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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BY SARAH SOPHER // This weekend I returned to one of my favorite DC venues to see BlackGummy. The Mau5trap artist was in town to showcase his first national headlining tour, the Mesophase Tour. Bringing out fans from the vast DMV area, BlackGummy knew how to raise the crowd’s energy and get us on our toes.
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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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BY SARAH SOPHER // Lights was peaking at her latest 930 club performance. On top of the world after publishing her multi-platform project, Skin & Earth, Lights showed DC her strong passion for the story she wrote. Skin & Earth is a comic series that takes place in a post-apocalyptic world, and an album with songs from the perspective of the comic’s main character, Enaia. It has only been a few months since the release of Skin & Earth, and it was fascinating to hear the 930 Club audience being able to sing along to many of her latest songs. Lights shared with us that, to her, S&E is about confronting your inner demon and allowing your challenges to make you stronger.
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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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