SAMANTHA HARDY // Both women, men and everyone between and beyond put on their best heels for the show. Dark rimmed eyes, bright lips and glitter made up the sea of individuals facing the stage waiting for Perfume Genius to start. The crowd was heavily concentrated on the ground floor. The outfits were bold and bright. Many people were here to make statements, to be themselves.
Wearing a corset, Mike Hadreas, under the moniker, Perfume Genius comes out. Hadreas stands in the middle with two men beside them and one in back on the drums. The stage was simple. It was mostly dark with deep colored lighting. It was also adorned with trees and leaves, emulating some sort of naturalistic environment, perhaps a jungle.
ISOBEL MOHYEDDIN // According to Billboard Magazine and Consequence of Sound, Merriweather Post Pavillion ranks among not only the best amphitheaters in the nation, but finds itself listed as one of the best music venues period. Located in Columbia, Maryland, Merriweather was opened 50 years ago and is celebrated its anniversary only a few weeks ago on July 14th. Two indie powerhouses are touring through the DMV area and stopping by Merriweather later this summer on what is bound to be a show to remember.
Animal Collective has been churning out new music throughout the year. Despite releasing The Painters EP earlier this year, Animal Collective never seems to stop creating and producing new music. they released their second EP of 2017, Meeting of the Waters. Recorded originally as a part of a VICELAND documentary series, the EP consists of four tracks recorded along the Amazon Rainforest.
ISOBEL MOHYEDDIN // Ohio-natives Cloud Nothings are set to perform at the 9:30 Club on May 20th with Daniel Bachman as their opening act. Their sixth studio album Life Without Sound was released earlier this year, and marks a clear shift in the band’s sound — distancing themselves from their lo-fi roots.
Cloud Nothings emerged from humble beginnings in the dawn of the internet age. Dylan Baldi, the band’s creator and lead singer, began posting songs like “Hey Cool Kid” and “Whaddya Wanna Know” on his MySpace page as an 18-year-old college dropout. The former is still one of the band’s most popular tracks, and these basement recordings led him to performing with acts such as Real Estate.
SAMANTHA HARDY // No Shape, released released May 5th via Matador, makes this Mike Hadreas’ fourth album under the name Perfume Genius.
Produced by Blake Mills who has worked with artists such as Fiona Apple, No Shape has received high praise by critics from Pitchfork stating it is “pure decadence. [No Shape is] his most realized album yet, a tender a transcendental protest record of love and devotion.” Pitchfork gave it an 8.8 and filed it under Best New Album.
This serves as a follow to his 2014 album Too Bright, co-produced by Adrian Utley of Portishead. Too Bright also received rave reviews by many new outlets.
ISOBEL MOHYEDDIN // WRGW has partnered with Karoondinha Music & Arts Festival in a ticket giveaway! Starting May 26th, all you have to do to be entered to win two GA tickets is take a photo of your favorite nature scene and post it on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram. There is a limit of one entry per person, so post your best shot! Be sure to tag WRGW in your photo and use the hashtag #wrgwkaroondinha. We’ll choose the best photo and announce the winner on June 2nd.
With headlining acts like Chance the Rapper, John Legend, Paramore, and The Roots, the Karoondinha Music & Arts Festival is set to have an incredible debut lineup this summer. The rest of the bill is stacked with the likes of Odesza, Young the Giant, Chromeo, Dillon Francis, and Porter Robinson. The festival, located at the beautiful Penn’s Cave & Wildlife Park in Centre Hall, PA, is set to take place from Friday, July 21st to Sunday, July 23rd.