Bryan Deister :: Spines Of The Heart

Mar 16th, 2016 : by :: Tags: , , ,
Bryan Deister is a newcomer to the world of songwriting. I mean sure, he’s classically trained in modern music technically, but he’s been spending all of his time and efforts in the classical and jazz departments, and not to mention his tireless academic devotion as a current student at Berklee College of Music. His freshmen effort, rightfully named Spines of the Heart, is extremely bold, dark, and moody – a collection of melancholy grunge-pop tunes heavily influenced by the almighties Thom Yorke, Kurt Cobain, & Bjork. In all honesty a lot of the songs on this album really didn’t tickle my fancy in the slightest, but as a young and fairly new-to-this songwriter/composer, I can already see that Deister is truly a diamond in the rough.
There is one song from the album that is destined for heavy rotation: the loner upbeat track of the bunch, and heavy on the Strokes-vibes pop song “Into The Sky”.
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BRETT :: Electric

Mar 3rd, 2016 : by :: Tags: , ,
Check out “Electric”, the latest single from Brett, off their sophmore album Mode. A solid track with catchy hooks. Brett is keeping up their effort to blend dreamy synth pop with ethereal beats. Grab the album here and enjoy.
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Foreign Air :: In The Shadows + show on March 2

Feb 19th, 2016 : by :: Tags: , , , ,
Foreign Air is out with another great single called “In The Shadows”. This is solid follow-up to their previous release “Free Animal“. If you are in DC check them out at the W Hotel’s POV lounge on March 2. Doors open 7:30. You can RSVP and get details here. Enjoy…
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Breezy Sundays : Raindeer :: Postcard & Summer of 10 Feet Tall

Feb 7th, 2016 : by :: Tags: , , , , ,
Get breezy with Raindeer’s tracks “Postcard” and “Summer of 10 Feet Tall” off their album HWYL.
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Mind The Journey :: Color In The Gray Machine

Jan 27th, 2016 : by :: Tags: , ,
Spencer Sabo is a rather young psychedelic dreamer. Under the moniker Mind The Journey, his latest album Color In The Gray Machine dives straight into the deep-end of experimental psychedelic rock. Honestly, though, the complexities of this album stretch far beyond the psych-rock genre. Unequal parts Tame Impala, The Faint, and Nirvana, Color In The Gray Machine reverberates throughout your noggin, with every drumbeat, guitar, synthline, and vocals carrying with it a heavy dose of melancholy distortion. His voice seems as though it is being dragged against its will through each song – sluggishly lingering with every syllable. But as much as this sounds like a bad thing, it pairs surprisingly well alongside these fuzzy, off-grunge, electronic psych tunes.
Color In The Gray Machine is Spencer’s first full-length album as Mind The Journey, and it is a truly enjoyable experience. “Rose Colored Glasses” is how I imagine it must feel like to make it out of a bad acid trip in one piece – starting out quite loud and chaotic, and then coming to a crashing halt with an abrupt change in tempo, tone, and overall mood early on in the song, causing you to almost forget the chaos that invaded your ears just minutes earlier.
Check out the album in its entirety on Spotify, Bandcamp, and Youtube.
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PREVIEW : POP ETC at U Street Music Hall on 1/25

Jan 20th, 2016 : by :: Tags: , , ,
POP ETC is now on tour supporting their second album Souvenir. The band will stop by for a sold out show at U Street Music Hall on January 25. If you can’t get tickets (sorry) you can still listen to their latest singles below, including a couple of fun videos. Grab Souvenir which is out January 29. Enjoy…
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PREVIEW :: Knocks + Sofi Tukker + Cardiknox at 9:30 Club on 1/16

Jan 14th, 2016 : by :: Tags: , , , , ,
Very excited for this show on Saturday (1/16) at the 9:30 Club. This is a fantastic ensemble of groups doing cool things in pop music. The Knocks are reaching new heights with their last two collaborations, which include working with Camron. Sofi Tukker is tapping into an interesting vein of dance/house music with a pop twist. And though I have never seen them live, Cadriknox and their synth pop sensabilites are poised to give a fantastic show. See you there…
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