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Concert Review: The Japanese House

With her dark, synthesized vocals and often cynical lyrics, Amber Blain, frontwoman and mastermind behind indie-pop act The Japanese House, can make you forget she is 21 years old. At Washington, D.C.’s Rock & Roll Hotel last Friday, however, as Blain playfully stuck her tongue out at her drummer, or,[Read More…]

Concert Review: Spreading the Love at Grouplove

Concert Review: Spreading the Love at Grouplove

On Nov. 9, an uneasy fog had settled over Washington, D.C. Words could not seem to encapsulate the depths of what many were feeling following one of the most contentious presidential elections in history. That night, indie rock band Grouplove played a near-perfect set at Echostage, reminding attendees of the[Read More…]

ALBUM: ‘Sunlit Youth’

Los Angeles-based five-piece Local Natives released its third album, “Sunlit Youth,” an ambitious new record that explores themes of love, drugs, politics and youth, earlier this month. While the album signifies the band’s somewhat rough transition from folk-infused indie rock to techno-influenced pop, it also offers honest, thought-provoking lyrics and[Read More…]