Song of the Day: “How Far” by Gorillaz featuring Tony Allen and Skepta

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Gorillaz (Photo by Bernard Benant; Art courtesy Nasty Little Man)

Tony Allen died aged 79 of an aortic aneurysm on April 30. He of course was a co-creator of Afrobeat, the fusion of funk, jazz, and African styles that he produced in Nigeria in partnership with Fela Kuti in the late ’60s and ’70s.

Animated downtempo quartet Gorillaz featured Tony on their latest track “How Far,” taken from their new album Song Machine, and it is our Song of the Day.

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Preview: David Wax Museum @ Facebook Live, 5/1 + 5/3/20

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David Wax Museum performs at Union Stage on Dec. 29, 2019. (Photo by Mark Caicedo)

David Wax Museum has really taken live streaming to heart, broadcasting on Sundays, Tuesdays, and fun, family-friendly shows on Fridays.

Catch the band’s next shows on Friday, May 1, and Sunday, May 3, via Facebook Live.

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Around Town: Shuttered DC Music Venues Produce Livestream Concerts

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Songbyrd Music House (Photo by Ben Eisendrath)

While DC’s music venues have been shuttered during the current emergency lockdown, several prominent concert halls have moved to hosting performances online.

So, here’s a round-up of DC venues hosting concerts on Facebook or Instagram along with when you can watch!

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Song of the Day: “Crazy Alone (Quarantine)” by Drunken Prayer

Morgan 2.5 (Copy) Morgan Geer of Drunken Prayer performs at Mum’s in Baltimore on May 17, 2019. (Photo by Marc Shea)

Drunken Prayer is the one-man band creation of Handsome Family and Freakwater guitarist Morgan Geer. Morgan has released a new single by Drunken Prayer called “Crazy Alone (Quarantine).”

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Song of the Day: “Dissolve the Floor” by Houses of Heaven

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Houses of Heaven (Photo by Effixx)

Layering synths, guitars, electronic percussion, and live drums, Houses of Heaven fuses early industrial and techno rhythms with the melodicism of shoegaze and a heavy dose of dub-influenced effects. Formed in Oakland, California, by Keven Tecon, Adam Beck, and Nick Ott, the band follows up the Remnant EP with their first full-length album titled Silent Places, available May 1 via Felte.

Today, the band released a video for “Dissolve the Floor” from that debut album.

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Livestream Preview: Bobby Thompson @ Facebook Live, 4/29/20

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Bobby Thompson (Photo courtesy the artist)

The Hamilton might be temporarily closed, but it still hosts performances on its Facebook page. Wishing you could stop by The Hamilton for happy hour? Missing live music in The Loft? Join The Hamilton Loft Virtual Happy Hour series!

On Wednesday, April 29, The Hamilton Loft Virtual Happy Hour series features DC folk-blues guitarist Bobby Thompson.

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