Music Park: Gary Numan @ 9:30 Club — 12/9/17

Gary Numan @930Club, Washington DC, 12/09/2017 Gary Numan rocks out at 9:30 Club on Saturday, Dec. 9. (Photo by Paivi)

The thing you should know, first and foremost, about Gary Numan: He’s a showman. And his showmanship was on full display in a nearly sold-out show at 9:30 Club on Saturday.

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Snapshots: Maximo Park @ U Street Music Hall — 11/28/17

Maximo Park @ U Street Music hall, Washington DC, 11/28/2017
Maximo Park performs at U Street Music Hall on Nov. 28, 2017. (Photo bv Paivi)

Earlier this year, English indie rockers Maximo Park released Risk to Exist, their sixth studio album, via Daylighting/Cooking Vinyl.  The gents then launched a US tour, and they visited U Street Music Hall on Tuesday, Nov. 28. Paivi was there to photograph the show!

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Music Park: Modern English @ Rock and Roll Hotel — 11/21/17

Modern English 17 Modern English perform at Rock and Roll Hotel on Nov. 21, 2017.

School was in session, and Modern English arrived to show us how it’s done. The post-punk masters returned in very good form indeed with Take Me to the Trees, their self-released new album published in February, for an engrossing show at Rock and Roll Hotel on Tuesday.

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Don’t Miss: Wesley Stace @ 9:30 Club, 11/28/17

Wesley Stace (Photo courtesy Yep Roc Records)

Singer-songwriter Wesley Stace will hit the road to open UK new wavers Squeeze, in support of Wesley Stace’s John Wesley Harding, and the show comes to 9:30 Club on Tuesday, Nov. 28. It’s sold out, but Parklife DC reminds you to get there early to see Wesley Stace if you’re already going!

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Music Park: Slowdive @ Rams Head Live — 11/16/17

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Slowdive brings cosmic bliss to Rams Head Live on Nov. 16, 2017. (Photo by David LaMason)

In the early ’90s, shoegaze had an underground appeal that ended up becoming an influential blueprint for many bands being formed today. And for me, personally, songs by the Catherine Wheel, My Bloody Valentine, and Slowdive were the soundtrack to relationships, careers, and those ups and downs in life — peaks and valleys like the rhythmic washes of guitar or the lilt of those harmonies buried beneath.

And I still find myself going back to those same sounds, like an old book you’re drawn to again and again, as I did with Slovedive in a live performance at Rams Head Live on Thursday.

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