Don’t Miss: Cloak and Dagger Festival – Dusk Till Dawn @ The Globe Theater + The Tower Theatre (Los Angeles, CA), 10/20-10/21/17

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Sascha Konietzko of KMFDM performs at the State Theatre in Falls Church, Virginia, on Oct. 5, 2017. (Photo by Paivi)

If you’re in Los Angeles this weekend, you may well want to pop out to S. Broadway for some nights of dark pop at The Globe and The Tower Theatres on Friday and Saturday. That’s where you’ll find the Cloak and Dagger Festival – Dusk Till Dawn, featuring headliners The Jesus And Mary Chain, KMFDM, She Wants Revenge, Poptone, TR/ST, Com Truise, The Soft Moon, HEALTH, Cold Cave, and many more.

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Music Park: Drab Majesty @ Songbyrd Music House — 9/22/17

Drab Majesty @ Songbyrd, Washington DC, 09/22/2017 Drab Majesty perform at Songbyrd Music House on Sept. 22, 2017. (Photo by Paivi)

Rob Sheffield of Rolling Stone, one of my favorite music and cultural commentators, described New Order as “goth-disco kingpins” in his review of a New York City performance in 2016.

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Snapshots: William Control @ Vans Warped Tour (Merriweather Post Pavilion) — 7/16/17

William Control @ Vans Warped Tour, Columbia, MD 07/16/2017William Control performs at Vans Warped Tour in Columbia, Maryland on July 16, 2017. (Photo by Paivi)

William Control, also known as William Francis of Aiden, is an electronic music project from Seattle. The dark wave rocker has been releasing a series of EPs, most recently Revelations: The Red EP in July via his own Control Records, and he has been on tour with VANS Warped Tour this summer. Paivi caught William Control for some pictures of his performance at Merriweather Post Pavilion on July 16.

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Don’t Miss: Drab Majesty @ Songbyrd, 9/22/17

Drab Majesty @ WGT 2017 Drab Majesty performs at Wave Gotik Treffen 2017 in Leipzig, Germany, on June 5, 2017. (Photo by Paivi)

Drab Majesty, composed of Deb Demure and Mona D, excited folks who last caught them in DC when they opened for Cold Cave at the Rock and Roll Hotel in January. Now, the duo returns to DC in a headlining show at Songbyrd Music House on Friday, Sept. 22.

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Interview: Paul Todd of Social Station (@ Smith Public Trust, 8/22)

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Paul Todd plays guitar with Social Station at Dr. Clock’s Nowhere Bar on June 21, 2017.

Dr. Clock’s Nowhere Bar, a staunch supporter of independent electronic music, recently relocated its programming to Safari Lounge (4306 Georgia Ave. NW, DC). On June 21, Dr. Clock’s hosted an evening of post-punk/dark wave bands including DC’s own Social Station, a trio in the process of producing its second full-length album.

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Snapshots: Sixth June @ Wave Gotik Treffen (Leipzig, Germany) — 6/2/17

Sixth June @ WGT 2017 Sixth June performs at Wave Gotik Treffen in Leipzig, Germany, on June 2, 2017.

One of the great things about the annual Wave Gotik Treffen in Leipzig, Germany, is the opportunity to chase down your favorite dark pop bands. Take for example Sixth June, the synthpop duo from Berlin, formed in 2007 by Laslo Antal and Lidija Andonov. Parklife DC photographer Paivi visited Wave Gotik Treffen on June 2-5 and caught the dark wavers in concert.

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