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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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

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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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Don’t Miss: The Big Moon @ DC9, 11/25/16

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The Big Moon (Photo by Charlotte Patmore)

London quartet The Big Moon have been playing a raucous cover version of Madonna’s “Beautiful Stranger” in their live shows, which really showcases their style: Big loud guitars paired buzzing around the airy voice of vocalist Juliette Jackson.

It sounds like this:

The Big Moon is made up of four women who were inspired by bands like the Palma Violets to stand up and start making music. They performed once in the United States at CMJ 2015 after getting started, but now they are coming back for a tour of their own to open for The Japanese House. The tour lands locally at DC9 on Friday, Nov. 25.

The band appear as Barbie dolls in the NSFW video for their latest single “Silent Movie Susie,” which also showcases the band’s sense of humor.

Watch the official music video for “Silent Movie Susie” by The Big Moon on YouTube:

The Big Moon have been tearing up stages with their energetic live show. The band has not yet released a full-length album, although they’ve been dropping singles, including most recently “Silent Movie Susie” and “Cupid” via Fiction Records. So this is a fantastic opportunity to see what the buzz is all about.

If you have tickets for the DC9 show, get there early to see The Big Moon! If you don’t have tickets, alas, the show is sold out.

The Big Moon
Opening for The Japanese House
DC9
Friday, Nov. 25
Doors @6:30pm
Sold out
All ages

Interview: Greta Morgan of Springtime Carnivore (@Songbyrd Music House, 10/20/16)

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Greta Morgan (Photo by Julia Brokaw)

Greta Morgan released her second album as Springtime Carnivore on Friday, Oct. 7 – and that same day she set upon a US tour with La Sera, hitting more than 20 cities.

The material for the new album, Midnight Room, sprang from a break-up but the songs didn’t take the shape of melancholy heartbreak. Instead, songs like “Face in the Moon” are full of jaunty reflections and wry observations on life and love that feel far more empowering than depressing.

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Ticket Giveaway: Teenage Fanclub @ 9:30 Club, 10/14/16

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The Scottish quintet Teenage Fanclub return with their first new album in six years, and that album, Here, appeared on Sept. 9 via Merge Records.

Over at Merge, they sure like their power pop, and Teenage Fanclub is right at home on their roster. But singer Norman Blake certainly leads his band through their own sunny, jangly sound. Listening to Teenage Fanclub is like having a great conversation with an old friend: You may know where it’s going but you’ll enjoy the ride.

Teenage Fanclub are touring in support of their new album, and they visit the 9:30 Club on Friday, Oct. 14. Parklife DC is giving you a chance to go!

Watch Teenage Fanclub perform “Thin Air” from the new album for BBC Radio 6 Music on Sept. 13, 2016 on YouTube:

Parklife DC is giving away a pair of tickets to see Teenage Fanclub. To win, simply leave a comment on this blog. You can leave any comment but perhaps tell us your favorite song by Teenage Fanclub.

For the rules of this giveaway–

Comments will be closed at 5pm on Friday, Oct. 7, and a winner will be randomly selected. The winner will be notified by email. The winner must respond to our email within 24 hours or they will forfeit their tickets and we will pick another winner. We will email you instructions on claiming your ticket. Good luck!

If you don’t win, tickets also are available online!

Teenage Fanclub
w/ Skylar Gudasz
9:30 Club
Friday, Oct. 14, 2016
Doors @8pm
$25
All ages

Music Park: Belly @ 9:30 Club — 8/13/16

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Tanya Donelly sings in Belly at the 9:30 Club on Saturday.

Soon into their set at the 9:30 Club on Saturday, jangle pop quartet Belly played… a new song!

Tentatively titled “Punish,” the song was introduced by vocalist Tanya Donelly, who invited the audience to submit better names for the tune. Then Belly performed the song, a number seemingly about dealing with the consequences of your actions. It’s a little bit heavier than a traditional Belly song and it “rocks” more than it “rolls” — but it’s pretty darn good.

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Don’t Miss: Diet Cig @ DC9, 8/10/16

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Diet Cig (Photo by Andrew Piccone)

Vocalist and guitarist Alex Luciano and drummer Noah Bowman met in New Paltz, N.Y., in 2014 and promptly formed a band together. They soon released their debut EP Over Easy on Father/Daughter Records. And then last fall, the released a 7-inch single, Sleep Talk.

Diet Cig put on a high-energy show, kicking up a storm with a kind of music they have labeled “slop pop.” In practice, Diet Cig seem to have an appetite for sunny jangle pop. You can hear it for yourself when they stop at DC9 to play a show on Wednesday, August 10!

Watch the official music video for “Sleep Talk” by Diet Cig on YouTube:

Diet Cig is working on their debut full-length album, which will come out in 2017 via Frenchkiss Records.

Montreal indie rock duo Solids open for Diet Cig. Tickets are available online.

Diet Cig
w/ Solids
DC9
Wednesday, August 10
Doors @8:30pm
$12/14
All ages

Don’t Miss: Belly @ 9:30 Club, 8/13/16

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Belly working on King in Nassau, Bahamas, circa 1994 (Photo by Stephen DiRado, http://stephendirado.com)

There was something in the air in Boston in the early to mid ’90s, when great female artists and woman-fronted bands were popping up all over the scene! Women like Juliana Hatfield, Aimee Mann, Kay Hanley, and of course Tanya Donelly were making their voices heard all over alternative radio and indie rock stages.

Well, one of those bands are roaring back in a big way as Tanya Donelly has reunited with her bandmates in Belly with new music and a first tour since 1995.

In their first run together, Belly released two much-adored albums — Star in 1993 and King in 1995. The first album singles “Gepetto” and “Feed the Tree” were particularly popular and continued to receive airplay after the band disbanded. Tanya’s sweet yet full voice was a hallmark of Belly’s songs.

Watch the official music video for “Feed the Tree” by Belly on YouTube:

Vocalist Tanya is joined by guitarist Tom Gorman, drummer Chris Gorman, and bassist Gail Greenwood. Their reunion tour is underway with a stop scheduled locally at the 9:30 Club on Saturday, August 13. Make plans to catch this exciting band as they return with what is sure to be an engaging show.

Tickets are available online.

Belly
9:30 Club
Saturday, August 13
Doors @8pm
$35
All ages