Category Archives: Music

See the enigmatic Cashmere Cat, pop remixer extraordinaire

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“When Cashmere Cat emerged at the beginning of the decade with his scintillating remixes of songs by Lana Del Rey and Miguel, there wasn’t much known about the Norwegian producer: His real name wasn’t public, and he tended to cover his face in photos. That wasn’t unusual in the underground world of electronic dance music in which he traveled, among other producers who uploaded remixes and originals to SoundCloud and built up an alluring aura with their anonymity.”

Read more in the Washington Post.

Coup Sauvage and The Snips Preach For a Better D.C. on Heirs to Nothing

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“It’s a weird time to be in D.C. The usual winter gloom has been paired with an unusual pall as Donald Trump blusters his way through the first few weeks of his still surreal presidency. The city has already hosted a record-breaking Women’s March and an impromptu protest against Trump’s Muslim ban; more marches and protests are sure to follow. But what is a protest movement without protest music?”

Read more in the Washington City Paper.

Neptunes children: The Internet’s Syd and Matt Martians strike out solo

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“When members of musical groups go solo, armchair critics use it as an opportunity to figure out who was the bigger talent all along. Sometimes it’s easy (Destiny’s Child); other times more contentious (OutKast). But on their debut solo albums, the founding members of The Internet – Syd (née Bennett) and Matt Martians – have refused to play into that game, defying expectations and easy classifications as they have their entire careers.”

Read more at FACT Magazine.

Sevyn Streeter: Confident, poised and worth the wait

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“For Sevyn Streeter, “Girl Disrupted” is the perfect title for her tour and forthcoming debut album. After spending her teens and early 20s in mostly forgotten girl groups, stepping behind the curtain to write songs for Chris Brown and Ariana Grande and quietly building her own buzz with a pair of solo EPs, the R&B singer-songwriter took the stage at the Howard Theatre with something to prove.”

Read more in the Washington Post.

Tory Lanez only goes halfway at Fillmore

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“The modern-day rap show is plagued by many pitfalls: an overreliance on background vocal tracks. DJs with itchy sound-effects trigger fingers. Subwoofers that obliterate not just eardrums but iPhone microphones. Seizure-inducing strobe lights. An overemphasis on getting the party started rather than actually performing. Unfortunately for the audience at the Fillmore Silver Spring on Wednesday night, Canadian rapper-singer Tory Lanez fell into many of these pits.”

Read more in the Washington Post.

Sweater Beats bares his soul at U Street Music Hall

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“Thanksgiving is a day of coming home. For Antonio Cuna, this year’s Thanksgiving was a homecoming. Cuna, who produces electronic music as Sweater Beats, grew up in Rockville, and late Wednesday night — or, more accurately, early Thursday morning — he brought his debut live tour to U Street Music Hall. “I see so many familiar faces. I’m getting emotional,” he told the crowd after his first song. “I’m home right now.””

Read more in the Washington Post.

A celebration of an iconic songbook at Smokey Robinson’s Gershwin Prize concert

“On Wednesday night, Smokey Robinson received the Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song, joining the esteemed company of songwriters such as Paul McCartney, Stevie Wonder and Billy Joel. First bestowed in 2007 to Paul Simon, the prize recognizes work that has a “significant and uplifting influence on the world of music and on our society as a whole.” The only thing debatable about Robinson’s winning of the Gershwin Prize is why it didn’t happen sooner.”

Read more in the Washington Post.