Snapshot: Lush @ 9:30 Club, 9/21/16

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Lush, an English alternative rock band, formed in 1987 and disbanded in 1998. (L to R) Chris Acland, Phil King, Miki Berenyi, and Emma Anderson

In 1994, my friend and rock-n-roll photographer Chester Simpson snapped a picture of shoegaze quartet Lush at the old 9:30 Club (once at 930 F Street NW, DC). That’s his one-time caption for that picture describing it above.

But the story of Lush isn’t quite done. Lush are back, releasing new material in 2016! They published new songs on an EP, Blind Spot, back in May via their own Edamame label.

But let’s rewind to 1996 and watch the official music video for “Ladykillers,” a great song from Lush, on YouTube:

Now, Miki Berenyi and Emma Anderson (vocals and guitars) along with Phil King (bass) and drummer Justin Welch (Spitfire, Elastica) are on a world tour that stops in DC at the 9:30 Club tonight! Although many dates on their US tour sold out, the 9:30 Club show has not yet closed ticket sales!

What are you waiting for? Join us to see this fantastic band. Tickets are available online!

For more from my wise but wild photographer friend Chester, visit http://www.rock-n-rollphotos.com.

Lush
w/ Tamaryn
9:30 Club
Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2016
Doors @7pm
$35
All ages

Ticket Giveaway: Buzzcocks @ 9:30 Club, 9/28/16

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Punk exploded in the United Kingdom in 1976, and nowhere was that more true than specifically on June 4, 1976, when the Sex Pistols played at Manchester’s Lesser Free Trade Hall. Pete Shelley and Howard Devoto — the two men who would form the Buzzcocks, Manchester’s most enduring punk band — organized that gig for the Sex Pistols.

In the film 24 Hour Party People, Factory Records impresario Tony Wilson, portrayed by the actor Steve Coogan, estimates that are 42 people in the room during a recreation of the show, and many of them went on to form monumental bands like Joy Division, The Fall, and even The Smiths.

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Don’t Miss: Sam Feldt @ 9:30 Club, 9/30/16

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Sam Feldt (Photo courtesy AM only)

Sam Feldt started his music career in 2013 at the age of 20! And here in that short time, we are all dancing to his music. A year after his debut, the Dutchman signed with Spinnin’ Records and released his first track on the label.

In 2014, he grabbed our attention with his remix of the Sander van Doorn and Firebeatz release “Guitar Track,” which received almost two million plays on Soundcloud (250,000 plays in one week!) and a #1 Hypem spot.

Sam really drove it home with his 2015 release “Show Me Love,” a track that characterizes his signature sound of “beautifully built melodies, loads of atmosphere and emotion packed in a tantalizing, often laidback groove, ” according to his label.

In advance of a new release, Sam is spinning at the 9:30 Club with Bakermat on Friday, Sept. 30.

Listen to a preview of “Runaways” by Sam Feldt and Deepend featuring Teemu (available Oct. 7!) on Soundcloud:

So far in 2016, Sam released his first extended play, Been a While, and singles “Shadows of Love” (featuring Heidi Rojas) and “Summer on You” (with Lucas & Steve featuring Wulf). The young DJ is unstoppable!

At the 9:30 Club, Sam is joined by fellow Dutchman Bakermat, who recently released the single “Living” featuring Alex Clare from the album of the same name.

Tickets are available online.

Bakermat & Sam Feldt
9:30 Club
Friday, Sept. 30
Doors @11pm
$26
All ages

Don’t Miss: The Faint @ 9:30 Club, 10/8/16

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The Faint (Photo by Bill Sitzmann)

Synthpop quartet The Faint released a new song this year, and it’s pretty damn good… one of their better singles in quite a few years, I daresay!

The single will also see inclusion on an upcoming retrospective release by The Faint — CAPSULE: 1999-2016, due Sept. 30 via their longtime label Saddle Creek. To celebrate the release, The Faint are going on tour, and they stop at the 9:30 Club on Saturday, Oct. 8.

Listen to “Young and Realistic,” the catchy new single by The Faint, on Soundcloud:

The CAPSULE compilation arrives 17 years after the first release by The Faint — 1999’s Blank-Wave Arcade. The band rapidly matured and by 2001 released what many consider their masterpiece, Danse Macabre. The upcoming “greatest hits” includes contributions from albums Blank-Wave Arcade, Danse Macabre, Wet From Birth, Fasciinatiion, and Doom Abuse as well as “Young and Realistic” — and two brand new songs “Skylab1979” and “ESP.”

To me, the interesting thing about The Faint is that they almost always hit the perfect mark for what I consider “dark wave.” The Faint are a new wave band, but they eschew a lot of the sunny optimism of most new wave bands to drum up spikey dirges warning of difficult choices ahead. However, they never quite fall into the gloomy despair or overly distorted sound of modern industrial bands, saving them from easy categorization. And The Faint frontman Todd Fink is a joy to behold on synthesizer. (Seriously, it’s hard to find someone who can play synth with half as much energy!)

Opening for The Faint are Andy Gill’s new-look Gang of Four and Brooklyn dark-waver Travis Egedy, better known as Pictureplane. Don’t miss this action-packed bill!

Tickets are available online.

The Faint
w/ Gang of Four, Pictureplane
9:30 Club
Saturday, Oct. 8
Doors @6pm
$25
All ages

Music Park: Ra Ra Riot (Opened for Young the Giant) @ 9:30 Club — 9/13/16

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Three consecutive nights at the 9:30 Club? Who wouldn’t love such an opportunity?

Ra Ra Riot opened for all three of the sold out Young the Giant shows (9/12-9/14). I was able to catch the second show on Tuesday, September 13th.

And Wes Miles, lead singer of Ra Ra Riot, seemed to agree about playing at the 9:30 Club, “Amazing to be here for the 2nd night in a row! The best venue in the world!”

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Don’t Miss: George Clinton and Parliament-Funkadelic @ 9:30 Club, 9/24/16

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George Clinton and Parliament-Funkadelic perform at The Beacon Theatre, Hopewell, Virginia, on Nov. 20, 2015. (Photo by Tom Saunders)

Mark your calendars for Saturday, Sept. 24. If you see no other bands the rest of this year, go see George Clinton and Parliament-Funkadelic!

I have seen P-Funk several times, and it is one of the best shows you can see. The thing is, you don’t even need to know their music to enjoy the show. The other thing is, you probably already know some of their music and you just didn’t realize it.

Check out these two songs and see if they sound familiar:

You will hear George or one of the band members say, “Ain’t nothin’ but a party” at least once throughout the night, and that’s exactly what it will be. It is great music to dance to, great music to chill to, great music to rock out to. You name it, there is something for everyone.

What I was most surprised and impressed by when I first saw them was how musically talented they are. This is not just a dance party. There will be three or four guitarists, a few drummers that switch off throughout the night, LOTS of people singing, and all kinds of other fun stuff.

You may know the backstory. Basically, George created two groups — Parliament and Funkadelic. The two bands ultimately became one, which was logical because most of the members were in both groups anyway. George started his musical journey back in 1956 and is still going strong at the age of 75!

The 9:30 Club is going to be rocking! I encourage you to put that on your calendar; you’ll be glad you did. If you are going to come, you might want to get yourself some caffeine. (Thanks for that upstairs coffee bar, 9:30 Club!) The doors don’t open until 8pm and once P-Funk comes onstage, there’s no telling how late they will play. I think if it was up to the band they might throughout the night. This is going to be a great show!

Tickets are available online.

George Clinton and Parliament-Funkadelic
9:30 Club
Saturday, Sept. 24
Doors @8pm
$45
All ages

Ticket Giveaway: Princess @ 9:30 Club, 9/25/16

princess Maya Rudolph and Gretchen Lieberum are Princess. (Photo courtesy the band)

In April of this year, a great man left us too soon. Popstar Prince passed away, leaving behind a tremendous legacy of tremendously good music.

While we of course should always mourn his loss, we also should celebrate his work. And that’s the idea behind tribute band Princess. Princess is no ordinary tribute band. It consists of Saturday Night Live’s Maya Rudolph and musician Gretchen Lieberum, best friends since college.

It’s important to note that Princess has been around since at least 2012, when they first appeared nationally on The Tonight Show to perform Darling Nikki on the show. Princess have launched a short tour this month, and that tour stops at the 9:30 Club on Sunday, Sept. 25.

Watch Princess perform “Darling Nikki” on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon on YouTube:

Parklife DC is giving away a pair of tickets so that you can celebrate the music of Prince with this loving tribute by Princess! To win, simply leave a comment on this blog, but you know I have to ask: What is your favorite Prince 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!

If you don’t enter or win our contest, you also can buy tickets online!

Princess
featuring Maya Rudolph and Gretchen Lieberum
9:30 Club
Sunday, Sept. 25
Doors @7pm
$30
All ages

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