VOTD: Iggy Azalea feat. Charli XCX - ‘Fancy’
If the VMAs still gave awards based on music video brilliance, Iggy Azalea would win some major moon men for “Fancy” ft. Charli XCX. Our teenage dream, Beverly Hills fashion icon Cher Horwitz, played by 90s mega-babe Alicia Silverstone in Clueless, made having a digitized wardrobe the ultimate fantasy for pretty much every girl I know. So we salute you, Iggy for resurrecting the yellow plaid and knee high socks, tiny backpacks, taped up nose jobs, choker necklaces and hats as common accessories. It’s been far too long.
Whether or not the blonde Aussie bombshell should be revered for her rapping abilities is up to you to decide. But as far as concepts go, she absolutely nailed it with the video inspiration for “Fancy.” Perhaps Iggy will be the catalyst behind a 90s fashion revival, but the furry bucket hats? As if!
-Gia Del Prince
It’s here, folks! Jam out with us and our Music Monday playlist!
What tunes are you kicking off the week with?
NEW TRACKS: Hercules and Love Affair - ‘Do You Feel The Same’
As we approach the end of this goddamn winter, which threatens to hemorrhage well into March, treat yourself to a listen of the debut track off Hercules and Love Affair’s new album, “The Feast of the Broken Heart,” slated for release in May. This is the third record from the eclectic group, which, again, features multiple vocalists; namely, Belgium’s Gustaph – who belts the lyrics of “Do You Feel the Same?” audaciously, liltingly. The song manages to maintain a throwback-feel, despite sounding totally fresh. That provocative bass line is surely liable. And the build up to the chorus will certainly cause a slight and much-needed skip of your tired heart. (Projecting a bit, here…) As this fun, post-disco group continues to evolve, it is a pleasure to hear the results. Hopefully, Gustaph and his counterpart – Rogue Mary – will join Andy Butler and his crew on their upcoming European tour. Hopefully, the whole gang will tour elsewhere, too. For example - oh, I don’t know - WASHINGTON, D.C.?
SHOW PREVIEW: Dr. Dog
Certified-organic freak folkers Dr. Dog hail from Pennsylvania – probably from a big pink house if you catch our drift. The seasoned road dogs have been making bar rock awash in Americana for over a decade, and their continuing excitement for and innovation in music is refreshing. Their latest album, 2013’s B-Room, features almost 20 distinct instruments and yet their sound is tight and consistent. They have Band-meets-Big Star pop vibes and the warmest bass tone you will ever, ever experience. And yet they can be hard to pin down because they play their influences so well. Their quick wit and instrumental virtuosity can be equal parts Father John Misty and Beatles-esque, anchored by the raspy, tough, loveable vocals of Scott McMicken and Toby Leaman. Bottom line, this is a group of extremely talented, hard-working musical journeymen who are never boring and always worth a ticket.
NEW TRACKS: Lykke Li - “Love Me Like I’m Not Made of Stone”
Lykke Li has done it once again, enchanting us all with her powerful vocals, though not in the way “Get Some” had you dancing. “Love Me Like I’m Not Made of Stone” is a powerful ballad that beautifully showcases the power and emotion of this Swedish rocker’s voice, accompanied only by an acoustic guitar. Lykke is definitely pulling on my heart stings with this one and I can’t wait to hear what the rest of her new album, I Never Learn, will sound like.
WE LOVE OUR PARTNERS: Elixir of Love Cocktail Competition
Had a case of ennui lately? Us too! This seemingly eternal winter has got us jaded and hibernating. But at long last, Washington City Paper has presented the event to melt us out of our wintery blues. Next week, WCP will team up with the Washington National Opera at the Embassy of Italy (classy, huh?) to host The Elixir of Love: A Cocktail Competition. In celebration of Donizetti’s classic comic opera of the same name, D.C.’s top mixologists from hot spots like Founding Farmers and Satellite Room will compete to create the best Elixir of Love. Who knows what magical tonics will be in store? And the best part: you can win tickets now! Enter at Washington City Paper’s site by clicking the photo above.
Stay connected to Washington City Paper for chances to win tickets not only to great events like this, but also to your favorite 9:30 shows!
SHOW PREVIEW: Future Islands
There’s this moment when you first listen to Future Island’s “Long Flight” that makes you fall in love. You’re taken in by blinking synth chords, a driving bass, and a strange, gravelly vocal delivered by Sam Herring, and that’s all well and good. Really, it’s just what you expected after hearing your friends describe Future Islands to you last night at the bar.
Then comes the yell. A glorious, primal, almost inhuman roar denouncing love’s destroyer. Remember Wesley’s scream in the pit of despair during the water torture scene in Princess Bride? Welcome to the real life version.
If hearing that sound doesn’t make you snap up a ticket for Future Islands’ show at the Club on May 1st, I don’t know what will.
VOTD: Little Dragon - ‘Klapp Klapp’
Somewhere between Game of Thrones and The Walking Dead lives Little Dragon’s new video for “Klapp Klapp”. In it, we follow the journey of one mysterious voodoo woman in her quest through pillars of pink flame and zombies to perform a dark ritual that will resurrect her dead lover.
That may seem like a lot for a 3 and half minute Little Dragon song, but the band pulls it off. “Klapp Klapp” retains a pitch black ambiance with its haunting synth/bass line and drives home its femme fatale calypso lyrics with a constant snare hit, all of which complements the anti-heroine’s sense of post-apocalyptic desperation. It turns out even dancey electronic jazz tracks have dark sides.
And now we know Little Dragon is responsible for the end of the world. Solid.
NEW TRACKS: Holychild - ‘Every Time I Fall’
Holychild is a duo that we need to keep tabs on because their quiet beginning is moving towards something much bigger. “Every Time I Fall,” from the upcoming EP Mindspeak, is a track I can imagine hearing both on GIRLS and remixed by all of the hottest DJs within the next year. Just think CHVRCHES, but more upbeat, or Sleigh Bells but not quite as loud. Holychild recently scored a record deal with Glassnote, which will undoubtedly give this song and Mindspeak great exposure. The magic that is Holychild actually started out in DC when the two musicians met at a GWU dance class. Hopefully, they will be back in the District soon enough and we can witness this developing talent live.