Live Review: Too Free and Exotiq Int’l @ Black Cat — 7/16/21

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Gideon Jaguar performs with Exotiq Int’l at Black Cat on July 16, 2021. (Photo by Mickey McCarter)

In a recent show at Black Cat, Sister Polygon Records flexed its indie dance muscles and revealed how it’s poised to keep our feet moving with the disco and funk of lablelmates Too Free and Exotiq Int’l respectively.

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Live Review: Dominique Bianco @ Pearl Street Warehouse – 7/11/21

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Dominique Bianco performs at Pearl Street Warehouse on July 11, 2021. (Photo by Mark Caicedo)

There is a unique joy to experiencing emerging musical artists. You can see their determination, feel their ambition, and hear the purity of their performance. Or as music critic David Ackert says, “[giving their] lives to a moment – to that melody, that lyric, that chord or that interpretation that will stir the audience’s soul. Singers and Musicians are beings who have tasted life’s nectar in that crystal moment when they poured out their creative spirit and touched another’s heart. In that instant, they were as close to magic, God, and perfection as anyone could ever be.” No matter the genre, or level of talent, new artists have an utter lack of cynicism, almost naivete, that embodies the drive and desire to be acknowledged and accepted on their own terms-an attitude that virtually guarantees a pure, energetic performance.

This past Sunday, an enthusiastic Pearl Street Warehouse crowd watched and heard Dominique Bianco exemplify that passion and determination. Backed by an equally talented quartet of local DC musicians, Dominique reminded us that training, hard work, overcoming setbacks, and “serving the song” are the ingredients of a successful artist.

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Song of the Day: “Rain” by grandson and Jessie Reyez

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grandson and Jessie Reyez (Photo by Jonathan Weiner)

Alt-rocker grandson and Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter Jessie Reyez have teamed up for “Rain,” the brand-new and exclusive single for writer/director James Gunn’s all-new movie, The Suicide Squad.

“Rain” is also featured in the new official trailer for the upcoming film, which will be released Aug. 6.

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Livestream Preview: CeeLo Green @ Sessions, 2/13/21

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CeeLo Green (Photo courtesy Magnum PR)

The one and only CeeLo Green (Goodie Mob, Gnarls Barkley) performs in a rare, intimate livestream performance for what promises to be the coziest Valentine’s Day Eve special exclusively at Sessions on Saturday, Feb. 13.

The performance will last 60 minutes and be followed by a VIP Meet and Greet lasting 30 minutes.

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Livestream Preview: Logan Smith @ DC9, 12/8/20

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Logan Smith (Photo courtesy the artist)

With a soulful maturity and melodic expertise, Logan Smith presents himself with musicality beyond his years and a voice you’ll never forget. Drawing from a wide variety of influences such as The 1975, Phil Collins, Billy Joel, and Harry Styles, his music puts forth a powerful and noticeable presence.

Catch Logan in a livestream direct from the stage of DC9 on Tuesday, Dec. 8!

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Livestream Preview: Michael McDonald @ Mandolin, 9/30/20

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Michael McDonald (Photo by Timothy White)

Singer/songwriter and five-time Grammy Award winner Michael McDonald performs live online for Home Alone: A Special Solo Concert on Sept. 30.

Michael plays songs from his time with The Doobie Brothers, as well as his solo career and select cover songs.

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