Don’t Miss: Parquet Courts @ 9:30 Club, 2/13/17

Parquet Courts (Photo courtesy Pitch Perfect PR)

In case you missed it, Brooklyn punks Parquet Courts released Human Performance, a fourth studio album in early April via Rough Trade Records. The talented rockers already continually impressed with their earlier releases, but they surely set a new bar with the latest, pooling their collective strengths into a set of songs that thematically center on estrangement, abandonment, and loneliness in a powerfully affecting way.

Andrew Savage (vocals, guitar), Austin Brown (vocals, guitar), Sean Yeaton (bass), and Max Savage (drums) toured extensively upon release of the album, and they stopped at the 9:30 Club on May 17. (Read our Parklife DC review!) While that show was pretty darn good, the band dedicated much of their stage banter to protesting their early set time. Lucky for us then that Parquet Courts have announced a brief 2017 tour that will include a return visit to the 9:30 Club on Monday, Feb. 13.

It’s timely to mention also that the band will perform a few dates this week — Dec. 9 in Asbury Park, NJ, and Dec. 10 in Queens, New York City. The Dec. 10 show at the Knockdown Center in Queens will feature the band’s multimedia show and also include a performance by DC’s own Flasher. (Parquet Courts and members of Priests, including Flasher’s Taylor Mulitz, struck up a friendship on a previous tour together.)

Watch the official music video for the title track “Human Performance,” which features puppets, by Parquet Courts on YouTube:

Of their May show at the 9:30 Club, I said of Parquet Courts, “Despite the needling at their early booking (a later show followed that night), or maybe because of it, Parquet Courts set themselves to the task of metaphorically burning the stage down with a blistering punk performance. But its finer moments truly came in powerful, poignant numbers from their new album, Human Performance. The prolific Texans-turned-Brooklyners released [their new album recently], and their stop at the 9:30 Club heavily featured the new songs, which were well received by the very full (if not quite sold out) room. While plenty of crowd surfers took to the air during earlier Parquet Courts numbers (yay to the 9:30 Club for smartly if watchfully permitting such things), the new songs are mostly about loneliness and solitude, or at least situations where you find yourself alone, if not abandoned.”

The experience of catching Parquet Courts in concert then is wholly cathartic and absorbing, and one that you should not miss.

Tickets are available online.

Parquet Courts
w/ Mary Lattimore
9:30 Club
Monday, Feb. 13
Doors @7pm
All ages

Ticket Giveaway: DIIV @ 9:30 Club, 11/17/16


DC has been enjoying an onslaught of shoegaze in recent times, and the resurgent guitar pop wave is being led in part by Brooklyn shoegazers DIIV. Zachary Cole Smith and his band opened for classic shoegaze band Ride at the 9:30 Club last year, headlined their own show at the Black Cat, and return to headline the 9:30 Club on Thursday, Nov. 17.

In the midst of DIIV’s victory lap, the band released their second album, Is the Is Are, in February via Captured Tracks. “Is the Is Are, more than any album in a long time, feels like a great and immersive book,” said Under the Radar.

Watch the official music video for “Mire (Grant’s Song),” a new song by DIIV, courtesy of Pitchfork, on YouTube:

Parklife DC is giving away a pair of tickets to see DIIV. To win, simply leave a comment on this blog. You can leave any comment but perhaps tell us your favorite song by DIIV.

For the rules of this giveaway–

Comments will be closed at 5pm on Friday, Nov. 11, and a winner will be randomly selected. The winner will be notified by email. The winner must respond to our email within 24 hours, or they will forfeit their tickets and we will pick another winner. We will email you instructions on claiming your ticket. Good luck!

If you don’t win, tickets are available online.

w/ Moon King
9:30 Club
Thursday, Nov. 17
Doors @10pm
All ages

Don’t Miss: Mitski @ Black Cat, 11/18/16

Mitski (Photo by Ebru Yildiz)

Mitski released her fourth studio album, Puberty 2, via Dead Oceans in June, and she launches a US tour on Oct. 31 in Rhode Island to promote it.

Music critics universally cheered the hotly anticipated new album from the Brooklyn-based singer-songwriter. She will stop at the Black Cat in DC on Friday, Nov. 18 to play new songs like “A Burning Hill,” — of which NPR Music said: “She decides to love ‘the littler things.’ It sounds like giving up, but she’s taking control, robbing her emotions of the power to capsize her wellbeing.”

Watch the official music video for “A Burning Hill” by Mitski on YouTube:

Mitski draws upon her own life experiences to sing of finding her own way in life and love, often leading observers to classify her songs as emo. Fans agree that her music is immediate and often urgent, thus lending itself particularly well to live performance. You’ll want to see her when she visits the Black Cat, although tickets have sold out.

Although tickets are not currently available, you may want to keep your ears open in case some become available.

w/ Fear of Men, Weaves
Black Cat
Friday, Nov. 18
Doors @8pm
Sold out
All ages

Music Park: EZTV @ Lincoln Theatre, 9/18/16

EZTV 02 EZTV perform at the Lincoln Theatre on Sunday, Sept. 18.

Ms. Jenny Lewis toured the 10th anniversary of her seminal album Rabbit Fur Coat recently and brought her friends EZTV along to open for her when she and The Watson Twins stopped at the Lincoln Theatre in DC on Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 17-18.

Frontman Ezra Tenenbaum played guitars alongside Shane O’Connell and Michael Stasiak as the trio delighted the very full room with some bright, jangly guitars. Maybe it was the influence of their headliner, but the Brooklyn power pop trio delivered a sunny set of songs that were overall a bit more folky than what might have been anticipated. That was more than fine by our audience, who were bopping and grooving along to EZTV’s easy-going vibes by the end of their show.

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Music Park: Julie Ruin @ Black Cat — 8/19/16

Julie Ruin 10 Kathleen Hanna sings with the Julie Ruin at the Black Cat on Friday, August 19, 2016.

Kathleen Hanna is angry. She seethes about her hatred for an alcoholic father. She rails against unwelcome attention from men. She spits on Internet trolls.

All of this naturally fuels some rather self-assured punk rock, such as with “I Decide,” the first single by her band the Julie Ruin from their new album Hit Reset, released on July 8 via Hardly Art.

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Don’t Miss: Eskimeaux @ Rock and Roll Hotel, 9/7/16

Eskimeaux (Photo by Richard Gin)

Brooklyner Gabrielle Smith released a debut album, O.K. via Double Double Whammy, as Eskimeaux in 2015. DC’s own Bob Boilen of All Songs Considered liked it so much that he ranked in #3 in his Top 10 albums of the Year.

Now Eskimeaux returns with a new EP, Year of the Rabbit, to be available on Sept. 16. With the EP, Gabrielle strives to capture a more natural live sound with her band. The result is an alluring collection of dreampop.

Listen to the Year of the Rabbit EP by Eskimeaux on Soundcloud:

With new songs in hand, Eskimeaux hit the road for a tour, including a stop at the Rock and Roll Hotel on Wednesday, Sept. 7. Get there early to catch Eskimeaux and their wry observations on life and romance, cloaked in smooth, catchy bedroom pop.

Eskimeaux is opening for UK hardcore punks Basement. (And the two bands sound absolutely nothing alike…) Tickets are available online.

Opening for Basement
Rock and Roll Hotel
Sept. 7
Doors @6:30pm
All ages