Steve Howe performs with Yes at the Warner Theatre on July 23, 2018. (Photo by Mark Caicedo)
The 1970s are widely regarded as the golden age of prog rock. Many bands to emerge during that era had tremendous commercial and critical success. Emerson, Lake and Palmer! Genesis! King Crimson! These bands represented the most innovative edge of the genre, pushing musical and lyrical boundaries by combining standard blues-based song structures with sweeping compositions featuring musical arrangements most often found in classical pieces.
But no prog-rock band has had the longevity or breadth of experience as Yes, which celebrated its 50th anniversary at the Warner Theatre on Monday.
MC50 (Photo courtesy Ticketfly)
“Yeah, kick out the jams/
I done kicked ’em out!”
Brother Wayne Kramer co-founded the MC5, which released their debut album, Kick Out the Jams, in 1969. With the 50th anniversary of Kick Out the Jams approaching, Wayne gathered some musicians to tour the music of the MC5, and the resulting MC50 supergroup performs at 9:30 Club on Tuesday, Sept. 11. You can win tickets to go with Parklife DC!
Yes (Photo by Glenn Gottlieb)
Yes will embark on a 35-date 50th anniversary tour this summer with a date at the Warner Theatre on Monday, July 23. And in a special appearance, founding keyboardist Tony Kaye will join the band during an extended encore for signature songs such as “Yours Is No Disgrace,” “Roundabout,” and “Starship Trooper.” Mark your calendars for this epic show!
Alejandro Castaño performs as The Red Fetish at Capital Fringe on Jan. 20, 2017. (Photo by Mark Caicedo)
The Basque word “etxe” means “domicile” or “shelter.” For eight recording artists, many of them based in DC, Etxe Records is home to a diverse musical family. Celebrating its 10th anniversary in 2018, Etxe (pronounced et-CHAY) released “Etxe Records at 10 Years: A Compilation.” And to mark the occasion, Capital Fringe hosted a 10th anniversary showcase concert on Jan. 20, featuring The Red Fetish, Silo Halo, Near Northeast, and Teething Veils.
Silo Halo (Photo by Adam de Boer and Julie Goett)
Etxe Records, named for the word for “shelter” or “home” in Basque, celebrates its 10th anniversary in 2018. To mark the occasion, the label released Etxe Records at 10 Years: A Compilation on Thursday, Jan. 18. Bands from Etxe Records also will perform in a Etxe Records 10th Anniversary Showcase at Capital Fringe (Logan Fringe Arts Space, 1358 Florida Ave. NE, DC) on Saturday, Jan. 20.
To explore the label and its bands in its 10th year, Parklife DC chatted via email with Chris Goett of Silo Halo and Avy Mallik of Near Northeast, the first of whom also is a co-founder of Etxe Records. Near Northeast and Silo Halo will be joined by fellow labelmates The Red Fetish and Teething Veils for the anniversary showcase concert.
Guided by Voices play to a sold-out Ottobar on Thursday, Aug. 31, 2017. (Photo by David LaMason)
Bob Pollard at this point could rest soundly on his impressive laurels — 25 Guided by Voices albums as of this writing, spanning nearly 35 years and 100 albums in total for Pollard himself. But as Bob pointed out very clearly at the Ottobar in Baltimore Thursday night, he’s not about to just play the hits! Teamed with Kevin March (drums), Bobby Bare, Jr. (guitar), Mark Shue (bass), and Doug Gillard (guitar), and a sizable cooler filled with Miller Light and tequila, the band played a sweaty and fun set to this sold-out crowd.
Dave Hause sings to the crowd at The Rock & Roll Hotel on Friday, Aug. 25, 2017. (Photo by David LaMason)
There are simply bands from whose pores you can feel the joy of rocking out. The Philadelphia-raised / California-based Dave Hause, whose path was cut while in hardcore punk bands such as Step Ahead and The Curse and later The Loved ones, seems born from rock ‘n roll.
The Rocket Summer (Photo by Ben Zucker)
It’s been 10 years since The Rocket Summer released Do You Feel, breaking ground for Texas musician Bryce Avary. Bryce has been working on a new seventh album as The Rocket Summer, but he’s taking some time to celebrate the 10th anniversary for his influential third album with a tour that includes a stop at Rock and Roll Hotel on Tuesday, Aug. 1.
Broke Royals performs at Rock & Roll Hotel on May 13. (Photo by Paivi)
DC rockers Broke Royals played a third anniversary show at Rock and Roll Hotel on Saturday. The gents are in the process of recording their debut full-length album after releasing three well-received EPs over the past few years.
The Damned perform at Baltimore Soundstage on Tuesday, May 9, 2017.
Inside Baltimore Soundstage on Tuesday night, people would randomly shout out to Captain Sensible, mimicking the call of his 1982 solo single “Wot.”
“He said Captain!” random members of the audience interjected at various points throughout a very crowded performance by The Damned, on tour to celebrate the group’s 40th anniversary. While The Damned did not indulge the audience with the catchy earworm from Sensible, the UK punks did however smash through more than 90 minutes of great highlights.