Earlier this year, Bluebrain member Hays Holladay decided to shut down Iguazu Sound, the Arlington recording studio he'd operated since 2010. Before he locked up for the last time, Holladay put out a call to local bands interested in recording a single song in three hours. "The goal is to come up with unexpected results utilizing all [...]
Posts Tagged ‘More Humans’
This summer's Fort Reno concert series kicked off this past Monday night, and the second installment—with BRENDA, Art Sorority for Girls, and Edie Sedgwick—will start this evening at 7 p.m.
But the full schedule wasn't announced until, well, now. It's up. Hallelujah. It's the requisite mix of relative unknowns (Cigarbox Planetarium, East Paw) and local heavy-hitters [...]
Oddisee made the best DMV album of 2011. But I’m tired of reading about him in Arts Desk posts.
On the national side of sounds, the year was mostly about slowing down and turning up the bass (see: James Blake, Drizzy Drake, The Weeknd, Bon Iver, Girls, Frank Ocean). However, some Haterade for all the buzzy [...]
I didn't realize how great a year it's been for music in D.C. until I started compiling this list. While I didn't hear many landmark, career-defining albums in 2011, there were a ton of great songs from both young and veteran artists. Whatever D.C.'s reputation, there's a healthy community of smart, ambitious musicmakers in this [...]
The mostly local trio prog-pop/post-punk trio More Humans, whose Chad Clark-produced Demon Station EP has won over plenty of local critics, dropped a new video on us this week. The track, "Mason-Dixon," with it's tight harmonies and quick rhythmic change-ups, gets treated to a cross-country road trip alongside a mischievous ghost clad in a Halloween-appropriate sheet. See [...]
I've had plenty of kind words before for The Caribbean and More Humans, two partially-based-in-D.C. bands that make lyrical, disquieting story pop. Good news: The Jarvik 6 is a new collaboration between two of their members—Caribbean's Matthew Byars and More Humans' Clinton Doggett—and its first song is a Guided by Voices cover, "Learning to Hunt."
This is [...]
You may've heard some buzz around town about a secret EP from locals More Humans. The underground demo made a few rounds, and now Demon Station is finally available to the public. We raved about the tunes last May, and the praise still stands. It's a solid batch of pops songs schooled in clever post-punk, [...]
Amanda Abrams leads this week's arts section with an argument about the state of D.C.'s modern dance scene: It sucks. But it doesn't have to! Mike Madden and I riff on the TV show Bones' shamefully misguided conceptions of D.C.—even though it takes place there. Trey Graham gushes—well, somewhat skeptically—about the much-anticipated Kennedy Center production of [...]
Bells≥ is not what you think. Headed up by drummer Zach Barocas, who spent the mid-'90s holding Jawbox together with a peculiar style and intimidating precision, the quartet plays extended, intricate instrumental jams. Bells≥ also features Adam Riser, formerly the bassist of Oxford Collapse, and zero vocalists. The expansive songs on the band's self-released EP, There Are Crashes, [...]
Yeah, we write about D.C.'s The Caribbean a whole bunch. The trio's new album, Discontinued Perfume, is one of the strongest records I've heard this year, but you know that already, and I've definitely said my piece. But the band and its label keep giving us reasons to write about them, so make sure you [...]