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Alex Alavi is Stuck in the Middle of “A Scream and a Song”

When we think about the songwriting of artists like Bob Dylan what has always stood out are the deeply personal lyrics that reflect our personal selves as much as society around us. In addition, there is a simple elegance within the orchestration that requires the listener to hear what the song is about at its core, rather than what studio recording and production techniques are currently in fashion. This intimate connection between songwriter and listener is apparent on the recordings of Alex Alavi, including his latest release “A Scream and a Song.” Below is the official music video featuring footage filmed during a pre-quarantine road trip that took place last year. For more by Alex Alavi, including his cover of Beatles hit “Let It Be,” check him out on Spotify.

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California’s Karla Bonhoff Will Spread Some of that Holiday Cheer at the Birchmere Dec. 11

A songwriter by the age of 15, Karla Bonhoff has been entertaining audiences for decades. Native to Southern California, she came up in the L.A. circuit of the hippie era, where artists such as Jackson Browne, Joni Mitchell, James Taylor and so many others were continuously floating in and out of one another’s orbits. Bonoff and singer/songwriter Livingston Taylor will jointly perform at the Birchmere in Alexandria Dec. 11. Together, they will tackle new and established variations on Christmas favorites, as well as toss in their original tunes.

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