Music Park: Sons of Apollo @ Howard Theatre — 5/20/18

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Sons of Apollo performs at the Howard Theatre on May 20, 2018. (Photo by Chris R. Smyth)

You hope that with any band, the whole is greater than the sum of its parts. But when you start with amazing individual parts, the expectations can get quite high. Fortunately, with prog-metal supergroup, Sons of Apollo, those expectations were not only met but exceeded in a thrilling show at the Howard Theatre on Sunday.

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Music Park: Myles Kennedy @ Baltimore Soundstage — 5/16/18

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Myles Kennedy performs at Baltimore Soundstage on May 16, 2018. (Photo by Chris R. Smyth)

Myles Kennedy has one of the more distinct voices in hard rock today. While the rock landscape is full of rough, low-end singers, Myles’ voice is higher in register, similar to guys like Axl Rose and Bruce Dickinson. On Wednesday night, looking much more youthful than his nearly 50 years of age, dressed in a black button down shirt and sleeveless white undershirt, and playing in front of a simple black curtain imprinted with The Year of the Tiger logo, Myles put his voice on full display, playing a solo acoustic show for a sold-out audience at the Baltimore Soundstage.

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Don’t Miss: Sons of Apollo @ Howard Theatre, 5/20/18

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Sons of Apollo (Photo by Hristo Shindov)

Former Dream Theater members Mike Portnoy and Derek Sherinian, Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal (ex-Guns N’ Roses), Billy Sheehan (The Winery Dogs, Mr. Big, David Lee Roth), and Jeff Scott Soto (ex-Journey, ex-Yngwie Malmsteen’s Rising Force) formed supergroup Sons of Apollo in 2017. The band released Psychotic Symphony, their debut album, in October via Inside Out Music/Sony — and in March, they released an EP with several versions of Psychotic Symphony song “Alive.”

Now, the quintet is on tour, and they perform locally at the Howard Theatre on Sunday, May 20.

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Snapshots: Bullet for My Valentine @ The Fillmore Silver Spring, 5/6/18

Bullet For My Valentine Bullet for My Valentine performs at The Fillmore Silver Spring on May 6, 2018. (Photo by Chris R. Smyth)

Welsh hard rockers Bullet for My Valentine will release Gravity, their sixth studio album, via Search and Destroy and Spinefarm Records on June 29. On the road to the record release, BFMV performed at The Fillmore Silver Spring on Sunday, May 6, and Chris Smyth took some pictures of the show.

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Snapshots: Walking Papers @ The Anthem — 5/3/18

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Jefferson Angell fronts the Walking Papers at The Anthem on May 3, 2018. (Photo by Paivi)

Seattle’s Walking Papers opened Alice in Chains at The Anthem on Thursday, May 3. Paivi was here to photograph the supergroup, which includes singer-songwriter Jefferson Angell and keyboardist/backing vocalist Benjamin Anderson (both from The Missionary Position).

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Ticket Giveaway: Andrew WK @ 9:30 Club, 5/20/18

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Andrew WK (Art by Julie Bell and Boris Vallejo)

Andrew Fetterly Wilkes-Krier, better known as Andrew WK, released You’re Not Alone, his fifth studio album, via Sony Music in March. He will tour the new songs at 9:30 Club on Sunday, May 20, and you can win tickets to go with Parklife DC!

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