PREVIEW: Waxahatchee @ 9:30 Club

BY: SYDNEY SPENCER

On Sunday, April 15th, 2018 I will be seeing my favorite artist in D.C. for the second time. Even with graduation around the corner, nothing else could make me more excited.  

Indie solo project, Waxahatchee, has humble beginnings in young Katie Crutchfield’s hometown of Birmingham, Alabama. In 2010, Katie recorded her first album, American Weekend, in her bedroom of her parent’s house. Its cassette-recorded tracks are laced with the intimacy of the young artist’s personal accounts of recklessness, finding love and losing it. With her honest lyrics and candid acoustic guitar, it’s hard not to feel connected to Katie in someway. The album was quickly discovered and praised by the indie community, its track “Be Good” was listed on NPR’s song of the day playlist and rated as one of the station’s top 50 songs in 2012.

In 2013, Katie released Waxahatchee’s second album – Cerulean Salt. The album (my personal favorite) is less melancholy and more reflective, focusing more on Katie’s experience growing up including insight into her relationship with her twin sister and moving across the country to New York City. I highly recommend checking out “Brother Bryan” or “Dixie Cups and Jars”.

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PREVIEW: The Black Angels

BY SYDNEY SPENCER// Since the debut of their first album, Passover, in 2006, The Black Angels have been revitalizing the psychedelic rock genre. The New York Times described the group as, “playing psychedelic rock as if the 1960s never ended, and they are an absolute master of it.” With colorful influences from Led Zeppelin and The Velvet Underground, The Black Angels dirty guitar riffs and entrancing bass solos bring a unique old-school creativity to the modern rock world.

Establishing their roots in Austin, Texas, The Black Angels gained popularity through their MySpace music page and a psychedelic collaboration album released by Northern Star Records. Their first album, Passover, features their top hit song, Young Men Dead. Similar to the psych-rock movement of the 1960s, many of The Black Angel’s songs contain bold themes questioning government and armed-conflict. The group continues delivering these powerful messages in their newest album, Death Song, their first full-length album in four years. The album is unique and progressive in that it was written and recorded during the 2016 election – as expected, it has a strong emphasis on a political climate dominated by division, anxiety, and unease. Regarding sound, the 11-track collection offers a sharply honed elaboration on their signature sound – menacing fuzz guitar and cutting wordplay, steeped in a murky hallucinatory dream.

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PREVIEW Cigarettes After Sex at 9:30 Club

BY SAHRA MAXWELL// Cigarettes After Sex is coming to the 9:30 club April 2nd! The group was started in 2008 by Greg Gonzalez. The New York Based group consists of keyboardist Phillip Tubbs, bassist Randy Miller, and drummer Jacob Tomsky. While studying at the University of Texas, he recorded songs in a stairwell. He worked on creating music that replicated a dream and released his first EP, I., in 2012 featuring the two hit songs, “Nothing’s Gonna Hurt You” and “Dreaming of You”.

After releasing their EP, the group decided to move to New York to pursue their music career. During the beginning of their career, they mostly released singles and EPs and gained popularity through Youtube clips. They released the song “Affection” in 2015 and “K” in 2016. The band released their first album titled Cigarettes After Sex in 2017.

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PREVIEW Yo La Tengo @ 9:30 Club

BY ANNA LAROCCO MASI// Iconic indie band Yo La Tengo is heading to the 9:30 Club next Wednesday, April 4. The band is originally from Hoboken, New Jersey, which is claimed to be the birthplace of baseball. Their name, which translates to “I have it” in Spanish, was a phrase used in baseball games in the 60s.

Yo La Tengo is known for their soft and upbeat indie-rock sound, as well as covers of favorites such as Cat Stevens. The group has produced 15 albums,  the most recent of which, “There’s a Riot Going On,” was released just last week and has already made the Billboard Top 200. This LP features softer sounds and more lo-fi influences than Yo La Tengo’s traditional fare.

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PREVIEW: PostSecret: The Show

BY SARAH SOPHER // Frank Warren has been collecting secrets since November of 2004. He began The PostSecret project when he passed out 3000 self-addressed postcards on the streets of Washington, DC, with instructions asking others to anonymously share an artful secret that they’ve never told anyone before. Since then, the idea has gone viral and Frank has collected over 500,000 postcards. Frank began receiving secrets in his mailbox from all over the world. PostSecret has become an ongoing community art project collecting and showcasing secrets from around the world, mailed in anonymously on decorated postcards. Every Sunday another collection of postcards is shared on Postsecret.com. From the words of Frank himself, the secrets “reflect the full spectrum of complicated issues that many of us struggle with every day: Intimacy, trust, meaning, humor, and desire.” With all types of secrets being shared, it’s common for readers to find a postcard that they can relate to.  Many people even publically share ways that certain secrets have impacted their lives. As the most visited advertisement-free blog in the world, this website has developed into a safe space for people to “hear unheard voices and share untold stories.” In addition to the blog, secrets have been showcased in many forms including in six best-selling PostSecret books, and in a Smithsonian art exhibition.

This weekend, The Lincoln Theater gives us the opportunity to experience The PostSecret Project through a live, audience-sourced storytelling show. The audience will get to hear some secrets and stories hand-picked by Frank and have an opportunity to hear other brave and honest audience members share their stories. “PostSecret: The Show is an immersive, poignant journey through the humor and humanity of the personal stories we keep to ourselves, and on rare occasions, share with others.” PostSecret: The Show is an opportunity to truly understand how The PostSecret Project has impacted the lives of both those who listen and share their secrets.

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