Snapshots: Baio @ The Anthem — 11/2/17

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Baio performs at The Anthem on Nov. 2, 2017. (Photo by Paivi)

Chris Baio, bassist for Vampire Weekend, tours as a solo act as Baio. He dropped by The Anthem on Thursday to open for The Shins, and Paivi photographed his show. (Check out Paivi’s photos of The Shins here.)
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Music Park: All Things Go Fall Classic @ Yards Park — 10/8/16

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Here they come to save the day! Sophie Hawley-Weld of Sofi Tukker has the world in her hand at All Things Go Fall Classic on Oct. 8, 2016. (Photo by Mickey McCarter)

Last week, I ruminated on how things seemed to be going swimmingly for the All Things Go Fall Classic, held in DC on Saturday: Hurricane Matthew wasn’t going to approach DC, Passion Pit had not canceled, top act Empire of the Sun released exciting new music.

Then, Saturday came with consistent and gloomy rain despite no hurricane, turning all of Yards Park into a giant mudpit. Everything got splashed with mud, and the Fall Classic was turning into a Tough Mudder for the dancehall set, whether you liked it or not.

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Don’t Miss: Diet Cig @ DC9, 8/10/16

Diet Cig (Photo by Andrew Piccone)

Vocalist and guitarist Alex Luciano and drummer Noah Bowman met in New Paltz, N.Y., in 2014 and promptly formed a band together. They soon released their debut EP Over Easy on Father/Daughter Records. And then last fall, the released a 7-inch single, Sleep Talk.

Diet Cig put on a high-energy show, kicking up a storm with a kind of music they have labeled “slop pop.” In practice, Diet Cig seem to have an appetite for sunny jangle pop. You can hear it for yourself when they stop at DC9 to play a show on Wednesday, August 10!

Watch the official music video for “Sleep Talk” by Diet Cig on YouTube:

Diet Cig is working on their debut full-length album, which will come out in 2017 via Frenchkiss Records.

Montreal indie rock duo Solids open for Diet Cig. Tickets are available online.

Diet Cig
w/ Solids
Wednesday, August 10
Doors @8:30pm
All ages

Music Park: Duran Duran and Nile Rodgers @ Verizon Center — 4/8/16

John Taylor signs my copy of his autobiography during a soiree at Il Gattopardo in New York City on Nov. 4, 2013. (Photo by Eddie Malluk)

Observers of Duran Duran, as well as the band itself, have often cited its primary inspirations as English glam band Roxy Music and New York disco funksters Chic. Listening to the sounds of boyhood friends Nick Rhodes and John Taylor, you can even discern how the primal elements of the two bands fused into the new wave gem of a band they started in 1978: Nick, stylish to synthy; John, fun to funky.

As John noted in his 2012 autobiography, In the Pleasure Groove: Love, Death, and Duran Duran, his prized possession is the bass left to him by the late Chic bassist Bernard Edwards, who helped him form Power Station while on a break from Duran Duran circa 1985. It is of course then absolutely meta that Nile Rodgers, the artistic mastermind behind Chic, opened for the band on its latest tour, The Paper Gods Tour, undertaken in celebration of the 14th album by the UK trendsetters.

Nile, for his part, knows what makes Duran Duran tick, and he mixed “The Reflex,” which became Duran Duran’s first #1 hit in the United States. And of course, Nile took to the stage with Duran Duran for several songs Friday night in a big, bright show at the Verizon Center to play two incredible songs he produced for the band — “Notorious” from the 1986 album of the same name and “Pressure Off” from last year’s Paper Gods (but sadly not “The Reflex,” despite an intense audience rally from the very full house on behalf of the ever-popular song).

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Don’t Miss: KATIEE @ Black Cat, 7/23/15

Katie Eastburn (Photo by Sabine Rogers)

Slinky and groovy vocalist Katie Eastburn, formerly of Young People, has launched a new project called KATIEE, which offers up some synthy noir for our listening pleasure.

KATIEE releases their first single on August 7 via Selfish Agenda, and the band performs backstage at the Black Cat on Thursday, July 23, in the run up to that release.

Listen to the upcoming debut single, “Passerby,” by KATIEE on Soundcloud:

Hailing from New York, Katie is joined in the project by her bandmates bassist Jim McHugh, saxophonist Jeff Tobias and drummer Jason Robira. If you’re not familiar yet with their work or that of Young People, you may know Katie as a frequent collaborator and guest vocalist for avant-garde composers Nick Hallett, Jason Cady and Ray Sweeten, and pop artist Nicholas Kyrgovich.

According to notes for Katie’s work, “If there were a lost scene in Blade Runner where a band played in a dive bar while Harrison Ford sweated and bought Sean Young a drink, it would be KATIEE. She would pull him onto the dance floor, and he would be a goner.”

Well, with such a soundtrack for a noir nightclub beckoning, how can we resist?

Tickets are available online and at the door.

w/ HD Sunrise and Time Is Fire
Black Cat
Thursday, July 23
Doors @7:30pm
All ages