Live Review: Helado Negro @ 9:30 Club — 5/4/22

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Roberto Carlos Lange performs as Helado Negro at 9:30 Club on May 4, 2022. (Photo by Casey Vock)

For all of American music’s collective dynamism, how many artists truly celebrate that diversity with their sounds? What would that even look like?

Helado Negro, a musical project led since 2009 by South Florida native Robert Carlos Lange, is one of the few endeavors to take up such a task. Earning a number of grants and awards bestowed upon him by various organizations, Lange became prolific in the past decade, imbuing a cross-culturalism into an inventive, revolutionary take on experimental/avant-pop and digital folk — with the words of his songs often spoken in two languages.

Roberto made an anticipated stop at 9:30 Club recently as part of his current tour in support of Far In, his 2021 studio album released on 4AD.

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Ticket Giveaway: Arkells @ 9:30 Club, 5/20/22

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Arkells (Photo by Nathan Nash)

Alt-rock band Arkells last year released Blink Once, a seventh full-length album, on Universal Music Canada, the country’s leading music company and released in partnership with Virgin Music Label & Artist Services US. The Arkells plan to release a new album, Blink Twice, later this year!

Meanwhile, the Arkells visit 9:30 Club on Friday, May 20, for their Blink Once Tour!

You can win a pair of tickets to go with Parklife DC.

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Snapshots: Pabllo Vittar @ 9:30 Club — 4/30/22

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Pabllo Vittar performs at 9:30 Club on April 30, 2022. (Photo by Katherine Gaines)

Brazilan drag queen Pabllo Vittar launched an international tour this year after the release of her wildly successful fourth album, Batidão Tropical, which debuted as the No. 6 most streamed album globally on Spotify in 2021.

Pabllo Vittar recently visited 9:30 Club as a guest of the regular LGBTQ party Bent, and Katherine Gaines was there to capture the action!

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Live Review: Fruit Bats @ 9:30 Club — 4/23/22

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Eric D. Johnson leads Fruit Bats in a performance at 9:30 Club on April 23, 2022. (Photo by Casey Vock)

The transformation of a songwriting vehicle from an individual endeavor into a full-fledged outfit is one of the more remarkable progressions to behold.

Especially so when the person driving the operation is a genuine, gifted soul with a penchant for crafting songs that can captivate in an intimate setting, but yet can be expanded and embellished into prosperous compositions at the group level to engage a much more active audience in larger venues.

Fruit Bats, the musical motorhome of singer and guitarist Eric D. Johnson, used a red-letter, late-night appearance at 9:30 Club recently to demonstrate the entity’s continued evolution as a sophisticated, dynamic folk rock troupe and, now in its second life, possessing a rare wisdom and imparting spirit.

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Live Review: Fontaines DC @ 9:30 Club — 4/21/22

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Fontaines DC amazes at the 9:30 Club on April 21, 2022. (Photo by David LaMason)

You can almost feel the pull, like the power of a 10,000-ton train, moving the very Irish band Fontaines DC from the smaller clubs of just a handful of years ago to selling out big venues like the 9:30 Club Thursday night. And to top it off, the eve of the release of the quintet’s third full-length LP, Skinty Fia, saw the band not only selling out the 9:30 Club but also venues throughout the United States.

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Ticket Giveaway: Fruit Bats @ 9:30 Club, 4/23/22

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Fruit Bats (Photo courtesy Merge Records)

With support from Merge Records, Fruit Bats released two albums in 2021 — The Pet Parade and Siamese Dream! This year, the band followed those albums with a compilation, Sometimes a Cloud Is Just a Cloud: Slow Growers, Sleeper Hits, and Lost Songs (2001–2021).

Fruit Bats now cap that prolific period with a lot of touring, and they turn up at 9:30 Club on Saturday, April 23.

You can win tickets to see Fruit Bats at 9:30 Club with Parklife DC!

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Live Review: Spoon w/ Margaret Glaspy @ 9:30 Club — 4/11/22

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Spoon performs at 9:30 Club on April 11, 2022. (Photo by Kyle Gustafson)

Spoon are a big enough band to play Merriweather Post Pavilion, but they choose to play smaller venues like the 9:30 Club — as they did last week! This is because, quite simply, Britt Daniel and the rest of the guys in this band are cool. They write great songs, and they perform them well. There’s no bullshit with Spoon, just rock ‘n’ roll; they don’t waste a lot of time on chatter — it’s all about the songs. They give you enough to feel satisfied, but they also know when it’s time to leave before you’re worn out, exhausted, and you’ve had too much. Because, Spoon, as I’ve, is a cool band.

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Ticket Giveaway: Homeshake @ 9:30 Club, 4/22/22

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Homeshake (Photo by Salina Ladha)

Peter Sagar, more popularly known as Homeshake, first made his name as guitarist for Mac DeMarco! The Montreal-based singer-songwriter released Under the Weather, his fifth studio album as Homeshake, last year, and now he’s coming to perform at 9:30 Club on Friday, April 22.

You can win tix to see the show with Parklife DC!

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