Tag: Punk Rock

Concert Review: Le Butcherettes @ MECU Pavilion 8/21/19

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Le Butcherettes performing at MECU Pavilion

Le Butcherettes are currently out on a massive summer tour with Devil Makes Three, Flogging Molly, and Social Distortion. The band is extensively touring North American in support of their 4th studio album, bi/MENTAL. Le Butcherettes is a fearless musical force lead by founding member and singer/guitarist/keyboardist Teri Gender Bender. Of course, I was there in the photo pit once again rocking out and taking pictures. As always, Le Butcherettes kicked ass and proved that they are still progressing and are not to be overlooked.

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Teri Gender Bender of Le Butcherettes performing at MECU Pavilion
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Le Butcherettes is a band that I never miss an opportunity to catch performing live. I’ve been following Le Butcherettes’ bread crumb trail for over 4 years now. Le Butcherettes have been rapidly gaining a large underground following of diverse music lovers. Le Butcherettes’ music appeals to such a diverse audience due to their musical diversity/style, stage performance, cultural background, and of course the fact that there are two female members in the band draws attention. Aside from all that, they are simply a great rock and roll band. 

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Alejandra Robles Luna of Le Butcherettes performing at MECU Pavilion
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For their performance at MECU Pavilion in Baltimore, MD played a short, but powerful set this time around. When Le Butcherettes took the stage at MECU Pavilion the crowd definitely took notice straight away. Le Butcherettes only played for about 30 minutes, but no time was wasted. They ripped through a few older songs, then primarily played songs from bi/MENTAL. As usual, Le Butcherettes played their hearts out and the crowd loved it. Their live performances have an aggressive punk rock attitude and sound, but strongly convey a sense of peace, love, tranquility, and unity. There is definitely pain and anger in their live performances, but there is also joy, happiness, and redemption. Teri’s voice is so powerful and eclectic. I have never heard a voice quite like hers. She can bring you to tears one minute and then scare the shit out of you the next. 

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Marfred Rodriguez-Lopez of Le Butcherettes performing at MECU Pavilion

As you can see by now, Le Butcherettes are an intensely moving live band. Their live performances have all the passion and intensity of an arena rock show; only this bands singer will literally stare straight into your eyes penetrating your soul while she passionately wails into the microphone. I’ve seen her abruptly jump into the crowd while performing; hitting the floor screaming and crying, and then lifting herself up to hug and console audience members. The other musicians in the band are not too shabby either. Great drumming, bass playing, guitar playing, and keyboard and synth sounds.

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Riko Rodríguez-López of Le Butcherettes performing at MECU Pavilion
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I would have to say that Le Butcherettes have struck gold again and have taken their sound to a new level with the release of their newest studio album, bi/MENTAL. For this album Teri Gender Bender recruited Talking Heads keyboardist Jerry Harrison as producer, and punk rock legend Jello Biafra as the spoken word guest artist. Not bad.

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Le Butcherettes’ current lineup consists of Teresa Suárez Cosío aka Teri Gender Bender (vocals, guitar, keyboard), Riko Rodríguez-López (guitar, bass, synth), Marfred Rodriguez-Lopez (bass), and drummer Alejandra Robles Luna.

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If you haven’t heard or seen Le Butcherettes, I would suggest you check this band out before they completely blow up and become untouchable rock stars on a stage twenty feet high. The band just keeps raising the bar and forcing all other musicians, music fans, and music critics to stand up and take notice. Once you listen to a few of their songs you will likely be hooked and will understand the urgency to see this band live. Do yourself a favor and go rock out with Le Butcherettes!

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Luckily for concert-goers, the band still has several shows remaining on their North American tour. Be sure to check out one of these performances. This band kicks ass!!! Click on the links below to see all Le Butcherettes tour dates and other info…

https://www.lebutcherettesofficial.com/#tour-section

https://www.lebutcherettesofficial.com/

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Here are some more photos of Le Butcherettes performing at MECU Pavilion in Baltimore, Maryland on August 21, 2019. These photos were originally taken while on assignment for These Subtle Sounds. All images copyright and courtesy of Andy Jillson. All images are solely the property of Andy Jillson and Hazy Eye Music Media.

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Check out Le Butcherettes’ bi/MENTAL on Spotify:

Concert Review: Bad Religion @ The Fillmore Silver Spring 8/11/19

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Greg Graffin of Bad Religion performing at The Fillmore Silver Spring

Classic American punk rockers Bad Religion stopped at The Fillmore Silver Spring recently, and I was the lone concert photographer rocking out in the photo pit. I was excited to see Bad Religion for the first time, and happy their performance was at a nice venue close to home. The band hit the stage at The Fillmore in Silver Spring, MD to a tightly packed house and proved that punk is certainly not dead. They very simply kicked ass and sounded fantastic!

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Brian Baker of Bad Religion performing at The Fillmore Silver Spring

Bad Religion’s current lineup consists of Greg Graffin (lead vocals), Jay Bentley (bass guitar/vocals), Brian Baker (guitar/vocals), Mike Dimkich (guitar), Brett Gurewitz (songwriter/guitarist), and Jamie Miller (drums/vocals). They are currently on tour in support of their 17th studio album, Age of Unreason. I’ve seen lots of punk rock shows over the years and without a doubt the fine gentlemen of Bad Religion are still putting other “punk rock” bands to shame. This band is the real deal. Great songwriting, beautiful harmonies, intelligent lyrics, killer guitar playing and drumming, and no filler.

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Jay Bentley of Bad Religion performing at The Fillmore Silver Spring

The band wasted no time and flawlessly ripped through a stellar set of 80’s and 90’s fan favorites. They also played a healthy mix of newer material and a few great songs from their most recent studio release. I honestly could not have been happier with the set list and how my images from the show turned out.

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Mike Dimkich of Bad Religion performing at The Fillmore Silver Spring
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Jamie Miller of Bad Religion performing at The Fillmore Silver Spring

The vocals and harmonizing Bad Religion delivers are still shockingly good, and they seemed to be playing and sounding better than ever. The fans were really worked up at this show. Lots of angst and unrest, but also a true sense of happiness and communal celebration. The crowd cheered and sang along for most of the set. Some noteworthy songs they played included “Them and Us,” “Stranger Than Fiction,” “Recipe for Hate,” “Chaos From Within,” “Los Angeles Is Burning,” “Automatic Man,” “We’re Only Gonna Die,” “Suffer,” “No Control,” “Against the Grain,” “I Want to Conquer the World,” “21st Century (Digital Boy),” “Do the Paranoid Style,” “Infected,” and “American Jesus.”

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Fans of the band love them for lots of different reasons. One reason being that Bad Religion are no slackers musically or lyrically. Their music is intense, shockingly honest, and straight-forward. The lyrics and imagery of the band also cut straight to the point and can startle the most stable mind. Bad Religion have all the talent and raw energy you would want in a live band. They’re not beating a dead horse or just trying to collect a check. Their performance came across as true rock and roll with no bullshit attached. One of the best live rock shows of this summer and fall.  

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Luckily for concert-goers, the band has recently expanded their ongoing North American tour to include a stretch of fall dates. The new 18-date leg kicks off September 17th in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida and wraps October 12th in Sacramento, California. This is a band and a tour you won’t want to miss! Do yourself a favor and go rock out with Bad Religion. Click on the links below to see all tour dates and other Bad Religion info…

https://badreligion.com/tour

http://epitaph.com/artists/bad-religion

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Here are some more photos of Bad Religion performing at The Fillmore in Silver Spring, MD on August 11, 2019. These photos were originally taken while on assignment for These Subtle Sounds. All images copyright and courtesy of Andy Jillson. All images are solely the property of Andy Jillson and Hazy Eye Music Media. 

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Check out Bad Religion’s Age of Unreason on Spotify: