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Alvin Risk Record Release Show 11/13


'Washington D.C.'s very own Alvin Risk takes the stage Saturday, November 13th, at U Street Music Hall, for the release of his debut EP The Making Of. Part glow-fi dance party, part electronic opera, The Making Of is a sketchbook into the promising future of the next transformative figure in post-rock music.' Also on the bill is the gorgeous lush electro artist Painted Face, and Brian Billion, U Street's resident DJ. It's gonna be epic. Preview Risk's EP on Soundcloud.


Arbouretum's Upcoming 4th LP

Baltimore's psych-folk rockers Arbouretum have set the date on their 4th release, The Gathering (out 2/22/11.) It is to a large extent inspired by The Red Book by Carl Jung, or more specifically, Jung’s pursuit of the inner images that led to the book’s writing.  Dave Heumann, the singer, guitarist and main lyricist of Arbouretum, has long been a fan of experiences that surpass comprehension and describe the numinous. The narrative of “losing one’s way and finding it again” resonated deeply and it was in this context that the songs that comprise The Gathering came to be.

Check out his acoustic performance of the featured track "When Delivery Comes" below.

Arbouretum - When Delivery Comes (solo acoustic) from Thrill Jockey Records on Vimeo.


Impossible Hair Release New Album

Hailing from Washington D.C. and Baltimore, Impossible Hair have been quietly constructing pop songs, conspicuously jumping up and down on stages, and convincing rooms of people that it’s OK to move at rock’n’roll show.

As is to be expected from a horse racing record, their latest release, Toast a Dozen (on the outside), is a high-energy, fast-paced affair with fifteen songs flying by in just over thirty minutes. Song titles like “High Official,” “The Girl & the Echo” and “White Knuckle Flyer” would seem as at home on a Preakness Stakes exacta as they do on the back of this record.

“The band’s sound hearkens back to those indie rock glory days of the ‘90s, but with more precision than disheveledness; think hi-fi Guided By Voices production…” – Washington Post


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Natan Press - DC Area Associate Editor

Natan was raised in Boston, a modern lover in the land of Lemonheads and Lobster. He has lived in DC for 8 years, introducing the less fortunate mid-Atlantic region to his unimpeachable Bostonian taste in music, and training as an attorney. He likes music of all kinds, but mostly just the Inspector Gadget theme.

Hannah Brady - Contributor

Hannah Brady has worked in music since she was straight out of the womb. Her dad brought her to the radio station to record his show every Thursday night, and taught her the power of quality writing and music. He likes to brag that his daughter has pooped on-air.

She kind of likes that too.

After experimenting with band management, merch tables, festivals and artist development, Hannah now spends her time with her harshest critic, a bearded dragon named Syd, writing about local music and looking for new places to share her work. She loves everything about music journalism and plans to continue writing about music for the rest of her life. 

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Opal Rose is a local music journalist and performing artist. She has been within the DMV music scene since about 2007. Over this time frame she has developed relationships with local brands and artists, and seeks to help raise awareness for them and the unheard indie artist.

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Sadé A. Spence is a bicoastal entertainment reporter originally from Los Angeles and now in Washington, DC. She started out as a college radio DJ at UCLA, and ended up on the red carpet of the American Music Awards. The author and producer of two successful entertainment radio shows and the co-host of “Pop Goes The Culture,” carried globally by WERW, Sadé has covered local events, major festivals and national movie premieres including The Pirates of the Caribbean Franchise via Walt Disney Studios, The Scream Movie Franchise via Dimension Films and Thor via Paramount Pictures. Her passion in interview and coverage attention to underground and developing bands/projects (long before they hit their nadir) drives her love for her work. She holds degrees from Syracuse University and UCLA and can be found in the middle of the crowded show, or on the red carpet, or @SadeASpence on Twitter.

Rohan Khanna - Contributor

Rohan Khanna was born here in DC but has spent most of his life living overseas in South Korea, Vietnam, and Dubai. He currently is attending The School of the Art Institute of Chicago where he is studying Film, Sound, and Writing. Rohan has always had a passion for music, especially the indie-scene. He currently likes to spend his days listening to albums old and new, as well as writing about the local music scene.

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