I can safely say that all the concerts I attended in 2017 exceeded my expectations, but of course I say that about all live music. I was fortunate to photograph over 80 shows in 2017, from artists both well known to those just starting out. I’m truly inspired watching these talented musicians and their courage in getting up on a stage to lay their souls bare. Or as the L.A. Times’ David Ackert so eloquently put it, “…musicians and singers are willing to give their entire lives to a moment — to that melody, that lyric, that chord, or that interpretation that will stir the audience’s soul.”
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.
Scene: Birds chirped, signifying the arrival of morning. Emily Haines stumbled into stage and put down a suitcase. She changed into a dressing gown and goes to sleep, only to be woken moments later by her alarm clock.
She began an internal monologue, which admonished her for not getting enough sleep. The monologue in her head continued for a spell as Emily got up to play some songs solo at a piano. She appeared to be struggling with some questions: Is this where she wants to be? Is there some place or time to which she would like to return? Or has she never truly moved forward?
Emily Haines, the always melodic lead singer of Metric, released Choir of the Mind, a solo album with her project The Soft Skeleton, in September via Last Gang Records/eOne. Emily launched a solo tour that arrives at Sixth and I Historic Synagogue on Saturday, Dec. 2.
Brothers Keith and Michael Jeffrey, better known as alternative rock band Atlas Genius, put on a lively show at the Sixth & I Historic Synagogue on Monday. Atlas Genius is currently on a US tour following the release of their new single, “63 Days,” the band’s first new music for nearly two years.
Over the summer, Australian rockers Atlas Genius released “63 Days,” their latest single, via Caroline, and then the duo embarked on a massive American tour. That tour arrives in DC on Monday, Oct. 16 for a show at the Historic Synagogue at Sixth & I.
At one point during her show, Alison Moyet shared memories of her mother to a sold-out house at the Historic Synagogue at Sixth and I on Monday night. The British chanteuse misses her mother dearly, she intimated, but she could never escape the matron’s fierce protection of proper grammar.
“I would write her letters and send a red pen because I knew she would mark them up anyway,” Alison said with a sly smile.
Maternal perfection and remembrances combined in Alison’s lush new song “The English U” from her terrific new album Other, the release of which in June via Cooking Vinyl inspired a world tour — the North American leg of which launched in Washington, DC, on Sept. 11.