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Okkervil River has been on a tumultuous road marked by homelessness, crippling doubt, hiatuses, and controversially-overhauled lineups. All of this happened under the leadership of Will Sheff, a manic folkster who is equal parts genius...

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By Julia Leiby Last October, Alex G, a 23-year-old wunderkind songwriter from Philadelphia, released Beach Music, his debut album on the prestigious Domino records. The record received numerous accolades from critics, including Pitchfork and SPIN....

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Photos by Julia Leiby  Last year, Julien Baker put out one of the most heartbreaking albums of 2015 with her debut Sprained Ankle. After missing her previous stops in D.C., I couldn’t have been more...

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Photos by Alex Schelldorf Full disclosure: I am a huge Dev Hynes fan and consider him one of my favorite artists. Hynes, who creates music under the name Blood Orange, doesn’t tour very often, so...

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D.C. emcee Ras Nebyu has just unveiled his third mixtape, the highly-anticipated Slizzatrism. A nod to the Ethiopian-American rapper’s collective known as the Washington Slizzards, the mixtape’s name reflects “the art of finessing good energy...

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You know when you’re stressed out from the same thing clawing at your mental state and well being for too long? That’s how I felt before walking into Rock & Roll Hotel for their Tuesday night...

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A piercing, powerful falsetto initially drew me to Christopher Gallant, better known as simply Gallant, when I first heard him sing Sufjan Steven’s “Blue Bucket of Gold” for the In The Room series earlier this...

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Review: Diet Cig, Solids, Haunts @ DC9 8.10.16

August 14, 2016 | 0 Comments

I’ve seen a lot of live music in and around D.C., but somehow I’d never attended a gig at DC9 before Diet Cig’s show on Wednesday night. I was eager to check out not only...

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Cynicism is a forgivable fault when it comes to farewell tours. KISS has gone on at least five of them, with nearly as many “reunion” tours to match. Remember when the Eagles declared (possibly) tongue-in-cheek...

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Maryland duo April+Vista’s debut release, Lanterns, was a well-received record whose ambient, avant-garde R&B offerings nonetheless left some critics scratching their heads. But the group’s new EP, Note to Self, is a more focused effort showcasing the duo’s...

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Review: Boogarins @ DC9 7.31.16

August 8, 2016 | 0 Comments

You know when a musician gives it their all when they look completely exhausted after a set. At their show at DC9, Brazil’s Boogarins did just that. I first saw Boogarins play when they opened for Andrew...

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I’ve been listening to Big Thief’s new album, Masterpiece, almost to the point of obsession for the past several weeks­—so I was incredibly excited to see them perform at Rock and Roll Hotel this past Thursday...

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“Gotta get free, from people around me; then maybe I won’t be as lonely.” A feeling of dissociation permeates the lyrical and instrumental elements of June Gloom’s most recent effort, Fake Problems. Released with the...

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On tour for the first time in over a decade, Digable Planets made a stop at 9:30 Club on Tuesday night and played in front of a sold-out crowd. Check out these gorgeous shots from...

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Photos by Christina Nguyen “D.C. artists are the best!” One enthusiastic concertgoer shouted this in the middle of Young Summer’s Friday night set at U Street Music Hall. The D.C. singer-songwriter responded with a grateful...

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Amanda Palmer along with her dad, Jack, performed together at 9:30 Club on Saturday night, with Thor & Friends opening the show. Thor & Friends   Amanda Palmer...

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