Live Review: Park Snakes @ Pie Shop — 1/3/20

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Park Snakes rock Pie Shop on Jan. 3, 2020. (Photo by Mickey McCarter)

Ever wonder what it might have been like to catch the ascension New York post-punk bands in the early to mid ’80s? Well, wonder no more. Get yourself to a show by DC’s own Park Snakes to experience the thrill of what it must have been like to see breakout bands performing at places like CBGBs and Max’s Kansas City.

The trio reminded DC of its bonafides at Pie Shop recently in a robust show that kept the crowded room dancing.

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Snapshots: The Cult @ The Fillmore Silver Spring — 12/8/19

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The Cult performs at The Fillmore Silver Spring on Dec. 8, 2019. (Photo by Jason Nicholson)

Are they bright light hard rockers or dark light goth rockers? The Cult don’t care, so long as they look good and play loud. And they did both at The Fillmore Silver Spring recently. Jason Nicholson’s got the photos to prove it.

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Preview: The Cult @ The Fillmore Silver Spring, 12/8/19

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The Cult (Photo by Tim Cadiente)

As The Cult celebrates the 30th anniversary of their seminal Sonic Temple album, the British group — led by vocalist Ian Astbury and guitarist Billy Duffy — plays The Fillmore Silver Spring on Sunday, Dec. 8. The tour date follows the September release of The Cult: Sonic Temple 30 by Beggars Arkive to mark the anniversary of the seminal album by The Cult.

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Snapshots: Killing Joke @ Capital One Arena — 11/25/19

Killing Joke 7Killing Joke performs at Capital One Arena on Nov. 25, 2019. (Photo by Chris Smyth)

Tool burned through DC recently to close the band’s Fear Inoculum Tour in spectacular fashion, and to our surprise the prog rockers brought along perhaps the best possible opening act — English post-punks Killing Joke.

The gothic quartet even shared a bow with Tool at the end of the stage. Given that this was quite a combination, Chris Smyth took some photos of Killing Joke performing at Capital One Arena to open Tool recently.

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Live Review: The New Pornographers @ 9:30 Club — 11/5/19

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The New Pornographers perform at the 9:30 Club on Nov. 5, 2019. (Photo by Matt Ruppert)

I remember when I first discovered The New Pornographers: My roommate blasted Twin Cinema in the late morning after classes, their adventurous pop songs flirting with the saccharine and well-balanced with touches of bitterness, surreality, and unflinching honesty. The interplay of Neko Case’s, A.C. Newman’s, and Dan Bejar’s voices added textures that allowed the songs to float from gauzy to meaty in three minutes.

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Preview: The New Pornographers @ Lincoln Theatre, 11/6/19

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The New Pornographers (Photo by Ebru Yildiz)

Canadian rockers The New Pornographers released In the Morse Code of Brake Lights, the band’s eighth studio album, in September via Collected Works Records. The group’s accompany tour takes them to the 9:30 Club, for a sold-out show, and the Lincoln Theatre on Wednesday, Nov. 6!

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