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Mustard Service On New Album: ‘Art Should Speak for Itself’

Mustard Service pose around a urinal in a vintage bathroom for a press photo shoot.

Mustard Service discuss their new album, Variety Pack, and upcoming DMV show.
It all began with an ambitious college dropout.

As a teenager, Marco Rivero, lead vocalist and guitarist of Miami-based zest pop five-piece Mustard Service, found himself on a journey of self-discovery, and initially, his quest led him down unfruitful and potentially destructive paths.

“When I was 18, I was kind of fucking up my life,” Rivero explained. “I hadn’t done my best in high school, didn’t care much for college, and I was doing too many drugs for an 18-year-old, so my parents decided to ship me off to another country not as a punishment, but as a way to try to give me new perspectives through  which I would hopefully find a purpose or path in my life that didn’t end in rehab or jail.”

Juliet Lloyd Processes Change through ‘Letters’

Press photo of Juliet Lloyd sitting in a field while wearing a dress

Recent Articles Award-winning roots-folk artist releases her latest single On August 23, acclaimed Maryland-based roots-folk artist Juliet Lloyd released her latest single, “Letters.” Juliet Lloyd – Press Photo – Courtesy of Nancy Anderson Cordell The poignant, skillfully crafted track, which may be Lloyd’s most personal yet, explores the change that inevitably comes with time through […]

Asa Weeks: ‘Do the Work to Make Your Dreams Happen’

Asa Weeks performing live

Maryland-based rapper Asa Weeks is on a mission. With wisdom beyond his years, the rising talent journeys deep into the heart of his music in a conversation with Alchemical Records, sharing truths that will compel you to listen to his songs in a whole new light and leave you empowered in the process.

Learn about Asa Weeks’ early starts as a pastor’s kid, how a difficult season of mental health challenges propelled his music career forward, his unexpected encounter with a child that made him realize he is a role model, and the most important lesson he has learned about what it takes to be successful.
Music has been a constant for Asa Weeks. Growing up as a pastor’s kid, Weeks was surrounded by his family, many of whom performed with the University of Liberia Alumni Chorus, an ensemble whose music Weeks describes as “moving and gripping.”
It was there that Weeks first felt “goosebumps” and found himself “tear up” in direct response to music. “I realized that my relationship with God, the purest form of when I feel connected to the Source is when music is involved,” said Weeks.

Marilyn Hucek Is the ‘Man of the House’

Pop singer-songwriter Marilyn Hucek photographed by Elisabeth Donaldson and styled by Payton Dale

Recent Articles On July 28, American-Chilean singer-songwriter Marilyn Hucek released the studio version of her latest single, “Man of the House,” an achingly beautiful song about stepping courageously into whatever it is that you may not feel ready for. Marilyn Hucek – Photographed by Elisabeth Donaldson – Styled by Payton Dale “Man of the House” […]

Crystal Joilena: ‘My Comeback Will Be Greater than My Setback’

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New York-based artist Crystal Joilena discusses her latest single and how she plans to come back stronger than ever after a rheumatoid arthritis and Crohn’s disease diagnosis.
For New York-based genre-bending artist Crystal Joilena, music is life. Channeling a majestic, otherworldly sound that transcends genre, Joilena’s music captivates like a powerful spiritual encounter, shifting the atmosphere and illuminating everything that it touches.

Join contributing writer Cynthia Gross as she connects with Crystal Joilena to discuss how music helped her to process trauma while growing up, the most important lesson she’s learned as a rising independent artist, why she believes introverts have a secret power, and her favorite memory of the D.C., Maryland, and Virginia area.
Crystal Joilena always knew that she was destined for a creative career. She got her starts singing in church choirs, attending Broadway productions, auditioning for school musicals, and performing karaoke at venues like Hard Rock Café in Universal Studios, Hollywood.

“I’ve had a few different stage names and been in a lot of rock and metal bands in high school as well,” she shared. “Nothing truly clicked for me until I decided to become a solo artist in 2014 and used my first and middle names to make it more personal; that’s where my stage name Crystal Joilena comes from.”

Rina Chanel Celebrates the Magic of Love with ‘Je Ne Sais Quoi’

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More to Watch Virginia Beach native Rina Chanel releases ‘Je Ne Sais Quoi’ ahead of her self-titled album. Rina Chanel – Photo Courtesy of the Artist Virginia Beach native Rina Chanel released her latest single, “Je Ne Sais Quoi,” ahead of her forthcoming self-titled EP slated for release July 2023. The fervent, soulful track celebrates […]

Ray Hodge Releases Bold Club Banger, ‘Betcha Can’t Do It Like Me’

Cover art for "Betcha Can't Do It Like Me" by Ray Hodge

Recent Articles Jamaica, Queens, NY-based artist Ray Hodge delivers big-time with his latest single, “Betcha Can’t Do It Like Me.” Ray Hodge – Cover Art – “Betcha Can’t Do It Like Me” Jamaica, Queens, NY-based artist Ray Hodge delivers big-time with his latest single, “Betcha Can’t Do It Like Me,” a genre-blending club banger that […]

DC/DOX Film Festival Explores the Modern National Anthem and More

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On June 15-18, the inaugural DC/DOX will showcase a diverse lineup of 60 documentary screenings, including five acclaimed films that center around music. DC/DOX, which provides a platform for “powerful, timely stories in our nation’s capital,” will be held at premier venues throughout Washington, D.C. See the full schedule here.
A quest for greater equity, inclusion, women’s rights, police reform, and more are among some of the most pressing challenges that we face as a country. Throughout history, creatives have served as a medium of social change through their art, and this holds true today.

DC/DOX co-founders and industry veterans Jamie Shor and Sky Sitney launched their documentary film festival to “bring together innovative visions, bold voices, and truth seekers” through non-fiction film as a means to create community and greater understanding, as well as highlight the connection between the past, present, and future that individuals everywhere have a role in shaping.

Sam Tinnesz Talks Latest Album and the Beauty of Second Chances

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RIAA gold-selling artist Sam Tinnesz discusses his latest album and mental health journey.

Nashville-based RIAA gold-selling artist Sam Tinnesz knows how to write a hit song. With a collection of viral releases that have amassed millions of streams and more than a billion views on TikTok, as well as major TV and film placements, Tinnesz continues to win over new audiences with his evolving sound and genuine down-to-earth personality.

Join contributing writer Cynthia Gross as she connects with Sam Tinnesz to discuss his latest album, There Goes the Neighborhood, lessons learned from his traumatic experience being signed to a label, what he believes is key to creating a song that resonates widely, and how he discovered a sense of purpose after losing his faith.
Sam Tinnesz grew up in a musical household, and his earliest memories center around hearing songs his father played at home. It was not long before Tinnesz began to sense that he, too, had something of value to offer.

Chipelo: ‘I’m Very Prideful of Who I Am…Because as a Kid, I Wasn’t’

DMV-based artist and dancer Chipelo press photo

DMV-based Salvadoran-American artist and dancer Chipelo discusses his debut single, the importance of cultural representation, what inspires him to give back, and more.

For Salvadoran-American artist Chipelo, music is a lifestyle. The DMV-based musician, dancer, producer, and actor fuses his diverse talents into his art seamlessly to create a vibrant full-mind and body experience for new and existing audiences alike, and the Towson University senior is just getting started.

Join contributing writer Cynthia Gross as she connects with Chipelo to discuss his debut single, “SIN TI,” how he prepares physically for high-energy performances, the importance of cultural representation in his art, what inspires him to give back to the community as a mentor for youth in Baltimore, and his upcoming performance at TreeFort Fest in Rockville, Maryland on June 10.
Chipelo aka Benjamin Molina has been immersed in music since childhood. He has fond memories of being introduced to Spanish music and Salvadoran culture by his parents at home, and English and American culture in school, as a first-generation child.