Song of the Day: “All I Want for Christmas Is You” by Black Marble

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A still from the video for Black Marble’s cover of “All I Want for Christmas Is You” (Photo courtesy Motormouth)

Today Black Marble aka Chris Stewart announces the release of a very affectionate cover of Mariah Carey’s beloved 1994 classic, “All I Want For Christmas Is You.” Putting his signature on the track, the Black Marble version is synth-based and perfect for these winter months.

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Livestream Preview: Parquet Courts @ Noon Chorus, 12/10/20

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Parquet Courts (Photo by Vince McClellan)

“Ten years ago, our adventure began by playing our first show to virtually no one, and to celebrate we’ve decided to play a show to everyone, virtually,” said Parquet Courts.

Catch the New York City punk quartet in a livestream from Brooklyn’s Pioneer Works via Noon Chorus on Thursday, Dec. 10, to celebrate with the band!

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Song of the Day: “Instant Night” by Beauty Pill

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Chad Clark and Erin Nelson of Beauty Pill (Photo by Morgan Klein)

DC-based band Beauty Pill is pleased to present their new single and accompanying video for “Instant Night.” It is the band’s third record of 2020 and Beauty Pill’s first song without drums.

“Instant Night” is also the band’s most strikingly orchestral release, highlighting the woodwind quartet that fused with the band in 2018 which features Sarah Hughes, a young, respected DC jazz luminary.

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Interview: Luke Lalonde of Born Ruffians (New Album: Squeeze)

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Luke Lalonde (left) and Born Ruffians (Photo courtesy Yep Roc Records)

Canadian post-punks Born Ruffians are known for their high-energy shows, full of bright guitars and biting lyrics. Frontman Luke Lalonde formed the band with his collaborators in 2004, and they have released seven full-length albums and at least another three EPs. In 2020, Born Ruffians released two albums — Juice and Squeeze via Yep Roc Records — after crafting a bunch of songs prior to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Usually, Born Ruffians are often on the road, including regular stops in DC, where they appear at venues like Black Cat and Rock and Roll Hotel. Indeed, Parklife DC considered Born Ruffian’s 2015 show at the Rock and Roll Hotel to be one of our Top 10 Concerts of the Year. While the pandemic has sidelined touring bands, Luke has been passing the time at home, and he chatted with Parklife DC about the lifeline of touring, creative writing, and the two new Born Ruffians albums.

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Livestream Preview: Modern English @ Indigo at The O2, 9/25/20

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Modern English (Photo courtesy Clarion Call)

After having to recently cancel its summer North American 40th anniversary tour — a run that was to also feature a front-to-back performance of its breakthrough 1982 album After the Snow — legendary British band Modern English provides fans with a broadcast performance of the entire album from the Indigo at The 02 on Friday, Sept. 25 at 8:30pm ET in a show specially designated for North America!

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Song of the Day: “Ready to Die” by Body Double

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Body Double (Photo courtesy Force Field PR)

Recently, Oakland post-punk band Body Double shared the third single from its debut LP, Milk Fed, which is due Sept. 18 via Zum. Below, catch the accompanying music video for “Ready to Die” (directed by Dalton Blanco of the band Prissy Whip and co-starring earthworms and grasshoppers).

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