Don’t Miss: Tim Darcy @ Black Cat, 3/8/17

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Tim Darcy (Photo by Shawn Brackbill)

Here at Parklife DC, we are big admirers of Montreal post-punk quartet Ought, who visited the Black Cat recently in support of their new album, Sun Coming Down, and its mesmerizing lead single “Beautiful Blue Sky.”

So complete seems Ought’s nervy rock music that it comes as something of a surprise to hear that lead singer Tim Darcy, an American originally hailing from Arizona, has launched a solo career. His debut album, Saturday Night, is due Feb. 17 via Jagjaguwar.

Judging from the lead single “Tall Glass of Water,” Tim is going for more straightforward jangle pop than the arty post-punk of Ought. Still, the fast-talking “tall glass of water” himself seems to have plenty of social commentary to pack into his songs! He will tour his solo album backstage at the Black Cat on Wednesday, March 8.

Watch the official music video for “Tall Glass of Water” by Tim Darcy on YouTube:

I’ve been among those to draw a line between Tim and David Byrne with his music in Ought, as the innovative sometimes disjoined melodies of the two bands seem similar. Tim undoubtedly will continue to put some distance between such comparisons, as flattering as they are meant to be, with his solo material.

When I saw Ought at the Black Cat last on May 10, I observed, “With his tall, lanky frame, vocalist and guitarist Tim strikes the figure of a melancholy academic on stage, looming large over the proceedings in a manner metaphorically similar to the way his words hang over our heads.”

All in all, Tim is a brilliant musician, and his solo effort is surely worth checking out!

Tickets are available online.

Tim Darcy
Black Cat
Wednesday, March 8
Doors @730pm
$12
All ages

Around Town: BBQ Bash @ MetroCooking DC 2016 — 12/3/16

BBQ Bash 08 David Guas, chef and owner of Bayou Bakery, at the BBQ Bash of MetroCooking DC on Dec. 3, 2016. (Photo by Mickey McCarter)

MetroCooking DC arrived at the Washington Convention Center for its annual show last weekend, smoking up its specialty food pavilion with some outstanding BBQ on its first day.

David Guas, chef and owner of Bayou Bakery, headlined the BBQ Bash, providing a cooking demonstration and displaying his own bakery’s buttermilk biscuits with a pork BBQ. We do recommend checking out those fantastic biscuits for yourself at Bayou Bakery’s Capitol Hill location on the grounds of Hill Center at the Old Naval Hospital (901 Pennsylvania Ave. SE, DC). Visit http://www.bayoubakerydc.com for details.

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Snapshots: The Twilight Sad @ The SSE Arena, Wembley, London — 12/2/16

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James Graham of The Twilight Sad performs at The SSE Arena, London on Dec. 2, 2016. (Photo by Paivi)

The Twilight Sad is a scottish band who according to their twitter profile “enjoy making miserable music.” They just finished a world tour supporting The Cure so making miserable music has gotten them pretty far. (Check out our Snapshots of The Cure.)

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Snapshots: The Cure @ The SSE Arena, Wembley, London — 12/2/16

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Robert Smith of The Cure performs at the SSE Arena, Wembley, London on Dec. 2, 2016. (Photo by Paivi)

The Cure finished their world tour (this far) with three sold-out shows at the SSE Arena in London. The band have been described with words like epic, powerful and one of the best live acts on tour in 2016. Their live shows are traditionally around three hours with 30+ songs so you are bound to get most (if not all) of the hits every night.

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Music Park: Careless Memories @ Dodge City, 12/8/16

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Duran Duran photographed for Melody Maker Magazine in England in 1982. (Photo by Chester Simpson)

Your live concert review blog Parklife DC hosts a little music party called Careless Memories on the second Thursday of every month at Dodge City (917 U St. NW, DC). And every month, we are inspired to explore some aspect of my favorite music genre — new wave — using some upcoming concert review or related event to which our blog is committed.

As you can imagine then, it makes me very happy to focus on the music of Duran Duran for the month of December, as we take our parties name from a Duran Duran song. The boys from Birmingham are coming to DC metro for two shows at the MGM National Harbor on New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day. The New Year’s Eve show sold out, but tickets remain for New Year’s Day. (Check out our preview.)

Whether you’re going to MGM National Harbor or not, you can join us for a listening experience in appreciation of Duran Duran. In our next party on Thursday, Dec. 8, we’ll explore Duran Duran a bit with a look at their contemporaries and influences. But we’ll also keep in mind that it’s Christmas, so we’ll be sure to play a smattering of new wave Christmas tunes as well. Come and celebrate with us and our theme Duran Duran Save Christmas on Thursday.

I’m waaaaaay overdue in inviting you to watch the official music video for “Rio” by Duran Duran on YouTube:

At Careless Memories, you’ll hear new wave tunes from Duran Duran, Spandau Ballet, Japan, Culture Club, Simple Minds, the Eurythmics, and Adam Ant (who’s visiting DC in January!). You can also count on hearing a little bit from Duran Duran influencers like David Bowie, Roxy Music, and CHIC.

Admission is free. RSVP on Facebook, or simply show up and say Merry Christmas!

For more from our fantastic photographer friend Chester Simpson, visit http://www.rock-n-rollphotos.com.

Duran Duran Save Christmas
Careless Memories: A New Wave Party
Dodge City
Thursday, Dec. 8
Show @8pm
Free
21+

Ticket Giveaway: Run the Jewels @ Echostage, 1/12/17

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Run the Jewels (Photo courtesy Windish Agency)

New York City rapper El-P and Atlanta rapper Killer Mike are known together as Run the Jewels, and they are soon to launch a US tour called Run the World.

The second stop of the hip hop duo’s tour will hit DC’s Echostage on Thursday, Jan. 12 — one day before the official release of Run the Jewels 3, the duo’s third studio album, via Mass Appeal Records and RED Distribution. And you can win tickets to go see them!

Listen to “Legend Has It,” the new single by Run the Jewels from Run the Jewels 3, on YouTube:

Parklife DC is giving away a pair of tickets to see Run the Jewels at Echostage. To win these tickets, leave a comment on this blog. You can leave any comment, but we would like to hear your favorite song by Run the Jewels.

For the rules of this giveaway–

Comments will be closed at 5pm on Friday, and a winner will be randomly selected. The winner will be notified by email. The winner must respond to our email within 24 hours, or they will forfeit their tickets and we will pick another winner. We will email you instructions on claiming your ticket. Good luck!

Tickets also are available online.

Run the Jewels
w/ The Gaslamp Killer, Spark Master Tape, Cuz
Echostage
Thursday, Jan. 12
Doors @7pm
$43.45
All ages

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Don’t Miss: Rasputina @ Howard Theatre, 12/17/16

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Rasputina (Photo courtesy Howard Theatre)

Melora Creager already fronts an unusual band with Rasputina, which she founded in 1992. Originally composed of all women, Rasputina became one of the leading American cello rock bands.

Yes, Melora, an accomplished cellist who performed on tour with Nirvana, fulfilled the demands of her muse by creating a cello rock band that it as turns personal, humorous, insightful, and melodic. In 2015, Rasputina published their latest album, Unknown. The album was inspired by a personal struggle of Melora with identity theft, and she was supported by a new lineup including pianist and beatboxer Luis Mojica and cellist and vocalist Carpella Parvo (who also appeared on Rasputina’s first album, Thanks for the Ether).

Rasputina have hit the road again in support of their new album, and the band visits the Howard Theatre on Saturday, Dec. 17, 2016.

Watch a performance of “Indian Weed” from Unknown by Rasputina for Sonarch Media on Dec. 17, 2015:

As you can see from the video, Rasputina enjoy elaborate costumes as much as they do intricate music. With their focus on their physical presence, the band in a way continue to emphasize what’s real, something Melora points to in the inspiration for the new album. Unknown isn’t available digitally in part because she wants people to handle it physically, and she rejected the idea of putting it on the cloud, where it too could perhaps be hacked.

Be there! Tickets are available online.

Rasputina
w/ Eliza Rickman, Aubreylyn
Howard Theatre
Saturday, Dec. 17
Doors @6pm
$20/$25
All ages