Alex Turner fronts the Arctic Monkeys (with more hair) at Firefly Music Festival on June 15, 2018. (Photo by Live at Firefly)
The Arctic Monkeys, as I’m told, now live in Los Angeles and not Sheffield, England, any longer. With that move comes an apparent transformation or maturation that began with an urbane sonic makeover in 2013’s AM.
The band are no longer four kids banging out spikey songs about being a lad in Britain. They’ve moved onto smooth, psychedelic jams about being a man in a world changing around them, and they took their new album, Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino, to The Anthem for two nights last weekend to flourish under their newfound perspectives.
FIDLAR (Photo courtesy Ticketfly)
California skate punks Fidlar are back with new singles! In January, the band released a cover of Nirvana’s “Frances Farmer Will Have Her Revenge on Seattle” and followed that up in April with “Alcohol.” Last month, they released the cheeky “Mason Ho’s Dream Wave.” Zac Carper and friends are ready to party at 9:30 Club on Tuesday, Sept. 18, and you can be there by winning tickets with Parklife DC.
Arctic Monkeys (Photo by Zackery Michael)
The Arctic Monkeys announced a show at The Anthem on Saturday, July 28 — and it promptly sold out! Thankfully, the lads from Sheffield added a second date on Sunday, July 29, and tickets are still available for that performance!
Cold War Kids perform at Rams Head Live in Baltimore on June 17, 2018. (Photo by Shantel Breen)
Formed in 2004, indie rockers, Cold War Kids, from Long Beach California, are still going strong. Following an appearance at the Firefly Festival, Cold War Kids stopped by Rams Head Live in Baltimore on Sunday, and Shantel Breen went to check out the show.
Jamie Hince of The Kills performs at the Lincoln Theatre on May 14, 2018. (Photo by Will Colbert)
Mondays suck, but not when The Kills are in town. The British-American indie rock band, consisting of American singer Alison Mosshart and English guitarist Jamie Hince, played for a packed Lincoln Theatre Monday night.
The Kills (Photo by Clayton Cubitt)
The Kills have been preparing their first new music since their fifth album, Ash & Ice, released in 2016 via Domino. The duo returns to DC to perform at the Lincoln Theater on Monday, May 14.
Ruban Nielson performs in Unknown Mortal Orchestra at 9:30 Club on April 27, 2018. (Photo by Brenda Reyes)
Unknown Mortal Orchestra played at the 9:30 Club on Friday in support of their new album, Sex + Food, their fourth record released in April via Jagjaguwar. The crowd was super pumped to see UMO, and that’s always a good indicator that the show will be a good one.
Albert Hammond Jr. performs at U Street Music Hall on March 27, 2018. (Photo by Theresa C. Sanchez)
The sentiment in ZZ Top‘s 1983 hit is just as applicable today in 2018 as it was 35 years ago: “‘Cause every girl crazy ’bout a sharp dressed man.”
District ladies (and many a gentleman) know a thing or two about fashion and one fan in particular wasn’t shy about applauding the lead singer’s tailored, red three-piece ensemble. “Mr. Hammond — nice suit!”
Albert Hammond Jr. quickly responded: “In fact, it is!” The audience later learned, after witnessing the musician engage in nearly 40 minutes of of onstage cardio in that recent performance at U Street Music Hall, “Wool does not sweat well.”
Kate Nash (Photo by Kate Bell)
British singer-songwriter Kate Nash will release Yesterday Was Forever, her fourth studio album, on March 30. Then a month later, she will perform at 9:30 Club! You can win tickets to see Kate Nash with Parklife DC.
The Black Angels (Photo courtesy Ticketfly)
A little under a year ago, Austin psychedelic rockers The Black Angels released Death Song, their fifth studio album, via Partisan Records. The quintet now has teamed up with the Black Lips, and together the bands launch The Birds and the Bees Tour, which arrives at 9:30 Club on Monday, April 9. You can win tickets to see them with Parklife DC!