At last week’s back to back sold out gigs at Rock and Roll Hotel, IDLES aimed their ideological guns at the growing threat of nationalism and anti-immigrant attitudes in their home country of Britain as well as the US. In addition to this hyper-relevant protest, they also confronted a more subtle and arguably more complex blight on society; masculinity.
She may be off of an album cycle now, but her message is still sharp, both timely, and perennial. Like a cutthroat progressive missionary, she returned to the capital of Trump’s America on Sunday night to enthrall a slightly smaller crowd at U Street Music Hall with her confrontational poise and an exhilarating ensemble of musicians.
“We share everything” noted Sima Cunningham, referring to her bandmate Macie Stewart’s sly trot across the DC9 stage to sneak a sip of tequila soda.
This vastly understates the onstage dynamic of Ohmme, Stewart and Cunningham’s Chicago based avant pop project. The band, reminiscent of offbeat indie rock like Cate le Bon or Tune-Yards, is touring off Parts, their 2018 LP, a first for the project despite both artist’s backgrounds as classically trained musicians.
Washington, D.C. has been our home for over a decade now, but our time here is rapidly coming to a close. In one of our final broadcasts from our nation’s capital, Kevin sits down with Lindsay Hogan (Music Journalist/DIY maven) and Paul Vodra (Hometown Sounds) to talk about some of the music that moved us in 2018, how we got to this point, and where we’re going from here.