Posts Tagged ‘Washington D.C.’

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Featuring Steve Vai, Yngwie Malmsteen, Zakk Wylde, Nuno Bettencourt and Tosin Abasi. Photos by Greg Maki. (more…)

Matt Heafy, left, and Paolo Gregoletto of Trivium

Matt Heafy, left, and Paolo Gregoletto of Trivium

Review by Greg Maki
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For some people, a vacation is a time of relaxation, of escaping the real world and the responsibilities that come with it. Some visit with friends and family. Others travel to new and exotic locations around the world.

Me? I take a break from my day job to cover four concerts in five days, in two states and the District of Columbia. (more…)

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SaladDays

The critically acclaimed documentary chronicling the rise of punk rock in Washington, DC.

Salad Days: A Decade of Punk in Washington, DC (1980-90) is a documentary film that examines the early DIY punk scene in the Nation’s Capital. It was a decade when seminal bands like Bad Brains, Minor Threat, Government Issue, Scream, Void, Faith, Rites of Spring, Marginal Man, Fugazi, and others released their own records and booked their own shows—without major record label constraints or mainstream media scrutiny. Contextually, it was a cultural watershed that predated the alternative music explosion of the 1990s (and the industry’s subsequent implosion). Thirty years later, DC’s original DIY punk spirit serves as a reminder of the hopefulness of youth, the power of community and the strength of conviction.

Director/writer Scott Crawford is a music journalist, musician, and graphic designer. As a teenager in the DC suburbs, he started a fanzine called Metrozine that documented much of what was happening in the DC hardcore punk scene in the 1980s.

“The DC punk music scene that I grew up with in the 1980s has always been a big part of who I am,” says Scott. “I interviewed a lot of these bands for the first time over 30 years ago while doing a fanzine. Approaching them all again decades later offered a type of perspective and reflection that I wanted to capture in a film.”

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DH-romanceIn the world of metalcore, there are few bands with the reputation of Washington, D.C.’s Darkest Hour.

Over the course of its 16-year career, the band has perfected this style and spawned countless imitators. The band’s latest release, The Human Romance, seems like less of an attempt to break new ground as it as a retrenchment, a statement of “We built this shit, ya know?” (more…)

Rob Zombie

Rob Zombie

Rob Zombie live photos
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Review by Greg Maki

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A label change from his longtime home at Geffen Records to Roadrunner’s Loud & Proud imprint delayed the release of Rob Zombie’s new album for nearly three months—but, as always, the show must go on. Zombie’s fall tour, his first jaunt supporting Hellbilly Deluxe 2: Noble Jackals, Penny Dreadfuls and the Systematic Dehumanization of Cool (now due Feb. 2, 2010), went on as scheduled and ended on a night with a treacherous mix of snow, sleet and rain at the famous 9:30 Club in Washington, D.C. (more…)

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BTBAM-Tour-PosterIn Flames w/Between the Buried and Me, 3 Inches of Blood, The Faceless

By Jeff Maki, Ryan Mavity

As the touring cycle for In Flames’ latest album, A Sense of Purpose, winds down, the influential Swedes—after a 2008 tour with All That Remains and a slot on Gigantour 2008—are on their third U.S. run in support of the album. Having seen the band live numerous times, this is the first time I’ve seen them as loose and fan-friendly as they were tonight. (more…)

Alice in Chains

Alice in Chains

Review by Greg Maki
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Alice in Chains’ Sept. 4, 2009, show at Washington, D.C. ’s famed 9:30 Club was significant for more than one reason. Foremost, it was the band’s first night on its first tour supporting its first new studio album in 14 years. Second, singer William DuVall said he was born in the area, and both his 98-year-old grandmother and 5-month-old son were in attendance. Covering one extreme to the other, he said, this show was as much about opening new doors as it was walking through old ones. (more…)

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James Hetfield of Metallica

James Hetfield of Metallica

Metallica live photos
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Review by Greg Maki
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Long ago, Metallica secured its place in music history. Its first four albums, released between 1983 and 1988, are the gold standard in metal; the self-titled “black album” (1991) has sold more than 20 million copies; and later this year, they will be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. (more…)

Brent Smith of Shinedown

Brent Smith of Shinedown

Review by Greg Maki

I was disappointed to hear lead guitarist Nick Perri had left Shinedown. He was only with the band for about a year and did not get the opportunity to make any contributions in the studio, but he had helped it become one of the tightest live acts around. That much was evident earlier this year at Rams Head Live in Baltimore, Md., and again in 2008’s final month at Washington, D.C.’s world-famous 9:30 Club.

The set list in D.C. was almost identical to the one in Baltimore five months ago, but the change in both setting and season (Christmas lights decorated the inside of the club) made for a very different atmosphere. (more…)