Snapshots: Parklife DC More Best Pictures of 2016

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As we wrap up 2016 here at Parklife DC, we looked back on our best concert photos of the year, where reviewed our 10 (actually 11) favorite photos on our blog.

But while Paivi and Kristie considerably brightened up our blog with their pictures, Theresa C. Sanchez and myself also have been out there photographing some concerts. So now we are rounding up the best of the rest to present some cool photos that Theresa and I captured over the year as well.

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Music Park: K A G @ Comet Ping Pong — 12/1/16

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Katie Alice Greer performs as K A G at Comet Ping Pong on Dec. 1, 2016.

Katie Alice Greer stood focused on her electronic rig Thursday night at Comet Ping Pong, presenting quite a contrast to her explosive persona as lead vocalist of Priests.

Rather than wailing at the top of her lungs as DC metro’s resident punk banshee, Katie instead sang minimally over droning beats, often directing her voice into an old telephone receiver plugged into her gear. In so doing, Katie made her cassette release party as solo project K A G a far cry from her frenetic kinetics in Priests.

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Music Park: Sex Stains @ Comet Ping Pong — 9/15/16

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Allison Wolfe of Sex Stains (Photo by Theresa Sanchez)

In 2016 riot grrrls use Snapchat.

Don’t believe me? Not punk enough?

Boisterous, bespectacled redhead Allison Wolfe would beg to differ.

“I’m learning Snapchat,” said Allison to the capacity audience at Comet Ping Pong in Washington, D.C., last Thursday, September 15. She was thanking Governess and Coup Souvage & The Snips for opening and had captured part of each local band’s session with her phone using social media app popularized by Millennials. “You can’t see it because it disappears in like 2 seconds. I’m supposed to be learning [technology] though. I am taking a class for that.” She’s enrolled at the University of Southern California and even wrote a song about it called “USC,” which kicked of the Sex Stains set that night.

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Don’t Miss: Sex Stains @ Comet Ping Pong, 9/15/16

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Sex Stains (Photo by Debi Del Grande)

Forty years after the debut record by The Ramones, Sex Stains are here to remind us that women are also a kinetic part of punk rock history. And so welcome the return of Allison Wolfe of riot grrrl bands Bratmobile and Cold Cold Hearts as she takes up lead vocals in new band Sex Stains.

Sex Stains, a Los Angeles-based punk quintet, released its debut self-titled record on Sept. 2 via Don Giovanni Records, and they launched a national tour to promote it! They slide into our ears locally at Comet Ping Pong on Thursday, Sept. 15, courtesy of Sasha Lord Presents.

Inspired by late ‘70s and early ‘80s post-punk, Sex Stains recorded 12 rapid-fire dance tracks rife with discord. Sex Stains previously released the lead single, “Don’t Hate Me ‘Cuz I’m Beautiful,” a brief, perfect punk punch.

Listen to “Don’t Hate Me ‘Cuz I’m Beautiful” by Sex Stains on YouTube:

Formed in 2014, Sex Stains consists of Allison, fellow lead vocalist Mecca Vazie Andrews, drummer David Orlando, guitarist Sharif Dumani, and bassist Pachy Garcia. Turn up to dance to sassy tracks with catchy cadences and buoyant melodies!

DC bands Coup Savage & the Snips and Governess open for Sex Stains. Tickets are available at the door.

Sex Stains
w/ Coup Savage & the Snips, Governess
Comet Ping Pong
Thursday, Sept. 15
Doors @9pm
$12
All ages

Snapshots: Shopping, Gauche, Stef Chura @ Comet Ping Pong — 8/9/16

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Stef Chura (Photo by Kristie Chua)

Last fall, UK post-punk trio Shopping released their second album, Why Choose, via FatCat and embarked on a worldwide tour in support of it.

And the stopped to play at Comet Ping Pong on Tuesday with openers Gauche and Stef Chura! Guitarist Rachel Aggs, bassist Billy Easter, and drummer Andrew Milk have only a few more US dates on this leg of the tour, including a show for Berserktown III on Sunday in Los Angeles.

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Don’t Miss: Shopping @ Comet Ping Pong, 8/9/16

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Shopping (Photo by Jenna Foxton)

Last fall, UK post-punk trio Shopping released their second album, Why Choose, via FatCat and embarked on a worldwide tour in support of it.

Now the fantastically catchy band are returning to the United States for a spate of shows in 2016, with a date at Comet Ping Pong on Tuesday, August 9. Guitarist Rachel Aggs, bassist Billy Easter, and drummer Andrew Milk are making their way to the Athens Popfest on Thursday, and they will wrap in a show for Berserktown III on Sunday in Los Angeles.

Why Choose is full of hot riffs and cold relationships, such as with break-up song “Straight Lines.” Watch the official music video for “Straight Lines” (featuring the band getting naked) by Shopping on YouTube:

The New York Times pretty much nails it when they say, “Jagged guitar truncheons joust with stomping bass lines while the front woman, Aggs, howls like she’s descended from Ari Up and the Slits. The jocularity of the B-52’s bubbles up from time to time.”

This should be a great show for such an intimate space! Tickets are available online and at the door.

Shopping
w/ Gauche and Stef Chura
Comet Ping Pong
Tuesday, August 9
Doors @9pm
$12
All ages