Snapshots: Bullet for My Valentine @ The Fillmore Silver Spring, 5/6/18

Bullet For My Valentine Bullet for My Valentine performs at The Fillmore Silver Spring on May 6, 2018. (Photo by Chris R. Smyth)

Welsh hard rockers Bullet for My Valentine will release Gravity, their sixth studio album, via Search and Destroy and Spinefarm Records on June 29. On the road to the record release, BFMV performed at The Fillmore Silver Spring on Sunday, May 6, and Chris Smyth took some pictures of the show.

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Don’t Miss: Mike + The Mechanics @ The Birchmere, 3/27/18

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Mike + The Mechanics (Photo courtesy Madison House)

In 1985, Mike Rutherford of Genesis formed a side project known as Mike + The Mechanics. That band continued to perform until 2004, when Mike and singer Paul Carrack called it a day. But Mike resurrected the outfit with new members in 2011 with a new album. The refreshed Mike + The Mechanics released a new album, Let Me Fly, via BMG in 2017, and the band will perform at The Birchmere in Alexandria, Virginia, on Tuesday, March 27.

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Ticket Giveaway: Los Campesinos! @ 9:30 Club, 3/9/17

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Los Campesinos! (Photo courtesy Chromatic Publicity )

In about a month, noise pop septet Los Campesinos! will launch a US tour to promote their sixth studio album, Sick Scenes. The UK collective will release Sick Scenes via Wichita Recordings on Feb. 24, and their tour will take them to the 9:30 Club soon after on Thursday, March 9.

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Interview: Midge Ure (@Bethesda Blues & Jazz Supper Club, 10/4/16)

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Midge Ure (Photo courtesy Erika Tooker)

Midge Ure may have famously sang, “This means nothing to me” in the Ultravox song “Vienna,” but don’t be fooled. The influential musician and humanitarian invests quite a lot of himself in his music and his causes, touring the world and arranging endeavors like Live Aid, Band Aid, and Live 8 concert festivals. After being away from the United States for a very long time, Midge has been returning regularly in recent years, performing material from his solo albums, from Ultravox, and from other projects.

Midge’s next US tour starts on Sept. 30 in Amityville, NY, and ends Oct. 15 in Atlanta. (Find tickets for Midge’s shows via Songkick.)

On this tour, Midge performs in the DC area on Oct. 4 at Bethesda Blues & Jazz Supper Club — the same venue he visited when he was last here in early 2015. Joining Midge in a three-piece band are drummer BC Taylor and keyboard player Tony Solis, both of whom will also play other instruments for this “Live and Electric” tour.

Parklife DC was honored to catch up with Midge to ask him about the tour and his other current projects as well as the future of Ultravox and meaning in a world without David Bowie.

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Don’t Miss: IAMX @ U Street Music Hall, 9/30/16

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IAMX (Photo by Saryn Christina)

IAMX (born Chris Corner) followed up last year’s Metonia album with an EP, Everything Is Burning, which contains seven brooding synthpop songs. IAMX released the EP via Caroline Records on Sept. 2, then set upon a tour to promote the new songs.

That tour, already underway, hits Santa Ana, California tonight, but more importantly it stops at U Street Music Hall in DC on Friday, Sept. 30.

With IAMX, Chris Corner certainly has distinguished himself from his former trip hop band Sneaker Pimps, eventually moving to Los Angeles in 2013. (The project’s title “I AM X,” sneakily derives its name from Sneaker Pimps’ debut album, Becoming X.)

Listen to “Everything Is Burning” yourself on Spotify, and experience songs like the title track, “Triggers,” and “Scars.”

If IAMX seems dark, the darkness comes from what is now a good place.

“IAMX is basically my public therapy,” Chris said in a recent press release. “It’s my way of being able to connect with the world, to pour my heart out and dance at the same time. It’s also an excuse for me to play with who I am, to explore certain parts of my personality that I don’t get to explore in everyday life.”

IAMX is going strong since his 2004 debut album Kiss + Swallow, and continuing through The Alternative, Kingdom of Welcome Addiction, Volatile Times, The Unified Field, and Metanoia. So pour your heart out with Chris and dance along to his seductive dark cabaret with IAMX.

Surprisingly, this show hasn’t sold out yet, but it will soon. Tickets are available online. Act fast!

IAMX
w/ Cellars
U Street Music Hall
Friday, Sept. 30
Doors @7pm
$25
All ages

Don’t Miss: Pete Tong @ Soundcheck, 9/22/16

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Pete Tong (Photo courtesy Infamous PR)

Pete Tong has seen it all — as radio host, producer, and DJ. The man was there at the start of acid house, and he famously signed Run DMC and Salt-n-Pepa to landmark record deals with London Records.

The Englishman recently began a new chapter of his life, relocating to Los Angeles. He helped Clear Channel Entertainment to launch Evolution dance while still maintaining his popular BBC Radio 1 programs. In addition to being a radio host and a producer, Pete also maintains his tremendous presence as a DJ, taking up no less than three residencies in the United States. He maintains an All Gone residency at Sound Nightclub in his new home of Los Angeles, while he also visits Miami regularly to DJ at Story and SLS Las Vegas at new club LiFE.

In addition to that, the All Gone Pete Tong brand has gone worldwide with festivals like the Winter Music Conference, Creamfields, TommorrowWorld, and SW4.

Well, you don’t have to travel the world to see Pete Tong, because Pete is coming to DC to spin at Soundcheck on Thursday, Sept. 22. What a brilliant opportunity to see a living legend in an intimate space right in our own city!

But in this case, hearing is believing. Become a believer, and listen to what Pete has been doing on Soundcloud:

“The electronic dance music scene in the USA has reached a critical mass and the opportunities for our world are taking us into uncharted territory. I feel now it’s essential to be in the middle of all that,” Pete said in a recent press release.

Sail into uncharted territory with Pete this Thursday! Tickets are available online.

Pete Tong
Soundcheck
Thursday, Sept. 22
Doors @10pm
$20
18+

DJ Park: Kidnap Kid (Opening Duke Dumont) @ Echostage — 9/10/16

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Kidnap Kid (Photo courtesy Stack House Management Ltd.)

Last weekend, Echostage welcomed some of Matt Relton, better known as the Kidnap Kid. It was a great night with a great crowd filled with great music. Kidnap Kid brought the crowd to its “happy place” with his melodic tracks, smooth transitions, and upbeat atmosphere made for a great start to the night!

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Don’t Miss: Hannah Wants @ Soundcheck, 8/4/16

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Hannah Wants (Photo courtesy Echo Location Talent Agency)

Hannah Wants (born Hannah Alicia Smith) has been busy in 2016, dropping new tracks and mixing new tapes! And Club Glow brings the UK DJ and her sounds to Soundcheck tonight, Thursday, August 4!

In 2014, Hannah drew a lot of attention as the Best Breakthrough DJ at the DJ Mag Awards and as Mixmag’s Best Breakthrough DJ and Star of the Year.

A self-described music addict, Hannah honed her DJ craft when she went from Birmingham, England, to Ibiza in 2010, and her career took off from there. After hosting many club residencies, she picked up a Radio 1 residency in 2015. And that year, she released her popular single “Rhymes” while continuing her mixtape series.

But let’s not forget the new tracks! Listen to “Hidden Love” by Hannah Wants feat. Detour City (and other tracks) on Soundcloud:

This is a fantastically intimate opportunity to see the lady DJ who blew up 2014 and 2015, and who is on pace to own 2016 as well.

Tickets are available online and at the door.

Hannah Wants
Soundcheck
Thursday, August 4
Show @10pm
$20
18+

Interview: Josh Morgan of The Subways @ Rock and Roll Hotel, 4/12/16

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Josh Morgan, Charlotte Cooper, and Billy Lunn of The Subways (Photo courtesy Earshot Media)

Just hearing the garage punk thumping of “Rock & Roll Queen” by The Subways instantly takes you back 10 years, when the UK trio introduced the earworm to the world.

Now, The Subways are poised to return to the United States on tour for the first time since 2008. Vocalist and guitarist Billy Lunn, vocalist and bassist Charlotte Cooper, and drummer Josh Morgan will kick off a US tour here in DC at the Rock and Roll Hotel on Tuesday, April 12, marking the US release of their fourth album (self-titled) the following Friday via Bodan Kuma Recordings.

By the way, the band launched a campaign on Pledge Music to raise money for their tour. They are offering meet and greets, handwritten music, signed records, signed set lists, signed photos, personalized poems, and even their tour drum kit available for fans to own via pledging their support! For details, visit http://www.thesubways.net. (The band has almost reached their goal, last I checked, and the campaign still has 12 days remaining as of today.)

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Don’t Miss: The English Beat @ 9:30 Club, 11/25/15

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Dave Wakeling (Photo by Bryan Kremkau)

The English Beat are perennial favorites in the DC metro area. They turned up at the State Theatre not long ago, and now they have a show slated for the 9:30 Club.

But wait! Not only are the [English] Beat hitting our premiere concert destination on Wednesday, Nov. 25, they also are preparing to release a new album, tentatively titled Here We Go Love! The ska/reggae collective famously published three albums in the early ‘80s, and they haven’t released a new studio album since Special Beat Service in 1982.

Special Beat Service, of course, spawned some of the English Beat’s greatest hits, such as “I Confess” and “Mirror in the Bathroom,” fueling the capability of Dave Wakeling and company to continuously tour the world for years.

Watch the official video for “Mirror in the Bathroom” on YouTube:

If you haven’t seen the English Beat in a while, or somehow you have never done so (you saved it for later?), this is a perfect opportunity to see them. After all, they are playing the night before a holiday, so you have all of the time in the world to beat to the Beat.

Tickets are available online!

The English Beat
9:30 Club
Wednesday, Nov. 25
Doors @7pm
$25
All ages