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Live: Temples @ U Street Music Hall, 1/20/20

Live music connoisseur Ben Kirst has been to a show or two over the years and knows a thing or two about what makes for a good one. Read on for Ben's thoughts on the night Temples brought their glammed-up psychedelic revivalism to DC.

Temples made a believer out of me: British psych-rock favorites deliver a crowd-pleasing set at U Street Music Hall

There are some bands that are just better live. For whatever reason, they just can’t match the energy, the rawness of their live performance, on record. There’s a sterility to the studio that can be hard to overcome when the producer can’t quite find the heart of the thing.

If the band from Kettering — an exurb of London, about 70 miles north of the British capital — makes a habit of playing fiery shows like they did at Washington, DC’s U Street Music Hall on Monday night, then they are doing themselves a bit of a disservice when they put their music on wax, as they did in 2019 with their third full-length album (and first on ATO Records…

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