Vote: What Is the Best in DC for 2018?

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A wood thrush! (Photo by Trish Gussler)

Parklife DC will honor DC bands and venues with our inaugural awards program, named for our new mascot, DC’s own state bird — the Wood Thrush. Our Thrushie Awards are inspired by our mission to review live music concerts.

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Poll: Who Is the Best Local Band in DC?

Welcome to the 2018 Thrushie Awards! Parklife DC will name the best local band of the year with your input. Vote for the best DC band now through Dec. 1.

Now, we fully realize that there will be a lot of strong opinions about our list, and we readily confess that we could review even more local bands next year. But for now, our poll is limited to bands reviewed by Parklife DC in the last year. As this is our inaugural year for the Thrushie Awards, we sought to keep this list short.

Snapshots: Religious Figures @ Black Cat — 4/4/18

Priests Black Cat 09 Katie Alice Greer fronts Priests at Black Cat on April 4, 2018. (Photo by Mickey McCarter)

What’s a band to do when their friends Ought are in town from Montreal? Why perform with them of course. But if you are DC’s own Priests, you may not want to steal any thunder, so you might perform under a pseudonym.

So Priests performed incognito as “Religious Figures,” opening Ought at Black Cat on Wednesday. (See our Parklife DC review of Ought!)

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Music Park: Top 10 Concerts of 2017 by David

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Lee Ranaldo kicks off a year of great music at the Rock and Roll Hotel on Jan. 20, 2017. (Photo by David LaMason)

The year 2017 has been full of contradictions. For many, myself included, it was a year filled with uncertainty and frustration, but to a certain degree it also woke people up. And the music that was created was some of the best in years.

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Music Park: Priests @ 9:30 Club — 12/1/17

Priests 930 Club 06 Katie Alice Greer fronts Priests at 9:30 Club on Dec. 1, 2017. (Photo by Ben Eisendrath /Instagram+Twitter: Insomnigraphic/GrillworksBen)

From the opening moments of “Appropriate” by Priests at 9:30 Club on Friday, the very full house could tell this was a different sort of Priests show.

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Ticket Giveaway: Priests @ 9:30 Club, 12/1/17

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DC quartet Priests have been winning the world in recent years. And so now it’s only fitting the DC punk darlings will play their first headlining show at mecca 9:30 Club on Friday, Dec. 1 after a world tour celebrating their first full-length album, Nothing Feels Natural, via their own Sister Polygon Records. You can win tickets to see Priests with Parklife DC.

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Snapshots: Priests @ Ottobar — 7/22/17

PriestsKatie Greer fronts Priests at Ottobar on Saturday, July 22, 2017. (Photo by David LaMason)

Just a hour’s drive (or less) from their home in DC (Singer, Katie Alice Greer even quipped that playing it was like staying over a friend’s house), Priests played a blistering set at the Ottobar in Baltimore Saturday night.

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