Interview: Zach Lupetin of The Dustbowl Revival (@ The Hamilton Live, 8/20/22)

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The Dustbowl Revival (Photo by Bob Turton)

The Dustbowl Revival has been hard at work on new music! And frontman Zach (aka. Z.) Lupetin shared some of his personal experiences of family on life via his Instagram account in the lead up to his band hitting the road again!

Locally, The Dustbowl Revival appear at The Hamilton Live in DC on Saturday, Aug. 20, and Parklife DC’s Ari Strauss emailed a few questions to Zach to ask him about life, love, and music. Zach generously provided some answers prior to The Dustbowl Revival’s return to DC.

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Live Review: The Linda Lindas @ Black Cat — 7/27/22

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The Linda Lindas perform at Black Cat on July 27, 2022. (Photo by Mickey McCarter)

Probably the youngest band ever I’ll see in a commerical concert venue, The Linda Lindas proved they certainly have the chops to rock in their recent appearance at Black Cat in DC.

Sisters Mila de la Garza (drums, age 11) and Lucia de la Garza (guitar, 14), cousin Eloise Wong (bass, 13), and family friend Bela Salazar (guitar, 17) arrived full of fire and punk punch, exhibiting a raw talent and ambition that will serve them well in the decades ahead!

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Live Review: Warpaint @ Capital Turnaround — 7/22/22

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Warpaint’s Emily Kokal shined on guitar at Capital Turnaround on July 22, 2022. (Photo by Mickey McCarter)

Early in their recent set at DC’s Capital Turnaround, Warpaint performed a tranquil song called “Champion,” which hails from their new album Radiate Like This. Guitarist Theresa Wayman took lead vocals, and the band unspooled the song’s weave over a hushed audience.

The song and the show were a breath of fresh air, frankly, and it was very good to see Warpaint back on tour.

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Snapshots: Billy Howerdel @ Baltimore Soundstage — 7/9/22

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Billy Howerdel performs at Baltimore Soundstage on July 9, 2022. (Photo by Katherine Gaines)

Billy Howerdel of A Perfect Circle released his debut solo album, What Normal Was, in June via Alchemy Recordings/Rise Records/BMG. He’s on tour, and Katherine Gaines photographed his show at Baltimore Soundstage recently!

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Snapshots: Wallows @ The Anthem — 6/21/22

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California power poppers Wallows published their sophomore album, Tell Me That It’s Over, back in March, and they have been on the road in support of it. Wallows recently played a sold-out show at The Anthem in DC, and Katie Child was there to photograph the show.

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Live Review: Failure @ Baltimore Soundstage — 6/22/22

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Failure performs at Baltimore Soundstage on June 22, 2022. (Photos by Marc Shea)

On a recent rainy day, I nonetheless was really excited to see Failure play at Baltimore Soundstage. Between the rain-slowed traffic, fallen trees blocking the road, and my unfamiliarity with downtown Baltimore, I’m amazed I made it to the show on time. But nothing was going to stop me from making it to the show.

The last time I (or anyone else, for that matter) saw Failure was in 2019 for the tour to support their album In The Future Your Body Will Be The Furthest Thing From Your Mind. That tour was amazing, so my expectations were incredibly high for this go around.

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Live Review: Mandy Moore @ 9:30 Club — 6/14/22

Mandy Moore performs at 9:30 Club on June 14, 2022. (Photo by Rashad Polk)

When Mandy Moore took to the stage this week for her show at 9:30 Club she faced a daunting task. After an 11-year hiatus between releasing albums (and 15 years between tours), Moore was due for a DC area performance back in 2020 to promote her new Silver Landings album. As the world shut down and the tour was forced into postponement, Mandy Moore hunkered down to write and record yet another new album, In Real Life.

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Live Review: John Doe @ Jammin’ Java — 6/14/22

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John Doe (Photo by Jim Herrington)

In its review of his new album, Fables in a Foreign Land, the site Allmusic praised John Doe for having one of the finest voices in roots music. John’s fine singing voice was on full display when he appeared on Tuesday night at Jammin’ Java with his folk trio, playing songs from that new album, along with old favorites from his solo catalog, hits from his band X, and an eclectic collection of covers that absolutely worked even if you might not have pictured a stalwart of the punk scene performing them.

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