Marina performs at The Anthem on Feb. 24, 2022. (Photo by Mickey McCarter)
Marina may have stepped out onto the stage under the cover of darkness to being her show at The Anthem in DC recently, but she stood with unyielding confidence and conviction as she launched into “Ancient Dreams in a Modern Land” to celebrate the album of the same name. Her smoky voice rang clear over the aggressive beats of the number and she began swing in sway as if to call her words down from the sky and channel them into the audience when the lights came up.
Although she no longer calls herself Marina *and The Diamonds,* she truly sparkled nonetheless.
Marina (Photo courtesy Atlantic Records)
In 2021, indie pop diva Marina released Ancient Dreams in a Modern Land, her fifth studio album, via Neo Gold/ Atlantic Records. This month, Marina undertakes a global tour that brings her to The Anthem in DC on Thursday, Feb. 24.
The Anthem has issued a low-ticket alert for this show!
Tacocat performs at U Street Music Hall on May 19, 2019, in this top photo by Katherine Gaines.
Editor’s Note: This year, we asked our bloggers to name their Top 10 shows of 2019 or choose their Top 10 photos of the year. We will run them over the course of mid-December as our Best of the Year posts.
Choosing my favorite photos is always a difficult task. I narrowed it down to shows I shot specifically for Parklife for this blog post.
Marina performs at The Anthem on Sept. 18, 2019. (Photos by Katherine Gaines/ ambienteye.com; Words by Mickey McCarter)
When examining the whole of pop music through a rear-view mirror, it becomes clear that most musicians have little new to say after their first and second records.
Marina Diamandis, known eponymously as Marina and formerly known as Marina and the Diamonds, doesn’t have that problem. The Welsh chanteuse released Love + Fear, in April via Atlantic Records, drawing from some study she did on psychology and how the two emotions in the title of the record drive all of human behavior. She broke it down for her audience in a very crowded show at The Anthem recently.
Marina (Photo by Zoey Grossman)
Marina, formerly known as Marina and the Diamonds, released Love + Fear, her fourth studio album in April via Atlantic Records. The Welsh pop siren returns to DC on the Love + Fear Tour for a show at The Anthem on Wednesday, Sept. 18.
Marina Diamandis performs at the Knockdown Center on Sept. 29, 2018. (Photo by Mickey McCarter)
Vocalist Lizzy Plapinger, formerly of MS MR and now of LPX, takes DC by storm this weekend, co-curating an all-female lineup for the first day of All Things Go Fall Classic. You can see her at Eaton House Friday, and on stage on Saturday, Oct. 6, at Union Market DC. (Find more details here!)
And Lizzy is also co-founder of Neon Gold Records, which celebrated its 10th anniversary last weekend at the Knockdown Center in Queens, New York City, with a showcase dubbed Neon Gold X. LPX performed there too, and Parklife DC caught her performance along with Broods and Marina (formerly Marina and the Diamonds).
Marina (Photo by Charlotte Rutherford)
Neon Gold Records celebrates their 10th Anniversary as a label with an all-star show at the Knockdown Center in Queens, New York City, on Saturday, Sept. 29. While the show includes a number of fantastic artists, Parklife DC is most excited about the appearance of Marina, who last performed in the United States in 2015. The show also includes The Knocks, Matt Maeson, Alex Winston, Your Smith, LPX, St. Lucia, and more!