On her latest tour, indie-folk songwriter Marissa Nadler has been joined by cellist Janel Leppin, who is based in D.C. The two stopped by Bandwidth's go-to music venue, the Wilderness Bureau, earlier this month on the morning of their kick-off show at the Rock & Roll Hotel.
One of the most consistent rock acts of the modern era, Spoon just released another tremendous album, titled They Want My Soul. Spoon joined KCRW's Morning Becomes Eclectic on the date of the album's release to perform some of its songs, including the radio premiere of "Inside Out."
Originally published on Mon September 15, 2014 12:05 pm
Look! It's a band! It's a screen-printing project! No, it's Sleepy Kitty! Watch this St. Louis duo make art punk fun and a very inky animation for the song "Don't You Start," cut two from Sleepy Kitty's 2014 album, Projection Room.
A few blocks from New Orleans' Superdome, just off Canal Street, there's a barber shop called Clear-Vue, which has been in business since 1948. While we were in the city for the Essence Music Festival, we asked Jazmine Sullivan to meet us there.
While onstage, Parquet Courts can go from indolent to aggressive in about a second, but we still weren't sure what to expect: The Brooklyn band arrived at KEXP's studios on the last day of what must have seemed an interminable tour. Thankfully, the year and a half of globetrotting dulled neither its wit nor its edge as the group performed five songs from its stellar new album, Sunbathing Animal, live on The Afternoon Show with Kevin Cole.
Bob Mould came alone, except for his 1987 Lake Placid Blue Fender Stratocaster. We provided the Epiphone Blues Custom 30 amp, which he promptly cranked. Needless to say, he announced his own Tiny Desk Concert without using the paging system.
The first time I heard it, Irene Diaz's voice stopped me cold: Her sheer power belies her compact stature, and her musical impact is simply immense. With her musical partner Carolyn Cardoza strumming away intently on ukulele, Diaz conjures a place where emotions run deep and beauty is unmistakable. Watch them perform these four songs at the Tiny Desk to see what I mean.
Originally published on Fri September 19, 2014 2:38 pm
As its name suggests, Tweedy is a new band featuring Wilco's Jeff Tweedy and his 18-year-old son and drummer Spencer. Tweedy recently recorded an album together, out Sept. 23, titled Sukierae. (It's pronounced sue-key-ray.)
Originally published on Fri September 19, 2014 2:30 pm
In the spring of 2013, songwriter and R&B singer Sevyn Streeter released a song called "It Won't Stop," which she's called her "baby." Over the year and change that's followed, the song has sunk into our collective consciousness through commercial radio play and a music video viewed more than 35 million times, and on the recommendation of a growing group of critics and fans.