Live Review: The Owners @ Comet Ping Pong — 12/9/21

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Dante Ferrando drums in The Owners at Comet Ping Pong on Dec. 9, 2021. (Photos by Ben Eisendrath)

Longtime fans of DC nightclub Black Cat — and good indie music in general — were greeted by a surprise when we emerged from pandemic lockdowns a few months ago. The Cat’s founders, Dante Ferrando and Catherine Ferrando, and longtime bartenders, Al Budd and Laura Harris, had formed a quartet.

They called themselves The Owners and sharpened their songs in the Black Cat itself as a ready rehearsal space while it was closed to the public. The results are pretty damn catchy, as evidenced in their most recent performance in a sold-out show with Bad Moves at Comet Ping Pong.

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Live Review: Nada Surf @ Ottobar — 11/16/21

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Nada Surf rocks a packed Ottobar on Nov. 16, 2021 (Photo by David LaMason)


One of the shows I had been hoping to see after a year and a half of not having shows was Nada Surf, the New York-based band that’s consistently put out album after album of great guitar heavy gems, whether it be old favorites like “Popular” or “Always Love” or their ninth LP, Never Not Enough, released on Barsuk Records last year which is filled with the kind of hook-filled rock, like opener, “So Much Love,” that grabs your brain and holds on tight. Nada Surf has always had great songs, but I think the songs on this new album are some of the best they’ve created.

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Video Interview: Dear Daria (Debut Single: “Best Life”)

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Dear Daria (Photo art courtesy of the band)

DC indie music fans may well be familiar with the music of Maryjo Mattea, the effervescent local musician known for her love of The Beatles and wry lyrical observations on life and love. Over the pandemic, her solo act has grown into a band called Dear Daria, a power pop quartet that offers a catchy sonic mix of elements.

Parklife DC recently interviewed the band via Zoom about their origins and their pending debut album.

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Song of the Day: “Blood in the Sand” by Talk Show Host

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Talk Show Host (Photo by Amanda Fotes)

What’s the internet for if not to watch cat videos? Well, Parklife has the best cat video for your eyes in a while!

You see, Toronto power-pop punk trio Talk Show Host release Mid-Century Modern, their debut full-length, on June via Wiretap Records & Disconnect Disconnect Records. And the lead single, “Blood In The Sand,” is streaming everywhere, along with a new music video, which features Mila the cat.

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Song of the Day: “Gonna Make You Love Me” by Tony Lewis (of The Outfield)

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Tony Lewis (Photo by Carol Lewis)

Following his unexpected death last month, the family of Tony Lewis, lead singer and bassist of the 1980s rock band The Outfield and successful solo artist and producer, has posthumously released his new EP, More Than I Dared.

Additionally, they’ve shared the official music video for lead single “Gonna Make You Love Me” as a tribute to Tony.

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Livestream Preview: Best Coast @ Seated, 8/14/20

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Best Coast (Photo courtesy Grandstand Media)

Los Angeles, California’s Best Coast — comprised of Bethany Cosentino (guitar, vocals) and Bobb Bruno (guitar) — celebrate the 10th anniversary of their debut album, Crazy for You, with a livestream documentary via Seated on Friday, Aug. 14.

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Song of the Day: “Pick It Up” by Fast Romantics

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Fast Romantics (Photo by Jen Squires)

Toronto-based acclaimed indie-rock band Fast Romantics have announced their new LP Pick It Up, due out Aug. 7 on Postwar Records. Album title track “Pick It Up” and its accompanying quarantine-friendly video is inspired by frontman Matthew Angus’ lifelong battle with depression and anxiety.

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Live Review: Ken Stringfellow @ Bright Box Theater — 3/7/20

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Ken Stingfellow performs at the Bright Box Theater on March 7, 2020. (Photo by Marc Shea)

The Bright Box Theater is a little gem tucked away on the Pedestrian Mall in Old Town Winchester, Virginia. In addition to the main theater, there is a small area on the second floor called Out of the Box that hosts intimate events. Out of the Box recently featured Ken Stringfellow. Ken not only founded the alternative rock band The Posies, but has also played for many years with REM and Big Star, in addition to releasing several solo albums.

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