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For those that haven’t stepped into the quaint confines of Tropicalia located on U and 14 Streets, the venue typically hosts a mixed bag of worldly acts that fit closely with its exotic interior. On...

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Transitions

Review: Transitions by The Sea Life

November 25, 2013 | 0 Comments

Rating: Release Date: October 31, 2013 After parting ways with long-time drummer, Patrick Gaitain, and keyboardist, Vivek Sastri, Maryland’s The Sea Life released Transitions, a four-track EP that encapsulates the current state of the quartet’s...

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Rating:  Release Date: 10/22/2013 Record Label: Lefse   Records don’t often come with references to Higgs Boson, Carl Sagan, and the old-school video game Starfox. There is one that does, and it could only have...

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AstraVia

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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TereuTereu

New Music: “Quadrants” by Tereu Tereu

September 24, 2013 | 0 Comments

Rating: Tereu Tereu is back with a new full-length album, Quadrants, which was released via Bad Friend Records today. The release took a few years for the band to compose and record, with a ’90s rock...

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Teen Mom

New Music: “Gilly” by Teen Mom

September 24, 2013 | 0 Comments

  Rating:   Teen Mom brings back more of their warm and fuzzy pop offerings for their latest EP, Gilly. The record follows their successful debut release, Mean Tom, which set a high bar for...

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Olivia

Review: Interregnum by Olivia & the Mates

September 5, 2013 | 0 Comments

The 45 rpm was the currency of early rock ‘n’ roll, country, and roots music. Given Olivia Mancini’s indebtedness to these styles, it makes sense for her to traffic in singles, too. Far from being...

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clonesofclones

REVIEWED: The Neighborhood by Clones of Clones

February 12, 2013 | 0 Comments

The last time the music scene heard from D.C. rock quartet Clones of Clones was last summer, after they released their first single “The Neighborhood” and performed at Capitol Groove Festival shortly after. Since then,...

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GEMS

Replayed: “Heavy Lines” By GEMS

September 21, 2012 | 2 Comments

Written By: Nida Masiulis   A brief exchange with Lindsay Pitts and Cliff Usher—formerly known as Birdlips which just this summer refashioned itself as GEMS—reveals something of fundamental importance to which the longevity and success of...

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Reviewed By: Gregory Ayers   Redline Graffiti wants to get sweet with you. More specifically, they want to get sweet with your earbuds. They offer their latest single, “Last Two Boats,” as a sign of...

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Reviewed By: Clay Conger   As a Beatles fan, I don’t know whether my love for the band would heighten or hinder any cover songs. As as a result, I could be favorable to anything...

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Reviewed By: Elliott Wallace Alt-country artist Brandon Butler combines the spirit of blues with country grit (and a little hard rock for good measure) with the song “Bears and Mules,” from his latest album HENO ....

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Reviewed By: Nida Masiulis     Drop Electric’s four-track summer demo follows-up their late 2010 debut LP Finding Color in the Ashes. In its current incarnation—there has been some change in membership since the LP’s release—Drop...

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Reviewed By: Clay Conger   The title track “Just Like The Rest” from the EP released by D.C.-based rockers The Silver Liners  should transport even casual listeners to a special time period: summers in the...

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Reviewed By: Clay Conger   Lengthy, epic songs can be a serious gamble for any band. You always run the risk that the energy or instrumentation won’t be enough and that the listener will simply...

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Young Rapids

Replayed: The Young Rapids’ “Discuss”

June 11, 2012 | 0 Comments

Reviewed By: Gregory Ayers   “Discuss,” the first single from The Young Rapids’ upcoming LP Daylight Savings is a study in contrasts. Throughout the song, the band’s hard-charging instrumentals are pitted against weary vocals cloaked in mystery...

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