Video Interview: One Way Out (New Single: “Black Lungs (and a Broken Heart)”)

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One Way Out (Photo by Carter Louthian)

One Way Out recently released “Black Lungs (and a Broken Heart),” the latest single from their upcoming album, and the gents took the time to chat with Parklife DC’s Mickey McCarter about their new music, their methods, and their 2021 Wammie nominations!

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Best of the Year: Top 10 Musical Moments of 2020 by Mark C.

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The year started out typically enough. But the way it began and how it’s ending are startlingly different. By the end of March, so many plans and hopes were dashed that now, as we race toward 2020’s conclusion, many of us feel they may never be realized.

Like so many others in this Year of Covid, I’ve had a chance to reflect, reassess, and reset for the coming year, sorting out what is, and isn’t, important. I enjoy photographing people, whether it be portraiture, cultural documentation, or musical performance. As a photographer, I strive to become invisible and capture moments as they are, not as I or the subject, would like them to be. Although photographing live music has been challenging as of late, I’ve been afforded the luxury of time to go through my archives and, as a result, have made a belated but important discovery: the final image must also render the photographer invisible.

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Livestream Preview: Logan Smith @ DC9, 12/8/20

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Logan Smith (Photo courtesy the artist)

With a soulful maturity and melodic expertise, Logan Smith presents himself with musicality beyond his years and a voice you’ll never forget. Drawing from a wide variety of influences such as The 1975, Phil Collins, Billy Joel, and Harry Styles, his music puts forth a powerful and noticeable presence.

Catch Logan in a livestream direct from the stage of DC9 on Tuesday, Dec. 8!

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Vote: What Is the Best in DC for 2020?

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A wood thrush! (Photo by Trish Gussler)

Parklife DC will honor DC bands and venues with our send annual Thrushie Awards program, named for our mascot, DC’s own state bird — the Wood Thrush. As always, our Thrushie Awards are inspired by our mission to review live music concerts and spotlight bands and concert halls covered by Parklife DC.

Voting for Thrushies runs through Friday, Dec. 11 at midnight, and you get to vote for your favorite DC band or venue.

In the past, we have also solicited votes for Best Music Festival, but we have paused that category this year as the novel coronavirus forced the cancellation of our favorite DC-area music festivals in 2020.

Our poll focuses local bands from our coverage and interviews from the past year and local music venues where we reviewed shows or promoted livestreams.

Write-in candidates are welcome!

Vote for your favorites!

Livestream Preview: Technophobia @ Twitch, 12/5/20

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Technophobia (Photo by Nick Fancher)

Equipped with a fresh new album, DC dark pop duo Technophobia take to the stage of the Black Cat on Saturday, Dec. 5. Catch the show in a livestream on Twitch!

The show is free but the band asks for donations to benefit the Community of Hope, a DC nonprofit dedicated to healthcare and housing assistance.

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Interview: Steve Petix of Technophobia (New Album: Some of Us Are Looking at the Stars)

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Technophobia (Photo by Nick Fancher)

DC cold wave band Technophobia release a new album, Some of Us Are Looking at the Stars, on Dec. 4 via Working Order Records.

Parklife DC’s Mickey McCarter chats with Technophobia’s Steve Petix via Zoom about how the new album is different than their debut, what the band has been doing during the pandemic lockdown months, and why the band is dedicated to giving back to the DC community.

Watch our Parklife DC interview with Steve of Technophobia on YouTube:

Stream Some of Us Are Looking at the Stars by Technophobia on Bandcamp:

Visit Technophobia online for more music.

Follow Technophobia on Twitch to catch their upcoming live show.

Song of the Day: “Goldbrick Champion” by Broke Royals featuring Bartees Strange

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Broke Royals (Photo courtesy the band)

Broke Royals is rewriting doubts. Turning negative self-talk into positive affirmations. Hokey as it sounds, the band was willing to try anything after the world, and their income stream, came to a grinding halt this year.

On “Goldbrick Champion,” the band is exalting its weaknesses to the tune of an ’80s-inspired slacker anthem. Propelled by a drum machine and an infectious bass groove, the DC band is spinning their insecurities into pop-rock gold.

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