Don’t Miss: The Blasters @ Hill Country Live, 8/18/18

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The Blasters (Photo courtesy Ticketfly)

Known for their bend of rockabilly, punk, R&B, and blues, The Blasters took their place in musical history with their first four albums from 1980-85. Led by vocalist Phil Alvin, the gents returned in 2012 for a new album, Fun on Saturday Night. They are touring still as original members Bill Bateman (drums) and John Bazz (bass), as well as longtime bandmate Keith Wyatt (guitar), join Phil for a show at Hill Country Live on Saturday, Aug. 18.

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Don’t Miss: CAKE @ Merriweather Post Pavilion, 8/18/18

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Cake (Photo courtesy The Umbrella Group)

On Aug. 3, Cake released “Sinking Ship,” the lead single from their upcoming seventh studio studio album, and the band is now on tour. Vocalist John McCrea and his bandmates headline Merriweather Post Pavilion in a show with Ben Folds on Saturday, Aug. 18.

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Snapshots: Testament @ The Fillmore Silver Spring — 7/30/18

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Testament performs at The Fillmore Silver Spring on July 30, 2018. (Photo by Paivi)

Thrash metal band Testament plans to release a new album, their 12th studio record, in 2019. But first — the tours! Testament were one of a number of bands supporting Slayer on their farewell tour. That tour spilled over into a headlining run for tourmates Lamb of God — and Testament is along for the ride!

Testament opened Lamb of God at The Fillmore Silver Spring on Monday, and Paivi got the pix to prove it.

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Music Park: Raphael Saadiq @ The Kennedy Center — 7/27/18

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Raphael Saadiq performs at The Kennedy Center on July 27, 2018. (Photo by Jati Lindsay)

Singer, songwriter, producer and all-time soul music great Raphael Saadiq made a recent stop in DC to play for a sold-out audience at The Kennedy Center. The Grammy-winning architect of R&B hits performed music from his illustrious career — past and present

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Ticket Giveaway: FIDLAR @ 9:30 Club, 9/18/18

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California skate punks Fidlar are back with new singles! In January, the band released a cover of Nirvana’s “Frances Farmer Will Have Her Revenge on Seattle” and followed that up in April with “Alcohol.” Last month, they released the cheeky “Mason Ho’s Dream Wave.” Zac Carper and friends are ready to party at 9:30 Club on Tuesday, Sept. 18, and you can be there by winning tickets with Parklife DC.

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Music Park: Fantastic Negrito @ Sixth & I — 7/25/18

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Fantastic Negrito performs at Sixth and I Synagogue on July 25, 2018. (Photo by Will Colbert)

There’s only one Fantastic Negrito — and he was at DC’s Sixth & I recently. The historic synagogue isn’t the typical blues venue, but the Grammy Award-winning musician isn’t your typical bluesman. Xavier Amin Dphrepaulezz, better known by his current musical incarnation Fantastic Negrito, is the embodiment of new blues.

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