Foreign Air (Photo by Elizabeth Miranda)
A little over a week ago, Foreign Air released debut album Good Morning Stranger, a smooth collection of 15 songs that will keep you dancing along whether in the club or more likely today in your home.
Based in Los Angeles and DC respectively, Jesse Clasen and Jacob Michael formed the band more than five years ago, and they started working on the full-length debut album three years ago. The result was clearly worth the effort, as the new music swells with dynamic melodies and towering electronics.
Both gents formed Foreign Air fresh from other acts, and their natural chemistry kept them together while working across the country. Jesse and Jacob still collaborate from across the country, perhaps making them the perfect band for the pandemic times in which we live. Parklife DC’s Mickey McCarter caught up with the duo to explore their working arrangements, the achievement of the new album, and living up to expectations.
Kristeen Young (Photo courtesy Tell All Your Friends PR)
Art-rock provocateur Kristeen Young recently released “American Landfill,” a reimagining of a song she recorded with David Bowie.
And You Will Know Us by the Trail of the Dead (Photo courtesy the band)
Following a successful global livestream kickoff event on July 31 and another on Aug. 7, …And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead now prepare for their next highly anticipated livestream event. The final show in this series of livestreams happens on Friday, Aug. 14.
Failure playing during their tour with Swervedriver in March of 2019. (Photo by Marc Shea)
Editor’s note: Parklife asked our contributors to revisit some of the best shows they’ve ever seen in a series titled My Favorite Concert.
One of the best concerts I ever saw took place almost a year ago. Failure was co-headlining a bill with Swervedriver at 9:30 Club. I’ve been a fan of both bands since the mid-90’s and this was a chance to see two bands that I had never been able to see.
Wire (Photo courtesy Clarion Call Media)
Legendary English post-punks Wire are touring in support of their new album Mind Hive out now via pinkflag. Frontman Colin Newman and company perform at Union Stage in DC on Monday, March 9.
Dirty Projectors (Photo by Jason Frank Rothberg)
Deerhunter released Why Hasn’t Everything Already Disappeared?, the band’s eighth studio album, earlier this year via 4AD. Dirty Projectors dropped Lamp Lit Prose on Domino Records last year. The two bands now join forces for a tour, and they visit 9:30 Club on Sunday, Sept. 8!
Bryan Ferry performs at The Anthem on Aug. 13, 2019. (Photo by Mickey McCarter)
In March, Roxy Music was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. In a speech formally presenting the honor, Duran Duran’s Simon LeBon recalled how Roxy’s first single “Virginia Plain” was a pop culture bomb to the British public.
Bryan Ferry (Photo by Niel Kirk)
Just days ago, Bryan Ferry launched a North American tour that celebrates Roxy Music’s 1982 album, Avalon. He arrives at The Anthem in DC on Tuesday, Aug. 13, for what could well be the best show of the year!
Blue October (Photo by Chris Barber)
Blue October released I Hope You’re Happy, their bold new album, last year, and the band is now touring in support of it. Blue October performs at 9:30 Club on Thursday, April 25.
The Claypool Lennon Delirium (Photo courtesy ATO Records)
Primus bassist Les Claypool and multi-instrumentalist Sean Lennon have come together once again as the Claypool Lennon Delirium for their second collaborative album, South of Reality, and they will perform at the 9:30 Club on Wednesday, April 17.