Music Park: Nothing @ Rock and Roll Hotel — 9/7/18

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Nothing brings the noise at the Rock and Roll Hotel on Sept. 7, 2018. (Photo by David LaMason)

Nothing, the Philadelphia-born band led by Domenic “Nicky” Palermo (former hardcore punk vocalist for Horror Show), is the story of a band and a man who has gone through a constant string of adversity but who perseveres in spite of (or perhaps because of) it. That perseverance was evident at the Rock and Roll Hotel on Friday.

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Don’t Miss: Nothing @ Rock and Roll Hotel, 9/7/18

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Nothing (Photo courtesy Ticketfly)

Nothing released Dance on the Blacktop, their third studio album, on Aug. 24 via Relapse Records. They launch a tour at Rock and Roll Hotel in DC on Friday, Sept. 7.

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Don’t Miss: DC Music Rocks Festival @ 9:30 Club, 8/18/18

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Black Dog Prowl (Photo courtesy DC Music Rocks)

DC Music Rocks exists to promote music in the DMV, and the syndicated FM radio show/podcast produces the DC Music Rocks Festival, a showcase of local music, at 9:30 Club on Saturday, Aug. 18.

This year’s festival features five bands and two singer-songwriters on one big bill! Experience hip hop and funk with Allthebestkids, blues and grunge with Fellowcraft, hard rock with Black Dog Prowl, R&B and funk with Pebble to Pearl, and indie folk with Kid Brother.

And of course enjoy the work of singer-songwriters MaryJo Mattea and Justin Shapiro, both talented guitar players.

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Don’t Miss: Alice in Chains @ The Anthem, 5/3/18

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Alice in Chains (Photo courtesy Ticketfly)

Metal stalwarts Alice in Chains will release their sixth album this summer via Capitol Records! While they may not yet have new material, the quartet are on tour with a stop at The Anthem in DC this Thursday, May 3.

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Music Park: The Afghan Whigs @ Rams Head Live — 4/27/18

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The Afghan Whigs rock a packed Rams Head Live on April 27, 2018. (Photo by David LaMason)

The Afghan Whigs have been playing their brand of rock channeled through a heavy dose of dark soul for over 30 years. In fact, 2018 saw the 30-year anniversary of their debut Big Top Halloween. So, it’s a testament to their longevity that last year they released one of their best albums, In Spades, in their extensive catalog. Maybe it’s due to the steadfast style Greg Dulli (vocals/guitar/keys) and company — which also includes John Curley (bass), Rick G. Nelson (guitar/keys/violin), Jon Skibic (guitar), and Patrick Keeler (drums) — haven’t tried to change that unique style.

In a great show at Rams Head Live in Baltimore on Friday, The Afghan Whigs gave that style its due.

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Interview and Snapshots: Cubanate @ State Theatre — 11/7/17

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Cubanate perform at the State Theatre in Falls Church, Virginia, on Nov. 7, 2017. (Photo by Paivi)

British techno rockers Cubanate hit the State Theatre in Falls Church, Virginia, touring on a retrospective album titled Brutalism, recently released by Armalyte Records. Opening for Front Line Assembly (FLA), Marc Heal and Phil Barry performed songs including “Barbarossa,” “Body Burn,” and “Oxyacetylene.”

Prior to the show, Parklife DC caught up with Marc to ask him about the return of Cubanate and his observations on what’s happening on the industrial music scene today.

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