One Way Out (Photo by Carter Louthian)
Today, young DC rockers One Way Out release their second single of 2021, “Red.” Written in the early weeks of the COVID-19 pandemic, the single tackles topics that confronted many during the lockdown such as uncertainty, isolation, and self-reflection.
Danny Wagner, Jake Kiszka, Josh Kiszka, Sam Kiszka (Photo by Matthew Daniel Siskin)
Greta Van Fleet releases its first new song in more than a year, “My Way, Soon” (Lava/Republic Records.) The song is a liberating and jubilant track that celebrates and reflects the band’s personal transformation over the past three years. Also released is the track’s companion music video, which was shot, edited, and directed by the band.
Zepparella performs at City Winery on April 25, 2019. (Photo by Ari Strauss)
An entire generation of Led Zeppelin fans have grown up deprived of the opportunity to see the supergroup perform its legendary material live. A temporary reprieve from that disappointment was enjoyed by a sold-out crowd at DC’s City Winery one evening recently when Zepparella, an all-female tribute band, took the stage for a two-hour set of Led Zeppelin’s greatest songs.
Jay Buchanan fronts Rival Sons at 9:30 Club on April 22, 2019. (Photo by Chris Smyth)
The statement that “Rock is dead” is made far too often these days. While rock ‘n’ roll may not be receiving the mass exposure it once had, to believe that pure, great rock music is no longer being created is simply an untrue sentiment. Performances like the one Rival Sons put forth at the 9:30 Club recently are all the proof one needs to see that not only is rock and roll alive, but in the right hands, it is thriving.
Rival Sons (Photo courtesy the band)
Hard rockers Rival Sons released Feral Roots, the band’s sixths studio album, in January via Low Country Sound and Elektra Records. Rival Sons play 9:30 Club on Monday, April 22.
Chris Robinson Brotherhood (Photo courtesy Ticketfly)
Hey folks — Parklife DC has a quick and dirty ticket giveaway for you! The Chris Robinson Brotherhood are at 9:30 Club on Friday, Nov. 9, and we have a pair of tickets. Read more to win!
Buddy Guy performs at ACL Live on Oct. 20, 2016. (Photo courtesy Do512)
By turns funky, salty, entertaining, and educational, legendary bluesman Buddy Guy brought the party to The Birchmere on Monday. Showing off an arsenal of guitar tricks, playing blues classics, both his own and other artists’, Buddy brought the house down. This show was dirty blues with the fervor of a religious tent revival.
Highly Suspect (Photo courtesy IMP)
Rock trio Highly Suspect sold out a first night at 9:30 Club, so the band added a second night on Friday, Sept. 28. You can win tickets to go with Parklife DC!
Buddy Guy (Photo by Josh Cheuse)
“He’s been called the greatest living guitarist by Eric Clapton, he’s played with blues legends like Muddy Waters and Howlin’ Wolf, and his…double album, Rhythm and Blues, is a powerhouse set with guest shots by Aerosmith, Kid Rock, Gary Clark Jr., Beth Hart, and Keith Urban…”—so begins a feature in Guitar World about the legendary Buddy Guy, who will perform at The Birchmere on Monday, Sept. 24.
Jeff Beck performs at Wolf Trap on Aug. 20, 2018. (Photo by Ari Strauss)
Several years back, Rolling Stone Magazine published its list of the 100 greatest guitarists of all time. Two-time Rock and Roll Hall of Famer (once for Yardbirds and once on his own) Jeff Beck is No. 5 on that list. He played at Wolf Trap recently, and seeing him live is another item crossed off my bucket list.