by The Alchemist
Almira Zaky is an Indonesian 22-year-old R&B singer and songwriting soulstress from Virginia. Almira began her journey as a vocalist at a very young age and could be seen performing all around Washington, D.C. and the surrounding areas. After performing on stages for thousands throughout her youth, she went on to attend Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, VA to study Public Relations and Business. Throughout her time at VCU, she began gaining experience in the music industry by booking acts such as Travis Scott & Tory Lanez for her institution at just 19-years-old.
Almira recently released her debut single “Miss Me” which is one of the first singles set to release from her debut EP. This song tells the story of a young woman reminiscing on a past lover. He begs for her love back, but she is over the relationship and would rather focus on herself. As we listened to this track, we felt a ton of intense emotion from the very first word that Almira spoke. The song has an incredibly catchy hook, which is very easy to get stuck in the listener’s head. Check it out below.
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When D.C. venues were ready to reopen after COVID-19, indie pop duo GLOSSER was ready to perform. The two, Riley Fanning and Corbin Sheehan, formed the band pre-COVID out of a shared aesthetic vision and passion for music storytelling.
Their first album *DOWNER* was released in January 2023, however they have decided to release a [__deluxe version__](https://open.spotify.com/album/0KLORhtj3ohV4FtbdjoKu5?si=iNZX9fiZSm2M6V8pRdBkow) exactly one year later containing four new tracks – two remixes, a reimagined song, and a cover – that they are hoping will give it a second life and allow them to continue performing around the area.
The band explains that they have spent many shows opening for touring bands that traveled through D.C. “We made music and then venues started to open again,” Sheehan says. Rather than having the “typical grungy” D.C. band experience, they uniquely went straight to club shows.