You can’t talk about ambient music these days without talking about Tycho. As one of the most successful artists in the genre this decade, mastermind Scott Hansen has gained a huge following for music that seems to both take people away to a carefree alternate universe and also seems to keep people glued to their desks in concentration. Green and company once again teamed up with a full band’s worth of musicians to release his fourth album Epoch in December 2016, earning a Grammy nomination for Best Dance/Electronic Album in the process. And it’s been some since he’s played a proper venue in DC - the last time he was here, he performed in the courtyard of the Hirshhorn Museum on a cool fall night in 2015. This time, it was a cool spring night in a much larger space: the six-thousand person capacity Echostage.
We all know about the disaster that was last week's Fyre Festival, but aside from providing Twitter with hours of good, old-fashioned schadenfreude, it raises a question: In 2017 have we finally reached peak festival? Marcus and Mauricio are joining Kevin in the basement to discuss.
On their 2014 self-titled debut, Sylvan Esso went a long way towards redefining what pop music SHOULD be in the modern age. Now Amelia Meath and Nick Sanborn are up to it again on their sophomore release, What Now. An exuberant exploration of love, the music industry and pretty much everything else, the electronic duo is hurdling over the sophomore slump and continuing on their path to total world domination.
PLUS! Seán Barna's first full length LP, Pictures Of An Exhibitionist, is almost here but we've got a taste of his latest single for you to dig into while you wait. "Slutty folk" never sounded this good.
Both formidable musical talents on their own, together Olivia Mancini and Jarrett Nicolay make up the electro-pop duo known as Astra Via! Prior to the release of their upcoming EP SUPERBESTLUCKYSONGS (due out 12/16 on Aerobic International) Adam sat down with his friends and past collaborators to talk their long, strange trip of a music career, Cracker Barrel, some ugly truths about the industry, and much, much more.
PLUS! Because Astra Via loves you, A LIVE IN THE BASEMENT performance of SUPERBESTLUCKYSONGS track “Action Junkie” to put in your ears and enjoy early and often!
A dancier The Vita Ruins. Cut Copy and Holy Ghost! meet Interpol and have a drink. Sad but not too sad to dance. Local. Fresh. Good.
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Music friends looking for something new to jam out to: Local act Honest Haloway just released a new track from the upcoming EP and will continue to do so, one per week, until the December 6th DC9 release party. The District may remember Tim Kratzer's previous band, The Vita Ruins. And while they will always hold a special place in fans' memories and are still fully streamable online, the new stuff is also very, very cool (and also streamable). Kratzer's familiar tale of bedroom solo project turned live act has recognizable elements and the same core feel as The Vita Ruins, but with more electronics, a dancier synth-pop groove, and a new lineup. Check it out and stay tuned, because they'll be releasing a new track from the upcoming EP each Monday between now and the release.
In our latest podcast, Kevin sits down with multi-instrumentalist/producer/songwriter Louis (pronounced 'Loo-E') Weeks to talk about his stellar debut album Shift/Away, what all this music stuff really means, the house show scene in DC and much, more. You thought we were music nerds before? You ain't heard nothin' yet. Tune in and get turned on to one of 2014's best new artists - DC or otherwise - on Episode 87 of ChunkyGlasses: The Podcast!
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!