Best of the Year: Top 10 Musical Moments of 2020 by Mark C.

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The year started out typically enough. But the way it began and how it’s ending are startlingly different. By the end of March, so many plans and hopes were dashed that now, as we race toward 2020’s conclusion, many of us feel they may never be realized.

Like so many others in this Year of Covid, I’ve had a chance to reflect, reassess, and reset for the coming year, sorting out what is, and isn’t, important. I enjoy photographing people, whether it be portraiture, cultural documentation, or musical performance. As a photographer, I strive to become invisible and capture moments as they are, not as I or the subject, would like them to be. Although photographing live music has been challenging as of late, I’ve been afforded the luxury of time to go through my archives and, as a result, have made a belated but important discovery: the final image must also render the photographer invisible.

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Live Review: Near Northeast @ Comet Pizza Ping Pong — 1/9/20

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Near Northeast performs at Comet Ping Pong on Jan. 9, 2020. (Photo by Mark Caicedo)

Watching and hearing Near Northeast’s evolution has been a wonderful musical journey. Since 2016, when I first became acquainted with this DC-based quartet, I’ve become a devoted fan of their extraordinarily crafted music.

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Interview: Kristie DiLascio of Loi Loi (@ Comet Ping Pong, 3/16/19)

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DC synthpop band Loi Loi is a local favorite here at Parklife DC, and we are excited that frontwoman Kristie Di Lascio is releasing Me Dystopia, the first full-length album by Loi Loi, via Blight Records — today, Feb. 15!

In honor of the occasion, Parklife DC chatted with Kristie about how she made the record, what it means to her, and what’s next for Loi Loi. After you read our interview with Kristie, buy Me Dystopia on Bandcamp and grab a ticket for the record release show at Comet Ping Pong on Saturday, March 16.

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Live Review: EYELIDS @ Comet Ping Pong — 2/11/19

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Chris Slusarenko of Eyelids performs at Comet Ping Pong on Feb. 11, 2019. (Photo by Mark Caicedo)

How could anyone not like the music of Eyelids? Those bouncy songs reminiscent of Big Star and Badfinger, the infectious sense of fun, the sweet melodies and bummer vibes that infuse it with something more than your typical power pop. It was all there at Comet Ping Pong recently.

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Music Park: Bat Fangs @ Comet Ping Pong — 8/16/18

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Bat Fangs perform at Comet Ping Pong on Aug. 16, 2018. (Photo by Mickey McCarter)

There are few concerts more fun these days than a Bat Fangs show, as Betsy Wright and Laura King reminded us at Comet Ping Pong on Thursday. The ladies blasted into a rollicking set that produced a rather euphoric buoyancy throughout the audience, who packed the room to catch Bat Fangs on tour with The Love Language.

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Don’t Miss: Bat Fangs @ Comet Ping Pong, 8/16/18

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Bat Fangs (Photo courtesy Don Giovanni Records)

When you look up “women who rock” in the dictionary, you’ll see a picture of Bat Fangs! The dynamic duo of glam garage are blasting their way onto stage at Comet Ping Pong on Thursday, Aug. 16 in a tour with The Love Language. (Note this show was originally scheduled for Rock and Roll Hotel.)

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Music Park: Bat Fangs @ Comet Ping Pong — 2/9/18

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Bat Fangs perform at Comet Ping Pong on Feb. 9, 2018.

Listening to Bat Fangs, the full-blast duo of Betsy Wright and Laura King, is a delightful exercise in identifying influences. But their electrifying lines of rock ‘n roll truly ignite in live performances, such as with the band’s sold-out show at Comet Ping Pong on Friday.

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Don’t Miss: Bat Fangs @ Comet Ping Pong, 2/9/18

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Bat Fangs (Photo courtesy Don Giovanni Records)

Betsy Wright is the bassist for DC power pop trio Ex Hex. Laura King is drummer for North Carolina garage rockers Flesh Wounds. Together, they are also Bat Fangs! The band releases its debut self-titled album on Friday, Feb. 2 via Don Giovanni Records. One week later, Sasha Lord presents Bat Fangs playing that new album at Comet Ping Pong on Friday, Feb. 9!

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