In just a few short years, singer-songwriter Mitski Miyawaki has gone from playing a basement in Maryland in 2014 at the home of former D.C.-area favorites Two Inch Astronaut (RIP) to successive packed shows the next two years at DC9, Rock and Roll Hotel, and the festival circuit. For her latest world tour, she’s sold out 30+ dates well in advance. No matter where she plays, it feels like the throngs grow exponentially each time and her set at the beautiful Vic Theatre in Chicago was no different.
Nothing is more reassuring than a group who hasn't toured in six years performing as if nothing has changed. While mentioning that their hour-long set was almost over, Molly Sarle proclaimed "We used to play for 30 minutes, and 15 minutes of it used to be about our periods."
See? Just as humorous as ever.
The soulful North Carolina by-way-of Wisconsin jack of all musical trades returns to the basement for a candid and hilarious chat with Kevin and Eduardo about his new LP, People Are My Drug.
Saturday. The Howard Theatre in Washington, DC. Two young musicians whose resumes – work with bands like Mountain Man, Megafaun, The Rosebuds, Feist and more – each run a mile long take the stage armed with only a microphone and a laptop rig. What spills out over the next hour is some of the most inventive, exhilarating, forward thinking and humanizing music of 2014. Maybe of the past decade.
Consider this: Sylvan Esso’s debut album was recorded in a living room. By two people. It combines elements of electronic music, folk, soul, indie pop and more, all coalescing into a simultaneously sparse, yet lush, groove that speaks as much to the listeners heart as it does to their ass.
Sylvan Esso started off as a side-ish project between Amelia Meath and Nick Sanborn, but has quickly blossomed into their full time gig, due in no small part of the success of their stunning debut album released earlier this year. In our latest podcast we sat down with Amelia and Nick the morning after they delivered a positively killer set opening for tUnE-yArDs at the 9:30 Club to discuss how the project came together, where they draw their formidable creative spark from, pop music, the internet, Moms and more. So tune in now to what is one of our favorite episodes to date of ChunkyGlasses: The Podcast with Amelia and Nick from Sylvan Esso!