Don’t Miss: Mitski @ Black Cat, 11/18/16

Mitski (Photo by Ebru Yildiz)

Mitski released her fourth studio album, Puberty 2, via Dead Oceans in June, and she launches a US tour on Oct. 31 in Rhode Island to promote it.

Music critics universally cheered the hotly anticipated new album from the Brooklyn-based singer-songwriter. She will stop at the Black Cat in DC on Friday, Nov. 18 to play new songs like “A Burning Hill,” — of which NPR Music said: “She decides to love ‘the littler things.’ It sounds like giving up, but she’s taking control, robbing her emotions of the power to capsize her wellbeing.”

Watch the official music video for “A Burning Hill” by Mitski on YouTube:

Mitski draws upon her own life experiences to sing of finding her own way in life and love, often leading observers to classify her songs as emo. Fans agree that her music is immediate and often urgent, thus lending itself particularly well to live performance. You’ll want to see her when she visits the Black Cat, although tickets have sold out.

Although tickets are not currently available, you may want to keep your ears open in case some become available.

w/ Fear of Men, Weaves
Black Cat
Friday, Nov. 18
Doors @8pm
Sold out
All ages

Ticket Giveaway: Phantogram @ 9:30 Club, 10/26/16


Only a few weeks ago, Phantogram released their third album, Three, via Republic Records. The trip hop duo is on tour to support the album, and they perform at two sold-out dates at the 9:30 Club on Tuesday, Oct. 25, and Wednesday, Oct. 26.

Although tickets are sold out, Parklife DC has an opportunity for you two win a pair to go the second night’s show on Oct. 26! Sarah Barthel and Josh Carter received generally favorable reviews on the new record, with Slant Magazine praising their “ability to transform darkness into light, taking personal tragedy and shaping it into professional growth.”

Watch the official music video for “You Don’t Get Me High Anymore,” the lead single from Three, by Phantogram on YouTube:

So Parklife DC is giving away a pair of tickets to see Phantogram. To win, simply leave a comment on this blog. You can leave any comment but perhaps tell us your favorite song by Phantogram.

For the rules of this giveaway–

Comments will be closed at 5pm on Thursday, 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 for this show have sold out but you can monitor availability if more become available.

w/ The Range
9:30 Club
Wednesday, Oct. 27, 2016
Doors @7pm
Sold out
All ages

Music Park: Morris Day @ Bethesda Blues and Jazz Supper Club — 10/14/16

Morris Day 19 Morris Day performs with The Time at Bethesda Blues and Jazz on Friday, Oct. 14, 2016. (Photo by Mickey McCarter)

The always stylish Morris Day removed a handkerchief from his jacket pocket and dabbed his forehead. More than halfway through a show under intense lights, the singer and band leader of The Time began reacting to the heat.

“I know what you’re thinking,” Morris said from the stage of Bethesda Blues and Jazz Supper Club on Friday night. “Morris Day is breaking out into a sweat on stage.

“But that’s not the case!” he countered. “Morris Day is like a fine bottle of champagne. When you take a bottle of champagne out of the refrigerator, what does it do? It undergoes condensation! So like that champagne, I’m condensating!”

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Don’t Miss: SSHH @ The Roxy Hotel, New York, 10/18/16

SSHH is Sshh Liguz and Zak Starkey. (Photo courtesy Girlie Action Media & Marketing)

Zak Starkey is a busy man. As drummer for The Who (since 1994), he’s been on a long tour with the band to mark its 50th anniversary over the past couple of years. Not one to rest on his laurels, the son of Ringo Starr has a newer group of his own called SSHH, and he will visit New York City with the band on Tuesday, Oct. 18.

SSHH gets its name from Zak’s partner in the group, Australian singer Sshh Liguz. The duo has completed a covers album called Issues, which they are funding via a PledgeMusic campaign. (You can support it online here.)

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Music Park: Squeeze @ 9:30 Club — 10/11/16

Squeeze 20 Glenn Tilbrook performs with Squeeze at the 9:30 Club on Tuesday, Oct. 11, 2016. (Photo by Mickey McCarter)

Wow, how fresh and invigorating is the live music of Squeeze? I somehow had missed the band live in all of this time, given changes in the band’s membership over the past 40 years and various periods of hiatus, so I was not fully aware of just how powerful a band they remain in concert.

But I caught my first-ever Squeeze show at last at the 9:30 Club, where the latest iteration of the band sold out the night on Tuesday, Oct. 11 in short order. The crowd was practically bouncing off the walls in anticipation of a full Squeeze show, and boy did the band fulfill those expectations.

Founders Glenn Tilbrook and Chris Difford are clever songwriters who know how to hook you, and once you revisit their catalog, you will find yourself drawn into a series of remarkable hits characterized by a compelling narratives and intricate melodies.

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Music Park: English Beat @ 9:30 Club — 10/11/16

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Dave Wakeling performs with The English Beat at the 9:30 Club on Tuesday, Oct. 11, 2016. (Photo by Mickey McCarter)

“This song has been used by two presidential campaigns,” Dave Wakeling said of his cover of “I’ll Take You There” by The Staple Sisters, “and both presidents served two terms! So if you fancy being president of America, it appears that I’m your man! I’ll take you there!”

The number, of course, was used by the presidential campaigns of both Bill Clinton and Barack Obama, but Dave wasn’t overtly political in his appearance at the 9:30 Club on Tuesday, Oct. 11. He and The English Beat got down to performing the 1994 version of “I’ll Take You There,” recorded by Dave’s former band General Public, with vigor.

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Don’t Miss: The Sounds @ 9:30 Club — 11/28/16

The Sounds (Photo courtesy Reybee Inc.)

Ten years ago, the undeniable album of the year was Dying to Say This to You by The Sounds.

It was the second album from the Swedish quintet, and it blasted a whole in the existential dance floors of our lives with its unabashed new wave power. And for a while, lead singer Maja Ivarsson was the It Girl and everything was good – that hair! that voice! that attitude! those high kicks! (Hey, she’s got a Modesty Blaise tattoo, you know!) Being Swedish never looked so good. (…and that’s saying something — being Swedish always looked good, right?)

The Sounds will tour to mark the 10th anniversary of Dying to Say This to You, and they will stop at the 9:30 Club on Monday, Nov. 28 as part of that tour.

Need I ask? Watch the official music video for “Tony the Beat” by The Sounds (guest starring Steve Aoki!) on YouTube:

Here at Parklife DC, we also are big admirers of keyboardist/ guitarist/ songwriter/ wunderkind Jesper Anderberg, who I had the pleasure of interviewing in 2013 when The Sounds last toured the United States. (Read that interview at We Love DC!)

“We realized earlier this year that it was 10 years ago that we released our album Dying to Say This to You and embarked on a journey that took us on tour around the world for almost two years straight,” said the band in a statement to fans. “This was a magical time in our lives and we shared it with so many of you. Now we like you have gotten a little older, some have gotten married, had children, and it has been many years since we’ve hit the road.”

The tour launches Nov. 15 in Salt Lake City, and it visits the 9:30 Club on Nov. 28. Zipper Club and My Jerusalem are along for support. It’s going to be amaaaaazing! Tickets are available online!

The Sounds
w/ Zipper Club, My Jerusalem
9:30 Club
Monday, Nov. 28
Doors @7pm
All ages