BY BRIAN SEUCH\\ The Oh Hellos first stumbled into my Spotify stream a few years ago while I was manically discovering folk rock for the first time. It was a brand new genre to me, with the charm of country and the structure of my favorite indie songwriters. “Hello My Old Heart” instantly topped my new playlist and fed the flames of my interests. Since I discovered them a few years ago, The Oh Hellos have released two full albums where they work to pin down their own creative style and energy while maintaining the happy go lucky atmosphere that their oldest work brought out. As they cite Fleet Foxes and The Middle East as their influences, it is no wonder they’ve cultivated such a strong following in the folk community.
The Oh Hellos boast slow campfire songs such as “Cold is the Night” which only features the two singers, a guitar, and the occasional whistle. Songs like this are delightfully simple and offer the listener an escape from the bustle of daily life as music forces them to slow down along with the lyrics. On the other hand, songs like “Lay Me Down” are more reminiscent of Trampled by Turtles fast paced strumming which cant help but leave the listener stomping their feet to the rhythm. Regardless of the style their songs are anything but formulaic and it is clear the writers are intentionally imaginative while planning their duets. Because the songs are so different both within and between titles The Oh Hello’s listeners just keep demanding more.
BY SARAH SOPHER\\ Lights is my all time favorite artist. Her genuine nature and innovative art forms are refreshing and uplifting. Lights is more than just a musician. She is an innovator, a painter, and the author of her very own comic book series. This season Lights is headlining her own tour, “We Were Here”, to bring her new project to life. The “We Were Here” tour will be at 930 Club in Washington, DC this Wednesday 2/21.
BY VICTORIA MIDDLETON// The Portland, Oregon based indie-pop band STRFKR is playing the 9:30 Club this Saturday, February 17.
STRFKR began in 2007 as a solo project for Joshua Hodges, but has since been rounded out with bassist Shawn Glassford, drummer Keil Corcoran, and guitarist Patrick Morris. The band’s ~edgy~ moniker stems from a person joke of Hodges, who is vocally critical of the status-hungry nature of stardom.
“I was around all these people who were kind of douchey, the kind of people I would never hang out with, and one of them bragged about being a ‘starfucker.’ I thought, ‘Who are these people? What is this world?’,” says Hodges. “That’s why I chose the name: because it represented all I didn’t want to be a part of, all I didn’t want to do.”
BY SYDNEY SPENCER// It has been awhile since the bass community has seen genuine innovation. Thankfully, Ganja White Night has recently stepped into the spotlight to deliver the raw originality that the genre and its fan have been thirsting for. Ganja White Night (GWN), also known as the Wobble Brothers, have an intriguing backstory and creative style that truly sets them apart from the contemporary EDM World.
GWN duo Benjamin “Bamby” Bayeul and Charlie “Erwan” Dodson come from humbling beginnings in the small town of Mons, Belgium. Developing their musical identity without influence from the US’s music industry has contributed to their unique sound – one that incorporates reggae, dub, hip-hop, and drum and bass with influence from the Middle East, Asia, Africa, and Latin America.