By Brian Ossip, DC Music Live
Brendon Urie of Panic! At The Disco on 01/28/14
Photo by Brian Ossip, DC Music Live
With an album and tour name like Too Weird To Live, Too Rare To Die, you’re setting the expectations pretty high for what should be a killer show. For anyone who has actually seen Panic! At The Disco live before, there was no doubt, though, there was no need to worry.
A decade after their debut release A Fever You Can’t Sweat Out, featuring the absolutely huge mega-hit “I Write Sins Not Tragedies,” Panic! released its fourth full-length album, the aforementioned Too Weird To Live, To Rare To Die!, in 2013 to mixed reviews. It was obvious that the group’s sound has changed; the new tracks have a dancier, electronic vibe to them.
By Jason Williams, DC Music Live
K.Michell. Jhene Aiko. Bridget Kelly. Elle Varner. Not names plucked at random, but four young and promising R&B songstresses who through blending their talents and experiences carry on a musical tradition that Etta James, Patti LaBelle and countless others forged. In a similar vein, hip-hop, from its inception, has never had a shortage of enterprising young men who took their real and sometimes enhanced stories of street life and spun them into chart topping success. Some would suggest that XXL’s annual Freshman Class is the closest thing to a formalized “who’s next” list. Personally, I think you have better odds picking today’s Powerball numbers than knowing a rap legend in the making. Nevertheless, Pusha T, born Terrence Thornton, never made XXL Freshman Class list. Possibly because King Push was an established artist before the official/unofficial honor even got started. However, what the treasured few of XXL’s Freshman Class and Pusha T had in common was a tremendous amount of doubt if they could live up to the hype.
By Keiana Smith-McDowell, DC Music Live
Photo courtesy of the NY Daily News
On Thursday, Jay Z touched down in Washington D.C. performing at a packed Verizon Center as a stop on his Magna Carta World Tour. Jay Z opened the show with “U Don’t Know,” from arguably one of his best albums The Blueprint and from there continued walking the crowd down memory lane performing popular songs from Vol.2… Hard Knock Life, The Black Album, and his Summer 2013 release, Magna Carta… Holy Grail.
Jay has a long history of hits – 17 years to be exact – and reminded the screaming crowd last night saying “I got a million of these,” but it was songs like “On to the Next One,” and “Big Pimpin’” that kept the people on their feet.
During the show, Hov showed love to Oakland rapper, Too $hort with a mix of “Blow the Whistle” and “99 Problems.” He also acknowledged former NBA Player and Maryland native Sam “Sam I Am” Cassel, and Georgetown University professor, Michael Eric Dyson, whom he referred to as “Royalty.”
Jay Z ended the show with “Young, Forever” – a tribute to Nelson Mandela.
Check out some video from last nights show after the jump.