Posts Tagged ‘Gems’

Dare to Dream Pop: Why Gems Ditched the Rock Rulebook and Pursued Internet Fame Instead

In early 2012, electronic-pop duo Gems took a handful of home-recorded songs and posted them to the online music repository Soundcloud. Months passed. Over time, Gems (stylized as GEMS) periodically posted a new single here, another there, accompanied by a new promo photo—often a shadowy image of singer Lindsay Pitts, pouting in black and white.
Last week, [...]

ToDo ToDay: Flamenco, Short Films, and GEMS

Foot-stomping is rarely an acceptable form of communication. But what about during GALA Hispanic Theatre’s ninth iteration of Fuego Flamenco? This month, the theater will again play host to Spanish dancers with castanets and elaborate traditional costumes, and this time, it’s all about new interpretations of the centuries-old traditions. Beginning tonight, the sensuality cranks up [...]

Arts Roundup: Tear Down This Rec Center Edition

Should the Wheaton Community Recreation Center—the place of a legendary (but possibly imaginary) Led Zeppelin concert in 1969—be demolished alongside the Wheaton Library? Or preserved? [Greater Greater Washington]
Here's what the Spy Museum may look like when it opens at the Carnegie Library. [WBJ]
If you've wondered about the whereabouts of D.C.'s Matthew Hemerlein, well, he's putting out [...]

Listen: GEMS’ “Ephemera”

After a steady trickle of singles, local dream-pop duo GEMS released its debut EP, Medusa, today, paired with the premiere of a previously unheard song, "Ephemera."
"Ephemera," the EP's opening track, starts out noticeably less drenched in pathos and reverb than previous singles—until its blissful chorus kicks in.
GEMS plays an EP release show Thursday night at U [...]

Living in Synth: A Flowchart (and Playlist!) for D.C.’s Electronic-Pop Scene

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- [...]

Listen: Gems’ “Medusa”

Yay, more Gems! Or, I suppose I should say, "Sob, more Gems!"
"Medusa," the latest secretion from the D.C. dream-pop duo prone to making me cry, premiered yesterday on Gorilla vs. Bear. The new tune is the title track from the duo's forthcoming EP, out in digital form on Nov. 12. This one sounds a whole lot [...]

ToDo ToDay: Gems! Chilling on a Rooftop!

Over the course of several releases, local duo Birdlips came so close to mastering a kind of bright and folky island-bound Buckingham/Nicks sound. Core band members Lindsay Pitts and Cliff Usher darted down to Florida to record 2011’s One Tongue, appearing to finally settle on a vaguely French, darkened-around-the-edges coastal getaway vibe. Since One Tongue, Birdlips has morphed [...]

Listen: Gems’ New Single, “Sinking Stone”

Migratory D.C. dream-pop band Gems has been dropping one crushing single after another. I almost can't bear another one—these songs are so sad!—but Kimberly-Clark stockholders will be pleased to hear that Lindsay Pitts and Cliff Usher released another song, "Sinking Stone," yesterday morning.
Once again, we get cover art that's a barer take on 23 Envelope's [...]

Arts Roundup: Wale’s Issues Edition

Chris Richards' front-page Wale story burrows into the rapper's insecurity. [Post]
NPR debuts Beautiful Swimmers' forthcoming Son. [NPR]
Despite setbacks, AFI Docs was largely a success, Ann Hornaday reports. [Post]
Also: A review of Jose Antonio Vargas' immigration documentary Documented, which debuted recently at AFI Docs [Post]
The D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities announces two more funding opportunities [...]

ToDo ToDay: Super Art Fight! Hem! Craigslist Theater!

Drawing all over your middle school notebooks was one way to look productive while avoiding learning the quadratic formula. Super Art Fight, pegged as “the greatest live art competition in the known universe,” continues that proud tradition. With only a few pens at their disposal, two artists stand before a blank canvas and draw whatever [...]

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