Live Review: Circles Around The Sun @ The 8×10 — 2/27/20

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Circles Around the Sun performs at The 8X10 in Baltimore on Feb. 27, 2020. (Photo by Casey Vock)

What’s the best way to pay respects to a friend who left too early? There’s probably no perfect answer to that question, but it’s an admirable deed to carry out the last known wishes of a beloved one you’ve lost.

That’s the density of the mission that recently brought Circles Around the Sun to Baltimore for a performance at The 8×10 to kick off the band’s first multi-state tour since the death of the group’s shepherd, Neal Casal.

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Snapshots: Saint Motel @ 9:30 Club — 2/11/20

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AJ Jackson fronts Saint Motel at 9:30 Club on Feb. 11, 2020. (Photo by Casey Vock)

A band from Los Angeles whose sound has been described as indie pop but is something much more dynamic than that, Saint Motel recently made its way to DC as part of its 2020 world tour and Parklife DC was there to shoot photographs at the sold-out 9:30 Club.

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Snapshots: The Legendary Pink Dots @ Metro Gallery — 10/13/19

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The Legendary Pink Dots perform at Metro Gallery in Baltimore on Oct. 13, 2019. (Photo by Katherine Gaines/ ambienteye.com)

The Legendary Pink Dots are touring to celebrate the band’s 40th anniversary, and the experimental rock outfit recently appeared at the Metro Gallery in Baltimore. Katherine Gaines show the show!

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Live Review: The Ocean Blue @ Union Stage — 10/4/19

TheOceanBlue26 David Schelzel fronts The Ocean Blue at Union Stage on Oct. 4, 2019. (Photo by Mickey McCarter)

Here’s how I like to imagine it happened: Teenaged David Schelzel stood on an overlook above Hershey Park in Pennsylvania and pondered the decade that was coming to a close. “I’m going to take the very best of the ’80s and synthesize it into one band,” he said, reaching deep into England, where the very best new wave and psychedelia had emerged, and scooping all of those sounds into one impossibly sweet band.

And so was born The Ocean Blue, which published its first self-titled album in 1989, and captured the zeitgeist of cool alternative music in one quartet (or so we say!). Quite active in recent years, The Ocean Blue again reminded us just how cool they are in a sold-out show at Union Stage last week.

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Live Review: The Dandy Warhols @ 9:30 Club — 5/6/19

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The Dandy Warhols perform at 9:30 Club on May 6, 2019. (Photo by Kyle Gustafson)

The Dandy Warhols are 25? For serious? If you would have asked me back in mid-’90s, I would have said no chance. And how wrong I would have been. The Dandys have carved out a nice career for themselves, being smart about song placements for ads and video games, making friends in right places (they opened for David Bowie!), investing back into a home studio and most importantly, making a steady stream of their wonderful brand of oddball pop.

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