Duran Duran performs at The Fillmore New Orleans on Feb. 19, 2019. (Photo by Mickey McCarter)
Editor’s Note: Parklife DC asked its contributors to write essays about their favorite bands. These essays appear in an occasional series, My Favorite Artist, and provide our readers with insights into our bloggers, their motivations, and their approach to covering concerts.
To my ear, music is at its best when it motivates and inspires. Popular music provides a forum for catharsis, surely, but I am most excited when I hear something that stirs my soul, lifts my head, and moves my feet.
Cue Duran Duran.
Destroyer performs at Black Cat on March 9, 2020. (Photo by Casey Vock.)
Strange times are best scored with a bizarre and darkly complex soundtrack. We are clearly in such times, and thanks to the Black Cat’s eclectic schedule, including the occasional Canadian band, DC area fans were recently given a healthy dose of avant-garde rock, only a couple days before local venues started canceling shows.
Destroyer (Photo by Ted Bois)
In support of the band’s new album, Have We Met, Destroyer plays Black Cat on Monday, March 9.
Midge Ure performs at City Winery DC on Feb. 5, 2020. (Photo by Nalinee Darmrong)
Midge Ure, the gregarious former frontman of Ultravox, answered questions and performed tunes from his solo career, Visage, Ultravox, and even the Rich Kids, in a recent evening of story and song at City Winery in Washington, DC.
Echosmith (Photo by Ariana Velazque)
Alt-pop trio Echosmith released their sophomore album Lonely Generation only weeks ago via Echosmith Music. The Californian siblings arrive at 9:30 Club on Wednesday, Feb. 12, for a stop on The Lonely Generation Tour.
Metronomy performs at 9:30 Club on Jan. 31, 2020. (Photo by Mickey McCarter)
Opening the set with new track “Lately,” Metronomy soothed the nearly capacity crowd at 9:30 Club with pulsating synths and understated vocals, showcasing the English quintet’s slick new album.
Midge Ure (Photo courtesy Erika Tooker)
Midge Ure returns to DC with his open and honest Songs, Questions and Answers Tour 2020, which lands at City Winery on Wednesday, Feb. 5. The show is sold out, but here are some things to know before you go!