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THE KILLERS

Concert Review: The Killers at The Anthem

When word came out that longtime guitarists for The Killers Dave Keuning and Mark Stoermer would not take part in the band’s “Wonderful, Wonderful” tour following the release of its fifth studio album of the same name, critics began to speculate about the future of the renowned rock group. Yet[Read More…]

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Album Review: ‘Punken’

★★★★☆ “Your name is Emekwanem Ibemakanam Ogugua Biosah / Emekwanem means, ‘Don’t f–k with me.’” In these first two lines of his debut album “Punken,” menacing Houston rapper Maxo Kream introduces himself by his birth name. After a long pause, a dark drum beat rises and Maxo emerges to set[Read More…]

Kirk Chantraine

Concert Review: Action Bronson at The Fillmore Silver Spring

New York City rapper Action Bronson brought a larger-than-life stage presence and buckets of charisma to his Dec. 22 appearance at The Fillmore Silver Spring. Since his 2011 debut studio album “Dr. Lecter,” Arian Asllani — better known by the stage name Action Bronson — has built a reputation as[Read More…]

BROCKHAMPTON

Top 10 Albums of 2017

1. BROCKHAMPTON – ‘SATURATION III’ What is most striking about BROCKHAMPTON is not the colorful and varied production that quickly worms its way into listeners’ heads, or the effeminate vocal melodies that often play a central role in tracks such as “BLEACH.” Nor is it that it rocketed out of[Read More…]

MEGAN SHAPIRO/THE HOYA

Concert Review: Angus & Julia Stone at the 9:30 Club

Atmospheric instrumental underscores, euphonious singing and strong rapport make indie-pop duo Angus & Julia Stone stand out from its crowded genre. Since the Australian siblings decided to pursue their respective musical endeavors in 2006, the pair’s natural chemistry and talent have electrified venues. The group’s performance Nov. 19 at the[Read More…]

by December 9, 2017 0 comments Concerts, Guide - Top, Music, The Guide
GENIUS.COM

Album Review: ‘Say Less’

★★★☆☆ Twenty-one-year-old singer and rapper Roy Woods blurs the lines between rhythm and blues and rap, though he leans more toward the former, producing atmospheric tracks across the emotional spectrum through the 16 tracks on his debut album. “Say Less” excels because of Woods’ slick vocal flow and abundant energy,[Read More…]

by December 8, 2017 0 comments Guide - Top, Music, The Guide, Uncategorized
RCA Records

Album Review: ‘War & Leisure’

★★★★☆ Rhythm and blues star Miguel may be the only singer charismatic enough to release a sunny radio jam centered around the M16 assault rifle and make it feel sexy rather than ignorant. “War & Leisure” features a confident Miguel who infuses vibrant party music with subversive references to political[Read More…]

by December 7, 2017 0 comments Arts & Entertainment, Music, The Guide
MONTE  BOOKER AND NAJI

LIU: The Music on My Playlist

1. ‘Mona Lisa’ — Monte Booker and Naji Monte Booker is a hip-hop and electronic music producer best known for co-founding Zero Fatigue, a Chicago-based rap group. Blending soul, rhythm and blues and electronic sounds, Booker never fails to deliver. “Mona Lisa” exhibits his killer production skills, dropping a punchy[Read More…]

by December 7, 2017 0 comments Guide - Top, Music, The Guide, Uncategorized
PITCHFORK

Concert Review: The Drums at the Black Cat

The Drums shared an intimate experience, rather than a basic performance, with its audience at its Nov. 16 gig at the Black Cat. At the casual and well-worn venue, there was little space between the performers on stage and the audience on the floor. The intimacy of the Black Cat[Read More…]

by December 5, 2017 0 comments Guide - Top, Music, The Guide
Concert Review: Dessa at the Black Cat

Concert Review: Dessa at the Black Cat

No two  songs by rapper singer Margret Wander, better known by her stage name, Dessa sound the same — and her sold-out show at the Black Cat on Nov. 10 proved just that. Her vocal skills and range of musical talents were on full display, and her rapport with the[Read More…]