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‘Manifesto: Art x Agency’ Centers Artists Addressing Politics

‘Manifesto: Art x Agency’ Centers Artists Addressing Politics

“Manifesto: Art x Agency” at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden strikes a nerve among politically and socially conscious art consumers. Its galleries take viewers throughout the past century to examine the intersections of art and politics. The first gallery space offers a concise timeline of each movement as it[Read More…]

@THEREALKANO/INSTAGRAM | Kano's first album in three years, "Hoodies All Summer" encapsulates the frustration and intensity that launched grime music from U.K. neighborhoods to worldwide renown.

Kano Reinterprets Grime Genre on ‘Hoodies All Summer’

★★★☆☆ “Hoodies All Summer” by London grime artist Kano is unified by its sparse, unconventional production and thoughtful lyricism. Instead of danceable rhythms and blustery lyrics, the grime legend employs spoken word-style sermons that sprawl across uneven percussion.  Kano’s depictions of British street life and his critique of violence and[Read More…]

by September 5, 2019 0 comments Guide - Top, Music, The Guide
@BRCKHMPTN/TWITTER | The rap collective finally reflect on and confront the ousting of Ameer Vann, but the album begins to repeat itself as it continues on.

BROCKHAMPTON Addresses Controversy on ‘GINGER’

★★★★☆ BROCKHAMPTON continues to wrestle with the sudden ousting of member Ameer Vann on “GINGER,” their most deeply personal and intimate album yet. Boyband and rap collective BROCKHAMPTON burst onto the alternative pop-rap scene in 2017 with their critically acclaimed “SATURATION” trilogy, but the years since have been mired in[Read More…]

COURTESY STONE MORALES | Although Tame Impala is marketed as a band, it is largely the creative project of Australian rocker Kevin Parker.

Tame Impala Takes Audience on Musical Journey at The Anthem

Kevin Parker’s once-underground rock band Tame Impala has reached new heights of fame, with fans eagerly awaiting a new album that was supposed to be released by the end of the summer. Though the album has yet to drop, crowds still started to line up at the Wharf under the[Read More…]

by September 4, 2019 0 comments Concerts, Guide - Top, The Guide
@VAMPIREWEEKEND/INSTAGRAM | The alternative band delivered the same great production found on its albums, but Ezra Koenig's approach to high-energy songs left something to be desired.

Vampire Weekend Loses Vocal Passion at Merriweather Post Pavilion

With a venue packed from the front-row pit to the grassy lawns, the alternative band Vampire Weekend delivered a set that drew on nearly all of their decade-long discography. The alternative band continued its Father of the Bride Tour Aug. 29 at the Merriweather Post Pavilion, an amphitheater located in[Read More…]

by September 3, 2019 2 comments Concerts, Guide - Top, The Guide
UNSOLICITED ADVICE: The Best Advice Is To Take no Advice

UNSOLICITED ADVICE: The Best Advice Is To Take no Advice

When I told people I was writing an advice column this summer, most laughed, and, honestly, I laughed, too. Somehow, I convinced my editors I know enough about life to hand out ideas on how other people should live. However, in my 20 years of life, I can confidently claim[Read More…]

by August 29, 2019 0 comments Guide - Top, Guide Columns, The Guide
TUNE IN, ZONE OUT: Reasons to Attend an Indie Artist’s Summer Concert

TUNE IN, ZONE OUT: Reasons to Attend an Indie Artist’s Summer Concert

Out of all the concerts that go on in a city over the course of the year, only a fraction of them are the world tours that megastars put on to fill stadiums with fans. The rest of the concerts feature lesser-known artists who bring together their devoted followings and[Read More…]

by August 29, 2019 0 comments Guide - Top, Guide Columns, The Guide
Kathryn Baker

NOVEL IDEAS: Understanding a Breakup Through Poetry

It is impossible to be prepared for a breakup. You can seek advice from your friends or family and think about the words over and over again, but nothing prepares you for the aftermath of an ended relationship. You can run through all the postbreakup steps outlined in romantic comedies[Read More…]

TUNE IN, ZONE OUT: The Japanese House Entrances at The Sinclair

TUNE IN, ZONE OUT: The Japanese House Entrances at The Sinclair

Perhaps the most memorable thing I heard during my four-day trip to Boston was someone in the rustling crowd waiting for English indie pop act The Japanese House, Amber Bain’s stage name, plainly declare, “She has the voice of an angel.”  On my Boston-bound train, I discovered her upcoming performance[Read More…]

UNSOLICITED ADVICE: Accomplish Your Goals by Baking Cookies

UNSOLICITED ADVICE: Accomplish Your Goals by Baking Cookies

I have a very specific ritual when I bake at home. I wear my long overalls that make me look like a farmer and my fuzzy socks that slide on the hardwood when I dance around. I always play my “vintage” playlist, which features a lot of Billy Joel, Prince[Read More…]