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Get all the latest music news and reviews in the Washington, D.C., Baltimore and Richmond, VA areas.Visit us daily and stay up-to-date on your favorite local and national acts.

Aeon Station
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Kevin Whelan Reflects on the Past and Future: ‘Do Not Let Fear Win or Waste Your Time’

Born in Point Pleasant, New Jersey and growing up in Ocean City, Kevin Whelan has always had music in the forefront of his life. His biggest most formal gig came in the form of one of the catchiest and most thoughtful indie rock groups of the ’90s, The Wrens. Last year, Whelan released the debut album from his new project, Aeon Station. Learn more about Kevin Whelan’s journey with contributing writer Jaci Jedrych, including his most indispensable artist tool, best advice for aspiring musicians, and his special message in recognition of Autism Awareness Month.

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Mal Gamblin of Keep Your Secrets- Press Photo
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Discover Mal’s Secrets

To close out Women’s History Month this year at Alchemical Records we talked with someone who is breaking barriers in the pop-punk genre, Malerie Gamblin (Mal), the lead singer of a pop-punk band from the DMV, Keep Your Secrets. Learn more with our social media director and contributing writer, Maura Marcellino, including her favorite types of venues to play and attend shows. Growing up, Mal always wanted to be in the music industry, but did not know it was something that she could do. Before the pandemic started, Mal messaged her friend from college, Matt, to maybe try being in a pop-punk band since he was in a couple other bands like metal bands.

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MIZZI - Anna Azarov Photography
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Electro Pop Artist MIZZI: ‘Sometimes You Have to Break a Rule to Create Something Special and Unique’

RIAA Certified Multi-Platinum songwriter and producer Heather Jeanette Miley, who performs under the stage name MIZZI, knows the secret to writing a hit pop song. The Virginia Beach-born and Los Angeles-based artist has penned songs for some of the most popular artists of our generation. Learn more about MIZZI’s journey with contributing writer Cynthia Gross, including the top three things she misses about Virginia, her favorite celebrity collaboration, and her special message in honor of Women’s History Month.

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Cathy DiToro
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No Bull: Cathy DiToro Plans to Take 2022 by the Horns

Cathy DiToro is a staple of the DMV music scene. In addition to performing as part of fan favorite cover ensembles, including The Legwarmers, she manages ProjectHERA, a nonprofit she founded to push more visibility for female musicians, as well as HERAFest, which aims to “showcase women being badass musicians at any age in all genres.” This year, DiToro is embracing a major personal transition: releasing more of her own solo work and building her own brand. Learn more with contributing writer Eric Althoff, including the reason why DiToro is approaching the new year boldly with a “now or never” attitude.

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Sona Jobarteh Profile
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West African Griot and Trailblazer Sona Jobarteh Brings the Sounds of Her Culture to D.C.

The West African griot, a traveling poet-musician who shares stories in song, goes back many centuries—but until now, it has largely been the provenance of male artists. Sona Jobarteh, a native of The Gambia, was born into a family of griots, and she travels the world spreading the joy of this ancient tradition from the Manding region. Learn more about Jobarteh’s upcoming show at City Winery with contributing writer Eric Althoff, where she will present a one-of-a-kind experience – keeping alive a legacy that goes back nearly a thousand years.

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Tom Rush - Elizabeth Cohon
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Singer-Songwriter Tom Rush, after a Frightening Run-in with COVID-19, Returns to the Birchmere

Credited with ushering in the era of the singer-songwriter, acclaimed artist Tom Rush continues to have a profound impact on the American music scene. Throughout his successful career, he has championed a number of emerging musicians, including well-known female artists such as Joni Mitchell, Nancy Griffith, and Shawn Colvin. Learn more about Rush’s journey with contributing writer Eric Althoff, including his reflections on the evolution of music in the 21st century and details on his upcoming show at the Birchmere.

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Elena Lacayo
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Latin Folk Rock Artist Elena Lacayo: ‘When Women Give Other Women Opportunities, It Allows Us to Step Up’

Elena Lacayo, frontwoman of Latin folk rock band Elena y Los Fulanos, is living her dream. Learn about her inspiring story with contributing writer Cynthia Gross, including the unexpected circumstances that led to her pursuing a career in music, highlights from her recent tour with Latin Grammy-winning female mariachi band Flor de Toloache (she got to hang out with John Legend and Miguel among other things), and her special message in honor of Women’s History Month.

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Kris Funn
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On the Corner of the Mundane and the Magical: The Baltimore Inspired Jazz of Kris Funn

Baltimore is a city that can produce a variety of responses when brought up in conversation depending on who you are talking to. Outsiders will likely bring up the hit television show The Wire and subsequently get on a tangent about the city’s crime rates. But for insiders like Kris Funn, a jazz musician, composer, and teacher (as well as a Baltimore native), the city’s cultural offerings are rich and full of life. Learn more about Funn’s exciting journey with contributing writer Charlie Maybee.

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Debórah Bond
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Debórah Bond: Creator, Educator, Inspiration

Debórah Bond’s origins are anything but typical. Bond was introduced to the performance arena by competing in public speaking and debate competitions. After not just competing, but often winning, she decided to use her voice to tell a story through music, and the rest is history. Learn more about Debórah Bond’s story with contributing writer Jaci Jedrych, including why Bond, a New Haven native, considers D.C. her true home, what gives her staying power in the industry, her advice to aspiring musicians, and the role outside of music performance that informs and inspires her art.

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LaVance Colley
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LaVance Colley: ‘Continue to Grow and Evolve No Matter How Much People Try to Make You Feel Like You Don’t Matter’

Los Angeles-based artist LaVance Colley is gifted with a voice that has the power to immediately stop listeners in their tracks. His sound is best described as “the fervor of a gospel vocalist with the versatility of jazz and the heart of rhythm and blues.” Learn more with contributing writer Cynthia Gross, including Colley’s favorite celebrity moment, advice for aspiring musicians, and the special message he would like to share in honor of Black History Month.

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Samuel Prather
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The Jazz Man Testifies: Samuel Prather Knows Many Styles, but Jazz—and D.C.—Are Always in His Heart

Samuel Prather’s musical influences have been many, but none was as formative as the minister of music at his childhood church. Raised in the church and later schooled in jazz, Prather brings a fusion of influences to his critically acclaimed sound. In honor of Black History Month, join contributing writer Eric Althoff as he connects with Samuel Prather to discuss his roots, why he believes D.C.’s jazz scene is underrated, and Prather’s residency at new venue Twelve After Twelve.

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Eli Cook
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“Get Out There and Make a Happy Sound”: The Electric Blues of Eli Cook

Born and raised in the Virginia Appalachia, Eli Cook didn’t have access to television or the internet until much later in life, but he had a guitar, a radio, and the rockin’ spirit of the blues. Building on his early roots, the Charlottesville-based musician has received serious acclaim as an opener for legendary acts like B.B. King, Johnny Winter, and Robin Trower. Learn more about Eli Cook’s story with contributing writer Charlie Maybee, including the reason why Cook believes he is now able to write with greater honesty and boldness.

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Bumpin Uglies
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Bumpin Uglies Explain ‘This Whole Gig is Survival of the Fittest’

One of today’s most exciting reggae/funk groups that you’ve likely already heard of, but may not know is actually from right in our DMV backyard in Annapolis, Maryland is none other than Bumpin Uglies. Bumpin Uglies blend and swirl a style that weaves a sonic palette of upbeat music, heartfelt lyrics, and most of all, fun – channeling ska and reggae favorites. Join contributing writer Linc Bradham as he discusses the band’s wildly successful career, how they navigated the height of COVID-19, and why they believe “this whole gig is survival of the fittest.”

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BRASSIE
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BRASSIE Does Music Her Own Way

BRASSIE is loath to be pigeonholed into one specific genre or another. Her sound is perhaps reminiscent of the singer-songwriter mode familiar from the likes of Alanis Morissette, but the artist herself insists that her musical influences and DNA are difficult to pin down. She takes inspiration wherever it comes, even from a documentary, noting “I feel like I’m influenced by everything I’ve ever heard.” Join contributing writer Eric Althoff as he sits down with BRASSIE to discuss her viral single, recent Wammie Award nominations, and upcoming shows.

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Yasmin Williams
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Yasmin Williams Is Taking the Stage by Storm

Yasmin Williams is an acoustic guitar maven from Northern Virginia. Her music is a little classical and a little folk but fully and authentically Yasmin. Listening to Yasmin is an experience. She uses the whole range of sounds offered by the acoustic guitar and seamlessly moves from what sounds like a meditative chant to much more percussive element. And don’t forget her brilliant use of harmonics. Join contributing writer Kimberly Shires as she goes behind the scenes with this legend in the making who continues to inspire many.

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