Dillon Francis and Alison Wonderland to play at The Anthem, 2/22

BY TAYLOR GALGANO// I’ve been following Dillon Francis’s DJ career since I was about 15 years old. During my early high school years, Dillon was still an up-and-coming artist. That all changed in 2012 when he dropped two major singles that earned him some credibility in the EDM community: “IDGAFOS” and “Bootleg Fireworks”. I can still remember blasting both of these bangers on my iPod Touch. During this time, Dillon was noticed by famous DJ Diplo, and his career was on the rise.

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Singer Song-writer Matt Costa opens for Tennis at Black Cat DC

BY VICTORIA MIDDLETON// Californian singer-songwriter Matt Costa is opening for indie-pop duo Tennis tonight at Black Cat.

Costa released his first album in five years, Santa Rosa Fangs, this May. Five years is a long time away for the prolific artist who has released 7 EPs and 6 full-length albums in the past 15.

Costa was discovered by No Doubt guitarist Tom Dumont in 2003. Since then he has toured with artists such as Oasis, Modest Mouse, Death Cab for Cutie, and Jack Johnson. In the time since the release of his last album in 2013, Costa soundtracked the award-winning documentary Orange Sunshine, which follows a group of hippies and surfers as they navigate the world of psychedelics in the 60s and 70s.

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Gabriel Garzón-Montano Captivates the 9:30 Club as He Opens for Kali Uchis

BY VISHAL NYAYAPATHI// On Wednesday, October 10th,  Gabriel Garzón-Montano opened for Kali Uchis’ second homecoming performance at the 9:30 club on her In Your Dreams Tour.

At around 8 o’clock, Gabriel entered the stage accompanied by an airy groove, wearing a dark brown patterned velveteen blazer with matching pants. Walking from stage right to stage left, Gabriel stopped to acknowledge each section of the audience. Then, he began his set by performing his latest single “Golden Wings”. Following a phenomenal musical performance, Gabriel greeted the audience in English, Spanish, and French, introducing his multicultural background and professing his love for the D.C. crowd.

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Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds Come to The Anthem, 10/25

BY BEN KRON// It was one of those cold, late-fall D.C. Sundays where you just can’t seem to get out of bed when I stumbled across Wim Wender’s masterpiece of a film, Wings of Desire. As thought provoking and mesmerizing as the film was, there was one scene that seemed to stick in my head, even weeks following the day I watched it. It was a smoked filled basement… or venue (an image, I’m sure many of us are familiar with) in West Berlin during the Cold War, where a tall man dressed in tight leather jeans, stood bellowing the lyrics to “Six Bells Chime” as a crowd of people lost themselves in the heavy drums, and ‘gothic rock’ guitar riffs.

From that day forward, Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds have held a special place in my heart; one no other band has been able to fill. Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds and their music have been considered “one of the most original and celebrated bands of the post-punk and Alternative rock eras in the ‘80s and onward.” The band’s most well-known songs include “Into My Arms,” “O Children,” and my personal favorite “Red Right Hand.”

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Colombian Superstar Carlos Vives Returns to the States, 9/23

DEANNA REYES// Carlos Vives Colombian Vallenato with a twist has been a staple in my life since I was born. The Grammy winning singer songwriter has a career that spans over 30 years, all filled with innovation and appeal to all ages and Latinos across the globe. Vives wasn’t always a music giant, he began his career acting in telenovelas before releasing his ballad album ‘No Podras Escapar De Mi’ which was preceded by two more ballad albums, which failed to popularize. Vives found his sound when he collaborated with a Vallenato band called ‘La Provincia’ and began to infuse rock and indigenous Colombian sounds into a classic Vallenato composition. The album led to success all over Latin America and charted in American Billboards Charts, and Vives has become a legend amongst Latino artists.

Vives’ recent hit “La Bicicleta”, a collaboration with other Colombian superstar Shakira, swept the Latino music world by storm. The track combines cumbia, pop, as well as some indigenous wind instrument, in fun way which incites people to get up and dance. The song came along with a video which was filmed in both artists’ hometowns and features the real people living in them in a nostalgic and colorful background.

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