Ticket Giveaway: In the Whale @ Black Cat, 8/23/18

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In the Whale perform at Black Cat on Oct. 2, 2016. (Photo by Ben Eisendrath /Instagram+Twitter: Insomnigraphic/GrillworksBen)

Hard rockin’ punks Nathaniel Valdez and Eric Riley, known as In the Whale, will perform at Black Cat on Thursday, Aug. 23. You can win tickets to go with Parklife DC!

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Snapshots: Violent Femmes @ The Anthem — 7/25/18

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The Violent Femmes perform at The Anthem on July 25, 2018. (Photo by Jason Nicholson)

Alt-rockers Violent Femmes wrapped a tour with Echo and the Bunnymen on July 25 at The Anthem in a bid for biggest show of the summer dominance! From the looks of things, they succeeded. Judge for yourself with these pictures of the Violent Femmes by Jason Nicholson, who shot the show.

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Ticket Giveaway: The Shondes @ Black Cat, 8/9/18

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The Shondes (Photo courtesy Team Clermont)

Vocalist Louisa Solomon and violinist Elijah Oberman formed punk rock band The Shondes in Brooklyn more than a decade ago to put their political activism into song. And you would be right if you might imagine that a feminist band known for their incendiary lyrics might find fresh cause in the current political climate! The Shondes come roaring back onto stage at Black Cat on Aug. 9, and you can win tickets to go with Parklife DC.

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Music Park: Retro Futura Tour (Part 2 of 2) w/ Belinda Carlisle, ABC @ Bergen Performing Arts Center — 7/14/18

ABC10 Martin Fry fronts ABC during the Retro Futura Tour at the Bergen Performing Arts Center on July 14, 2018. (Photo by Mickey McCarter)

Make no mistake — every act on the mini-music festival known as the Retro Futura Tour is well worth your time and money. Limahl, Tony Lewis, and Modern English are top-notch acts! But you certainly get everything you could want and more during Retro Futura with headliners Belinda Carlisle and ABC starring Martin Fry, and both absolutely stunned in their turns on the tour at the Bergen Performing Arts Center in New Jersey on Saturday.

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Ticket Giveaway: MC50 feat. Brother Wayne Kramer @ 9:30 Club, 9/11/18

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“Yeah, kick out the jams/
I done kicked ’em out!”

Brother Wayne Kramer co-founded the MC5, which released their debut album, Kick Out the Jams, in 1969. With the 50th anniversary of Kick Out the Jams approaching, Wayne gathered some musicians to tour the music of the MC5, and the resulting MC50 supergroup performs at 9:30 Club on Tuesday, Sept. 11. You can win tickets to go with Parklife DC!

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Music Park: Eric Ambel @ Hill Country Live — 7/12/18

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Eric Ambel at Cowboy Technical Services in Brooklyn, New York (Photo by Rob McCarthy)

Do me a favor, please, before we go any further. Play Joan Jett and The Blackheart’s “I Love Rock ‘n Roll.” That legendary guitar riff you hear? That’s played by Eric “Roscoe” Ambel.

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Music Park: Quiet Slang @ Rock and Roll Hotel — 7/12/18

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James Alex of Quiet Slang pours out his heart at the Rock and Roll Hotel on July 12, 2018. (Photo by David LaMason)

Beach Slang — the loud, driving, heart-on-your sleeve band led by James Alex — has been making their brand of Replacements-tinged powerpunk for a few years now. Beyond the rough and noisy exterior, Beach Slang songs are about connecting with the feeling of being different or an outsider or being yourself despite what others think.

But there’s a soft center to that hard exterior. So when James Alex announced the new quiet focus on Beach Slang songs with a project called Quiet Slang, it seemed like a natural extension. The resulting album, Everything Matters But No One Is Listening, is a beautiful retelling that sounds natural instead of forced, particularly when presented at Rock and Roll Hotel on Thursday.

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