Live Review: The B-52s w/ OMD and Berlin @ The Anthem — 9/17/19

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The B-52s perform at The Anthem on Sept. 17, 2019. (Photos by Jason Nicholson; Words by Mickey McCarter)

“Forty years ago, we used to stay up all night and drink coffee to make big plans about the future,” said Kate Pierson of The B-52s. “We called ourselves the Deadbeat Club.” With that, the band launched into the song bearing the title “Deadbeat Club” from 1989’s Cosmic Thing in the middle of their concert at The Anthem recently.

Touring on a 40th band anniversary, which coincides with Cosmic Thing’s 30th anniversary, The B-52s could have stuck to that sunny album of earworms and pleased the bustling crowd at The Anthem. But delightfully, The B-52s took the opportunity to celebrate their entire career with the anniversary show, and played selections both familiar and quirky from across six of their seven studio albums.

Joined by openers Berlin, the California new wave collective, and English synthpop quartet Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark, The B-52s tour proved consistently entertainingly and downright beguiling while turning The Anthem into a nonstop dance party.

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Live Review: Bloc Party @ The Anthem — 9/16/19

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Bloc Party performs at The Anthem on Sept. 16, 2019. (Photos by Paivi Salonen; Words by Mickey McCarter)

Performing with little fanfare to an eager crowd at The Anthem recently, Bloc Party got down to business in a show celebrating the band’s debut studio album, Silent Alarm. Frontman Kele Okereke professionally yet casually got down to the business of laying down a groove that heightened anticipation in the set.

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Live Review: Fontaines DC @ U Street Music Hall — 9/11/19

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Stage performance defines a band — eager audiences arrive at a concert to determine if your songs are meant to be delivered live. In the case of young Irish band Fontaines D.C., the answer is a resounding yes, as seen in a sold-out show at U Street Music Hall recently, where the band dominated with pacing, presence, and something to say (which is best heard live).

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Preview: The B-52s @ The Anthem, 9/17/19

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The B-52s (Photo by Pieter M. van Hattem)

The B-52s are traveling on a 2019 world tour to celebrate the 40 years since their self-titled debut album, heading to The Anthem on Tuesday, Sept. 17 before wrapping up on Sept. 24 in New York.

Accompanying The B-52s are California new wavers Berlin, with all three classic members reunited, and English synthpoppers Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark. This is the show of the month if not the year!

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Preview: B-52s Listening Party @ Dodge City, 9/12/19

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The B-52s (Photo by Pieter M. van Hattem)

In our opinion by far the biggest show of the month is The B-52s takeover of The Anthem next week. To celebrate the arrival of the Georgia innovators, Parklife DC is hosting a listening party for the music of The B-52s and other new wave bands at Dodge City on Thursday, Sept. 12. Join our B-52s-alooza!

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