CTRLSPACECMD EXPLORES NEW FRONTIER FOR MUSIC IN D.C.

Jamal Gray and Stclair Castro, co-founders of D.C. super-collective CMPTVR CLVB, continue their curation of visual-audio explorations with #CTRLSPACECMD, a series of four events at Capital Fringe. The line-ups feature artists rooted in the District,  such as Jenna Camille and the Free Radicals, Tony Kill, Sir E.U, RobSmokesBands, and Jamal’s band Nag Champa. Peep a snippet of the recap from April 13th’s show ALTER: Interstellar Escape Plan below, and stay tuned for the full recap!

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RECAP: Classical Trax Guestlist 1-Year Anniversary

Classical Trax, the community of DJs, producers, music writers and ambassadors of electronic music based all over the world, celebrated one year of Guestlist, its monthly residency at 9:30 Club’s subterranean Backbar. Local favorite Jessicunt as well as LSDXOXO main-evented the night, with a slew of house, club, and rap bangers. Check the gallery above and make sure to watch “Garnish” Episode 6, featuring The Borrowers (The Clown Prince and The Lothario), Panch and founder Matt Lutz.

The party continues this Friday, with resident DJs The Borrowers, Panch and guest quest?onmarc. RSVP on Facebook here!

Recap: Glow End Theory Vol. 004

The fourth installment of  “Glow End Theory,” was a well-needed night of audio-visual exploration. The premiere of “Garnish” Episode 14 – on Glow End Theory itself – was well-received and resonated with so many in the audience. Sugg Savage, Mudi and Meche Korrect all gave energetic performances, while Kryptk, Trillnatured and Ducky Dynamo held it down behind the decks. Check the gallery above to catch up on what happened on stage and behind-the-stage.

Stay tuned for the next edition of Glow End Theory, slated for this coming May!

HI$TO Wets Your Appetite for Juke/Footwork with #GetPSYCHD

Baltimore-based DJ/producer HI$TO, releases his first mix of 2017, featuring almost a dozen/juke footwork tracks. The #GetPSYCHD promo mix, features previously heard and all-new material, some of which will appear on his forthcoming “PSYCH’D OUT” mixtape. HIS$TO had this to say about the mix:

I love the complexity of juke. Artists like RP Boo, DJ Rashad, DJ Nate and Machinedrum are the main people who inspired me. Their styles stood out the most to me, and I just spent time studying and sharing my tracks with my friends involved in the Chicago juke scene while mastering my own style.”

Stream the mix below, and stay tuned for the “PSYCH’D OUT” tape coming soon.

Recap: Dreamcast + Friends – “Liquid Deep” PPU Vinyl Release

D.C.’s Dreamcast celebrated his first vinyl release at The Black Cat, a show which felt more like a family reunion than the average concert. Backed by Champion Sound Band, he performed a number of songs from his catalogue, which includes latest mixtape, and longest project to date, D R E A M C A S T Vol. 03.

Dreamcast invited a number of friends and collaborators to share the stage with him including Nappy Nappa, Afro Velvet, Alison Carney, Sir E.U. After his set, he shared daps and hugs with almost the entire room, before heading to the merch area in the back to sign copies of  “Liquid Deep.” The SASAC-produced single out on People’s Potential Unlimited, is a syrupy throwback to the future, perfect for late nights or long drives. 

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Tropixxx 6 Year Anniversary: A Look Back at D.C.’s Bass Music Haven

This weekend,  Tropixxx – a collective of DJs and party founded by Mathias and The Clown Prince – will celebrate its sixth year of being at the forefront of tropical bass in the District. On Sunday, the crew, which has since included The Lothario and most recently Jackson Kachor, will be back at Velvet Lounge with special guest Trillnatured.

I asked The Clown Prince, aka Marvin Lopez, to reach out to the guest DJs of the past Tropixxx to reflect on the parties. I asked them what they felt was the most memorable part of the night, the song that got the crowd most hype, and to describe Tropixxx as a food. RSVP for the Tropixxx 6 Year Anniversary on Facebook and follow their Soundcloud for speaker-blasting goodness.

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“Sacred Cows” & “Chocolate Cities” Show Video and Photo Recap

The Prince George’s African American Museum and Cultural Center celebrated the opening of their new exhibits “Sacred Cows” by Imar Hutchins and the group show “Chocolate Cities,” (presented by Chocolate Redux) which were both curated by Martina Dodd, editor of DIRT.

Filmmakers, visual artists, politicians, philanthropists, musicians, businesspeople, and more filled the floor of the Museum, united by a shared passion for the local arts community. DJ Underdog kept the vibes high with music throughout the night, while allies of the Museum, such as Chris Van Hollen affirmed his support for the historic institution. Watch the recap and visit the photo gallery below. 

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Watch Garnish Ep. 12: “NOVA Pro Wrestling”

In December, I premiered Garnish Episode 12 “NOVA Pro Wrestling,” at a screening and reception co-sponsored by Hyattsville’s Creative Edge Collaborative and the Prince George’s Arts and Humanities Council.

NOVA Pro Wrestling, which – in just over a year – has become one of the best destinations for pro wrestling on the east coast. The family-owned and operated business boasts a roster of current wrestlers and alumni such as WWEs Cedric Alexander, Virginia’s hometown hero (and former TNA champion) Sonjay Dutt, as well as a rotating roster of performers from all over the country. This episode features interviews from former TNA superstar Sonjay Dutt, popular tag-team Cutie & The Beast, writer Marcus Dowling, Facelock Feminist’s Lady J and more!

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