Music

Shanika Hopson

DC Jazz Landscape Adapts to Evolving Challenges

Despite being a fixture of Washington, D.C.’s rich and multifaceted history of jazz for almost a century, the Bohemian Caverns finally shut down in the face of financial struggle that had plagued the establishment for decades. Once a hub for jazz legends in the 20th century like Billie Holiday, Louis[Read More…]

by November 2, 2018 0 comments Guide - Top, Music, The Guide
Khalid’s ‘Suncity’ Expands Horizons but Falls Short of Potential

Khalid’s ‘Suncity’ Expands Horizons but Falls Short of Potential

“Suncity” features pop singer Khalid trying new styles like Latin pop and pitch-shifted vocal samples. Although there are moments of surprising emotional potency, Khalid ultimately lacks artistic maturity and makes only cursory efforts at experimentation. At 20 years old, Khalid Donnel Robinson, known simply as Khalid, has become an international[Read More…]

by October 31, 2018 0 comments Music, The Guide
MØ

MØ’s Inconsistency Limits Depth in ‘Forever Neverland’

In Danish pop-artist MØ’s sophomore release, “Forever Neverland,” the singer goes on a musical quest of exploring youth but often gets lost in the oversaturated club tracks that frame her journey. After her smash-hit feature “Lean On” with Major Lazer and DJ Snake, MØ has been on the electronic-pop radar[Read More…]

by October 30, 2018 0 comments Music, The Guide
Fans, Industry Debate Response to Artists’ Misconduct

Fans, Industry Debate Response to Artists’ Misconduct

On Oct. 5, 2017, The New York Times published a story describing decades of sexual harassment perpetrated by Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein. The scandal is considered the spark that led to the viral spread of the #MeToo movement. Originally coined by civil rights activist Tarana Burke in 2006, the movement’s[Read More…]

by October 25, 2018 0 comments Guide - Top, Music, The Guide
Although ‘Malibu Nights’ Lacks Musical Diversity, LANY Captures Human Emotion in Sophomore Album

Although ‘Malibu Nights’ Lacks Musical Diversity, LANY Captures Human Emotion in Sophomore Album

★★★★☆ “What do you do with a broken heart?” If you’re Paul Jason Klein, frontman of indie-pop trio LANY, you write an album.  The genesis of LANY’s sophomore album was not premeditated. After experiencing the incomparable pain of a first heartbreak, Klein’s music was his method of survival. According to[Read More…]

by October 23, 2018 0 comments Music
SUPERORGANISM

BAKER: The Music on My Playlist

‘The Ballad of Mona Lisa’  Panic! at the Disco Drawing inspiration from Pablo Picasso’s alluring portrait, this song off Panic! at the Disco’s 2011 album, “Vices and Virtues,” showcases frontman Brendon Urie’s thrilling vocals and lyrical abilities. The song grapples with the idea of masking one’s inner struggles — a concept[Read More…]

by October 18, 2018 0 comments Guide - Top, Guide Columns, Music, The Guide
GUCCI

SOUNDS OF THE UNDERGROUND: Hoya Musicians Who Rock the Hilltop

The desk lamp on the floor cast a warm, hazy light over the unmanned keyboard, drum set and guitar. The crowd had squeezed into this Henle living room and was buzzing with anticipation for what was to come. Conversations of artists and past gigs faded away as the New North[Read More…]

KELELA

Kelela Offers a Radical Reinterpretation of R&B on ‘TAKE ME A_PART, THE REMIXES’

Released on the one-year anniversary of her debut album, “Take Me Apart,” Kelela’s “TAKE ME A_PART, THE REMIXES” brings together a massive cast of producers, musicians and other artists to expand her creative universe and offer a collaborative and novel vision of music. The album boasts a near hour-and-20-minute runtime[Read More…]

by October 8, 2018 0 comments Guide - Top, Music, The Guide
TRILLECTRO

SZA and Sheck Wes Shine at Trillectro Music Festival

When I entered Trillectro, a music festival at Merriweather Post Pavilion in Columbia, Maryland, I could feel the atmosphere shift from the streets of Maryland. The colors were brighter, the music was louder and the people were happier. The anticipation and excitement were tangible as I steadily made my way[Read More…]

by October 3, 2018 0 comments Concerts, Guide - Top, Music, The Guide
6LACK

‘East Atlanta Love Letter’ Puts 6LACK’s Emotional Side on Display, But Pushes No Boundaries

★★★☆☆ Atlanta-based singer 6LACK, birth name Ricardo Valentine, burst onto the alternative R&B scene in 2016 with platinum-selling singles “PRBLMS” and “Ex Calling,” leading up to his debut album “Free 6LACK.” Accused by fans and critics like Anthony Fantano of being an industry plant capitalizing on the popularity of alternative[Read More…]