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New Music: The National Archives by Oust

November 6, 2013 | 0 Comments

While Oust has been around for a few years, the D.C.-based folk outfit had yet to release an official record until now. Last month, Oust unveiled its debut The National Archives, which contains six striking...

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Review: Echo Birds By Astra Via

October 2, 2013 | 0 Comments

Released: September 24, 2013 Rating: Olivia Mancini and Jarrett Nicolay are a musical duo more commonly known by the moniker Astra Via. It’s an appropriate name – astra means “star,” and the band’s latest EP, the electro-pop saturated Echo...

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New Music: Young for a Moment By PLOY

August 29, 2013 | 1 Comments

This year has been a paramount moment for electronic stalwarts PLOY. While the duo failed to make traction with their debut self-titled EP in August 2012, they utilized the subsequent months to polish and refine...

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New Music: Santurce by Shark Week

July 30, 2013 | 0 Comments

Bands like Shark Week are what make “lo-fi” a true musical style, not just a technical term. The foursome’s new 7” is a duo of songs—“Go West” and “Baby Maybe,” both of which ebb and...

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The Morrison Brothers Band is an alt-country outfit that sounds as if Tom Petty and Alabama had a strange multi-generational lovechild. Today, the group released their new LP on iTunes, State of the Union, and will be...

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Review: Vakirai’s Self-Titled Album

July 5, 2013 | 1 Comments

A relative newcomer to the D.C. music scene, Vakirai Mawema is an Afrobeat artist—not to mention an architect by training–born in New York, raised in Zimbabwe, and eventually settled in California. In 2008, Vakirai swapped...

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Raging against the machine is so over. Despairing against the machine, however, is en vogue. At least that’s the impression you’d get from Treble Lifter’s latest EP, Machine Grows A Head. Musically, the record grinds...

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Bobbie Allen, the D.C.-based artist who goes by the name Young Summer, releases her new EP Fever Dream today. She may have only one other EP under her belt thus far, but her music is...

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New Music: Evil Spring by Greenland

May 23, 2013 | 1 Comments

Four piece band Greenland has kept a relatively low profile in the last year. The last time the group released new music was under Hays Holladay’s (Bluebrain) bold music project Rainbow Arcade, and shortly thereafter,...

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Review: Oh Visitor by The Sweater Set

May 10, 2013 | 0 Comments

If you just want your fix of gossip, you could read People magazine. But, listening to Oh Visitor, the newest album from D.C. folk duo The Sweater Set, is a better, more enjoyable idea. It’s...

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Review: Gush by Cigarette

May 9, 2013 | 0 Comments

D.C.-based experimental band Cigarette released their first full-length album, Gush, in March. It’s a hauntingly mature debut featuring deep lyrics paired with chill, ambient music, making it an ideal listen for an ethereal summer afternoon....

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Reviewed: Session 1 by Ambulant

April 23, 2013 | 0 Comments

Drew Bandos (Is and of The) and Evan Dice ((S*5)), both established fixtures of the D.C. experimental scene, have come together for a new collaboration under the name Ambulant. Despite forming just last year, Bandos...

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One of the most promising bands to come from the District, indie rockers Honor by August released a shiny new album Tuesday morning, called Monuments to Progress. For this project, the band sought the help...

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New Music: Atlas At Last’s Self-Titled EP

April 22, 2013 | 1 Comments

While you were out basking in the gorgeous weather over the weekend, you may have missed the debut release from punk stalwarts Atlas At Last. Their self-titled EP contains six-sonic punches to your musical gut...

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Reviewed: Slush by Big Hush

April 11, 2013 | 0 Comments

What’s the big deal with Big Hush? The quintet’s new EP, Slush, sounds like the group doesn’t want people to get too excited about its chilled-out, lo-fi surf rock. The release is creatively sequenced, with...

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Reviewed: Massif by Dangerosa

April 10, 2013 | 0 Comments

Don’t let their name fool you – there’s nothing dangerous about Dangerosa. The quartet has been painting their pretty, psychedelic sounds over D.C.’s aural landscape since 2008, garnering positive reviews of their live performances. Dangerosa...

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