Rocking Scots Frightened Rabbit are coming around for a handful of US headlining shows in the wake of the release of their fifth studio album Painting of a Panic Attack about a year ago on Atlantic Records. The band perform at 9:30 Club on Wednesday, May 31, and you can win tickets to go with Parklife DC.
Reconstituted UK shoegaze band Slowdive hit the 9:30 Club Sunday for a sold-out concert on the heels of releasing a new record on Friday — their first new record in 22 years!
UK shoegazers Slowdive return with a self-titled new album on May 5 via Dead Oceans — their first album in 22 years! Oh, and the band begin a US tour, starting tonight May 2 in St. Paul, Minnesota. That tour lands at 9:30 Club on Sunday, May 7 for a sold-out show.
The Twilight Sad is a scottish band who according to their twitter profile “enjoy making miserable music.” They just finished a world tour supporting The Cure so making miserable music has gotten them pretty far. (Check out our Snapshots of The Cure.)
The Big Moon may have been the opener at DC9 last Friday, but you wouldn’t have been able to tell that by the crowd they drew! DC9 got full quickly and early for the four ladies from London, who shined brightly with guitar jams that crashed and ebbed as furiously as the tides.
London quartet The Big Moon have been playing a raucous cover version of Madonna’s “Beautiful Stranger” in their live shows, which really showcases their style: Big loud guitars paired buzzing around the airy voice of vocalist Juliette Jackson.
It sounds like this:
The Big Moon is made up of four women who were inspired by bands like the Palma Violets to stand up and start making music. They performed once in the United States at CMJ 2015 after getting started, but now they are coming back for a tour of their own to open for The Japanese House. The tour lands locally at DC9 on Friday, Nov. 25.
The band appear as Barbie dolls in the NSFW video for their latest single “Silent Movie Susie,” which also showcases the band’s sense of humor.
Watch the official music video for “Silent Movie Susie” by The Big Moon on YouTube:
The Big Moon have been tearing up stages with their energetic live show. The band has not yet released a full-length album, although they’ve been dropping singles, including most recently “Silent Movie Susie” and “Cupid” via Fiction Records. So this is a fantastic opportunity to see what the buzz is all about.
If you have tickets for the DC9 show, get there early to see The Big Moon! If you don’t have tickets, alas, the show is sold out.
The Big Moon
Opening for The Japanese House
Friday, Nov. 25
DC has been enjoying an onslaught of shoegaze in recent times, and the resurgent guitar pop wave is being led in part by Brooklyn shoegazers DIIV. Zachary Cole Smith and his band opened for classic shoegaze band Ride at the 9:30 Club last year, headlined their own show at the Black Cat, and return to headline the 9:30 Club on Thursday, Nov. 17.
In the midst of DIIV’s victory lap, the band released their second album, Is the Is Are, in February via Captured Tracks. “Is the Is Are, more than any album in a long time, feels like a great and immersive book,” said Under the Radar.
Watch the official music video for “Mire (Grant’s Song),” a new song by DIIV, courtesy of Pitchfork, on YouTube:
Parklife DC is giving away a pair of tickets to see DIIV. To win, simply leave a comment on this blog. You can leave any comment but perhaps tell us your favorite song by DIIV.
For the rules of this giveaway–
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If you don’t win, tickets are available online.