Around Town: DC Clubs and Bars Can Reopen June 11

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DC Mayor Muriel Bowser participates in the annual Funk Parade in 2018. (Photo by Joe Flood)

In a press conference today, DC Mayor Muriel Bowser announced she would lift reopening restrictions on the city’s nightclubs and bars on June 11.

The city will continue to enforce the wearing of masks to mitigate the spread of the novel coronavirus after that date, but otherwise bars and clubs can choose to open and return to normal operations.

Planning for most national concert tours are still underway, so Parklife does not expect to see consistent bookings at most music venues until later this summer. Still, this is welcome news indeed!

Song of the Day: Black Flag’s “Nervous Breakdown” by American Television

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American Television (Photo by Craig Hall)

DC punk rockers American Television recently released a new EP, Adolescence, via Wiretap Records, paying tribute to their punk influences with five tracks of covers from Black Flag, Green Day, Bad Religion, Operation Ivy, and Fugazi.

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Song of the Day: “I’m in Heaven” by Andrew WK

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Andrew WK (Photo courtesy Napalm Records)

Hark, disciples of partying — the long wait is finally over! Napalm Records and Andrew WK are thrilled to announce the impending release of the iconic Party God’s fifth full-length studio rock album, God Is Partying. The long-awaited nine track opus of maximalist rock grandeur is set for release on Sept. 10.

Today, audiences can experience another early serving from the album, in the form of Andrew WK’s latest single, the structurally unconventional and atmospherically unnerving, “I’m in Heaven”, alongside an equally idiosyncratic new music video.

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Song of the Day: “Opus 56” by Dustin O’Halloran

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Dustin O’Halloran (Photo by Anna Maggý Grímsdóttir)

Oscar-nominated, Emmy-winning US composer and pianist Dustin O’Halloran unveiled his new single, “Opus 56,” recently.

The track is the second single from his forthcoming Deutsche Grammophon debut, Silfur, which arrives on June 11.

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Interview: Myles Kennedy (New Album: The Ides of March)

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Myles Kennedy performs at the Baltimore Soundstage on May 16, 2018. (Photo by Chris Smyth)

As the United States continues its process of opening back up and getting back to normal, the world of music is working to do much of the same. Records are being released and tours are starting back up. What had grinded to a halt is moving once again.

But in the downtime without live music, many musicians used that time to write and record new music. That includes Alter Bridge — and Slash featuring Myles Kennedy and the Conspirators — frontman Myles Kennedy, who will release his second solo record, The Ides of March, on May 14. In a conversation with Parklife DC’s Chris Smyth, Myles discusses the process of creating his new record, what a return to the stage will look like for him, plus what lies ahead for both of his bands.

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Song of the Day: “September Song, pt. ii” by Lightning Bug

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Lightning Bug (Photo by Ingmar Chen)

Lightning Bug’s upcoming album A Color of the Sky is an album of many firsts: the band’s first album with their new label home, Fat Possum, the band’s first time recording together as a live band.

Recently, Lightning Bug released “September Song, pt. ii,” the second single from the album.

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