Entries by M.K. Koszycki

Okkervil River’s Colorful Compassion: A Conversation with Will Sheff

Twenty years into an illustrious career, Okkervil River’s Will Sheff is confronting the dark parts of his formative years – not through lamentation, but through reflection and light. In The Rainbow Rain sees childhood trauma contemplated, love for friends gone across the country and animals being adopted. The bittersweet topics are taken head on with […]

Same As He Ever Was: David Byrne at The Anthem

About three songs into his performance at The Anthem on Saturday, David Byrne started to cough. I thought it was intentional; he coughed two more times. “Oh man,” he began to quip. The former Talking Heads frontman said something else I didn’t catch over the roaring applause emerging from the audience. In that moment, I […]

The Secret World of Hinds, Spain’s Indie Stars

On the morning I was scheduled to interview Ana Perrote – singer, guitarist and one-fourth of ramshackle Spanish indie rock group Hinds – she messaged me “Hola” before I had even headed into work. I was a few minutes late to hop on the call due to technical difficulties, and when we finally connected (after my profuse apologies) […]

The Sherlocks Set to Shake the US

The Sherlocks may hail from the outskirts of Sheffield, England much like Arctic Monkeys and Pulp before them, but their sound is all their own. Last year, the four piece indie rock band released their first album Live For The Moment to great acclaim in their home country. The band is now ready to take their infectious sound […]

Twin Shadow Falls into Focus with New Album, Tour

Twin Shadow’s latest tour, which aims to bring attention to the release of their new album Caer, kicked off on March 23 and includes dates with Alt-J and Beck. The creative force behind the band, George Lewis Jr., says he looks forward to what will be something of an East Coast homecoming at their U […]

Dynamic Duo Partner Rocks DC

Lucy Niles and Josée Caron, better known as Partner, a Canadian rock duo with hilariously relatable lyrics and guitar chops for days, graced the DC9 stage Wednesday after making waves on the SXSW circuit in March. Ahead of their show, I sat down with the duo to talk inspiration behind their debut album, In Search of […]

Kate Nash Looks Inward, Moves Forward

Conventional wisdom will tell you that looking back is generally not something you do when attempting to enter a new chapter in life. But for British singer-songwriter Kate Nash, the opposite proves to be true. The indie pop artist took to her teenage diaries for inspiration while working on her new album Yesterday Was Forever, […]

Charmed Classes and Designs with Rachel Pfeffer Jewelry

Got a weekend afternoon to spare? Want to play jewelry designer for a few hours? Brookland-based jeweler Rachel Pfeffer and community hub the Lemon Collective have you covered. Sure, you won’t leave with Pfeffer’s undeniable talent, but you’ll get an inside look at her process, a new skill and a customized piece all your own. […]

Local Acts Display National Talent at D.C. Music Download Show

D.C. Music Download celebrated its sixth anniversary last weekend with a stacked lineup of local talent at The Wharf’s newly opened Union Stage. The intimate music venue is home to two full-service bars with 16 craft beers on tap (including many local favorite breweries such as DC Brau and Right Proper), a full menu (complete with excellent […]