Chris Robinson Brotherhood released Any Way You Love, We Know How You feel, its fourth studio, via Silver Arrow Records in 2016 and followed up with an EP, If You Lived Here, You Would Be Home by Now, in November. Chris Robinson and his bandmates are performing at 9:30 Club on Saturday, Aug. 26, and you can win tickets to go with Parklife DC!
Wire released Silver/Lead, the band’s 16th studio album via their own Pinkflag label in March, and they return for a North American tour in September. Colin Newman and company perform at Black Cat in DC on Monday, Sept. 25!
Neil Young was right. “Rock and roll will never die.” And no, that’s not an allusion to the seemingly myriad musical festivals or anniversary tours featuring reunited elders of sound like 2016’s Desert Trip — affectionately dubbed “Oldchella” — or most recently, the bicoastal weekend-long fêtes Classic East and Classic West last month. “Rock and roll is here to stay,” thanks to bands like Spoon (whose title is not a reference to the culinary utensil, but an homage to the 1970s German avant-garde collective called Can #themoreyouknow). These indie musicians heralding from the capital of the Lone Star State embody the notion that evolution is a form of revolution.
With the March 2017 release of their ninth studio album, Hot Thoughts, a promotional tour was sure to follow and it did. Their July 30 appearance at the newly renovated Merriweather Post Pavilion was not a solo headlining gig, but they most certainly performed like it was.
In February, The Brian Jonestown Massacre released its 16th album, Don’t Get Lost, only four months after their 15th album! So it would be an understatement to say it’s been a busy time for Anton Newcombe and company. The band are keeping up the pace with a tour that crashes into 9:30 Club on Friday, Sept. 8. You can win tickets to go with Parklife DC.
Happy birthday, Thurston Moore! The 59-year-old singer songwriter beguiled a very full house at Rock and Roll Hotel in DC on Sunday, taking us on a journey of psychedelic vibes and experimental noise.
Guitar virtuoso Thurston Moore released a new album, Rock n Roll Consciousness, on April 28 via Caroline International. After releasing Rock n Roll Consciousness, what choice does Thurston have but to play at the Rock and Roll Hotel? None at all, I say, and he’s there on Sunday, July 23.
My second day at Firefly Music Festival exposed me to acts both familiar and new as I spent the afternoon treading along well-manicured paths from stage to stage on Saturday, June 17 to investigate the likes of Sunflower Bean, DJ Jazzy Jeff, and Capitol Cities — three acts that quite captured the diversity of the artists performing at Firefly this year!