Alex Vargas – ‘Till Forever Runs Out EP Review

Alex Vargas – ‘Till Forever Runs Out EP Review

When an artist is able to not only draw your attention to their work but make you feel the emotional experience behind its creation, their talent is unquestionable. And when I first watched Alex Vargas’ solo performance of his heart-wrenching ballad “Solid Ground” for Mahogany Sessions (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=riW3hUtGz-4), I felt that cold feeling that brews inside of you when you realize you’ve lost something that you tried so hard to keep in your grasp. Just because you weren’t good enough to keep it. There’s unfortunate beauty in the relatable agony and I knew that this was an artist I wanted to keep an eye on. Luckily, shortly after being mesmerized by his passionate agony, this London-based heart throb released his latest EP titled Till Forever Runs Out back in early April 2015. It becomes apparent that Alex Vargas is quite gifted in his passionate lyrical expression upon first listen of his fiery cinematic title track as he sings of an awakening love: “So I’m burning Love has lit me Hold my head from the ground.” The organ synthesizer and the ghostly drums create an eery and glittery atmosphere as the light piano backs the melody. As the ballad progresses and the guitars begin to swell, it invokes butterflies in your stomach as you remember how you felt when you fell hard for someone. My favorite of the EP, “Oh Love, How You Break Me Up,” does a 180°, taking a look at the darker side of love as this 27-year-old Pisces belts out of the pain behind being strung along. Musically, it fits right in the with the post R&B...
Show Photos: Great Good Fine OK + Paper White + Joseph & The Beasts @ DC9 6.4.2015

Show Photos: Great Good Fine OK + Paper White + Joseph & The Beasts @ DC9 6.4.2015

Having played in DC more than their actual hometown, Brooklyn’s Great Good Fine Ok (or GGFO) was more than prepared to bring the glitter and noise for their first headlining show at DC9. Baltimore’s Joseph & The Beasts opened the anticipated night with their paralyzing indie rock lullabies.   Up next was another one of Brooklyn’s finest, Paperwhite, spreading the dream pop love across ready and able bodies.   Last but certainly not least, GGFO took the stage in their signature bright colors and settled the anticipation with their caressing falsetto vocals and lulling...
Show Review: Penguin Prison @ U Street Music Hall 5.14.2015

Show Review: Penguin Prison @ U Street Music Hall 5.14.2015

Ever since catching a glimpse of Penguin Prison on tour with RAC last October, I’ve been anxiously on alert for a headline show from this NYC-native electropop heartthrob. Having just released his second full-length LP, Lost in New York, on May 4th, Chris Glover of Penguin Prison was already hitting the road with his live band, making DC is second stop after his sold out record release show in his hometown. Arriving to the venue bright, early and camera-ready, I was a little disappointed with the openers due to their revival of early 2000s pop punk that would have been better off staying six feet under. And I could tell that the majority of the crowd shared similar sentiments. But as soon as Penguin Prison took the stage, the crowd’s spirits became engulfed in a bittersweet electropop symphony as they started their set with their popular single “Calling Out.” Dressed in a hipster white tee and white skinny jeans with a denim jacket to top off the swag, Chris Glover showed the relaxation and confidence of a musician who had been performing for decades. The entire live band showed great enthusiasm and chemistry as they smiled and danced, instruments in hand. Chris even displayed some showmanship with his behind-the-head guitar playing during the lastest single, “Try To Lose.” The crowd stayed engaged throughout the entire set, taking in slow synth ballads like “Caught in a Daze,” but also embracing hyper glittery grooves like “Show Me The Way.” And of course, the encore included none other than “Don’t Fuck With My Money” with special guest EVERYONE as there was not...
Review: TORA @ Rockwood Music Hall 4.29.2015

Review: TORA @ Rockwood Music Hall 4.29.2015

I wrote a review on TΩRA a couple weeks ago and I was ecstatic to be invited to see them play in NYC during their incognito visit to the U.S. They played at Rockwood Music Hall, which is the kind of place where you walk in and seemingly everyone knows each other and you’re totally going to stand out if you’re flying solo. Which was totally me. TΩRA took the stage a little after 7pm, stepping out from the bar and its patrons to entertain such an intimate setting. They were instantly relatable by appearance and demeanor right off the back as they started off their set with Get Like It, the first track from their self-titled EP. Their sound was incredibly polished and it felt like I was listening to studio recordings. It was also interesting to see the primary vocalist switch between Tobias, Jo and Jai as they progressed through their setlist as well as the beautiful harmony created among all 3. In between the adorable stage banter about the bipolar U.S. weather, the following additional songs were played (This is totally from memory by the way because I rule at life): Calming Her Future Man No One Real Due to Lies (especially gloomy and gorgeous live) These Eyes Sugar Snap Jaigantic Eat the Sun After chatting with Tobias, Shaun and Thorne of TΩRA, I was so surprised to hear that the band had only been together for 2 years. It seemed like they’d been together much longer because of the maturity in their sound. Needless to say, I was absolutely honored to be able to see them...