Snapshots: Mura Masa @ 9:30 Club — 8/17/18


Mura Masa performs at 9:30 Club on Aug. 17, 2018. (Photo by Brenda Reyes)

Alex Crosson: musician and producer better known as Mura Masa, played a sold-out show at the 9:30 Club, last week, and it was pure energy all around. Showcasing music from his self-titled album and other singles, Mura Masa and special guest Fliss played like no other.

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Music Park: Thomas Dolby @ The Birchmere — 7/30/18

ThomasDolby04 Thomas Dolby tells a tale at The Birchmere on July 30, 2018. (Photo by Mickey McCarter)

Thomas Dolby’s uncle, Stephen Spring-Rice, died in World War II as the second in command onboard a British Navy WWII submarine P48. According to family folklore, the submarine ran aground during a training mission, and all hands were lost at sea.

Inspired by the tale, Thomas wrote “One of Our Submarines,” which appeared as the B-side to his famous single “She Blinded Me With Science.” In an evening of storytelling and music at The Birchmere on Monday, however, Thomas revealed the story didn’t quite end there.

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Music Park: David Byrne @ Merriweather Post Pavilion — 7/28/18

DavidByrne07 David Byrne performs at Merriweather Post Pavilion on July 28, 2018. (Photo by Mickey McCarter)

David Bryne brought the music concert of the year to Merriweather Post Pavilion recently for a second visit to the DC metro area after an appearance at The Anthem earlier in the year.

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Interview: Thomas Dolby (@ The Birchmere, 7/30/18)

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Thomas Dolby (Photo courtesy conqueroo)

On July 27, Thomas Dolby will release a 2-CD greatest hits collection, titled Hyperactive, as part of BMG’s Masters Collection series. Along the way, Thomas will tour — well, it may perhaps be more accurate to say that he will present a series of musical experiences and reflections! In a tour to begin this week, members of the audience will pick songs from Thomas’ 30-year catalog for him to perform, and he also will tell stories behind each song, including anecdotes and musical composition. Each show will be a unique and totally immersive experience.

Locally, Thomas will visit The Birchmere for “An Evening of Music and Storytelling” on Monday, July 30. Parklife DC caught up with Thomas recently to discuss the tour, reflections on roughly 30 years of making music, and his current life in Baltimore as a professor at Johns Hopkins University.

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Ticket Giveaway: Mura Masa @ 9:30 Club, 8/17/18

MuraMasa1 Mura Masa (Photo courtesy Ticketfly)

Alex Crossan, better known as Mura Masa, released his debut self-titled album in 2017. Since then, the British DJ released a few more singles, making a big impression with his electronic alt-R&B. He’s performing at 9:30 Club on Friday, Aug. 17, and you can win tickets to go with Parklife DC.

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Music Park: Kimbra @ 9:30 Club — 1/30/18

Kimbra 29 Kimbra performs at 9:30 Club on Jan. 30, 2018. (Photo by Mickey McCarter)

In a recent conversation with Parklife DC, Kimbra explained the delay of her new album, Primal Heart, would allow fans to spend time with individual singles and get to know them better prior to the album’s ultimate release in April.

In a very crowded show at 9:30 Club on Tuesday, Kimbra’s wish appeared to come true, as she smoldered through a 15-song set that drew almost entirely from Primal Heart. Audience anticipation was very high, and Kimbra had full command of the crowd’s attention from the first song to the very last.

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