Video Interview: Dear Daria (Debut Single: “Best Life”)

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Dear Daria (Photo art courtesy of the band)

DC indie music fans may well be familiar with the music of Maryjo Mattea, the effervescent local musician known for her love of The Beatles and wry lyrical observations on life and love. Over the pandemic, her solo act has grown into a band called Dear Daria, a power pop quartet that offers a catchy sonic mix of elements.

Parklife DC recently interviewed the band via Zoom about their origins and their pending debut album.

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Live Review: Dar Williams @ Strathmore — 7/3/21

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Dar Williams (Photo courtesy Bulletproof Artists)

While other parts of the country deal with record-breaking heat and wildfires, the DMV has actually had a relatively moderate summer. As I sit here on Independence Day writing this review, my AC is off and my windows are open. This made for a perfect night for outdoor music yesterday evening at Bethesda’s Strathmore Music Center, where folk artist Dar Williams appeared. 

Like many venues, the Strathmore is working through putting on shows in the (post-)pandemic world. They’ve moved the performances outdoors, under an awning, and artists are playing two shows — an early and a late set. Dar complimented the venue’s efforts, saying that concerts are a work in progress, and that she felt the Strathmore was doing as good a job with it as she’s seen.

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Preview: Watchhouse @ Wolf Trap, 7/7/21

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Watchhouse (Photo by Shervin Lainez)

Folk duo Watchhouse return to the DC metro area to perform at Wolf Trap on Wednesday, July 7.

Formerly known as Mandolin Orange, Watchhouse recently shared “Beautiful Flowers,” a slow-blooming elegy to a butterfly that takes an existential look at automotive expansion, the interconnectedness of nature, and the little-considered costs of industrialized society.

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Song of the Day: “Lost in Your Eyes” by Debbie Gibson and Joey McIntyre

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Joey McIntyre and Debbie Gibson (Photo courtesy Shore Fire Media)

Today, Debbie Gibson dropped her new video for her brilliant rerecording of her classic No. 1 hit “Lost In Your Eyes.” Partnering with Joey McIntyre of New Kids on the Block, the video showcases the timeless elegance and universality of the song as well as the musical chemistry between Debbie and Joey.

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Live Review: The Walkaways and Wicked Sycamore @ Pearl Street Warehouse — 6/26/21

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The Walkaways perform at Pearl Street Warehouse on June 26, 2021. (Photo by Mark Caicedo)

The return to indoor live music continues to be an exhilarating experience! Last Saturday night at Pearl Street Warehouse with The Walkaways and Wicked Sycamore, a boisterous (and sweaty) crowd was showered with a musical deluge ending a long, and frustrating, drought.

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