Snapshots: The Yardbirds @ Robert E. Parilla Performing Arts Center — 10/10/19

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The Yardbirds perform at the Robert E. Parilla Performing Arts Center on Oct. 10, 2019. (Photo by Jason Nicholson)

The Yardbirds — the ’60s pioneers of British Blues, visited Montgomery College to play at the Robert E. Parilla Performing Arts Center recently. Jason Nicholson got some pictures!

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Live Review: Ladytron @ Brooklyn Steel — 10/2/19

Ladytron19 Helen Marnie fronts Ladytron at Brooklyn Steel on Oct. 2, 2019. (Photo by Mickey McCarter)

Ladytron opened the show with “Black Cat,” sung in Bulgarian by Mira Aroyo, and you could be excused for believing you were watching the timeless synthpop band eight years ago — when the quartet visited last visited Brooklyn.

But no, it was indeed 2019, and Ladytron also played a host of new songs from an exciting new self-titled album released in February. It was a very welcome return indeed when the band performed at Brooklyn Steel recently!

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Live Review: The Zombies @ Robert E. Parilla Performing Arts Center — 9/29/19

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The Zombies perform at the Robert E. Parilla Performing Arts Center at Montgomery College on Sept. 29, 2019. (Photo by Jason Nicholson)

Upon induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame earlier this year, keyboardist Rod Argent of The Zombies recalled hearing “Hound Dog” by Elvis Presley at the age of 11. “For the next year or so, I just sought out the rawest rock ‘n’ roll I could find: I was totally transfixed by American rock ‘n’ roll; it seemed to represent a world and a culture that was not only magical, but so far removed from our ’50s England that whatever I did, I could never dream of any of us ever being anywhere near it.”

Inspired by Elvis, Miles Davis, and The Beatles, The Zombies recorded two remarkable albums in the ’60s then disbanded. But much like their heroes, The Zombies discovered the public would not forget them, and an initial regrouping in the early ’00s led to a full-blown reunion and The Zombies receiving their due with the Rock Hall in New York in March. Still on a career high from that experience, Rod and vocalist Colin Blunstone took their current Zombies show on the road and appeared at the Robert E. Parilla Performing Arts Center in Rockville, Maryland, recently.

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Live Review: Rick Wakeman @ The Birchmere — 9/25/19

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Rick Wakeman performs at The Birchmere on Sept. 25, 2019. (Photo by Mark Caicedo)

Rick Wakeman’s Grumpy Old Rock Star tour featured a man who is anything but. Rather, we got a wonderfully intimate, hilarious, and jaw-dropping performance from the former Strawbs, on-again off-again YES, and unparalleled session keyboardist recently at The Birchmere. Not a grumpy soul in the room, least of all Mr. Wakeman himself.

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Preview: The Yardbirds @ Robert E. Parilla Performing Arts Center, 10/10/19

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The Yardbirds (Photo courtesy the band)

The Yardbirds — the band that spearheaded the British Blues Boom of the ’60s, the band that brought the world Eric Clapton in 1963, Jeff Beck in 1965 and Jimmy Page in 1966 (who played in the band with Beck for four months) — will perform at the Robert E. Parilla Performing Arts Center on Thursday, Oct. 10.

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Live Review: Adam Ant @ Lincoln Theatre — 9/23/19

adam_ant_dc_pl-8 Adam Ant performs at the Lincoln Theatre on Sept. 23, 2019. (Photos by Jason Nicholson; Words by Mickey McCarter)

Stuart Goddard, who is responsible for 22 hit singles as Adam Ant, mugged, danced, and chatted his way through a lengthy show with an adoring audience at the Lincoln Theatre recently.

During the show, Adam Ant performed Friend or Foe, his debut solo album (but his fourth studio record overall), live in its entirety for the first time in DC, giving an earnest glam treatment to long-time favorites like “Goody Two Shoes,” “Desperate But Not Serious,” and “Friend or Foe.”

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Ticket Giveaway: Kero Kero Bonito @ 9:30 Club, 10/8/19

KKB Kero Kero Bonito (Photo courtesy Ticketfly)

Kero Kero Bonito, the London-based bilingual art-pop band, recently dropped a surprise EP, titled Civilisation I. The songs are the band’s most ambitious work to date and were written, produced and recorded in the bedroom of KKB’s Gus Lobban. Kero Kero Bonito play 9:30 Club on Tuesday, Oct. 8, and you can win tickets to go with Parklife DC!

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