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Kendyle Paige is a Musical Chameleon in “Ladybird”

Electro pop musician, Kendyle Paige, wears many hats as she moves from genre to genre on her latest album Ladybird.

Woman in white lingerie sits on a brown couch in front of a multi-colored background while she looks away from the camera with her hand resting on her belly.
Kendyle Paige - "Ladybird" album art

There’s a gradual build in energy as the album progresses from slower R&B style ballads (“BullsEye”) to funky bouncing pop tracks (“Seasons Change”), and even takes hairpin detours into the realm of hard rock (“Cynical”). Versatility is truly Paige’s secret weapon here as she puts her full range of feels and personas on blast for the world to hear.

If you can imagine a musical space between Kelly Clarkson and SZA, Kendyle Paige fills that gap with large helping of sounds seeming to scratch every pop music itch one could have. It’s a staggering effort that pays off in kind for listeners. Featuring an array of collaboration in verses and production from the likes of Brandon Lee Richardson, Jahvel Lewis, Tioka Troy, and many more, there’s something for everyone to latch onto.

Ladybird is available now on major streaming platforms. Find “BullsEye” on the Alchemical Records Multigenre Mixture playlist on Spotfiy.

Charlie Maybee

Charlie Maybee is a dancer, musician, educator, and writer based in Charleston, South Carolina who currently teaches with the Dance Program at the College of Charleston. His primary work as an artist is with his performing collective, Polymath Performance Project, through which he makes interdisciplinary performance art that centers tap dance as the primary medium of expression and research. He also currently plays rhythm guitar for the Charleston-based punk band, Anergy, and releases music as a solo artist under the name Nox Eterna.

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Betty Who, headliner of Kinetic Presents Pride Month event

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As a producer bringing some major events to Capital Pride this year, Zach Renovátes admits that he was keen to get Betty Who on the lineup. After having seen several of her live performances already, Renovátes knew the Australian would make a fine marquee addition to the “Kinetic Presents Candyland” event at Echostage June 10.

Fortunately, she was both available and interested.

“Something that I personally saw was that [Betty Who] is one of the most pro-LGBT singer-songwriters I’ve ever ever seen perform live,” Renovátes said, adding that the D.C. audiences at her concerts come largely from within the gay community. “So she absolutely knows that we as queer people make up a huge percentage of her fan base.”
The June 10 event is the main draw of a weekend of collaborations between Kinetic Presents and the Capital Pride Alliance in celebration of D.C. Pride 2023. Other big names who will play at various venues around the District include DJs Abel and Cindel, Dan Slater, as well as Jerac and Paulo Fragoso. It’ll be a pride-filled musical weekend indeed, with Echostage, Sax, Bunker and Bliss Nightclub hosting the pulsing sounds of revelry. And there’s also the big parade on June 10.

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