Posts Tagged ‘Nadastrom’

Listen to Nadastrom’s Charming New EP, Fallen Down

It begins with a persistent tap, as if Dave Nada and Matt Nordstrom want to hack into your dreams. Then the faint emergence of radiant synths, which break through the scant stillness and grow more prevalent as the song, "Fallen Down," takes shape. This is moombahton, the decelerated Latin-infused house music Nada created in 2009.
Out today, [...]

ToDo ToDay: Santiago Sierra and Jorge Galindo, Aggio Opens, and DCIFF Begins

As highly as Spanish artists Santiago Sierra and Jorge Galindo function as creative beings, they’re equally comfortable as political activists. Their work is at its best when those two fields combine, as it does in Los Encargados, the pair’s film now showing in the Hirshhorn’s Black Box. In August 2012, the duo organized a protest [...]

ToDo ToDay: Sam Amidon, District Improv Festival, and Moombahton Massive

Mariah Carey’s 2005 single “Shake It Off” is not a folk song. But contemporary folk artist Sam Amidon thought it should be, so on his recent album Bright Sunny South, he made it one. For the Vermont-born son of folk artists Peter and Mary Alice Amidon, testing the genre’s limits has become a habit; he’s filled [...]

DC to BC: Yes, Trillectro Is a Local Festival, Too

Half of the lineup booked for tomorrow’s Trillectro music festival represents the D.C. area. But it’s not clear whether the festival’s target audience knows that.
“If you go online you'll see that people don't think there's a lot of talent from D.C. on the bill,” says Quinn Coleman (aka DJ Spicoli), a member of the promotion [...]

ToDo ToDay: African Films, Andy Kindler, NoMa Beer Fest, and Trillectro

D.C.’s version of the African Diaspora International Film Festival, returning for its seventh year, seems far too short for an event concerned with global African culture. But its curation may make up for its small slate. Tonight’s kickoff film, African Independence, takes a broad view, talking to African leaders about the continent’s myriad struggles for independence. [...]

ToDo ToDay: Environmental Film Fest, Porkstrami, and Wooden Wand

Rivers aren’t the hottest environmental topic out there, but they’re unavoidable for most urban dwellers. So give it up for the Environmental Film Festival’s decision to program a strong, uh, flow of river-oriented films this year. Beside the old reliables (Amazon, Mississippi), some other big shots (Rhine, Mekong, Ganges) will have their moments, too. And, [...]

ToDo ToDay: The Mayor’s Arts Awards

Admit it: You thought the Kennedy Center and the White House had cornered the market on arts honors in Washington. But just as it does with most of the big national stuff, the District has its own scrappy civic equivalent. In this case it’s the Mayor’s Arts Awards. Awards aren’t limited to the artists themselves, [...]

Arts Roundup: Lollapalooza Delegation Editon

Spirt Fest's tribute to Chuck Brown featured the late Godfather of Go-Go's band, playing alongside members of Trouble Funk, Rare Essence, and E.U. No holographic Chuck, though. [Post]
Wale at Lollapalooza: He started his set late and complained all the way through it. [Spin]
Nadastrom at Lollapalooza: The D.C.-formed duo "has coined its midtempo booty electro moombahton, [...]

ToDo ToDay: Happy Chic

Jonathan Adler, a potter whose cheerful pieces have built a design empire since he began selling his work at Barney’s New York in 1993, has reached the point where he can design anything he wants. His massive product catalog now spans ceramics, rugs, textiles, and Cottonelle toilet paper-roll covers. Bright colors and geometric patterns are [...]

Moombahton: Still Very Local!

Moombahton, moombahton, moombahton. I'm not sure I have anything left to say about the ethnomusicologically fascinating, yet-for-all-practical-purposes-kind-of-stoopid, but-still-pretty-danceable homegrown EDM microgenre, other than that it's pretty striking how much it's remained a local presence even though its international ascent really has very little to do with the particulars of D.C. (and a lot to do with [...]

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