Music Park: The Reflex @ Cathedral Commons — 8/4/17

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JR Russell fronts The Reflex in a show at Cathdral Commons on Friday, Aug. 4, 2017.

“In 1972, a crack commando unit was sent to prison by a military court for a crime they didn’t commit. These men promptly escaped from a maximum-security stockade to the Los Angeles underground.

Today, still wanted by the government, they survive as soldiers of fortune. If you have a problem, if no one else can help, and if you can find them, maybe you can hire…” “THE REFLEX!”

So goes the audio track introducing the DC area’s tuffest ’80s cover band — The Reflex. In all seriousness, The Reflex, who usually perform as a quintet, deliver terrific carefree fun, mixing every single one of your favorite songs from the ’80s into a kitsch-laden show sure to please — as they proved in a Friday evening performance at Cathedral Commons in DC.

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Snapshots: The Alarm @ Vans Warped Tour (Merriweather Post Pavilion) — 7/16/17

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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.

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Ticket Giveaway: Retro Futura Tour @ Pier Six Pavilion (Baltimore, Md.), 7/30/17

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Howard Jones is headlining the Retro Futura Tour 2017. (Photo by Simon Fowler)

In recent months, Parklife DC has talked to the legendary Howard Jones and English Beat frontman Dave Wakeling, both of whom are excited about embarking on the summer Retro Futura Tour, now underway. (Read our interview with Howard here and our interview with Dave here.) The ’80s icons are heading to Pier Six Pavilion in Baltimore, Maryland, on Sunday, July 30, along with Modern English, Men Without Hats, Katrina (formerly of The Waves), and Annabella Lwin (formerly of Bow Wow Wow.) You can win tickets to go with Parklife DC!

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Don’t Miss: The Aquabats @ Fillmore Silver Spring, 7/21/17

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The Aquabats (Photo courtesy The Fillmore Silver Spring)

From 2012-14, superhero comedy rock band The Aquabats were busy fighting evil on television with the Aquabats! Super Show! Once they wrapped the show, they took the time to enjoy a 20th anniversary tour in 2014. Now, MC Bat Commander and crew return with a new single “Dr. Space Mummy,” coming soon via Fearless Records, and a tour that lands at The Fillmore Silver Spring this Friday, July 21.

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Don’t Miss: Careless Memories @ Dodge City, 7/13/17

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Debbie Harry and Andy Warhol circa 1980. (Photo courtesy Ubé)

Looking at the history of new wave music, and more broadly rock in New York City, few bands are more paramount than Blondie. Debbie Harry, Chris Stein, and Clem Burke are still going strong today, and to celebrate their upcoming show at Wolf Trap, Careless Memories will celebrate the band tonight, July 13, at Dodge City.

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Music Park: Caravan Palace @ 9:30 Club — 7/5/17

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Zoé Colotis fronts Caravan Palace at 9:30 Club on Wednesday, July 5, 2017. (Photo by Mickey McCarter)

Caravan Place released their third studio album <|°_°|>, also known as Robot Face, capturing ears across the world in 2015, and they have spent the last two years on tour conquering our hearts. The French septet most recently dropped by DC to charm a sold-out crowd at 9:30 Club with their splendid mix of French house, electro swing, and jazz on Wednesday, July 5.

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