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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.


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.


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.


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, March 23, 2016 11:10 p.m.

A Day in Music: spring playlist

This post was written by Hatchet reporter Callan Tansill-Suddath.

With the long-awaited peak bloom of D.C.’s iconic cherry blossoms this week, today’s list channels the mood of the city during perhaps the most picturesque time of year: spring.

Corinne Bailey Rae – “Green Aphrodisiac”

“Laying in the grass in the afternoon, something kind of magical in sunlight/ Flowers uncurl in the garden: It’s springtime.”

In her latest release, mellow and jazzy Corrine Bailey Rae perfectly captures what it’s like to lie in the soft grass of the National Mall on a warm spring day. This flirty ode to spring is sure to give you spring fever in the unlikely event you do not have it already.

“Japanese Wallpaper” – Forces, ft. Airling (Teen Daze remix)

With it’s laid-back rhythm, serene metronome-like percussion and the sound of birds chirping in the background, this track is without a doubt a perfect soundtrack for spring. Not to mention, the D.C. cherry blossoms originate in Japan, so the title of the song is fitting.

Girlpool – “Chinatown”

Between classes beginning to wrap up and spring break ending, this season is a time of year for new beginnings. “Chinatown,” off the 20-something California duo Girlpool’s sophomore album, captures much of what it feels like to be a young person in the city. The hypnotizing, simple acoustic guitar and girlish vocals will put you in a serene mood.

Esperanza Spalding – “Ebony and Ivy”

“It’s been hard to grow outside but we’re finally happy/ We’re the sage on the mountain now.”

Since upsetting 13-year-old girls everywhere with her Grammy win over Justin Bieber in 2011 for Best New Artist, Esperanza Spalding has been a force to be reckoned with while simultaneously staying out of the spotlight. That is how she likes it. In her new album, “Emily’s D + Evolution,” released March 6, Spalding channels artists like Michael Jackson, Janelle Monae and Fiona Apple to create a soulful collection of songs that will empower you to accomplish your goals – and those final papers coming up.

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This post was written by Hatchet Reporter Callan Tansill-Suddath.

This week “A Day in Music” focuses British indie folk band Daughter’s sophomore album, “Not To Disappear”.

The album is a strong return by Daughter. It maintains much of the dreamy indie vocals that distinguished their sound while also showing an evolution and maturation in the group’s style. “Not to Disappear” is available to stream on Spotify.

Daughter will play at the 9:30 Club on April 6, and at Bonnaroo Music Festival in Manchester, Tenn. in June.

Rise n’ Shine

The tempo of “Fossa” starts off soft, like the sunlight filtering through the blinds at the beginning of a new day. A crooning, whispering female voice floats gently above faint synthesizers and a slow guitar riff. Halfway through the rhythm picks up, the wintry vocals solidify and a simple drum beat mixed with electric guitars swells in the background. The volume and intensity of the track builds until the end and the song gentles, coming full circle to the calm beginning.

Afternoon Anthems

“New Ways”
Featuring haunting, sleepy vocals from lead singer Elena Tonra, an even beat, a simple bassline and steady synthesizers that evolve into a heavier, emotional tone, “New Waves” serves as a reminder of how Daughter initially captivated its audiences three years ago.

Turn up…

“No Care”
Straying from the usual hypnotic sleepiness, this track betrays an edgier side of the group that proves it can appeal to audiences outside of the indie-folk genre. With a steady rolling bassline, cacophonous percussion, and Tonra’s spiteful lyrics (“But we are like broken instruments/Twisted up and wheezing out the runnels”), this song is without a doubt one of the most fast-paced, direct and angry releases the trio has recorded.

…And Turn Down

“Made of Stone”
The final track, “Made of Stone,” is the most relaxed on the album. Tonra’s beautifully breathy vocals, the reflective and languid lyrics and a mellow beat creates a melancholy, hypnotic sound perfect to listen to before bed.

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Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2016 11:20 p.m.

A day in music

This post was written by Hatchet Reporter Dana Pilotti.

Find the perfect music to get you through every hour of the day.

Rise ‘n shine

The Lumineers
Set to a backdrop of melodious piano and folksy claps and stomps, this first single of the Lumineers’ new album delivers a slower, more haunting tune than the group’s famous “Ho Hey.” Inspired by Shakespeare’s “Hamlet,” Ophelia’s lyrics are catchy and simple but leave a lasting impression. The Lumineers’ new album “Cleopatra” is set for release in early April.

Afternoon anthems

“Touch Down Acoustic Mix”
Ease away your winter blues with this beachy track that begs for you to dance along. The smooth acoustic guitar and easy vocals put a unique spin on the tune that gives it more of a pop music vibe than classic reggae.

Turn up…

“Don’t Let Me Down”
The EDM duo’s techno-pop track may be the perfect follow up to the Chainsmokers’ 2015 hit, “Roses.” Heavy with percussions, horns and catchy lyrics, this song is perfect for both the dance floor and your headphones.

…and turn down

The Paper Kites
The folk rockers Paper Kites arrived on the scene with their breakout hit “Bloom,” where their tranquil, folksy vocals are underlaid with a soothing guitar background. Let them sing you to sleep with the rhythmic beat and sweet tones that really do harken back to simpler times.

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Sons of Pitch, an all-male a cappella group, has been preparing for their performance in an international a cappella competition.

The International Championship of Collegiate A Cappella Mid-Atlantic Quarterfinal will be held at the University of Maryland on Saturday night. The tournament, which features a cappella groups from around the world, has been called “the real-life ‘Pitch Perfect.'”

“I think that we’re in a good place. I just hope that we can have fun and bring it on stage,” said Jonah Bannett, music director for Sons of Pitch.

Video by Justine Coleman

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This post was written by Hatchet reporter Isobel Mohyeddin.

This weekend, don’t miss your opportunity to sample new food, get out of the District and hear some unique tunes.


Sinatra at 100 Exhibit
Start off your weekend with some jazz. In honor of the legend’s 100th birthday, the American History Museum is opening an exhibit of Frank Sinatra’s life and career entitled “Frank Sinatra at 100.” The display pays tribute to Sinatra’s contribution to the American music industry by showcasing iconic items and portrait photography highlighting the iconic singer’s achievements in jazz, pop, as well as his film career.

14th St and Constitution Ave, NW 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Admission is free to the public.


Montgomery County Thanksgiving Parade
Get excited for Thanksgiving early with the Silver Spring Thanksgiving Parade this Saturday. Travel out to Silver Spring, Md. this weekend to catch a parade full of massive balloons, floats and other marching groups (including the Washington Redskins Marching Band) in support of the Silver Spring Arts & Entertainment District.

Begins in downtown Silver Spring, Md. at Ellsworth Drive and Veterans Place at 10 a.m.


U Street & Shaw Neighborhood Food Tour
Finish off the weekend with a trip around some of D.C.’s coolest areas. This culinary tour will take you through the neighborhood of U Street and Shaw. Along the way, you’ll learn about the culture and the history of the area all while sampling some of the local food.

Tour begins at 11:30 a.m. across from U Street Metro Station, exact address given at time of ticket purchase. Tickets range from $68 to $89.

Macy Gray
The five-time Grammy nominee is known for her raspy vocals reminiscent of Billie Holiday. On hits like “I Try,” Gray mixes R&B, soul and pop. Her latest album “The Way” features uplifting tracks about female independence and overcoming drug addiction.

The Howard Theater. Show starts at 8 p.m. Tickets range from $29 to $35.

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Rapper K Camp returns to D.C. Nov. 13 to perform at Echostage with EDM group GTA. Photo courtesy of Diwang Valdez for Motion Family.

Rapper K Camp returns to D.C. Nov. 13 to perform at Echostage with EDM group GTA. Photo courtesy of Diwang Valdez for Motion Family.

Updated Oct. 13, 2015 at 4:43 p.m.

This post was written by Hatchet reporter Joseph Konig.

K Camp, the Atlanta rapper known for hits like “Cut Her Off”, featuring 2 Chainz, and “Comfortable”, will be performing alongside EDM duo GTA at Echostage on Nov. 13.

On Thursday, 25-year-old rapper, born Kristopher Campbell, dropped his mixtape “You Welcome.” After a series of mixtapes and features last year, K Camp signed with Interscope records and, in September, he released his debut album “Only Way is Up.” The rapper has also been featured in the XXL Magazine 2015 Freshman Class as an up-and-coming artist.

We spoke with K Camp about collaborating with 50 Cent, his 2016 presidential pick and his favorite kind of tea.

Responses were edited for length and clarity.

Q: Just this year you were an XXL Freshman. You dropped a mixtape. A full blown album with a features from Snoop Dogg and T.I. Another mixtape you literally dropped just last night. Two singles in the top 100. So what’s it been like? How does the rise of K Camp feel?
A: How has the rise felt? Its felt good, you know what I’m saying? We’ve been putting out a lot more music. There’s been a lot more progress going on. And we still trying to apply a little more pressure. You know, I don’t feel accomplished yet. We still working.

Q: Last night you dropped this new mixtape, “You Welcome,” with features from 50 Cent and Akon. Tell me how that happened.
A: ‘Kon is a good friend of mine. I’ve known ‘Kon for a couple years now. Through my manager, we linked up with 50 and he wanted to get in on the remix. I ain’t gonna deny no 50 verse. He snapped, though. We made that happen ASAP. We put that together last minute on the “You Welcome” tape. That wasn’t even supposed to go on the tape.

Q: What’s next?
A: Yeah, we on tour now with GTA. The EDM tour right now with GTA and my tour at the top of the year. I’m gonna drop another “K.I.S.S. 3” project in December. Probably another project at the top of the year with my producer Bobby Kritical.

Q: You dropped your debut album in September, when’s the next one coming up?
A: Ain’t no tellin’ the date on it yet, but I know we gonna start working on it in December. We got to get back in the lab and start cooking though.

Q: You’re going on an international tour next year?
A: Yeah, that’s the plan. What we’ve got up our sleeves is, we got the EDM tour and then the international tour. My first overseas tour.

Q: Is this gonna be your first time in D.C.?
A: Nah, I’ve been in D.C. many times. The love in D.C.’s crazy. This is my first time in D.C. for an EDM show.

Q: This is a very political city. Who do you have in 2016?
A: Kanye.

Q: In the intro to “You Welcome,” you put out a number for fans to call you and let you know what they think, to thank you. Did you get some cool voicemails?
A: That thing got backed up. Somebody tried to hack it too. It got so backed up somebody tried to hack it, but I got over like 500 voicemails of people saying I’m the sh-t. So salute to them.

Q: On an interview you did with Sway in the Morning back in February, you were drinking some tea. What’s your tea of choice?
A: Green tea. I like to get my smoke on.

This post was updated to reflect the following correction: A previous version of this post misspelled Kristopher Campbell’s name. We regret this error.

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The GW Jazz Orchestra partnered with the Corcoran Student Association to host their first performance of the semester in the Corcoran Atrium on Friday evening.

The group, led by co-presidents Peter Reiss and Zach Sanders, is “the first official student-organized jazz ensemble at GW,” according to the group’s Facebook page.

The purpose of the concert was to “bring together GW students and the Corcoran students,” Reiss said.

Video by Luca Silveira

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This post was written by Hatchet reporter John Glasfeld.

Midterms are over, so it’s time to treat yourself with a relaxing weekend full of films, beer, tunes and some of the best photography that D.C. has to offer.

Open to the public from Friday to Sunday, the Alexandria Film Festival showcases the cream of the filmmaking crop. Come in at any time of day to see a plethora of short films from local, national and international independent filmmakers. There’s also plenty of time to meet and chat with the directors themselves.

Beatly Central Library. 5005 Duke St, Alexandria, Va. from 10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. and AMC Hoffman Theater. 206 Swamp Fox Rd, Alexandria, Va. from 10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Assuming that you’re at least 21, the D.C. Beer festival is this weekend’s real hotspot. This Saturday only, Nationals Park is home to dozens of independent and unique craft breweries. For $40 per person, come for the beer and stay for the food trucks, lawn games and disc jockey sets.

1500 S Capitol St. SE from 12 p.m. to 8 p.m.

If you’re in the mood for more than brews , then you can head over to the Lincoln Theater to hear a classic rocker, The Pretenders’ guitarist and singer Chrissie Hynde. After listening through her latest solo album “Stockholm,” don’t miss the chance to let Hynde’s music wash over you, letting her break and then rebuild your heart after every song.

1215 U St. at 6:30pm.

You can end the weekend with some calm and contemplative photography. FotoweekDC, the District’s annual festival to showcase photography is back. With exhibits scattered at venues across the District, from the Newseum to George Washington’s Mount Vernon Estate, you can view images that capture human emotion, history and culture. Entry to festival events is $6.

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Seven of GW’s a cappella groups performed in Acappellapalooza on Saturday in Lisner Auditorium.

The annual charity concert raised about $3,500 to be donated to Miriam’s Kitchen. Located in Foggy Bottom, Miriam’s Kitchen provides free meals and support services to D.C.’s homeless men and women.

Proceeds from the event will support about 10,000 meals, said Tae Min Kim, ESIA ’13 and manager of kitchen operations and volunteers at Miriam’s Kitchen.

Video by Sarah Mann and Georgie Lawson

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