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Modest Mouse (Photo by Andy Jillson)

Indie rock heroes Modest Mouse played to a sold out crowd at Rams Head Live in Baltimore’s inner harbor on 4/18/2022. This was the band’s first show of the tour, and it was clear they are at one of their top musical peaks. Amazing performance by versatile musicians. The band is currently on an extensive US tour in support of their 2021 album, The Golden Casket. Shows are selling out so secure your spot quickly.

Anyway, tickets for Modest Mouse’s current tour can be purchased at modestmouse.com/#tour. Also be sure to check the Official Modest Mouse Website for music, videos, merch, and tickets for all upcoming tour dates. Continue reading below for my full review. All images copyright and courtesy of Andy Jillson.

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Animals As Leaders (Photo by Andy Jillson)

Animals As Leaders performed for a rabid sold out crowd at Soundstage in Baltimore’s inner harbor on 4/13/2022. This was a highly-anticipated show. Metalheads from DC, MD, VA (the DMV) and beyond filled the venue to its maximum capacity. The band were on tour in support of their 2022 album, Parrhesia, but the tour has now come to an end.

I was fortunate to be at this show, and too be the only photographer in the photo pit. What a treat! Anyway, be sure to check out the Official Animals As Leaders Website for music, news, merch, and tickets for festival appearances and tour dates. Continue reading below for my full review. All images copyright and courtesy of Andy Jillson.

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Buddy Guy (Photo by Andy Jillson)

Buddy Guy recently performed at Capital One Hall with special guest Christone “Kingfish” Ingram, and I was there to document my first show in this new venue. The one-time-only show took place in Tysons Corner, Virginia on 4/2/2022. Fortunately, I was approved for a photo pass and received a warm welcome upon arrival. I hope to be back soon.

Anyway, this concert was truly a historical music event. Be sure to check the Official Buddy Guy Website & Kingfish Website for music, news, merch, and tickets for all upcoming tour dates. Continue reading below for my full review. All images copyright and courtesy of Andy Jillson.

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Kingfish (Photo by Andy Jillson)
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Lauren Monroe (Photo by Andy Jillson)

Lauren Monroe, along with legendary Def Leppard drummer Rick Allen, played a heartfelt set of songs in an intimate setting at The Loft (City Winery DC) this past week. What an honor to have been granted access to cover this performance. Monroe’s music and lyrics are deeply moving and have a healing quality. The subjects and themes within the songs are intense yet the music is somewhat sedative. Bluesy Novocaine for the soul. Bravo.

If you are unfamiliar with Lauren Monore’s music I strongly encourage you to explore. She has an abundance of great material. If you are unfamiliar with Rick Allen and/or Def Leppard…you must not be from this planet. Anyway, be sure to check out the Official Lauren Monroe Website for music, news, merch, and tickets for all upcoming tour dates. Continue reading below for my full review. All images copyright and courtesy of Andy Jillson.

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Rick Allen (Photo by Andy Jillson)
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The Industrial Strength Tour

Ministry have finally hit the road and are touring across the states w/ support from Melvins and Corrosion of Conformity. The Industrial Strength Tour was postponed two years in a row due to COVID; however, the tour is now in full-swing. Praise the LARD! Tickets can be purchased HERE.

Each night will celebrate 30+ years of The Mind Is a Terrible Thing to Taste as well as the recent release of Ministry’s 15th studio album, Moral Hygiene. Thankfully the tour stops at The Ritz in Raleigh, North Carolina on 3/18/22. This is literally a dream show for me. I’m sick with excitement. Get up…get on your feet!!!

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Melvins

The almighty Melvins are currently touring the US in support of industrial metal juggernaut Ministry. The Industrial Strength Tour (as it’s being called) was postponed the past two years due to COVID; however, the tour is now in full-swing. Thankfully the tour hits The Wellmont Theater in Montclair, New Jersey on 3/12/22. Tickets can be purchased HERE.

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Maynard James Keenan (Photo by Andy Jillson)

Fortunately for me I was able to photograph Tool at Capital One Arena in DC recently. Whoa. What an amazing show! Both musically and visually stunning. Psychedelic, progressive hard rock at its finest. A bit challenging for a photographer, but so much nervous excitement. I had not seen Tool since the late 90s. Completely blew my mind.

Tool are still touring the US in support of their fifth studio album, Fear Inoculum. Check the Official Tool Website for remaining tour dates and tickets. Continue reading below for more photos of their performance in DC. All images copyright and courtesy of Andy Jillson.

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Cannibal Corpse (Photo by Andy Jillson)

Death metal icons Cannibal Corpse recently kicked off their long-awaited headlining tour of the states and stopped at Baltimore Soundstage this past weekend. Of course, I had to check them out. I couldn’t help myself!

One word basically sums up this show…brutal. Cannibal Corpse is a must-see live act for fans of extreme hard rock and heavy metal. The band sold out Soundstage and are selling out other dates as well. Be sure to check the Official Cannibal Corpse Website for music, news, merch, and tickets for all upcoming tour dates. Continue reading below for my full review. All images copyright and courtesy of Andy Jillson.

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Cannibal Corpse (Photo by Andy Jillson)
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Ghost (Photo by Andy Jillson)

Ghost, Sweden’s hardest-rocking band, brought their unique sound and style to the Giant Center in Hershey, Pennsylvania earlier this week. I was lucky enough to catch the band while touring across North America with co-headliners Volbeat. I wasn’t exactly sure what to expect walking into the photo pit for Ghost’s performance, and I must admit I was somewhat nervous, but my expectations were far exceeded.

Anyway, this is a must-see musical event for all fans of hard rock and heavy metal. Tickets for remaining tour dates are available HERE. Also be sure to check the Official Ghost Website for music, videos, news, and all upcoming tour dates. Continue reading below for my full concert review. All images copyright and courtesy of Andy Jillson.

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Ghost (Photo by Andy Jillson)
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Acclaimed singer-songwriter, and frontman of The Revivalists, David Shaw played his first ever solo show in DC on 12/18/21. Union Stage was the perfect set and setting for Shaw to showcase the raw poetry and storytelling within his debut solo work. This was a rare treat in an intimate musical setting.

Anyway, be sure to check the Official David Shaw Website for music, videos, merchandise, news, and all upcoming tour dates. Continue reading below for live photos from the performance. All images copyright and courtesy of Zach Brien.