Song of the Day: “The Fleas” by Frank Turner and Jon Snodgrass

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Frank Turner and Jon Snodgrass (Photo courtesy of Xtra Mile Recordings)

Xtra Mile Recordings and songwriters Frank Turner and Jon Snodgrass are excited to present “The Fleas,” the latest track to be lifted from the Friday, Nov. 13 release of the duo’s new collaborative album, Buddies II: Still Buddies.

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Interview: Jed Elliott of The Struts (New Album: Strange Days)

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Jed Elliott (left) with The Struts (Photo by Beth Saravo)

On Oct. 16, The Struts released the band’s third album, Strange Days. Managing to record a new album in the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic proved difficult. But after a round of tests to ensure everyone’s health and safety, the band moved in together and recorded the entire album from a home-studio over the course of just 10 days. Recording in a way they hadn’t before, during a time unlike any other, The Struts managed to capture the emotions of this moment in history, while balancing it with the fun escapism that many seek through their music.

With the addition of multiple major artists featured throughout the album, and even a cover of a Kiss deep-cut, The Struts pulled off an album that is true to their style, while simultaneously advancing their sound to levels not heard before.

Soon after the album’s release, The Struts bassist Jed Elliott spoke with Parklife DC’s Chris Smyth about all things Strange Days and how the band has been keeping busy during the pandemic.

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Live Review: The Front Bottoms @ Frederick Fairgrounds — 10/28/20

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The Front Bottoms shake and rattle at the Frederick Fairgrounds on Oct. 28, 2020. (Photo by David LaMason)

As a fan of live music, going from seeing a show at least twice weekly to no shows at all for about eight months has been rough, but it’s nothing compared to what venues and artists have gone through in that time. It’s been a year of live-streaming, fundraisers, and trying to find new ways of keeping the making of music and the creation of these unique communal experiences alive through these difficult times.

One of those ways that have emerged in recent months is the advent of drive-in concerts.

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Live Review: Fellowcraft @ DC9 — 10/27/20

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Jon Ryan MacDonald fronts Fellowcraft at DC9 on Oct. 27, 2020. (Photo by Mickey McCarter)

Like four links in a chain, the members of Fellowcraft relaxed and rolled to the rhythm in a performance at DC9 recently. The four guys hadn’t performed for an audience in more than seven months, but they instantly drew tight as they rocked through 12 big tunes for a successful livestream.

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Song of the Day: “Clorox Wipe” by Chromeo

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Chromeo (Art courtesy Sacks & Co.)

Chromeo debut their surreal video for “Clorox Wipe,” directed by Patrick Jean. The track is taken from their Quarantine Casanova EP, five tracks written and recorded under lockdown and released earlier this year.

100% of net proceeds from EP digital downloads, physical sales, and merch have been donated, with $20,000 to Colin Kaepernick’s Know Your Rights Camp COVID-19 Relief Fund plus an additional $30,000 match donation from Clorox.

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Around Town: Insomniac Events Acquires Echostage and Soundcheck

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Glow President and CEO Pete Kalamoutsos (Photo by Doug Van Sant)

EDM and dance enthusiasts, rejoice! It seems a sure bet that two of DC’s top DJ venues are set to survive the pandemic.

Insomniac Events recently announced the acquisition of electronic music event promotions company Club Glow and iconic venues Echostage and Soundcheck in Washington, D.C.

The deal, which concluded in February 2020, pairs global promoter Insomniac Events with Pete Kalamoutsos, whose Club Glow is a power player in the DC electronic music scene, as Insomniac expands its reach on the East Coast while aligning itself with a longtime industry vet.

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Song of the Day: Ministry’s “(Every Day Is) Halloween” Covered by Stabbing Westward

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Stabbing Westward (Photo courtesy the artist)

Halloween may look different this year, but Stabbing Westward is intent on making it feel special by releasing a brand-new covers EP today as a special “treat” for fans.

Hallowed Hymns, released on COP International Records, features four tracks that were instrumental to the industrial band’s beginnings and conjure the feeling of the season. One of those is a cover of “(Every Day Is) Halloween” by Ministry!

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