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DC indie-folk pop Wylder release debut album, Rain and Laura, 4/8

DC's indie-folk maestros Wylder released their debut album, Rain and Laura, yesterday, 4/8. It's a beautiful journey of feeling, of clarity, of unlocking doors. This LP features supreme string work by Lavar Edmonds, carefully inserted in the tracks and adding the right emotional weight needed to rather somber progressions. All throughout, the ensemble strikes a plucky yet seasoned chord, expressing intimate emotion through gentle lead vocals and mandolin and held together by the drum work, acoustic guitar, and keys. The album is harmonic gold, blending lighthearted and earnest, wrapped in a bow tie of folk and indie vibes. Join the band on 4/22 at the Rock and Roll Hotel for their release party and take a journey of feeling by listening to this album. -Jonathan Goodwin

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Andrew Bird and Boogarins serenaded the 9:30, 4/5

Last night was at the 9:30 club was a beautiful one. Opening the night was Brazilian psych rock group Boogarins. This quartet was fantastic, sounding like an otherworldly mix of CCR and Tame Impala. Capturing a bluesy guitar sound and mixing it with superb drumming, songbird vocals, and a penchant for atmospheric vocals, their show's an experience worth having. They're playing Ottobar tonight, 4/5, so get out and see a truly unique act!

Following up to headline was Andrew Bird, established folk pop virtuoso. Supporting his new albm, Are You Serious, he put his multiinstrumental prowess (violin, guitar, and whistling) on full display for a sold-out audience. Engaging, humorous, and packing a serious set of pipes, his music reached into the soul and emitted a warmth reminiscent of innocence and home. Check out his latest video below and I highly encourage listening to the new album. -Jonathan Goodwin

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Slow Lights, Greasy Hands, The Humble, & The Milestones rock out at Ottobar tonight, 4/2

Tonight, come to one of Baltimore's best music venues for one heck of a lineup. Opening up for the night is Baltimore's indie rock group Slow Lights, with a sweetly soulful, melodic vibe to share. Following is another Baltimore band, the funky space rock quartet Greasy Hands. Their sound is fun and enthralling, blending guitar riffs and keys to make you move. Up next, Philly's own progressive alt rock trio, The Humble. Working the pedals and belting out some guttural, yet hearty vocals, these guys are guaranteed to surprise. Closing out the night, headliners The Milestones hail from Baltimore and have mastered their unique blend of alt and dance rock. Make your Saturday night awesome and check out these great bands at Ottobar, doors at 9pm, just $10. -Jonathan Goodwin

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DC-based pop punk Ménage À Garage release aptly named debut record, The Demo EP

Kicking down the door right away with heavy percussion and cascading guitar work, Ménage À Garage's debut EP is a treat, put simply. With vocals ringing like They Might Be Giants's John Flansburgh and cutting lyrical content, some of the largest classic tropes of punk prevail throughout the record: some storytelling, some angst, and a critical eye for life. You'll be tapping your foot to the beats before you know and then banging your head with the crescendos along with anyone else listening to this fine group. Ménage À Garage has been very busy, playing show after show at staple DC venues, so look out for announcements for spring and summer gigs! -Jonathan Goodwin

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DC rapper Bakalis releases new single, Street Classic

Looking for hot beats? Gaithersburg-based Bakalis pumped out this sick single a few weeks ago and it should be blasting through everyone's speakers right this moment. He's been busy the past year, laying out new tracks every couple months. Barely pausing for breath but spilling out lyrics flawlessly, Bakalis has somber backbeats that serve to emphasize the strength of his message and make your head start bopping along. He's talented and industrious, so keep this guy on your shortlist for quality DC rap. -Jonathan Goodwin

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