Live Review: Liz Cooper @ Black Cat — 10/4/21

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Liz Cooper leads her band during a performance at Black Cat in Washington DC on Oct. 4, 2021. (Photo by Casey Vock)

Who’s the most badass person in music these days? It’s certainly hard to gauge, but a recent show at the Black Cat in DC might have strengthened the case that there’s no one sassier than Liz Cooper, a recording/touring artist who in just a few years’ time earned a great deal of respect in both rock and folk circles.

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Live Review: Too Free and Exotiq Int’l @ Black Cat — 7/16/21

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Gideon Jaguar performs with Exotiq Int’l at Black Cat on July 16, 2021. (Photo by Mickey McCarter)

In a recent show at Black Cat, Sister Polygon Records flexed its indie dance muscles and revealed how it’s poised to keep our feet moving with the disco and funk of lablelmates Too Free and Exotiq Int’l respectively.

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Preview: Too Free and Exotiq Intl @ Black Cat, 7/16/21

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Too Free (Photo by Emily Geller)

DC electronic pop trio Too Free make their first post-pandemic appearance in a show with new Sister Polygon labelmates Exotiq Intl at Black Cat on Friday, July 16.

Join these fresh breakout acts for a carefree evening of tunes that are sure to move your feet!

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Around Town: DC’s Empty Stages by Ben Eisendrath

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The Lincoln Theatre stands in silence in this stark photo by Ben Eisendrath. (Photo by Ben Eisendrath/ Instagram+Twitter: Insomnigraphic/ GrillworksBen)

Ben Eisendrath has one of the greatest assets of a photographer: a persistent curiosity.

When Ben carries a lens, he is intently searching for something to capture. You can see it in his eyes: What’s that guy’s story? What’s happening here? Or in this case, what’s behind those closed doors?

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Song of the Day: “Demon(s)” by Darkest Hour

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Darkest Hour (Photo by Vince Edwards)

In the first phase of rollout for their new audio/video release titled Live In Lockdown – The Complete Collection, Darkest Hour have delivered the audio version of the album to their Patreon subscribers today.

Additionally, the band has revealed a full performance video for the standout single “Demon(s).” For this track on Live in Lockdown, Darkest Hour was joined by Fella Di Cicco (Dreamshade) for an epic performance at DC’s own Black Cat!

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Livestream Preview: Technophobia @ Twitch, 12/5/20

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Technophobia (Photo by Nick Fancher)

Equipped with a fresh new album, DC dark pop duo Technophobia take to the stage of the Black Cat on Saturday, Dec. 5. Catch the show in a livestream on Twitch!

The show is free but the band asks for donations to benefit the Community of Hope, a DC nonprofit dedicated to healthcare and housing assistance.

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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.

Stars and Bars: Welcome to the Black Cat

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The Black Cat (Photo by Mickey McCarter)

The Black Cat is regarded as home to DC’s punk music scene. It hosts the likes of Discord bands like Hammered Hulls and traveling skate punk bands like FIDLAR, for sure, but there’s much more to the Black Cat.

With its 700-person capacity, the Black Cat is the touring home to indie rockers of all stripes, whether climbing their way up the charts or legacy bands that have won a consistent and loyal following.

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Around Town: Emergency Relief Funds for Music Venue Staff

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A sign announcing a coronavirus closing (Photo by Ted Eytan)

DC has closed its music venues to efforts to contain the coronavirus (COVID-19). As such, staffers at concert halls around town are out of work.

Management at several music venues have established relief funds for their workers, allowing the public to donate directly to efforts to provide money directly to venue staff.

Should you ever have enjoyed a show at any of the venues below, please consider a donation to thank the hard-working staff who helped make it a great experience. Parklife has compiled a list below of music venues administering support funds, along with a statement posted by the management of each.

Parklife will udpate this list as relevant. Feel free to add info on relief efforts for music venue staff in the comments.

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Live Review: Destroyer @ Black Cat — 3/9/20

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Destroyer performs at Black Cat on March 9, 2020. (Photo by Casey Vock.)

Strange times are best scored with a bizarre and darkly complex soundtrack. We are clearly in such times, and thanks to the Black Cat’s eclectic schedule, including the occasional Canadian band, DC area fans were recently given a healthy dose of avant-garde rock, only a couple days before local venues started canceling shows.

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