Washington-based jazz musician Diggs Duke released his EP Mass Exodus: Volume 2 this month. “Duty of Grace” is the first song on the four-song project, and the mellow jazz track features local violinist Vaughn Octavia and vocalist B.jamelle.
You name it, Duke performs it on this EP – vocals, guitar, saxophone, percussion, trumpet, and he wears the hat of composer.
D.C, songbird Madia released the second video from her third album Go Get It this week. “Runaway Loveher” features the singer-songwriter’s soulful airy vocals over a simplified synthesized beat in a song about leaving a broken love behind. Continue Reading
Dance for the Dying’s new EP, “Puzzles for the Traveler”
dropped on October 2.
Today we’re bringing you “Cold,” a track off Dance for the Dying‘s brand new EP, “Puzzles for the Traveler,” which was released on October 2. The D.C.-based synth-driven quartet combine catchy melodies and lyrics with beats that will force your butt to the dance floor. They recently performed to a packed house at the Red Palace, and will be back for another show on Columbus Day, Monday October 8th at the Taste of DC. If you like to move and groove while listening to some tunes, we suggest you check out the track above, and if you want to hear more, the album is streaming on AOL Music and MSN Music, and you can purchase the record here.
– Brian Ossip, DC Music Live
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This timeless classic made popular by the legendary Nina Simone is just one of the standards on local jazz vocalist Akua Allrich‘s new album Uniquely Standard. Though she performs “Sinnerman” with local bassist Kris Funn, the album version comes complete with a full band. Continue Reading
Carolyn Malachi’s “Beautiful Dreamer” was inspired by President Obama’s 2010 anti-bullying address. – Photo by Nia Hightower, DC Music Live
Grammy-nominated singer and songwriter Carolyn Malachi has been a music staple in the D.C. area for years, but broader acclaim for her work came once she was nominated for a 2011 Best Urban/Alternative Performance Grammy Award for the single, “Orion.” Malachi has followed that success up with today’s Music Mix of the Week, “Beautiful Dreamer.” Continue Reading
Maryland-based rapper Awthentik is calling people out on their “Proper Priorities.” – Photo By Nia Hightower/DC Music Live
Maryland-based rapper Awthentik is checking people on their “Proper Priorities” in this week’s Music Mix of the Week. The local emcee and producer released the “Proper Priorities” single last month after his collaboration with Ethan Spalding on this summer’s Beef and Broccoli and his solo album Foreclosure, which was released last fall. Continue Reading
Courtesy of Substantial
“Check My Resume” is just one of the tracks on DMV rapper Substantial‘s latest album Home Is Where the Art Is. The artist from Maryland’s Prince George’s County looks to build upon the success he had with his second album, Sacrifice, and his debut album, To This Union A Sun Was Born. His debut album, released in 2001, reached the top 10 in Japan and kicked off a tour of North America, Asia and Europe. Substantial pairs up with fellow Mello Music Group emcee and producer Oddissee on “Check My Resume,” as well as several other songs on the album. Continue Reading