Music Park: Warpaint @ Union Transfer (Philadelphia) — 10/9/16

Warpaint 08 Warpaint perform at Union Transfer in Philadelphia on Oct. 9, 2016.

Warpaint have a great new album, Heads Up, and the ladies are wrapping a US tour of it tonight.

But along the way, they hit DC last week to perform at the 9:30 Club (check out our pix) and Philadelphia on Sunday to play to a very full house at Union Transfer. I was able to catch the Philadelphia show personally, and I was impressed at what great form the Los Angeles psych poppers have achieved and how much the new material really suits them.

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Snapshots: Beach Slang and Bleached @ Black Cat — 10/11/16

BeachSlang1James Alex takes to the stage solo at the Black Cat Tuesday. (Photo by Kristie Chua)

Beach Slang and Bleached announced a shared tour earlier this year and launched it at the Black Cat on Tuesday.

To the surprise of many, however, Bleach Slang band leader James Alex revealed only hours prior to the show that he would undertake the tour alone and without his three bandmates.

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Around Town: Careless Memories @ Dodge City, 10/13/16

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Neil Tennant at Movistar Arena on May 13, 2013. (Photo by Claudio Poblete)

Whether you’re dressed up or dressed down, you’ll find a comfortable place to land and have a drink at Dodge City this Thursday. And if you happen to like the synthpop disco stylings of the Pet Shop Boys, all the better, as Careless Memories: A New Wave Party will toast the English duo and their long career with a DJ set dedicated to Neil Tennant and Chris Lowe, along with their peers and contemporaries, on Thursday evening!

The Pet Shop Boys arrive in DC on Veteran’s Day next month to perform at Warner Theatre, and while that show is sold out, you can still celebrate the pending arrival of the Pet Shop Boys with Parklife DC at Dodge City tomorrow, Oct. 13.

We will play selections from the very first Pet Shop Boys album, the groundbreaking Please, and all the way to their latest, the stupendous Super. Along the way, we’ll add other groups that cross the new wave, house, and disco lines like the Pet Shop Boys.

Get in the mood with the memorable music video for “Always on My Mind,” a popular cover by the Pet Shop Boys on YouTube:

In our opinion, noted British actor Joss Ackland really makes that video.

Anyway, you’re formally invited to join us for a night of very literate disco and the likes of the Pet Shop Boys, The Human League, ABC, Frankie Goes to Hollywood, Marc Almond, New Order, the Associates, Saint Etienne, Giorgio Moroder, Bronski Beat (*and* The Communards), Wham!, and probably quite a bit of various projects by Vince Clarke. Oh, and some David Bowie.

You can RSVP on Facebook or simply show up — admission is free!

A Toast to the Pet Shop Boys
Careless Memories: New Wave Party
Dodge City
Thursday, Oct. 13
Show @8pm
Free admission

Don’t Miss: Seratones @ DC9, 10/20/16

Seratones (Photo by Chad Kamenshine)

Louisiana gospel-garage quartet Seratones have been busy this year, and they aren’t quite done with DC in 2016!

In May, the band dropped their debut album, Get Gone via Fat Possum, and they have been burning up the touring circuit all year. In support of that album, Seratones will visit DC9 on Thursday, Oct. 20.

Watch Seratones perform “Don’t Need It” on CBS This Morning on March 5, 2016, via YouTube:

Seratones are AJ Haynes (vocals), Connor Davis (guitar), Adam Davis (bass), and Jesse Gabriel (drums), but AJ particularly has drawn a lot of appraise for her powerful voice.

“Seratones singer-guitarist A.J. Haynes takes gospel into the garage, and what comes out is fiery rock ‘n’ roll,” said NPR Music.

Baltimore rockers The Milestones open. Tickets are available online.

w/ The Milestones
Thursday, Oct. 20
Doors @830pm
All ages

Don’t Miss: Morris Day and The Time @ Bethesda Blues and Jazz Supper Club, 10/14/16


The irrepressible master of funk Morris Day returns to the DC metro area this weekend with his band The Time to perform two shows at Bethesda Blues and Jazz Supper Club on Friday, Oct. 14!

Morris will always be remembered for his long friendship and association with Prince, which culminated in their collaboration on the movie Purple Rain. Morris Day and The Time scored two hits with their contributions to Purple Rain — Jungle Love and The Bird.

Watch the music video for “Jungle Love” with scenes from Purple Rain by Morris Day and The Time on YouTube:

The hard-touring Mr. Day and his band are sure to delight and to dance up a storm at Bethesda Blues and Jazz on Friday. Come early or come late, but don’t miss one of the two shows Morris is serving up.

Buy tickets for the 7pm show online, or buy tickets for the 10pm show!

Morris Day and the Time
Bethesda Blues and Jazz Supper Club
Friday, Oct. 14
Shows @7pm and @10pm
All ages

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Ticket Giveaway: Saint Motel @ 9:30 Club, 10/20/16

Saint-Motel_Press-Photo-1_-Photo-Credit-Jabari Saint Motel (Photo by Jabari)

Los Angeles dreampop quartet Saint Motel caught fire recently with their 2014 EP My Type, catapulting the band into indie fandom in a way their debut album several years later had not.

For my type, the ’60s-tinged band adopted mod iconography for singles “My Type” and “Cold, Cold Man,” demonstrating a sense of style and fun. The instincts that guided the band into adopting the flavor served them well as they are poised to release their second full-length album saintmotelevision on Oct. 21.

The day prior to that record release, Saint Motel visit the 9:30 Club on Thursday, Oct. 20 as a stop on their current US tour, and Parklife DC is giving away a pair of tickets for you to go see the show.

First, watch the devilishly clever official music video for “My Type” by Saint Motel on YouTube, which manages to get you involved by the end:

Second, leave a comment below to win a pair of tix to go see Saint Motel from Parklife DC! To win, leave any comment on this blog, but we would like to hear your favorite Saint Motel song!

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 also are available online (although 9:30 Club has issued a low-ticket warning)!

Saint Motel
w/ Hippo Campus, Weathers
9:30 Club
Thursday, Oct. 20
Doors @7pm
All ages


Don’t Miss: La Sera @ Songbyrd Music House, 10/20/16

Todd Wisenbaker and Katy Goodman of La Sera (Photo courtesy Force Field PR)

Los Angeles noise poppers La Sera are staying busy! The band, fronted by the effervescent Katy Goodman, released a full-length album, Music for Listening to Music to, in March. They toured on that album, performing at the 9:30 Club in May. (Read our review of that show!)

Surely not done for the year, La Sera dropped a new extended play, Queens, via Polyvinyl Records on Sept. 30. Then on Friday, the band launched a tour with their friend Springtime Carnivore, who also has new music! (Don’t be fooled by the name; Springtime Carnivore is the winsome Greta Morgan, who has collaborated with La Sera in the past. Read our interview with Greta!)

The La Sera tour with Springtime Carnivore stops in DC at Songbyrd Music House on Thursday, Oct. 20.

The new La Sera EP contains a cover of Led Zeppelin’s “Whole Lotta Love,” which is a song they have performed live with their easygoing psychedelic flavor for a while. Listen to La Sera’s cover of “Whole Lotta Love” by Led Zeppelin on Soundcloud:

As we previously have noted, Katy and Greta also recently collaborated by covering a set of punk tunes, publishing the resulting album, Take It, It’s Yours, on Polyvinyl Records over the summer. Perhaps we will hear them tackle Iggy Pop or The Misfits or the Buzzcocks together at the show?

Rock trio Lilac Daze, hailing from Frederick, Maryland, open the show! Tickets are available online.

La Sera
w/ Springtime Carnivore, Lilac Daze
Songbyrd Music House
Thursday, Oct. 20
Doors @7:30pm
All ages