Live Review: Billie Eilish @ Capital One Arena — 2/9/22

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Billie Eilish performs at Capital One Arena on Feb. 9, 2022. (Photos by Matty Vogel)

In the span of just a handful of years, Billie Eilish has gone from selling out clubs, like the Black Cat in 2018, to huge arena shows like her recent Capital One Arena concert. A testament to not only her incredible stage presence but also the songs that connect to her audience on an almost physical level.

Starting the show off with thunderous drums by brother and collaborator, Finneas, and her long-time drummer, Andrew Marshall, until the opening lines of “bury a friend” as the crowd exploded into applause, singing along to every word. And it wasn’t long before Billie danced her way down the long walkway to sing to fans quite literally face-to-face. One thing that I kept coming back to was how no matter how large the crowd gets, Billie Eilish does make it about the fans and the experience of feeling some connection, even in a room that spans an entire city block.

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Song of the Day: “You” by Keep Shelly in Athens featuring Georgia Hurd

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Georgia Hurd (Photo courtesy Force Field PR)

Greek dreampop artist Keep Shelly In Athens launches a new era for the project, which will feature primary member / producer RPR collaborating with different guest vocalists from around the world. The first single in this new series is “You” featuring LA-based vocalist Georgia Hurd.

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Livestream Preview: Gorillaz @ Kong Studios, 12/12-12/13/20

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Gorillaz (Art by Jamie Hewlett)

Gorillaz, the biggest virtual band on the planet, make a live return this weekend with three separate fully live shows performed from the basement of Kong Studios on the Saturday, Dec. 12, and Sunday, Dec. 13.

Gorillaz Song Machine Live From Kong is a full scale production blending exciting real time performance with Jamie Hewlett’s unique animation. The Gorillaz 14-piece band, led by Damon Albarn with 2D, Noodle, Murdoc Niccals, and Russel Hobbs, will also be joined by some very special guests.

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Song of the Day: The Valley of the Pagans” by Gorillaz featuring Beck

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Gorillaz (Art by Jamie Hewlett)

Gorillaz now drop “The Valley of the Pagans,” featuring Beck, the latest episode from the critically acclaimed ever-evolving Song Machine, which has seen Gorillaz take us through 2020 with a myriad of sounds, styles, genres, and attitudes from a breath-taking line-up of guest artists captured live in Kong Studios and beyond.

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Song of the Day: “The Pink Phantom” by Gorillaz featuring Elton John and 6LACK

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2-D and Elton John (Art courtesy Nasty Little Man)

“The Pink Phantom” featuring Elton John and 6LACK is the latest episode of Song Machine and sees Gorillaz joined by a unique combination of talent in the one and only Elton John — as you have never seen him before! — and GRAMMY-nominated Atlanta rapper 6LACK.

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Song of the Day: “Strange Timez” by Gorillaz featuring Robert Smith

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Pretty much every time Gorillaz releases a song during the pandemic, we name it our Song of the Day.

And so it goes with “Strange Timez” by Gorillaz featuring Robert Smith, a combination you may have been waiting for ever since Gorillaz began collaborating with inspirational artists to make songs (which has been since their very first tune)!

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Song of the Day: “Pac-Man” by Gorillaz featuring ScHoolboy Q

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Gorillaz with ScHoolBoy Q (Art courtesy Nasty Little Man)

It’s no secret by now that Gorillaz are making some of the most alluring music of the pandemic. With the animated band’s Song Machine project, 2-D, Murdoc, Noodle, and Russel are turning out banger after banger with special guest stars.

Gorillaz’s latest is no exception as the band team with American rapper ScHoolboy Q for “Pac-Man.”

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Song of the Day: “Friday 13th” by Gorillaz featuring Octavian

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Gorillaz with Octavian (Photo art courtesy Nasty Little Man)

Animated downtempo ensemble Gorillaz has been soundtracking the pandemic lockdown here at Parklife DC, and that’s A-OK.

Gorillaz have turned to virtual studio Song Machine to fill the air with new music and good vibes to counter the coronavirus, and the fourth episode of the band’s new series is called “Friday 13th,” a hypnotic meditation featuring French-British rapper and singer Octavian (winner of the coveted BBC Sound of 2019) along with a video self-filmed at home during lockdown.

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Song of the Day: “Infinite Everywhere” by Eric Hilton

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Eric Hilton (Photo by AliZare)

Montserrat House and Eric Hilton of the legendary duo Thievery Corporation release his forthcoming solo debut album, Infinite Everywhere, on June 19.

While Thievery has hopped across various genres and painted with a broad musical brush over 25 years of albums and live work, Eric’s upcoming solo album is an offering that is much more distilled, focused and personal, and presents itself as an elegant exploration of inner space.

Eric recently presented “Infinite Everywhere,” the title track of the album.

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