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Young Wolf: ‘Constantly Searching for Truth and Beauty’

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Easton, Maryland native Caleb Lovell aka Young Wolf is spreading his unique sound around the DMV. Learn more about Lovell’s journey with contributing writer Jaci Jedrych, including why he believes nothing is wasted in creativity.
Raised on the eastern shore of Maryland, Lovell performs under the moniker Young Wolf. His music roots are inspired by his father, who filled his home with music as a child. When he was 10, he picked up his uncle’s old Gibson acoustic guitar. He took six years of lessons, during which he started creating his own music around 12. Lovell didn’t take his music seriously until college. He got involved in school open mics and other events during his freshman year, and released his debut album in 2020 alongside four other singles.

Lovell is very inspired by his Maryland roots. His song “Chesapeake Winds” is a tribute to the shore. He has family in Virginia and attended college in D.C., so the DMV runs through his music.

Ski Queen: Born and Raised in the DMV

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Alexandria natives Ena Sullivan and Julianne Lane founded their bubble grunge band Ski Queen during the COVID-19 pandemic. Their music takes listeners on an honest emotional journey, but doesn’t take itself too seriously, either.

Lead singer and guitarist Julianne Lane started in music by taking piano lessons at the age of just four. Around 13, she started guitar, which led her to songwriting. Lane soon got involved at a local music school, Rock of Ages Music, where she met Ena Sullivan.

Drummer and backup vocalist Ena Sullivan started learning violin at eight years old. She began lessons in traditional hand drumming at an after-school program when she was 10, which sparked her love for percussion. She began kit drumming a few years later.

The pair was involved in a number of different bands over their high school years, but decided to start their own project during COVID, and thus, Ski Queen was born. The group began as a cover band, but as they found their own sound, they began to write their own songs as well.
Sullivan and Lane appreciate the musical history of the DMV.

“Being so close to DC, which was the birthplace to so many punk and go-go bands, has been a catalyst for my own love of music.”

LAV.ISH is Living in Our Heads ‘Rent Free’

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Recent Articles LAV.ISH’s newest studio album is sweet, melodic, and smooth. Based out of Los Angeles, California, LAV.ISH is Nim, Carl, Lucas, and Brandon. Carl and Nim are vocalists, while Lucas and Brandon are producers. LAV.ISH was formed in 2017, and has been consistently producing music since; they have three albums to date. “Please don’t […]

Grimalkin Records is Standing Up for Marginalized Voices in the Music Industry

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Grim Kells is an innovator. Nancy Grim Kells aka Grim makes music under the name Spartan Jet-Plex, as well as being the founder and Facilitator/Executive Director of Grimalkin, a nonprofit organization created “to mentor and support trans and queer musicians, particularly BIPOC and disabled artists, using an artist-centered holistic approach to break down barriers, create new systems and structures of support, and expand the reach of marginalized voices.” Learn more about Grim’s growing reach and impact with contributing writer Jaci Jedrych.

Keep Your Secrets Uses Their Lyrics to Say What Words Can’t

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From a YouTube cover channel to their recently released second EP, Keep Your Secrets has been a community effort since its inception. Malerie Gamblin and Matt Nguyen-Ngo started their band as a cover channel. The duo had attended undergrad together at William & Mary in Williamsburg, VA and started the channel in 2020. Malerie sang and Matt played the instruments. Their turning point came in April 2021, however, when musician and influencer Joseph DuBay shouted out their TikTok and funneled thousands of listeners to their page. Learn more about Keep Your Secrets’ journey with contributing writer Jaci Jedrych.

Jennifair Rocks Lovers to Sleep with “The Humming Song”

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Recent Articles Chicago-based Jennifair’s latest track, “The Humming Song,” is a celebration of love.  Jennifair started making music in 2006, but her solo career didn’t begin until 2019. The same year, she won Amateur night at the Apollo and has opened for legendary artists including DMC, Rah Digga, Roxanne Shante, and Dougie Fresh. To further this […]

The Octobers Love Like “Giallo”

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Recent Articles The Octobers – courtesy of The Octobers The Octobers’ latest album, Giallo, is innovative and creative. Bel Air, Maryland based married couple Gianni and Laina is The Octobers. The pair met in high school, where they bonded over their mutual love of music. This love has created a unique style that draws from […]

Tara Maclean Takes Her Writing From Page to Soundwaves

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More to Watch Tara MacLean – courtesy of Tara MacLean Tara Maclean is a star: in both music and print.  The Canadian singer/songwriter has been an internationally renowned and award-winning recording and touring artist for over 25 years. With six solo albums and two albums with her band, Shaye, Maclean is no stranger to the […]

GLVES Explores Relationships in ‘SHIPS’

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Recent Articles GLVES, Alt-Pop First Nations interdisciplinary artist, has released her newest single ‘SHIPS’, a haunting “synth-drenched electronica”. This is her sixth release, all of which have received critical acclaim including Spotify editorial support, appearances on IndigiTUBE First Nations CD Compilation V5, V7 and V9, a Commendation for her song Legacy in the 2022 Queensland […]

CLOUDxCITY Drops Their Anthem For The Lonely Hearts

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More to Watch CLOUDxCITY may be an unlikely pairing– an East coast nomad and a West coast poet– but their sound couldn’t be more cohesive.  The energetic Enjel (singer/songwriter/producer) and enigmatic TAS (producer/DJ/songwriter) came together in late 2019. Before this, however, Enjel spent years “bouncing from city to city working different music industry jobs”, with […]