Snapshots: Bloody Knives @ Velvet Lounge — 9/16/16

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Bloody Knives perform at Velvet Lounge on Friday, Sept. 16, 2016. (Photo by Paivi)

Bloody Knives stopped by Velvet Lounge last Friday on their fall tour. They were supported by Stems, Chester Hawkins, and Machine Drift.

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Don’t Miss: George Clinton and Parliament-Funkadelic @ 9:30 Club, 9/24/16

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George Clinton and Parliament-Funkadelic perform at The Beacon Theatre, Hopewell, Virginia, on Nov. 20, 2015. (Photo by Tom Saunders)

Mark your calendars for Saturday, Sept. 24. If you see no other bands the rest of this year, go see George Clinton and Parliament-Funkadelic!

I have seen P-Funk several times, and it is one of the best shows you can see. The thing is, you don’t even need to know their music to enjoy the show. The other thing is, you probably already know some of their music and you just didn’t realize it.

Check out these two songs and see if they sound familiar:

You will hear George or one of the band members say, “Ain’t nothin’ but a party” at least once throughout the night, and that’s exactly what it will be. It is great music to dance to, great music to chill to, great music to rock out to. You name it, there is something for everyone.

What I was most surprised and impressed by when I first saw them was how musically talented they are. This is not just a dance party. There will be three or four guitarists, a few drummers that switch off throughout the night, LOTS of people singing, and all kinds of other fun stuff.

You may know the backstory. Basically, George created two groups — Parliament and Funkadelic. The two bands ultimately became one, which was logical because most of the members were in both groups anyway. George started his musical journey back in 1956 and is still going strong at the age of 75!

The 9:30 Club is going to be rocking! I encourage you to put that on your calendar; you’ll be glad you did. If you are going to come, you might want to get yourself some caffeine. (Thanks for that upstairs coffee bar, 9:30 Club!) The doors don’t open until 8pm and once P-Funk comes onstage, there’s no telling how late they will play. I think if it was up to the band they might throughout the night. This is going to be a great show!

Tickets are available online.

George Clinton and Parliament-Funkadelic
9:30 Club
Saturday, Sept. 24
Doors @8pm
$45
All ages

Music Park: Echo & The Bunnymen @ 9:30 Club — 9/9/16

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Ian McCulloch sings at the 9:30 Club on Friday, Sept. 9, 2016.

“Yes!” exclaimed DJ Rick Taylor with his characteristic exuberance. “Echo & The Bunnymen are playing ‘Angels and Devils’ — this is a B-side that I’ve never before seen live!”

And so it was that Ian McCulloch and his band took up the rarely played song, originally the B-side to “Silver” from Ocean Rain, as Rick explained to me, recorded as an homage to the Velvet Underground by Echo & The Bunnymen during their Ocean Rain sessions. (And it was actually included on the 2008 remastered edition of the album.)

Ocean Rain, the fourth studio album by Echo & The Bunnymen in 1984, figured prominently into the set Friday night at the 9:30 Club as an overly crowded house clamored for every little bit of cool they could suck out of Ian, much as he sucked down cigarettes from in front of the drum kit right on stage. (Who, after all, was going to stop him from smoking during the show? He’s Ian Fuckin’ McCulloch.) Ian and his studious compatriot Will Sergeant, who focused intently on his guitar the entire show, obliged the overly sold-out house by generating the coolest damn sound, which wafted into the heads and hearts of their patrons.

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Don’t Miss: La Sera + Springtime Carnivore @ Songbyrd Music House, 10/20/16

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La Sera and Springtime Carnivore have both toured through DC recently, and both bands play dreamy, psych-folk songs for meditators and dancers alike. So it seems only natural that the two bands, fronted by Katy Goodman and Greta Morgan respectively, would tour together!

Well, touring they are but they have gone a step further as Katy and Greta are releasing a collaborative record — Take It, It’s Yours — a surprising collection of covers of New Wave and punk tunes on August 26 via Polyvinyl Records.

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Don’t Miss: The Bangles @ 9:30 Club, 8/21/16

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The Bangles at the start of their career (Photo by Karen Filter)

If you were alive and watching television in 1986, and you previously did not know of The Bangles, MTV introduced them to a wider world with the music video for their hit “Walk Like an Egyptian,” which features a famously “sexy stare” from guitarist and co-vocalist Susanna Hoffs. In particular, if you were a young man of a certain age, those eyes were forever seared into your brain (in a good way).

Revisit the moment in the official music video for “Walk Like An Egyptian” (with famed stare around 2:45 mark):

The Bangles formed as a quartet in Los Angeles and released their debut album in 1984, hooking many of us with their famous cover of “Going Down to Liverpool” by Katrina and the Waves. Embracing the psych-folk of the Paisley Underground, the ladies burned up the radio with other hits like “Manic Monday,” “Eternal Flame” and “A Hazy Shade of Winter,” a terrific cover of the Simon & Garfunkel number recorded for the film Less Than Zero.

Today, sisters Vicki Peterson and Debbi Peterson, along with Susanna, are revisiting their early days of the band with a collection, titled Ladies and Gentlemen… The Bangles! The album is a 16-track collection of remastered ’80s-era rarities, demos, live recordings, and more, including The Bangles’ debut single and all of the tracks from their self-titled EP (which has been unavailable since its initial release on vinyl in 1982).

Watch a cool trailer for the album!

To celebrate the June 24 release of the album on CD via Omnivore Recordings, The Bangles have hit the road once again as a trio, and they will visit the 9:30 Club on Sunday, August 21, to play songs from across their amazing catalog.

Said Susanna of the new compilation: “I feel a very special connection to our early recordings. The garage of my parents’ house was our musical laboratory, and we took all the flavors of our favorite bands and mixed up a concoction of jangly guitars, McCartney-inspired bass parts, grooves powered by punk energy, and harmonies galore! These songs and recordings were our musical manifesto — all that mattered and inspired us, fueled by youthful energy, hope and blind ambition.”

L.A. rock trio Cardiac open for The Bangles. Tickets are available online.

The Bangles
w/ Cardiac
9:30 Club
Sunday, August 21
Doors @7pm
$35
All ages

Music Park: Tar Queen @ Montreux Music Festival — 7/5/16

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Tar Queen lay down some psych vibes at the Montreux Jazz Festival on July 5, 2016. (Photo by Mickey McCarter)

Self-proclaimed stoner rock band Tar Queen opened a free show at the Montreux Jazz Festival’s Rock Cave last week with the rolling psychedelic number “Roger Mojo.”

The song is a new single in 2016 from the quartet, hailing from Freiburg, Switzerland, and it marks an exciting evolution in the band’s sound since the release of their last album — 2013’s Continuum. I didn’t know any of this before walking into the Montreux Jazz Festival of course, but it was a terrific experience to pick up on new discoveries like Tar Queen at the renowned festival, particularly Swiss bands like these gents that deserve a wider audience.

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Music Park: VinoFest Wine and Music Festival 2016 @ Yards Park — 5/7/16

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Jon Batiste saw an opportunity, and he took it.

The natural-born band leader leapt from the stage and onto the field at VinoFest 2016, after he and his band Stay Human performed a full set of originals and classics. And they began to jam out in a spot first at stage right, but then they took advantage of the layout of the space around them.

Winding around the stage and between pavilions serving wine tastings, Jon Batiste and Stay Human led a merry parade across the field and back again, playing music all along.

For those who know Jon and Stay Human, this comes as no surprise as the band are famous for their “love riots” where they take their show to the streets or even the subways. All the same, the audience at VinoFest were delighted and enthusiastic at the prospect of interacting with Jon as he played his famous melodica and the band kept pace, playing right alongside him, in a little whirlwind of zippy musical activity.

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