Rostam Batmanglij, best known simply as Rostam, released his debut solo album, titled Half-Light, last year via Nonesuch Records. Rostam launches a North American Tour in Atlanta on Jan. 29, and he arrives in DC a few days later to perform at U Street Music Hall on Thursday, Feb. 1.
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.
Fat Trel, born Martrel Reeves, performed at U Street Music Hall on Thursday, and he blew the crowd away. Parklife DC’s Chris Castillo was there to capture the action.
Over the past year, Shamir Bailey, who records and performs under his first name, produced two entire albums. The first was a self released 12-track album entitled Hope earlier in the year. It’s filled with raw pop, punk, and even country gems that, according to the Soundcloud description, was written and recorded in a weekend. The second, Revelations, released on Father/Daughter Records, was delivered a mere seven months later in November. Both records are a significant change from the slick production of Ratchet but are more potent both lyrically and sonically than that LP.
Martrel Reeves, better known as Fat Trel, is DC’s own! He’s signed to Rick Ross’s label Maybach Music Group and Atlantic Records, where he most recently released mixtape SDMG 2 in 2016. Fat Trel performs at U Street Music Hall on Thursday, Dec. 14.
Earlier this year, English indie rockers Maximo Park released Risk to Exist, their sixth studio album, via Daylighting/Cooking Vinyl. The gents then launched a US tour, and they visited U Street Music Hall on Tuesday, Nov. 28. Paivi was there to photograph the show!