The Get Up Kids released Kicker, a new EP and their first new material in seven years, on June 8 via Polyvinyl Records! The band will tour with a stop at 9:30 Club on Sunday, July 15. You can win tickets to go with Parklife DC!
The Front Bottoms returned to the area performing a two-part set that included three of their releases played in their entirety. When I arrived at Baltimore Soundstage this past Wednesday for The Front Bottoms show, the line was wrapped around the building. Fans formed a line at least three hours before doors so they would be front and center for this performance! There is no denying that The Front Bottoms have a solid fanbase.
Philadelphia indie rockers Hop Along recently released Bark Your Head Off, Dog, their new album, on Saddle Creek, drawing inspiration from ELO to Elvis Costello to ’70s girl group vocal arrangements. Hop Along perform at 9:30 Club on Tuesday, June 5, and you can win tickets to go with Parklife DC.
Lil Uzi Vert, born Symere Woods, released Love Is Rage 2, his debut studio album, in August via Generation Now and Atlantic Records. In the wake of the release, he’s been on tour, and he stopped by The Anthem for a sold-out Christmas party on Friday! Chris Castillo got pictures of the show.
Lil Uzi Vert, born Symere Woods, released his debut studio album in August via Generation Now and Atlantic Records. Love Is Rage 2, the album, followed several critically lauded mixtapes including 2015’s Luv Is Rage. Lil Uzi Vert embarked on a North American tour after releasing the album, and he arrives at The Anthem on Friday, Dec. 15, for a sold-out Christmas show!
It goes without saying that Beach Slang have been having a difficult year. There was the well-publicized changes in band members in 2016, immediately followed by the first of two thefts where all of their gear was stolen. The second coming this past month in Seattle where their tour van was stolen. But it’s a testament to the spirit of Beach Slang that they not merely continue on or go through the motions, but they consistently play some of the best heart-on-your-sleeve-seat-of-your-pants rock ‘n’ roll every night. And at Black Cat, James Alex and Company poured out those hearts on Tuesday.
Some shows are good, some shows are great, and some have the power to simply lift spirits. Rainer Maria brought what can only be described as a feeling of homecoming on Thursday at the Rock & Roll Hotel (even though the band originally formed in Madison, Wisconsin, and reformed together in New York after years of living in various corners of the globe).