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.

-Ryan Largent

SHOW PREVIEW: Ingrid Michaelson

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.  
-Emily Hirsch 
Ingrid Michaelson will perform at the Lincoln Theatre on 5/23. Tickets can be purchased here: http://ticketf.ly/1gA7fFA
SHOW PREVIEW: Ingrid Michaelson

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.  

-Emily Hirsch 

Ingrid Michaelson will perform at the Lincoln Theatre on 5/23. Tickets can be purchased here: http://ticketf.ly/1gA7fFA

Bentzen Ball (@ Lincoln Theatre) the comedy spectacular continues thanks to our friends at BYT! Come see some of the most hilarious names in comedy in the beautiful theatre (conveniently located across from the metro and next to Ben’s Chili Bowl…SCORE!)
Bentzen Ball Music Show (@ Lincoln Theatre) the beautiful marriage of music and comedy together for Bentzen Ball. What could possibly be better?
My Sunshine Has Come (@ Lincoln Theatre) heal your soul with this free show from Beyond Mask Expressions. 
Fiona Apple (@ Lincoln Theatre) the remarkably prolific and moving songstress has already filled one night, and we simply can’t let her go that easy! Alongside up and coming singer-songwriter (and stellar guitarist) Blake Mills, this is a show for the books!
Barenaked Ladies (@ Lincoln Theatre) they brought the party for the Last Summer on Earth at Merriweather, and we were all smiles. Prepare to hear sunny new tracks from Grinning Streak as well as old favorites that first captured your hearts!
Lissie sold out U Hall show, and she’s back for more! The impossibly cool, powerful lyrics, and a show that will leave you completely breathless. Prepare to rock.
Phantogram a band that came onto the scene hard and heavy, their melodic electronic sensibilities matched with cool vocals and an energetic live performance is a winning combination for their first headlining show at the club.
Marco Benevento (@ U Hall) multi-instrumentalist from Brooklyn has graced the U Hall stage before and we couldn’t be happier to be hosting him again. His moving set is sure to tug at the heart strings and tickle the intellect.

Bentzen Ball (@ Lincoln Theatre) the comedy spectacular continues thanks to our friends at BYT! Come see some of the most hilarious names in comedy in the beautiful theatre (conveniently located across from the metro and next to Ben’s Chili Bowl…SCORE!)

Bentzen Ball Music Show (@ Lincoln Theatre) the beautiful marriage of music and comedy together for Bentzen Ball. What could possibly be better?

My Sunshine Has Come (@ Lincoln Theatre) heal your soul with this free show from Beyond Mask Expressions. 

Fiona Apple (@ Lincoln Theatre) the remarkably prolific and moving songstress has already filled one night, and we simply can’t let her go that easy! Alongside up and coming singer-songwriter (and stellar guitarist) Blake Mills, this is a show for the books!

Barenaked Ladies (@ Lincoln Theatre) they brought the party for the Last Summer on Earth at Merriweather, and we were all smiles. Prepare to hear sunny new tracks from Grinning Streak as well as old favorites that first captured your hearts!

Lissie sold out U Hall show, and she’s back for more! The impossibly cool, powerful lyrics, and a show that will leave you completely breathless. Prepare to rock.

Phantogram a band that came onto the scene hard and heavy, their melodic electronic sensibilities matched with cool vocals and an energetic live performance is a winning combination for their first headlining show at the club.

Marco Benevento (@ U Hall) multi-instrumentalist from Brooklyn has graced the U Hall stage before and we couldn’t be happier to be hosting him again. His moving set is sure to tug at the heart strings and tickle the intellect.

Sleigh Bells 'Bitter Rivals' just released and has just as much bite as we had hoped for. It's been too long, friends. We welcome Sleigh Bells and their slaying sound to our stage with loving arms.
Brett Eldredge the Nashville country heartthrob makes his way to our fine city to bring his hit tunes like ‘Don’t Ya’ and plenty of charm to fill our room.
The Fratellis ( @ U Hall) the Fratellis claim that they ‘need medicine’ on their latest effort, but frankly, they are our medicine. So much more than Chelsea Dagger, come see their energy fill up the entirety of U Street Music Hall.
Charli XCX (@ U Hall) OH HELL YES. Her last sold out show was phenomenal. This little lady packs a serious punch live. Her moody electronic tunes are best served in the underground amazing environment of U Hall. Prepare to sing along, dance along, and generally worship our girl Charli this fall.

Sleigh Bells 'Bitter Rivals' just released and has just as much bite as we had hoped for. It's been too long, friends. We welcome Sleigh Bells and their slaying sound to our stage with loving arms.

Brett Eldredge the Nashville country heartthrob makes his way to our fine city to bring his hit tunes like ‘Don’t Ya’ and plenty of charm to fill our room.

The Fratellis ( @ U Hall) the Fratellis claim that they ‘need medicine’ on their latest effort, but frankly, they are our medicine. So much more than Chelsea Dagger, come see their energy fill up the entirety of U Street Music Hall.

Charli XCX (@ U Hall) OH HELL YES. Her last sold out show was phenomenal. This little lady packs a serious punch live. Her moody electronic tunes are best served in the underground amazing environment of U Hall. Prepare to sing along, dance along, and generally worship our girl Charli this fall.