BestCoast Connection Tour Review – by Max Blackman

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As YG’s DJ took the stage and began spinning tracks to pump up the crowd, you could sense the excitement in the air. Coming off a year of much acclaim, the Los Angeles rapper descended onto Silver Spring to perform some of his biggest hits – and that’s exactly what he did. Wearing his signature red “Bompton” fitted cap, and riding a modified BMX bike, YG entertained the crowd with his brash style and heavily synthesized beats harkening to the heyday of E-40 and Too $hort. Continue reading “BestCoast Connection Tour Review – by Max Blackman”

WRGW Music: What We’re Excited for in 2015

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Courtney Barnett

It’s January 5th and we here at the WRGW Music Department are just a little bit sick of the cyclical year-end lists penned by **in-touch** music writers and tastemakers who continually peddle the same albums over and over again, with more regard for controversy (Mark Kozelek shout out) than actual substance. Let’s face it – music journalism kinda sucks. The top blogs and sites are essentially celebrity gossip forums, with occasional big words and nice pictures thrown in. The promotions companies are no better, as the wealthier bands get press and talented, hardworking ones are left in the dust. Still, rant aside, 2014 was a damn fine year in music. The mega releases of 2013 slowed down enough to allow break out artists, like Ex Hex, Ty Segall, Angel Olsen (the list goes on) to break into new territory and release exceptional, career-defining albums. The future is ripe, and there has never been a better time to be a music fan with a pair of headphones and an internet connection.

Instead of laying out the “best” albums of last year, our three assistant music directors, our music promotions director and I share below the top three artists/bands that we’re genuinely excited about in 2015. This is by no means an objective or comprehensive list; those things do not exist in music journalism. Read, listen, and watch before they get drowned out by the next Kanye single, or another War on Drugs album. Regular blog content and programming will continue starting the week of January 19th – until then, indulge our egos and maybe find your next favorite band.


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Trillectro 2014 @ RFK Stadium

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Photo credit: BYT/Franz Mahr
Photo credit: BYT/Franz Mahr

For the third year in a row, Trillectro took center-stage in the D.C. hip-hop and electronic communities. Food trucks, clothing vendors and eager music fans filled the RFK Stadium parking lot for a rainy day of music. Although it rained early on, the weather finally held up for a great night of acts like Migos, Big Sean and Baauer among others. However, this wasn’t like Trillectros in the past, as the change in venue provided a bigger space than the H St. Fairgrounds. And with this bigger space came more clothing vendors, more food trucks and even bigger acts than last year. So what did we at WRGW think about Trillectro 2014? Check out what we thought below:

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Mad Decent Block Party '14

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Dillon Francis at Merriweather Post Pavilion. Credit: Helen Jiang

What do you get when you throw nine artists, whose musical style ranges from pop noise to dubstep, together? You get the third stop of the pioneering Mad Decent Block Party, and what a day it was. Children Of The Night, Trippy Turtle, Wave Racer, Cashmere Cat, Sleigh Bells, Wolfgang Gartner, Dillon Francis, Diplo, and Flux Pavilion took to the stage for a day of thumping beats and anthemic music that kept the crowd dancing at Merriweather Post Pavilion. Continue reading “Mad Decent Block Party '14”

Lil B @ Springfield's Empire Nightclub- 3/25

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In a way only a Lil B concert could be discovered, I found myself racing through the streets of Northern Virginia, quickly and impatiently making my way to the Empire Nightclub. Thank Based God for Twitter, for if I hadn’t had that I would have never been able to make the elusive and #rare show. After seeing his shout out to Springfield, V.A. and a quick Google search, I called a buddy and went off.

I called the club to make sure there were tickets and to discover when the show would begin. Soon after, we arrived to find a mysterious door next to an Afghan restaurant. People had already been thrown out and a fight was about to break out. But when we cowered inside and heard the sound of The Based God’s voice it was as if all of our problems disappeared.

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