Music Park: They Might Be Giants @ 9:30 Club — 4/14/18

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The delightfully unpredictable They Might Be Giants jammed the night away at 9:30 Club on Saturday, spotlighting a cool new record but also leaping fearlessly across time and space when moved to do so.

In short, John Flansburgh (“Flans”) and John Linnell (“John”) enjoyed themselves immensely, and they took a very packed, sold-out 9:30 Club along for the ride.

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Don’t Miss: They Might Be Giants @ 9:30 Club, 4/14/18

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They Might Be Giants (Photo courtesy Girlie Action)

They Might Be Giants released I Like Fun, their 20th studio album, on Jan. 19 via Idlewild. TMGB have undertaken an extensive North American tour, and they arrive at 9:30 Club for a sold-out show on Saturday, April 14.

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Snapshots: Guided by Voices @ Ottobar – 8/31/17

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Guided by Voices play to a sold-out Ottobar on Thursday, Aug. 31, 2017. (Photo by David LaMason)

Bob Pollard at this point could rest soundly on his impressive laurels — 25 Guided by Voices albums as of this writing, spanning nearly 35 years and 100 albums in total for Pollard himself. But as Bob pointed out very clearly at the Ottobar in Baltimore Thursday night, he’s not about to just play the hits! Teamed with Kevin March (drums), Bobby Bare, Jr. (guitar), Mark Shue (bass), and Doug Gillard (guitar), and a sizable cooler filled with Miller Light and tequila, the band played a sweaty and fun set to this sold-out crowd.

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Ticket Giveaway: Sister Hazel @ 9:30 Club, 7/21/17

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Jangle poppers Sister Hazel made the leap to country with their ninth studio album, Lighter in the Dark, which was released in 2016 via Croakin’ Poets/Rock Ridge. Sister Hazel are on tour, and they perform at 9:30 Club on Friday, July 21. You can win tickets to go with Parklife DC.

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Music Park: Mac DeMarco @ 9:30 Club — 5/24/17

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Mac DeMarco performs at 9:30 Club on May 24, 2017.

Mac DeMarco is beloved by many, many young fans. I learned this firsthand last week when Mac dropped by DC for two sold-out nights at 9:30 Club — where screaming admirers couldn’t get enough of his cheerful everyman composure and laidback songs.

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Don’t Miss: Tim Darcy @ Black Cat, 3/8/17

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Tim Darcy (Photo by Shawn Brackbill)

Here at Parklife DC, we are big admirers of Montreal post-punk quartet Ought, who visited the Black Cat recently in support of their new album, Sun Coming Down, and its mesmerizing lead single “Beautiful Blue Sky.”

So complete seems Ought’s nervy rock music that it comes as something of a surprise to hear that lead singer Tim Darcy, an American originally hailing from Arizona, has launched a solo career. His debut album, Saturday Night, is due Feb. 17 via Jagjaguwar.

Judging from the lead single “Tall Glass of Water,” Tim is going for more straightforward jangle pop than the arty post-punk of Ought. Still, the fast-talking “tall glass of water” himself seems to have plenty of social commentary to pack into his songs! He will tour his solo album backstage at the Black Cat on Wednesday, March 8.

Watch the official music video for “Tall Glass of Water” by Tim Darcy on YouTube:

I’ve been among those to draw a line between Tim and David Byrne with his music in Ought, as the innovative sometimes disjoined melodies of the two bands seem similar. Tim undoubtedly will continue to put some distance between such comparisons, as flattering as they are meant to be, with his solo material.

When I saw Ought at the Black Cat last on May 10, I observed, “With his tall, lanky frame, vocalist and guitarist Tim strikes the figure of a melancholy academic on stage, looming large over the proceedings in a manner metaphorically similar to the way his words hang over our heads.”

All in all, Tim is a brilliant musician, and his solo effort is surely worth checking out!

Tickets are available online.

Tim Darcy
Black Cat
Wednesday, March 8
Doors @730pm
$12
All ages

Music Park: The Big Moon @ DC9 — 11/25/16

The Big Moon 13 Juliette Jackson of The Big Moon sings at DC9 on Friday, Nov. 25, 2016.

The Big Moon may have been the opener at DC9 last Friday, but you wouldn’t have been able to tell that by the crowd they drew! DC9 got full quickly and early for the four ladies from London, who shined brightly with guitar jams that crashed and ebbed as furiously as the tides.

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