Music Park: Metronomy @ Brooklyn Steel — 11/13/17

Metronomy 05 Joseph Mount fronts Metronomy at Brooklyn Steel in New York City on Nov. 13, 2017.

Although famously self-reliant, Joseph Mount likes a good team — and he’s got one in Metronomy, his four-member (five when touring) English indie pop band.

In performance, Metronomy always show some team spirit through color coordinated outfits (occasionally the same matching outfit), but against that backdrop the individual bandmates shine through their own contributions, as demonstrated in a sold-out show at Brooklyn Steel in New York City on Nov. 13.

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Music Park: A. Savage @ DC9 — 11/10/17

A. Savage 03 Andrew Savage performs at DC9 on Nov. 10, 2017.

In his premiere solo outing, Andrew Savage of Parquet Courts was everything you would like him to be — a calm, cool, and collected urban cowboy with a wry wit and a passion for guitar.

The self-proclaimed A. Savage and his band also presented a few surprises to a very full house at DC9 on Nov. 10, alongside impressive songs from his solo debut album Thawing Dawn.

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Music Park: The Fleshtones @ U Street Music Hall — 10/20/17

Fleshtones 04 Peter Zaremba sings with The Fleshtones at U Street Music Hall on Oct. 20, 2017. (Photo by Ben Eisendrath /Instagram+Twitter: ConspiracyCaptures/GrillworksBen)

Lower Manhattan long will be regarded as one of the epicenters of great American rock music, in particular for the bands that came out of New York in the mid-to-late ’70s. The likes of Blondie, the Talking Heads, and the Ramones burst from CBGBs and Max’s Kansas City, putting Manhattan on the musical map.

While many of Blondie’s contemporaries have faded, it came as some small surprise to me that one of the better groups of the era never took a break and still tour strong today. The Fleshtones performed at U Street Music Hall to correct my oversight on Oct. 20, and I was easily won over by their ear for really great tunes and their eye for smart stagecraft.

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Snapshots: A$AP Mob @ Echostage — 9/27/17

ASAP_Mob_76 A$AP Mob perform at Echostage on Sept. 27, 2017. (Photo by Chris Castillo)

A$AP Mob rolled into DC to play a high-energy show at Echostage on Thursday, following the release of Cozy Tapes Vol. 2: Too Cozy, their second studio album, on Aug. 25 via A$AP Worldwide, Polo Grounds Music, and RCA Records. Parklife DC’s Chris Castillo was there to capture a lot of pix!

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Music Park: Rainer Maria @ Rock and Roll Hotel — 9/28/17

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Rainer Maria brings magic to the Rock & Roll Hotel on Sept. 28, 2017. (Photo by David LaMason)

Some shows are good, some shows are great, and some have the power to simply lift spirits. Rainer Maria brought what can only be described as a feeling of homecoming on Thursday at the Rock & Roll Hotel (even though the band originally formed in Madison, Wisconsin, and reformed together in New York after years of living in various corners of the globe).

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Don’t Miss: A$AP Mob @ Echostage, 9/27/17

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A$AP Mob (Photo courtesy RCA Records)

A$AP Mob released Cozy Tapes Vol. 2: Too Cozy, their second studio album, on Aug. 25 via A$AP Worldwide, Polo Grounds Music, and RCA Records. The New York rap collective rarely perform together in one space, but A$AP Rocky, A$AP Ferg, A$AP Twelvyy, and others have joined forces for the sweeping Too Cozy Tour to play their new songs with a stop at Echostage on Wednesday, Sept. 27.

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