Margret Wander, better known as Dessa, released Chime, her fourth solo studio album, in February via Doomtree Records (the imprint of her Minneapolis-based hip hop collective of the same name). Dessa performs in support of the album at Rock and Roll Hotel on Sunday, June 24.
Sunflower Bean has been through DC quite a few times in the past few years as an opening act, most recently with Sleigh Bells in February of this year. But on Saturday, the trio dropped by Rock and Roll Hotel to tour their second album as a headliner, which is how it should be.
Have you seen Across the Universe? If you’ve seen the 2007 Beatles musical film, then you’ve seen Dana Fuchs. In the film, Dana plays Sadie, an aspiring singer; her name comes from the song “Sexy Sadie.” Most memorably, Dana sings “Helter Skelter” in the movie.
Michael Blume can be described in many ways — singer, rapper, activist, but never boring. The New Jersey native was in DC recently to entertain and inform a packed Union Stage crowd. The Yale graduate used the platform to deliver his style of R&B and rap with a dose of progressive commentary.
Lawrence, the eight-piece band led by siblings Clyde Lawrence and Gracie Lawrence, kicked off their “New Stuff Tour” last Thursday at Union Stage. It was the group’s first time performing in DC, and Gracie’s first performance as a 21 year old.
Shane Butler (of Quilt) and Caity Shaffer formed Olden Yolk and released their self-titled debut album in February via Trouble in Mind. The band are on tour to promote the new album (with stops in Philadelphia and New York City this weekend!), and they visited DC9 on Friday, when Ben Eisendrath snapped some pictures of them in action.