Music Park: Lush @ 9:30 Club — 9/21/16

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Miki Berenyi and Emma Anderson of Lush play guitars at the 9:30 Club on Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2016.

Lush returned to the stage at the 9:30 Club for a first encore Wednesday, and vocalist Miki Berenyi stepped up to the microphone.

“This song is for Chris,” she told the very full house. “We all miss Chris.”

With that brief intro, Lush launched into the dreamy, introspective “Lost Boy,” a lullaby to someone who has faded away, never to return. The Chris in question of course is former Lush drummer Chris Acland, who committed suicide in 1996. Chris’ death prompted the dissolution of the band after three full-length and one extend play albums, all issued during the height of UK shoegazing in the early to mid-’90s.

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Don’t Miss: La Sera + Springtime Carnivore @ Songbyrd Music House, 10/20/16 [Buzzcocks Edition]

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Greta Morgan and Katy Goodman (Photo courtesy Grandstand Media)

Katy Goodman and Greta Morgan collaborated on a charming album of punk and new wave covers last month, releasing Take It, It’s Yours on August 26 via Polyvinyl Records.

I’ve enjoyed listening to the 10 tracks on the album, which include covers of songs by Billy Idol, Bad Brains, The Replacements, and others. Katy and Greta are bringing their bands, La Sera and Springtime Carnivore respectively, around to perform at Songbyrd Music House on Thursday, Oct. 20 as part of a US tour they have undertaken together.

Both La Sera and Springtime Carnivore have new material so I don’t know if Katy and Greta will perform any of their covers together. However, I’m reminded of their wonderfully dreamy version of “Ever Fallen in Love” by the Buzzcocks, because the Buzzcocks are coming around on their 40th anniversary tour to play at the 9:30 Club next week on Wednesday, Sept. 28!

Watch the official music video for “Ever Fallen in Love” with Katy and Greta covering the Buzzcocks on YouTube:

I shared the Buzzcocks original (which lacks an official video) yesterday because Parklife DC is giving away a pair of tickets to see the Buzzcocks!

You can enter to win by leaving a comment on that blog!

You also can buy tickets to see the Buzzcocks online.

And you can buy tickets to see La Sera and Springtime Carnivore online!

Buzzcocks
9:30 Club
Wednesday, Sept. 28
Doors @7pm
$35
All ages

La Sera
w/ Springtime Carnivore
Songbyrd Music House
Thursday, Oct. 20
Doors @7:30pm
$10-$12
All ages

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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