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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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Alchemical Records
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2021 Year in Review: A Message from Alchemical Records

As Alchemical Records prepares to close out 2021, the team would like to extend our thanks to the many artists and creatives who partnered with us to make this year one of our best yet. Despite another challenging year for the music industry and the world at large, DMV artists found innovative ways to channel their energy into inspiring others through music, reminding us that we are not alone in this journey. Join the Alchemical Records team as they reflect on a few of their favorite moments of 2021 (out of many).

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Oh He Dead - Full Band
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Oh He Dead Says They’re Not Dead Yet

D.C.-based indie soul band Oh He Dead has a rather unique story behind its name. We’ll get to that, but first, it’s important to take note of the various musical genres that infuse the group’s rather unique sound. Their compositions bear many stamps, most notably jazz, folk, and funk. Join contributing writer Eric Althoff as he goes behind the scenes to reveal a sneak peek of Oh He Dead’s upcoming projects. Through the most trying of circumstances, the band makes it clear that they’re not dead yet. Despite the pandemic, they are soldiering on, with two new albums forthcoming.

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January Jane "Your Drug"
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January Jane Brings Listeners Sparkle, Glamour, and Shine

All the glitz and glamour of a rooftop bar at midnight and none of the hangover– this sentiment perfectly captures the journey on which January Jane brings listeners with their newest EP, Your Drug. January Jane’s formation certainly could be called serendipitous. Now based in New York City, January Jane’s proud roots are in the DMV. Join contributing writer Jaci Jedrych as she explores the band’s exciting journey, including diverse influences, recent signing with global music publisher BMG, and their best piece of advice for making it in the music industry.

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Hayley Fahey
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Hayley Fahey Takes Us Back to the ‘Good Old Days’

Toward the end of the summer, DMV-raised and now Nashville-based soul-infused pop and sometimes blues singer-songwriter Hayley Fahey released a beautiful three-track EP that she began the process for during quarantine. The EP, “Good Old Days,” includes “Halfhearted Love Song,” “Melting,” and the title track. Contributing writer Maura Marcellino had the pleasure of chatting with Hayley about her influences, upbringing, creative process, fashion, and the ever so confusing topic of work-life balance, including Hayley’s secret for finding the right balance.

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Emily Hall
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Emily Hall: ‘I’m Getting Ready to Share All On My Own Terms Rather than Waiting for Others to Come to Me’

Singer-songwriter Emily Hall’s journey didn’t start in Nepal, but that’s where it took hold. Emily Hall’s journey with music has been one of healing, of compassion, of shadow, and of triumph. A 2014 Fulbright grant recipient, Emily journeyed to Nepal that same year, after many years of musical disillusionment. Once she reached Nepal, however, that all changed. Learn more about Emily Hall’s inspiring story with contributing writer Linc Bradham, including a sneak peek of her upcoming collaborative project with Rav Situla.

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LJR Releases Debut Album
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Pop Rock Artist LJR: ‘I No Longer Try to Pretend to Be Somebody I’m Not’

Maryland-based pop rock artist LJR is one of a kind. His journey to a full-time music career is at times heartbreaking, exhilarating, and ultimately, life-affirming. LJR reminds audiences that ends serve as beginnings, offering new opportunities to become the person you were always meant to be. Learn more about LJR’s inspiring story with contributing writer Cynthia Gross, including the one thing he needed to unlearn during his growth process, how his background in engineering affects the way he approaches art, and the surprising story behind the title of his upcoming album.

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Shacara Rogers
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Shacara Rogers: ‘There Is a Special Blessing on Black Women. We Are Survivors, and We Make a Way.’

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania-born jazz artist Shacara Rogers is one of those rare talents whose passionate, soul-stirring performances have the ability to conjure up the deepest of feelings, reminding you of the unparalleled power of Black American music. She has performed with greats like Patti LaBelle and as part of Howard University’s Afro Blue. Learn more about Shacara Rogers’ journey, including what inspired her return to Christ-centered music, why “there is a special blessing on Black women,” and the surprising thing she needed to unlearn during her growth process.

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Flo Anito
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Flo Anito: ‘Music Has Sat Beside Me On the Floor, My Best Friend, Holding My Hand, Offering Tissues, Reminding Me To Breathe’

“Music saved my life,” explains D.C.-based artist Flo Anito. “In my hardest times, music has sat beside me on the floor, my best friend, holding my hand, offering tissues, reminding me to breathe. Singer-songwriters like Ani DiFranco, Fiona Apple, and Jewel and artists like Nina Simone let me know I wasn’t alone in my pain or loneliness. Composers like Chopin, Ellington, and Gershwin were able to bear their souls through music in ways the spoken word could not convey, bending time and space to mirror the shape of emotion.” Learn more about Flo Anito’s exciting journey with contributing writer Linc Bradham.

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Son La Lucha
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Collective Musical Activism: Son La Lucha Uses Traditional Mexican Music as Catalyst for Social Justice

Combining a grassroots approach to social justice issues with a traditional style of Mexican music, Son La Lucha is a collective of activists who amass community gatherings and political protests through their music. The collective, which can span from 5-30 people at any given time, specializes in a specific regional style of folk music and dance called son jarocho. Learn more with contributing writer Charlie Maybee, including the distinct approach Son La Lucha uses to get their message across without releasing music for profit.

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Rafael Pondé
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Brazilian Artist Rafael Pondé: ‘Don’t Try to Live According to What or Who Other People Believe that You Are’

Salvador, Brazil-born and Washington, D.C.-based artist Rafael Pondé is a visionary. Engaging in conversation with him feels like reconnecting with a dear friend. You leave inspired by his depth of perspective and sensitivity to the people and places that surround him. Learn more about Rafael Pondé’s fascinating journey with contributing writer Cynthia Gross, including what identity means to him as a Brazilian artist, the best piece of advice he’s been given, and the one thing he’s never shared about his great uncle, legendary composer Humberto Porto.

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Great Wide Nothing
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Great Wide Nothing Stretches From Atlanta to Washington D.C. to Perform with Flowerbomb and Brave

That’s a great title, isn’t it? It’s punny and conveys most of the pertinent information. Unfortunately, just a ghost of its former self. Let me explain.

We received an email from Daniel Graham, bassist and vocalist of Great Wide Nothing, an indie-prog rock trio from Atlanta, Georgia about an upcoming show happening October 5, 2021, with Brave and Flowerbomb at DC9. I was excited to be learning about a local gig via the touring artist. I think it says a lot for the kind of reach and community building…

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Sonic Castaways
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Latin Rock Folk Band Sonic Castaways Found What They Were Looking For

Sonic Castaways (in Spanish, Naufragos del Sonido) fuse multiple influences, genres, and sonic ideas with a volition and daring that respects the masters whom they emulate while still sounding fresh and exciting. For Hispanic Heritage Month, as part of Alchemical Records’ continuing coverage on groups and artists who touch Hispanic culture in some way, we present to you: Sonic Castaways. Join contributing writer Linc Bradham as he explores the band’s journey.

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