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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
Canadian quartet Dizzy have been on tour to open DC bands Foreign Air and SHAED! The tour rolls into DC for a performance at Rock and Roll Hotel on Dec. 8.
Jesse Clasen and Jacob Michael formed Foreign Air in North Carolina, and the duo have found a home in DC. Foreign Air recently released “Lying,” a new single, and they are on a co-headlining tour with SHAED that visits Rock and Roll Hotel on Friday, Dec. 8.
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.
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.