Ely Perlman EP Review & Interview

Ely Perlman EP Review & Interview

I met Inbal for coffee in January. “You’re a musician? You have to listen to my cousin, Ely. He’s a jazz guitarist. He has an EP online. Check him out!” I was skeptical. How many aspiring young musicians have posted half-finished pieces online? But a few days later I checked out his SoundCloud and I was … Continue reading “Ely Perlman EP Review & Interview”

Album Review: Mitski – Be The Cowboy

Album Review: Mitski – Be The Cowboy

On Be The Cowboy, Mitski enters into her phase of exploration, having reached a level at which she can finally stretch out her musical limbs and take more creative liberties than before. For starters, the album is composed of 14 tracks, only a couple of which exceed three minutes. It’s representative of her tastes diversifying, … Continue reading “Album Review: Mitski – Be The Cowboy”

Rex Orange County at U-Street Music Hall in DC

Rex Orange County at U-Street Music Hall in DC

On Monday night in Washington DC, Rex Orange County mesmerized a sold-out crowd at U-Street Music Hall. Despite an afternoon of heavy rain, when I arrived at the venue shortly after doors opened, the line snaked around the block. If the fact that his entire US tour sold out in mere minutes was not proof … Continue reading “Rex Orange County at U-Street Music Hall in DC”

Public Warms Up Sold-Out Belasco Crowd

Public Warms Up Sold-Out Belasco Crowd

Even though it was late on a Wednesday night, 1,500 people packed into a sold-out Belasco Theater for the culmination of the “Better with You” U.S. tour, excited for a headlining set from former teen heartthrob Jesse McCartney. While fans eagerly awaited a glimpse at their first crush, PUBLIC, an indie-pop band from Cincinnati, delivered … Continue reading “Public Warms Up Sold-Out Belasco Crowd”

Riding the Wave of Mutilation: Pixies at BB&T Pavilion

Riding the Wave of Mutilation: Pixies at BB&T Pavilion

Enclosed by the four lavender-colored walls of my middle school bedroom, I put an unmarked CD in my boombox, cranked the volume, and hit play. The CD was the third of six mixes I received as my introduction to “good music” from my first hipster crush – a dude who had long hair, smoked weed, … Continue reading “Riding the Wave of Mutilation: Pixies at BB&T Pavilion”

Animal Collective Revisits Sung Tongs at The Town Hall in New York City 7/19/18

Animal Collective Revisits Sung Tongs at The Town Hall in New York City 7/19/18

On a brisk New York City night, sheltered from the busy pedestrian and tourist traffic of Times Square in New York City, Animal Collective took a trip back to their roots and played a stripped-down version of their 2004 hallmark album, Sung Tongs, at the Town Hall. Animal Collective, which consists of Avey Tare (David … Continue reading “Animal Collective Revisits Sung Tongs at The Town Hall in New York City 7/19/18”

Clairo Charms DC’s Union Stage

Clairo Charms DC’s Union Stage

Last Thursday in DC, 19-year-old powerhouse Clairo played a sold-out show at Union Stage. From the moment she kicked off her set with “B.O.M.D.,” she had the audience, comprised mainly of high schoolers, enthralled. Although this was only the second night of her first major headlining tour, Clairo, with her effortless style and playful sense … Continue reading “Clairo Charms DC’s Union Stage”

Snail Mail Wows Philly Crowd

Snail Mail Wows Philly Crowd

On the surface, Snail Mail songs seem simple: they’re catchy and straightforward enough to feel familiar on first listen, and tend to follow well-trodden indie rock tropes. And, like many DIY acts to break out in the past few years, their music is centered around deeply personal lyrics backed by shimmering guitar lines. But there’s … Continue reading “Snail Mail Wows Philly Crowd”