Preview: Indigo De Souza @ Black Cat, 4/20/22

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Indigo De Souza (Photo by Charlie Boss)

Last year, Indigo De Souza released Any Shape You Take, her sophomore album, via Saddle Creek receiving acclaim from outlets such as Pitchfork, New York Times, NPR, Stereogum, The FADER, Consequence, Paste and more.

Indigo tours her new music at Black Cat on Wednesday, April 20.

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Live Review: Gogol Bordello @ Rams Head Live! — 12/31/21

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Gogol Bordello perform at Rams Head Live! on Dec. 31, 2021. (Photo by Rashad Polk)

It can sometimes be a struggle to decide on what to do for New Years Eve. Many people choose the ring in the new year in a variety of ways. In the DMV there’s no shortage when it comes to venues for the most common styles of New Year’s celebrations – places of worship, raucous parties, or gathering to take in live music. At a Gogol Bordello show music is religion, their live show is always a party, and Rams Head Live was understandably the ideal place to welcome the magnificent year of 2022.

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Preview: Alaska Thunderfuck @ Howard Theatre, 10/29/22

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Alaska Thunderfuck (Photo by Albert Sanchez)

Star of stage, screen, podcast airwaves, and beyond, scalding hot drag superstar Alaska Thunderfuck is about to get even “RED” hotter as she tours North America, including a show at the Howard Theatre in DC on Saturday, Oct. 29!

Her tour coincides with the upcoming release of her full-length album, Red 4 Filth, via PEG Records/Warner Music Group/ADA.

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Preview: Curtis Harding @ Black Cat, 1/19/22

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Curtis Harding (Photo courtesy ANTI- Records)

(Editor’s Note: This show is being postponed due to concerns related to COVID-19. Stay tuned for a new date!)

Atlanta psychedelic soul artist Curtis Harding recently released his new album If Words Were Flowers via ANTI- Records. On the heels of that release, Curtis performs at Black Cat on Wednesday, Jan. 19.

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Preview: Dwight Yoakam @ Capital One Hall, 1/13/22

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Dwight Yoakam (Photo by Emily Joyce)

Legendary multiple GRAMMY Award winner and star of film and television, Dwight Yoakam continues to sell out shows across the nation. He’s on his way to doing it again at the new Capital One Hall in McLean, Va., on Thursday, Jan. 13.

Act soon! Not too many tickets remain.

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Around Town: Vote in the Wammie Awards Thru 1/31/22

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As of today, music audiences across the Washington DC region can vote for The 2022 Wammie Awards.

To date, The MusicianShip Wammie Awards has received hundreds of nominations for more than 60 music award categories representing 2021’s best music releases, talent, and community impact from the region’s music industry.

Vote today for your favorite DC artist or band!

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Preview: Railroad Earth @ 9:30 Club, 1/7/22

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Railroad Earth (Photo by Shredded Elements Photography)

(Editor’s Note: This show is being postponed due to concerns related to COVID-19. Stay tuned for a new date!)

Railroad Earth, the terrific jam band collective, play 9:30 Club on Friday, Jan. 7.

In 2020, Railroad Earth were poised to release All for the Song, a new studio album, but apparently the band held the release through the pandemic lockdowns that hit the United States that year.

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Best of the Year: Top 10 Albums of 2021 by Chris

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Myles Kennedy performs at Baltimore Soundstage in 2018. (Photo by Chris Smyth)

Where 2020 was mostly a lost year for music, 2021 became a banner year for the industry. While much of the industry is still working to recover from the massive toll that was forced upon them by the pandemic, we fans have been gifted a plethora of music this year. Vaccines got in arms, bands went back on tour, and new albums were released in droves. So many new records came out in 2021 that at times it was hard to keep track of it all. There were multiple times that I was surprised by a new release, or I realized that I had completely missed a new album by and artist I loved. It’s very possible that there are still a few records that I haven’t listened to that I am certain to love.

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Best of the Year: Top 10 Concerts of 2021 by Mickey

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CHVRCHES delivered a top show of the year at The Anthem. (Photo by Katherine Gaines)

Parklife DC invites our staff to list their Top 10 concerts of every year. Although this was a different kind of year, our love of music remained strong, and we definitely caught our share of shows once pandemic lockdowns eased. Some homegrown shows began popping up indoors around May, and events really made a remarkable return by August. Although we live with additional requirements, such as vaccinations, to attend live shows, we happily rise to the moment to do what we love to do — experience live music.

Here are my Top 10 concerts of 2021.

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