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GLOSSER Releases Deluxe Edition of Debut Record, DOWNER

GLOSSER standing on a checkered floor looking up at the camera.

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.

Colombian Pop Band Morat Releases “Someone I Used to Know”

Morat tour dates.

More to Watch Colombian roots-pop phenomenon Morat has released the bilingual “Someone I Used To Know,” “a wistful, confessional collaboration with hit Brit songsmith James TW (‘When You Love Someone’), and announced 2024 U.S. tour dates.” See Morat at MGM National Harbor January 28, 2024. The contents of “Someone I Used to Know” and its accompanying video will touch your heart […]

Big Cry Country Releases Debut EP “Living Conditions”

Big Cry Country, "Living Conditions" album art by Audrey Kubetin depicts a purple background and a green vine spiraling clockwise on which a number of pink snails with red shells are traversing.

Recent Articles Indie punk band Big Cry Country from D.C. and New York have put out their debut EP Living Conditions, which embodies their style of “energetic rock for the kind of people who think a cathartic cry can be improved by dancing.” ‘Living Conditions’ cover art by Audrey Kubetin. Living Conditions was inspired by […]

Trilogy Sound Studio is Passionate about Music Education

A studio computer displays the Trilogy Sound Studio Logo.

“Trilogy Sound Studio is a minority and veteran-owned, woman-led music studio based in Burke, Virginia” that was founded in 2021.”
I spoke with CEO Sarah Benrazek about the studio’s mission and overall work, as they are quite prominent within the DMV community – the studio is the 3x Winner of Washington City Paper’s “Best Recording Studio” Award in 2021, 2022, and 2023.

Trilogy’s “vision is to build a platform for music independence for artists, creators, and music students.” Its “mission is to empower artists through music education and technology in our full-service recording and music production facility. The studio’s values are: “Creativity, Personal Ownership, Mindfulness, Innovation, Eclectic Collaboration,” and “Inclusivity.”

Balter Choir Encapsulate Autumn in “Leaves Falling”

"Leaves Falling" cover art, fall foliage

Recent Articles Richmond’s new instrumental band Balter Choir release their debut single “Leaves Falling” on Oct. 20. “Leaves Falling” cover art “Leaves Falling” is a pleasant track that establishes the quartet’s jamming style – “Balter Choir strives to provide a chill and relaxed atmosphere of a jazz band while also bringing the fun energy of […]

Celebrating NHHM with “Tropical Rockstar” Xinola

Still from “Shapeshifter Energy Sessions"

Dominican-Colombian singer-songwriter, art director, and audiovisual producer Xinola “is an experience ‘ni de aqui ni de alla (not from here, not from there)’.”
The musician is described as “authentic Caribbean fruit” with “Latin flavor and American flow. A jazz singer whose language is Spanglish inspired by the strength of all women and the eternal sound of migration.”

I had the pleasure of chatting with her about what Hispanic Heritage Month means to her, and why celebrating it is so important. I also asked about her amazing music, such as “Shapeshifter” and its accompanying video that gives off a signature island summer vibe. You can feel her bright energy through the screen that perfectly goes along with her beautiful voice, (Spanglish) lyrics, and melodies. Her style is extremely unique, and she is a total (tropical) rockstar that is sure to go far.

“Everything started freestyling bachata and folklore in a Santo Domingo colmado,” says her website.

The Rural Alberta Advantage Comeback — The Rise & The Fall

The Rural Alberta Advantage, The Rise & The Fall album art depicts a decaying single family home from above as it seems to blend in with the browning lawn surrounding the residence.

More to Watch The band’s newest album made its October 6 release via Saddle Creek/Paper Bag Records. Folk-rock Toronto trio The Rural Alberta Advantage have released their fifth full-length album and their first one in six years, The Rise & The Fall. The Rural Alberta Advantage – “The Rise & The Fall” – album art. […]

Matthew Lowry — Parallel Alt Rock Universe “Flamingo County”

Matthew Lowry - "Flamingo County" album art depicting a "last supper scenerio" with people behind a picnic table covered in corn, an inebriated individual at their feet, and two individuals fighting on the left.

More to Watch Matthew Lowry’s “Flamingo County” was released on Sep. 15, 2023. Matthew Lowry “Flamingo County” album art Lowry’s project is filled with a signature rock sound, “Blending the driving rock influence of Foo Fighters and Jimmy Eat World with the songwriting of Elton John, Queen, and Ben Folds, Lowry has positioned himself to […]

Richmond Rapper Johnny Ciggs Gets Deep — New Album Grace St

Johnny Ciggs — Grace St. — Album art depicting a hand drawn style of artwork depicting Johnny Ciggs on the left, in front of a row of townhomes. The windows are lit revealing risqué things. happening in the windows.

Recent Articles Grace St. was released on August 1, 2023. Johnny Ciggs, a hip-hop/rap artist from Richmond, VA, exudes vulnerability in his newest album, filled with his experiences over a “Real crazy few years living on Grace St.,” he says, “Reminiscing … Richmond, VA is a lot different than it was back then, so it […]

DMV Rapper Pink Moni Drops “Make It Makes Sense”

Pink Moni - M.I.M.S. song artwork featuring the artist headshot alongside photos of the artist floating on a pink inflatable raft.

More to Watch Wammie-award-winning DMV rapper/artist/dancer Nia Monaé, also known as Pink Moni, has released her new single “Make It Make Sense,” or “M.I.M.S.,” inspired by the group of the same name; the song sample’s M.I.M.S.’s “This Is Why I’m Hot.” Pink Moni – M.I.M.S. song artwork. Courtesy of Nia Monaé Pink Moni has made […]