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Climbing PoeTree & Be Steadwell – How I Taste

Did you know that DC’s own queer black woman singer and live looper Be Steadwell is playing tonight at Strathmore’s classy North Bethesda offshoot Amp? Good, now you do. And if you have somehow missed the acquaintance with this incredible musician, we’ve got a music video today to show you her power as a performer and producer. Most of Steadwell’s videos are single-take solo live performances of her intense lyric-driven songs, but today’s is a collaboration with Brooklyn duo Climbing PoeTree. Released back on Valentine’s Day, the single “How I Taste”, from Climbing PoeTree’s soon to be released ambitious album INTRINSIC, is about exploring our own desires as a tangible act of self love. The insanely sexy video featuring Shayna Small and directed by Climbing PoeTree was released in a coordinated global uprising to end violence against women and girls, including rape, battery, incest, female genital mutilation, and sex slavery. Music with ambition to change the world for the better has never been more in fashion.


Be Steadwell – Netflix

Yeah yeah, Happy Valentine’s Day, yadda yadda. Sure you’re giddy happy today, with the flowers and the elusive dinner reservations and the promised late-night bedroom acrobatics. Tonight is special, but relationships go the other 364 days of the year too, and sometimes it ain’t easy. The hook in Be Steadwell‘s catchy as hell single “Netflix”, from last year’s name-your-price EP Jaded, is sure to get stuck in your head, where it can do the most good tomorrow, and the next day, and the day after that.


Be Steadwell – Precarious Place

Whether backed by full band or just her own looped voice, queer singer Be Steadwell‘s songs always cut deep and yet retain a warm friendliness. Because of her solo setup’s simplicity, and her drive to create, she often drops single-take live singing videos that are captivating with their honesty and authenticity. Her latest is a heartbreak song called “Precarious Place”, well worth clicking through to view her lyrics on YouTube as the song plays. Catch her live Thursday night December 8th at Busboys & Poets in Takoma engaging in a “healing musical dialouge” called Black Soul Mantra with cellist Monica ‘Spirit’ McIntyre.


Be Steadwell – Leo

One take, no edits, no lip syncing. Be Steadwell quite literally keeps it real on her newest track “Leo”, released last Friday. It’s a self-diagnosis and rallying cry for her own creativity, and Steadwell’s talent and charisma keep me hooked as the song flows deftly over her own produduction, including adorable kitten meows. Stay tuned after the song for Be’s commentary on the song, and mark your calendars for November 15th when her fall tour hits the Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage.


Podcast for March 8th, 2016


Tony’s enthusiasm for live music tests the boundaries of acceptable show-going behavior, and Paul shares an idea to sell albums to digital only fans.

Be Steadwell – Netflix [Jaded. dark love songs]
Blankus Larry – Please (Don’t Let Me Lose My Mind) [Problemo]
Jauze – Maybe You Did [Two Demos]
Honey Pot Canoe – Drink My Way To You [Radiotelephony]
Brutalism – Amulets [single]
Terracotta Blue – Dirge [Stronger / Dirge]

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Be Steadwell – Just A Flirt (Tiny Desk Contest submission)

Be Steadwell is a creative force to be reckoned with. While she screens her short film “Vow of Silence”, the thesis project for her MFA from Howard University, she also performs original musical compositions primarily using looped vocals, with the support of a crew of musicians. What started in the black queer creative community of DC is now spreading far and wide as Steadwell shows her film and performs on tour in New Orleans, Chicago, New York City and beyond. If you enjoy this immersive, captivating solo performance of new song “Just a Flirt”, grab her most recent release Jaded. Dark Love Songs for whatever price you like and mark your calendars for April 9th for Honey Groove, DC’s festival for queer creatives of color at Blind Whino featuring RatheMC, Reesa Renee, The Coolots, Boomscat and more.