A recent graduate from the University of Maryland with a degree in Psychology, Ava has worked in music and media for the past three years. She served as the Promotions Director for WMUC Radio, and has worked in music publicity with various indie labels and PR firms. She is a contributor for Hooligan Magazine and Crafted Sounds, a dedicated cat mom, and also makes music under the “band name” Pen Palindrome. Oh, and she is the president of the Official Michelle Kim Fan Club.
With a sound reminiscent of Matthew Lee Cothran and Hovvdy, Omes’ debut is still uniquely him. It is an incredibly heartfelt and intense look into his internal world. Listening to each song feels less like music and more like the act of staring into a mirror from his perspective. The sliding of fingers across his guitar’s neck contrasted against the drum machine’s clacking and the guitar’s thrumming creates a textural kaleidoscope out of something simple.
Throughout her career, Imogen Heap has not only been an ingenious performer, producer, and songwriter, but also a conduit for transcendence. When attending the shows, something inside of me stirred. Being able to witness her work come to life was absolutely unreal. Heap has created some of the most breathtaking music I’ve ever heard, and seeing these compositions reproduced by human performers still seemed as though by some form of magic.
...as there is an upcoming show happening at Miracle Theatre, I figured I'd take a moment, albeit overdue, to shed some light on this gem of a venue. It is quite appropriately named, as it does feel miraculous.
Earlier this month, the radio station I work for, WMUC, was given the opportunity to present a show at the Black Cat. To my delight it was a Girlpool show, with Land of Talk and Forth Wanderers opening.
When I talk about Lomelda, I lose the ability to make sense. Every musical theme is overflowing with significance. Every word weighs down upon the listener while also holding them up. Even moments of silence are heard loudly. Oxymorons are generally what I resort to but I will do my best to articulate my thoughts.
Stables' performance was a triumphant rendition of folk rock. Her smooth, lilting voice expertly makes her quick cadence and ornamentation seem easy. Accompanying herself on both banjo and guitar, Stables carefully spins narratives into captivating tapestries of sound.
On November 2nd, Snail Mail played a free show at the Dr. Martens store in Georgetown. The event, which took place in a shoe-box shaped storefront, felt more expansive than the compact and crowded room would have seemingly allowed. This theme is strikingly similar to the band itself.
At 23-years old, Jules refuses to let her surroundings or circumstance define her- through her music she has found autonomy and a voice. Having grown up with epilepsy, Hale has always had a different perception of the world around her.
The first time I saw TORRES was on my 22nd birthday. I spent the evening at the 9:30 Club, with my sister, a chocolate cupcake, and some of my favorite musicians. The line-up was pretty much a birthday gift on its own, with TORRES (Mackenzie Scott) opening up for Frightened Rabbit. For Mackenzie's set, I found my way up to the front to watch what would end up being the first singles from her third studio album, Three Futures.
The following night after having seen Nice Try, IAN SWEET, and Frankie Cosmos, I found myself at Rock & Roll Hotel in the presence of yet another killer line-up. The bill consisted of Soccer Mommy, Stef Chura, and Jay Som- three artists that I have had on heavy rotation for the past few months.
The shift to seeing a band live can sometimes be a let down, but that could not be further from the truth when discussing Japanese Breakfast. The live show breathes in a way the recording version does not. It fleshes out the narrative to the point that it makes the detached personal again.
The band is a joy to watch live, as you can see and feel their chemistry in every song. The set included many of my personal favorites, along with a few previews of new material. Following their set, I met with Gabrielle for a “brief” interview that ended up lasting over an hour.