This week we’re back with a roundup of where to catch the hottest tunes and when. We’re also extending our eye into the week because you need good music all the time. Come out and get friendly!
We’ve been working on getting this together for awhile and are finally ready to debut it. The Blisspop Mix Series has landed, and will be bringing you some of the freshest mixes around from our ever awesome residents and favorite up and comers. Baronhawk has manned the decks for the first installment and we couldn’t be more excited. What he delivered is close to an hour of raw, deep and funky house. Check it out below and help spread the word!
Art of Tones – The Great Sgatmi (Local Talk)
Ivel Tax – Dubbler (Kina Music)
Soulstar Syndicate – Take Me (King Street Sounds)
Kim Jay – Love Come Down II (Kingdom)
The Family – Feel The Light (UMM)
Detroit Swindle – Huh, What! (Dirt Crew)
DJ Aakmael – Just A Track (Liberate)
Suges – Suges Jam (Soulstream)
The wonderful people at FACT Magazine are helping us make U Street Music Hall’s fourth anniversary even sweeter by giving away a coveted prize package for the March 21 and March 22 dates of U Hall’s anniversary week.
The contest winner will receive two tickets to see techno maven Magda, Life and Death founder, DJ Tennis, and the District’s own Beautiful Swimmers on Friday, March 21. The winner will also receive two tickets for the following night when BLISS takes the reins with a headlining set from Dusky, the club debut of Midland, and BLISS founder, Will Eastman, on Saturday, March 22.
In addition to winning two tickets to both March 21 and March 22 nights, the contest winner will receive a two-night stay at the Washington Plaza Hotel and breakfast for two. You can enter to win by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line “Four Years of Night” by February 28th. You must be at least 18 years of age to win.
Read about it HERE
This is our favorite weekend of any month since we’re hosting BLISS at U Street Music Hall. Make sure to check that out as well as these other great events:
And if you’re lucky enough to be in LA this weekend, Baronhawk is playing “A Versa-Style & Urban Artistry collaboration: “The Abyss: A House Dance Experience“” on 2/22
PillowTalk is Sammy D, Ryan Williams and Michael Tello. The guys will be playing live this Saturday at the U Street Music Hall showcasing their debut EP ‘Je Ne Sais Quoi’. Hailing from San Francisco, PillowTalk’s album hits many sounds from house, techno, R&B and disco. We had a chat with them ahead of their performance to find out a bit more about their genre bashing album.
‘Je Ne Sais Quoi’ is your debut LP, how does it feel to finally be
releasing your first full length album?
It feels like a long time coming. We have been announcing it for the
last year. It’s nice to finally land on a release date… We are hyped
How does the creation process generally go, do you write and then
make the music or do you discuss a concept and try and aim for that?
We usually write melodies and or drums before lyrics ever take form.
Songwriting is very organic and we rarely go into the studio with a
full idea. We all have little ideas we try and put together. It’s not
that planned, but more spontaneous.
Your record is titled ‘Je Ne Sais Quoi’, which literally translates
into ‘I Don’t Know’. Would you say it is in reference to your cross-genre
We’re not using “Je Ne Sais Quoi” in literal French. We’re more
referencing the way we use it in English; which means an indefinable,
elusive quality that makes something distinctive or attractive.
Something you love, but you can’t quite put your finger on. We think
this really sums up our album.
What type of journey do you hope to talk your listeners on when
they buy your record?
It has a little bit of everything in it. Our hope is to reach a
broad and eclectic group of listeners. We feel there is a song in
there for everyone. The journey is long and hard and hopefully you can
take a little piece of this album along with you.
When you were growing up, what types of artists do you remember
your parents playing and how has that influenced your sound?
All types of music. There are three different families we came from,
so I would say just about every form of music is covered. Individually,
we could give you a long list of specific artists, but that might take
What do you feel you each bring to PillowTalk?
We all have our strong points. We all have a decent understanding of
song structure and melody, which is key to what we are doing. From
there it usually breaks off into Mikey writing the drums, and Ryan
laying down the melodies and chord structure. Once we have an idea
down that seems to be working for us, we then tend to start adding
lyrics to the project.
What were you all doing before you started making music seriously?
Before PillowTalk, we were in the music scene for years in our own
right. We are all in our mid-late 30′s.
Music has always been serious, it’s just now people are taking us serious.
What do you hope to achieve in 2014?
We hope to keep building our fanbase, and keep writing music from the heart.