local boy and fellow Kora Records artist Meredith Bragg opened the show. Somehow I had never seen him before, despite him gigging locally all the time. The two names thrown around when describing Bragg, Elliott Smith and Ben Gibbard, are right on the money. If intelligent, sparse acoustic folk is your thing, Bragg is your man.
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Pree w/ Meredith Bragg @ Black Cat

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I’m a few days late on this (more on that later) but I would be remiss if I didn’t comment on Saturday night’s show. I was very excited about seeing Morrissey at the Warner, it’s one of D.C.’s oldest concert venues, styled like a junior version of Radio City Music Hall.
Strangely, I was not nearly as nervous to photograph Moz this time around. I was pins and needles two years ago at DAR, but was strangely calm this time. That is, until the rush of people crowding the front of the stage when the lights went down. I don’t think security at that venue was used to crowds like that. There was a lot of pushing and shoving at first but eventually everyone got a spot they were happy with and it was somewhat bearable.
I ended up stage right and in retrospect, it was too far from center. And due to the crowds, I couldn’t move around. The lighting was coming from the sides and back of the stage with a spotlight on Moz, so I got mostly profile stuff. Overall I got some good photos, but nothing as iconic as last time.
The show itself was better than I was expecting. I’m still not a fan of Years of Refusal and I wish he would have played some songs off of Ringleader of the Tormentors (I am still bitter that he was over playing those songs by then time his tour got to the East Coast two years ago). I still don’t like the alt-rock version of “This Charming Man” but “Ask” was quite nice. It was a thrill of hear Morrissey sing about the buck-toothed girl in Luxembourg. He also played a Buzzcocks cover and broke out “First of the Gang to Die” for the first time on this tour (Reader Ken notes that Moz played this in Myrtle Beach. Don’t forget to fact check, kids!). Moz hearts DC, he always breaks out something new here. I was hoping for “Reader Meet Author,” but oh well. Also, “Best Friend on the Payroll” sounded surprisingly great, and “The Loop” is still BEST.
Oh, and I’m glad I wasn’t the only one that noticed the heart-shaped sweat stain in Morrissey’s shirt.
Setlist:
This Charming Man / Billy Budd / Black Cloud / Let Me Kiss You / How Soon Is Now? / I’m Throwing My Arms Around Paris / How Can Anybody Possibly Know How I Feel? / Ask / Seasick, Yet Still Docked / Something Is Squeezing My Skull / Death Of A Disco Dancer / You Say You Don’t Love Me / It’s Not Your Birthday Anymore / The Loop / Why Don’t You Find Out For Yourself? / Best Friend On The Payroll / I Keep Mine Hidden / Sorry Doesn’t Help / The World Is Full Of Crashing Bores / I’m OK By Myself // First Of The Gang To Die
Lastly, I would highly recommend checking out David Malitz’s Washington Post review (with more of my photos!) and Chrs Klimek’s review for DCist.
PS – I have now photographed Morrissey, Radiohead and Oasis for the Washington Post. Jarvis, you’re next.

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You already heard me blather on and on about how amazing this show was. Now, check out the visual evidence.
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Dead Confederate @ Black Cat

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