SHOW PREVIEW: The Orwells @ U Street Music Hall
You may have seen the Orwells in their high energy performance on the Late Show with David Letterman or opening for Arctic Monkeys and wondered who this band was. If you haven’t been paying attention to them then you need to start, because the Orwells are one of the up-and-coming bands in rock music today.
This writer had the distinct pleasure of seeing the band perform three times over the weekend on the Weezer Cruise at a few different size venues, and the best concert by far was the one pictured above. Packed in and standing a mere feet away from the band throughout, their raw power came through hard and the garage rock and punk roots of the band really took hold. The band was on point, and the crowd absolutely loved their performance; they were dancing and jumping around, singing along to every song. Their own songs were all performed with such energy and life, as were their covers of “Build Me Up Buttercup” and “I Wanna Be Your Dog.” Talking to the band throughout the Cruise, I could definitely tell that they bring that passion to each and every show they do.
At the intimate U Street Music Hall on March 8th, you should expect the same level of fun and high-energy atmosphere from both the band and the crowd. Tickets are on sale now via Ticketfly or at the U Hall box office when the venue is open for $15. Definitely get them now while they’re still available.
I have a very distinct middle school memory of convincing my friend that “The Way I Am” was in fact a quality song. I argued, “It doesn’t matter if she talks about giving someone a sweater, I really like the melody, okay?” Although that is some sound logic, my reasons for adoring Ingrid Michaelson have improved over the years. Her music has been prominently featured on just about every popular girly TV show out there that I without shame continue to watch (Grey’s Anatomy, One Tree Hill, Parenthood, etc). She put on, and this is not an exaggeration, one of my favorite shows at the 9:30 Club. In between songs she had a sassy, Sara Bareilles-esque commentary about everything from the inspiration behind her music to an epic Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade fail while singing on a float.
Ingrid’s move from 9:30 to the Lincoln Theater this time is indicative of her growth as an artist. She can still pull off a great performance in intimate club venues, but now she can charm seated theater audiences too. Undoubtedly, hits like “Be Ok” and “Maybe” will make it on to the set list, but expect a sampling of her recent material from Human Again and the upcoming April release, Lights Out. Ingrid has been recording and touring since 2002, yet she has not slowed up a bit. She has, sometimes quietly, but effectively made a lasting name for herself in the ever-changing world of indie pop.
Ingrid Michaelson will perform at the Lincoln Theatre on 5/23. Tickets can be purchased here: http://ticketf.ly/1gA7fFA