Don’t Miss: Golden Bloom @ Sehkraft Brewing, 1/28/16

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Golden Bloom (Photo by Matt Cosby)

I dropped by Sehkraft Brewing (925 N. Garfield St., Arlington, Va.) recently at the invitation of Michael Scruggs, co-owner and well-regarded DJ about town. This cozy new space in the Clarendon neighborhood of Arlington offers a tempting array of beer and some terrifically high-quality food. They will begin offering their own microbrews very soon.

Even more compelling: Sehkraft has a small yet admirable stage in the center of the restaurant, separating the bar area from the dining room. And it’s stood up a rather full performance schedule to keep that stage busy.

One concert coming to Sehkraft in the near future is folkpop quartet Golden Bloom, which is visiting on Thursday, Jan. 28, the day before their new record drops. The band consists of Shawn Fogel (vocals, guitars), Josh Cohen (guitars, keys, vocals), Matt Girard (bass, trumpet, vocals), and Justin Hoffman (drums), and the album is titled, Searching for Sunlight, to be released by Rhyme and Reason Records.

The band’s bright music caught the attention of Adam Duritz of Counting Crows, who so admires the band that he lent his backing vocals to their single “Want Love.”

Watch Golden Bloom perform for a One on One Session at City Winery New York on Sept. 10, 2015, including songs “Fall Out of Line” and “Want Love”:

DC American collective The NRIs open for Golden Bloom. Tickets are available at the door. But maybe I’ll see you at Sehkraft for a beer sometime before that date?

Golden Bloom
w/ The NRIs
Sehkraft Brewing
Thursday, Jan. 28
Show @830pm
All ages

Music Park: Lady Lamb @ 9:30 Club — 11/2/15

Aly Spaltro aka Lady Lamb (Photo by Shervin Lainez)

Lady Lamb, born Aly Spaltro, plays pleasant folk pop with an occasional feisty kick.

She brought her growing catalog to the 9:30 Club Monday night to open for Philadelphia psych quartet The Districts in a crowded show, where a great deal of the audience was there specifically to see her.

Lady Lamb introduced the audience to songs from her new album, After, released much earlier this year via Mom + Pop Records. Near the beginning of her set, she plays “Billions of Eyes” from the new record — a jaunty pop song that captures her solid work on the guitar, ever affixed to her hips. The song is about finding peace when you are out of synch, and perhaps that peace comes from returning home after some time away? All the same, Lady Lamb’s chirpy voice and the jangly guitar complement each other well, and the sound sets the stage for a wholly pleasant listening experience.

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Music Park: The Mynabirds @ U Street Music Hall — 9/26/15

The Mynabirds
Laura Burhenn plays keyboards as The Mynabirds in a performance for WFUV on July 16, 2015. (Photo courtesy WFUV)

Laura Burhenn was positively giddy to be playing a show in DC, once her hometown and still home to much of her family and friends.

Addressing the attentive crowd at U Street Music Hall on Saturday, the lead singer of The Mynabirds recalled marching in protests during her time in our city, and how such experiences shaped some of her music like the terrifically upbeat “Generals” from the second Mynabirds album of the same name.

With a laugh, Laura acknowledged she sometimes has differences of political opinion with members of her own family, and she expressed an interest in building up what they have in common rather than dwelling on what separates them.

And Laura came equipped with songs to bridge that divide, such as “All My Heart” from a new album Lovers Know, which she’s been touring to support after its release this summer. The song, the first one on the tracklisting of the new album, is a smoldering folk pop number with a R&B backbeat.

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Don’t Miss: SOAK @ DC9, 7/12/15


An offbeat 19-year-old girl from Northern Ireland has a haunting voice that spins soulful folk pop, and she’s bringing it to DC9 on Sunday, July 12.

Bridie Monds-Watson is known as SOAK, and she released her debut album on Rough Trade Records on June 2. The album, Before We Forget How to Dream, deals with themes of growing up in isolation

Single “Sea Creatures,” released in February, squarely deals with those feelings of loneliness and isolation with its reminder that “they don’t know what love is” in reference to people who may be like the titular sea creatures. Watch the video for the single on YouTube:

“B a Nobody,” another track from the new album, speaks of being a lost teenager, continuing the fragile streak of loneliness and isolation.

Listen via Soundcloud:

DC folk singer Marian McLaughlin opens for SOAK. Tickets are available online and at the door.

w/ Marian McLaughlin
Sunday, July 12
Doors @8:30pm
All ages