PREVIEW: The Hotelier @ Songbyrd 11/3

BY ALI GAUGLER // On Friday, November 3rd, emo revivalists, The Hotelier, will be playing a show at Songbyrd Music House and Record Café, after the release of their third studio album, Goodness.

There is a sincerity in The Hotelier’s music that can only come from first hand experience. The band was formed in 2009 when the members were still in high school in Massachusetts. They put out their first record, It Never Goes Out, in 2011, presenting the urgency of teenage emotion with authenticity.

Their second album, Home, Like Noplace is There, was released in 2014. With even more emotion than that behind their debut, the album deals with dark topics such as toxic and abusive relationships as well as suicide in a way to inspire personal growth and transformation. This album lead to The Hotelier being named as one of the main bands leading the emo revival.

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PREVIEW Flying Lotus in 3D @ Echostage 11/5

BY: HAZE DEVANEY // The multi-genre experimental artist, Flying Lotus, will be coming to DC on November 5th with his immersive 3D tour.

Flying Lotus jumpstarted his producing career after submitting a song to Adult Swim under the same moniker. After that, he was signed to Warp Records and created Los Angeles (2008), his second studio album, under the label. Eventually, as he gained popularity, he launched his own label Brainfeeder, under which he released his more popular songs like “Zodiac Shit”.

He has largely been an experimental electronic dj, but has not limited himself to the genre. His most recent album “You’re Dead!”, which was released in 2015, incorporates more jazz and funk elements than previous albums and can be seen in the songs “Never Catch Me (feat. Kenrick Lamar)” and “Coronus, the Terminator”. His newest album also includes collaborations with artists such as Thundercat and Snoop Dogg.

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PREVIEW: Julien Baker @ 9:30 Club 10/17

BY ISOBEL MOHYEDDIN // After releasing her album Sprained Ankle back in 2015, Memphis-born Julien Baker is coming to the 9:30 Club on October 17th in support of her album Turn Out the Lights due for release later this year.

While Sprained Ankle featured tracks that felt intimate and raw, the singles released so far for her upcoming record have felt much bigger and refined. On the title track, “Turn Out The Lights”, Baker begins plucking a somber melody and sings in her classically melancholy tone that harks back to songs like “Brittle Boned” or “Blacktop”. However, this song builds to a climax that sounds so full and present that I literally get goosebumps every time I hear it. “Appointments”, the first single from Baker’s new record, also builds into a stirring crescendo. While tracks like “Rejoice” from her first release also feature moments of sounding full and large, these newer tracks are much more produced and mixed to really push the sound whereas they previously felt very sparse and raw. Baker worked with Cameron Boucher, of Sorority Noise, on this record, to craft a more produced and complex sound than before.

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PREVIEW: Matisyahu @ Lincoln Theater 10/10

Touring for the first time since the release of his newest album, Matisyahu is coming to DC’s Lincoln Theater on Tuesday October 10th . His newest album Undercurrent was released May 19th of this year and is a sharp contrast to Matisyahu’s previous works.

Hailing from New York, Matisyahu is commonly known for his style of incorporating spirituality with smooth reggae beats. Throughout the course of his life, his faith has changed and evolved, influencing the style of his music. As a teenager, Matisyahu (known by his real name as Matthew Paul Miller) rebelled against his strict Jewish upbringing, eventually being forced by his parents to attend a wilderness program for troubled teens. There, Miller became closer to his faith. When returning to New York, he more seriously pursued his passion for music.

Matisyahu first broke ground in 2005, with the release of his world-famous hits “One Day” and “King Without a Crown”. A year later, his second album, Youth, was nominated for a Grammy. At the start of his career, Matisyahu was self-classified as a solo artist signing about universal love and peace through
rapping, reggae, and beat-boxing. However, with the release of his newest album, and on his current tour, Matisyahu is performing as a band, presenting songs of a more electronic and less orthodox nature.

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PREVIEW: Young The Giant w/ Cold War Kids and Joywave @ MPP

BY: ELLERY GLADSTONE-GROTH // On Saturday September 16th  Young The Giant, will perform at Merriweather Post Pavilion accompanied by the stylings of the Cold War Kids and Joywave. The California based quintet, Young The Giant are coming off their third full length album, Home of The Strange(2016) and are sure to deliver the indie synth rock vibe we have come to know and love.

Home of The Strange recorded 3  Billboard top 100 singles with, “Amerika” , “Something to believe in” and “Silvertongue”. These singles would surely foreshadow the albums number 12 ranking on the billboard top 200 albums of the week.

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