BY TORI SWIACKI// Silly core, class-clown core, goof core, fun punk — there are many labels that could be applied to New York’s TOP nachos. Taking influence from bands likePrimus, TOP nachos comes as a two piece, comprised of guitarist and vocalist Eli Frank and drummer Kenny Hauptman.
BY SARAH SOPHER// Steve Aoki graced the District of Columbia this past Saturday with his endless and completely infectious energy on the first stop of the Kolony North American tour.
My favorite concerts are always the ones where the artist interacts with their fans, and that is exactly what Steve did during his entire set. He began the 2-hour performance at the front of the stage, approaching and welcoming the crowd with HEAVY bass and giving fist bumps to some lucky rail-riders. The audience remained completely enthralled with his performance the entire time, as Aoki played new and familiar tunes. This show was extra special because DC got to be the first ever live audience to experience the newest Aoki + Carnage Collaboration.
The one-woman band, Tash Sultana came to Washington, DC for the second time ever this October. After playing at Rock & Roll Hotel during her first USA tour in February, Tash returned to DC in front of a much larger crowd at the 930 Club. She put on a fabulous, multi-talented performance where she sang, beatboxed and made use of a ton of instruments including the pan flute, Arabian Oud, and trumpet! The way she interacts with her fans and allows us to relate to her emotions is one of my favorite things about her style.
Tash became famous less than two years ago when her home-recording of the song Jungle went viral through Youtube! She is an Australian artist who spent some of her musical career busking on the streets of Melbourne. Now, she’s turning heads all over the world and selling out popular venues like our very own 930 Club. In a little bit more time, I wouldn’t be surprised if Tash Sultana was playing on all the local radio stations!
Day for Night, Houston’s unique celebration of counter culture’s approach to art and music, revealed its latest creations in December. Since 2009, Day For Night organizers have explored integrative experiences with diverse and well researched line-ups of truly innovative music and visual arts, and this year was the most impressive to date. With artists including Aphex Twin, RZA from the Wu-tang Clan, and the iconic director of Halloween, John Carpenter, Day For Night created an environment full of legends. Check out photos from the festival below. Don’t miss your chance to get the best priced tickets for next year with blind presale passes out now!