Satori Trova Interview / Performance (Free Download!)

Satori Trova is a sprawling group of DC musicians whose output combines elements from (what seems like) almost every style of music. They came into the station last week for an interview and performance. I had a great time talking to them about their songwriting process, the evolution of the artist-listener relationship, and how they seem to do all of these things subconsciously. Their performance was very unique for them – stripped down to quasi-acoustic, playing a few songs in this manner for the first time, as well as a little jam here and there. Download the entire in-studio here for free. They will be playing at DC9 on Feb. 8 to promote their pledgemusic fundraiser for their upcoming EP, and I’m thrilled to be opening for them on Feb 25th at The Velvet Lounge on U Street. Hope you enjoy. Check out a video of them performing live below.

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What To Watch For in 2012: Grouplove and Nadastrom

Welcome to the start of the apocalypse, everyone! With only a mere 11 months before the world’s supposed end, it’s imperative you start scouting for exciting, up-and-coming music to incorporate into your “End of the World” playlists. To help, I’ve simplified this task by listing a few personal favorites whom are set to have a great 2012. Disclaimer: you may already recognize some of these bands/genres as they’re not entirely new to the music scene, but they’re still worth listening to nonetheless.

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What To Watch For in 2012: The Classic Crime

I’ll admit, I’m a little biased when it comes to my 2012 pick. Having seen all of my favorite bands other than this one at least once in the last six months, I’m a bit impatient with The Classic Crime. In the absence of any East Coast dates, I’m focusing my energy on TCC’s upcoming release.

The Classic Crime entered the studio early this month, and is in the middle of recording their fourth studio release with Tooth & Nail Records. In their previous three releases, the alternative rock band has thoroughly addressed issues of faith, family, drug use, and the struggle to be a good man in a world of sin. Arguably, this was best displayed in second album The Silver Cord (an album that, curiously enough, begins with The End and ends with The Beginning), where vocalist Matt Macdonald’s vocals were kept as raw and honest as the lyrics he sings. Their most recent release, Vagabonds, was the band’s most ambitious to date, experimenting with styles and time signatures, though the result was an album that felt somewhat scattered in its attempt to encompass these changes. My hope is that they have been able to use the time since the release to combine the creativity of Vagabonds with the raw power shown in The Silver Cord. A recent tweet from the band’s twitter states that the band tracked a guitar part reminiscent of first album Albatross, something I’m sure is a push in the right direction.

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What To Watch For in 2012: Ingrid Michaelson Returns to 9:30 Club

May 9th is going to be awesome. Yes, it is in the middle of finals week and most of us will be itching to be done with school or already gearing towards the summer. So, of course, the best way to scratch that antsy itch is to get out into the city.  It just so happens that on that Wednesday night, Ingrid Michaelson will be performing at DC’s own 9:30 Club.

On January 24th Michaelson released her new album Human Again, which features the single “Ghost” released back in November of 2011. Listening to the slew of thirteen songs and two bonus tracks, the album has a distinctly darker and vindictive tone than previous ones, especially compared to the bubbly singles played on the radio or as we pass by the Gap. Even Michaelson, with an air of pride, claims that the sound is louder and quite the departure from the “cute” reputation expected.  The opening song on the album, “Fire” is a song you could find yourself running sprints to, maybe even throwing punches to (at an appropriate punching bag, of course), and certainly the song sets the tone for the entire album with other dramatic and, dare I say, angry songs throughout. You can catch a small glimpse of that pop-ish essence of Michaelson’s previous work in “Blood Brothers,” with its upbeat sound and humanitarian message that “we are all blood brothers,” but it nonetheless maintains a more mature sound. Me personally? I am totally digging her grittiness. It’s different, it’s curious, and she’s touring with it!

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What To Watch For in 2012: Adele’s “Comeback”

The breakout artist of 2011 releases albums titled after the age she was when they were recorded, 19 and 21 respectively, and goes simply by Adele.  Now, if you follow current events in the music world, then you know that a few months ago, the breakout artist hit what many would called a set back. She had to undergo surgery on her vocal cords and was temporarily put on vocal rest to recover. This resulted in forcing her to cancel multiple concert dates and halt her incredibly successful tour. The media has turned this into set back into fall from grace and has constantly generated headlines talking about her comeback. The only problem is that she never really left. Since the surgery Adele has remained on the charts and shows no signs of slowing down. Her third single from 21, Set Fire to the Rain, hit number one on the charts, just last week. The album that spanned the hit single, 21, was also number one. 21 sold 95,000 copies and Set Fire to the Rain sold 185,000 copies. That on its own would be an impressive accomplishment, but when you factor in some additional information. First, 21 was released January 19… 2011. This album has topped the charts for over seventeen weeks and has been in the top ten for over a year. The album has sold some seventeen million copies worldwide. The other two singles from the album prior to Set Fire were also number ones.  So, you get it she is incredibly successful. The main reason I am looking forward to her inevitable performance at the Grammys is because this artist is so talented. At the MTV VMA, an event known for it’s outrageous antics, Adele went on stage and preformed with just a piano and a microphone. There was no crazy light show or strangely dressed dancers, just an amazing voice coming from an incredibly passionate singer. Adele draws her listeners and the simplicity of her performances make each one have an incredibly personal feeling. Adele’s performance is officially confirmed and her participation has always been  assured.  Not only is the biggest musically artist of the year, but she is nominated for six more Grammys to add to the two that she already won for 19.  Her performance was one of the most anticipated of the night, not only because of her amazing vocal skills, but also because of her absence from the stage. To find out how she will manage to top her previous performances and make her presence even more well known. But mostly, people wanted to watch her blow away any remaining notion that she was ever gone.

Kyle Anderson

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