Live Review: Refused @ 9:30 Club — 2/21/20

Dennis Lyxzén fronts Refused at 9:30 Club on Feb. 21, 2020. (Photo by Mickey McCarter)

Until Friday, I never saw Refused, the Swedish hardcore punks. And I might never still have if a fellow blogger hadn’t missed the show due to a conflict.

I picked up the show at 9:30 Club on Feb. 21, and I was struck by the nuances of a band that I confess is a bit outside my wheelhouse. But what made the show for me was the dancing of frontman Dennis Lyxzén.

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Live Review: The Hives and Refused @ Franklin Music Hall — 5/18/19

The Hives Perform at Franklin Music Hall in Philadelphia
The Hives perform at Franklin Music Hall in Philadelphia on May 18, 2019. (Photo by Kyle Gustafson)

Look, I don’t make the rules. But the rules clearly state that if THE BEST DAMN LIVE BAND ON THE PLANET decide not to play D.C. on their tour, but they are playing Philadelphia on a Saturday night, well you gas up the car and hit the road. So that’s what we did, trekking north to the City of Brotherly Love to catch Howlin’ Pelle Almqvist, Nicholaus Arson and the rest of The Hives on the opening night of their all too brief US tour.

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Ticket Giveaway: Faith No More @ Merriweather Post Pavilion, 8/2/15

Dustin Rabin Photography, Faith No More, FNM, Dustin Rabin
Faith No More (Photo by Dustin Rabin)

In May, Faith No More released their first studio album in 18 years — Sol Invictus. The reconstituted band is touring in support of that album with a stop at the Merriweather Post Pavilion on Sunday, August 2, and Parklife DC is giving away a pair of tickets to the show!

For your chance to win these tickets, simply leave a comment on this post using a valid email address by 5pm on Friday, July 24. In your comment, share your favorite song by Faith No More! One entry per email address, please.

The San Francisco alt-metal band started work on the album after the successful tour, The Second Coming, which took them on the road for the first time in more than 10 years. Sol Invictus was recorded in an Oakland studio owned by Faith No More bassist Bill Gold and features the last lineup of the band including drummer Mike Bordin and keyboardist Roddy Bottum along with guitarist Jon Hudson and vocalist Mike Patton.

Watch Faith No More perform new song “Superhero” for the BBC Radio 1 Rock Show on July 12, 2015:


Bill Gould points to the self-produced sound of the new record as reflecting that of the band’s early days. “Hypnotic and gothic, we’re coming back to where we were with our first album,” he said in a press release, “Siouxsie and the Banshees, Roxy Music. Then Patton’s being Patton, crooning, screaming, with a bit of soul underneath it all. We’ve always taken strange influences and smashed them together.”

We ‘80s kids might best remember “We Care a Lot” but Faith No More really hit the alternative charts a little later in the late ’80s and early ’90s with hits like “Epic,” “Midlife Crisis,” and “A Small Victory.”

For the rules of this giveaway–

Comments will be closed at 5pm on Friday and a winner will be randomly selected. The winner will be notified by email. The winner must respond to our email within 24 hours or they will forfeit their tickets and we will pick another winner. We will email you instructions on claiming your ticket.

If you don’t win, tickets are available online. Swedish hardcore quartet Refused open the show.

Faith No More
w/ Refused
Merriweather Post Pavilion
Columbia, Md.
Sunday, August 2
Doors @6:30pm
All ages