Don’t Miss: The Darkness @ The Fillmore Silver Spring, 10/25/15

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Dan Hawkins, Justin Hawkins, Rufus Tiger Taylor, and Frankie Poullain are The Darkness. (Photo courtesy Publicity Please)

Glam metal band The Darkness are back with a new album, Last of Our Kind, produced by the band’s guitarist Dan Hawkins and released earlier this year!

If the UK glam rockers didn’t already remind us of Queen, mostly thanks to the impressive vocals of frontman Justin Hawkins (Dan’s brother), who surely could front a killer Freddie Mercury tribute, The Darkness have recruited an actual scion of Queen as their new drummer! In 2015, The Darkness have introduced Rufus Tiger Taylor, the son of legendary Queen drummer Roger Taylor, as their new drummer, debuting him on tour in support of the new album.

That tour comes to The Fillmore in Silver Spring, Md., on Sunday, Oct. 25, where The Darkness headline a show certain to feature terrific new songs alongside old favorites. The title track to Last of Our Kind will remind you of why everyone loved The Darkness so much in the first place, as it starts out with a catchy melody and builds into a soaring glam chorus before you can blink. Justin is in great form as a true showman in the song’s official video, and you also can see Rufus Tiger join the revelries (with Indian headdress nonetheless). Everyone is just plain having fun, which is the way it should be when you listen to The Darkness.

Watch the official music video for “Last of Our Kind” by The Darkness on YouTube:

Rolling Stone said of the new album: “Their sound remains perfectly suited for the biggest stages in the world.” Clearly, The Darkness are fully back in the saddle since reuniting for their 2012 album, Hot Cakes. You’ll want to bring wear your dancing shoes and your party pants to The Fillmore on Sunday!

Tickets are available online for the cleverly named “Blast of Our Kind Tour!”

The Darkness
w/ These Raven Skies
The Fillmore (Silver Spring, Md.)
Sunday, Oct. 25
Show @8pm
$28.50
All ages

Don’t Miss: FROTH (Opening for The Drums) @ DC9, 10/26/15

Photos by Tony Accosta
Froth (Photo by Tony Accosta)

When Mickey first asked me to look into and preview Froth, a band I knew nothing about, I went to Spotify. In my search for the band, I found three albums, and as I often do, I chose the first album dated 2010 as my starting point. What followed was not the indie rock band I had expected as the opener for this coming Monday’s The Drums show at DC9, but rather a doodling, psychedelic jam band. This had to be wrong. And indeed it was one of those weird Spotify mix ups with two bands listed under the same artist name. A bizarre mashup of songs, albums and divergent cover art. And while the 2010 album from the band Froth wasn’t half bad, it wasn’t my assignment, so I moved to Froth’s 2014 album Patterns and their latest 2015 tracks from Bleak.

What I found on these two albums from what NPR’s Robin Hilton calls a “shoegaze” band was an entertaining combination of psych-pop and hard rock, which in stark contrast to my jam band chill prep, had me totally rocking out. While shoegaze emerged from the UK in the 1980s and 1990s, my feel for Froth went to the West Coast with a surfing music vibe, particularly found in the tracks “Lost My Mind” and “Oaxaca.”  While these tracks are from Froth’s 2014 album, this distinct multi-layered, beach sound continues into the tracks from 2015’s Bleak, albeit with a much stronger presence of rock, psych-pop, and grunge along the lines of Nirvana and Hole.

In listening to Froth, I was happily reminded of my love for the similarly sounding band — the Smith Westerns whose 2013 album Soft Will and 2014 BlackCat performance blew my mind. If you enjoy a band that plays with complexity and a tight balance between all its members, then definitely show up Monday at DC9 for the opener Froth.

Oh, by the way, the show at DC9 on Monday is free to members of Jukely, a new monthly subscription service that gives its members unlimited concerts from a slate of bands every month. Check it out and see what you think!

Froth
(Opening for The Drums)
DC9
Monday, Oct. 26
Doors @8:30pm
Free w/ Jukely Membership
All ages

Don’t Miss: TORRES (Opening for Garbage) @ 9:30 Club, 10/28 & 10/29/15

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TORRES (aka Mackenzie Scott) joins Garbage at the 9:30 Club for two shows in October, on the 28th and 29th.

In anticipation of touring with Garbage, TORRES did a cover of their song “Special”, a subdued version that focuses more on her vocals than the accompanying melody and beats.

TORRES released her sophomore album, Sprinter, last May.

“Sprinter is the sound of an artist at the moment her vision snaps into startling focus.” — NPR Music, “NPR Music’s 25 Favorite Albums Of 2015 (So Far)”

The title song flows as a drawn-out, melancholy croon about losing faith.

“Sprinter”

Both shows are sold out, but check the resale sites, as you won’t want to miss it.

 

You can also buy a copy of Sprinter on iTunes, Amazon or Partisan’s website.
iTunes – http://ptsnre.co/SprinteriTunes
Amazon – http://amzn.com/B00UKO5EKW
Partisan Store – http://ptsnre.co/Sprinter

 

“Cowboy Guilt”

 

TORRES (Opening for Garbage)
9:30 Club
Wednesday, October 28 and Thursday, October 29
Doors @ 7:00pm
Sold Out
All ages

Music Park: Matt Pond PA @ Rock and Roll Hotel — 10/14/15

“Take Me With You”

Matt Pond PA, fronted by Matt Pond from Pennsylvania, took the Rock and Roll Hotel crowd on a refreshingly honest musical journey last Wednesday, 10/14/15.

With a catalog of music spanning 17 years (their first album came out in 1998), they played 16 or so songs for the semi-full venue.

That there were many long-time fans in attendance was apparent when you turned in every direction to spot the many people singing along to their older songs.

In addition to the lead singer, Matt Pond, the band consists of his “best friend”, Chris Hansen, and other recurring members, including a bearded cellist. The band did enjoy beards, as three of the five members sported one. This speaks more to the expectation of a more folk or country sound, but the reality is there were elements of many musical genres, from guitar rock, chamber pop, post-punk and the aforementioned folk and country.

The band is currently touring for their 10th full-length album, The State of Gold, released in June. Their setlist was certainly supportive of the new material, as they played at least five songs from The State of Gold.

Many of the songs deal with loss, yet with a sense of exploring new challenges and hope on the horizon. With “Take Me With You”, the refrain “when we run away, let’s really run” leads to “It feels good to be gone.”

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Music Park: Jessie’s Girl @ Howard Theatre — 10/16/15

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Jenna O’Gara leads the girls on stage for “Girls Just Want to Have Fun” at the Howard on Oct. 16, 2015.

“Jessie is a band/
Yeah, I know it’s been a good 80s cover band.”

Usually closely held by denizens of New York City, Jessie’s Girl brought its brightly lit guitar solos to the Howard Theatre on Friday night to an ardent audience happy to dance their hearts out.

The seven-person ensemble rocks out with a wide variety of tunes from the ’80s, ranging from artists like Prince, Madonna, Cyndi Lauper, A-ha, Loverboy, and more. Friday, they bound onto the stage with intro music borrowed from “The Final Countdown” by Europe and then proceeded to dive headlong into kinetic tributes to musicians who defined a decade.

Early in the show, the band jumps into “Working for the Weekend” by Loverboy, encouraging the crowd to hop around the room, hands raised in celebration. Singers Jenna O’Gara and Mark Rinzel trade off vocal duties for the song, pumping up the shamelessly lyrical fun of the song’s mission statement: Take a few days off to party!

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Music Park: Lane 8 @ U Street Music Hall — 10/15/15

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Lane 8 performs at the Spring Awakening Music Festival in Chicago on June 13, 2015 (Photo by Mary)

Deep house musician Lane 8 captivated a sold-out show at U Street Music Hall on Thursday night with his own house compositions and mixes of similar earworms from artists delivering complementary stately beats.

Lane 8 (born Daniel Goldstein) is an American ex-pat living in Germany with an affection for unhurried rhythms. He kicked off a DJ set shortly after midnight with his own “Undercover” featuring Matthew Dear. The sparkling synths of the song couples well with the hushed bluesy voice of Matthew Dear, who serves as vocalist for the number. The number drifts above the crowd in soothing, pleasing pulses.

The audience at U Street Music Hall fell into formation, facing Lane 8 from the DJ booth to the stage behind them, and several young dancers took the stage to express their approval with mannered, if occasionally frenetic, dancing.

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Don’t Miss: Dave Davies of The Kinks @ Howard Theatre, 10/20/15

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Dave Davies of The Kinks (Photo courtesy of the artist)

Dave Davies, the legendary lead guitarist and vocalist of The Kinks, has been a busy man lately. He released a solo album in 2013 (I Will Be Me) and another in 2014 (Rippin’ Up Time), and he toured in support of them all the while holding a lens to his past work, which defined guitars for a generation.

On his recent albums, Dave’s voice is distinctly recognizable, and while his guitar may play at a slower pace on occasion, his riffs are still unmistakably those of the man who formed the trendsetting ’60s band with his brother Ray. You very much hear the sound of “The British Invasion” in his songs today.

Watch a video, filmed by Dave’s son Martin, for “Through My Window” from Dave’s latest solo album on YouTube:

Dave is bringing it all — his solo material and his remarkable songs from The Kinks — to a performance at the Howard Theatre on Tuesday, Oct. 20. It’s a rare DC opportunity to see a UK guitar legend in an intimate setting. A look at Dave’s recent US setlists suggest he’s been stacking his concerts heavily with songs by The Kinks, including “I’m Not Like Everybody Else,” “Where Have All the Good Times Gone,” “All Day and All of the Night,” and “You Really Got Me.”

Watch Dave play a bit of “You Really Got Me” live in a promo video for the 50th anniverary of The Kinks in 2014 on YouTube (from an upcoming documentary, Dave Davies Rock ‘n Roll Journey):

Tickets are available online.

Dave Davies of The Kinks
w/ Edward Rogers
Howard Theatre
Tuesday, Oct. 20
Show @730pm
$39.40-$65
All ages