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Rufus Wainwright: 9:30 Club, Washington, DC 02/12/2013

One leaves a Rufus Wainwright concert torn between the terrible choice of giving in to their desire to listen to songs they just heard as album versions set against the stark reality that the version they heard live will almost certainly cause the audio version to pale in comparison– and this goes even for solo shows like the one at the 9:30 Club.

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The Lumineers: DAR Constitution Hall, Washington, DC 01/30/2013

No one knows how long the indie-folk moment The Lumineers are spearheading will stay aflame but with performances, and sold out shows like this audiences will likely be able to see a progression and hopefully a maturation from the jam-based folksy energy into something more.

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Trey Anastasio & Classic TAB @ 9:30 Club

Trey Anastasio and Classic TAB continue their tour in Washington D.C. this evening at the legendary 9:30 Club. The snow is falling hard in our nation’s capital which we think

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Review: Black Keys vs. Dan Auerbach

With The Black Keys and Dan Auerbach each hitting stops in the greater Maryland/Washington D.C. region last month, it only seemed appropriate to stack the two shows against each other – Auerbach’s main gig vs. his side gig, Baltimore, MD vs. Washington D.C., duo vs. ensemble.

[All Photos By Zachary Herrmann]

So, what better way to compare the two than with a Battle of the Bands? We’ll tally up points for each round, and, at the end, crown a winner. Let’s see how Auerbach fared against Auerbach.


With The Black Keys, you know exactly what you’re getting: two dudes, a guitar, a drum kit and a lot of noise. The Akron, Ohio twosome has been doing its dirty, bluesy, garage rock thing for the better part of the decade and – after last year’s brilliant Attack and Release – is in perhaps its creative height.

Dan Auerbach’s backing band for his first solo tour behind last month’s Keep It Hid was more of an uncertainty. We knew going in that Texas upstarts Hacidena – whose 2008 album, Loud Is the Night was produced by Auerbach – would be backing Auerbach, but we didn’t know My Morning Jacket drummer Patrick O’Hallahan would be joining in on added percussion. The Feb. 28 show was the band’s first live performance (something Auerbach noted early on) and this new, six-piece gave Auerbach more room to breathe than he’s ever had with The Black Keys. With two drummers, a bassist, keyboards and a rhythm guitarist to back him, Auerbach was able to focus on his vocals and his leads, with a full band to fill the space in between.

READ ON for the rest of Rudi’s comparison of Dan vs. The Keys…

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