Category Archives: Music

Fresh off a Grammy win and still No. 1 on the charts, Roddy Ricch rides high at 9:30 Club

“On Tuesday night, as a sold-out crowd at the 9:30 Club sang and rapped every word back at him, one thing was clear: Roddy Ricch’s present is so bright that he has to wear shades. And after such a meteoric rise, maybe wearing sunglasses at night, as he did during his D.C. tour stop, makes sense.”

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Fresh off SNL performance, DaBaby brought his hits — and sketches — to D.C.

“DaBaby had a good reason for moving his concert at Echostage from Saturday to Sunday: on the first of those nights he was on “Saturday Night Live,” performing two of his biggest hits and acting in a sketch with host Jennifer Lopez. For his TV performances, the 27-year-old brought a touch of musical theater to Studio 8H, supplementing the usual twerkers and breakdancers with choreographed playacting and even some slapstick alongside the Jabbawockeez dance crew.”

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Rapper Freddie Gibbs heats up the Fillmore Silver Spring with virtuosic craft

“The Fillmore Silver Spring was packed Friday night, the air conditioned to “frigid” and sweet with smoke. But the capacity crowd warmed right up just before 10, when Freddie Gibbs took the stage, head-to-toe in an equally cold Adidas tracksuit.”

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At U Street Music Hall, Maxo Kream’s gritty street raps don’t quite click

“Maxo Kream is Houston, born and bred, and you can hear it in his music. From his syrup-slow, trunk rattling beats to his claustrophobic tales about the real consequences of making money with guns and drugs, the spirit of the Geto Boys and DJ Screw lives on in his paranoid street raps.”

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Bad Moves turns individual inspiration into songs that speak to universal experiences

“Plenty of D.C. bands have gotten kicked out of their practice spaces because of noise-averse neighbors, but only Bad Moves has had the experience animated. Last summer, the band appeared as themselves on Cartoon Network’s “Craig of the Creek” as a garage band that helps the main characters start a band of their own.”

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This festival celebrates ‘pure dance joy’ — disco music

This summer marked the 40th anniversary of the infamous Disco Demolition Night in Chicago. For some, that event was a shock jock’s baseball promotion that got out of hand, turning into a riot and marking the end of disco’s pop cultural moment. For others, it was a violent attack on the communities — people of color and LGBT folks — that built disco long before “Saturday Night Fever” turned the genre into a punchline.

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For Marina, her newest music comes out of love and fear

When it was time to figure out how to present her latest album, Marina Diamandis was drawn to the work of psychiatrist Elisabeth Kubler-Ross. Best known for her model for the five stages of grief, Kubler-Ross also theorized that all human emotions come from either love or fear.

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Jenny Lewis shows why she’s a born performer

As she tells it, Jenny Lewis was born in Las Vegas after her mother went into labor while performing at the Sands. Like much of old Vegas, The Sands is no longer standing, but Lewis, who performed at the Anthem on Thursday, is doing her best to keep that spirit alive.

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Tame Impala’s freak flag flies at half-staff at Anthem show

As the summer of 2019 winds down, everyone seems to have the summer of 1969 on the brain: We almost celebrated the 50th anniversary of Woodstock (in Columbia, Md., of all places) and Quentin Tarantino’s latest stab at hysterical/historical fiction, “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood,” takes place back then, too. Nostalgia for those days fuels Tame Impala, the brainchild of Kevin Parker that played the Anthem on Saturday night.

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The anything-goes sound of Del Florida

Leela Dawson was 4 years old when she first wanted piano lessons, but there was one problem: The teacher told her parents that she had to learn the alphabet before she could be taught. Undaunted, the young Dawson went home and learned her ABCs that week.

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