New Music: SOAK

Words by Melody J. Myers

Birdie Monds – Watson who preforms as SOAK is back with her newest single “Everybody Loves You”. The last time we heard from the Irish singer-songwriter was when she was just 17 years old and released her debut album, Before We Forgot How To Dream. SOAK is now back at 22 years old with “Everybody Loves You” a track with honest lyrics, and beautiful vocals SOAK sings about the feelings we are in denial about within ourselves, how contradicting we can be with ourselves, and rejection. With honest and a feeling of being in denial lyric such as “Everybody wants you / Not me today, cause I’m done” and ending with how we really feel “Everybody loves you / And I do too”. Give a listen to the new single here.

 

Lydia on U Street

By Sara Valenzuela

Rolling into town with a new album (Liquor) in the bag, Lydia gave the capitol a visit. The Arizona-based indie group delighted DC with their new ‘cinematic’ sound. Leighton Antelman (lead) was all smiles on this hot and humid night, showing off Lydia’s new spark. The group continues charming its crowds with every show, DC was no different. It’s always a good time with Lydia!

Don’t be shy and give it a try! Liquor gives fans a refreshing new taste on what Lydia has to offer. Listen here:

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The Beths Live in Brooklyn

Words and photos by Jessica Gurewitz

“We’re the Beths.. B E T H S. sorry there’s so many consonants.” Vocalist/guitarist Elizabeth Stokes of the New Zealand band spoke candidly to the packed room, and although she noted that she was nervous to be playing in New York, there was no way to tell once they started playing. Elizabeth and Jonathan Pearce (guitar/vocals), were joined by Katie (drums) and Chris (bass) on Monday night in Brooklyn. The energetic set included tracks from the band’s EP, Warm Blood, and they also played the title track of their upcoming album, Future Me Hates Me (Carpark Records). The Beths are just kicking off their U.S. tour, and are definitely ones to watch!

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¡VIVA HINDS!

Gallery by Sara Valenzuela

The spanish gals took over the U Street stage this past Friday night, leaving the capital shaken up. There’s nothing better than starting your weekend off with the amazing Hinds!

Listen to their latest album I Don’t Run here!

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New Music Radar: Sugarspun

Words by Quite Great Communications

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Word of mouth counts for a lot and this is certainly the case with Sugarspun. Despite no releases other than a handful of Soundcloud demos, they have forged an army of fans from coast to coast who have bombarded them with requests for more tracks and who have turned up en-masse to sell out venues they have played. Having developed from a two-piece acoustic outfit to a full-on 5-strong indie juggernaut, they capture the triumphant euphoria of prime Stone Roses and the classic 60’s song-writing chops of The Faces and early 90’s acts like The La’s.

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Formed in the unlikely rock n roll hotbed of Carlisle in Cumbria, Sugarspun started out as an acoustic duo, comprising vocalist Jamie and Steven (guitar), though rave reviews emanating from their BBC Introducing plays and feverish fan support at their live shows caused the pair to revise their plans and expand to a much larger vision in all senses. Having recruited the members who now complete their line-up – Michael (rhythm guitar); Luke (bass) and Andy (drums) – from their local music scene, they moved away from acoustic tracks and bedroom demos to their first studio-recorded work: “Spaceman Dreams” and “Hide”.

“Spaceman Dreams” is the antithesis of the trend of gloomy introspection and negativity, with hooks flying around like hand grenades and the chorus racing in at speeds Virgin Trains can only dream of. With a message to never give up on your dreams, however distant they may seem, this is the perfect launchpad for a band who remind you how 90’s indie changed the musical landscape by combining musical talent with optimism, irreverence and fun.

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2018 Current Faves Playlist

Post and playlist by Kayla Fernandez

Cover photo by Mariano Peccinetti

Hello! It has been quite awhile since we last posted.  I was currently going through a period in my life where I had absolutely no clue what I was doing. Transitioning into adulthood, studying for finals and finding a decent job stressed me out. This is something every one goes through, but me being my stubborn self I felt like I was alone in this. I didn’t have any motivation to go photograph shows and write about music reviews; I felt drained.

It wasn’t until February where I genuinely felt happy. As funny as it seems the cure to my sadness was listening to synthy music, especially early 2010s indie pop. In a way it was like a wakeup call telling me everything is going to be fine. I realized the only way I am going to happy with myself is to take action with my choices. I compiled a little playlist of some new tunes that always put a smile across my face. Enjoy! I hope a few tracks make your head bop.

LUCID DREAMS MAG CURRENT FAVES