Ocean Park Standoff (Photo by James Minchin)
You might best remember Samantha Ronson, sister to super producer Mark, as one of the buzziest DJs of the last decade.
Lately, Samantha has been focusing on songwriting and building a band — and that band, Ocean Park Standoff, appears at DC9 on Friday, Feb. 24, prior to releasing their self-titled debut EP on March 3 via Hollywood Records.
Moving Units (Photo by Jeffrey Jacquin)
Blake Miller of Moving Units is taking his L.A. dance-punk band on the road with a very specific concept. On their current tour, Moving Units present the songs of Joy Division, and they will pay homage to the legendary post-punk Mancunians with a stop at DC9 on Wednesday, March 1.
9:30 Club tickets! (Photo by Paul)
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Dungen (Photo by Frank Aschberg)
Swedish psychedelic rock band Dungen have won quite a following since their 2001 self-titled debut album, and it’s easy to hear why in my opinion with the gripping guitar of Reine Fiske.
Reine, Gustav Ejstes, Johan Holmegard, and Mattias Gustavsson recently embarked on a different kind of project, creating their first-ever instrumental album, and Dungen have scheduled an accompanying tour that stops at DC9 on Friday, March 17.
Lauren Mayberry of Chvrches sings at Echostage on Oct. 17, 2016. (Photo by Mickey McCarter)
I’ll confess that I’m a man whose taste in music is readily apparent. If you have new wave tunes to play, particularly from 1976-86, I’m going to show up and listen to them. That said, a number of incredible legacy new wave bands happened to travel through the DC metro area over the past year, and I took the opportunity to review them for our humble blog.
That said, a number of younger bands definitely broke through and seized my attention, most notably Canada’s Operators, who were the most exciting new band I’ve seen in some time. As with Operators, many of the best performances I witnessed in 2016 came from bands whose leaders are among the Masters of Synthpop, and so I have dedicated a postscript of really great synthpop shows that may have “missed” the top 10 but otherwise deserve a lot of applause.
Check out my top 10 list of concerts I saw for Parklife DC. (Click on the concert slugline to revisit the full review.)
Juliette Jackson of The Big Moon sings at DC9 on Friday, Nov. 25, 2016.
The Big Moon may have been the opener at DC9 last Friday, but you wouldn’t have been able to tell that by the crowd they drew! DC9 got full quickly and early for the four ladies from London, who shined brightly with guitar jams that crashed and ebbed as furiously as the tides.
The Big Moon (Photo by Charlotte Patmore)
London quartet The Big Moon have been playing a raucous cover version of Madonna’s “Beautiful Stranger” in their live shows, which really showcases their style: Big loud guitars paired buzzing around the airy voice of vocalist Juliette Jackson.
It sounds like this:
The Big Moon is made up of four women who were inspired by bands like the Palma Violets to stand up and start making music. They performed once in the United States at CMJ 2015 after getting started, but now they are coming back for a tour of their own to open for The Japanese House. The tour lands locally at DC9 on Friday, Nov. 25.
The band appear as Barbie dolls in the NSFW video for their latest single “Silent Movie Susie,” which also showcases the band’s sense of humor.
Watch the official music video for “Silent Movie Susie” by The Big Moon on YouTube:
The Big Moon have been tearing up stages with their energetic live show. The band has not yet released a full-length album, although they’ve been dropping singles, including most recently “Silent Movie Susie” and “Cupid” via Fiction Records. So this is a fantastic opportunity to see what the buzz is all about.
If you have tickets for the DC9 show, get there early to see The Big Moon! If you don’t have tickets, alas, the show is sold out.
The Big Moon
Opening for The Japanese House
Friday, Nov. 25