Don’t Miss: Hannah Wants @ Soundcheck, 8/4/16

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Hannah Wants (Photo courtesy Echo Location Talent Agency)

Hannah Wants (born Hannah Alicia Smith) has been busy in 2016, dropping new tracks and mixing new tapes! And Club Glow brings the UK DJ and her sounds to Soundcheck tonight, Thursday, August 4!

In 2014, Hannah drew a lot of attention as the Best Breakthrough DJ at the DJ Mag Awards and as Mixmag’s Best Breakthrough DJ and Star of the Year.

A self-described music addict, Hannah honed her DJ craft when she went from Birmingham, England, to Ibiza in 2010, and her career took off from there. After hosting many club residencies, she picked up a Radio 1 residency in 2015. And that year, she released her popular single “Rhymes” while continuing her mixtape series.

But let’s not forget the new tracks! Listen to “Hidden Love” by Hannah Wants feat. Detour City (and other tracks) on Soundcloud:

This is a fantastically intimate opportunity to see the lady DJ who blew up 2014 and 2015, and who is on pace to own 2016 as well.

Tickets are available online and at the door.

Hannah Wants
Soundcheck
Thursday, August 4
Show @10pm
$20
18+

Don’t Miss: Steve Aoki @ Echostage, 5/29/16

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Steve Aoki (Photo courtesy MSO PR)

I never set out to meet Steve Aoki.

But one day in June a few years ago, I found myself at Terminal 5 in New York City, happily shaking hands with the energetic house musician.

You see, Steve was just so damn authentic and earnest, I was immediately impressed with his attitude. I was there by invitation of Duran Duran, who were collaborating with Steve on a house version of their popular hit “Hungry Like the Wolf.” On my way upstairs at Terminal 5 to see the band, Yasmin and I ran across Steve, who was fervently greeting admirers as they clamored for a handshake or a picture or an autograph. Steve was determined to make sure no one was left out, and he was positively gracious in the face of activities that could have made other artists sour.

Well, on that day on June 20, 2012, we took in Steve Aoki’s very entertaining stage show. As that was some time ago, it’s fortuitous that Steve is on tour once again, hitting Echostage on Sunday, May 29, with new material.

Among that new material is a collaboration between Steve Aoki and Felix Jaehn with featured vocals by Adam Lambert for a song titled “Can’t Go Home” for Ultra Music. Watch the official video, featuring model Eryn Krouse and a monkey, for “Can’t Go Home” on YouTube:

Recently, Steve Aoki released his second artist album NEON FUTURE I, on Sept. 30, 2014 via Dim Mak/Ultra Music, and the album features his Gold-certified single “Delirious (Boneless)” with Chris Lake and Tujamo featuring Kid Ink, “Born to Get Wild” featuring will.i.am, and “Rage the Night Away” featuring Waka Flocka Flame.

He released the second part of the Neon Future album, NEON FUTURE II, on May 12, 2015, and it features collaborations with Linkin Park, Matthew Koma, Snoop Lion, Rivers Cuomo, and NERVO, along with a spoken word bit by director JJ Abrams.

Steve will hold down the fort without these collaborators at Echostage, of course, but the man is a born entertainer, so be prepared to come and dance until you drop.

Tickets are available online.

Steve Aoki
w/ Rain Man
Echostage
Sunday, May 29
Show @9pm
$30
18+

Music Park: Q-Tip Named Artistic Director for Hip Hop @ Kennedy Center, 2016-17

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Q-Tip (Photo courtesy Def Jam Recordings)

Popular musician, producer, and DJ Q-Tip has been named artistic director for hip hop culture at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.

In his new role, Q-Tip will manage the Kennedy Center’s new Hip Hop Culture series, set to launch in the coming months.

“With Hip Hop constantly changing and evolving, it is easy to forget the history and legacy that precede it,” Q-Tip said in a press release. “I want to begin at the beginning of the Culture to help people see its roots, better understand its present, and responsibly create its future.”

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Music Park: DESTRUCTO @ 9:30 Club — 2/3/16

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DESTRUCTO tweaks the knobs at NORAD Dance Bar in Denver, Colo., on Sept. 13, 2013. (Photo by messycupcakes)

Gary Richards was born in DC, and so when the globe-hopping DJ appeared at the 9:30 Club last Wednesday, he turned up with some gents who have known him since he was born.

Clearly exhilarated to be playing a show to a DC crowd, Gary, better known as DESTRUCTO, didn’t waste a lot of time introducing his entourage. Rather, he got down to work spinning some R&B and house tracks.

Among those tracks was his new release, “4 Real,” featuring collaborators Ty Dolla $ign and ILoveMakonnen. As you can tell from this smooth ditty punctuated by minimal instrumentation, DESTRUCTO knows how to produce G-House.

Watch DESTRUCTO’s official music video for “4 Real” (featuring Ty Dolla $ign and ILOVEMAKONNEN) on YouTube:

Said DESTRUCTO on Soundcloud: “The second night of HARD Summer 2015, Ty told me he wanted to go back in the studio. He could only do it the next day, So, I went down to his house with Waxy and he just started singing, ‘I’m for real’ ‘I’m for real’ over this beat we had written. I had already spoken to Makonnen about the track, so Ty shouted him out. Makonnen then returned the favor. After we got all the vocals back we were like dam we need to make this track the best it can be. We went back in and re-worked the entire thing. Wax brought in his homie Stylaz Fuego to make it even tighter and 6 months later bang here we go. G-House 2.0.”

HARD Summer 2015, of course, is part of the HARD Events DJ concert series DESTRUCTO founded.

You can pick up “4 Real” and other tracks by DESTRUCTO over on his Soundcloud page:

In addition, DESTRUCTO spun other crowd-pleasers like “Where Ya At” by The Future and Drake and “Choices (Yup)” by E-40 to a very full room of kids who danced hard throughout the late-night set. DESTRUCTO couldn’t resist inviting a kid dressed in a monkey costume up to the stage to dance a bit, which led to more people dancing on the stage.

It was clear the crowd didn’t get enough of DESTRUCTO’s style of house, so we’ll likely see him back soon.

Don’t Miss: Ruby Rose @ Echostage, 9/4/15

Ruby Rose to Perform at Echostage on September 4

Australian actress and musician Ruby Rose is best known for her role in the Netflix series “Orange Is the New Black,” but she’ll bring her musical chops to Echostage on Friday, Sept. 4.

In a live performance, Ruby Rose will perform a few singles, including “Guilty Pleasure” and “Break Free.” Then she’ll hit the decks as a DJ.

Ruby Rose first recorded “Guilty Pleasure,” an EDM-inspired dance marathon, with well-regarded U.K. collaborator Gary Go in 2013. It’s

Watch the video for “Guilty Pleasure” on YouTube:

Her more recent solo number “Break Free,” a ballad that concerns itself with gender roles. Over the course of the video, Ruby Rose changes from overtly feminine garb into something quite more androgynous.

Watch the video for “Break Free” on YouTube:

Joining Ruby Rose is English producer and DJ Michael Woods. Tickets are available online.

Ruby Rose
w/ DJ Michael Woods
Echostage
Friday, Sept. 4
Doors $
$25 and up
Ages 18+

Don’t Miss: Thomas Dolby Supporting Amanda Palmer @ Sixth & I, 11/12/14

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Thomas Dolby (Photo courtesy Conqueroo)

Thomas Dolby, the English musician best known for his ubiquitous new wave hit “She Blinded Me With Science,” now lives in Baltimore.

Dolby moved there earlier this year to accept a faculty position from Johns Hopkins University as its first Homewood Professor of the Arts.

The move, undoubtedly an intellectually stimulating endeavor for Dolby, also is proving fruitful for music enthusiasts like myself as he settles into the region and continues to experiment and expand upon his musical repertoire.

The professor makes one of his first appearances as a local tonight as a guest of Amanda Palmer during her The Art of Asking Book Tour at the Sixth&I historical synagogue in DC. Palmer’s book is described as, “Part manifesto, part revelation, The Art of Asking is the story of an artist struggling with the new rules of exchange in the twenty-first century, both on and off the Internet.”

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