One of the summer highlights in the DC area is the National Symphony Orchestra's live scoring of movies like Jurassic Park and Lord of the Rings. No matter what movie is playing behind them, the NSO is sure to faithfully recreate the music that made the movie so memorable. But for those with more adventurous tastes, College Park, MD-based label VoidLife Records has another take on live scoring. Three groups, all comprised of musicians from the DC area, were tasked with creating their own live score for three different cult favorites: Doctor Who, The Twilight Zone, and Twin Peaks. There were no faithful adaptations here: the results were as far out as the musicians' own output.
Kendrick Lamar may well be the "best rapper alive" but beyond all the hype, he's an artist who wears his vulnerability on his sleeve. On DAMN., his follow-up-proper to 2015's landmark LP To Pimp A Butterfly, the Compton native takes listener on a journey through his often tortured psyche, the community he comes from, and what it means to have faith in faithless times.
Come hang with Kevin, Marcus Dowling (Decades, Bandcamp), Ian Taronji (The Lucky So & So's), and Marcus J. Moore (Senior Editor, Bandcamp) as we dive deep into this complex statement from one of today's biggest, and most important stars.
PLUS! We've got your first taste of the DC-based cosmic collective Nag Champa's upcoming EP for you to sink your MIND into. Buy the ticket. Take the ride...
As you may or may not know, it's been a really hard week for the greater South Louisiana family. Yet another historic storm with record-shattering rainfall -- this time in and around my stomping grounds of Baton Rouge, LA -- ravaged and nearly drowned our fair capital city in floodwaters this week. There's not a single family unaffected in some way. Most are safe, but the scope of damage and displacement is historic and near-unfathomable. Louisiana still needs all the help they can get. (Please consider chipping in even a few tax-deductible bucks toward a great organization and a cause very near to my heart.)
In the musical West Side Story, as tensions and temperatures rise, Riff advises the Jets to be "cool" in a jazz fugue for the ages. Nothing cools like jazz. As political tensions and summer temperatures rise all around the country, we all need some jazz to cool our own jets. As you begin your sweat-soaked commute or a sweltering evening at home, here are 15 hand-picked tracks to air condition your soul. So smear the condensation from your drink on your brow, light the mosquito-repellent candles, and be cool. - Patrick