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How We Can Honor Our Vets Every Day

Caroline Cunningham | Posted 11.10.2014 | DC
Caroline Cunningham

Veterans Day is an important time to look for ways we can support these brave men and women in our own communities. It's an opportunity for all of us to remember the sacrifices our fellow citizens have made on our behalf, and to shine a bright light on their needs.

Remembering My Top 200 Concerts of the Year (So Far)

Ben E. Kessler | Posted 11.16.2013 | DC
Ben E. Kessler

I couldn't have been more nervous for show No. 189 (Spiritualized). It wasn't a date. Actually, I was by myself.

Concert Whereabouts (Nov. 12 - Nov 18)

Ben E. Kessler | Posted 01.12.2013 | DC
Ben E. Kessler

Legends, distant memories and old friends fill a very busy week here in D.C. Shows abound and genres be damned, with Milkman's Union, The Who, Mirah and The Magnetic Fields, to name a few.

How to Succeed in Concertgoing by Really Trying: My 24 Hours With The Hold Steady, Beach House and OFF!

Ben E. Kessler | Posted 12.19.2012 | DC
Ben E. Kessler

It was all over: four shows in 24 hours. There's a lot to experience in our city. If you don't mind temporary exhaustion you just might be able to do it all.

Concert Whereabouts (Sept. 24 - Sept. 30)

Ben E. Kessler | Posted 11.25.2012 | DC
Ben E. Kessler

I'll be missing out on our wonderful area's musical events this weekend in favor of a Pearl Jam show benefiting the campaign of Senator Jon Tester (D-MT). Sincerest apologies to Crystal Castles, Crocodiles, David Byrne and St. Vincent -- Missoula calls.

Concert Whereabouts (Sept. 10 - Sept. 16)

Ben E. Kessler | Posted 11.10.2012 | DC
Ben E. Kessler

This weekend will not be devoted to live music, but rather celebrating the nuptials of my dear friends Mary Beth and Cristine. This is noteworthy, because the inability to go to shows on Friday and Saturday has turned my world on its ear.

Concert Whereabouts (Sept. 4 - Sept. 9)

Ben E. Kessler | Posted 11.04.2012 | DC
Ben E. Kessler

Now that you have hopefully, and properly, celebrated the contributions of the labor movement to American society by enjoying a long weekend, it's time to get to work. But not work exactly. Actually, not work at all...

Concert Whereabouts (Aug. 6-Aug. 12)

Ben E. Kessler | Posted 10.06.2012 | DC
Ben E. Kessler

The lure of Phish takes me away from the 15th through the 20th. And while I take comfort in knowing that Family of the Year and Charli XCX also await me in San Francisco, I must acknowledge that there will be plenty happening here without me.

Concert Whereabouts (July 30 - August 5)

Ben E. Kessler | Posted 09.29.2012 | DC
Ben E. Kessler

It's a week in the D.C.-area of familiar faces, old friends, and those who waited too long to visit. There aren't any headline-grabbing shows or tough tickets.

Concert Whereabouts (July 23 - July 29)

Ben E. Kessler | Posted 09.22.2012 | DC
Ben E. Kessler

It certainly would appear that under no circumstances does my week of concerts end the way it begins. Those in attendance on Monday and Sunday nights will likely have little in common by way of musical taste.

Concert Whereabouts (July 16 - July 22)

Ben E. Kessler | Posted 09.15.2012 | DC
Ben E. Kessler

Serving as a purveyor of the age-old adage of forgoing that which isn't nice in favor of nothing at all, you will not find a single word about the biggest shows in the D.C. area this week.

Concert Whereabouts (June 11 - June 17)

Ben E. Kessler | Posted 08.11.2012 | DC
Ben E. Kessler

Since we don't get to bring people back from the dead, the Beach Boys' roster isn't perfect, but like with so many things, we take what we can get. And seeing the remaining members play together again is just about the best we can get.

Concert Whereabouts (May 28 - Jun. 3)

Ben E. Kessler | Posted 07.29.2012 | DC
Ben E. Kessler

Overall, it's a generally light week for me, but between Miranda Lambert and Big Freedia, you'll at least see a nice cross section of what makes this country of ours so great.

Concert Whereabouts (May 14 - May 20)

Ben E. Kessler | Posted 07.15.2012 | DC
Ben E. Kessler

Joshua Tillman takes everything he learned from being in Fleet Foxes and makes it a whole lot less boring. As Father John Misty, Tillman doesn't stray far from what made his band so popular, but picks up the pace just enough.

Concert Whereabouts (May 7 - May 13)

Ben E. Kessler | Posted 07.07.2012 | DC
Ben E. Kessler

Hurry Up, We're Dreaming may not be Anthony Gonzalez's strongest effort, but M83 is where they belong in D.C. -- at the 9:30 Club. There will be a guaranteed dance party on Saturday. In fact, there will be two of them.

Concert Whereabouts (Apr. 30 - May 6)

Ben E. Kessler | Posted 06.30.2012 | DC
Ben E. Kessler

Marilyn Manson will likely not be the strangest show of the week. These acts run the gamut from the incredibly beautiful to the slightly bizarre. There will be voices and sounds on display that might even have a touch of both.

Concert Whereabouts (Apr. 23 - Apr 29)

Ben E. Kessler | Posted 06.23.2012 | DC
Ben E. Kessler

They come from all around the globe to play in D.C. this week. There are those who are returning to a place they once called home, newcomers selling out this city's best club, and smaller shows. If you have a ticket, you can hear it all.

Concert Whereabouts (April 16 - April 22)

Ben E. Kessler | Posted 06.17.2012 | DC
Ben E. Kessler

Back to nearly a full week of music in D.C. for me. Cheyenne Marie Mize at Black Cat, Möbius Strip and The Andalusians at Crooked Beat Records, Shpongle at the 9:30 Cluband and the list goes on...

Concert Whereabouts (Apr. 9 - Apr. 16)

Ben E. Kessler | Posted 06.09.2012 | DC
Ben E. Kessler

One more night with Bruce and a rare evening with Pulp keep me away from the District for a couple of nights this week. The Magnetic Fields will be at the 9:30 Club on Monday.

Concert Whereabouts (Mar 12. - Mar. 18)

Ben E. Kessler | Posted 05.12.2012 | DC
Ben E. Kessler

They want you to to think that anyone with an ounce of musical creativity will be in Austin this week. Never fear, those who have been left behind. There will be music outside Texas. In fact, some of that music will be in D.C.

Concert Whereabouts (Mar. 5 - Mar. 11)

Ben E. Kessler | Posted 05.05.2012 | DC
Ben E. Kessler

Oberhofer falls into the multitude of indie bands churning out lo-fi music. Thankfully for the listener, and the audience on Tuesday night, this group favors a rock and roll influence more than obtuse haze.

Concert Whereabouts (Feb. 27 - Mar. 4)

Ben E. Kessler | Posted 04.28.2012 | DC
Ben E. Kessler

There will be comfort to be had in the various music venues across D.C. Whether it's pop, hip-hop, rock, or rockabilly that makes you feel at home, there's somewhere for you to be this week.

Concert Whereabouts (Feb. 20 - Feb. 26)

Ben E. Kessler | Posted 04.22.2012 | DC
Ben E. Kessler

The most notable shows of the week may be the ones I am choosing not to attend. It's not that the concerts that I will attend are entirely unknown, but just that much more reliable than the big names.

Concert Whereabouts (Jan. 30 - Feb. 5)

Ben E. Kessler | Posted 03.31.2012 | DC
Ben E. Kessler

Taking a few nights off this week, and unless I'm missing something, the alternative is not entirely tempting. The weekend is surprisingly bare, but there's also the Super Bowl with which to contend.

The Bangles Warm Up Washington

Marlene Hall | Posted 12.09.2011 | DC
Marlene Hall

The Bangles played to a close to sold-out show at the famous/infamous 9:30 club. It's pretty cool seeing three women rocking it like they do on the stage... sadly I don't see that too often.