All original words by: Svetlana Legetic, Shauna Alexander, Ross Bonaime, Logan Donaldson Marcus Dowling, Bryce Rudow, Alyssa Moody, Bri Younger & Shelly Bell
Ed Note: This post has been updated to include only original content produced by BYT writers. Thank you for reading and your patience.
We here at BYT love us some music-So, in continuation of our Spring/Summer Guides week – here’s our handy (lengthy, almost all-encompassing) guide to THE BEST in albums to buy, the best shows to blow your hard-earned $$$ on, what festivals are worth a damn, if that opener is worth coming early for, etc. etc. etc. Who do you love.
Depeche Mode – Delta Machine (March 26) because, come on, it IS Depeche Mode.
Smoke Fairies – Blood Speaks (March 26th) Those tricky Smoke Fairies… releasing their most recent effort across the pond almost a full year before we are able to hold it in our American hands… but you know what they say, good things come to those who wait (or stalk Spotify). In typical form, the English duo use their haunting vocal harmonies and guitar-playing prowess to bring to life a record full of heartbreak, hope and heroine inspiration. – Shauna Alexander
CHVRCHES – Recover EP (March 26th) After becoming everyone’s favorite earworm thanks to their breakout single, “The Mother We Share“, then releasing an impressive cover of Prince’s “I Would Die For You“, CHVRCHES finally has an EP to satiate its growing fanbase. Highlighted by the same-named single, the Recover EP is more diverse than one might expect after hearing previous releases from these Glasgowers. “ZVVL” is essentially sans lead vocalist Lauren Mayberry’s innocent whisper and dips into territory somewhere between new wave and noir pop while “Now Is Not The Time” is more reminiscent of their smooth, sweet synth pop style. – Bryce Rudow
EmptyMansions – snakes/vultures/sulfate (April 1st) – Alright, I’ll admit it right now.. I’ve got a bit of a bias for EmptyMansion due to their incredibly familiar frontman (Interpol drummer Sam Fogarino). But with the help of some friends (Duane Denison of The Jesus Lizard & Tomahawk; and, Brandon Curtis of Secret Machines), EmptyMansions is hardly a reincarnation of post-punk melodies past.. Sure, Fogarino is the the heart and soul of the band and it shows as his dark, rhythmic upbringing in Interpol is fully apparent on the first single, “Lyra“. But there’s plenty to be intrigued by as the song strides away from the familiar with a bit of a Lou Reed vibe that begs for additional listens. (Bonus! EmptyMansion will be at DC9 on April 24th. Get tickets) – Shauna Alexander
Tyler the Creator – Wolf (April 2) – things sure have changed since 2011. Still, it will be good to see Tyler bring back most of the OFWGTKA crew back to accompany him on this record (hi Frank Ocean!), with added ammo like guest vocals by Erykah Badu. We’re keeping our fingers crossed.
The Knife – Shaking The Habitual (April 9th) Will it be a doulbe album, a triple album, a TENTUPLE album? The blog universe has been in a tizzy of speculations/predictions/anticipation over what the moody Swedes will put out next. April 9th will tell.
Major Lazer – Free The Universe (April 15) According to press releases, the new album will feature the talents of Vampire Weekend’s Ezra Koenig, Dirty Projectors’ Amber Coffman, Tyga, Flux Pavilion, Bruno Mars, Wyclef Jean, Shaggy, Wynter Gordon, Dev, and more. All is all seems like a partytime we’d like to attend.
Andrew Wyatt (of Miike Snow) – Descender (April 16th) Recently on facebook, Wyatt said “Really, the only way to go solo is with a 75-piece orchestra” and frankly I couldn’t agree more. Taking what he learned from his days in the studio with Miike Snow and his creative collaborations with Mark Ronson, Wyatt’s perfectly positioned to be the maestro in magnum opus. The record is flowing, beautiful and ethereal in all the right places and I’m sure come time the sun starts shining, it’ll be on everyone’s iPods. – Shauna Alexander
Snoop Lion – Reincarnated (April 23) – Snoop blazes his way into a new excuse to smoke as he creates a dancehall-inspired album.
Chance The Rapper – Acid Rap (April 30th) Chance has been building anticipation for this project with a fairly steady stream of releases such as “Juice,” “Acid Rain” and, most recently, a collaboration with fellow Chicago emcee BJ The Chicago Kid titled “Good Ass Intro.” Chance is three for three on these tracks, each offering up a different vibe — “Acid Rain” being mellow in tone and “Juice and “Intro” much lighter and fun — making Acid Rap one my most anticipated projects of the year. – Bri Younger
Iggy & The Stooges – Ready To Die (April 30) 41 years later, Iggy and co are ready to release a new album. NBD.
The Strokes – Comedown Machine (March 26) The Strokes are basically the definition of diminishing returns, but my garage-rock heart keeps beating, hoping for a turnaround. Even after having several tracks released, it’s still uncertain what brand of The Strokes we’re going to get. Synth-heavy Angles style, or maybe original recipe Is This It type or something different altogether. Only have to wait a few more days to find out. – Ross Bonaime
Wavves – Afraid of Heights (March 26) Wavves are the perfect band to kick off the summer with short, dumb fun songs. Wavves sound is changing incrementally, as seen on last years’ “Hippies Is Punks” single. As long as the songs are fast and weed-fueled, this could be the perfect beach album of 2013. – Ross Bonaime
Caveman – Caveman (April 2nd) Caveman have had my attention ever since they released their single “In The City”, a synthy, swooning jam layered with rich texture. Since then, they’ve put out the down-tempo “Over My Head” and, more recently, the powerful “Where’s The Time” in anticipation for their eponymous record release on April 2nd. With a teaser video for the upcoming album living up to its description, there’s a palpable buzz around what these New Yorkers will have for us once April rolls around. – Bryce Rudow
Rilo Kiley – Rkives (April 2) Jeez, has it really been six years since Rilo Kiley released their last album Under the Blacklight? While rumors keep brewing that Rilo Kiley may not be completely done, we will at least get Rkives, featuring some previously unreleased material. Then maybe once Jenny Lewis gets off The Postal Service tour, they can talk about a new album… – Ross Bonaime
Telekinesis – Dormarion (April 2) If you haven’t listened to Telekinesis’ first two albums, you’re missing out on some of the greatest pop songs so far this decade. Their newest album Dormarion tops my list of most anticipated album coming out this summer. The first single “Ghosts and Creatures” is a completely different direction for the band, yet somehow still in their wheelhouse. And it’s just fucking phenomenal. Check out Dormarion and you’ll probably have a new favorite band in Telekinesis. – Ross Bonaime
James Blake – Overgrown (April 9) The first thing I thought when I heard, “Retrograde,” James Blake’s first single off Overgrown is “damn, Blake got sexier.” Everything Blake does here feels stronger than it was on his great debut album, and Blake sounds like he’s giving Justin Timberlake a run for his money in funky sexiness. – Ross Bonaime (And thanks to the organization of P4K, you can now hear 40% of the album through these links: Our Love Comes Back, “Voyeur”, “Voyeur (Dub)”, “Digital Lion”, “And Holy Ghost”, and “Retrograde”) – Ross Bonaime/Shauna Alexander
Kurt Vile – Wakin On A Pretty Daze (April 9) Kurt Vile’s 2011 release Smoke Ring For My Halo was a hazy, slow album that you could just fade into. With an almost ten minute title track on his new album, Vile seems to be doing more of the same, but who would want anything different from Vile? – Ross Bonaime
Yeah Yeah Yeahs – Mosquito (April 16) I’ve always preferred my YYYs quick, and grungy, the kind of songs where Karen O would just groan into a microphone, looking on the verge of a nervous breakdown. So far Mosquito sounds like the exact opposite of that: bombastic, large and filled with an least one song with a choir. But for some reason, the exact opposite of what I like most YYYs works more for me than just being in the middle like they have been for their last two albums. – Ross Bonaime
Ghostface Killah – Twelve Reasons To Die (April 16) Hey- a concept album that will serve as the “score to a vintage, Italian horror film,” that takes place in 1968. We can’t wait.
The Thermals – Desperate Ground (April 16) The Thermals write some of the most fun songs available. “How We Know” and “A Pillar of Salt” are loud and frantic, so Desperate Ground should feature some of that great energy that The Thermals have become known for. – Ross Bonaime
The Flaming Lips – The Terror (April 16) – fun fact: BYT loves Flaming Lips so much we own not one but TWO human sized hamster balls inspired by Wayne and Co.
Kid Cudi – Indicud (April 23) Alternative Hip-Hop rapper Kid Cudi is back at it. After his hit single “Day-N-Nite rose to the top of Billboard charts he decided to form a rock band now internationally known as “WZRD.” Kid Cudi recently spoke candidly with Complex magazine about his battle with mental health issues. Unfortunately, it is historically true that mental breakdowns and heartbreak have a huge positive impact on an artist’s creativity. He is sure to give us a dynamic uniquely raw rock/Hip-Hop feel on his third studio album! – Shelly Bell
Phoenix – Bankrupt! (April 23) It’s kind of crazy just how huge Phoenix became after just one album, Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix, which is finally receiving a follow up in Bankrupt!Phoenix seems to be sticking to the formula that got them on the radio and headlining festivals. Only time will tell if Phoenix can keep up their streak, or if they’re on their way back to indie obscurity. – Ross Bonaime
The Veils – Time Stays, We GO (April 24) – The Veils’ “Advice for Young Mothers To Be” is one of my favorite pop songs EVER. Because of that-I will forever hold out hope that they will put out one of my favorite pop albums EVER sometime soon. Here comes try #4. – Svetlana
Primal Scream – More Light (May 6th) Fuzzy guitar art rock is the name of the game with these scene veterans and the same seems to hold true for their newest effort, More Light. Frontman Bobby Gillespie said of the album, “I wanted to convey coming out of a dark time and into a good one…We always knew it wasn’t going to be a straight ahead, balls to the wall, high energy rock ‘n’ roll, two guitars, bass and drum record. It’s sophisticated, layered, cinematic and orchestral; obviously working with Holmes we were hoping to make a record more in keeping with that vision.” Well, if that holds true this should be one album that delivers on it’s high anticipation. – Shauna Alexander
Savages – Silence Yourself (May 6th) We were lucky enough to be in the room during a CMJ showcase featuring Savages last October and back then we cited the band as “four girl-babes (two strangely looking like alternate versions of Keira Knightley) playing with all the seething angst a scorned ex might harbor.“ To add on to that image, their debut album is, in one bold word, ferocious, clocking in at 38 minutes with eleven tracks produced by Johnny Hostile and Rodaidh McDonald (who’s previous credits include the xx, Adele, How to Dress Well, and more). Their post-punk assault is sure be on heavy rotation this summer. – Shauna Alexander
Vampire Weekend – Modern Vampires of the City (May 7) Vampire Weekend is always one of those bands I don’t realize I miss until I hear they have new material coming out. How have they only released two albums since 2007? Seems insane at this point. But only two more months to wait before their third, and we see if it’s as big a departure as Contra was to their self-titled debut. – Ross Bonaime
MS MR – Secondhand Rapture (May 14) – If the songs MS MR have released thus far from their debut album are anything to go by, this is a top contender for make-out album of the summer. Catch them at SWEETLIFE festival on May 11 before the album releases and all sorts of unholy hype takes them over- Svetlana
Small Black – Limits of Desire (May 14) – Jagjauwar has announced that this will be “a crystallization of the band’s gorgeous synth-pop sound”, the opening single “Free at Dawn” is a good step towards keeping that promise and the records’ cover (see above) is enough to make you purchase a hard copy. Now, someone hug me goddammit (nudity optional)-Svetlana
Kisses – Kids in L.A. (May 14th) The California duo of Jesse Kivel and Zinzi Edmundson have been long time favorites on BYT for their sun-kissed pop aesthetic. Though it seems with their Sophomore release, Kids In L.A. the duo are exploring with muted guitars and the crisp loop of a drum machine. New single “Huddle” is a direct and current translation of all your favorite 80’s guilty pleasures, which means it’s a sure-fit hit for fans in the chillwave set. – Shauna Alexander
The National – Trouble Will Find Me (May 21st) It’s a relief that The National haven’t just resorted to writing songs for Win Win, Bob’s Burgers and Portal 2 and have actually worked on a new album. I missed that droll voice and dark beauty of The National, perfect for whenever you’re feeling melancholy or just in the mood for some gorgeous music. – Ross Bonaime
Daft Punk – Random Access Memories (May 21st) it has been eight years since Daft Punk released a new record. When they finally do so this June, we fear internet MAY EXPLODE.
Hanson (June) Because fuck you, Hanson is awesome. – Ross Bonaime
Deerhunter – Monomania (May 7th) Yeah Atlas Sound and Lotus Plaza have released some great material since Deerhunter’s last album, but now it’s about time for a follow up to Halycon Digest. After all this experimentation and side projects, it’ll be great to see what Deerhunter have cooked up for their newest release. – Ross Bonaime
Palms – Palms (June 25) Fronted by the Deftones’ Chino Moreno and featuring ISIS members Jeff Caxide, Aaron Harris and Clifford Meyer, promises to provide the right mix of thrashy teen nostalgia and a more grown-up, cerebral approach to metal.
Raekwon – F.I.L.A. (Fly International Luxurious Art) (TBD June) According to RAE, (Fly International Luxurious Art) will serve as a “lifestyle project” that the world can relate to. Doesn’t seem likely but we’re all ears and anticipation.
Queens of the Stone Age – …Like Clockwork… (TBD June) – The first album in seven years from QOTSA will feature guest spots from Trent Reznor and Elton John, and Foo Fighters’ Dave Grohl has returned as the band’s drummer. Get ready to rock out to some sludgy stoner metal
Big Sean – Hall of Fame (TBD June) – Sweerrrrve. Kanye West, Nas, Tyga, Common, Kid Cudi, Lil Wayne and other members of GOOD Music are confirmed to make appearances as features, while West, No I.D., Hit-Boy and Young Chop among others will handle production on the album. Plus, apparently MORE SKITS, which are intended to give the album a “classic feel”. Frankly, we could probably do without the skits but are otherwise pumped.
Gucci Mane – Trap House III (July 2nd) Last month Gucci released Trap God 2 and a collaborative mixtape with Young Scooter titled Free Bricks 2. And within the past 3 weeks, he’s dropped TrapBack 2 and two more collaborative mixtapes: EastAtlantaMemphis and Money, Pounds and Ammunition. There’s no telling what else is to come before the July 2 arrival of Trap House III — his first album in three years. Radric looks to be ready shoot for the stars again, as he’s been lacing us with a steady stream of music, ensuring his name remains fresh on everyone’s palate. I was pleasantly surprised by Trap God 2 and Trap Back 2, and if Trap House III (all this trapping, I know) bears any resemblance to its namesakes, it should be a treat as well. Of course, this is contingent upon his staying out of jail, which has thwarted his path to success twice in the past. – Bri Younger
Danny Brown – Old (August TBD) Danny Brown tweeted that his upcoming album will aim for a mid-August release. Collaborations include A$AP Rocky, Purity Ring’s Megan James, ScHoolboy Q, Ab-Soul, and some other folks too.
Beck (Summer TBD) Look Beck, I don’t want sheet music, I want an actual album finally. Five years since Modern Guilt. That’s too long without new Beck. I don’t care what type of Beck we get (I’m personally pulling for the “get off that ledge” Sea Change Beck), or as has been rumored, maybe even more than one album, I just want more Beck. – Ross Bonaime
Ryan Adams (Summer TBD) Remember when Ryan Adams was releasing like eight albums a month? Man, I grew tired of him then. But now it seems like he’s calmed down a bit, staggering out his releases. Now maybe Adams will be a bit more consistent and not quite as insane as he has been in the past. – Ross Bonaime
Disclosure (Summer TBD) London’s Disclosure, the brothers Guy and Howard Lawrence, emerged on seemingly everyone’s radar in the middle of last summer, serving up a familiar, but still novel sound: an alchemy of deep house, UK Garage, and bass music. When theur EP The Face was released, they soon gained noteriety as the most popular club music to hit UK clubs in several years. In October 2012 the young producers released “Latch” ft. Sam Smith and generated more attention than ever. We need that full record stat (bonus: read our full review of their recent U Hall pit stop here)
Arctic Monkeys (Summer TBD) Arctic Monkeys hinted that they plan on releasing a new album this year, one that isn’t inspired by Josh Homme. As great as Homme is, darker sound isn’t where Arctic Monkeys need to be. If they can go back to the style of their first two albums, this could potentially be a great release. – Ross Bonaime
Earl Sweatshirt – Doris (Summer TBD) Meticulous Emcee Earl Sweatshirt of “Odd Future” returns with debut retail LP “Doris.” Even though a release date hasn’t been publicized Earl has been teasing crowds by dropping a few new joints at live performances and releasing videos for tracks on the album. “Chum” the first single off the album is a sincere yet extremely creative account of his perception of the world at various moments in life. The video is reminiscent of “Passing me by” by The Pharcyde. Coupling nostalgia with well-written lyrics, and passionate delivery are the key to Hip-Hop success. Earl Sweatshirt has the formula. – Shelly Bell
(This is where we try to balance out the disproportionate male fanboy ratio in our music writing team by adding a healthy dose of estrogen to your music months ahead. You’re welcome) – Svetlana
Empress Of – Systems EP – sometime in April (also-catch her opening for Jamie Lidell on April 12th @ RNR Hotel). Not only does Lorely Rodriguez aka EMPRESS OF have one of the most genius band websites ever (I dare you to click on that link and then not do a double take) AND the finest curly bangs we’ve seen of late, but she ALSO makes some of the sultriest-yet-playful dream pop this side of Beach House. Listen to Hat Trick here and tell us you don’t have a major crush developing as we speak.
Alpine – May 31st – Granted, there are 4 dudes in Alpine, but we’ll take the decidedly girly vibes of their music and the presence of TWO super precious lady singers as a sign that we should put them in this category. Their single “GASOLINE” has been on VERY HEAVY rotation in our office and you should really read this interview we did with them last week + watch every single video on their website. The result of this may be one of the two things: a.) a strong urge to move to Australia (where the band is from/resulting in decidedly slimmer chances of them regularly touring the US unless they get HUGE) and b.) a strong urge to make all your friends buy their new record so they could get HUGE in the US and tour here regularly. The ball is in your court.
Iggy Azalea – WORK (Out Now) – Iggy Azalea looks what I imagine Zola Jesus would look like if she raided Kreayshawn’s closet and headed to the best pool party EVER, and sounds like Azealea Banks’ slightly less crazy but way funnier cousin. In other words, if you’re looking for a spirit animal this SPRING/SUMMER you could do way worse than her. In fact, we dare you to try and do better. DARE YOU.
Eleanor Friedberger – Personal Record (June 4th) – show is U HALL 6/27 – our massive crush on Eleanor Friedberger has been well documented in the exclusive videos/interviews/reviews/bang grooming discussions we’ve published on this website. And now, after her debut solo LAST SUMMER, she wastes no time dilly dallying and brings us “PERSONAL RECORD” which she refers to “as part of her growth process” and a record “with universal themes”. Whatever it is, we are sure it will be an intelligent yet pop-ful delight. Added bonus: It also features an early contender for our favorite album cover of the year (see abover)
Dungeonesse – Dungeonesse (May 14th) – in which Wye Oak’s Jenn Wasner teams up with Jon Ehrens (of Art Department and White Life) to make a playful, almost-R’n’B record we always knew she (maybe) had inside of her. They’ve released 2 songs thus far and each one could be a top-40 hit if properly marketed. Listen to DRIVE ME CRAZY and SHUCKS now (“I know it doesn’t look like much, but it’s love”. Yes it is Jenn).
Bleached – April 18 @ DC9 – bratty, sun kissed California punk just in time for warm weather. Think of Jennifer and Jesse Clavin as the second coming of Jeff, The Brotherhood, only with an extra dose of estrogen AND peroxide. These are the kind of girls that WILL bite your lip when you make out with them, and YOU WILL like it.
Solange – April 23 @ 930 Club and the again @ SWEETLIFE – because SOLANGE, as we have already empirically established on this website , is a near perfect human being.
Bliss With Ellen Allien – May 5th @ U Hall – in our (highly scientific) 2009 debate of the most under-rated records of that whole decade, Ellen Allien’s BERLINETTE was whipped out in the comments: “Still sounds like the future”. Well, you guys, the future is NOW.
Lady Lamb the Beekeper – May, 20 @ Black Cat – read this interview with Aly Spaltro. Develop a ridiculous girly, twee-as-all-fuck crush on Aly Spaltro. Go see her live. Buy her desserts. Propose marriage and/or some kind of future Golden Girls type set-up where you two sit around being weird and adorable and creative. I’m not saying this is going to happen, but I am also not saying this is not going to happen.
Arum Rae – May 16 @ DC9 – Arum Rae has worked with everyone from the Black Keys, Peter Bjorn & John, Gary Clark Jr., and The Civil Wars, but she is now primed to take command of her own destiny. Bonus: you may have heard her song “If I didn’t know Better” as the doomed duet on NASHVILLE, and trust us, that is a good thing.
Best Coast – June 4 @ 930 club – Because Bethany Cosentino is ready to become a woman. “I’m trying really hard to grow up,” she says. “I’m trying to let go of my bad habits and the immature things I still drag around with me.” We’ll be there on June 4th to see if she succeeds.
BYT’s FIRST EVER Emerging Artist Super Sampler – April 6 @ The Hamilton – So, we decided to get a bunch of our favorite local acts to play a few of their best songs at one big massive show. Sort of like a non-sucky battle of the bands where everybody wins. Doing it at a swanky place like The Hamilton felt right. We have 12 awesome bands (all featured in our seminal “25 DMV ARTISTS TO WATCH IN 2013” piece), one awesome DJ, and all that for a low, low price of $20 in advance (that’s like a festival – ALMOST). See you all there.
Chelsea Light Moving – April 4 @ Black Cat – There’s something to be said for seeing a legend in person, especially when the surroundings are ever so perfect. The last time Thurston Moore came to town, we were in awe. No doubt everyone in attendance will be feeling the same warm, afterglow when his new outfit, Chelsea Light Moving finishes their set. A definite do not miss. – Shauna Alexander
Fleetwood Mac – April 9 @ Verizon Center – What’s there left to say about Fleetwood that hasn’t already been said? Go for the hits, be happy if they play some b-sides you love… but most certainly recognize that this might be your last chance to ever see this collective on stage together again. – Shauna Alexander
Hot Chip – April 10 @ 9:30 Club – from our previous show review of them @ Merriweather: Holy shit Hot Chip. From the moment these guys took the stage, they had the audience in a state of palpable glee. Starting with an exceptional version of “…And I was a Boy from School,” Hot Chip had their foot firmly on the accelerator and a steady grip on the wheel. The band exudes professionalism and confidence in their medium. For a band that works in drum machines, two live drummers, and more midi-synced synths than can be counted on two hands, Hot Chip were incredibly tight.
Stereo Total – April 11 @ DC9 – 20 years into their funny and smart career, Stereo Total are still the very definition of art school pop coolness. – Svetlana
Jamie Liddell – April 12 @ Rock & Roll Hotel – Critics Love Jamie Lidell. Musicians Love Jamie Lidell. Your Mom Loves Jamie Lidell. And this is why (bonus: keep an eye out for a brand spanking interview with him coming right up)
Wavves – April 13 @ Rock & Roll Hotel – Odd choice to name yourself Wavves for a guy that’s afraid of the ocean. Nonetheless expect more lo fi noise bleached with sunshine melodies from the man with the contradictory name.
Born Ruffians – April 21 @ Rock and Roll Hotel – After teaching us that “Foxes Mate For Life” on 2008’s Red, Yellow, and Blue and wondering about “What to Say” on 2010’s occasionally forgotten Say It, Born Ruffians are back with a very memorable single, a new album called Birthmarks due out on April 16th, and a national tour that includes a stop at our very own Black Cat on April 21st. Their ne’er-restrained pop rock is taken to new heights in their live show, so this is a definite can’t miss. – Bryce Rudow
Deerhunter – April 22 @ Sixth & I – Deerhunter’s self-ascribed genre, “ambient punk,” is a pretty apt description of their live sound. Unlike straight punk, Deerhunter obscures its sound behind a sometimes dense layer of noise, guitar pedals, and reverb. Unlike straight punk, which wears it’s aggression on its sleeve, Deerhunter often uses a build-and-release strategy, sticking on one chord or one progression for minutes before bursting in a wave of aggression. This technique was employed best on set-highlight “Nothing Ever Happened,” which held a five-second riff for at least five minutes before unleashing its downright tantric coda. Between almost every song, lead singer Bradford Cox froze a multilayered snippet of his voice with the help of a highly-used reverb pedal, adding to the sense of continuity throughout the performance. (from the last time Bradford and Co visited DC)
Solange – April 23 @ 930 Club and the again @ SWEETLIFE – I know we just mentioned this in our MUSIC FOR GIRLS BY GIRLS but it bears repeating because SOLANGE, as we have already empirically established on this website , is a near perfect human being. -Svetlana
Aimee Mann and Ted Leo – April 25 @ Maryland Hall For The Creative Arts – Miss your chance to see this amazing double bill last year at the Birchmere? No worries, the Annapolis venue provides you your second chance.
Flying Lotus – April 25 @ 9:30 Club – A little bit jazz, a little hip hop, and a little IDM. It’s hard to nail down FlyLo, but one thing’s for sure, when you hear his sound, you tend to know exactly who it is.
Johnny Marr – April 29 @ 930 Club – Unlike say, Morrissey, Johnny Marr isn’t going to go pouting into the night over some acid reflux. No, that much is evident on his 2013 solo release, The Messenger. It’s a full album, embodying the sound of Marr both during and post- The Smiths, which means it’s everything you want and more. The show should be no exception. – Shauna Alexander
How To Destroy Angels – April 30 @ Fillmore Silver Spring – Sure, Nine Inch Nails are slated to make a comeback sometime soon (according to Rzenor himself) but for now, feast your ears on How To Destroy Angels. The band has all the bass and electronics of NIN but instead of darkness there’s an alluring intimacy that lines each song. The record fits surprisingly well into today’s technology-driven music craze. As for the show, let’s be honest, Reznor is an original and you’re going to go to see his face under the bright lights and that is perfectly fine… just don’t be surprised if you walk away a new fan of HTDA in the process. – Shauna Alexander
Boris – May 1 + 2 @ Rock And Roll Hotel – Boris, in case you’re not a Japanese metal fan (I thought I knew you), is a Japanese trio that gets weird with drone metal, sludge metal, noise rock, psychedelic rock, ambient and pop. For two nights in a row at RNR the trio attempts to render you deaf.
Daughter – May 2 @ Black Cat – Every spring there’s a band on my “must see” list that has the potential to evoke emotions from my black heart. This year’s contender is the North London threesome, Daughter, who will be releasing their first full-length LP this April on Glassnote. Think Florence + The Machine but gentler, think the XX but louder. This is a band that’ll break your heart with it’s beautiful arrangements and the chilling voice of frontwoman, Elena Tonra. – Shauna Alexander
Danny Brown – May 4 @ Rock & Roll Hotel – The weirdo Michigan rapper with a voice that sounds like a mean cartoon duck comes to DC off of a very successful, buzzy 2012. Come see his wild stem of hair and chipped teeth on a night that’s sure to be memorable.
Telekinesis – May 6 @ Black Cat – Like I said earlier, Telekinesis are insanely great. I mean, have you seen a band lately with a lead singer who is also the drummer? Thankfully, Telekinesis are coming back to the area and if there’s one show you see at the Black Cat this summer, this is it. – Ross Bonaime
Palma Violets – May 7 @ RNR Hotel – Ask practically anyone about Palma Violets and you’ll get an overwhelming response of praise; they’ve been labeled as one of the most exciting bands out there at the moment, and having been signed to Rough Trade, that claim obviously has some serious credentials to back it up. We also have this sweet interview with them to further support your upcoming major crush on these kids – Svetlana
Shout Out Louds – May 7 @ 9:30 Club – When Shout Out Louds released their near-perfect pop album Howl Howl Gaff Gaff years ago, they weren’t really coming to the U.S. too often. Now with their new release Optica, I can’t wait to finally see this underrated band after years of anticipation. – Ross Bonaime
Marnie Stern – May 9 @ Black Cat – Her wheat-colored hair, elfin nose, and sprite-like baby blues suggest a teenybopping chanteuse who aims to please. But Stern is a gale of a gal, the Galadriel of the indie scene. She cites Sleater-Kinney, Hella, and Don Caballero—bands with more conventional punk-rock credentials—as major sonic influences. Technically adventurous, and musically dexterous, she’s knocking folks dead with some of the most scintillating noise ballads in recent years. Come see her shred her way through “Chronicles of Marnia” and never look back – Svetlana
Crystal Castles – May 11 @ Rams Head Live – Crystal Castles bring their darkwave/gothwave/nowave/everywave dark electro act to Baltimore. After having seen them several times in DC the last few years, we can confidently say this will be a dramatic, explosive show of dancing to some moody tunes.
Har Mar Superstar – May 11 @ DC9 – Because, since the first day we laid our eyes on Har Mar (which was, oh, HALF A DECADE A GO) – he has not failed us once in the sheer entertainment department. And also because we now REALLY want to ask him what it was like to guest star on PITCH PERFECT. – Svetlana
Black Francis – May 13 @ Birchmere – Old school indie fans, get excited: Black Francis, lead singer of legendary outfit the Pixies, is returning to Washington, DC. Francis, a.k.a Frank Black, a.k.a Charles Thompson, to unload four albums worth of his most ferocious rock in years.
Youngblood Hawke – May 15 @ U Street Music Hall – Sometimes you just want some feel-good tunes to sway to in a killer venue, and Youngblood Hawke are certainly prepped to deliver. Their music has all the pop sensibilities of Fun. and the carefree exuberance of Walk The Moon. If they can pull off such a big, theatrical sound on a small stage, then there’s no reason why they won’t be headlining 9:30 next time they’re in town. – Shauna Alexander
Father John Misty – May 16 @ 9:30 Club – FJM keeps giving you opportunities to see him live, coming back to the area several times since the release of one of last year’s best albums, Fear Fun. If you miss him when he comes to the 9:30 Club, you only have yourself to blame. Don’t be an idiot. See Father John Misty. – Ross Bonaime
!!! – May 18 @ Black Cat – I was at a house party recently talking to strangers I was pretty sure I had almost zero things in common with and then I spied a CHK CHK CHK tattoo on one of their wrists. Before you knew it, we were close buds, pulling out our ipods, sharing our love of their disco-punk and the fact that I could reference back to 2007 when BYT FIRST EVER INTERVIEWED NIC OFFER made me super cool in their eyes. That is the effect these dudes have on their fans. And with a new record out April 29th, they’re swinging back to DC for what is bound to be a big, fat, dance party of a show. And yes, you should definitely still read that 2007 interview we did with them, it is totally worth it – Svetlana
Anti-Flag 20th Anniversary Show – May 21 @ DC9 – With over twenty years active in the punk and political music world, you have an opportunity to see Anti-Flag during a very exciting period in their vast career.
JEFF the Brotherhood – May 25 @ Rock & Roll Hotel – Having seen JtB more than a handful of times, I can promise nothing but good times when this Nashville duo hit the stage. Be prepared to crush cans of Coors Light and fist pump well into the morning light. Their southern rock & roll is infectious and their talent is limitless. – Shauna Alexander
The Shins with Ra Ra Riot – May 27 @ The National – Want a good excuse to take a trip down to Richmond? How about a bill of The Shins and Ra Ra Riot? That’s what I thought. Both bands are fantastic live and The National is just the perfect size for an incredible show like this one. – Ross Bonaime
Mount Kimbie – June 1 @ Black Cat – Mount Kimbie’s “Maybes“, released over three years ago, still consistently finds its way on my iTunes playlist. It’s indescribably gripping, and the debut it lived on immediately established the British duo of Dominic Maker and Kai Campos as a group to take notice of. A few EPs and the well-received Crooks and Lovers LP filled in the gap between “Maybes” and the present, and Mount Kimbie has come a long way over that period of time. Their upcoming album, Cold Spring Fault Less Youth, has become one of the most anticipated of the spring. The band has begun reinventing their live show, occasionally adding a live drummer and even singing on the only single released so far, “Made to Stray“. With so much buzz for these Brits, their June 1st show at Black Cat promises to be something worth checking out. – Bryce Rudow
Charli XCX – June 3 @ U Hall – Charli XCX (now of “I Love It” fame more than anything) is gearing up to drop her debut solo album, True Romance, on April 16. While you may know her for her hit with Icona Pop, her blend of pop is definitely worth checking out on its own merit.
The National with Dirty Projectors – June 6 @ Merriweather Post Pavilion – If you’ve never seen The National or Dirty Projectors, do yourself a favor and go to Merriweather June 6. These two bands will surely create an amazing counterbalance and it’s great to see two bands like this at such a gigantic venue as Merriweather. – Ross Bonaime
Metric – June 7 @ Rams Head Live – Emily Haines + and updated take on new wave = heaven.
Peace @ – June 8 @ Rock & Roll Hotel – “Music to fuck you in the heart.” That’s what their facebook says of their sound and I couldn’t agree more. They write the kind of music you could see soundtracking episodes of Californication, which is strange for a band from England. I am anxiously awaiting this show (and I know Bryce, our new music reviewer is too). – Shauna Alexander
Devendra Banhart – June 8 @ Sixth & I Synagogue – After exploding onto the international music scene in 2002, Devendra Banhart has emerged as one of the most fascinating, unpredictable and inspiring artists of his generation. With his newest album Mala, the Venezuelan-American artist continues to surprise and delight an ever-increasing audience of fans and critics alike. (Special note: Tickets to what will be an unbelievably beautiful performance actually go on sale this Friday at 10AM through the ticketmaster link provided above. Don’t miss this!)
Animal Collective – June 10, 11, + 12 @ 9:30 Club – It’s been suitable for Animal Collective to perform at Merriweather several times after releasing an album named after the venue. But for a more intimate affair, 9:30 Club will be hosting the group for two nights. Now see them fit that sound into the club. – Ross Bonaime
Ariel Pink – June 10 @ U Hall – We were having a little bit of a hard time finding someone to write this show up mainly because so many of our music writers have been burned by their Ariel Pink live concert going experience (or their Ariel Pink interviewing experience, for that matter). BUT-no matter what happens, we know it won’t be boring – Svetlana
Big Boi – June 14 @ Howard Theatre – A 20-year career as a Hip Hop artist is rare. But in the case of Outkast’s Antwan “Big Boi” Patton, it’s no surprise. Being one half of Outkast means you have a lot of security in the game. Along with opener Killer Mike, this is sure to be a killer show.
The Postal Service – June 18 @ Merriweather Post Pavilion – Not only is Give Up receiving a ten year anniversary re-release, but they also are going on the road for the first time in years WITH Jenny Lewis, and an added adorableness bonus of DC native Laura Burhenn. I’ve waited years to see them, like everyone else has, and with Lewis, this’ll be the best possible way to hear the songs from Give Up performed. – Ross Bonaime
Japandroids – June 21 @ Ottobar – Did you hear that “The House That Heaven Built” is the intro theme for the NHL’s Vancouver Cannucks? Makes total sense since you feel like running through a god damn wall – or cross checking someone as the case may be – when listening to this song. Extend that feeling for an hour and fifteen minutes and you’ve got yourself one helluva live show.
Bonnie “Prince” Billy – July 31st @ Sixth and I Synagogue – The man who acts under the name Will Oldham and sings and composes under the name Bonnie “Prince” Billy has made an idiosyncratic journey through the worlds of indie rock and independent cinema. With his highly individualistic approach, one that cherishes intimacy, community, mystery, and spontaneity, Bonnie has captivated fans and become an influential and beloved songsmith. In early 2013, Bonnie will release a new full length record on Drag City. (Special note: Tickets actually go on sale this Friday at 10AM through the ticketmaster link provided above. ) – Shauna Alexander
Justin Timberlake & Jay-Z – August 8 @ M & T Stadium – How does Jay-Z follow up a massive tour with Kanye? A massive tour with Justin Timberlake. You’re not going to find a bigger combo or a bigger spectacle outside of a festival than this show. – Ross Bonaime
Grace Potter And The Nocturnals – August 15 @ Wolftrap – For around a decade years, Grace Potter & Nocturnals have been hammering it out on stages large and small, playing 200 shows a year, and impressing audiences in the U.S. wherever they go. Last year they sold the 9:30 Club out for four nights in a row. Catch them once for a blowout this August at Wolftrap. – Allmusic
12th Planet for Kill The Noise – April 6 @ Howard Theatre – Global warming on the dancefloor, bass quakes, explosive dance moves in the crowd, security and staff worried, and low frequencies that would make Sunn O))) shit their pants.
Fidlar for WaVVes – April 13 @ Rock & Roll Hotel – Take four lads from LA. Give them some early Libertines records, add in a dash of Ty Segal’s controlled chaos and you’ve got yourself a bright, promising new band. If that (and their current single, “Wait For The Man“) doesn’t sell you, take a gander at their list of influences on facebook: Coors Light, Miller High Life, King Cobra, Four Loko, Jameson, Taak, Steel Reserve, Natural Light, Bud Light, Miller Light, Bud, Miller, PBR, Taurino, Joose, JD, Evan Williams, Benders, Simpler Times, Coors, 211, Mickeys, OE. – Shauna Alexander
Cheatahs for WaVVes – April 13 @ Rock & Roll Hotel – At first listen you wouldn’t peg Cheatahs to be a foursome based in England, but the the deeper you listen you can hear how 90’s England completely influenced their sound. It was, after all, a time in which shoe-gaze still had one foot firmly planted in the doorway of pop music. They’re the kind of band that makes a girl like me swoon and if their single, “Fall” is anything to go by, well, the rest of you will fall in line soon too. – Shauna Alexander
Splashh for The Generationals – April 17 @ Rock & Roll Hotel – Leave it to a foursome (mostly) from New Zealand to put out better sunkissed chillwave than most in the game right now. Splashh’s single, “All I Wanna Do” is one part Crocodiles, two parts Sonic Youth and a plenty of high-cheekbones to go around. Head over early and put a PBR in your hand and it might just feel like summer inside that dark nightclub. – Shauna Alexander
THEESatisfaction opening for Shabazz Places – April 27 @ Black Cat – Lyrics from THEESatisfaction’s “Peyote Kids” describe their vibe well: “All I need is a tree and a vodka, tight beat in the heat I’m a rasta and I’m not a hipster but I’m a black star and I’m not a gansta I’m a blasta”
Adam Green and Binki Shapiro opening for Father John Misty – May 16 @ 9:30 Club – which is exactly what it sounds like: Adam Green (of Moldy Peaches and excellent interview skills) and Binki Shapiro (of Little Joy and general adorableness) made one of the most darling albums (all duets) you’ll hear all year. Sure the whole operation is as precious as all hell, but both of them have a great sense of humor about what a love song should be (“Forgive my ugliness should I find out/ Something that I don’t wan’t to know about”) and their style should be a perfect companion to FMJ’s all-man-all-the-time attitude (which, lets face it, is also not without its tongue stuck firmly in its cheek), making it quite the genius opener choice.
Holy Other opening for Mount Kimbie – June 1 @ Black Cat – Holy Other is as mysterious as his music. An international man of music intrigue, him and his cape/hoodie are making a pit stop in DC this June though so bonus points to whoever finds out where the man actually is living and what kind of cereal he likes in the morning.
Lovely Bad Things opening for Best Coast – June 4 @ 930 club – Once, en route to the UFO museum in Roswell, New Mexico, LOVELY BAD THINGS were pulled up by a Cop who, apparently, promptly felt the need to ask: “‘Who here has ADD?’” Brayden Ward remembers “And we all raised our hands.” Their music is like the sonic equivalent of that anecdote: funny, a little absurd, a little too-fast, and definitely fun. Check them out.
HAIM opening for Of Monsters And Men – June 11 @ Merriweather Post Pavilion – Daughters of SoCal musicians, Alana, Danielle and Este Haim developed tremendous musical abilities and a powerful stage presence through frequent family performances in their youth. Strongly influenced by ‘80s Fleetwood Mac and ‘90s R&B—namely TLC and Destiny’s Child—the trio brilliantly blends rock and roll with danceable beats, creating an engaging nostalgia for the present. (read more about it in our live review + interview with them). AND ALSO BECAUSE – SEE PHOTOS ABOVE.
TEEN opening for Eleanor Friedberger – June 27th @ U Hall – TEEN is the Brooklyn-based, sisterly project of Teeny Lieberson, setting out under her own name (more or less) after logging time with Here We Go Magic. What to expect: dreamy melodies, serious rhythm section and A LOT of really good hair. Come to think of it, them and HAIM should really get to touring together soon. UNSTOPPABLE.
Killer Mike opening for Big Boi – June 14 @ Howard Theatre – Most of the critics agreed that in 2012, with his fine balance of politicking and raw edge Killer Mike gave us one of the best rap albums last year. Opening for Big Boi Mike might be that rare future headliner that upstages the lead on the bill.
Flatbush Zombies opening for Joey Bada$$ – April 17 @ Baltimore Soundstage – Flatbush Zombies manage to incorporate all of the mad blunted BK traits into their music and its accompanying visuals while injecting some of their own brand of rap. Also, I highly suggest you watch their interview with Narduwar.
Guys, let’s be honest… the biggest trend in music right now is THE MUSIC FESTIVAL. More and more of them keep cropping up (especially in our area) and frankly, not even we of BYT could stay away (cough, cough SUPER SAMPLER at The Hamilton on APRIL 6TH). So below, for your ticket-buying-calendar-preparing pleasure is a list of all the local-ish music festivals we could find (that are worth your time). – Shauna Alexander
Washington Jewish Music Festival – April 28 thru May 11 @ Several Locations – Established in 1999 with a lead gift from the Howard and Geraldine Polinger Family Foundation, the Washington Jewish Music Festival (WJMF) promotes a broader appreciation of Jewish culture and connects the Greater Washington, DC community through music. WJMF presents extraordinary performing artists who preserve and invigorate Jewish music in contemporary culture. Through collaborations, educational programming and free events, the Festival actively engages people throughout the greater DC community in cross-cultural dialogue. – Shauna Alexander
Broccoli City Fest – April 21 @ The Fairgrounds – Broccoli City continues to make living a healthy more sustainable lifestyle cool with the curation of Broccoli City Festival (#BCFest), Washington DC’s first urban Earth Day celebration. One general admission ticket will give you full access to 15 live performances, healthy and sustainable vendors, group yoga/zumba instruction, pop up market, games, education, live art displays, and craft beer bar. Celebrate Earth Day with national and local talent including: Big Krit, JMSN, Tittsworth, Va$htie, Misun, SZA, Phil Ade’, Stereo Faith, Black Alley, Rock Creek Social, Locke Kaushal, Kingpen Slim & Dale and The Z Dubs.
Alliance Francaise’s Urban Corps Hip Hop Festival – May 15-18 @ Several Locations – The Alliance’s Urban Corps transatlantic hip-hop festival comes back to DC in its second edition with a powerful compilation of urban dancers, musicians, and speakers. Their distinct backgrounds in arts such as mime, acrobatics, DJing, video and, of course, American urban tradition come together to present an all-around unrivaled vantage point on metropolitan culture and identity. A week packed with performances, this year’s Urban Corps features film, dance, music, and discussion as mediums for the exploration of urban art. – Shauna Alexander
Sweetlife Festival – May 11 @ Merriweather Post Pavilion (Columbia, MD) – The fourth annual Sweetlife Festival will be held at Merriweather Post Pavilion in Columbia, MD, on Saturday, May 11. The Main Stage will feature Phoenix, Passion Pit, Kendrick Lamar, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Gary Clark Jr., Solange, and Lindsey Stirling. The second stage, a.k.a. The Treehouse, will feature sweetgreen’s favorite new artists, including Holy Ghost!, Youth Lagoon, Haerts, Robert DeLong, MS MR, and twenty|one|pilots.
Preakness Infield Fest – May 18 @ Pimlico Race Track (Baltimore, MD) – The region’s biggest party returns Saturday, May 18th at Preakness InfieldFest! The day will feature live performances by international superstar Pitbull and hip-hop duo Macklemore & Ryan Lewis. Both artists will play extended sets on the Main Stage. In addition to the main stage headliners, Preakness InfieldFest will host live music from Chevelle, Florida-Georgia Line and Kristen and the Noise on the Jägermeister Stage along with a variety of other activities, including the return of The popular Beer Garden and bottomless MUG Club. Plus stay tuned to BYT for updates on transportation to/from the fest for maximum awesomeness.
Soundbites – May 19 @ 9:30 Club – Sound Bites is an outdoor street festival at the historic 9:30 Club that celebrates local food and music while raising funds to fight hunger and poverty in Washington, DC. On Sunday, May 19, 2013 at 1 p.m., 1,000 guests will enjoy tastings from 25 top area restaurants, hear 6 hot local music acts, and witness an elite mixology competition between DC’s most talented bartenders. All proceeds benefit event organizer DC Central Kitchen. They’re still nailing down the lineup and the participating restaurants, but we can tell you this much — it’s always, always worth it.
DJ Jazz Festival – June 5-15 @ The Hamilton – With more than 100 performances in over 50 venues across the city, the DC Jazz Festival (formerly known as the Duke Ellington Jazz Festival) is the largest music festival in Washington, D.C. and one of the most highly anticipated cultural events in the nation. The Festival presents year-round music education programs and concerts for DC students and residents by local, national and internationally-known talent at venues across D.C., promotes music integration in school curricula, and supports outreach to expand and diversify the audience of jazz enthusiasts.
Governor’s Ball – June 7-9 @ Randall’s Island (NY, NY) – Taking place on Friday June 7th, Saturday June 8th and Sunday June 9th, Gov Ball 2013 will feature the very best acts in the indie, electronic, rock, hip hop, and pop music scenes. We are expanding our programming scope to add new flavors to the festival experience, and we are adding new performance areas as well. 2013 promises to be the biggest and best Gov Ball yet!
Firefly Festival – June 21-23 @ The Woodlands of Dover International Speedway (Dover, DE) – Firefly Music Festival is the East Coast’s premier music experience. Firefly offers three days of unforgettable musical performances, enhanced dining options and interactive entertainment set among lush wooded landscapes in the heart of the East Coast. Notable acts include: Red Hot Chili Peppers, Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, Vampire Weekend, Foster The People, Calvin Harris, MGMT, Ellie Goulding, and more.
All Good Festival – July 18-21 @ Locust Valley (Thorton, OH) – The 17th Annual All Good Music Festival & Campout continues its exhibition of distinct and internationally recognizable talent as the festival unveils its initial 2013 lineup. Over 40 celebrated bands and musical artists hit the stages July 18-21 at the Legend Valley Concert Venue & Campground – located 30 minutes east of Columbus – in Thornville, OH. Notable acts include: Further featuring Phil Lesh & Bob Weir, Pretty Lights, Primus, Grace Potter & the Nocturnals, Trombone Shorty, The Step Kids and more. Additional artists will be announced adding to the highly diverse roster including rock, bluegrass, indie, reggae, Americana, funk, electronica, collaborative jams and more.
Trillectro – August 3 @ TBD – One of my favorite musical memories from last year was Trillectro. The festival is back again this year, and I can’t wait to check out the lineup. In 2012 we had the pleasure of seeing Flosstradamus (well, for 20 minutes at least), SchoolBoy Q, David Heartbreak, Flatbush Zombies, Brenmar, and more. It was a tasteful synthesis of hip hop and forward thinking dance music, and we can expect more of the same from the DC to BC crew in 2013.
Continuing Indie Trends For 2013
1.The 2012 EPs by Solange, Katy B, Sky Ferreira, Azealia Banks and Haim, when put together, made up one of the best albums from last year. Since Azealia Banks has already let us down with her followup, let’s hope the rest avoid her failures. Then again not all of them are scream-rapping over Baauer’s “Harlem Shake,” so the rest of these ladies stand a better chance.
2. “Chamber pop” and “twee” continue to be relics of the early ’00s. Sufjan Stevens gets buried deeper by scuzzy, greasy haired torchbearers like Japandroids, Swans, Cloud Nothings, and Metz.
3. More bullshit proclamations that “indie rock is dead,” due to declining sales figures. New York Magazine will possibly do another editorial telling us a specific band isn’t rich. However that same band wouldn’t be nearly as successful if not for an internet age of media. Artists and songs rocket from obscurity thanks to the crowdsourced meritocracy of the internet. Indie music will be fine, even without a wealth base.
4. Coachella is OVER. Okay it’s not over, but my point here is there are a slew big tent music festivals all over the country this summer. Too many to count, really. You can skip an expensive west coast trip from here on out since most festival bookings are just interchanging the same 60-100 artists. Also, ladies, you can dress in feathers and funny hats and trendy boots at literally any other festival.
5. I’m using my last pick as a wish: Unless they’re known for just one album, bands should stop doing classic album tours and just curate a badass setlist instead.
Five Hip Hop Trends That Should Die
1. Rapping about how all your haters and doubters saying you wouldn’t make it. Look, the comments section of OkPlayer.com doesn’t count as a band of antagonists holding you down. The wildly conflated ‘overcome my struggles’ narrative in every dial-a-rapper’s verses these days is about as cliche as the old ‘bitches and guns’ formula.
2. Less rave culture. Rappers, can’t you just be happy with stupefying amounts of weed? Put away the molly before Day Glow festivals start incorporating Young Money, Maybach and GOOD Music acts.
3. Twitter rappers. Any knobjob can accumulate huge follower counts. This is at least 45% of EVERY Twitter bio: I DO MY OWN BEATS. BOOK ME FOR DJ GIGS, PRIVATE CLUB SHOWS. CAN ALSO BOOK MODELS AND DO BOTTLE SERVICE. FOLLOW ME ON INSTAGRAM. #TEAMFOLLOWBACK. You’re about as good as a spam account.
4. Illuminati conspiracy theories. Holy shit. Make it stop.
5. Azealia Banks
Five EDM Trends That Should Die
1. Using the genre-du-jour to remix every pop song. Back when dubstep was taking off there seemed to be a shitty wobbly remix of every song ever. Now that Trap is exploding every pop tracks is getting shelled with shitty 808s and screwed vocals. It’s mostly garbage.
2. Debates on live DJing technique. I don’t give a shit what you’re doing on stage. Is the music good? Is it making people dance? That’s all that matters.
3. Browbeating new EDM fans. Musical history is very important, but if you’re a rave fan from the 90s at some point you’re going to have to let the “back in my day…” appeal to authority subside and let the kids do their thing.
4. Producer smorgasboards on the same track. When I see a song ID’d as “Swedish House Mafia x Hardwell x Afrojack x Laidback Luke x Nicky Romero” I’m just like,”You know what? No.”
5. Are you recording this hour long DJ set on an iPad? Did you bring an iPad to a concert? Fuck your life.
Some parting thoughts from Marcus Dowling:
I’m not looking forward to anybody’s albums. I mean, if artists were looking forward to their albums, then I’d already have exact dates on the rap releases of Earl Sweatshirt, Wale and Drake, the three albums I’m looking forward to this year. The most intriguing artists in my world are in EDM, and Swedish House Mafia releases compilations and EPs, which is honestly a more financially sustainable and easier-to-tour model. Nadastrom and Dillon Francis are working on an artist albums, and they’ll be dope, but, yeah. That feels like something more along the lines of something they “have” to do as A-list dance artists now fighting for Vegas residencies and summer Ibiza bookings. Album I’m looking forward to the most? Well, I wasn’t really looking forward to re-listening to Iggy and the Stooges Raw Power a few weeks ago, but fuck if Ron Asheton isn’t my favorite musician anywhere right now. Fuck it. Everyone download Spotify and go digging. Better than anything else you’re waiting for this year.
NOW-tell us what MUSIC are YOU excited for this Spring/Summer. Plus CHECK OUT OUR FILM GUIDE from yesterday + stay tuned for more guides this week (art, food, theatre, style, the works really…)