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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Music Park: Laura Burhenn @ Songbyrd Music House — 12/14/16

Laura Burhenn 01 Laura Burhenn of The Mynabirds performs at Songbyrd Music House on Dec. 14, 2016.

Laura Burhenn came home to DC for the holidays.

She even brought with her a Christmas song in her visit to Songbyrd Music House on Wednesday. Of course, despite a jingly medley, that song turns out to have some bite as Laura tackles climate change, dishonest politicians, and a search for truth in “All I Want Is Truth (for Christmas),” a holiday offering from her project The Mynabirds released by Saddle Creek in 2012.

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Don’t Miss: Laura Burhenn @ Songbyrd Music House, 12/14/16

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Laura Burhenn of The Mynabirds (Photo by Bliss Katherine)

A little over a year ago, DC’s own Laura Burhenn stopped by U Street Music Hall while touring the latest album from The Mynabirds, Lovers Know. When she wrapped up that tour, she found herself in a lull. Thankfully, she hit the road again and returns to DC to perform solo at Songbyrd Music House on Wednesday, Dec. 14.

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Don’t Miss: La Sera @ Songbyrd Music House, 10/20/16

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Todd Wisenbaker and Katy Goodman of La Sera (Photo courtesy Force Field PR)

Los Angeles noise poppers La Sera are staying busy! The band, fronted by the effervescent Katy Goodman, released a full-length album, Music for Listening to Music to, in March. They toured on that album, performing at the 9:30 Club in May. (Read our review of that show!)

Surely not done for the year, La Sera dropped a new extended play, Queens, via Polyvinyl Records on Sept. 30. Then on Friday, the band launched a tour with their friend Springtime Carnivore, who also has new music! (Don’t be fooled by the name; Springtime Carnivore is the winsome Greta Morgan, who has collaborated with La Sera in the past. Read our interview with Greta!)

The La Sera tour with Springtime Carnivore stops in DC at Songbyrd Music House on Thursday, Oct. 20.

The new La Sera EP contains a cover of Led Zeppelin’s “Whole Lotta Love,” which is a song they have performed live with their easygoing psychedelic flavor for a while. Listen to La Sera’s cover of “Whole Lotta Love” by Led Zeppelin on Soundcloud:

As we previously have noted, Katy and Greta also recently collaborated by covering a set of punk tunes, publishing the resulting album, Take It, It’s Yours, on Polyvinyl Records over the summer. Perhaps we will hear them tackle Iggy Pop or The Misfits or the Buzzcocks together at the show?

Rock trio Lilac Daze, hailing from Frederick, Maryland, open the show! Tickets are available online.

La Sera
w/ Springtime Carnivore, Lilac Daze
Songbyrd Music House
Thursday, Oct. 20
Doors @7:30pm
$12-$14
All ages

Interview: Greta Morgan of Springtime Carnivore (@Songbyrd Music House, 10/20/16)

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Greta Morgan (Photo by Julia Brokaw)

Greta Morgan released her second album as Springtime Carnivore on Friday, Oct. 7 – and that same day she set upon a US tour with La Sera, hitting more than 20 cities.

The material for the new album, Midnight Room, sprang from a break-up but the songs didn’t take the shape of melancholy heartbreak. Instead, songs like “Face in the Moon” are full of jaunty reflections and wry observations on life and love that feel far more empowering than depressing.

Watch the official music video for “Face in the Moon” by Springtime Carnivore on YouTube:

Springtime Carnivore performs in DC at Songbyrd Music House on Thursday, Oct. 20. Parklife DC caught up with Greta to discuss her songwriting process, distilling a song to its essence, and her long history as a performer (at the tender age of 28, she already has more than 11 years of touring under her belt!).

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