Song of the Day: “Crescent Bridge” by Joe Pug

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Joe Pug (Photo by Vivian Wang)

Singer-songwriter Joe Pug recently announced a new album, The Diving Sun, which brings together lost gems from his various studio sessions with producers Duane Lundy (Jim James, Ben Sollee) and Kenneth Pattengale (The Milk Carton Kids, Joy Williams) along with new songs recorded in quarantine.

To accompany the announcement, Joe shared the album’s romping summer romance lead track, “Crescent Bridge.”

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Song of the Day: “Nobody’s Stopping You Now” by Lake Street Dive

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Lake Street Dive (Photo by Shervin Lainez)

Obviously, the new album from beloved band Lake Street Dive, is set for release on March 12 via Nonesuch Records. In celebration of the forthcoming record, the group premieres its new single “Nobody’s Stopping You Now,” a letter of encouragement from lead vocalist Rachael Price to her teenaged self, co-written with bassist Bridget Kearney.

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Livestream Preview: Mountain Man @ Noon Chorus, 12/3/20

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Mountain Man (Photo courtesy Nonesuch Records)

Mountain Man — the trio of Amelia Meath, Alexandra Sauser-Monnig, and Molly Sarlé — recently released Look at Me Don’t Look at Me, a live album recorded in November 2018 at Saint Mark’s Cathedral in Seattle, on Nonesuch Records.

The trio next performs live for a concert series, titled Live from the Garden, livestreamed by NoonChorus with the first show on Thursday, Dec. 3.

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Song of the Day: “The Fleas” by Frank Turner and Jon Snodgrass

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Frank Turner and Jon Snodgrass (Photo courtesy of Xtra Mile Recordings)

Xtra Mile Recordings and songwriters Frank Turner and Jon Snodgrass are excited to present “The Fleas,” the latest track to be lifted from the Friday, Nov. 13 release of the duo’s new collaborative album, Buddies II: Still Buddies.

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Live Review: The Front Bottoms @ Frederick Fairgrounds — 10/28/20

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The Front Bottoms shake and rattle at the Frederick Fairgrounds on Oct. 28, 2020. (Photo by David LaMason)

As a fan of live music, going from seeing a show at least twice weekly to no shows at all for about eight months has been rough, but it’s nothing compared to what venues and artists have gone through in that time. It’s been a year of live-streaming, fundraisers, and trying to find new ways of keeping the making of music and the creation of these unique communal experiences alive through these difficult times.

One of those ways that have emerged in recent months is the advent of drive-in concerts.

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Preview: The Front Bottoms @ Frederick Fairgrounds, 10/28/20

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The Front Bottoms (Photo courtesy Baltimore Soundstage)

In August, The Front Bottoms released In Sickness & In Flames, the band’s fifth full-length studio album. Now, guitarist Brian Sella and drummer Mat Uychich are playing socially distanced drive-in shows, with a date at the Frederick Fairgrounds on Wednesday, Oct. 28, presented by Baltimore Soundstage!

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Interview: Midge Ure Chats About 40 Years of Ultravox’s “Vienna”

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Midge Ure (Photo courtesy Erika Tooker)

The brilliantly talented Midge Ure inaugurated his Backstage Lockdown Club — a series of live performances, presentations, and chat — via his Patreon site over the last few months. The gregarious singer-songwriter takes requests, performs acoustically, shares tales, greets guests, and more several times a month for a very reasonable subscription fee! In a time of very few concerts due to the pandemic, Midge has thrown us a live music lifeline, and it’s an absolute pleasure to be greeted in song or story by his distinctive Scottish vocal.

During the concert series, Midge performs songs from his solo back catalogue as well as covers and selections from his other bands, including of course Ultravox, the influential New Romantic band he fronted from 1979-1988 (and again circa 2008-2013). Parklife DC’s Mickey McCarter caught up with Midge via Skype to chat about Backstage Lockdown Club, the 40th anniversary of Ultravox’s breakthrough album Vienna, and more.

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