It doesn't take long for Raheem DeVaughn to state the purpose of his new mixtape, King of Loveland 2. "Yeah, this what we doin' for the summer," he says at the beginning of the tape, on a remix of Future's "U.O.E.N.O." "It's a rebirth of the baby boom era." Hell, just read some of the song [...]
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A full band is no longer a necessary ingredient for a rocking live show. Many artists write and record entire albums with just a laptop, and listeners connect with sounds that challenge our notions of traditional musicianship. Baths, the brainchild of L.A.-based Will Wiesenfeld, buys into that tradition. His 2013 album Obsidian is a dark masterpiece, one [...]
Because I’m a sexist idiot, I assumed an exhibit on quilts might be a touch dull. Wrong! “Workt by Hand: Hidden Labor and Historical Quilts” at the National Museum of Women in the Arts offers stunning visuals and a lively history lesson in the form of 35 historical quilts. The exhibit explores ideas of women’s [...]
It took Asheru three years to reach this point. But there he was Wednesday night at Tropicalia on U Street NW, doing his best to explain the premise behind his much-delayed new album, Sleepless in Soweto. "I went over [to South Africa] this time and I've come to a different look at the world," Asheru told [...]
Elizabeth Gilbert’s name alone inspires a particular brand of hatred in some circles: Eat, Pray, Love was such privileged-white-lady bullshit, wasn't it? But recent interviews Gilbert gave to Mother Jones and the New York Times Magazine have me thinking that her first novel in 13 years, The Signature of All Things, won’t be so hated. Set in the 19th century, it stars [...]
D.C. R&B vocalist Raheem DeVaughn has released an affecting song inspired by slain teenager Trayvon Martin in the aftermath of George Zimmerman's acquittal Saturday night.
The song, "Trigga Man," takes the shape of an open letter from a victim to his killer, beginning, "Dear assassinator, dear murderer, did you ever stop to think that I could have been [...]
In D.C., artists seem to always be working on multiple projects. Take aggro punk band Joy Buttons, which came together last August and includes guitarist Ryan McLaughlin of Typefighter, vocalist Brandon Moses of Paperhaus, drummer and former Pray for Polanksi member Dan Ramspacher, and guitarist Erik Sleight of Lightfoot and Mittenfields. [...]
You can't really appreciate Black Alley until you see the band live. Not that Black Alley's 2012 "street album," Soul.Swagger.Rock. Sneakers, wasn't a good showing—it's just that there's nothing like watching the crew perform in front of dedicated fans at Bar 7 or LIV.
Out today, Black Alley's Live From RnR Hotel DC captures the band's [...]
Raheem DeVaughn, you Lothario, you.
If you weren't already aware, women of the world, that Raheem DeVaughn is ready and willing to have sex with you, here's a reminder. The local R&B crooner has just premiered "Love Connection," a syrupy single dedicated to a woman who hasn't been properly loved yet—because she hasn't given DeVaughn a [...]
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At Halloween parties across the land this weekend, the people who once dressed up as Sarah Palin or a teary-eyed Glenn Beck will come up with costumes that spin off the one-liner of the season: Mitt Romney’s "binders full of [...]