Duran Duran (Photo by Stephanie Pistel)
New wave legends Duran Duran long have embraced their David Bowie influences. And the quartet also have covered Bowie’s songs, first grabbing attention with their fantastic cover of “Fame,” which they introduced on their first-ever US tour (which included a date at The Bayou here in DC back in 1981).
Today, in celebration of what would have been Bowie’s 74th birthday, Duran Duran release a cover of his epic “Five Years” from The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars.
shame (Photo by Sam Gregg)
shame release a new single/video, “Nigel Hitter,” from their forthcoming album, Drunk Tank Pink, out next Friday, Jan. 15 on Dead Oceans.
A virtual Wammies Awards program will be held on March 28, 2021. (Photo by Elise Cai)
Voting for the 2021 Wammie Awards has officially begun. Residents of DC, Maryland, and Virginia can now vote for their favorite local artists and musicians for a 2021 Wammie Award. Nominations are still open through Jan. 31, so music lovers can both vote and nominate through the end of January.
Vote for your favorite DC artists now!
SHAED (Photo by Jared Zagha)
DC trio SHAED releases a brand-new single, “Once Upon a Time,” featuring FAME’S Macedonian Symphonic Orchestra.
Alia Lene sings on YouTube. (Still courtesy Erika Tooker)
Alia Lene released a special version of “The Christmas Song” recently on YouTube. The track is taken from her Christmas Miracle EP released Dec. 11 on Contra Worldwide Recordings.
Covenant (Photo by Frank Machalowski)
Swedish electronic innovators Covenant today share a cover of “Winter Kills” by UK new wave duo Yazoo to mark the arrival of our coldest season.
Red Wanting Blue (Photo courtesy Michael J. Media)
Midwestern rock band Red Wanting Blue recently covered “Christmas All Over Again” by Tom Petty! Give it a listen and get into the Christmas spirit with the Ohio-based Americana quintet.
Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) calls for support for music venues outside Brookyn’s Baby’s All Right on Aug. 18, 2020. (Photo courtesy NIVA)
Congress on Monday passed a pandemic relief bill that includes $15 billion for independent venues and promotors, providing a vital lifeline to music venues such as DC’s 9:30 Club, Black Cat, DC9, and others.
A still from the video for Black Marble’s cover of “All I Want for Christmas Is You” (Photo courtesy Motormouth)
Today Black Marble aka Chris Stewart announces the release of a very affectionate cover of Mariah Carey’s beloved 1994 classic, “All I Want For Christmas Is You.” Putting his signature on the track, the Black Marble version is synth-based and perfect for these winter months.
Engelbert Humperdinck (Photo by Greg Gorman)
Engelbert Humperdinck recently released his new studio version of “Blue Christmas.” The Elvis Presley classic has been updated by Engelbert with a Texas Two Step arrangement, released by OK!Good Records.