Poll: 2020 Thrushie Awards — Results!

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Pie Shop DC (Photo by Aiden Korotkin)

Parklife DC today announces the best in DC concerts with our annual awards program, named for our mascot, DC’s own state bird — the Wood Thrush. Our Thrushie Awards salute bands and venues in line with our mission to review live music concerts.

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Poll: Who Is the Best Local Band in DC?

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Guitar! (Photo by Duane Storey)

Welcome to the 2020 Thrushie Awards!

Parklife DC will name the DC best local band — or performer — of the year with your input. Local bands include those who live in the National Capital Region and issuing new material this year (livestreaming during the coronavirus epidemic is a plus!). Learn more about each nominee by clicking on their name in keywords. Or name your own candidate!

Vote for the best music local band in the DC metro area now through Dec. 11.

Interview: Foreign Air (New Album: Good Morning Stranger)

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Foreign Air (Photo by Elizabeth Miranda)

A little over a week ago, Foreign Air released debut album Good Morning Stranger, a smooth collection of 15 songs that will keep you dancing along whether in the club or more likely today in your home.

Based in Los Angeles and DC respectively, Jesse Clasen and Jacob Michael formed the band more than five years ago, and they started working on the full-length debut album three years ago. The result was clearly worth the effort, as the new music swells with dynamic melodies and towering electronics.

Both gents formed Foreign Air fresh from other acts, and their natural chemistry kept them together while working across the country. Jesse and Jacob still collaborate from across the country, perhaps making them the perfect band for the pandemic times in which we live. Parklife DC’s Mickey McCarter caught up with the duo to explore their working arrangements, the achievement of the new album, and living up to expectations.

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Song of the Day: “I Believe” by Foreign Air

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Foreign Air (Photo courtesy Shore Fire Media)

Foreign Air — the DC/LA-based duo known for their “transcendent indie-rock-meets-electronica,” “forceful guitars,” and “haunting vocals” (Billboard) — announce their debut album Good Morning Stranger, out Oct. 16.

To accompany the announcement, Foreign Air share “I Believe,” their new song co-written with Gabe Simon (Dua Lipa, Jai Wolf, MAX).

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Snapshots: Foreign Air @ 9:30 Club — 5/23/18

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Foreign Air performs at 9:30 Club on May 23, 2018. (Photo by Brenda Reyes)

DC duo Foreign Air played at the 9:30 Club last Wednesday night in support of Bishop Briggs. The duo have had a number of bills for bands like Phantogram, Jack Garret, and HONNE. Synthpop duo started off with their new single “Loud Magic”  in front of packed house.

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Music Park: Now, Now and Foreign Air @ All Things Go Fall Classic — 10/8/17

ATG_ForeignAir10 Foreign Air perform at All Things Go Fall Classic on Oct. 8, 2017.

It wasn’t only the headliners that impressed at All Things Go Fall Classic. Take the afternoon bands on the final day of Sunday, Oct. 8, for example. Great musical duos Now, Now and Foreign Air kept festival-goers entertained at Union Market and had us searching Spotify for their latest releases.

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Don’t Miss: All Things Go Fall Classic @ Union Market, 10/6-10/8/17

Foster The People Foster the People will headline All Things Go Fall Classic in DC. (Photo courtesy All Things Go)

The fourth annual All Things Go Fall Classic, DC’s foremost local indie pop music festival, expands to three days this year, Oct. 6-8, 2017, offering one-day lineups on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday as well as a three-day pass. With a move to Union Market (1309 5th St. NE, DC), All Things Go Fall Classic features headliners Foster the People, Young Thug, and Galantis.

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