Live Review: Marilyn Hucek @ Songbyrd Music House — 5/3/22

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Marilyn Hucek encourages her fans to sing along during her DC debut at Songbyrd Music House, May 3, 2022. (Photo by Ari Strauss)

As long as she can recall, Marilyn Hucek has had one dream: to be a pop star. The pursuit of that dream advanced to a new chapter on a recent evening when Marilyn made her DC debut as the headliner at Songbyrd Music House in DC’s hip Union Market neighborhood.

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Interview: LP (@ The Anthem, 5/6/22)

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LP (Photo courtesy Tell All Your Friends PR)

There are people who just seem born with innate talents. Some have a way with public speaking or knowing how to fix things, and others, like Laura Pergolizzi — known professionally as LP — feel destined to create music and, as we discussed in an interview, perform.

Parklife’s David LaMason has tracked LP through their career. He’s watched LP visit DC to perform at small clubs like U Street Music Hall and now to command the stage at The Anthem on Friday, May 6.

In this interview, LP chats with David about the challenges of performing in the advent of a pandemic, their new record, Churches, and their writing process.

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Live Review: Tate McRae @ 9:30 Club — 3/27/22

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Tate McRae performs at 9:30 Club on March 27, 2022. (Photo by Katie Child)

Packing the floor, pressing in on the railings of the balcony, inching in towards the barricade, and conversing about their shared dedication to their favorite artists, a sold-out crowd at DC’s 9:30 Club recently waited in anticipation for the charmingly entrancing Tate McRae to take on center stage. 

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Live Review: Billie Eilish @ Capital One Arena — 2/9/22

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Billie Eilish performs at Capital One Arena on Feb. 9, 2022. (Photos by Matty Vogel)

In the span of just a handful of years, Billie Eilish has gone from selling out clubs, like the Black Cat in 2018, to huge arena shows like her recent Capital One Arena concert. A testament to not only her incredible stage presence but also the songs that connect to her audience on an almost physical level.

Starting the show off with thunderous drums by brother and collaborator, Finneas, and her long-time drummer, Andrew Marshall, until the opening lines of “bury a friend” as the crowd exploded into applause, singing along to every word. And it wasn’t long before Billie danced her way down the long walkway to sing to fans quite literally face-to-face. One thing that I kept coming back to was how no matter how large the crowd gets, Billie Eilish does make it about the fans and the experience of feeling some connection, even in a room that spans an entire city block.

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Song of the Day: “Lost in Your Eyes” by Debbie Gibson and Joey McIntyre

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Joey McIntyre and Debbie Gibson (Photo courtesy Shore Fire Media)

Today, Debbie Gibson dropped her new video for her brilliant rerecording of her classic No. 1 hit “Lost In Your Eyes.” Partnering with Joey McIntyre of New Kids on the Block, the video showcases the timeless elegance and universality of the song as well as the musical chemistry between Debbie and Joey.

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Song of the Day: “Chaos” by Gia Woods

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Gia Woods (Photo by Jenna Marsh)

Gia Woods continues to tease the release of her debut EP, Cut Season, sharing a new single “Chaos” recently. Over skittering percussion and sustained synth harmonies, Woods laments a toxic relationship as she croons through a ghostly filter, “baby that’s the thing about us, we only find love in chaos.”

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Song of the Day: “California” by Kaya Stewart

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Kaya Stewart (Photo courtesy Black Box)

Indie pop artist Kaya Stewart shares her new single “California.”

Kaya says, “The best advice I ever got about writing songs was to be as honest as possible and I don’t think I’ve ever been as honest as I am in ‘California.’ This song felt like therapy to me.”

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Live Review: She & Him @ The Anthem — 12/5/19

SheHim17 Zooey Deschanel sings with She & Him at The Anthem on Dec. 5, 2019. (Photo by Mickey McCarter)

Personally, I sort of love that time of year when you can dip into a local radio station and it has become 24/7 Christmas tunes. You can take it or leave it, but whenever I take it, I am eventually infused with a big dose of holiday cheer when I tune in. As She & Him, Zooey Deschanel and M. Ward delivered the live version of that very experience with their winning Christmas show at The Anthem recently as part of the DC101 Office Party series.

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