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Acapellapalooza, a performance at Lisner Auditorium showcasing GW’s student a capella groups, is headlining this year’s Colonials Weekend, according to a University release last week.

The weekend has traditionally included sold-out performances by guest celebrities. Bands like The Fray and Train and comedians including Jon Stewart, Seth Meyers and Bill Maher have headlined recent Colonials Weekend shows.

Acapellapalooza is a Colonials Weekend mainstay but previously had taken a backseat to the other acts.

Tracy Arwari, the director of the office of student support and family engagement, said in the release that this year’s family weekend – which will take place Oct. 14 to 16 – will highlight students’ talents.

“We are so excited that this year’s Colonials Weekend will showcase the student experience,” Arwari said.

The GW Band will also perform a concert in Lisner Auditorium Oct. 15, according to the release.

Students and families can attend traditional Colonials Weekend events, like the neighborhood block party, a jazz brunch and Colonials Invasion, according to a calendar for the weekend.

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Sunday, Sept. 25, 2016 8:32 p.m.

Yoga on the Mall celebrates 11 years

by hrogers

 

D.C. Community Yoga Association celebrated their 11th annual Yoga on the Mall event.

Yoga on the Mall celebrates the culmination of Metro D.C. Yoga Week, which involves studios in the D.C, Virginia and Maryland area.

“Living in Washington can be stressful sometimes, so it’s a great way to destress,” attendee Luke Ventura said.

Video by Nam Tran

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Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2016 6:45 p.m.

Q&A: Matoma talks good vibes, personal journey

Matoma, a Norwegian DJ, stormed onto the scene just three years ago but has already risen to stardom. Olivia Anderson | Contributing Photo Editor

Matoma, a Norwegian DJ, stormed onto the scene just three years ago but has already risen to stardom. Olivia Anderson | Contributing Photo Editor

Updated: Sept. 21, 2016 at 8:22 p.m.

Tom Lagergren, better known as Matoma, is a breakout Norwegian DJ and producer that has gone from zero to DJ fame.

Although his career officially took off in 2013 with his remix of “Old Thing Back” by the Notorious B.I.G., Matoma has had numerous hits over the past three years, like “Running Out,” “Stick Around” and “Paradise.”

Matoma has worked with the likes of Sean Paul, Jason Derulo, Madeon, Astrid S. and Becky Hill during his short career — success he attributes to his record label, Atlantic Records.

We sat down with him before his show at the A.I. this past Saturday.

You started your career by remixing other songs, such as your cover of “Old Thing Back” by the Notorious B.I.G. What inspired you to start creating your own songs, and why have you moved on from remixes?
Matoma: I saw remixing as an opportunity for me to show my talent as a producer because I didn’t know any songwriters or any people in the industry. To find a cappellas on the Internet was a good way for me to display my skills. So after building a roster of remixed songs and DJing, the opportunity came for me to sign on with a big label.

Personally, I think I signed on with the best record in the world, Atlantic Records. They are really talented and they take care of their artists. They have given me so many opportunities, such as “Running Out,” “False Alarm,” “Stick Around,” “Try Me” with Jason Derulo.

Speaking of, how do you get so many high profile artists to collaborate with you?
M: People in the music industry today, they listen to songs and the talent behind the songs. I don’t think the name is as important as it was ten years ago. I was with my manager, who is a beast, and we got my name on the records – that really boosted my career.

Which collaboration is your personal favorite?
M: I have to say “Stick Around,” “Paradise” and “False Alarm.” All my songs have a journey and a history behind them, so all my songs are as important. There are a few songs that stick out though, like “Waves” with Madeon and “Everything is Nice” with Popcaan.

What do you think it is about your music that grabs people?
M: I think it’s all about the good vibes and emotions in the song that you can really hear that there’s more behind it than the regular pop record. You can really feel it. For me, when I produce a song I just want people, when they listen to it for the first time, to have a good experience and want to listen to it again — listen to it closer, hear more of the hidden elements in the song.

I want to talk a little bit more about your album, “Hakuna Matoma.” Where did the name come from?
M: The name came from where I got my artist name in the first place. It was my brother who came up with Matoma. It was off the Calvin Harris concert in Flisa, the place where we live, and my brother said to me, “Tom, you need to change your name because it’s terrible!”

So we started the discussion, and the discussion got more and more heated. So it went between me and Dan, and he said, “Can’t you take life easy? ‘Hakuna matata!’” from “The Lion King.”

And my brother he wanted to back phrase that, and he came up with Hakuna Matoma.

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Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2016 6:30 p.m.

Weekend Outlook

You’ve almost made it through a month of school, so it’s time to celebrate with music and comedy this weekend.

Friday

Freedom Sounds at the Washington Monument

You can enjoy a free festival all weekend in celebration of the National Museum of African American History and Culture’s grand opening. Don’t miss out on performances from Public Enemy and the Roots, along with drum circles various spoken word and storytelling performances.

Washington Monument Grounds, 17th St. and Constitution Ave. NW. Noon to 5:00 p.m. Free admission.

Saturday

Matt Braunger

You may recognize this comedian from his hour-long Comedy Central special “Big, Dumb Animal” that debuted last year or from his frequent appearances on “@midnight.”

Drafthouse Comedy DC, 1100 13th St. NW. 9 p.m. $25.

Sunday

Princess featuring Maya Rudolph and Gretchen Lieberum

If you’re still missing Prince, catch this “Saturday Night Live” alumna and her friend cover his songs. The two have been singing together since college.

9:30 Club, 815 V St. NW. 8 p.m. $30.

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Wednesday, Sept. 14, 2016 10:51 a.m.

Meet the Fall Gig acts

This post was written by Hatchet staff writer Callan Tansill-Suddath.

The GW Student Musician Coalition and the GW Feminist Student Union have partnered with WRGW to host the Fall Gig in Square 80 this Saturday. The event is free and intended to “promote local and female artistry in the music industry,” according to the event’s Facebook page. All three bands performing are native to the tri-state area.

Here’s a preview of what to expect at the performance:

“Thin Air” – Wildhoney

Hailing from Baltimore, indie noise-pop group Wildhoney has gained a devoted following since the release of their 2015 album “Your Face Sideways.” Of the songs on the album, “Thin Air,” is one of the more upbeat tracks, with an audible, catchy bassline and a chorus to match. Lead singer Lauren Shusterich’s vocals are girlish and light, which complement the cacophony of drums and guitar in the background, creating a fun and lively — but not overwhelming — sound. Their style is akin to that of Frankie Cosmos and Eskimeaux but with a dreamier and, at times, heavier emphasis on instrumentals.


“For Free” – Den-mate

Den-mate brings a fresh and undoubtedly unique electro-punk sound to the District’s music scene. The overall sound of the five-piece group echoes earlier electro-punk icons, like Crystal Castles, and the vocals sound like a combination of Bjork and Hope Sandoval of Mazzy Star. In “For Free,” Frontwoman Jules Hale’s sultry, haunting voice shines — meshing perfectly with a hypnotizing guitar riff and the background synthesizers. Though one of the slower tracks on the album, “For Free” is perhaps one of the strongest.


“Doctor” – Priests

Of the three bands scheduled to play at the WRGW Fall Gig, Priests bears the most similar resemblance to the many girl punk bands who laid the groundwork for the genre. Frontwoman Katie Alice Greer spits aggressive yet feminine lyrics and has mastered the transition to more mellow melodies with effortless power. The track “Doctor” sounds like it could have been released twenty years ago, with similarities to the music released during the riot grrrl movement. A powerhouse of aggressive vocals, hard instrumentals and lyrics that Greer described to Washington City Paper as “influenced by ’60s protest folk music,” the music of Priests is a perfect example of what D.C. punk has been and what it will become. In addition to making music, Priests runs Sister Polygon Records, an independent music label.

The WRGW Fall Gig will take place in Square 80 from 1 p.m. to 6p.m. Saturday.

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Wednesday, Sept. 14, 2016 10:41 a.m.

Weekend Outlook

A weekend of residential sculptures and fountains, of beer and drag kings – not queens – is in your future. Check out what the District has to offer this weekend.

Friday

Turf and Terrain Twilight Tour

Every other year, Arts in Foggy Bottom places unique, contemporary sculptures in the front gardens of private Foggy Bottom homes as part of an outdoor exhibition. Take a free tour of the sculptures led by the curator and, for the 21+ crowd, enjoy a wine happy hour following the tour.

River Inn, 924 25th N.W. 7 p.m. Free admission.

Saturday

District Oktoberfest

Kick off your Oktoberfest in September with D.C.’s official District Beerathon in Chinatown. Purchasing a booze pass for the afternoon will net you a 12 oz. serving of special Oktoberfest beer at each of the six participating bars, including old favorites like Penn Social, Fado and Rocket Bar. Abita, Leinenkugel, Sam Adams, Sierra Nevada, Spatel and Blue Moon are the featured beers of the night.

Various bars in Chinatown. Noon and 3 p.m. $50.

Sunday

#PrettyBoiHigh

Tired of the drag queens at Nellie’s and Cobalt? Mix it up at Pretty Boi Drag kings: They’re presenting their own Back to School party at a themed Pretty Boi High night.

“Principal” Chris Jay will be chaperoning the party and the faculty, which will consist of DJ Tezrah and some of D.C.’s other well-known drag kings. Win prizes, such as tickets to Pretty Boi’s next events, and dance your heart out at Bier Baron for one night only.

Bier Baron Tavern, 1523 22nd St. NW. 2 p.m. $20.

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Freshmen visited more than 50 sites in Washington, D.C.,  Maryland, and Virginia as part of GW’s annual Freshman Day of Service Saturday.

Students furnished apartments at A Wider Circle’s North Capital Commons, a mixed-income housing property for formerly homeless veterans. Students served alongside University President Steven Knapp.

“To set the example of service I think is one of the critical ways of educating [students] as citizens and leaders,” said Knapp.

Video by Georgie Lawson

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Wednesday, Sept. 7, 2016 10:07 p.m.

Weekend Outlook

This weekend is one for outdoor festivals — from live music showcases to film. You can also check out early Oktoberfest parties, Mitski and Meek Mill.

Friday

Oktoberfest parking lot party
It’s still a while until October begins, but you can get started early on the fall beer-drinking spirit this Friday. Port City Brewing company will host its Oktoberfest beers on tap a full six weeks before the real celebrations begin.

Port City Brewing. 3950 Wheeler Ave., Alexandria, Va. 2 to 10 p.m. Free admission.

Saturday

Mitski
This up-and-coming indie rock singer released one of the best albums of the year this summer with “Puberty 2.” See her perform for free by attending a live studio audience recording that will broadcast later on WMUC.

The Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, 8270 Alumni Dr., College Park, Md. 8 p.m. Free admission.

Break the Internet Festival
Get ready for Meek Mill, Yo Gotti, OT Genesis and Kent Jones, hosted by Cultural Atige ‘s Karen Civil. The Break the Internet Festival will showcase millennial music and talent, including a philanthropic component in which they challenge Generation Y to “break the internet” with their innovations on social media.

The winner of the contest will win $50,000 in scholarships.

Gateway D.C. at St. Elizabeth’s East Pavilion, 2700 Martin Luther King Jr. Ave. SE. 3 p.m. $50.

Sunday

D.C. Adventure Film Festival
Join D.C. filmmakers at the final day of the Adventure Film Festival, sponsored by sports brand REI. The festival is meant to educate through film, encourage outdoor activities and inspire others to document their adventures.

Hiking, swimming, rappelling, rock climbing – all are encouraged, and all are welcome. Lectures and speakers from experienced filmmakers are also included on the schedule.

U.S. Navy Memorial Burke’s Theatre, 701 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. 5 p.m. $20.

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Wednesday, Sept. 7, 2016 11:41 a.m.

This week in music

This post was written by Hatchet staff writer Callan Tansill-Suddath.

The music gods are smiling on students as the fun of syllabus week comes to a close and classes really begin. With a number of releases from multiple genres — big name and independent artists alike — August was arguably the most significant month for music yet this year. Here are some favorites to soften the blow of going back to class:

Angel Olsen – “Sister”

This indie folk singer’s unique, feminine sound is likely to attract more than just folk fans. In the first three singles off her recently released album “MY WOMAN,” Olsen shows off her range in style with the dreamy “Intern” and the intense, powerful, romantic “Shut Up Kiss Me.” In “Sister,” we hear a more reflective, at times delicate, side of the artist and hear her yearning for the identity she has yet to fully form: I want to know you//I want to show you// I want to be there//I want to see her//Piece us together//Know it’s forever//Show me the future//Tell me you’ll be there.

The nearly nine-minute ballad and video is, in a way, a coming-of-age story for Olsen, whose voice may be relatively new to the music world but is already capturing the sentiments of many of the powerful female artists who have come before her — Stevie Nicks, Deanna Carter and Joni Mitchell come to mind.

“MY WOMAN” was released September 2. Olsen will perform at The 9:30 Club on September 15.



Bon Iver – “22 (OVER S∞∞N) [Bob Moose Extended Cab Version]”

Since the surprise success of “Bon Iver, Bon Iver,” winning the Alternative Album of the Year and taking home an additional two awards for “Holocene” at the 2012 Grammy Awards, not too much has been heard from this new project, headed by Justin Vernon. But that’s not to say the artist hasn’t been busy. In the interim, Vernon has collaborated with a diverse group of artists, including Jay-Z, Kanye West and James Blake.

His new song “22 (OVER S∞∞N)” has a sleepy, somber sound that’s similar to much of Bon Iver’s other work, but it’s clear the artist is taking a more experimental turn. His new material utilizes synthesizers, more ominous lyrics – “It might be over soon” is repeated throughout the length of the three-and-a-half minute track – and multilayered vocals, shedding the woodsy feel of his earlier work.

“22, A Million” is set to be released Sept. 30. A tour is expected to be announced shortly after.


American Football – “I’ve Been So Lost for So Long”

“I’ve Been So Lost For So Long” is the first release from American Football since their hit 1999 eponymous album. Many remember the album as the pinnacle of late 1990’s, early 2000’s emo, so this new release had a lot to live up to. Although the overall sound of the track is markedly clearer – a trait some could argue detracts from its quality – and lacks some of the band’s signature instrumental features, like the melancholy trumpet the group made so recognizable, “I’ve Been Lost For So Long” is an exciting release for lovers of the genre.

With its melancholy sound and crestfallen lyrics (“Maybe I’m asleep // This is all a dream // I can’t believe my life is happening to me”) it echoes many of the sentiments that made American Football’s earlier music so relatable. Since many of us were in preschool at the time of their debut, American Football’s new album is sure to draw an entirely new generation of fans.

American Football’s second album is scheduled for release Oct. 21.

Frank Ocean – “Nikes”

In spring 2015, Ocean posted a photo on his website holding a magazine titled “Boys Don’t Cry” with the caption “I got two versions. I got twoooo versions.” More than a year later, the artist delivered in the form of two distinct albums, dropped 24 hours apart.

To say the release of Frank Ocean’s sophomore album was highly anticipated would be an understatement. Between the release of “Channel Orange” and “Blonde,” Ocean collaborated with Jay-Z, Beyoncé and Kanye West while fans waited tirelessly for more solo material. On Aug. 19, Ocean released his 18-track visual album “Endless,” through Apple music, and the following day dropped “Blonde” – the record originally titled “Boys Don’t Cry.”

“Nikes,” the first single off the album, immediately captivated new and old fans alike through it’s visually stunning, racy and trippy video and lyrics that touch on topics as varied as sex, family, loss and police brutality. Frank Ocean’s style is prolific — an icon in modern hip hop, he takes the genre where few have traversed. With the release of “Blonde,” Ocean shed his “one-hit-wonder” status and cemented himself as one of the biggest musical game-changers of the era. It may have taken thirteen more months than originally anticipated to get the two versions, but it was worth the wait.

“Blonde” and “Endless” are both available on Apple Music.

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Niko & Vinz performed hits like "Am I Wrong" for a full crowd in University Yard at Fall Fest Saturday. Jordan McDonald | Hatchet Staff Photographer

Niko & Vinz performed hits like “Am I Wrong” for a full crowd in University Yard at Fall Fest Saturday. Jordan McDonald | Hatchet Staff Photographer

This post was written by Hatchet reporter Isabel Pellegrino.

With high energy music from a trio of acts blaring across campus in the high winds of a far-off hurricane, Fall Fest Saturday proved to be a success.

Both the sun and the students came out to enjoy the three acts: Bencoolen, the Mowgli’s and Nico & Vinz. The Mowgli’s and Niko & Vinz dual headlined the performance for the first time in Fall Fest history.

As Nico & Vinz put it at the top of their set, “We is here to party.”

The success of the event is certainly relative to the turnout of this year’s Spring Fling, where few students attended in the wake of Action Bronson suddenly being cut from the lineup.

The rows of students dancing in front of the stage, hanging out in the grass and waiting in line for crepes from Crepeaway marked a difference from the spring’s low turnout.

Bencoolen – a band made of four GW students and one Georgetown University student – performed a unique and exciting set. Fraternity brothers, friends and fans came out in large numbers wearing the band’s shirts.

While some of their followers stuck around after their set, many left University Yard as soon as Bencoolen finished its performance with an impressive alternative rendition of Drake’s “Hold on, We’re Going Home.”

The crowd strengthened in numbers with the appearance of the Mowgli’s, a Los Angeles-bred band with high energy and electric vocals. Hits like “I’m Good” and “San Francisco” had the crowd waving their hands in the air. Katie Earl, the female lead singer of the group, enthusiastically reminded listeners to enjoy the school year.

Students lined up close to the stage and danced along to headliners the Mowgli's and Niko & Vinz. Jordan McDonald | Hatchet Staff Photographer

Students lined up close to the stage and danced along to headliners the Mowgli’s and Niko & Vinz. Jordan McDonald | Hatchet Staff Photographer

Before headliner Nico & Vinz took on the stage, their DJ individually called “black and proud,” Latinos, Asians, Caucasians and other groups of people to raise their hands and celebrate who they are.

Students rose to their feet and gravitated toward the stage to dance along with the Norwegian duo. Their energy and stage presence was strong enough to draw people away from the Crepeaway line. Hits like “Am I Wrong” and “In Your Arms” could be heard blocks away from the blaring speakers.

Even a giant Washington Nationals mascot couldn’t help but dance among the students, despite the weight of its large and wobbly head.

Along with the Nationals booth, other businesses in U-Yard included the 9:30 Club – offering a chance to win free tickets to upcoming shows like Grouplove on Nov. 9 – Crepeaway, Soul Cycle, Powerade and Domino’s Pizza.

Megan Stupi noted the crowd was seemingly dominated by freshmen.

“We come for the free pizza,” she said just barely audible over the sound of the Mowgli’s.

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