Poll: What Is the Best Music Venue in DC for 2020?

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A band on stage! (Photo by Montecruz Foto)

Welcome to the 2020 Thrushie Awards!

Parklife DC will name the DC best local music venue of the year with your input. The Thrushie Awards are open to DC-area music venues that host touring bands. These venues must be occupied by its owner-operator and not a “for-rent” concert hall operated by an independent agent.

Learn more about each nominee by clicking on their name in keywords. Or name your own candidate!

Vote for the best music local music venue in the DC metro area now through Dec. 11.

Song of the Day: “Gone Gone Gone” by Peter Bjorn and John

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Peter Bjorn and John (Photo by Johan Bergmark)

Peter Bjorn and John release “Gone Gone Gone,” a single penned and produced by Bjorn and recorded with Hans Stenlund (Lykke Li, Wild Nothing) and Thom Monahan (Neko Case, Devandra Banhart) at the Ingrid Studios in Stockholm.

The single was mixed by Stenlund and the entire EP was mastered by Henke Jonsson at Masters of Audio in Stockholm. “Gone Gone Gone” follows Peter’s single “Season of Defiance,” which was released Nov. 13 with news of the Endless Play EP, which is due out on Dec. 11 via INGRID.

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Livestream Preview: Lucinda Williams @ Mandolin, 12/3/20

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Lucinda Williams (Photo courtesy All Eyes Media)

Join award-winning, revered singer/songwriter Lucinda Williams on an unprecedented musical journey spanning time and multiple genres with her latest endeavor, Lu’s Jukebox! This six-episode series of mostly full-band, in-studio performances will feature a themed set of songs, curated by the multi-Grammy award winner. As a bonus, she’ll introduce an occasional Lu-rarity or new song that fits each episode’s theme.

Catch the next edition of the streaming concert series, Funny How Time Slips Away: A Night of ’60s Country Classics, via Mandolin on Thursday, Dec. 3.

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Poll: Who Is the Best Local Band in DC?

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Guitar! (Photo by Duane Storey)

Welcome to the 2020 Thrushie Awards!

Parklife DC will name the DC best local band — or performer — of the year with your input. Local bands include those who live in the National Capital Region and issuing new material this year (livestreaming during the coronavirus epidemic is a plus!). Learn more about each nominee by clicking on their name in keywords. Or name your own candidate!

Vote for the best music local band in the DC metro area now through Dec. 11.

Song of the Day: “Burial” by God Is An Astronaut

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God Is An Astronaut (Photo by Brian Meade)

Reigning as one of the most well-known and highly critically acclaimed experimental instrumental groups out there with a respected musical legacy spanning nearly 20 years, Irish four-piece God Is An Astronaut will reach a career benchmark upon the release of their 10th studio album, Ghost Tapes #10 (out Feb. 12, 2021 via Napalm Records).

Along with an artful black and white music video (by Chariot Of Black Moth), the hypnotizing first offering “Burial” captivates with atmospheric yet melancholic, bewitching instrumental lines, and God Is An Astronaut’s full extent of power.

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Postponed: Vanessa Collier @ The Hamilton Live, 12/17/20

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Vanessa Collier (Photo courtesy Doug Deutsch Publicity Services)

(Originally scheduled for Dec. 17, this concert has been postponed due to the DC mayor’s latest moratorium on live music.)

Vanessa Collier, acclaimed soulful blues singer/saxophonist and 2020 Blues Music Awards “Instrumentalist – Horn” winner, who’s just released acclaimed new album Heart on the Line, performs a socially distanced, intimate duo performance with featured guitarist Arthur Neilson at The Hamilton Live on Thursday, Dec. 17.

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