In February 2020, singer CJ Johnson told her Oh He Dead bandmates that she was pregnant. While they struggled to understand what this development meant for their big dreams as a powerhouse band, CJ penned this song about her life and the changes that were inevitable. Then the pandemic shut touring down for everyone, and Oh He Dead set out to connect to fans online instead of on stage. Their 2019 Tiny Desk entry “Lonely Sometimes” blew up big time, so we’re hoping “The Foreigner” catches fire with viewers and NPR Music in 2021.
Jazzy & soulful, singer Micah Robinson delivers the feelings on a new single “Waiting For You”, featuring a trio of talented musicians backing up Robinson’s powerful vox. We’d definitely love to see this classy gentlemen play a full set for the Tiny Desk!
During the pandemic, musicians have had to get by without the large, attentive crowds they might have drawn previously. Some stream on social media platforms, while others perform on balconies or backyards. For the 2021 Tiny Desk Contest hosted by NPR Music, folk singer Justin Trawick decided to perform “Starting Over”, the title track from his 2009 solo EP, for a flock of sheep residing at Midnight Forest Farm in Lovettsville VA. How do the woolly farm animals take to his heartfelt songwriting? Watch the video to find out.
The always amusing folk duo Griefcat illustrate a facet of DC’s work from home culture during the pandemic that perhaps few had considered. We’ll leave the surprising topic for you to discover in “Revolution!”, the 2021 Tiny Desk Contest entry from Louisa Hall and Annie Nardolilli. You’re already curious about those pink fuzzy outfits, how can you not watch this video right this second?
Honestly, seeing Tiny Desk Contest entries from DC bands popping up in my YouTube feed is giving me post-pandemic life. Indie folk band Near Northeast‘s annual submissions are always top notch videos thanks to long time video collaborator Kip Radt. This year he captures the zeitgeist with a guest appearance from Brood X on the song “Window” from Near Northeast’s forthcoming album. Great to see you again NNE, we hope the fine judges at NPR Music take note!
Since March of 2020, audio engineer and composer Dennis Kane’s solo moniker The Hunted Hare has uploaded no less than 5 albums of peaceful, dark and brooding music to his Bandcamp, with a sixth entitled Between Two Rivers dropping Friday June 4th. We spoke with Kane and his musical collaborator Amy Domingues earlier this year for the Luce Listening Party podcast, digging into his recording process and motivations for staying creative during lockdown.
Today we’re thrilled to get back into the music video game with a world premiere of the new single “Lovely Secret”. Kane’s layered instrumental guitar work lends itself well to soundtracks, and his music videos have demonstrated this well. The visuals of “Lovely Secret” fit the mood perfectly, with trippy red leaves floating behind a woman’s mysterious face. We love the commitment The Hunted Hare shows to the music video form, and are happy to cap off this string of excellent releases with this premiere.