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Kali Uchis: A Night of Firsts

It was around two years ago when I miraculously happened upon Kali Uchis. Then, she was being promoted as the “spicy Amy Winehouse.” Thankfully, today she is being held in her own category. To say the least, it has been so rewarding to see her grow throughout her musical journey, and finally get the recognition she deserves. Her performance on Tuesday, October 17 at the U Street Music Hall, just so happened to be her very first performance in Washington, D.C. Ironically, this venue held the very first concert she ever attended.

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Now Spinning: The OOZ by King Krule

Archy Marshall, better known by his stage name King Krule has been making music since he was a kid. After going through a few stage names King Krule was the one that stuck when after he released an EP entitled King Krule’s EP in 2011. King Krule has been known to mix genres from indie-rock to jazz fusion to hip hop to something called dark wave, and his latest album is no exception.

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Beauty in Pain

If there is one song in the entire world that I could listen on loop forever, it would be this song. This song appears in one of the best films in the world, In the Mood for Love, where it is repeated several times throughout the film’s fairly small soundtrack. Even if you haven’t seen the film, this song creates a feeling of longing. The simplicity of this song still causes moments of great sorrow and pain. Music is a very important aspect of film and can create emotions that the scenes cannot by themselves. This film is not like most romantic movies, as it has a great deal of sorrow in it. There are essentially no happy endings in this film. The film is a masterpiece and the music in it, especially this song, help the film reach this status. If I could have a soundtrack for my life, this song would be on it. This song is timeless. It’s poetry without words and the soul of romance. As long as there is love, there will be sad stories. As long as there are sad stories, there will be beautiful music. Music that makes us fall in love and out of love as well.

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The Progression of Max Bemis as a Writer and a Human

I really like Say Anything. And not just ...is a Real Boy. I love Anarchy, My Dear and Hebrews, which are not albums their fans were typically very kind to. I thoroughly have enjoyed seeing Max Bemis’s writing progress, but it also has become clear to me how much he has grown as a human being as well through this process. Today, we’ll be looking at three songs that form somewhat of a trilogy to me: ”Admit It!!!” from ...is a Real Boy, “Admit It Again” from Anarchy, My Dear, and “Judas Decapitation” from Hebrews.

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Rivers, Horses Struck by Lightning, and Night Blooming Cereuses: A Closing Reading of Protomartyr's Relatives in Descent

On the 29th of September, the band Protomartyr unleashed their fourth album Relatives In Descent into the world. The album is the band’s first “major” indie label release on Domino records. Their previous two albums Agent Intellect and Under Cover of Official Right were released on Hardly Art. 2015’s Agent Intellect garnered significant praise for singer Joe Casey’s thoughtful, grim, and cohesive lyrics coupled with Protomartyr’s distinct heavy sound. The reception of their last album and the switch to a new label contributed to Relatives In Descent becoming a highly anticipated release. It’s hard to review a Protomartyr album without falling down the hole of engaging the lyrical content and trying to unpack some of the symbolism. If there’s anything Protomartyr are it is deliberate and purposeful.

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