Music Park: Dan Andriano in the Emergency Room @ Songbyrd Music House — 4/15/17

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Dan Andriano and Matt Pryor perform at Songbyrd Music House on April 15, 2017. (Photo by Daniel Webb)

Former member of Tuesday, bassist of The Falcon, bassist and co-singer of Alkaline Trio, and one talented solo singer-songwriter, Dan Andriano is a complete badass and my personal favorite musician since I was an angsty punky preteen.

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Don’t Miss: Dan Andriano in the Emergency Room @ Songbyrd Music House, 4/15/17

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Dan Andriano (Photo courtesy Asian Man Records)

Dan Andriano is perhaps best known as the bassist for punk outfit Alkaline Trio, but he’s been impressing most in his solo stuff recently as he records and tours under the name Dan Andriano in the Emergency Room. Dan is on a long tour right now, and he will visit DC to play at Songbyrd Music House on Saturday, April 15.

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Book Talk: “Cured: The Tale of Two Imaginary Boys” by Lol Tolhurst @ Songbyrd Music House — 2/21/17

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Lol Tolhurst reads from his memoir at Songbyrd Music House on Feb. 21, 2017.

Lol Tolhurst, founding member of The Cure, was chatting with Robert Smith in Hawaii in 2013 when he had an epiphany: He would write a book.

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Don’t Miss: Lol Tolhurst @ Songbyrd, 2/21, @ Little Miss Whiskey’s, 2/22

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Lol Tolhurst (Photo by Scott Witter)

Lol Tolhurst is a founding member of The Cure, and he played keyboards with Robert Smith and company until his departure from the band in 1989. Last fall, Lol published Cured: The Tale of Two Imaginary Boys, a memoir of his life as a musician.

The book brings him to DC next week for special appearances at Songbyrd Music House and Record Cafe (2477 18th St. NW, DC) on Tuesday, Feb. 21, and Little Miss Whiskey’s Golden Dollar (1104 H St. NE, DC) on Wednesday, Feb. 22.

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Around Town: David Bowie Week, 1/6-1/14/17

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David Bowie (Photo by Jimmy King)

It’s little wonder that Philadelphia has declared this week David Bowie Week, as Bowie recorded Young Americans at Sigma Sound Studios in Philadelphia in 1974.

Enthusiastic teenagers who became known as The Sigma Kids lurked outside the studio and occasionally accompanied Bowie during the making of the album, and some of them who still live in Philadelphia have coordinated a week of events for the period that includes Bowie’s 70th birthday and the first anniversary of his death this week. You can find out more at http://www.phillylovesbowie.com.

Here in DC, we’re not quite as organized but we do have a number of Bowie events occurring over the next week.

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Music Park: Den-Mate @ Songbyrd Music House — 12/14/16

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Jules Hale of Den-Mate sings at Songbyrd Music House on Wednesday, Dec. 14, 2016.

Jules Hale seems to sing of a sort of spiritual liberation in her song “For Free” by Den-Mate. Delivering a hazy vocal over a steady beat, she weathers emotional attacks as if they were physical missiles in the song with a metaphorical shrug.

In concert on Wednesday at Songbyrd Music House, Jules opened for Laura Burhenn of The Mynabirds, delivering seven mesmerizing songs in a deliberate state of dreampop. (Read our Parklife DC review of Laura Burhenn’s concert.) Affixed to the center of stage, Jules played a keyboard while beating a drum and singing, an impressive display of efficiency that may have discouraged some impulses to dance during the show (as she has expressively done in the past).

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