Posts Tagged ‘Gems’

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 [...]

Arts Roundup: Don DeLillo Edition

Novelist Don DeLillo wins the Library of Congress' first Prize for American Fiction. [Post]
University of Maryland's McKeldin Library shut down after a visitor "walked in and made a suspicious statement." [WJLA]
It's official: WPFW has one month left in its Adams Morgan building. [City Desk]
Alexandria, Va., is hungry for books. [City Desk]
A public art installation comes [...]

ToDo ToDay: Best of D.C. Fête! Gems and Ploy at the Gibson Guitar Showroom!

For a Rust Belt city, Bethlehem, Pa., has fared relatively well. By the time Bethlehem Steel ceased manufacturing in the 1990s, the local economy was already less reliant on it—aided by its proximity to New York and Philadelphia, the growth of local colleges, and a modest tourism industry. The city’s emphasis on entertainment is most [...]

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