Live Review: Boy Harsher @ Black Cat — 4/10/22

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Boy Harsher perform at Black Cat on April 10, 2022. (Photo by Mickey McCarter)

Boy Harsher have begun to break out of a niche and find a wider audience, and this is quite a good thing, as evidenced by the very crowded room in their recent show at Black Cat.

Early in their set, Boy Harsher, a duo of vocalist Jae Matthews and synthesist Gus Muller, presented “Give Me a Reason,” a song from their most recent project, this year’s soundtrack album to their film, The Runner. Left to its own devices, the song sounded 100 percent as if it could have sprung from the chart lists of eastern Europe in the very early ’80s. Jae intoned huskily over a bounding synthline, each allowing the sound plenty of room to breathe and a lot of space to mesmerize the enthralled gathering.

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Song of the Day: “All I Want for Christmas Is You” by Black Marble

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A still from the video for Black Marble’s cover of “All I Want for Christmas Is You” (Photo courtesy Motormouth)

Today Black Marble aka Chris Stewart announces the release of a very affectionate cover of Mariah Carey’s beloved 1994 classic, “All I Want For Christmas Is You.” Putting his signature on the track, the Black Marble version is synth-based and perfect for these winter months.

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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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Interview: Steve Petix of Technophobia (New Album: Some of Us Are Looking at the Stars)

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Technophobia (Photo by Nick Fancher)

DC cold wave band Technophobia release a new album, Some of Us Are Looking at the Stars, on Dec. 4 via Working Order Records.

Parklife DC’s Mickey McCarter chats with Technophobia’s Steve Petix via Zoom about how the new album is different than their debut, what the band has been doing during the pandemic lockdown months, and why the band is dedicated to giving back to the DC community.

Watch our Parklife DC interview with Steve of Technophobia on YouTube:

Stream Some of Us Are Looking at the Stars by Technophobia on Bandcamp:

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Visit Technophobia online for more music.

Follow Technophobia on Twitch to catch their upcoming live show.

Preview: Vosh @ Le Poisson Rouge, 1/24/20

Vosh09 Vosh performs at Union Stage in DC on Nov. 21, 2019. (Photo by Mickey McCarter)

Going to see Peter Murphy for his David Bowie tribute show at Le Poisson Rouge in New York City on Friday, Jan. 24? Arrive early to see dark synthpop artist Vosh, who hails from Baltimore.

Who is Vosh?

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Ticket Giveaway: Black Marble @ Black Cat, 11/24/19

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Black Marble (Photo by Ashley Leahy)

Cold wave musician Chris Stewart, best known as the creative force behind Black Marble, released a third Black Marble full-length album, Bigger Than Life, recently via Sacred Bones Records. He’s hitting the road with a date at Black Cat on Sunday, Nov. 24, and you can win tickets to go with Parklife DC.

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