Song of the Day: “From the Grave” by Cro-Mags

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Cro-Mags (Photo by Maurice Nunez)

2019 saw the CRO-MAGS crushing the masses with the release of their first pieces of music in 19 years. Today, the legendary hardcore pioneers have released a music video for the previously released single “From the Grave,” featuring former Motorhead guitarist Phil Campbell.

The band’s first full length album in 20 years, titled In the Beginning, will be available on June 19 via Mission Two Entertainment.

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Interview: iNTeLL (of GFTD and 2nd Generation Wu)

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GFTD during a pre-pandemic performance (from left, iNTeLL, PXWER)

“My seeds grow with his seeds, marry his seeds/ That’s how we keep Wu-Tang money all up in the family,” Ghostface Killah rhymed on “Glaciers of Ice,” off Raekwon’s classic solo album Only Built for Cuban Linx. That was in 1995. Twenty-five years later, the words from the Wu-Tang Clan rapper has proven prophetic.

Will Colbert of Parklife DC recently spoke with iNTeLL, who is the son of Wu-Tang Clan member U-God, and one of half of the group GFTD. His partner in rhyme is PXWER, a fellow Staten Islander and son of Method Man. The pair are part of the 2nd Generation Wu rap collective whose members include Sun God (son of Ghostface Killah) and YDB (son of the late ODB).

The progeny of hip hop royalty constitutes the new Tao of Wu. Enter the next chamber!

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Livestream Preview: Ariana and the Rose @ Instagram, 4/28/20

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Ariana and the Rose (Photo by Louis Browne)

Ariana and the Rose has solidified herself as both an underground Brooklyn nightlife staple and a must-see mainstay on the NYC pop scene. She was to visit DC with Torres, but the show was canceled (for now) due to the national coronavirus emergency.

But Union Stage is bringing Ariana and the Rose to you in a livestream for its You & US: A Live Series. Catch her show via Union Stage on Instagram on Tuesday, April 28.

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Interview: Scott Terry (of Red Wanting Blue)

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Scott Terry, frontman for Red Wanting Blue, on stage at Gypsy Sally’s, May 4, 2019. (Photo by Ari Strauss)

Scott Terry is a road warrior. Red Wanting Blue, the Columbus, Ohio-based band he founded in 1996 while a student at Ohio University, has spent the better part of two-plus decades on what seems like a perpetual tour.

Comprised of Eric Hall on lead guitar, Dean Anshutz on drums and percussion, Greg Rahm on keys and guitar, Mark McCullough on bass, and Scott on lead vocals and ukulele, Red Wanting Blue regularly plays 200 or more live shows a year.

With no touring scheduled due to the national coronavirus emergency, Scott chatted with Parklife DC’s Ari Strauss from Brooklyn about his thoughts and activities during the lockdown.

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Livestream Preview: Odetta Hartman @ Facebook Live, 4/24/20

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Odetta Hartman (Photo courtesy the artist)

With a heart-stopping voice and wide-ranging instrumental talent, Odetta Hartman carries cowboy soul into an era where country can clash with computers, and bluegrass isn’t afraid of bass.

Odetta livestreams a performance for Sixth & I Living Room Sessions on Friday, April 24.

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Song of the Day: “Red Western Sky” by Muzz

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Muzz (Photo by Driely S.)

Paul Banks (frontman of Interpol), Josh Kaufman (producer/multi-instrumentalist of Bonny Light Horseman), and Matt Barrick (drummer of Jonathan Fire*Eater, The Walkmen, and Fleet Foxes’ touring band) have formed a new band called Muzz.

Muzz announced their self-titled, debut album, out June 5 on Matador, with new single/video, “Red Western Sky.” The album, written, arranged and performed by all three, is dark and gorgeous, expansive, and soulful.

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Snapshots: Lil Tjay @ The Fillmore Silver Spring — 3/4/20


Lil Tjay performs at The Fillmore Silver Spring on March 4, 2020. (Photo by Chris Castillo)

Tione Jayden Merritt, better known as Lil Tjay, lit up The Fillmore Silver Spring recently on tour in support of his debut album, True 2 Myself! Chris Castillo got some pictures of the new sensation.

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Live Review: Cam’ron @ Howard Theater — 2/20/20

Cam'ron Cam’ron (Killa Cam) celebrates the release of his album Purple Haze 2 at the Howard Theater on Feb. 20, 2020. (Photo by Shedrick Pelt)

Every community has its ghost, myths, and legends. Moments and people on the timeline, whether good or bad, that define the way of life for the folks that live there. More often than not the historians that safeguard these precious stories, re-envision them using soliloquies and rhyming quips to narrate the epic events.

England has William Shakespeare — and Harlem, New York, has Cameron Giles, aka Killa Cam.

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Live Review: A$AP Ferg @ The Fillmore Silver Spring — 12/14/19

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A$AP Ferg performs at The Fillmore Silver Spring on Dec. 14, 2019. (Photo by @Waufflez – wauffleznotwaffles.com)

A$AP Ferg’s Yedi Tour rocked The Fillmore Silver Spring this past weekend in support of his latest EP, Floor Seats. After Murda Beatz warmed up the room with a DJ set, Ferg immediately sent the crowd into a frenzy starting the show off performing the EP’s title track “Floor Seats” before heading into “Coach Cartier,” “Mad Man,” and “The Mattress” from his 2018 album, Still Striving.

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