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November 12, 2011
Foo Fighters performed at the Verizon Center Friday November 11 in support of "Wasting Light. " Contributor Jay Trucker reviews the show. From the opening riffs of “Bridge Burning,” Foo Fighters were locked in, often transitioning from song to song without pause for up to six songs in a row. Grohl, a veteran of the arena setting, and to a lesser extent, drummer Taylor Hawkins, are the showmen of the group. But rest of the band, including eleventh-hour Nirvana guitarist and smile-machine Pat Smear, are clearly comfortable playing with one another and in front of a large crowd, keeping the pace of each song a half step faster than the album versions without pushing the songs to an unrecognizable tempo.
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By Wesley Case and The Baltimore Sun | June 23, 2014
The Firefly Music Festival is not for everyone, especially for those that find much of the following unappealing: Multiple days of camping, ironic tank-tops, drinking games, Grateful Dead tapestries, dust, drug dealers, bugs, hydration packs, portable toilets, 30-minute treks from camp to the festival grounds, high-waisted shorts, flying glow sticks and bad tanlines. For the rest of us - and there were approximately 80,000 music fans in attendance, according to Billboard - the four-day music festival that took place from Thursday to Sunday in Dover, Del., was an unofficial kickoff to summer celebration that was thrilling and - if we're being honest - draining.
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By Wesley Case and The Baltimore Sun | June 23, 2014
The Firefly Music Festival is not for everyone, especially for those that find much of the following unappealing: Multiple days of camping, ironic tank-tops, drinking games, Grateful Dead tapestries, dust, drug dealers, bugs, hydration packs, portable toilets, 30-minute treks from camp to the festival grounds, high-waisted shorts, flying glow sticks and bad tanlines. For the rest of us - and there were approximately 80,000 music fans in attendance, according to Billboard - the four-day music festival that took place from Thursday to Sunday in Dover, Del., was an unofficial kickoff to summer celebration that was thrilling and - if we're being honest - draining.
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November 12, 2011
Foo Fighters performed at the Verizon Center Friday November 11 in support of "Wasting Light. " Contributor Jay Trucker reviews the show. From the opening riffs of “Bridge Burning,” Foo Fighters were locked in, often transitioning from song to song without pause for up to six songs in a row. Grohl, a veteran of the arena setting, and to a lesser extent, drummer Taylor Hawkins, are the showmen of the group. But rest of the band, including eleventh-hour Nirvana guitarist and smile-machine Pat Smear, are clearly comfortable playing with one another and in front of a large crowd, keeping the pace of each song a half step faster than the album versions without pushing the songs to an unrecognizable tempo.
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By Erik Maza and The Baltimore Sun | August 8, 2011
Looks like the Foo Fighters will play the DMV this year after all. It was announced today the band will perform at the Verizon Center in Washington November 11 , just a week after Kanye West and Jay-Z perform there on their "Watch the Throne" tour. There had been disappointment when the band was not included in this year's Virgin Mobile FreeFest, as had been speculated. But at least the band will make an area stop on their current tour, even if it won't be the outdoor, rain-drenched performance they put in over the weekend at Lollapalooza . The band is touring in support of new album, "Wasting Light.
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October 6, 2005
The Foo Fighters released its fifth studio album, the double CD titled In Your Honor, in June. Join the band as it celebrates this release with a stop in Fairfax, Va., on a nationwide tour. Rock group Weezer is also scheduled to perform. The concert will take place Monday in the Patriot Center at George Mason University in Fairfax. Doors open at 6 p.m., and the music starts at 7:30 p.m. Tickets cost $45 and can be purchased at 410-547-SEAT or ticketmaster.com.
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By Steve Appleford and Steve Appleford,LOS ANGELES TIMES | June 23, 2005
Dave Grohl is not your average rocker. He's a hard-rock lifer with a genuine soft side, a platinum-selling frontman and dependable hit-maker who's still happy to be a drummer for hire in bands that interest him (Queens of the Stone Age, Nine Inch Nails, etc.). The man is also a great singles artist, every year or two delivering a memorable new track to the airwaves. But since the revelation of the Foo Fighters' 1995 debut, he hasn't been able to sustain that quality for an entire album.
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By J.D. Considine and J.D. Considine,SUN POP MUSIC CRITIC | November 18, 1999
Foo FightersThere Is Nothing Left to Lose (RCA 07863 67892)As music history books remind us, punk began as a reaction against how pompous and predictable mainstream rock had become. Its pugnacious power chords and pummeling pulse were used to chip away at the layers of cliche that had begun to calcify the once-vital sound of rock and roll. And it worked; for a few moments, the music seemed fresh, exciting, even dangerous again.But one of the great ironies of popular culture is that even rebellion, if it becomes popular enough, will eventually turn into the status quo. What one counted as a rude poke in the eye now stands as a mark of conformity, and suddenly, those who made their mark by going against the grain find themselves safely in the center of the musical mainstream.
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By Sam Sessa and Sam Sessa,Sun reporter | April 2, 2008
Kanye West, the Foo Fighters and the Stone Temple Pilots are among the headliners for this summer's Virgin Mobile Festival, the third annual show in Baltimore. Held at Pimlico Race Course Aug. 9 and 10, the festival will feature rapper West, who won this year's Grammy for Best Rap Album, Hawaiian singer/songwriter Jack Johnson, industrial rock outfit Nine Inch Nails, and alternative rockers the Foo Fighters and Stone Temple Pilots, organizers announced yesterday. About 25 bands will play on two stages and several DJs will spin in a dance tent.
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By Rashod D. Ollison and Rashod D. Ollison,Sun Pop Music Critic | April 24, 2003
The Foo Fighters are Dave Grohl (sitting up, from left), Nate Mendel, Chris Schifflet and Taylor Hawkins (with glasses). You may already know this about the Foo Fighters, but in case you don't, listen up: The band is all about the music, OK? No image tinkering for this group, thank you very much. Sure, the Foo Fighters have platinum albums, Grammys, loyal fans, love from critics. And the guys appreciate all of it. But at the end of the day, after all the praise and controversy, after folks get over the fact that the Foo Fighters are not Nirvana, you get a quartet that rocks hard and with energy to spare.
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By Erik Maza and The Baltimore Sun | August 8, 2011
Looks like the Foo Fighters will play the DMV this year after all. It was announced today the band will perform at the Verizon Center in Washington November 11 , just a week after Kanye West and Jay-Z perform there on their "Watch the Throne" tour. There had been disappointment when the band was not included in this year's Virgin Mobile FreeFest, as had been speculated. But at least the band will make an area stop on their current tour, even if it won't be the outdoor, rain-drenched performance they put in over the weekend at Lollapalooza . The band is touring in support of new album, "Wasting Light.
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By Erik Maza, The Baltimore Sun | April 14, 2011
At least 3,700 record stores have closed around the country since 2003, according to market research firm Almighty Music Marketing. Illegal file-sharing, MySpace, band camp, social media outlets, and the overall digitalization of the music industry have displaced the traditional record store as the place where Americans get their music. To remind people of the stores' continued relevance and importance, a few music fans conceived Record Store Day about five years ago. It will be celebrated again Saturday at some 700 independent record stores around the country, including 20 stores in Maryland, according to the "holiday's" official website.
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by Carson Porter | April 13, 2011
Visit Amazon.com today for a free download of the new Foo Fighters song "I Should Have Known". You will have to install the Amazon downloader, but besides that there is no catch. Check out a live version first complete with Dave Grohl looking like Cousin It:    
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By Paul West and Paul West,paul.west@baltsun.com | July 5, 2009
Washington - -President Barack Obama took his own advice Saturday, relaxing on the Fourth of July with some golf, a cookout and a private Foo Fighters concert in the backyard, capped by the annual fireworks show on the National Mall. While Vice President Joe Biden celebrated with U.S. forces in Iraq, the president played host to 1,200 members of the military and their families at a White House barbecue. In his weekly radio and online video address, Obama called on Americans to celebrate the spirit of their national day with family and friends.
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September 11, 2008
Hometown Baltimore Members Elise Major, vocals, guitar and piano; Theron Day, bass; Evan Anderson, lead guitar; Alex Straiter, drums Founded 2008 Style rock Influenced by Led Zeppelin, Foo Fighters, Smashing Pumpkins, Radiohead Notable Until recently, Major fronted a band of the same name. It released a self-titled album in June. After it split up, she set out on her own and gathered a group of accomplished musicians to back her. Quotable "These guys are amazing," Major said.
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By RASHOD D. OLLISON | August 7, 2008
There's clearly a struggle going on as Dave Grohl attempts to meld the best of two musical worlds. On his past two albums with the Foo Fighters (2005's In Your Honor and last year's Echoes, Silence, Patience & Grace), the singer/songwriter/guitarist/powerhouse drummer showcased more of his melodic pop leanings alongside the thrashing, riotous "rawk" that cemented his fame more than a decade ago. In Your Honor was explicit in its display of the two styles: One disc was loud with screaming vocals and screaming guitars.
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By J.D. Considine and J.D. Considine,SUN MUSIC CRITIC | May 10, 2000
Everybody knows Dave Grohl is a punk rocker. So why on earth is he sitting in his home studio in Virginia recording Gerry Rafferty covers? It isn't just that Grohl's current band, the Foo Fighters (which opens for the Red Hot Chili Peppers at the Baltimore Arena this evening) has cut three full albums that are as hard, fast and noisy as any Clash single. Before he took up guitar and formed the Foos, Grohl played drums in Nirvana, the band that kick-started the whole punk rock revival of the '90s.
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By Sam Sessa and Sam Sessa,Sun reporter | April 2, 2008
Kanye West, the Foo Fighters and the Stone Temple Pilots are among the headliners for this summer's Virgin Mobile Festival, the third annual show in Baltimore. Held at Pimlico Race Course Aug. 9 and 10, the festival will feature rapper West, who won this year's Grammy for Best Rap Album, Hawaiian singer/songwriter Jack Johnson, industrial rock outfit Nine Inch Nails, and alternative rockers the Foo Fighters and Stone Temple Pilots, organizers announced yesterday. About 25 bands will play on two stages and several DJs will spin in a dance tent.
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By Rashod D. Ollison | February 10, 2008
This year's Grammy nominations in the four major categories offer a mix of last year's most ubiquitous stars and artists whose work floated under the mainstream pop radar. Given the highly fragmented state of pop music and the Recording Academy's unpredictable tastes, picking a shoo-in for the major awards isn't easy. But here are my picks for those who deserve the golden gramophone and those who will probably win it anyway. Record of the Year Nominees: "Irreplaceable," Beyonce; "The Pretender," Foo Fighters; "Umbrella," Rihanna featuring Jay-Z; "What Goes Around ... Comes Around," Justin Timberlake; "Rehab," Amy Winehouse My pick: "Irreplaceable."
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