*Ticket Giveaway Alert* – Shows We’re Stoked For: Jarell Perry at U Street Music Hall, 2/5

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It’s not often you come across an artist that manages to mesh soulful 90s R&B vocals with a more modern chillwave sound (à la The Weeknd or Jamie Woon) and actually make it sound fresh, yet Jarell Perry does this flawlessly. In a day where seemingly every new artist is looking to the past for inspiration, Jarell Perry is pushing the boundaries to create a new sound that is completely his own. Jarell Perry seems to draw inspirations from genres all across the board: dubstep, trap, chillwave, and of course, R&B.

His White EP is coming soon, and if the songs released thus far are any indicator of what the rest of the EP sounds like, you can be sure that we have a rising star on our hands.

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The M Machine @ U Street Music Hall

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Photo credit: OWSLA
Photo credit: OWSLA

The M Machine was over at U Hall pumping out some serious beats on a cold January night. For the crowd of  college students who went to see the OWSLA trio, Thursday was clearly the new Friday night. At the concert, everything was perfect and nothing hurt, except maybe your feet the morning afterwards if you were stomping too hard. The San Francisco OWSLA trio came to Washington, D.C. to kick off their 2014 Metropolis tour, an event that exploded with energy within the walls of U Street Music Hall. Continue reading “The M Machine @ U Street Music Hall”

LIZ and Charli XCX at U St Music Hall

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Although Charli XCX was headlining at U Street Music Hall, I had come especially to see LIZ, the newest talent to join Diplo’s Mad Decent Label. The LA native is young and fresh with vocals that are reminiscent of 90’s female divas. Her bio on the Mad Decent website does a great job of describing her style as containing a “breezy attitude and a sugary, sun-dripped voice that sticks in your head like a wad of pink bazooka bubble-gum.” She’s currently touring North America with Charlie XCX and Kitten.

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Rudimental at U St Music Hall

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Saumya Gulati: Rudimental’s concert was interesting right off the bat because there were no openers. I liked the idea that if you’re going to see Rudimental, that’s exactly what you’re going to get—nothing more and nothing less. That being said, we did have to wait close to an hour for them to come out and there was an awkward vibe because people didn’t know what to do with themselves. Some people were awkwardly bobbing their heads up and down while others stood around and there was a group of guys raging to the background music. Despite an awkward wait while the band hadn’t arrived yet, you could still tell that the crowd was hyped.

Si Chen: Rudimental definitely knew how to create an entrance. After flashing lights and tribal rhythms gave way to darkness and an almost military fanfare (not unlike Vampire Weekend’s setup), they filed onto U St Music Hall’s small stage. Their live performance was much larger than the original quartet–featuring two female vocalists, another male vocalist, trumpet, drums, a synth and a keyboard, guitar, and a talkbox. Once they came on stage, they started the concert with “Give You Up”, creating a very R&B vibe that continued throughout the concert. They spanned several different genres, which would have been difficult to tie together, but the R&B quality of the singer’s voices and the familiar DnB rhythm tied the atmosphere together nicely.

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