Music

RAPSODY

Album Review: ‘Laila’s Wisdom’

★★★★☆ The artist Rapsody, otherwise known as “Carolina’s Finest,” has provided casual rap listeners with tantalizing glimpses at her skill over the past few years. Her features on Kendrick Lamar’s legendary 2015 release “To Pimp a Butterfly” and Anderson .Paak’s 2016 “Malibu” have established that she is a rising female[Read More…]

by October 31, 2017 0 comments Music, The Guide
COURTESY ANNIE SCHLECHTER

CELENZA: What’s on My Playlist

Duke Ellington’s adaptation of “Rhapsody in Blue” – The Duke Ellington Orchestra Like a lot of music fans, my playlist is constantly in flux — but this recording from 1962 is always in the mix. When George Gershwin originally composed “Rhapsody in Blue” in 1924, he combined European classical music[Read More…]

MADDY FORBESS/THE  HOYA

Concert Review: RAC at the Black Cat

Critics of electronic dance music claim that the genre is too mechanical, but Portuguese DJ RAC challenges this notion, as he brought each of his songs to life onstage during his show at the Black Cat on Oct. 5. His vision blends the upbeat, high-energy elements of hip-hop with the[Read More…]

MEGHAN MANDI/THE HOYA

Concert Review: Mura Masa at the 9:30 Club

Alex Crossan, better known as Mura Masa, may only be 21 years old, but he has already built quite a name for himself as an electronic musician. Emerging into the industry at age 17, Mura Masa used SoundCloud as a means of dispersing his music to wider audiences. After his[Read More…]

MAX CRISPIN/THE HOYA

Concert Review: Tash Sultana at the 9:30 Club

At around 10:30 p.m. on Oct. 6, Tash Sultana, donning an oversized black T-shirt, plaid pants and a black beanie, stepped barefoot onstage at the 9:30 Club to receive her thundering crowd. “Was anyone at my last show in D.C.?” Sultana asked to thunderous applause. “Well, you obviously told your[Read More…]

by October 20, 2017 0 comments Guide - Top, Music, Music Issue, The Guide
ALEXANDRA BRUNJES/THE HOYA

Concert Review: Ron Pope at the 9:30 Club

“You all had to do something to be here, so I’ll be damned if I’m not going to show up.” Upon taking the stage at the 9:30 Club on Oct. 10, Ron Pope immediately began to banter with the audience, establishing a comfortable, conversational rapport that would continue throughout the[Read More…]

TARINA TOURET/THE HOYA

Concert Review: LANY at Fillmore Silver Spring

“This experience can only be heightened by enthusiastic response and involvement.” As the lights dimmed, these words filled the and the crowd began to scream. Suddenly, Paul Klein, the lead vocalist of LANY, appeared on stage and began to sing “Dumb Stuff”, the first song of the 21-song set planned[Read More…]

KEVIN GATES

Album: ‘By Any Means 2’

★★★★☆ There are few musicians who can claim to have put out a full-length mixtape from prison — and even fewer who can say that it is among their finest works. But Baton Rouge, La. rapper Kevin Gates’ latest mixtape, “By Any Means 2” has proven to loyal fans and[Read More…]

by September 29, 2017 0 comments Guide - Top, Guide Columns, Music, The Guide
ROSTAM

Album: ‘Half-Light’

★★★★☆ The sound of “Half-Light” is best described by its cover. The colors are bright and warm, evoking sensitivity and emotion, while the image itself is pixelated, belying a digital, distorted element. The Persian characters suggest foreign musical influences. Yet, each part comes together around the friendly figure in the[Read More…]

ED SHEERAN

Ed Sheeran at Capital One Arena

  Mere seconds after stepping on stage at Capital One Arena on Tuesday, British singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran brought his largely teenage audience to its feet with the upbeat radio track “Castle on the Hill.” Using just a guitar — one of several to be played throughout the night — and[Read More…]

by September 22, 2017 1 comment Arts & Entertainment, Guide - Top, Music, The Guide