Allen Stone’s Thanksgiving Eve show at 9:30 Club was full of gratitude. Touring ahead of the release of his fourth album (release date, TBA), the soulful Washingtonian—the state of—performed soulful favorites and new singles “Brown Eyed Lover,” “Taste Of You,” and “Warriors.”
Monday night at the Lincoln Theater two veteran bands came together to give DC audience members their first "live" taste of a new collaboration.
FFS is a simple acronym for Franz Ferdinand + Sparks, a short-stack of artists that consists of the Scottish indie band Franz Ferdinand and the electronic duo from LA, Sparks. While both bands have such distinct personalities separately, together they seem to extract only the best parts of both, forming something beyond the sum of their parts.
After years of planning for their debut album, it’s been said that this super group of sorts recorded their recent studio effort in just three weeks. The self-titled endeavor, released earlier this year, is an impressive mix of unfamiliar sounds and repetitive pop based grooves. While the album certainly marks a high point of recent work for both acts, its appeal is the openness and creativity of everyone involved.
This week on the podcast we’re talking to Washington, DC’s Sara Curtin! For years she’s been wowing audiences as one half of The Sweater Set, and more recently singing backup DC’s “supergroup” Justin Jones and the B-Sides, but now it’s time for Sara to stun on her own…again. Michigan Lilium, out July 24th, is Sara’s second solo album and in advance of her release show in New York City on July 17th, Kevin sat down with the illustrious singer/songwriter to talk about singing, family, cats, the DC scene, and, most importantly her fantastically adventurous and sublime new record.
Whether you’re just discovering Sara Curtin’s music or are a longtime fan, this is a chat you’re not going to want to miss on Episode 124 of ChunkyGlasses: The Podcast!
Saturday night at DC9 saw a sold-out double bill of up-and-coming UK bands, 2:54 from London and Honeyblood from Glasgow.
2:54, the duo of sisters Colette and Hannah Thurlow (along with drummer Alex Robins and bassist Rich Fry) released their second album, The Other I, on Bella Union last fall. From the starting notes of “Sleepwalker” which opened the set, to the final refrain of “come my way” in the closing track “Orion,” the band never let up on the intensity. With their atmospheric guitars and strong vocals, the band seems destined to become much bigger, and given the response of the audience, it seems likely that the next time they come through town they’ll be playing a much larger venue.