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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.

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Get to Know The Infinite Daisy Chains

The Infinite Daisy Chains are becoming one of D.C.’s hottest psychedelic rock bands. From meeting at a rehearsal in a dimly lit garage, to tying the knot fives year in marriage, Ian Dandridge and Kristina Westernik-Dandridge have started creating some extremely unique sounds. Kristina specializes in the violin, vocals, and Ableton push, while Ian focuses on the guitar. They work together with the team at Day Off Recordings, who help them with the logistics of the creative process. We interviewed them on our blog.

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Ay Wing Has the “Antidote”

Ay Wing is an amazing artist that we’ve gotten the pleasure to learn more about during our time in quarantine. She is Swiss born, and berlin based, and pretty much has it covered when it comes to ensuring her delectable, fluorescent, Neo-soul will get a crowd moving. First time listeners are often so entranced by her glittery beats that they keep coming back for more of that shine and sparkle, online and in person. In the run-up to, and in support of her “Ice Cream Dream” EP release in the spring of 2018, Ay Wing was prolific in her appearances on stages across Europe as well as the United States, where she made her Los Angeles debut appearance last summer. This can be seen in the music video for her single, “Drive By” which made it onto the notorious Spotify playlist “Butter.” Her track “Orange Dreamer”, features an impressive flow by American hip-hop artist Chuuwee, as well as larger than life production by German-born, Shuko

Her newest track is called, “Antidote” and it also features an artist known as Shuko. In this groovy homage to being in love, Ay Wing’s lyrics transport us to that feeling or memory of being mesmerised and inspired by a person with limitless energy – someone who is completely in tune with themselves and can pull us back to the present when we are feeling far away from ourselves.

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Cat Janice Believes, “You Don’t Play Music, You Release Music.”

If you haven’t heard of Cat Janice yet, you are missing out. She is a Washington D.C. native that is on her way to becoming a household name. She has spent time in orchestral productions, jazz bands, and the theatre, and is now a solo act that been featured on both Netflix and ABC. She was also the winner of Best Rock Artist for the Washington Area Music Awards. We decided to ask Cat Janice some questions to get to know her better.

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Interview: Gabrielle Barnes on Songwriting, Social Justice, and Black Lives Matter

Alchemical Records got the incredible chance to sit down with Gabrielle Barnes to discuss her debut single “2020.” The song explores a lot of intense themes, from cultural appropriation to police brutality, and their intersections. Barnes talked about processing intense emotions in the first section of “2020” and enjoying joy and resilience in the last section. (The explorations in the song move fast, but so does this wild year.) “2020” is bedroom-poppy and smooth, a bit like the powerhouse singer-songwriter Willow Smith. But this particular song also reminds me of the introductory track on the 1975’s new album Notes on a Conditional Form, where Greta Thunberg’s powerful words intertwine with the music.

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2% Drops New Single, “Fumblin”

2% (like the milk), is a Burlington, VT based quintet consisting of Ryan Darling, Brian Devane, Mark Hendry, Harrison Kent, & Matteo Luban. Their original music puts a refreshing twist on classic oldies sound, and makes you want to get on your feet and groove! Since the band’s inception, they have gone on to play Twiddle’s Tumble Down Festival, Higher Ground, and Nectar’s, to name just a few. The band is now releasing their original music for all to enjoy!

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Steve Benjamins Releases Eccentric New Song “Symmetry”

Steve Benjamins, electronic singer-songwriter, just released a new song called “Symmetry.” In the press surrounding the new single, Benjamins has talked a lot about the concept of this song: “partnership without possession.” Alchemical Records got the pleasure of speaking to Benjamins this week, and we discussed why this issue is so important.

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Samiere’s “No Service”: West Coast Cool Cat On Love and Insecurity

Musician Samiere released her most recent single on her birthday, July 12, as a (reverse?) birthday present for all of her fans and listeners. The song is called “No Service” and it is as unique and exciting as the artist herself.

Samiere has been incredibly prolific in this year alone, releasing an EP called XOXO and a single called “Prove” in addition to “No Service.” “No Service” takes place in a secluded location, miles west of Malibu, where there is literally no internet service. Samiere is “happy either way” as long as she’s with the person she loves.

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Vanela and RDGLDGRN are Bringing the “Good Life”

Vanela and RDGLDGRN have teamed up to drop a new track titled, “Good Life.” They originally recorded the track for the video game The Sims 4, and the shazams racked up so much attention, that the song has gained a ton of anticipation for the release. The song starts with a catchy piano melody, adding in some catchy synth elements with the hook singing, “I’ve been dreaming bout the good life, now I live that good life, living for the goods yeah.” “Good Life” is a great song to play during a long drive on your way to the beach.

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Interview: DuPont Brass Releases Magnificent New Album Music Education

Recently, Alchemical Records had the privilege of speaking with Jared Bailey, a member of the DMV legends DuPont Brass. The band recently released their terrific album Music Education, full of outstanding brass solos, complex musicality, and catchy melodies. It is a breakthrough album for their already-thoroughly established voice.

The first song I heard off of Music Education was “Bring That Ass Here.” It is a slow, eclectic track reflecting not just a musical maturity but also some themes about growing up in general: “Bring that ass here and let me rub your feet / I swear I used to be a playa / what you done to me.” The rest of the album continues with just as much energy, from the soaring “Round Midnight” to the final party track “Let’s Go” featuring Adé.

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DMV Artists Dayon Greene Drops New Track, “Commas”

Rapper-singer-songwriter Dayon Greene is ready for the next level.

Greene found his love for performing very early on his life, while singing in the choir at his Grandmother’s church on Sunday in the DMV area. Fast forward a few years and a young Dayon could often be found at his father’s side while he gigged in go-gos around the city. Next he learned drums, and soon enough he began his rap career.

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“Melting into You” by The Infinite Daisy Chains is Out Now!

The Infinite Daisy Chains are made up of two members both local to the Washington D.C. metro area. Ian Dandridge and Kristina Westernik-Dandridge met in a dimly lit garage to meet for rehearsal, and are now married five years later. Kristina specializes in the violin, vocals, and Ableton push, whilst Ian is the guitarist of the duo. As well as the pair boasting years of experience in playing synthesizers and drum machines, Kristina was featured on the violin on Oceanids’ track ‘Tapestry’.
Much of their music was inspired by their honeymoon experience in the Californian desert, as they say, “The marriage secured their commitment to each other, and the emotion that spills over into the duo’s creative process.”

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REO Speedwagon’s Kevin Cronin: “Still Rollin’ With The Changes.”

Formed in Champaign, Illinois all the way back in 1967 REO Speedwagon are the epitome of American Rock and Roll. In a few short years, the band quickly went from playing bars and tiny clubs to larger venues thanks to an impressive live show and the rock radio cuts, “Roll with the Changes” and “Time for Me to Fly”.
The band hit mainstream crossover success in 1980 when they released their ninth studio album, “High Infidelity” which featured a string of hits including “Keep On Lovin’ You,” “Take It On The Run” and “Don’t let Him Go.” That album went on to sell ten million records worldwide. Several solid albums and songs followed including the number one single, “Can’t Fight This Feeling.”

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Ay Wing Releases “Velvet Room”

Ay Wing is a berlin based producer and songwriter. She is very committed to making sure that her “beat-driven fluorescent Neosoulpop is exactly as she wants.” Primarily she wants so that her audience dance and her listeners are entranced in her music. She uses retro synths, rhythmic guitars, and booming drums to draw in the listener to exactly what they want.

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Alexia Christian: Rock’n Facebook from Rockville

Alexia Christian, from Rockville, MD is our own Rocker chick in residence. The 25-year-old grew up in Rockville and has played on the local circuit up until all venue performances came to a screeching halt due to COVID-19. Like many other local musicians, Alexia has also taken to social media to stream her tunes and continue to build an audience. To date, Alexia has released two albums, “Shadows Turn To Reality” and “Nothing 2 Lose”.  She also just released a new single titled ‘100’ on April 30. Check it out

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Sofia St Jean is Searching for the Promise Land

From the words she selects to the notes and chords she plays, the NewYork-based multi-instrumentalist and vocalist has dedicated the greater part of her life to mastering the art form of songwriting.

Sofia St Jean grew up in the suburbs of Clarksburg, Maryland, where she would begin producing music in her early teens. As an individual with eclectic taste and an open mind, she immersed herself in music from all over the world. She attributes this to her Haitian heritage, and has always felt at ‘home’ in a variety of genres.

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