Don’t Miss: Echo & The Bunnymen @ 9:30 Club, 9/9/16

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Echo & The Bunnymen (Photo courtesy the band)

The legendary Echo & The Bunnymen have been no strangers to DC in recent years, performing shows at venues like the Fillmore Silver Spring and the Black Cat.

However, arguably, a local Echo & The Bunnymen show belongs at the 9:30 Club, the perfect venue to capture the timelessness of the band’s hazy neo-psychedelia. Thankfully, justice and opportunity are about to meet as The Bunnymen are hitting the 9:30 Club on a perfect date: Friday, Sept. 9.

Led by founders in vocalist Ian McCulloch and guitarist Will Sergeant, the Liverpool iconoclasts have been doing some great work lately, publishing their most recent album Meteorites in 2014 via 429 Records with some signature production assistance from Youth and Andrea Wright. The result was 10 terrific songs of super-psych pop that recaptures the glory days of The Bunnymen.

Watch the official music video for “Lovers on the Run” from the latest album by Echo & The Bunnymen via YouTube:

Said Ian of the album, “At long last, we’ve made the worthy successor to Crocodiles, Heaven Up Here, Porcupine, and Ocean Rain. Meteorites is what Echo and the Bunnymen mean and are meant to be up there in heaven — untouchable, celestial, beautiful, and real. It has changed my life.”

If that doesn’t get you excited, I don’t know what will. Go see this show!

Tickets are available online.

Echo & The Bunnymen
9:30 Club
Friday, Sept. 9
Doors @8pm
$40
All ages

Music Park: Garbage @ Lincoln Theatre — 8/3/16

Garbage 18Garbage performs at Lincoln Theatre (Photo by: Mickey McCarter)

Garbage descended on DC for the second time in a year on August 3rd, this time at the seated Lincoln Theatre (although no one actually sat).

For this tour they are promoting their sixth album, Strange Little Birds, released in June. Of the 22 songs they played to the rapt crowd, only four were from the new album. “Even Though Our Love Is Doomed”, which Shirley Manson (lead singer) described as ‘the centerpiece of our new record’, is introspective and moving played live, and focuses more on the vocals.

Other new songs included the hard-charging “Blackout” and later during the encore, “Empty” and the slow, take-it-down-a-notch “Sometimes”.

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Don’t Miss: The Bangles @ 9:30 Club, 8/21/16

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The Bangles at the start of their career (Photo by Karen Filter)

If you were alive and watching television in 1986, and you previously did not know of The Bangles, MTV introduced them to a wider world with the music video for their hit “Walk Like an Egyptian,” which features a famously “sexy stare” from guitarist and co-vocalist Susanna Hoffs. In particular, if you were a young man of a certain age, those eyes were forever seared into your brain (in a good way).

Revisit the moment in the official music video for “Walk Like An Egyptian” (with famed stare around 2:45 mark):

The Bangles formed as a quartet in Los Angeles and released their debut album in 1984, hooking many of us with their famous cover of “Going Down to Liverpool” by Katrina and the Waves. Embracing the psych-folk of the Paisley Underground, the ladies burned up the radio with other hits like “Manic Monday,” “Eternal Flame” and “A Hazy Shade of Winter,” a terrific cover of the Simon & Garfunkel number recorded for the film Less Than Zero.

Today, sisters Vicki Peterson and Debbi Peterson, along with Susanna, are revisiting their early days of the band with a collection, titled Ladies and Gentlemen… The Bangles! The album is a 16-track collection of remastered ’80s-era rarities, demos, live recordings, and more, including The Bangles’ debut single and all of the tracks from their self-titled EP (which has been unavailable since its initial release on vinyl in 1982).

Watch a cool trailer for the album!

To celebrate the June 24 release of the album on CD via Omnivore Recordings, The Bangles have hit the road once again as a trio, and they will visit the 9:30 Club on Sunday, August 21, to play songs from across their amazing catalog.

Said Susanna of the new compilation: “I feel a very special connection to our early recordings. The garage of my parents’ house was our musical laboratory, and we took all the flavors of our favorite bands and mixed up a concoction of jangly guitars, McCartney-inspired bass parts, grooves powered by punk energy, and harmonies galore! These songs and recordings were our musical manifesto — all that mattered and inspired us, fueled by youthful energy, hope and blind ambition.”

L.A. rock trio Cardiac open for The Bangles. Tickets are available online.

The Bangles
w/ Cardiac
9:30 Club
Sunday, August 21
Doors @7pm
$35
All ages

Music Park: Esme Patterson @ 9:30 Club — 7/21/16

EsmePatterson 05 Esmé Patterson sings at the 9:30 Club on Thursday, July 21, 2016.

In 1977, Townes Van Zandt sang of “Loretta,” a waitress in a bar that he comes around to romance on occasion.

Learning the sang sparked a fire in Esmé Patterson, who got angry at Townes’ narrator as she picked up the song. So she wrote a response to it on her second solo album, Woman to Woman.

“I’ve been that bartender,” Esmé told an intimate and hushed crowd at the 9:30 Club on Thursday night. “I’ve been that waitress.”

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Don’t Miss: Esmé Patterson @ 9:30 Club, 7/21/16

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Esmé Patterson (Photo by Daniel Topete)

Folk pop chanteuse Esmé Patterson released We Were Wild, her third solo album via Grand Jury Music last month, and she’s visiting the 9:30 Club on Thursday, July 21, to perform songs from the new album as opener for Brett Dennen.

The spirited singer spun off from Denver collective Paper Bird once she had a few of her own albums on her resume, and her latest effort is a pleasing, perky collection of songs that showcase her easygoing manners. As with new single “Feel Right,” Esmé often sings reflective numbers on hitting your stride and finding your space in matters of life and love.

Watch the official music video for “Feel Right” by Esmé Patterson on YouTube:

Esmé’s first album, All Princes, I, appeared in 2012, and her second, Woman to Woman, in 2014. The prolific siren keeps the pace steady on the new album, combining a little bit of psych rock with a little bit of roots music and a whole lot of spirit.

Again, Esmé is opening for Northern California folk singer Brett Dennen, so get to the club early to catch her! Tickets are available online.

Esmé Patterson
(Opening for Brett Dennen)
9:30 Club
Thursday, July 21
Doors @7pm
$25
All ages

Music Park: Bands Performing at Firefly Music Festival Playing Nearby, June 2016

The Backyard Stage at night at Firefly Music FestivalThe Backyard Stage at night at Firefly Music Festival (Photo Credit: Danilo Lewis)

We all know the 5th Annual Firefly Music Festival is coming to Dover, Delaware from June 16-19.

We all know you want to go (and there are still passes here).

But for whatever reason, you can’t make it. Well, not to fret, you can still catch many of the artists and bands nearby in the DC area!

 

For those of you going, this also serves as a good list of bands to catch at Firefly.

Two Door Cinema Club
Local show: Black Cat, Tuesday, June 7
Firefly: Thursday, June 16 @ 10:00pm

CHVRCHES (preview)
Local Show: Rams Head Live!, Sunday, June 12
Firefly: Saturday, June 18 @ 6:00pm

Ellie Goulding
Local Show: Merriweather Post Pavilion, Monday, June 13
Firefly: Friday, June 17 @ 8:30pm

Whilk & Misky
Local Show: U Street Music Hall, Wednesday, June 15
Firefly: Thursday, June 16 @ 8:30pm

Tame Impala and M83 (together)
Local Show: Merriweather Post Pavilion, Thursday, June 16
Firefly: Friday, June 17 @ 9:30pm (Tame Impala)
Firefly: Saturday, June 18 @ 9:00pm (M83)

AlunaGeorge
Local show: 9:30 Club, Friday, June 17
Firefly: Thursday, June 16 @ 9:45pm

Fitz & the Tantrums
Local show: 9:30 Club, Saturday, June 18
Firefly: Friday, June 17 @ 6:15pm

Oh Wonder
Local show: 9:30 Club, Tuesday, June 21
Firefly: Thursday, June 16 @ 8:00pm

Silversun Pickups and Blink-182 (together)
Local show: Merriweather Post Pavilion (Kerfluffle), Saturday, June 26
Firefly: Saturday, June 18 @ 8:15pm (Silversun Pickups)
Firefly: Sunday, June 19 @ 6:45pm (Blink-182)

 

If I find others, I’ll add them!

Don’t Miss: Matt Corby @ 9:30 Club, 6/13/16

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Matt Corby (Photo by Bryce Jepson)

Bluesy folk singer Matt Corby has released his full-length debut album Telluric via Elektra Records, and he’s touring in support of it with a visit to the 9:30 Club on Monday, June 13.

Matt gained a lot of attention in his native Australia with several EP releases, but he’s now breaking through in the United States with his new album.

Initially, Matt wrote songs for the album in Los Angeles two years ago, but he threw those songs out and doubled down on his effort to become as proficient as possible in all aspects of music. Matt turned to home studios and wrapped up in a rural cottage in Australia. He wrote and recorded new music for Telluric, and then co-produced it with Dan Hume. MOJO calls the new songs “transcendent gospel-soul.”

Check out the results for yourself! Watch Matt Corby perform “Sooth Lady Wine” live at Electric Brixton on YouTube:

The Wild Honey Pie is presenting Matt’s appearance at the 9:30 Club. Of the show, The Wild Honey Pie says, “His catchy melodies will make you hum along, his soulful voice will captivate you and the rhythm will keep you on your feet.”

Overcoats open for Matt Corby. Tickets are available online.

Matt Corby
w/ Overcoats
9:30 Club
Monday, June 13
Doors @ 7pm
$25
All ages