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Photos by Christina Nguyen The first song I heard from BØRNS was “Electric Love,” an indie pop gem with zig-zagging melodies layered underneath BØRNS’ angelic voice. The song remained in my daily song rotation for several months;...

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I first got into Sam Beam’s music when I was studying abroad in Greece. A friend passed along In the Reins, an EP that Iron & Wine recorded with folk band Calexico in 2005. Their album...

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Photos by Miranda Hontz By the time I walked into Rock and Roll Hotel, NE-HI was already on stage drawing the crowd forward like a lodestone. The band mixes all of the charm of Modest Mouse...

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Photos Alex Schelldorf Before Explosions in the Sky took the stage, Chicago’s Disappears filled the space with their grungy, moody offerings. The quartet remained largely enigmatic throughout their set and felt isolated from the crowd. There was...

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Photos by Alex Schelldorf When I walked into the 9:30 Club on Tuesday night, a small and subdued crowd watched Teen Suicide as they belted out their brand of indie/emo rock. While the room was fairly...

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Photos by Miranda Hontz It’s been slightly less than one year since Adia Victoria last played DC9, and I’ve been eagerly awaiting her return to the city. A lot has happened for the artist in...

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Photos by Alex Schelldorf I had never heard Young Magic’s music before walking into 9:30 club for their opening set, but after one song in, I already deemed myself a big fan. My eyes were...

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“There are a lot of shows going on tonight, so we’re glad you picked this one.” This was said more than once during the Screaming Females show on Thursday night at Rock and Roll Hotel....

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Early on during last Thursday’s Black Cat show, I ran in to a friend. I asked him who he was there to see, and his response was that he was hoping to “figure out” Hop Along...

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Words by Katie Bowles/Photos by Christina Nguyen I went to Merriweather Post Pavilion Saturday afternoon without many expectations. I’d only decided to come to Sweetlife after being offered a last-minute ticket. In contrast to past years,...

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Review: Parquet Courts @ 9:30 Club 5.12.16

May 16, 2016 | 0 Comments

It’s a sad (and rare) experience when a band’s stage banter is more entertaining than their performance. Such was the case with Parquet Court’s show on Thursday night at 9:30 Club to promote their new album,...

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The fact that the British singer Låpsley is embarking on a music career at the age of nineteen–a time when most people have no idea what they are doing with their lives–intrigued me to check out...

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Review: Babymetal @ The Fillmore 5.10.16

May 13, 2016 | 0 Comments

Packed tightly, the capacity crowd at The Fillmore Silver Spring cheered wildly over the low, ethereal droning that played over the speakers. Musicians that could have been misplaced extras from the set of The Grudge...

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Rock and Roll Hotel transformed into a sweatbox Wednesday night, welcoming every college student in the DMV area with Tecate tall boys and tequila shots. Five years ago, I would have meant that comment to...

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Photos by Alex Schelldorf Watching Animal Collective perform was a completely singular experience that’s incomparable. As a native Marylander, I have a sense of pride for homegrown artists that extends to Animal Collective. I’ve wanted...

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Cate Le Bon and Mega Bog graced the Rock and Roll Hotel stage this past Saturday. Le Bon, touring off her latest album, Crab Day, treated her audience to her singular, offbeat and stylish Welch...

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