Music Park: The Soft Moon @ DC9 — 4/29/18

Soft Moon @ DC9, Washington DC, 04/29/2018
Luis Vasquez aka The Soft Moon performs at DC9 on April 29, 2018. (Photo by Paivi)

In his recordings, Oakland, California’s The Soft Moon, aka Luis Vasquez, sounds distant and submerged, stitching together a mosaic of murky shapes on frameless canvasses. Amidst a backdrop of ominous tones and layered guitars, the heavily treated vocal parts often seem to emerge from the vortex of sound like leaves in an updraft. It’s the kind of technique that works well in the studio, but can be difficult to present live. So as I awaited their set Sunday night at DC9, I was curious to see how it translated to the stage.

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Music Park: Suzanne Vega @ City Winery — 4/29/18

SuzanneVega Suzanne Vega performs at City Winery in DC on April 29, 2018. (Photo by Ari Strauss)

City Winery DC’s first concert on Sunday featured folk artist Suzanne Vega, performing her albums Solitude Standing (1987) and 99.9°F (1992).

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Music Park: Cypress Hill @ RFK Stadium Festival Grounds, 4/21/18

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Cypress Hill perform at RFK Stadium Festival Grounds for the National Cannabis Festival on April 21, 2018. (Photo by Will Colbert)

Happy Belated 4/20. Blunted LA rap group Cypress Hill was in the nation’s capital this Saturday to help DC celebrate the marijuana holiday.
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Ticket Giveaway: Cracker and Camper Van Beethoven @ 9:30 Club, 1/11/18

CamperVanBeethoven_03 Camper Van Beethoven (Photo courtesy the artist)

I’ve always considered it the best concert trick ever when you can open for yourself, but that’s exactly what David Lowery has made a living doing in recent years as his band Camper Van Beethoven opens his band Cracker (or vice versa). You can catch Camper Van Beethoven and Cracker at 9:30 Club on Thursday, Jan. 11, and you can pull a concert trick of your own by winning tickets to go with Parklife DC.

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DJ Park: Getter @ Echostage — 10/31/17

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Getter (Photo courtesy OWSLA)

Suh Dudes! We welcomed the California-based disc jockey Tanner Petulla, better known as Getter, in the house to deliver a mesmerizing performance at Echostage on Halloween. The crowd was ready for a festive night as everyone was dressed in their spookiest and scantiest costumes as Getter was ready to take stage. Echostage was filled with anticipation for the performance and ready for takeoff.

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