SHOW PREVIEW: RDGLDGRN
If you went to Warped Tour this summer, your ears may have been blessed with the auditory miracle that is RDGLDGRN. These Reston dudes recorded their breakout record at Sound City Studios in LA where music giants from Neil Young to the Chili Peppers have cut legendary tracks since 1969. RDGLDGRN combines reggae, hip-hop, the unique DC go-go sound, and indie rock to create some unique tunes. Their first album, RDGLDGRN, features Dave Grohl on the drums and producer artist extraordinaire Pharell Williams co-writing on ‘Doing the Most’. Red on guitar, Gold on bass and vocals, and Green on vocals and guitar; these guys know what they’re doing.
The DC go-go sound evolved out of funk, R&B, and early forms of hip-hop which also features a syncopated, dotted rhythm. Chuck Brown and the Soul Searchers are recognized for cultivating most of the go-go trademark sound. Having RDGLDGRN shout out to music specific to their roots while giving it a new and marketable sound gives them even more potential for future success. No matter what kind of music you are into, these guys stand out among their peers and cannot be overlooked.
SHOW PREVIEW: Foxes
Do you remember the Zedd song “Clarity” that took over our airwaves last summer? I thought so. But did you notice that a young pop musician called Foxes was featured on the track? If not, you haven’t missed your chance to see this 22-year-old pop talent before her album drops early next year. Foxes, also known as Louisa Rose Allen, will grace the U Street Music Hall stage with her indie-pop sound on November 30th.
A Southampton, England native, Allen has gone from playing open mic nights at clubs in London to collaborating with artists like Fall Out Boy and being named “one-to-watch” by pop sensation, Katy Perry. Her melodic voice mixed with her self-described “happy-sad” lyrics create thoughtful and catchy tunes that just beg to be danced to. Foxes is ending her tour with a bang here in DC so don’t miss out on seeing a new, unique talent in such an intimate setting!
SHOW PREVIEW: MELLOWHIGH
What are we to expect on December 6 at U st. Music Hall? When it comes to members of the “ODD FUTURE” collective, one can never be sure. MellowHigh, formerly known as MellowHype when they were made up of Left Brain and Hodgy Beats, has added the comical Domo Genesis to form the new group. Coming off their Self-titled album, MellowHigh is on a tour around the country promoting the body of work.
An Odd Future concert can be filled with all type of surprises from mosh pits, surprise appearances, and extreme fan interaction. Odd Future just had their annual carnival on November 9 in California and Kanye West appeared performing new and classic tracks with the collective. With Co-Signs this huge, there is no doubt the group is a part of a movement that has some huge momentum.
The album contains extremely smooth raps, with dark and weird instrumentals that create the perfect vibe for green enthusiasts. One can only imagine the live show and trance that attendees will be put in. MellowHigh is part of a collective that contains Frank Ocean, Tyler The Creator, Earl Sweatshirt and more, yet hold their own next to these names musically. Certainly an experience that can’t be prepared for, because no one knows what could happen when at an OF affiliated event.
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SHOW PREVIEW: Flamin Groovies
Internet purveyor, I ask you this: how often do you get to see a hugely influential garage rock 60s band play a tiny venue these days? The answer: not too damn often. So thank your lucky boogie woogie stars that the Flamin Groovies are gracing U Hall with their flamin presence.
Formed in 1965 in the fertile flower power/free love scene of San Fran, they went on to create some of the most underrated garage pop of the era. Their record ‘Shake Some Action’ was a 70s standout, and the group are widely considered to have been super important punk forerunners, akin to the Kinks. Throw in a good amount of pub rock, Jerry Lee Lewis-style piano boogie, Chuck Berry guitar theatrics, and Stone Roses melodic sensibilities, and you’ve got the makings of a group of road warriors with serious chops. Frankly, if you don’t go see them at U Hall to shake some action of your own, you’re insane.
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HAPPY #oMUHall TO US ALL!
SHOW PREVIEW: Au Revoir Simone
Girl bands are on the rise and we’re loving it. Meet Au Revoir Simone. Whether you know it or not, you’ve probably heard these girls before; their songs have been featured in episodes for Grey’s Anatomy, Ugly Betty, and The L Word. The band’s electro-pop sounds are great on television, but the trio is much more than a soundtrack type of band. Erika Forster, Annie Hart, and Heather D’Angelo formed Au Revoir Simone in Brooklyn in 2003 after the three girls realized they all shared the dream of forming an all-keyboard band.
Fast forward 10 years, and we have the dream-pop girl group who’s song feature intoxicating beats, impeccable harmonies, and of course, lots of keyboard. Au Revoir Simone released their fourth album, Move in Spectrums, in September of this year and the album showcases the band’s journey from simple drumbeats and harmonies to full-fledged dance tracks that emulate cool.
Au Revoir Simone will be playing U Street Music Hall TOMORROW, October 15th.
Reading this and geeking over the fact that we have TWO nights of of Montreal at U Street Music Hall on October 23rd & October 24th.
We’ll see you at both. Because one serving of #oMUHall will certainly not be enough.
Kevin Barnes and his band, of Montreal, seem to be in a constant state of flux. When the Georgia-based group started, they were deeply submerged in whimsical indie-pop. Then they morphed into an electronic-based unit, and then a funk-based one, and then something sort of in between. Now, with the band’s 12th album, Lousy with Sylvianbriar, Barnes has hit the reset button once again, rebuilding the group as a Seventies country-influenced garage band. We spoke with Barnes about his Sylvia Plath fixation, burritos and happiness.