Concert Review: Lo-Fang at U-Street Music Hall
May19

Concert Review: Lo-Fang at U-Street Music Hall

Concert Review: Lo-Fang at U-Street Music Hall By Jon Hersh There’s a playlist in Spotify that appears whenever I boot up the software, which is a lot these days, called “Rich Girl Pop”, featuring artists such as Charli XCX, Lorde, and probably something else with a little “mustard on the beat“. Think of pop songs you would hear blasting from your Alfa Romeo convertible cruising down the California coast...

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The Wans
May18

The Wans

The Wans  By Harriet Kaplan Nashville’s The Wans were good opener and compliment to Dead Sara with their equally, full-throttle approach to rock. The band, featuring Simon Kerr on vocals and guitar; Mark Petaccia on vocals and drums and Thomas Bragg on vocals and bass, tore right into each number. Their set was a fast and furious barrage of 60s and 70s rock/psychedelia mixed with 90s grunge creating a modern twist. A few tasty...

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Dead Sara are the torchbearers of rock's flame
May18

Dead Sara are the torchbearers of rock's flame

Dead Sara are the torchbearers of rock’s flame By Harriet Kaplan In terms of a live act, L.A.-based rockers Dead Sara proved they are in a league of their own. They were out to make you forget the competition and succeeded by the sheer physicality of their hour-plus set. It was a sweat-soaked, freewheeling performance that rung out every ounce of gut-wrenching emotion, intensity and passion out of the show and as a backdrop...

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Mac DeMarco releases ‘The Way You’d Love Her’
May17

Mac DeMarco releases ‘The Way You’d Love Her’

Mac DeMarco releases ‘The Way You’d Love Her’ By Gia Vescovi-Chiordi Oh Mac DeMarco – you jangly, gangly bastard. Endlessly endearing Canadian (of course) musician Mac DeMarco has recently released a track off upcoming, eight-song ‘mini-LP’ Another One, out August 7 via Captured Tracks. Called ‘The Way You’d Love Her’ – it’s 2:36 minutes of pure, unadulterated DeMarco...

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Listen to this: Diplo and Grandtheft remix Rihanna’s BBHMM
May16

Listen to this: Diplo and Grandtheft remix Rihanna’s BBHMM

Diplo and Grandtheft remix Rihanna’s BBHMM  By Jon Hersh I wasn’t crazy about Rihanna’s BBHMM when it first was released. The aggressiveness of the lyrics and especially the title wasn’t matched in the production, resulting in a crudeness seemingly born from desperation rather than pure street pugnaciousness. And nothing’s more damaging to a pop-track than inauthenticity. Perhaps sensing an opportunity,...

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