Snapshots: Aurelio Voltaire @ Union Stage — 8/19/18

Aurelio Voltaire @ Union Stage, Washington DC, 08/19/2018
Aurelio Voltaire performs at Union Stage on Aug. 19, 2018. (Photo by Paivi)

Goth Renaissance man Aurelio Voltaire released Heart-Shaped World, his 11th studio album, in 2017 via Projekt Records. He dropped by Union Stage to play some new music on Aug. 19, and Paivi got some pictures!

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Snapshots: IAMX @ Rock and Roll Hotel — 4/19/18

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IAMX performs at Rock and Roll Hotel on April 19, 2018. (Photo by Paivi)

IAMX (real name: Chris Corner) performed at the Rock and Roll Hotel on Thursday, following the release of a new album, Alive in New Light, via Orphic and Caroline International in February. Paivi was there to shoot some pictures!

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Music Park: Parklife DC Top 10 Concerts of 2017 by Mickey

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The year 2017 was a good year for revisiting old friends as they returned to remind us that they truly still “got it.” In the past year, Parklife DC reviewed a great deal of musicians and bands, and the performances that really distinguished themselves often came as something of a pleasant surprise.

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Music Park: Dresden Dolls @ 9:30 Club — 10/31/17

Dresden Dolls @ 930Club, Washington DC, 10/31/2017 Amanda Palmer performs with The Dresden Dolls at 9:30 Club on Oct. 31, 2017. (Photo by Paivi)

You’ll never meet someone as comfortable in her own skin as Amanda Palmer.

The sassy singer/vaudevillian was perfectly at home at 9:30 Club on Tuesday, and it’s clear to see she would be perfectly at home absolutely anywhere. Her wits and her talents got her by early in life, and those assets continued to do so as she embarked on a brief east coast tour with drummer Brian Viglione as punk cabaret darlings The Dresden Dolls.

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Snapshots: IAMX @ U Street Music Hall — 9/30/16

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IAMX performs at U Street Music Hall on Sept. 30, 2016.  (Photo by Paivi)

IAMX is a solo project by Chris Corner (formerly of Sneaker Pimps), mixing industrial with synthpop/trip hop. His live shows are supported by two keyboard players and a live drummer but the drummer is barely visible behind the four screens and of course the drum set.

The audiovisuals and the band on the front keep you focused on what is on the foreground that you forget everything else (including the drummer) for a solid hour and half.

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Don’t Miss: IAMX @ U Street Music Hall, 9/30/16

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IAMX (Photo by Saryn Christina)

IAMX (born Chris Corner) followed up last year’s Metonia album with an EP, Everything Is Burning, which contains seven brooding synthpop songs. IAMX released the EP via Caroline Records on Sept. 2, then set upon a tour to promote the new songs.

That tour, already underway, hits Santa Ana, California tonight, but more importantly it stops at U Street Music Hall in DC on Friday, Sept. 30.

With IAMX, Chris Corner certainly has distinguished himself from his former trip hop band Sneaker Pimps, eventually moving to Los Angeles in 2013. (The project’s title “I AM X,” sneakily derives its name from Sneaker Pimps’ debut album, Becoming X.)

Listen to “Everything Is Burning” yourself on Spotify, and experience songs like the title track, “Triggers,” and “Scars.”

If IAMX seems dark, the darkness comes from what is now a good place.

“IAMX is basically my public therapy,” Chris said in a recent press release. “It’s my way of being able to connect with the world, to pour my heart out and dance at the same time. It’s also an excuse for me to play with who I am, to explore certain parts of my personality that I don’t get to explore in everyday life.”

IAMX is going strong since his 2004 debut album Kiss + Swallow, and continuing through The Alternative, Kingdom of Welcome Addiction, Volatile Times, The Unified Field, and Metanoia. So pour your heart out with Chris and dance along to his seductive dark cabaret with IAMX.

Surprisingly, this show hasn’t sold out yet, but it will soon. Tickets are available online. Act fast!

IAMX
w/ Cellars
U Street Music Hall
Friday, Sept. 30
Doors @7pm
$25
All ages