Live Review: Near Northeast @ Songbyrd Music House — 7/1/22

Near Northeast take a bow at Songbyrd Music House on July 1, 2022. (Photo by Marc Caicedo)

“Every new beginning comes from some other beginning’s end.”

That long ago lyric from Semisonic’s “Closing Time,” though now bordering on the trite, nonetheless conveys an eternal truth: All is transitory, change is inevitable, time moves forward.

Near Northeast’s final (at least for the foreseeable future) performance recently at Songbyrd Music House was poignant, celebratory, and ultimately, a triumph. The band’s four members — Austin Blanton (bass, synths-cleverly hidden in the “boopcase,” vocals); Avy Mallik (guitars, vocals), Kelly Servick (violin, cello, vocals), Antonio Skarica (percussion) — will move on to other personal, professional, and musical opportunities. But on a night filled with laughter, smiles, hugs, and most likely, a few private tears, Near Northeast demonstrated why it has long been considered one of DC’s most innovative, accessible, and accomplished homegrown bands.

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Interview: Near Northeast (@ Songbyrd Music House, 7/1/22)

Near Northeast performs live. (Photo by Mark Caicedo)

Near Northeast (NNE), one of Washington, DC’s most fascinating, unique, and talented bands will perform for the last time in a farewell show at Songbyrd Music House on Friday, July 1. NNE has been making music for the past eight years, produced four albums, and toured throughout the USA and Europe.

The band’s four members each brought a unique musical resume that resulted in songs with influences from Appalachia, blues-based rock, Bosnian folk songs, and Eno-like electronics. They are Austin Blanton: vocals, electric and stand-up bass, pocket operator, volca keys, organelle; Avy M: vocals, guitars, banjo, mandolin; Kelly Servick: vocals, violin, cello, theremin; and Antonio Skarica: percussion.

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Live Review: Glove @ Songbyrd Music House — 6/7/22


Glove performs at Songbyrd on June 7, 2022. (Photo by Mickey McCarter)

Florida new wavers Glove were a total treat for the senses at Songbyrd Music House recently. The quartet, opening for A Place to Bury Strangers, shared a fully realized sound and vision, to the satisfaction of the bustling audience that had gathered to see them as much as the headliner.

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Live Review: Marilyn Hucek @ Songbyrd Music House — 5/3/22

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Marilyn Hucek encourages her fans to sing along during her DC debut at Songbyrd Music House, May 3, 2022. (Photo by Ari Strauss)

As long as she can recall, Marilyn Hucek has had one dream: to be a pop star. The pursuit of that dream advanced to a new chapter on a recent evening when Marilyn made her DC debut as the headliner at Songbyrd Music House in DC’s hip Union Market neighborhood.

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Live Review: Sun June @ Songbyrd Music House — 2/19/22

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Laura Colwell of Sun June leads a performance at Songbyrd Music House on Feb. 19, 2022. (Photo by Casey Vock)

Even music aimed to comfort the listener can be adventurous and dynamic within that delicate zone, but getting there unquestionably requires a careful and credible impetus.

Sun June, an encouraging indie outfit out of Austin and yet another outstanding member of the Keeled Scales roster, doesn’t loiter purposelessly, but strolls toward bliss in discovering and reconciling the fleeting beauty of one’s own emotions.

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Live Review: Myd @ Songbyrd Music House — 2/17/22

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French DJ, producer, and sound engineer Myd performs a set and leads the party at Songbyrd Music House on Feb. 17, 2022. (Photo by Casey Vock)

If ever there was a time when America needed to get up off its collective ass and dance, it’s probably now.

And who better to coax us into the groove than one of the most exciting electronic dance artists out of Paris?

A DJ, producer, and sound engineer who hails from Lille in Northern France, Myd is a musician with skyrocketing popularity and an expanding network of collaborators. Myd, who’s actual name is Quentin Lepoutre, began making sound his life alongside three like-minded musicians when the group met while studying the famed La Femis, and they burst onto the scene in 2012 as Club Cheval.

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