Snapshots: The Wood Brothers @ Rams Head Live — 1/29/20

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The Wood Brothers perform at Rams Head Live in Baltimore, Jan. 29, 2020. (Photo by Ari Strauss)

The Wood Brothers kicked off the first leg of their Kingdom in My Mind tour recently with a solid performance at Baltimore’s Rams Head Live. The Jan. 29 show came on the heals of the trio’s newest album release, Kingdom in My Mind, which dropped on Jan. 24, via Honey Jar/Thirty Tigers.

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Live Review: The Devil Makes Three @ Ram’s Head Live — 1/23/20

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The Devil Makes Three performs at Rams Head Live on Jan. 23, 2020. (Photo by Casey Vock)

Moonshine corn whiskey was on special at Ram’s Head Live recently, and if you studied some of the specimens strolling down the foyer toward the box office as the evening kicked off, you’d have thought that to be an appropriate drink of choice for the occasion. It was clear these folks would want a grown-up’s beverage to coax into action whatever thoughts were festering inside their heads, about to bust loose like some old rusty dam.

Since the band formed in Santa Cruz in 2002, The Devil Makes Three has distilled its own seductive, raw blend of gloomy ragtime, bluegrass and punk-spiked, string-woven rhythms. The music can physically and mentally hook you, and the band uses it as an altar for delivering prophetic, tongue-in-cheek stories of spiritual demise with playfully macabre messages about the perils of life and all its temptations.

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Preview: The Devil Makes Three @ Rams Head Live, 1/23/20

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The Devil Makes Three (Photo courtesy DMK Publicity)

The Devil Makes Three, whose latest album Chains Are Broken (New West Records) debuted in the Top 10 Bluegrass Charts and has spurred a successful two-year U.S. and international tour, are showing no signs of slowing down. The Americana triumvirate has embarked on a US winter tour that includes a show at Rams Head Live on Thursday, Jan. 23.

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Best of the Year: Top 10 Photos of 2019 by Katherine

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Editor’s Note: This year, we asked our bloggers to name their Top 10 shows of 2019 or choose their Top 10 photos of the year. We will run them over the course of mid-December as our Best of the Year posts.

Choosing my favorite photos is always a difficult task. I narrowed it down to shows I shot specifically for Parklife for this blog post.

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Best of the Year: Top 10 Concerts of 2019 by David

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LP was one of David LaMason’s best concerts of the year. See where she ranked below. (Photo by David LaMason)

Editor’s Note: This year, we asked our bloggers to name their Top 10 shows of 2019 or choose their Top 10 photos of the year. We will run them over the course of mid-December as our Best of the Year posts.

It’s hard to think we’re nearing the end of 2019. I don’t realize how much has happened throughout the year until I look back and get that “Holy Cow! That was this year?” feeling. And I’ve been experiencing a lot of those lately.

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Best of the Year: Top 10 Photos of 2019 by Chris

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Judas Priest made the list of Chris Smyth’s Top 10 photos of the Year (but not this particular one). (Photo by Chris Smyth)

Editor’s Note: This year, we asked our bloggers to name their Top 10 shows of 2019 or choose their Top 10 photos of the year. We will run them over the course of mid-December as our Best of the Year posts.

It is an odd feeling when you love and hate something simultaneously. The emotions don’t make sense, yet it’s fully real. That is how I feel each time I am tasked with creating this year-end list. I love looking through my old photographs and remembering each concert that I was fortunate enough to attend, and reliving each show through the images that I was able to capture along the way.

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