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MGMT

Album Review: ‘Little Dark Age’

★★★☆☆ MGMT’s 2018 album “Little Dark Age” follows in the vein of the spaced-out indie-pop that rocketed the band to stardom 11 years ago. However, while the project almost succeeds in reviving the duo’s early retro-synth success, it struggles to find its own identity. MGMT, which the friends Andrew VanWyngarden[Read More…]

by February 12, 2018 0 comments Arts & Entertainment, Music, The Guide
SZA

Concert Review: SZA at The Fillmore Silver Spring

Despite the Grammys’ snub of rhythm and blues singer SZA, a line of concertgoers snaked around The Fillmore Silver Spring on Feb. 5 to see her take the stage. The sold-out show was a testament to the artistry of SZA’s debut album “Ctrl.” Despite a minimalistic set, SZA performed with[Read More…]

AMANDA VANORDEN FOR THE HOYA

Punk Rock Spread From WGTB to the Streets of DC

“It felt like things could explode at any moment into absolute chaos.” James Schneider, director of the upcoming documentary “Punk the Capital,” was not describing a heated protest but rather the influential 1979 punk rock concert held at Georgetown University. The show was a benefit concert held by Georgetown’s student-run[Read More…]

RYAN BAE/THE HOYA

The Lore of the Georgetown Chimes and ‘Cherry Tree Massacre’

Walking into the Georgetown Chimes’ rehearsal is like stepping into another world. Stifled vocals come from the back room of the house where members of the Chimes gather before rehearsing, while members who are not warming up sit in the front room, bonding and waiting to sing. The Chimes House[Read More…]

KATHRYN BAKER FOR THE HOYA

Concert Review: Lauv at the 9:30 Club

In his performance at the 9:30 Club on Feb. 6, emerging electro-pop artist Lauv, otherwise known as Ari Leff, showed off his phenomenal falsettos and suave dance moves to capture the crowd’s attention — and keep it. For the night, Lauv wore his heart on his blue Freddy Krueger-esque sweater[Read More…]

PAZ: The Music on My Playlist

PAZ: The Music on My Playlist

1. “Spring to Come” — John Butler Trio  When I turn to my playlists for a soft, safe and stable space, this ballad by the Australian folk group John Butler Trio is a natural option to center myself. With a warm and reflective introduction, Butler’s gentle voice invites you to[Read More…]

Album Review: ‘Culture II’

Album Review: ‘Culture II’

Although its 24-song track list is intimidating, Migos’ latest album, “Culture II,” allows ample opportunity for the rap trio Migos to shine. Released exactly one year before “Culture II,” the group’s second album, “Culture,” propelled the rap group into superstardom with hits like “Bad and Boujee,” “Slippery” and “T-Shirt,” as[Read More…]

Concert Review: BROCKHAMPTON at The Fillmore Silver Spring

Concert Review: BROCKHAMPTON at The Fillmore Silver Spring

Texas-based rap group BROCKHAMPTON brought precise lyrical mastery to its performance at The Fillmore Silver Spring on Jan. 28, with unbridled energy that electrified the crowd. The group, which broke into the mainstream in 2017 with its “SATURATION” album trilogy, has a penchant for interweaving silky hooks and vulnerable moments[Read More…]

Concert Review: Lana Del Rey at the Capital One Arena

Concert Review: Lana Del Rey at the Capital One Arena

Three days before appearing on the red carpet at Madison Square Garden for the 60th annual Grammy Awards, Lana Del Rey enthralled a clamoring audience at a packed Capital One Arena on Jan. 25. The singer-songwriter complemented soaring vocals with vacation-themed visuals as she treated loyal Washington, D.C. fans to[Read More…]

SZA

The Guide’s 2018 Grammy Picks

RECORD OF THE YEAR Redbone (Childish Gambino)  Despacito (Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee Featuring Justin Bieber) The Story of O.J. (JAY-Z) HUMBLE. (Kendrick Lamar) 24K Magic (Bruno Mars)   ALBUM OF THE YEAR Awaken, My Love! (Childish Gambino) 4:44 (JAY-Z) DAMN. (Kendrick Lamar) Melodrama (Lorde) 24K Magic   SONG OF[Read More…]