Monthly Archives: August 2017

The Sea Life – Red Eyes

“Red Eyes”. Come on. You were thinking it too, right? But no, the single by indie rock band The Sea Life is not an ode to the hazy smoke of creative inspiration that these lads (and lass) probably enjoy on the reg. The music video by directors Eli Sinkus and Robin Groulx of Not West Not East presents the very DC angst of slaving away at a corporate job while all you want to do is rock out. Singer Jon Weiss, bassist Jordan Sanders and drummer Jules Hale look so respectable and professional in their business attire, but their sadness at fading away as rock stars is heartbreaking. Enjoy youth now, it doesn’t last forever. Grab their album on digital for whatever price you like courtesy of Babe City Records, or buy it on CD, cassette or vinyl and put some scratch in their wallets.

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K.A.A.N. – No Sucka MC’s

Hip-hop producer Kato on the Track just wrapped up entries in the 5th of his No Sucka MC’s contest. This annual feature gives talented rappers a chance for production work and features with this prominent producer and his engineering imprint NastyTrax. Our favorite swift-tongued rapper K.A.A.N. (Knowledge Above All Nonsense) submitted this entry, with his stock verbal dexterity packing in a fantastic amount of philosophy. Follow K.A.A.N.’s SoundCloud feed for more tracks and fire!

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Be Steadwell – New Girl

Singer Be Steadwell‘s queer pop music is, above all else, honest. The songs are so well developed both lyrically and sonically that her unmistakeable identity as a lesbian woman of color is never isolating or limiting. She writes confessional, emotional songs about dating and loving women, and when things don’t go well, then she writes an entire album called Breakup Songs. The newest single from that 2017 album is the rebound tale “New Girl”, with this Steadwell-directed video featuring Katrina Wheeler, drummer Asha Santee and even a cheer squad. We always appreciate the behind-the-scenes extras Be puts at the end of her videos, so stick around after the song’s done. Steadwell’s nationwide tour lands back here on September 9th at the Honey Groove Festival at Dock 5 celebrating QTPOC performing artists, visual artists, creatives, and entrepreneurs.

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Presenting The Lucky So & Sos @ Millennium Stage

For our August #DCmusic showcase at the Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage, we’d like to introduce you to The Lucky So & Sos.

The Lucky So & Sos are a Washington DC-based tropical jazz/funk/hip hop band. Established in 2014, the Lucky So & Sos put on a high energy show heavy on improvisation that melds elements of bossa nova, samba, funk, Latin jazz, gypsy jazz and blues with hip hop vocals. The So & Sos have performed at many of the top venues in and around Washington DC including Rock and Roll Hotel, DC9, Velvet Lounge, IOTA and Club Heaven, where they debuted at a Flashband hip hop showcase performing a 20 minute medley of J Dilla beats.

RSVP here and come to the free performance at 6 PM on Friday August 18th!

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