Lisa Stansfield released Deeper, her eighth studio album, in April via earmusic, and she made a welcome return to the United States in support of the album to perform at The Birchmere on Monday! Jason Nicholson got some pictures of the soulful English chanteuse.
After interviewing Martin Barre for Parklife DC last week, I was eager to see the former Jethro Tull guitarist and his band perform. Sunday night at Jammin’ Java in Vienna, Virginia, I had the opportunity to see the musician responsible for so many of Tull’s classic rock guitar riffs, solos, and songs.
In the pantheon of rock guitar greats, many familiar names come to mind: Hendrix, Page, Clapton, Santana. For many of us, the name Barre resides on that list as well. Martin Barre was the long-time lead guitarist for blues-turned-progressive rock band Jethro Tull from 1969 through 2012.
His intricate playing, unique style and iconic solos are well known to millions of fans. ParklifeDC had the opportunity to chat with the guitarist in anticipation of the Martin Barre Band’s appearance at Jammin’ Java on Sunday, Oct. 14.
Dave Grohl called them “the best opening band we’ve ever had.” That’s high praise, and something The Struts may never hear again if they continue performing with as much incredible excitement as they did at the 9:30 Club on Monday. Currently on their own headlining tour of America in support of their soon-to-be-released second full-length album, Young & Dangerous, The Struts danced and sang the night away. (Hey, check out our Parklife DC review of The Struts opening Foo Fighters at The Anthem’s grand opening in 2017!)
With Florence Welch’s vocals and positive messages of love, and her band’s energy permeating the concert hall, Florence and the Machine delivered a dramatic and romantic performance that left concert-goers satisfied and returning fans confirmed that Florence and the Machine was worth experiencing again in a sold-out show at The Anthem on Friday.
It’s easy to look at the numbers and surmise that Supergrass peaked with their debut album, I Should Coco, in 1995 — and afterward began a slow but steady slide down the charts, but that wouldn’t do justice to the band’s subsequent albums, all excellent in their on way.
Their sophomore album, In It for the Money, is probably my favorite, but it’s 2005’s more diverse Road to Rouen that I listen to most frequently. The more mature, acoustic-leaning songwriting eventually paved the way for lead singer’s Gaz Coombes three solo albums. The latest, World’s Strongest Man, brought him to DC’s City Winery last Thursday.
UK duo Slaves released their third album, Acts of Fear and Love, in August through AMF/Virgin EMI. The punk rockers performed at DC9 recently.