PREVIEW: Beach Fossils @ 9:30 Club, 10/24

BY VICTORIA MIDDLETON// After a four year hiatus, the Brooklyn based band Beach Fossils is coming to the District after the release of the their fourth LP, Somersault.

Beach Fossils came onto the scene in 2010 with release of their self entitled album Beach Fossils. Their sound is distinctively ambient, with surf-rock elements that hold true to their name. Stand out tracks from Beach Fossils include “Daydream” and “Golden Age,” which embody the dreamy feelings of youth and nostalgia.

Following their first LP, Beach Fossils released What A Pleasure in 2011 and Clash the Truth in 2013. Although the band has had many changes in lineup early on, their current lineup consists of frontman and creator Dustin Payseur, Jack Doyle Smith, bassist since 2011, and Tommy Davidson, guitarist since 2013.

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PREVIEW Benjamin Booker @ 930 Club 10/23

BY DAKOTA MORROW//

On Monday October 23 the immensely talented New Orleans based Benjamin Booker will be playing at Washington’s own 9:30 club. Benjamin booker has been on a world tour following the release of his latest album,  “Witness” which combines a heady mix of indie, punk and jammin rock to create the perfect fun for all show. Opening for him is the electrifying She Keeps Bees, a band being compared to the jittery rock of the White Stripes.

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REVIEW Alex Cameron @ Songbyrd

BY VICTORIA MIDDLETON // Alex Cameron was unexpectedly solemn at points during his performance at Songbyrd Music House Monday night.

“I wrote this song in Vegas while thinking about Tom Petty,” he recalled, lamenting the ways of “the universe” before performing the song “Runnin’ Outta Luck.” However, Cameron never allowed the vibe to to get dark for more than a few seconds, even when an eager fan shouted for him to play one of his slower tracks, “The Hacienda.”

“Oh god, no,” Cameron laughed. “It’s too sad.”

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PREVIEW: Alex Cameron @ Songbyrd 10/2

BY  VICTORIA MIDDLETON // “Its time for Alex Cameron,” said Alex Cameron himself. The self-described “entertainer,” “showman,” and “shaman” will be performing at Songbyrd Music House on Monday.

Cameron’s first album Jumping the Shark was released under Secretly Canadian in 2016. The synthy, eight track collection follows Cameron’s alter ego, a desperate, failed performer. Cameron’s lyricism is both depressing and hilarious, showing a unique comedic sensibility. With greased shoulder length hair and a signature outfit consisting of a white tank, jeans, and leather jacket, Cameron knows how to stay on brand.

A relatively new face to the scene, Cameron came to the attention of the indie rock duo Oxygen while performing at David Lynch’s Parisian club Silencio and has since toured with Mac Demarco, Unknown Mortal Orchestra, and Kevin Morby. Cameron is usually accompanied by his “business partner,” saxophonist Roy Malloy.

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