“Happenings”

“When people just go out and explore what’s happening in D.C., they get exposed to more [things].” ~Rob Stokes This week aims to be filled with plenty of opportunities for music and libations. 1. December 4 – LiveNation presents Wiki & Nappy Nappa  New York rapper, Wiki, embarks on a three-show sprint across the East coast, starting at Songbyrd Music House tonight.  Be prepared to hear tracks off of his debut album No Mountains in Manhattan, a modern take on the city’s boom bap, hustle trademark. Wiki is joined by Nappy Nappa whose reach has recently been far greater than his D.C. roots.  …

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Listen to St. Clair Castro’s Sonic Trip

St. Clair Castro was talking about how he didn’t like Chance the Rapper’s 2013 project, Acid Rap.  Having to bring him back to his opinion, the CMPVTR CLVB member explained that the cocoa butter kisses-juke jam didn’t represent the true euphoria of a LSD trip.  Chance was selling a false reality. When Saint trips, he visits different worlds that he’s not sure he’s come back from entirely.  His sounds veer that way, too, during his live sets.  The DJ/producer/graphic designer put it more plainly as we talked at MxD House’s event Halloween weekend.  “I’m not human,” he said. This is Saint’s 111th interpretation of an LSD …

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“Matte Yellow Jeep”- Nate G

“Matte Yellow Jeep” is a slow banger of a track off of Nate Gski’s April album Uptown Story.  Sparse drum hits and a repetitive melody produced by Vaughn El frame the conscious rapper’s compact bars. “Yell ‘Uptown’ in the Coliseum/ Spray tag names in the Newseum,” raps Gski in a canary yellow trench coat.  The visuals are directed by VacantImagination.  The song’s lyrics allude to a history of D.C. that is proud and esoteric.  “This is an Uptown Story,” being sure to distinguish himself from other cats “over the water” in Southeast or elsewhere in the DMV honing their musical …

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The Uptown Interview: Dreamcast

‘The Uptown Interview’ is a series of candid conversations with some of D.C.’s cultural influencers in an attempt to interpret and preserve the artistic heritage of the city. Davon Bryant AKA “Dreamcast” found himself outside of the United States for the first time this past summer.  Exploring the streets of London and Amsterdam thanks to the warm reception of his smooth, soul track “Liquid Deep,” Bryant embarked on a month-long radio tour.  The D.C. artist talks influences, working in the music community, and the District he experienced growing up in Northeast. DB: Explain to me more about the site and …

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August 26, 2017 – Jake Meginsky, Ancestral Duo, machell.andre, Twin Jude Live at The Uptown Art House

The show kicked off with performance by Machell Andre, followed by Twin Jude, Ancestral Duo and ended with vibrations by Jake Meginsky. Machell Andre Twin Jude Ancestral Duo Jake Meginsky   Music Jake Meginsky! Heavy Abstraction from Western Massachusetts https://soundcloud.com/jmeginsky Ancestral Duo! Our very own Luke Stewart and Baltimore’s Jamal Moore travel sonically through past present and future! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KOtJaqIirPU Twin Jude! heartfelt healing sounds from DC. get hip to this! https://twinjude.bandcamp.com/ machell.andre!!! New New Sincerity. https://soundcloud.com/qodesh-label plus 303 interludes with Discipline 99! Pull the smoke tool out! https://soundcloud.com/discipline99

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