Posts Tagged ‘Uptown XO’

Ethan Spalding Wants More Recognition on New Mixtape, I Am Ethan Spalding

A midtempo guitar solo opens "Cookies," the opening track of Ethan Spalding's new mixtape, I Am Ethan Spalding. It's as if the Takoma Park rapper wants to ease into this ambitious 17-track recording. Then suddenly, Spalding bursts through, the beat just as aggressive as his spirited delivery: "You will never see me on Maury," exclaims Spalding [...]

Listen: XO’s Takeover Part 2

Diamond District rapper Uptown XO has been quiet recently, a surprise given the steady stream of music he usually puts out. But that's likely to change in the coming months: Diamond District is putting final touches on its long-awaited sophomore album, March on Washington, and group member yU is slated to drop a collaborative LP with producer SlimKat as The [...]

ToDo ToDay: Isaac’s Eye, District of Literature, and Atoms for Peace

Shakespeare mastered the dramatic gore associated with eye-gouging when King Lear was first produced more than 400 years ago. Playwright Lucas Hnath further explores the scientific consequences of eye-gouging in his latest work, Isaac's Eye, which he discusses following a reading at the National Academy of Sciences. Read more >>> The reading begins at 6 p.m. at the National Academy [...]

Marble Madness: The Biggest Cliché in D.C. Music Videos

Here’s a free tip to anyone making a music video set in Washington, D.C.: Don’t make it look like D.C. At least not an identifiable part of D.C. Why? Because monuments are the Ben’s Chili Bowl of downtown. If you’re shooting a music video in New York City, do you shoot it in front of [...]

Listen: Cricket Cemetery’s September Sampler

"Anything loud." That's how Ian Thompson, founder of Arlington's Cricket Cemetery, described his record label's forte in a 2011 interview with Washington City Paper. But it turns out Cricket Cemetery does quiet pretty well, too—though it's hard to find much of that on the September sampler Thompson recently posted on Bandcamp.
The sampler, which you can [...]

DMV Beats: Pacman and Peso, Youngin, Yung Gleesh, Prinz-D, Knox Hill, Wale, and a Must-See Fillmore Show

Escape to North Korea
Where to begin with this one? Earlier this week, DCist ran a story about two local rappers Pacman and Peso—from Congress Heights and Landover, Md., respectively—who want to broaden their horizons by filming a video in North Korea. With the assistance of Forest Hills Tenleytown Music Group label co-founder Ramsey Aburdene and [...]

Observations From Trillectro: A Lethargic Glizzy, A Surprise Fat Trel, and Part of a Wale Show

It seemed like D.C. didn't know what to make of last year's Trillectro Music Festival. Curated by bloggers Modele "Modi" Oyewole, Quinn Coleman, and Marcel Marshall, Trillectro was the first of its kind for the region—a rare event where hipsters and hip-hop heads converged.
The crowds may have been more ready for this year's festival, having absorbed round after round of Trillectro [...]

DMV Beats: Shy Glizzy, Uptown XO, The White Mandingos, Yung Gleesh, Alli the Abstract

Busy Glizzy
We know that Southeast catchphrase-provider Shy Glizzy can handle a hook, but what happens when he basically sings all the way through a song? On the memorable new cut "I Am D.C.," the results have some of Cee-Lo's ease and some of Eazy-E's sneer, but Glizzy's voice is unique in how it expresses hunger. [...]

ToDo ToDay: The No Rules Show! Kurt Vile! National Ice Cream Day!

Arlington’s Signature Theatre never misses an opportunity to fill an empty venue with a quality cabaret act, and this summer, the company lets its new tenants get in on the action. The No Rules Show continues its  run tonight with the talented Joshua Morgan of No Rules Theater at the piano. The evenings are billed as [...]

DMV Beats: Wale and Seinfeld, Together At Last

This Week in Folarin' Around Jerry Seinfeld
Wale has made no secret of his love for Jerry Seinfeld. His 2008 Mixtape About Nothing quoted extensively from Seinfeld's sitcom; in 2010, he followed that up with his More About Nothing tape. Now, a full election cycle later, his admiration of the observational comic has come full circle. In [...]

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