Post Tagged with: "r&b"

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
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
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
KELELA

Concert Review: Kelela at the 9:30 Club

In a performance at the 9:30 Club that was equal parts intimate and transcendent, Kelela returned to her hometown of Washington, D.C., on March 1 to share the fears, heartaches and celebrations that come with rising to stardom as a black woman in America. Kelela and opening act Tiffany Gouché[Read More…]

by March 8, 2018 1 comment Concerts, The Guide
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
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Go-Go Going Nowhere

Frenetic drum beats, cheering and chanting pour out onto U Street. The sounds emanate from the insides of theaters, clubs and performance halls, where masses of Washington, D.C. music fans sing and dance, abandoning themselves to the untamed spirit of the “Chocolate City.” Although this scene is timeless, the type[Read More…]

by September 1, 2017 0 comments Features, Guide - Top, The Guide
Interview with Georgetown Band Almeda

Interview with Georgetown Band Almeda

The Washington, D.C. music scene is among the nation’s best, boasting stadium-sized concert halls and offbeat venues all within a few streets of each other. Georgetown students, however, need look no further than their own campus to find exciting new sources of music and performance. Bands formed by students often[Read More…]

by April 28, 2017 0 comments Features, Music, The Guide
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Concert Review: John Mayer

John Mayer’s skills on the guitar are undeniable. Boasting on his extraordinary instrumental gifts, Mayer ripped through his repertoire in his 21-song set during his April 6 performance at the Verizon Center. From full band instrumentals to solo acoustics, Mayer proved that in addition to being a songsmith, crooner and celebrity,[Read More…]

by April 27, 2017 1 comment Music, The Guide
LOUIS ARMSTRONG

Songs of Struggle and Spirit

Nat King Cole. Ella Fitzgerald. Chuck Berry. Aretha Franklin. Kendrick Lamar. When it comes to understanding the power of black artists in the American musical landscape, there is certainly no shortage of icons from which to choose. In fact, it is impossible to discuss the history of American music without[Read More…]

XL RECORDINGS

Album Review: ‘Process’

  ★★★★★ British singer-songwriter Sampha usually stays away from the spotlight, adding his breathy vocals and touches of piano to the songs of other artists, including Kanye West, Solange and Drake. In a 2016 interview with Complex Magazine, he said, “There are songs I’ve played keyboard on, and I haven’t[Read More…]