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“Shift” by Lauren Calve is a Folk Country Treat

Lauren Calve is looking at her reflection in a red room. The mirror is ornate with twisted metal all around her.

More to Watch Lauren Calve released her debut album “Shift” September 1st. She performs at Elkton Music Hall in Elkton, MD on November 17. Calve’s first album is a folksy contemplation of her life in quarantine. Through the ten tracks on the album, she spends time dissecting her life figuring out what is good and […]

Traveling with The North Country

The North Country band sits together outside in front of a red photo backdrop. A wooden table in front of the band displays yellow and white flowers.

Give a listen to the new single “The Invisible Hand” from D.C.’s own North Country, and see what comes to mind.  Its influences are many, including—to my ears—1980s New Wave and Radiohead.  But Andrew Grossman, the band’s frontman, would rather its DNA be apparent to the ear of the listener rather than strictly defined by its songwriter. 

“It’s funny the stuff that people said they hear in that song,” Grossman said.  “And it’s all been stuff that I’ve listened to and liked, but maybe wasn’t explicitly thinking about when I was writing it and when we were recording the whole thing.   

“It wasn’t deliberate, but I’m sure it filtered down and came out somehow.”

Indeed, The North Country is making a name for itself in the capital area with its experimental soundscape. The group, which will be playing DC9 on Oct. 26, entails Grossman and five other musicians. Grossman met drummer Kirk Kubicek when they both studied at the University of Maryland’s arts scholar program. Many of the rest of the group met at our city’s dearly departed Bathtub Republic—where Grossman also lived for a time.

L.A. Bluesman Coco Montoya Returns to D.C. for Double-Header

Blues artist Coco Montoya poses with guitar in front of graffiti wall.

Career bluesman Coco Montoya discusses his upcoming D.C. area shows and how he carved out his own unique sound after taking advice from Albert King and B.B. King to heart.  
For a career bluesman like Coco Montoya, having the great Albert Collins as a mentor set the then-young man on a lifelong path to follow in the spirit of his late musical counselor.

“I was pretty green when I went on the road in 1972. He was like a father figure,” Montoya said of learning under Collins’s able wing. “It reached beyond the music. He was constantly looking out for me.”

Though Collins died in 1993, Montoya continues to keep his mentor’s music alive and well in his own output, including on the new album “Writing on the Wall,” which debuted at #1 on the Billboard Blues chart. Touring behind the album, Montoya and his ensemble have two stops in the capital region this week, Oct. 10 at the Rams Head On Stage in Annapolis and then AMP by Strathmore in North Bethesda Oct. 13. 

Loreena McKennitt’s Revival Tour Comes to the Warner Theatre

Loreena McKennitt stands in front of a stone archway

Recent Articles Platinum-selling Celtic musician Loreena McKennitt is coming to Washington D.C. in October. The Visit Revisited fall tour is her first U.S. tour in eight years. This tour honors the 32nd anniversary of her fourth album, The Visit, released in 1992 worldwide by Warner Music Group. Loreena Mckennitt – photo credit: Richard Haughton Originally […]

Worriers Celebrate Their Return to the Studio at DC9

Frontperson of the band, Lauren Denitzo, is sitting with their legs splayed on a backwards wooden chair, resting their arms on the top of the chair. They are in a white room with concrete floors. Worriers is written in black text above their head while Trust Your Gut is written right next to it in red text.

Recent Articles Worriers will be playing DC9 on October 8th at 7:00 PM EST with their new album, Trust Your Gut. Trust Your Gut is the first studio album that the punk-adjacent band has put out in three years. It comes on the heels of their home-recorded album, Warm Blanket. The band, fronted by Lauren […]

Bay Area Rock Band French Cassettes Arouse in “Medium Horny”

French Cassettes in a seated pose for the photo, bringing to mind a classic film reel.

More to Watch Performing in D.C. with Moozy at Comet Ping Pong on Sept. 27 Today, Bay Area indie rock band French Cassettes premiered the music video for their latest single, “Medium Horny” via Flood Magazine. Next week, the band kicks off their U.S. tour dates with a performance at Comet Ping Pong in Washington […]

Illiterate Light “Don’t Settle Down” — Touring; New EP

Album artwork for Aloe by Illiterate Light featuring colorful graffiti style artwork on a black background.

More to Watch Virginia rock band Illiterate Light celebrate the release of their new EP with national tour; hometown show at Get Tight Lounge in Richmond, VA on Saturday, September 16th. Album artwork for Aloe by Illiterate Light After receiving significant critical acclaim for their sophomore full-length album, Sunburned (released January 2023), which was featured […]

RODERIK Underscores Baltimore Music Scene via Upcoming Shows

RODERIK band members wearing black

Recent Articles Central NJ based new-age emo band, RODERIK make their debut to eager Baltimore, MD audiences who resonate with the band’s post-hardcore influences such as Point North, Taking Back Sunday, and Pierce the Veil. RODERIK band photo – Courtesy of the artist RODERIK will be performing on August 18 at The Crown for “Emo […]

The Darkness Celebrates 20 Years of Permission to Land

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Recent Articles British rock band The Darkness celebrate 20 years of debut album with a tour. Do you remember The Darkness? Of course, you do! It was only a short 20 years ago when the British phenomenon crash-landed onto the music scene. Their hard rock classic Permission to Land ushered the band into insane popularity […]

Tessa Elaina Celebrates New EP Both of Us —  August 5th Show

a blue background with pink texts that says "Tessas Elaina & Lea Holz EP Release Show" at the top, a centered photo of the EP album cover, and a circled image of Lea Holz, and a quote that says "Performance, story telling, guided mind-body experience" in pink at the bottom.

Following the release of her debut EP, The Both of Us, Tessa Elaina gets ready to perform at Arts Herndon on August 5th. Tessa Elaina – Aug 5 EP Release Show Poster On July 26th, Tessa Elaina released her debut EP The Both of Us for the public to hear. However, the tracks themselves were […]