5GB With Onuinu; Playing DC9, Jan. 26th

5GB With Onuinu; Playing DC9, Jan. 26th

Dorian Duvall is Onuinu. He’s been crafting electro pop in Portland, OR for the past few years where the music community has been watching and waiting for this,his first full length album Mirror Gazer. Up til now there’s been a release on an Ape Tapes compliation and a video for the catchy “Ice Palace” replete […]

5GB With Oh So Peligroso; Playing Rock & Roll Hotel, Jan. 26th

5GB With Oh So Peligroso; Playing Rock & Roll Hotel, Jan. 26th

Oh So Peligroso, a hard hitting post-grunge band, is something that anybody can enjoy. From crushing to jangly, from screaming to crooning, Oh So Peligroso keeps folks entertained. Hailing from Washington DC, the band is comprised of five friends who all studied together at the University of Mary Washington. They joined us for our 5GB […]

5GB With Chelsea Wolfe; Playing Rock & Roll Hotel, Jan. 27th

5GB With Chelsea Wolfe; Playing Rock & Roll Hotel, Jan. 27th

Chelsea Wolfe is a singer/songwriter and eponymous full band started in 2009 out of Los Angeles, California. Her style has been described as “doom folk”, and her music has been described as a “specific brand of drone-metal-art-folk”. She joined us for our 5GB series before her show at the Rock & Roll Hotel. What’s the […]

5GB With The Heartless Bastards; Playing Pilot Light, Jan. 21st

5GB With The Heartless Bastards; Playing Pilot Light, Jan. 21st

  I first saw the Heartless Bastards at Mercy Lounge in Nashville, and was immediately hooked at how such an unassuming looking trio could command such presence on stage. Ohio garage-rockers, the Heartless Bastards often get compared to fellow Ohioans, The Black Keys, but I was definitely getting a Sonic Youth sort of flavor…Needless to […]

5GB With The Soft Moon; Playing Black Cat, Jan. 20th

5GB With The Soft Moon; Playing Black Cat, Jan. 20th

The one-man project of Luis Vasquez, the Soft Moon gives the darkly hypnotic sounds of Suicide, Joy Division, Bauhaus, and Krautrock new life with a stripped-down, lo-fi approach. Vasquez is also inspired by his Afro-Cuban heritage and the wide-open spaces of the Mojave Desert where he was raised. Based in San Francisco, Vasquez released his […]

5GB With The Amazing; Playing The Black Cat, Jan. 16th

5GB With The Amazing; Playing The Black Cat, Jan. 16th

The Amazing recorded their LP in Stockholm, Sweden, and plotted their path in this incredible unison. There are countless stories to be told, including playing a show for the Swedish Royal Family and Pink Floyd, where audience member Roger Waters appreciatively caught a bouquet thrown by the band during a standing ovation. This mysterious band […]

5GB With Ugly Purple Sweater; Playing Black Cat, Jan. 12th

5GB With Ugly Purple Sweater; Playing Black Cat, Jan. 12th

Ugly Purple Sweater, have been charming the D.C. music scene with their swirling guitars and equally massive voices. They make melody-driven rock and roll that’s a few degrees of quirkiness away from being Muse or a Snow Patrol sounds like it’s shooting for the stars. They joined us for our 5GB series before their show […]

5GB With Bear In Heaven; Playing Black Cat, Jan. 13th

5GB With Bear In Heaven; Playing Black Cat, Jan. 13th

The Brooklyn-based Bear in Heaven was initially started in 1998 as a way for Jon Philpot, who was then still living in his hometown of Atlanta, to express his musical ideas during the off hours of a local recording studio. After he moved to Brooklyn at the end of the decade, Philpot continued working on […]

5GB With DJ Rekha; Playing Black Cat, Jan. 5th

5GB With DJ Rekha; Playing Black Cat, Jan. 5th

DJ Rekha, Ambassador of Bhangra and founder of the internationally acclaimed NY based dance party, Basement Bhangra returns to the Black Cat along with her mate, Panjabi MC. Recognized as the foremost producer of Bhangra, his chart topping hit Beware with the US version aided by Jay-zs vocals won Best Song of the Year by […]

5GB With Spirit Animal; Playing Rock & Roll Hotel, Dec. 15th

5GB With Spirit Animal; Playing Rock & Roll Hotel, Dec. 15th

Spirit Animal frontman Steve Cooper is a D.C. area-born talent, uncoiling a multitude of skills that go beyond the realm of melodies, production and body sweat into the worlds of cheffing and web content craftsmanship. KCRW calls him “unbelievable” and Last.fm compares his stage presence to that of “mid-’70s era The Who.” Spirit Animal joined […]

5GB With Lydia Loveless; Playing @ DC9 Thursday, December 6th

5GB With Lydia Loveless; Playing @ DC9 Thursday, December 6th

Blessed with a commanding, blast-it-to-the-back-of-the-room voice, the 21-year-old Lydia Loveless was raised on a family farm in Coshocton, Ohio—a small weird town with nothing to do but make music. With a dad who owned a country music bar, Loveless often woke up with a house full of touring musicians scattered on couches and floors. When […]

5GB With White Rabbits; Playing Black Cat, Dec. 1st

5GB With White Rabbits; Playing Black Cat, Dec. 1st

Most bands don’t start off their career with a perfect album like Fort Nightly. Or follow it up with great records like It’s Frightening and Milk Famous. But with two drummers and three vocalists, White Rabbits aren’t like most bands. The critics agree – come to the show and see if you do too. They […]

5GB With Tanlines; Playing Black Cat, Nov. 30th

5GB With Tanlines; Playing Black Cat, Nov. 30th

Mixed Emotions is the debut album by Tanlines, a Brooklyn NY duo composed of Eric Emm (vocals, guitar, keyboards) and Jesse Cohen (drums, keyboards, bass). Initially born as a production project based out of Emm’s Brooklyn-based Brothers Studio, Tanlines has evolved into a deeply personal, unique electronic pop group. They are playing Black Cat and […]

Q & A With Pearl And The Beard; Playing Rock & Roll Hotel, Nov. 29th

Q & A With Pearl And The Beard; Playing Rock & Roll Hotel, Nov. 29th

Rarely does an opening act so fully win the hearts and minds of its audience like Pearl and the Beard did when opening for Ani DiFranco earlier this month. The united soul of Pearl and the Beard spreads its wings across the three individuals Jocelyn Mackenzie, Emily Hope Price and Jeremy Styles. The harmonies and honest smiles show the skill and enthusiasm that makes Pearl and the Beard such a solidly fun band to watch live. The trio whipped out and rocked everything from cello to kazoo. The members kindly converged to answer a few question before they return to Atlanta on March 18 to play at The Five Spot.

When did you three meet and decide to work as Pearl and the Beard? How did you come up with the band name?

We met at open mic nights in the city [New York City as the band is from Brooklyn]. Pure kismet. The name was handed down from the heavens by the band gods, lost on Earth centuries ago, and then found by the three of us while we were on a journey of self-discovery in the Andes. 

What are your individual main instruments and what do you each play?

Jeremy: Vocal and guitar

Emily: Vocal and cello

Jocelyn: Vocal, drums, glockenspiel, melodica and kazoo

Do you think you will ever add another member or remain a threesome?

That’s a good question. We have come together so organically and we love our dynamic. To add a fourth or fifth or entire squadron of people would need to come just as naturally. But I think for now we are very happy with the three of us, and adding players for different shows and recordings. Read more about Q & A With Pearl And The Beard; Playing Rock & Roll Hotel, Nov. 29th

5GB With Soley; Playing DC9, Nov. 26

5GB With Soley; Playing DC9, Nov. 26

Icelandic artist Sóley is a member of the indie-collective Seabear and Sin Fang, but is touring behind her debut album We Sink (Morr Music). Sóley was just voted MTV Iggy ‘Artist of the Week’ and has received over 8 million YouTube views for a fan’s uploaded stream of her song ‘Pretty Face.’ Sometimes incredibly catchy […]

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