Snapshots: William Control @ Vans Warped Tour (Merriweather Post Pavilion) — 7/16/17

William Control @ Vans Warped Tour, Columbia, MD 07/16/2017William Control performs at Vans Warped Tour in Columbia, Maryland on July 16, 2017. (Photo by Paivi)

William Control, also known as William Francis of Aiden, is an electronic music project from Seattle. The dark wave rocker has been releasing a series of EPs, most recently Revelations: The Red EP in July via his own Control Records, and he has been on tour with VANS Warped Tour this summer. Paivi caught William Control for some pictures of his performance at Merriweather Post Pavilion on July 16.

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Ticket Giveaway: Sunn O))) @ 9:30 Club, 3/12/17

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Sunn O))) (Photo by Estelle Hanania)

Seattle drone metal band Sunn O))) is launching a tour at the 9:30 Club on Sunday, March 12, and you have an opportunity here to win tickets to see Stephen O’Malley and Greg Anderson bring their very loud live show to DC.

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Music Park: The Head and the Heart @ DAR Constitution Hall — 10/22/16

The Head and the HeartThe Head and the Heart (Photo Credit: James Minchin)

“We have Capri Sun backstage.” With that provocative come on, The Head and the Heart wooed the packed crowd at DAR Constitution Hall.

Moving amidst a stage peppered with potted plants and festooned with hanging white balls acting as lights, a homey setting that might have been an ode to their latest album cover, the band members clapped and stomped through their best songs for the eager spectators.

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Snapshots: Assemblage 23 @ Ivy City Smokehouse — 9/27/16

Assemblage 23 @ Ivy City Smokehouse, 27/09/2016
Assemblage 23 performs at Ivy City Smokehouse on Sept. 27, 2016. (Photo by Paivi)

Assemblage 23 is a Seattle-based electronic/synthwave band currently touring United States in support of their latest album Endure.

In a show produced by Spellbound Productions, Assemblage 23 drew quite a large crowd to an unusual new DC venue — Ivy City Smokehouse. As the name implies, Ivy City Smokehouse is a seafood restaurant, but it has a large, separate stage room that accommodated hundreds of concert-goers and provided Assemblage 23 with a state of the art sound system.

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Don’t Miss: The Head and the Heart @ DAR Constitution Hall, 10/22/16

The Head and the HeartThe Head and the Heart (Photo Credit Gus Black)

The Head and the Heart return to the DAR Constitution Hall on Sunday, October 22nd, touting their just released third album, Signs of Light.

Get your tickets here. As a cool bonus, when you buy your ticket online, you get a free copy of Signs of Light, either a physical CD or a digital copy.

The well received first single, “All We Ever Knew”, currently sits at #6 on Billboard’s Alternative chart and reached #1 on the AAA chart. It’s an upbeat ode to realizing that sometimes ‘it’s time to wake up’ from a dream that isn’t working.

Entertainment Weekly says about Signs of Light, “The collection is their most electric and uplifting set yet.” After listening to it a couple of times myself, I tend to agree.

The Head and the Heart is an indie folk/rock band that formed in 2009 in Seattle. The band is Josiah Johnson (vocals, guitar), Jonathan Russell (vocals, guitar) – who is from Richmond, VA, Charity Rose Thielen (violin, banjo), Chris Zasche (bass), Kenny Hensley (piano) and Tyler Williams (drums).

I last caught The Head and the Heart perform live in DC in 2014 (at the Constitution Hall no less) and based on that experience, this is one show you don’t want to miss!

Declan McKenna, a British indie rocker, will open the show.

The Head and the Heart
w/ Declan McKenna
DAR Constitution Hall
Saturday, October 22, 2016
8:00pm
$42.50
All ages

Music Park: Deep Sea Diver @ DC9 — 2/29/16

Deep Sea DiverDeep Sea Diver (Photo Courtesy of Force Field PR)

There was a moment in Deep Sea Diver’s set at DC9 on February 29th, where lead singer Jessica Dobson suddenly ignited and the energy level ratcheted up to 11.

That moment came halfway through the set, in the long intro to “Wide Awake”, a song that left the crowd no doubt they were witnessing a revelationary performance. Just that short burst of rhythm and rock alone was enough to make the show.

Then from boisterous anthem to subdued, yet equally sublime, they transitioned to “Great Light”, a ballad of hopeful love, brought to life through Jessica’s lilting voice, that might break your heart if it wasn’t merely a song.

As Jessica set down her guitar (one of two used during the show) with broken strings poking in every direction, Jessica joked that this is, “literally the first song I play without an instrument in my hands.” And she did need both hands to hold the mic steady enough to take the force of the lyrics.

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Don’t Miss: Deep Sea Diver (opening for Radiation City) @ DC9, 2/29/16

Deep Sea DiverDeep Sea Diver (Photo courtesy of Force Field PR)

Deep Sea Diver’s new album, Secrets, hits the streets on Friday, February 19th.

Just in time for you to get a copy and give it a spin (or whatever you say after you download and listen…) before they perform at DC9 on February 29th. They open for Radiation City.

And Secrets is well worth your time. It is heavy on guitar riffs and infused with chorus after melodic chorus. You’ll listen to the album over and over. The live performance should bring new and exciting energy to each song.

Deep Sea Diver has its origins in Seattle. Members are Jessica Dobson on lead vocals (she was the former guitarist of The Shins but left to focus Deep Sea Diver), Peter Mansen on drums, Garrett Gue on bass, and Elliot Jackson on guitar and synth.

The title track and first single, “Secrets”, wants you to show them the way and to remember your first love.

“Always Waiting” is a slow, powerful song that declares aptly, “I’m always waiting for the right words to explain it.”

Check out their full performance live on KEXP (an indie radio station in Seattle):

You can order Secrets here.

 

Deep Sea Diver
(Opening for Radiation City)
DC9
Monday, February 29
Doors @ 8:30pm
$12
All ages