Alex G performs on the second of two sold out nights at Ottobar in Baltimore on Oct. 29, 2021. (Photo by Casey Vock)
Do-it-yourself artists obviously have resources at their disposal that simply weren’t there for musicians of the past. But that doesn’t necessarily put success any closer within reach, nor does it grant an artist any listeners.
The fact that Alex Giannascoli recorded his first album as a senior at Haverford High School, even in today’s day and age, is an impressive achievement, and by attracting his initial fan base in organic fashion, he set the course for what would be a remarkable rise to prominence over the course of a decade while staying true to his lo-fi sound and his hands-on approach to creating unreserved songs.
Recently selling out two back-to-back shows at Ottobar in Baltimore as his musical vehicle known as Alex G, previously known as (Sandy) Alex G, showed his momentum hasn’t been slowed by the pandemic.
Panda Bear performs at 9:30 Club on Feb. 11, 2019. (Photo by Andy Jillson)
Panda Bear hit the road in February this year for a short US tour following the release of his sixth solo album, Buoys. Panda Bear performed as a stoic one-man-band to a sea of fans at DC’s famous 9:30 Club recently.
Panda Bear (Art courtesy Ticketfly)
Noah Lennox will release Buoys, his sixth solo album as Panda Bear, on Feb. 8 via Domino Records. Three days later, Panda Bear performs at 9:30 Club on Monday, Feb. 11. You can win tickets to go with Parklife DC.
Soccer Mommy performs at Black Cat on Dec. 1, 2018. (Photo by Mark Caicedo)
Soccer Mommy is on fire. With a debut full length album, Clean (Fat Possum Records), on several best of 2018 lists, a string of sold-out tour dates through next year, and loads of positive press coverage, Sophie Allison’s band showed up at the Black Cat on Saturday night ready to set the sold-out house ablaze.
Soccer Mommy performs at Merriweather Post Pavilion on June 23, 2018. (Photo by Isaiah Hattix)
Sophie Allison, better known as Soccer Mommy, appeared at Merriweather Post Pavilion on Saturday to open Paramore. Isaiah Hattix was there to capture some pix!
Melina Duterte mesmerizes as the force behind Jay Som at the Rock & Roll Hotel on Sept. 23, 2017. (Photo by David LaMason)
Some bands simply exude fun and bring with them a visceral cool that infects those in the audience, and on this late-summer (it was still a balmy 90 degrees outside) Saturday night, Jay Som brought with them a much needed chill.
Jay Som (Photo by Ebru Yildiz)
Melina Duterte, better known as Jay Som, released Everybody Works, her sophomore album, via Polyvinyl Records and Double Denim Records in March. She’s been subsequently touring quite a lot, and she stops at Rock and Roll Hotel for a headlining show on Saturday, Sept. 23.
Eskimeaux performs at the Rock and Roll Hotel on Wednesday, Sept. 7, 2016. (Photo by Kristie Chua)
Gabrielle Smith, better known as Eskimeaux, visited the Rock and Roll Hotel in DC from Brooklyn last week to tour in support of a new EP, Year of the Rabbit (which is out this Friday).
Performing on Sept. 7, Eskimeaux presented songs like “Year of the Rabbit” — the title track of that EP — with air vocals and suprisingly resplendent guitars. The results remind me a bit of Scotland’s Camera Obscura, but Gabrielle sounds more consistently wistful and perhaps a touch more melancholy.
Eskimeaux (Photo by Richard Gin)
Brooklyner Gabrielle Smith released a debut album, O.K. via Double Double Whammy, as Eskimeaux in 2015. DC’s own Bob Boilen of All Songs Considered liked it so much that he ranked in #3 in his Top 10 albums of the Year.
Now Eskimeaux returns with a new EP, Year of the Rabbit, to be available on Sept. 16. With the EP, Gabrielle strives to capture a more natural live sound with her band. The result is an alluring collection of dreampop.
Listen to the Year of the Rabbit EP by Eskimeaux on Soundcloud:
With new songs in hand, Eskimeaux hit the road for a tour, including a stop at the Rock and Roll Hotel on Wednesday, Sept. 7. Get there early to catch Eskimeaux and their wry observations on life and romance, cloaked in smooth, catchy bedroom pop.
Eskimeaux is opening for UK hardcore punks Basement. (And the two bands sound absolutely nothing alike…) Tickets are available online.
Opening for Basement
Rock and Roll Hotel