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EP Review: ‘Terms and Conditions’

EP Review: ‘Terms and Conditions’

Featuring instrumentals like funky guitar and ’90s garage band beats, Slang’s newest EP “Terms and Conditions” unexpectedly combines melodic rap with upbeat yet mellow choruses. Despite its innovative production, “Terms and Conditions” lacks the vulnerable storytelling and lyricism of Slang’s previous music. Slang, a somewhat undiscovered alternative indie and rap[Read More…]

SOCCER MOMMMY

Album Review: ‘Clean’

★★★☆☆ Soccer Mommy’s debut album, “Clean,” is anything but that. Confronting complicated relationships, the move away from home and skinny-dipping with boys, the lyrics of Soccer Mommy — whose real name is Sophie Allison — are piercingly raw and relatable. The mix is intentionally muddled, staying true to the bedroom[Read More…]

by March 26, 2018 0 comments Guide - Top, Music, The Guide
THE NEIGHBOURHOOD

Album Review: ‘The Neighbourhood’

★★☆☆☆ Weakly grasping at straws to regain the magic of its early career, alternative rock band The Neighbourhood fails to inspire listeners through the repetitive lyrical themes and awkward incorporation of current musical trends on the group’s self-titled third album. The Neighbourhood first appeared on the music scene in 2013[Read More…]

by March 23, 2018 0 comments Guide - Top, Music, The Guide
Concert Review: Billie Eilish at the Black Cat

Concert Review: Billie Eilish at the Black Cat

Gray-haired, 16-year-old singer Billie Eilish is full of paradoxes. Her voice is light, angelic and mature well beyond her years, but allusions to violence in her lyrics and more ominous production give her songs a darker, biting edge. Her stop at the Black Cat, a music venue in downtown Washington,[Read More…]

by March 22, 2018 1 comment Concerts, Guide - Top, Music, The Guide
TOP DAWG ENTERTAINMENT

Album Review: ‘Black Panther: The Album’

With the hype surrounding the release of Marvel’s 2018 film “Black Panther,” which features a predominantly black cast and is currently the seventh highest-grossing film ever in the United States, the pressure to make an album worthy of a billion-dollar film was tremendous. With a star-studded lineup and a variety[Read More…]

by March 21, 2018 0 comments Arts & Entertainment, Music, The Guide
AARON WEINMANN FOR THE HOYA

G-Eazy at the DAR Constitution Hall

Dressed in an all-black outfit with his hair greased back and gold chains bouncing off his neck, G-Eazy turned the DAR Constitution Hall, a theater-like venue with carpeted floors, into a club last Saturday. As he ripped through songs off his latest album “The Beautiful & Damned,” as well as[Read More…]

by March 19, 2018 1 comment Concerts, Guide - Top, Music, The Guide
FOSTER THE PEOPLE

GANDHI: The Music on My Playlist

“Sit Next to Me” —  Foster the People With a slow, dramatic introduction that builds into a head-bopping beat and an irresistibly catchy chorus, “Sit Next to Me” stands out on Foster the People’s 2017 album “Sacred Hearts Club,” which otherwise fell flat. The song’s psychedelic undertones harken back to the[Read More…]

by March 19, 2018 0 comments Guide - Top, Guide Columns, Music, The Guide
LIL YACHTY

Album Review: ‘Lil Boat 2’

★☆☆☆☆ On “Lil Boat 2,” Lil Yachty attempts to cement his place among fellow Atlanta rap stars like Migos, Young Thug and 2 Chainz but falls short, as personality and energy are swapped for rinse-and-repeat beats and uninspired flows. After the almost overnight success of his 2015 viral hit “One[Read More…]

by March 16, 2018 0 comments Music, The Guide
AMANDA VAN ORDEN/THE HOYA

Concert Review: Tyler, the Creator at The Anthem

Decked in a yellow reflective vest and perched on top of a giant diagonal ramp shaped like a log, Tyler, the Creator captivated the audience with mischievous character and masterful showmanship at his Feb. 26 performance at The Anthem. Tyler produces innovative rap music while maintaining a goofy attitude that[Read More…]

CAROLINE PAPPAS/THE HOYA

Concert Review: The Oh Hellos at the 9:30 Club

Texas-based brother-sister duo The Oh Hellos launched their 2018 tour at the 9:30 Club last Tuesday, promoting their latest album “Eurus” to a crowded and enthusiastic audience. Combining rock, folk and indie sounds, The Oh Hellos delivered an energetic and authentic performance, complemented by an engaged audience who spent the[Read More…]