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NOX ETERNA Thrills with Debut Single “All I Wanted To Say”

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Recent Articles Multidisciplinary artist and multi-instrumentalist Charles Maybee of NOX ETERNA is a consistent creator and collaborator (full disclosure—he’s one of our contributing writers here at Alchemical). So when Charles found in-person collaboration impossible during the initial onset of the COVID-19 pandemic he took the opportunity to develop a completely brand new project from scratch […]

Dylan Seeger Floats Betwixt and Between in New Album “Moon House”

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Recent Articles New York City based designer and musician, Dylan Seeger, floats in zero gravity among the stars in his fifth album, “Moon House.” Dylan Seeger – Moon House With an array of indie rock hallmarks including eclectic instrumentation, a spacey pedestrian pace, and swirling backing vocals, he seems to set vibrations loose with the […]

Apollo The Realist Reflects on the Passage of Time in “Silent Shadows”

"Blood Moon" - Apollo The Realist album art featuring a cartoon depiction of the artist looking at their reflection.

Recent Articles In “Silent Shadows”, Californian rapper Apollo The Realist explores themes of depression, self-isolation, and prosperity. In “Silent Shadows”, Californian rapper Apollo The Realist explores themes of depression, self-isolation, and prosperity while looking back and picking at old scabs in search of forgiveness for his actions in the past. “Living in the past is […]

The Smithereens Are Due to Retake the Birchmere Post-Covid

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If you smell something rather unusual at the Birchmere on March 17, there’s at least a chance that the Smithereens’ fans have brought them…crabs. That actually happened once at the venue back in the day when the Jersey boys played the famous Alexandria stage. “One of our fans, a longtime fan, brought me a dozen crabs,” recalls guitarist Jim Babjak. “I had them [wrapped] in newspapers, and I stunk up the back! But the band tolerates me because they know I love Maryland crabs.” The Smithereens share memories of playing the Birchmere—and their hopes for a joyful present – with contributing writer Eric Althoff.

ISHAN: ‘Something Beyond What We Understand Guides the Artist through this Mess that Is Life’

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Melbourne-based singer-songwriter ISHAN discovered a love for music at the age of 15 during rehabilitation for spinal fusion surgery. The emerging talent and compelling lyricist has been honing his skills ever since, marking his official entrance to the music scene in late 2022 with his debut single, “Go,” which appeals to fans of Ed Sheeran. Join contributing writer Cynthia Gross, as she sits down with ISHAN to discuss his musical influences; how his diverse Indian, Swiss, and Catalan roots inform his worldview; why Baltimore is on his bucket list of places to visit; and the reason he has learned to co-exist with fear.

David Wax Museum Brings Mexo-Americana to the U.S.

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Folk husband-and-wife duo David Wax and Suz Slezak are the brains behind David Wax Museum, a self-described “Mexo-Americana” band based out of Charlottesville, Virginia. The duo’s sound is distinctly marked by the Mexican influences that made them famous, both in style, content, and instrumentation. Creating music for 14 years, seven of those years with a growing family, David and Suz are professionals in the game with appearances on CBS This Morning: Saturday, NPR’s World Cafe, and Tiny Desk. Learn more about David Wax Museum’s journey of discovery with contributing writer Jaci Jedrych in recognition of Hispanic Heritage Month.

Bringing ‘60s Heat to the 21st Century: de la Parra Continues Legacy of His Woodstock Band

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Fito de la Parra is likely one of the few people on earth who can say he helped hijack a helicopter—without getting arrested. The Canned Heat drummer fondly recalls how he and his bandmates were desperately trying to make it to Woodstock for their set in the summer of ‘69, but all roads to the upstate New York hamlet were impossibly jammed. In the years that followed, Canned Heat has since become an acclaimed international act. Learn more about the band’s exciting journey, as contributing writer Eric Althoff sits down with de la Parra in recognition of Hispanic Heritage Month, including details on their upcoming Annapolis show.

Cinema Stereo: ‘We Just Make The Music That Excites Us’

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Most people remember Jumanji: a family-friendly action film featuring the late Robin Williams about a cursed board game that traps its players in a magical and terrifying reality. Like the world of Jumanji, Cinema Stereo is creating a new world through their music. Dive into the world of Orlando-based rockers, Cinema Stereo, with contributing writer, Margaret Adams, as the band releases their debut album; the band’s plentiful and diverse influences, including Queen, Led Zeppelin, Rush, Aerosmith, Stevie Ray Vaughan, David Bowie, and The Doors; and their desire to immerse their audiences in a world full of 80’s-and-70’s-inspired sounds.

Emo Trio Fieldrush: ‘We Were Working to Get the Most Out of Not Just Our Songs, But Also Ourselves’

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San Diego-based emo trio Fieldrush named their band after a desert plant, specifically, a weed that can withstand harsh conditions. Given that the band was established during the height of the pandemic, the name feels fitting. Fieldrush’s high-energy compositions, carefree attitude, and introspective songwriting position the band as an unmistakable rising act. Learn more about Fieldrush’s exciting story, including how the band’s cultural diversity informs their creative process, their favorite memory of the D.C. area, and what audiences can expect from their forthcoming debut EP, Fundamentals.

Mames Babagenush Returns to the U.S. for the First Time since 2019

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Jewish music from Denmark? Coming to D.C.? See it to believe it on July 27 at Bossa Bistro & Lounge when Mames Babagenush, returns to the U.S. for the first time since 2019. Denmark has an extremely small Jewish population of under 10,000—in a country just shy of 6 million in total. Thanks to Mames Babagenush, the traditional, uptempo “klezmer” music of Eastern Europe’s Ashkenazi Jews is finding a more worldwide audience—even if all but one of the members of the group are Gentiles. Join contributing writer Eric Althoff, as he discusses the band’s upcoming show, the history of their musical tradition, and more.