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“Blueberry Season” by Cate Tomlinson Heralds Forthcoming EP

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Recent Articles “Blueberry Season” is in full swing with the release of the anthemic title track from the forthcoming EP by singer-songwriter and performing artist Cate Tomlinson.  “Blueberry Season” track artwork “Blueberry Season is the brutal in-the-moment experience where you just have to feel the bad feelings for a while before you get better,” says […]

Syrian-American Artist Husam: ‘If I Was Going to Quit, I Should Have Quit a Long Time Ago’

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What doesn’t kill you makes you a survivor is the most fitting description of Syrian-American artist Husam’s story. The D.C.-based songwriter and producer first embraced music while in college in order to process his pain, and along the way, he discovered a sense of purpose. Join contributing writer Cynthia Gross, as she connects with Husam in recognition of Arab American Heritage Month. Learn what has surprised Husam most about his career, his message to anyone who feels hampered by their trauma, and details on his forthcoming single, which was influenced by the devastating 7.8-magnitude earthquake in Syria earlier this year.

Cate Tomlinson is “twenty one” but has Never Loved

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Recent Articles Cate Tomlinson celebrates her twenty-second birthday with the release of the poignant and haunting pop ballad “twenty one.” Mourning the loss of one’s self in a relationship, “twenty one” is a song that musically builds on the foundation of a piano ballad blended with Cate’s downtrodden tones conveying thoughts of reflection and regret. […]

Husam Is Ready to ‘Lead a Change’ with His Most Personal Song Yet

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Recent Articles On March 12, D.C.-based alternative singer and composer, Husam, released “Lead a Change,” which is perhaps his most personal song to date. The heartbreaking and melodious track gives audiences a glimpse into abuse the Syrian American artist suffered at the hands of his father while growing up. Ultimately, the song empowers audiences to […]

Jeff Draco Goes from Intern to Co-Headliner in One Year, Shares the 9:30 Club Stage with Crystal Casino Feb. 9

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Barely a year ago, D.C.-based artist Jeff Draco was interning at the 9:30 Club. But on Feb. 9, he is sharing the bill with the Crystal Casino Band. He will have a much different view of the venue from its stage, and the musician can’t stop pinching himself. “To be coming back playing is quite special. I’m beyond excited,” Draco said. You can have all the talent in the world, but without a network—and more than a little bit of luck—this gig might not have come his way. Learn more with contributing writer Eric Althoff, including details on Draco’s forthcoming single, “Letters,” which he cites as his most vulnerable to date.

Maryen Cairns Flips a Switch with “ANEW”

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Recent Articles Sometimes music can be transformative for both the listener and the one creating it. With Maryen Cairns, her seventh studio album, ANEW, caused a shift in her core song writing process that seemed to flow with ease like water down a stream. “It was like a switch clicked inside my head and suddenly […]

Cindy Zhang Dreams of Sunshine in a “Song for Rainy Days”

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Recent Articles R&B and neo-soul musician, Cindy Zhang is gets introspective and stoic with her latest single “Song for Rainy Days”. As the title track for her new album, it touts pristine production accompanied by honest vulnerability that will melt your troubles away. Though there is a melancholy tint to the instrumentation, it’s a love […]

Estella Dawn Shows Vulnerability and Softness in “Follow”

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Recent Articles New Zealand born and San Diego-based singer songwriter, Estella Dawn, keeps things rolling with her 9th single of 2022 titled “Follow”. Taking things down a notch, she keeps things simple with a more delicate song that is heartfelt and reflective. Led by the warm tones of an acoustic guitar, Dawn’s voice pairs perfectly […]

Emarosa Finds a New Outlook on Life and Love in “Again”


Recent Articles Los Angeles-based alternative rock band, Emarosa, are gearing up for the release of their new album Sting with the fourth and final single “Again”. Tinged with retro 80’s influences and sleek modern production, it’s a song that instantly transports you to from mundane to party mode. Full of cascading synthesizers and a steady […]