Britt Daniel fronts Spoon at Merriweather Post Pavilion on July 30, 2017. (Photo by Theresa C. Sanchez)
Neil Young was right. “Rock and roll will never die.” And no, that’s not an allusion to the seemingly myriad musical festivals or anniversary tours featuring reunited elders of sound like 2016’s Desert Trip — affectionately dubbed “Oldchella” — or most recently, the bicoastal weekend-long fêtes Classic East and Classic West last month. “Rock and roll is here to stay,” thanks to bands like Spoon (whose title is not a reference to the culinary utensil, but an homage to the 1970s German avant-garde collective called Can #themoreyouknow). These indie musicians heralding from the capital of the Lone Star State embody the notion that evolution is a form of revolution.
With the March 2017 release of their ninth studio album, Hot Thoughts, a promotional tour was sure to follow and it did. Their July 30 appearance at the newly renovated Merriweather Post Pavilion was not a solo headlining gig, but they most certainly performed like it was.
The Brian Jonestown Massacre (Photo courtesy Ticketfly)
In February, The Brian Jonestown Massacre released its 16th album, Don’t Get Lost, only four months after their 15th album! So it would be an understatement to say it’s been a busy time for Anton Newcombe and company. The band are keeping up the pace with a tour that crashes into 9:30 Club on Friday, Sept. 8. You can win tickets to go with Parklife DC.
The Districts (Photo by Caitlin McCann)
Philadelphia garage quartet The Districts have been tearing up the concert circuit in the last few years, and they show no signs of stopping as they race toward the release of their third full-length album, Popular Manipulations, due Aug. 11 via Fat Possum. One week later, the band perform at 9:30 Club on Friday, Aug. 18. You can win tickets to go with Parklife DC!
Mario Cuomo fronts The Orwells at Black Cat on May 27, 2017.
At 23-years old, Mario Cuomo is a veritable rockstar as lead singer of The Orwells, the Illinois garage punk band that recently published its third full-length album.
Black Francis fronts the Pixies at the Lincoln Theatre on May 16, 2017. (Photo by Theresa C. Sanchez)
Where there’s smoke, there’s fire — or in this case, the Pixies.
The Orwells (Photo by Kelly Puleo)
Garage punks The Orwells released their second full-length album, Terrible Human Beings on Feb. 17 via Canvasback Music. The Chicago quintet have been on tour to support it, and they make their return to DC with a show at Black Cat on Saturday, May 27.
Twin Peaks (Photo by CJ Harvey)
Chicago garage rockers Twin Peaks are hitting a peak this year with the release of a live album, Urbs in Horto, released digitally March 31 and due physically on May 5 via Grand Jury. Twin Peaks are sweeping the nation with a concert date locally at 9:30 Club on Tuesday, May 9. You can win a pair of tickets to go see them, courtesy Parklife DC.