Dave Wakeling of The English Beat (Photo by Jay Gilbert)
The English Beat starring Dave Wakeling released Here We Go Love, their hotly anticipated new album on June 15! It was the first new album from The English Beat since 1982! And it’s full of terrific songs.
Dave and company will play some of those songs along with old favorites at the State Theatre on Thursday, June 21.
Johnny Marr and his band (Photo by Niall Lea)
Virtuoso guitarist Johnny Marr will release his third solo album, Call the Comet, on June 15 via New Voodoo/Warner Bros. Records. Johnny will embark on an extensive US tour in the fall, with a show at The Fillmore Silver Spring on Wednesday, Oct. 17.
Little Boots performs at The Carolina Theatre in Durham during Moogfest on May 18, 2018. (Photo by Mickey McCarter)
When last I saw Little Boots in DC, I recommended Moogfest book the triple threat performer, DJ, and businesswoman, giving her opportunities to sing, spin, and lecture. Last week, she fulfilled part of that destiny with a live concert and a DJ set, crediting Moogfest for inspiring her to “rebuild” a live show after a successful year or so behind the decks.
Liam Gallagher performs at the Lincoln Theatre on May 19, 2018. (Photo by Kyle Gustafson)
Timing is everything in rock ‘n’ roll, and I imagine it’s a lesson to which Liam Gallagher can attest. And Liam delivered his testimony in a sold-out show at the Lincoln Theatre on Saturday.
Dream Wife performs at the Lincoln Theatre on May 14, 2018. (Photo by Mickey McCarter)
Toward the end of the set by Dream Wife on Monday, vocalist Rakel Mjöll dedicated the show to “the bad bitches of DC,” then she screeched like a banshee to the lyrics of “F.U.U.”
As Dream Wife jammed to the end of the song from their self-titled debut album, released in January via Lucky Number, Rakel proclaimed, “I spy with my little eye… bad, bad bitches,” while scanning the audience.
Justin Hawkins fronts The Darkness at Rams Head Live on April 24, 2018. (Photo by Mickey McCarter)
Justin Hawkins is one of the most charismatic frontmen working the stage today. Surely, he would be easily as comfortable as a silver-tongued guest at the upcoming nuptials of Prince Harry or a freewheeling interloper in the seediest of bars. The singer and his band The Darkness deserve a lot of credit for a revived international interest in hard glam rock in the early years of this century, and they demonstrated their irrepressible talent in a brilliant show at Rams Head Live in Baltimore on Tuesday.
Steven Wilson performs at 9:30 Club on April 24, 2018. (Photo by Kyle Gustafson)
Englishman Steven Wilson rocked 9:30 Club on Tuesday, playing songs from his new solo album, To the Bone, released last year via Caroline International, as well as songs from his progressive rock band, Porcupine Tree.