In the early ’80s, a young Afghan high school student now known simply as Quraishi fled his country ahead of impending battles between the Soviet Union and the Afghan mujahedeen. He traveled through the Afghan mountains before ending up in New York City with dreams of becoming a guitarist. But when he heard that religious [...]
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Yung Gleesh is the jester of the DMV hip-hop scene. He rhymes in a barely intelligible slur, he’s prone to doing the robot in his videos, and he’s not afraid to be a goof. But just as easily as he entertains with the pants-dropping antics he displays in the hilarious “Deuce Mane” video, he delivers [...]
Guitars clang on in Washington, D.C. But they could soon be tied with synthesizers, computers, and weird sound effects.
The District has never lacked for synth-based music, but the last few years have felt like an especially fertile time for synthpop in particular; now we’ve reached the point where there seems to be one local synth- [...]
It’s been a great year for Gainsbourgiana. Serge Gainsbourg—that notoriously lecherous French singer/songwriter and prodigious violator of social mores—died in 1991, but 20 years later he’s re-entered the cultural conversation. The cartoonist Joann Sfar made a delirious, formally adventurous biopic, Gainsbourg: A Heroic Life, which diagnoses its subject with society-induced self-loathing. Gainsbourg’s son Lulu, a composer, [...]
Once again, today is Local Music Day, which means more than a dozen D.C. establishments are playing nothing but D.C. music all day. Step into your favorite coffee shop, bar, or ramen joint, and you'll hear music from recent albums by sophistipop dude Black Hills, neo-soul/funk/dance hall mainstays Nappy Riddem, acoustic blues young gun Johnny [...]