Formed in 2014, The Broke Royals have already amassed both a following and a decent discography. The tie and vest pressed duo of Philip Basnight and Colin Cross produce alternative rock songs filled with catchy melodies and mosaic synth-pop arrangements. Their first hit “About Time” inspired the people of Thailand during a military coup in May of 2014, encouraging Basnight and Cross to produce more music together. They released their second EP, The Luxury of Time PT II, in August and were named “Artist of the Month” by Deli Magazine DC. You can catch them live at clubs in DC and or download a limited edition single at soundcloud.com.
You can take the boy out of Maryland, but you can’t take Maryland out of the boy. This country rock duo may have made a pilgrimage to Nashville, but a big part of them still resides in the old line state. Their first video “She Got a Way” was shot earlier this year on the opposite coast and the sons have been working hard in the recording studio to produce new content for 2016. In between recording sessions in Nashville, the Chesapeake Sons have been returning to their beloved Maryland for their signature acoustic shows.
After playing the DC music scene for several years, Paperhaus finally immortalized their music in early 2015. The self-titled debut album was recorded live, a tribute to the expertise of Alex Tebeleff and Eduardo Rivera. The music is a relaxed version of alternative rock, appealing to all types of fans and the epitome of a live club band experience. Paperhaus has been branching out from smaller venues in DC and has an ambitious schedule in their future.
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Fronted by DC native Mary Timony, Ex Hex is girl rock at its finest. Reminiscent of 80s rock acts like Joan Jett and The Blackhearts, Ex Hex has a deep metal sound that earned them a “Best New Album” laud by Pitchfork Media. They spent the majority of 2015 touring in Europe and debuted a new video for the single “Don’t Wanna Lose,” directed by Lara Jean Gallagher. Look to see Ex Hex circle back to the US and DC in 2016.
The EDM scene has been growing by leaps and bounds, and the Thievery Corporation is DC’s contribution. The team of DC locals Eric Hilton and Rob Garza have perfected their craft with a discography of nine studio albums, 18 compilations and countless singles, and now that popularity is spreading abroad. Their unique sound is influenced by club, Bossanova and jazz music with a slice of Brazilian culture. Based in critiques of US government, the duo has taken on DC politics including the Iraq War, hunger, trade agreements and human rights.
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