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My First But Certainly Not Last Sofar Sounds Show

My First But Certainly Not Last Sofar Sounds Show

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Sofar Sounds provides intimate music shows for people who enjoy live music without the background noise. It is for people like me who are usually the weird ones at the show actually listening to the music not standing around talking to people. Sofar Actually stands for songs from a room.To be able to attend a Sofar Sounds event you have to sign up on their site and either apply to attend the show or purchase a guaranteed ticket. The difference between the two are guaranteed tickets are not available for all shows and have a set price where as when you apply to attend a show you have the chance to pay as much as you want.

I opted to apply to a few shows and finally got into one in Columbia Heights. The thing with Sofar Sounds is you do not know where exactly the show is or who the artists are until they email you with details the day of the event. I enjoy this element of surprise it allows me to find new artists and be open to new types of music.

The Show

The Venue was Chinese Disco in Georgetown DC. A beautiful venue it gave me modern rustic hipster bar vibe. I loved the place and would go back just to be inside. Most of us sat on the floor which is customary for most Sofar Sound shows. some people sat in the back on chairs and in booths. I had a nice spot right up in front by the artists.

The Sofar Sounds Artists


Lauren Calve

Lauren Calve was the first artist of the night she is blues rock Americana Singer/Songwriter. The host of the even introduced her as his favorite voice in DC and she definitely deserved that introduction. Her voice is that amazing I’ve never heard someone sing like that live. The best way I can describe it is someone taking you through a  journey with their voice. She played 3 songs my favorite was when she brought a friend her and a Weissenborn and sang Whiskey. I can’t find the song online but I think I remember her saying she just finished recording it.

The Galaxy Electric

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Next we have the Galaxy Electric a cool duo whose music I can’t really describe I think it is psychedelic electronica music. Whatever the music is I love it. The duo consists of Jacqueline Caruso  on Keys, and Vocals  and Augustus Green on Bass, Synth, and Beats. The duo is great I especially love how Jacqueline really grooves and dances while singing and playing the keys. Augustus really nails it on bass and with his mustache. My favorite song of their set was Temporal I don’t have the words to describe it because I am not familiar with that type of music but it makes feel like I am floating. Check it out  here.

The New Schematics

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The New Schematics is not a band local to the DMV but from Nashville, Tennessee it is ok I still love them. The New Schematics are an alternative Indie rock band similar to that of Kings of Leon and the Killers. I enjoyed the lead singer and the drummer Danny who was killing it on drums. What I like most about them is that for their song Drug they got in the middle of the  audience and made everyone sing along to their song. I am sucker for things like that. My favorite song of their set Born Without Borders.

Final Thoughts

I will be going to many more Sofar Sound shows in the future they know how to pick good and varied artists as well as a nice venue. I especially enjoy that people have to be quiet during the set because ain’t nothing worse than noisy people killing the vibe.

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Straight Chillin Music

Straight Chillin Music

I have met people who feel as though Hip Hop and R&B is strictly for the turn up. Obviously those of us who are true fans know that this is false. Hip Hop and R&B can be quite relaxing music, HeyFranHey is a social media influencer and podcast host who created this beautiful relaxing Hip Hop and R&B music playlist called The Cool Breeze.

This playlist is for chillin’ maybe for a nice bath with candles or for sitting by the window drinking tea. HeyFranHey even takes you through a breathing exercise mid-playlist. This music is great for the soul so sit back relax and let the music take over.

My top three favorite songs from the playlist are:

Earth Girls by Jesse Boykins lll

Cherish the Day by Sade a classic.

Keep you in mind by Gourdan Banks

Check out The Cool Breeze

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Latin Music Time Machine

Latin Music Time Machine

Podcasts are a great way to find out about new music. The podcasts do not even need to focus on music. Another Round is one of those podcasts  the hosts of the podcast discuss topics such as pop culture, gender and race. A while back Another Round talked about Latin Culture and  had on a guest Antonia Cerejidio to talk about Latin Music. Antonia Cerejidio created this incredible playlist that takes you through Latin music through the decades from Selena to Don Omar. The playlist  Round’s Musical Timeline of Latin Migrations and Explosions

I was familiar with some of the music on the playlist. Many of us know who Jennifer Lopez and Ricky Martin are but I didn’t know who Romeo Santos or who J Balvin  were along with some of the other artists  on this playlist. Some of the songs are completely in Spanish and even though I do not speak Spanish I still enjoy many of those songs because you can feel the music. From top to bottom a great playlist it will make you want to dance and cry.You will learn about latin music artists from the past and present. Even if you don’t listen to Latin music or don’t speak Spanish some of these musicians will become your favorite artists you don’t understand.

Check out the playlist below:

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Dope Discovery: Orange Flower

Dope Discovery: Orange Flower

I first came across Angelica Garcia’s song Orange Flower listening to one my favorite Podcast’s of all time NPR’s All Songs Considered. If you don’t listen to this podcast and you like finding new music check out this Podcast. According to NPR Garcia is originally from California but moved to my great homestate Virginia when she was in her late teens and that is when her music career began. Which I find kind of funny because usually people move from Virginia to California to start careers in music.

Am I halfway to red?
And halfway to yellow?

I fell in love Garcia’s song Orange flower as soon as it I heard it. It is a blues rock song that I totally jam out to in my bedroom playing a little bit of air guitar. Garcia sings about what sounds to me an irritating boy who doesn’t know what he wants out of a relationship and keeps sending her mixed signals. “Am I halfway to red? Am I halfway to yellow?”is one of my favorite lines of the song. Check  out the awesome quirky music video down below. The song is great, funny and you will want to make Angelica your best friend.

Let me know what ya’ll think of the song.

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