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On the new Who Sent You? Irreversible Entanglements are more political and potent than ever

Irreversible Entanglements will leave you shaken. The group make tight, synergistic free jazz anchored by the dynamic spoken-word declarations of poet Moor Mother, aka Camae Ayewa. Their music sometimes sounds chaotic and freewheeling, but it ensnares listeners with arrangements carefully considered to help deliver fiery political messages. The five-piece ensemble—the lineup also includes saxophonist Keir […]

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D.C. progressive jazz duo Blacks’ Myths find the light in harsh noise

Long before drummer Warren G. “Trae” Crudup III and bassist Luke Stewart launched noisy free-jazz duo Blacks’ Myths in 2018, they backed celebrated saxophonist James Brandon Lewis as the rhythm section in his trio. They’ve also enmeshed themselves in D.C.’s jazz scene individually: Crudup performs with a slew of scene fixtures, including saxophonist Brian Settles […]

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Kinobe juxtaposes East and West Africa in delicate, polished grooves

For the better part of two decades, virtuosic multi-instrumentalist Herbert Kinobe has composed exquisite Pan-African music from a Ugandan perspective. Born in 1983 in a small village outside Kampala near Lake Victoria, Kinobe (he performs under his last name) grew up hearing the music at the nearby Kanyange Nnamasole Tombs, a historic Buganda cultural site […]

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Gauche make D.C. punk for the disenfranchised everywhere on A People’s History of Gauche

D.C. postpunk unit Gauche exemplify their hometown DIY scene—partly because it seems like everyone in that tight-knit community is connected to the band. Singer and multi-instrumentalist Daniele Yandel drums in Priests and helps runs the Sister Polygon label; vocalist and bassist Mary Jane Regalado, who plays in Providence group Downtown Boys, also performs with two […]