PREVIEW Hippo Campus @ 9:30 Club, 11/13

BY PASHA VAFAEE// Hippo Campus is returning to 9:30 Club, this time headlining their own tour with support from Remo Drive. The young St. Paul indie-rock quartet has only just gotten back to US soil, still riding the success of their UK tour, and has been rocking sold-out shows across the country, playing songs from their first full-length 2017 album, Landmark, as well as their recent self-produced EP, Warm Glow.

Although the band is relatively new to the music scene, they are anything but novices. In the four years since their formation, Hippo Campus has headlined five tours, played at major music festival, such as South by Southwest, Lollapalooza, and Bonnaroo, and provided back-up support for seasoned bands, such as My Morning Jacket, Modest Mouse, The Mowgli’s, Walk the Moon, Jr Jr, Real Estate, and more. Their first EP under Grand Jury Records, Bashful Creatures, garnered them the attention from the public, with live shows quickly following at CBS, WFUV, KEXP, and KCRW.

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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


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 Ibeyi @ 9:30 Club 11/1

BY DAKOTA MORROW// On Wednesday November 1st, all the way from Paris France, Ibeyi will be playing at a DC music staple, the 9:30 Club.

Ibeyi is the brainchild of French-Cuban twin sisters Lisa-Kaindé and Naomi Diaz. The twins sing interchangeably in English, Spanish, French, and a Nigerian language once spoken by slaves, brought to Cuba from Nigeria. Claiming King Krule, Frank Ocean, and James Blake as their musical inspiration, Ibeyi infuses a funky blend of R&B, soul, downtempo, electronic, and experimental sounds.

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PREVIEW The Shins @ The Anthem 11/2

BY VICTORIA MIDDLETON//  Essential indie-rock project The Shins will be performing at The Anthem Thursday night as part of small tour in support of their most recent album Heartworms.

The Shins are far from newcomers. The group formed in 1996 as a side-project for frontman James Mercer, who, at the time, was the singer and guitarist for Flake. The group got their start touring with the iconic 90s indie rock group Modest Mouse and released their first album Oh, Inverted World in 2001. This album establishes the bands distinctive sound, characterized by whimsical lyrics and evocatively playful melodies. Their second LP Chutes Too Narrow was released in 2003.

The Shins secured their place as indie staples when their very first single “New Slang” was featured in the film Garden State in 2004. In one scene Natalie Portman’s character claims the track “will change for your life.” This moment certainly changed The Shins’ lives, as the songs cameo brought them heightened success. The band’s third LP Wincing the Night Away, released in 2007, peaked at number 2 on the charts. A poignant and fanciful concept album following a young boy through an adventurous odyssey, tracks such as “Sleeping Lessons,” “Australia,” “Phantom Limb,” and “Turn on Me” show The Shins at their peak.

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