Madeline Kenney (Photo courtesy Grandstand Media)
Madeline Kenney released her critically acclaimed sophomore album Perfect Shapes in 2018, and recently she announced its stunning follow-up, Sucker’s Lunch. Madeline recently shared the album’s lead single, “Sucker,” featuring vocals from Lambchop’s Kurt Wagner.
Houses of Heaven (Photo by Effixx)
Layering synths, guitars, electronic percussion, and live drums, Houses of Heaven fuses early industrial and techno rhythms with the melodicism of shoegaze and a heavy dose of dub-influenced effects. Formed in Oakland, California, by Keven Tecon, Adam Beck, and Nick Ott, the band follows up the Remnant EP with their first full-length album titled Silent Places, available May 1 via Felte.
Today, the band released a video for “Dissolve the Floor” from that debut album.
Raphael Saddiq performs at 9:30 Club on Feb. 9, 2020. (Photo by David LaMason)
A few years ago, I was a commuter, making the trip from Baltimore to DC every day through rush hour traffic and some time on my hands while stuck in that bumper-to-bumper grind. My one saving grace was this album, “Stone Rollin'” that I became obsessed with. It felt old but in a new way — bright production with an old soul.
I knew of Raphael Saadiq’s group in the late 80’s, Tony! Toni! Toné! due to my brother’s R&B CDs (I was more of a punk rock youngster myself), but there was something about Saadiq’s solo work that clicked with me.
Raphael Saadiq (Photo by Aaron Rapoport)
Raphael Saadiq released Jimmy Lee, his fifth studio album, last year, and he’s launched a winter tour in support of it. Raphael appears at 9:30 Club for two shows on Saturday, Feb. 8, and Sunday, Feb. 9. General admission for the Saturday show is sold out, but tickets are still available for Sunday!
Guapdad 4000 strikes a pose at Songbyrd Music House on Oct. 9, 2019. (Photo by Chris Castillo)
Akeem Hayes, better known as Guapdad 4000, soon releases his debut studio album, Dior Deposits. Meanwhile, Guapdad 4000 dropped by Songbyrd Music HOuse recently for a show with P-Lo, and Chris Castillo took some pictures!
Raphael Saadiq performs at The Kennedy Center on July 27, 2018. (Photo by Jati Lindsay)
Singer, songwriter, producer and all-time soul music great Raphael Saadiq made a recent stop in DC to play for a sold-out audience at The Kennedy Center. The Grammy-winning architect of R&B hits performed music from his illustrious career — past and present
Fantastic Negrito performs at Sixth and I Synagogue on July 25, 2018. (Photo by Will Colbert)
There’s only one Fantastic Negrito — and he was at DC’s Sixth & I recently. The historic synagogue isn’t the typical blues venue, but the Grammy Award-winning musician isn’t your typical bluesman. Xavier Amin Dphrepaulezz, better known by his current musical incarnation Fantastic Negrito, is the embodiment of new blues.
Luis Vasquez aka The Soft Moon performs at DC9 on April 29, 2018. (Photo by Paivi)
In his recordings, Oakland, California’s The Soft Moon, aka Luis Vasquez, sounds distant and submerged, stitching together a mosaic of murky shapes on frameless canvasses. Amidst a backdrop of ominous tones and layered guitars, the heavily treated vocal parts often seem to emerge from the vortex of sound like leaves in an updraft. It’s the kind of technique that works well in the studio, but can be difficult to present live. So as I awaited their set Sunday night at DC9, I was curious to see how it translated to the stage.
The Soft Moon (Photo by Marion Costentin)
The Soft Moon aka Luis Vasquez released Criminal, his fourth studio album, via Sacred Bones in February. In the wake of its release, he’s now on tour, and he will perform at DC9 on Sunday, April 29.
The Soft Moon performs at the Cloak and Dagger Festival in Los Angeles on Oct. 21, 2017. (Photo by Paivi)
In mid-October, The Soft Moon announced he would release his fourth studio album, Criminal, on Feb. 2, 2018, via Sacred Bones. He dropped “Burn,” his latest single, then headed to Los Angeles to perform at the Cloak and Dagger Festival on Oct. 21. Paivi caught him on camera.