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Interview: Midge Ure (@ Rams Head on Stage, 8/13/24)

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Midge Ure, the warm and gregarious Scotsman who achieved global fame as the frontman for British new wave titans Ultravox, soon embarks on a 2024 solo tour of the USA. Midge’s Band in a Box 2024 Tour arrives locally for a date at Rams Head on Stage in Annapolis, Maryland, on August 13.

Prior to the tour, Midge chatted with Parklife DC’s Mickey McCarter about the specifics of his new show, turning 70 years old, the 40th anniversary of Live Aid, and Chris Cross, his late friend and Ultravox bandmate.

Visit Midge Ure’s website for a full list of tour dates!

Preview: Kanak @ Pie Shop, 7/27/24

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Not long ago, New Jersey power pop band Kanak released their new EP, On The Outside — via via Pop Clique / The Orchard — and now they embark on a short regional tour! Kanak arrive in DC for a show at Pie Shop on Saturday, July 27, and Parklife thinks these veteran rockers will remind you quite a bit of Cheap Trick, so check it out!

Preview: Ice Spice @ The Anthem, 7/30/24

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Multi-platinum selling and GRAMMY-nominated rapper Ice Spice releases her highly anticipated debut album, Y2K!, on July 26 via 10K Projects/Capitol Records. She then launches her Y2K! USA tour dates at The Anthem in DC on Tuesday, July 30.

Live Review: Blind Pilot @ The Atlantis — 7/16/24

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Devoted fans can certainly appreciate when artists take a creative pause. But for the musician whose songs uplift and unite, an unintended result might be the depression of listeners who cherish their work and even rely on it as sustenance.

Followers have been hoping for Blind Pilot to return to the studio since the Oregon-based band last released an album in 2016. As live shows became less frequent, those hopes turned to prayers and online pleas. Meanwhile, leader Israel Nebeker found himself seeking rejuvenation as a songwriter. More so, he needed a soul-changing experience to grant him a different perspective.

Preview: Daryl Hall and Elvis Costello & The Imposters with Charlie Sexton @ Wolf Trap, 7/25/24

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Daryl Hall and Elvis Costello & The Imposters with Charlie Sexton are co-headlining a summer run across North America. Catch the show at the Filene Center at Wolf Trap on Thursday, July 25, but act fast as tickets are almost gone.

Live Review: Frances Forever @ The Atlantis — 7/15/24

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Frances Forever just performed her favorite show of her tour — but she doesn’t want you to tell the other cities. 

Alongside Grace Gardner, Frances Forever brought flowered covered mic stands, various stuffed animals from fans, and bubbly, synth-filled indie pop to The Atlantis stage in DC on June 15. 

Live Review: Totally Tubular Festival w/ Thomas Dolby, Tom Bailey, and more @ The Anthem — 7/14/24

Live Aid was held on July 13, 1985. Thomas Dolby participated from London, and the Thompson Twins performed in Philadelphia for the biggest concert festival of the decade. Thirty-nine years later, Dolby and Thompson Twins frontman Tom Bailey find themselves sharing a touring festival bill for the Totally Tubular Festival, and a seven-act iteration of the roving show recently landed at The Anthem in DC.

Live Review: Patty Griffin w/ Lucy Wainwright Roche @ The Birchmere — 7/12/24

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I’ve seen Patty Griffin many times, going to back to the Austin City Limits Festival in 2004, but I learned something new about her at her recent show at The Birchmere: She loves potty humor. (She’s just like me!) Patty told the audience how she couldn’t resist stopping at a roadside attraction in Missouri with the hilarious name of the Uranus Fudge Factory.

Sometimes, we forget that these artists, who we love and admire so much, are just people like anyone else. We often look at their ability to create as some kind of superpower, something that makes them categorically different from the rest of us. But they really aren’t! This funny, odd moment served to humanize Griffin.

Live Review: Duff Thompson @ Pie Shop — 7/10/24

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Many admired Canadian songwriters have in the prime of their day ventured south of the world’s longest international border, where some of the best have flourished by helping Americans understand how music could and maybe should sound.

Fewer have entrenched themselves at the local level of this country’s most bustling and trend-setting artistic communities. But about a decade ago, that’s where Duff Thompson found himself: smack dab in the heart of New Orleans, surrounded by like-minded, energetic players with a shared appreciation for homemade recordings, vintage equipment and an age-old sound.

Live Review: Fightmaster @ The Atlantis — 6/29/24

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E.R. Fightmaster is a creative who wears many hats. Their resume consists of improv with Chicago’s Second City group to doctor on ABC’s Grey’s Anatomy.

Summer 2024’s Bloodshed Baby Tour was their first traveling as a musician, under the stage name FIGHTMASTER, and it included a stop at The Atlantis in DC not too long ago.