Music

THE WEEKND

Album Review: ‘My Dear Melancholy’

After solidifying his success with the 2016 Daft Punk-produced album, “Starboy,” The Weeknd returned to his musical roots with his March 30 EP “My Dear Melancholy,” characterized by moody beats and pained crooning. “My Dear Melancholy” cuts through the fluff of The Weeknd’s seemingly cool disinterest to reveal the beating[Read More…]

ANNAH OTIS FOR THE HOYA

Movie Review: ‘Pandas’ at the National Air and Space Museum

IMAX’s newest documentary “Pandas,” which is being shown at the National Air and Space Museum, brings to life the incredible story of the panda Qian Qian and her bond with wildlife biologist Dr. Jacob Owens as they prepare her for life in the wild. Directed by Drew Fellman and David[Read More…]

THE KENNEDY CENTER

The New York City Ballet Performs ‘Works by Balanchine, Martins & Peck’ at The Kennedy Center

It seems unlikely that an art established on 17th century royal French etiquette and modern 20th century abstractions can progress into the 21st century. Yet, in “Works by Balanchine, Martins & Peck” at the Kennedy Center, the New York City Ballet moves that art form forward with an intellectually arranged[Read More…]

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 1 comment 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 3 comments 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