Britt Daniel fronts Spoon at Merriweather Post Pavilion on July 30, 2017. (Photo by Theresa C. Sanchez)
Neil Young was right. “Rock and roll will never die.” And no, that’s not an allusion to the seemingly myriad musical festivals or anniversary tours featuring reunited elders of sound like 2016’s Desert Trip — affectionately dubbed “Oldchella” — or most recently, the bicoastal weekend-long fêtes Classic East and Classic West last month. “Rock and roll is here to stay,” thanks to bands like Spoon (whose title is not a reference to the culinary utensil, but an homage to the 1970s German avant-garde collective called Can #themoreyouknow). These indie musicians heralding from the capital of the Lone Star State embody the notion that evolution is a form of revolution.
With the March 2017 release of their ninth studio album, Hot Thoughts, a promotional tour was sure to follow and it did. Their July 30 appearance at the newly renovated Merriweather Post Pavilion was not a solo headlining gig, but they most certainly performed like it was.
William Control performs at Vans Warped Tour in Columbia, Maryland on July 16, 2017. (Photo by Paivi)
William Control, also known as William Francis of Aiden, is an electronic music project from Seattle. The dark wave rocker has been releasing a series of EPs, most recently Revelations: The Red EP in July via his own Control Records, and he has been on tour with VANS Warped Tour this summer. Paivi caught William Control for some pictures of his performance at Merriweather Post Pavilion on July 16.
Barb Wire Dolls perform during VANS Warped Tour at Merriweather Post Pavilion in Columbia, Maryland on July 16, 2017. (Photo by Paivi)
Greek quintet Barb Wire Dolls from their native Greece to Los Angeles several years ago. There, Lemmy Kilmister of Motörhead caught the band at Whisky A Go-Go in 2015 and offered them a record deal with Motörhead Music, where they have released their last two album.
Barb Wire Dolls published their latest Rub My Mind this year via Motörhead Music and hit the road with VANS Warped Tour, where Paivi caught them at Merriweather Post Pavilion on July 17.
The Alarm perform at VANS Warped Tour at Merriweather Post Pavilion in Columbia, Maryland on July, 16, 2017. (Photo by Paivi.)
Perhaps the most unusual booking on this year’s VANS Warped Tour was the legendary British rock band The Alarm, led by the affable Mike Peters. The traveling music festival hit Merriweather Post Pavilion last month on July 16, and Paivi made it a point to catch the new wave turned folk rock outfit.
Fire from the Gods perform at Vans Warped Tour in Columbia, Maryland, on July 16, 2017. (Photo by Paivi)
Fire from the Gods brought hardcore action from Austin to Merriweather Post Pavilion during VANS Warped Tour on July 16.
The Ataris perform during VANS Warped Tour in Columbia, Maryland, on July 16, 2017. (Photo by Paivi)
Singer and guitarist Kris Roe brought the latest iteration of emo rockers The Ataris along on the VANS Warped Tour when they performed at Merriweather Post Pavilion on Sunday, July 16. Paivi caught some pix of the guys on stage!
Valient Thorr performs at VANS Warped Tour in Columbia, Maryland on July 16, 2017. (Photo by Paivi)
Valient Thorr summoned the storm for a run with VANS Warped Tour, stopping by Merriweather Post Pavilion with a host of other bands on Sunday, July 16. Paivi was there to catch the resulting deluge of photo opportunities.