Shows to Know: San Fermin @ the Barns at Wolf Trap – 1/30

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If you cross the beltway for anything, make it for San Fermin at the Barns at Wolf Trap this Friday. Sure, it’s at the end of the orange line in Vienna, Virginia and maybe you have to take a second form of transportation to get from the metro to the theater, but this band is worth it. The brainchild of Ellis Ludwig-Leone, San Fermin is a 22-piece ensemble made up of classically trained musicians playing a mix of chamber pop and classical music. While their touring band is made up of a smaller core of musicians, there is no shortage of instruments nor bold instrumentalists on stage. Continue reading “Shows to Know: San Fermin @ the Barns at Wolf Trap – 1/30”

Trillectro 2014 @ RFK Stadium

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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Shows We're Stoked For: Mittenfields, Case Conrad, King of Prussia, and Girafftermath at Velvet Lounge

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D.C favorite Mittenfields will be playing The Velvet Lounge on April 2nd, accompanied by rising indie rock acts Case Conrad, King of Prussia, and Girafftermath. Geographically speaking, Wednesday’s line-up is all over the place, with Case Conrad hailing from Sweden, King of Prussia from Athens, Georgia, and both Girafftermath and Mittenfields from D.C. The music will be no less impressive than their odometers.

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Darkside at the 9:30 Club

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Photo credit: Tim Jones

Anyone familiar with the big music releases of 2013 might have heard of a little French duo named Daft Punk dropping a popular album, Random Access Memories, in the late spring. Fast forward a little bit after that release and another duo by the name of Darkside has taken the entire album, flipped it on its head, and uploaded it to the internet for everyone’s listening pleasure. With this release, Darkside grabbed the attention of music aficionados around the world, myself included. Not too long after their release of a completely remixed RAM, their debut LP, Psychic, was released. That was when I vowed that I had to see this group live.

Imagine this: getting to the 9:30 Club so early that there are only about 30 people present, milling about at various proximities to the stage and on the balcony. There is loud jazz music blaring from the overhead speakers, a surprisingly fitting introduction for the band that is about to take the stage. As more time passes and the opening set performs, the venue fills up  rapidly, with someone next to me announcing that the show had sold out only a few minutes prior. Then, the music goes off, the lights dim and out walk Nicolas Jaar and Dave Harrington, the two gentlemen that make up the experimental rock-infused electronic duo Darkside.

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