Live Review: CloZee @ Frederick Fairgrounds — 10/23/20

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CloZee performs at Frederick Fairgrounds on Oct. 23, 2020. (Photo by Brenda Reyes)

Baltimore Soundstage and All Good Presents recently featured CloZee with Memba at Frederick Fairgrounds as an entry in their socially distanced drive-in series. After many months of not going to any shows live, enjoying and living the ambience of a show was one of the best feelings. And CloZee didn’t disappoint as she DJ’ed a two-hour set with new music for everyone to enjoy.

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Song of the Day: “J’Veux Un Chien” by Yelle

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Julie Budet of Yelle (Photo by Jerome Lobato)

France’s YELLE recently revealed the sweltering video for their song “J’Veux Un Chien” (“I Want a Dog”), the third single with a double-entendre.

Wanting a supportive partner (a dog) who respects one’s mind but also fulfills the dirtiest desires (not a dog!). The song is deep, dark and erotic. But yes, playful enough for your little cousin to sing. Brilliant. The music video, directed by Giant, is sophisticated yet simple, precise and powerful like the song.

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Song of the Day: “La Vita Nuova” by Christine and the Queens

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Christine and the Queens (Photo by Camille Vivier)

Late in February, Christine and the Queens released a surprise EP, La vita nuova, which draws strength from extreme vulnerability. Produced by Christine and the Queens and Ash Workman, the EP is available now digitally on Because Music, and available to pre-order on CD and LP, due for release May 29.

La vita nuova arrives with an accompanying short film of the same name, imagined by Christine and featuring the EP’s five new songs in as many sequences.

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Song of the Day: “Innocence” by Jehnny Beth

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Jehnny Beth (Photo by Steve Gullick)

Songwriter, singer, and multi-disciplinary artist Jehnny Beth has released a third track — titled “Innocence” — from her forthcoming album, To Love Is to Live, which has a new release date of June 12.

“Innocence” is about the feeling of isolation and distance Jehnny Beth has experienced many times in big cities despite being so close to people all the time. Although recorded well before the current emergency, in many ways, it is an eerily prescient song of our now.

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Live Review: Stephane Wrembel @ Creative Alliance — 2/21/20

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If Django Reinhardt could somehow return to this planet, he very well might blush to see so many music festivals taking place in his name. There’s little doubt, however, that he’d be pleased by the simple fact that gypsy jazz — a style that he’s credited with creating — lives on in the form of musicians who celebrate the craft and teach it in a communal fashion.

And if the late Mr. Reinhardt was to identify a leader among those carrying his torch, it would likely be Stephane Wrembel, a French guitarist of otherworldly talent who recently performed in Baltimore as part of the Creative Alliance’s fifth annual Charm City Django Jazz Fest.

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Live Review: Ibeyi @ 9:30 Club — 6/9/19

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Ibeyi performs at 9:30 Club on June 9, 2019. (Photo by Will Colbert)

In a modern world, it may be easy to overlook our ancestry, but often these influences cannot be denied — they beat louder than a drum. French-Cuban duo Ibeyi weaved their Afro-Caribbean heritage with hip-hop, electronic music, and soul during a recent show at DC’s 9:30 Club.

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