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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
It’s a cold November morning, the time of year when it would still be dark on the bus ride to school. My normal group of neighborhood friends have either missed their buses or have been lovingly driven to school by their mothers; thus leaving me alone to ponder thoughts such as my newfound B cups, David from 4th period, and whether or not I should get those feather extensions that everyone seemed to have. My head is pressed against a foggy bus window, as I look forlornly at the suburban houses passing by me. My purple iPod Nano rests gingerly in my hand, with its pink Skullcandy headphones pumping melancholy indie pop through my ears. The flavor of the month is “Victoria” by Jukebox the Ghost, a song I played over and over until it’s punchy lyrics were involuntarily etched onto my brain.
Set the scene: you’re at a high school party, feeling much cooler in the moment than you ever will looking back on it, when you look over and see someone you kind-of sort-of have a crush on flirting with someone else. Catastrophe. Pandemonium. Later when you go home, you put in your headphones and look for the only relief that one can get in this situation. Hearing Brandon Flowers yell existentially over some bombastic instrumentals finally gives you the only content feeling of the night.
The emo scene is evolving. It used to be middle schoolers with jet black jagged hair writing Never Shout Never lyrics on their hands. In the early 2010s, it slid into bed with indie rock after a night of too many menthols and PBRs. Out popped greater. This new generation is just as sad and angry, but we’re able to express our emotions a little better. We still have our black eyeliner, but we’ve learned how to clean up our wings.
Sitting in the back parking lot of Comet Ping Pong, yes the one that had “pizzagate," I sat down with the band Peach Pit, a chewed bubble gum pop band that hails from Vancouver, Canada to ask them about music, The Beatles, and high school.
Okay, but can we talk about The Bam Bams? The duo of Gabriela Torres and Ivy Lopez released their single through DC’s own Cricket Cemetery Records in 2012. Although The Bam Bams may have been a shooting star of a band, their music has a fun and timeless vibe
I remember the first time I listened to T-Rextasy it was not at some house show or tiny venue pressed between other sweaty teens, or even a music recommendation from one of my friends. I was in the gym, working out to some random femme punk playlist on 8tracks when it cycled to “I Wanna Be A Punk Rocker."
Director, screenwriter, and producer Robert Altman’s auteur style can be described as meticulously laid out chaos, with intertwining narratives built to display webs of relationships. Altman applied his vision to a film revolving around about 25 characters set in Nashville, Tennessee which was released on June 11, 1975.
They say the best things in life are born from spontaneity. My experience at Kid Cudi’s A Night of Passion, Pain, and Demon Slayin’ show at Echostage on October 8 proved this idea true. I found out that I had a ticket at 8:00p.m., made it to Echostage (thanks to my trusty, red Nissan Altima, Betsy) at 8:45p.m., and Cudi took to the stage (with no opener) at 9:09p.m.
Contrary to its succinct, blunt definition on Urban Dictionary (made by someone named Keith in 2004), “Nayhoo” has nothing to do with being a “very uncool person of African American heritage.” I know, you’re scratching your head thinking “What is ‘nayhoo’?” Honestly, the bigger question is who wronged Keith, but that’s neither here nor there.
After teasing fans via social media Wolf Alice finally released their latest LP, Visions of a Life on Friday, September 29. While extremely different from their first LP, My Love is Cool, released in 2015, Visions of a Life has a good variety of sounds, but still keeps some of the original sounds and styles that Wolf Alice fans love. The band moved from a softer folk-y musical style to a more alt rock style, while keeping their grunge and folk sound.
I’m not usually a fan of electric music like David Guetta but I believe this song has a good mix. The lyrics are very repetitive but are secure. The fast pace that begins then leads to the slower pace is a perfect mix. It’s not too fast, and not too slow. This song is perfect to listen to if someone is pushing you down. I am also not a huge fan of self-empowering music, but this song is the exception. I feel we all need one song in our lives to bring us up once we have been kicked to the curb. Looking at the lyrics, all the lyrics have to do with rising up and not letting people push you down. I am a firm believer in being the “bigger person” but also not letting someone trample over you. I understand that we all cannot be strong all the time. We are human, we have breakdowns and that is when I think you should listen to this song.
Songs written about places are a dime a dozen. It’s almost as clichéd as that cliché I just used. The same goes for songs written about love interest. You have your “New York, New York”s and your “San Fransicso”s. You have your “My Sharona”s and your “Baby Blue”s. What I find the most interesting is a song that isn’t always clear if it’s about either—or both.
We need to talk about Miley Cyrus. In between acoustic covers of “See You Again” circulating twitter and her newest album drop this week, Miley has been making a comeback. Before we take a look at her newest work, let’s take a trip back 10 years.
Jez Dior is a new face in the rap game. It has been a hectic few months for him. He signed with Epic Records in July, released his first single on the label, and became a better version of himself.