Music Park: Chuck Prophet @ The Soundry — 7/18/18

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Chuck Prophet (Photo by Andrew Diffee)

Chuck Prophet and the Mission Express played to a crowd of loyal fans on Wednesday night at The Soundry, a relatively new venue in Columbia, Maryland. Chuck, channeling all his of San Francisco weirdness, played his oddball schtick to the hilt. His guitar playing was tight as always, and his band sounded great.

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Don’t Miss: Wesley Stace @ 9:30 Club, 11/28/17

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Wesley Stace (Photo courtesy Yep Roc Records)

Singer-songwriter Wesley Stace will hit the road to open UK new wavers Squeeze, in support of Wesley Stace’s John Wesley Harding, and the show comes to 9:30 Club on Tuesday, Nov. 28. It’s sold out, but Parklife DC reminds you to get there early to see Wesley Stace if you’re already going!

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Music Park: The Fleshtones @ U Street Music Hall — 10/20/17

Fleshtones 04 Peter Zaremba sings with The Fleshtones at U Street Music Hall on Oct. 20, 2017. (Photo by Ben Eisendrath /Instagram+Twitter: Insomnigraphic/GrillworksBen)

Lower Manhattan long will be regarded as one of the epicenters of great American rock music, in particular for the bands that came out of New York in the mid-to-late ’70s. The likes of Blondie, the Talking Heads, and the Ramones burst from CBGBs and Max’s Kansas City, putting Manhattan on the musical map.

While many of Blondie’s contemporaries have faded, it came as some small surprise to me that one of the better groups of the era never took a break and still tour strong today. The Fleshtones performed at U Street Music Hall to correct my oversight on Oct. 20, and I was easily won over by their ear for really great tunes and their eye for smart stagecraft.

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