Music Park: Phoenix @ The Anthem — 10/16/17

Phoenix 16 Thomas Mars fronts Phoenix at The Anthem on Oct. 16, 2017. (Photo by Mickey McCarter)

In the encore of the show by Phoenix at The Anthem on Monday, frontman Thomas Mars praised Prince, telling the audience how struck he was by seeing the iconic artist in a concert in Paris when Thomas was only 8 years old.

So it’s no surprise that the latest effort by Phoenix — the sunny album Ti Amo — was in some ways inspired by Prince as much as it was by Italian dance and romance.

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Music Park: The Struts @ The Anthem — 10/12/17

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The Struts perform at The Anthem on Oct. 12, 2017. (Photo by Mickey McCarter)

Luke Spiller is a natural-born frontman. As vocalist for The Struts, Luke shook and shimmied his way across the stage to a sold-out crowd for the opening night of The Anthem on Thursday, serving roughly 6,000 people a desperately needed shot of rock ‘n’ roll.

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Around Town: Soft Opening @ The Anthem — 10/10/17

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The Anthem’s marquee (Photo by Paivi)

The Anthem, 9:30 Club’s majestic new sister venue at The Wharf, hosted two soft opening dates this week on Sunday and Tuesday prior to a friends and family party Wednesday and its grand opening tonight.

Parklife DC attended the second soft opening date on Tuesday, when Andrew WK partied hard in a wonderfully raucous concert, and we can report that the space is *beautiful*. It’s like someone scooped up a freshly built stage from an arena and deposited it into a shiny new Grand Central Station building with three levels of impressive views and lots of creature comforts, big and small.

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Don’t Miss: The War on Drugs @ The Anthem, 10/23/17

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The War on Drugs (Photo by Shawn Brackbill)

The War on Drugs released A Deeper Understanding, their fourth studio album, on Aug. 25 via Atlantic Records. Their companion tour takes them to The Anthem, 9:30 Club’s new sister venue on the southwest DC waterfront, on Monday, Oct. 23.

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Don’t Miss: LCD Soundsystem @ The Anthem, 10/18/17

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James Murphy of LCD Soundsystem (Photo by Ruvan Wijesooriya)

LCD Soundsystem will play the first of two nights at The Anthem on Tuesday, Oct. 17. Those tickets sold out quickly when they went on sale, prompting LCD Soundsystem to add a second night on Wednesday, Oct. 18. Those tickets go on sale at 10am today via Ticketfly!

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Around Town: Super Excellent Seats @ The Anthem (Starting 10/12/17)

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Seating chart of The Anthem in DC at 6,000-person capacity (Art courtesy IMP)

With a program dubbed Super Excellent™ Seats, The Anthem (901 Wharf St. SW, DC), the upcoming big sister venue to 9:30 Club, will strive to keep the best seats in the house out of the hands of scalpers, vowed owner IMP yesterday.

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