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Q&A: Max Ernst, The Walking Sticks

(08/29/14 3:57am)

Silver Spring natives The Walking Sticks are one of D.C.’s fastest growing local acts. After collaborating for many years, brothers Max and Spencer Ernst were joined by vocalist and longtime friend Chelsea Lee following her departure from Atlantic Records. The band’s music combines mellow soundscapes that complement Lee’s striking voice with a clear respect for vintage synth-pop, and the results are unlike anything else on the D.C. scene.

Lionize returns home to celebrate album release

(02/24/14 6:42pm)

Silver Spring, Md. based funk-rock band Lionize celebrated the Feb. 18 release of their newest album “Jetpack Soundtrack.” The record showcases the culmination of the band’s 10-year career, and after touring for five weeks in support of the release, Lionize returned to their home town for a release party and performance at the U Street Music Hall on Feb. 20.

Album Review: Jetpack Soundtrack – Lionize

(02/20/14 8:32pm)

Silver Spring, Md. based rock band Lionize released their fifth full-length album, “Jetpack Soundtrack” on Feb. 18. On the new record, Lionize’s unique sound leans heavily towards groove-based, funk infused jam-rock reminiscent of old-school Red Hot Chili Peppers – with a twist of organ. Standout tracks include “Reality Check,” a dark and dangerous sounding song driven by alternating guitar and organ hooks, and “Replaced by Machines,” which showcases the talent of the band both as a unit and as individual musicians. Lionize has been playing music together for 10 years now, and they’ve made a point to show that off on their latest album. “Jetpack Soundtrack” sees the band at their tightest thus far and makes for a cohesive — although wild — ride through all 11 tracks.

The Naked & Famous master stage and sound

(10/11/13 5:09pm)

The Naked and Famous played not one, but two nights at D.C.’s 9:30 Club last weekend. With tickets for the initial Sunday, Oct. 6 performance selling out in the blink of an eye, one night in D.C. proved insufficient for fans of the increasingly successful alternative synth-rock group. Even after announcing a second performance on Oct. 7, tickets were sold out by the evening of the show.

Q&A: Noah and the Whale

(10/04/13 2:13pm)

Noah and the Whale rose to indie-folk fame with their 2008 debut “Peaceful, The World Lays Me Down.” Five years and three albums later, the band is still going strong in both their native England and here in the U.S. Their latest record “Heart of Nowhere”, improves on its transformative predecessor “Last Night on Earth”, and illustrates just how far Noah and the Whale has come since their breakout.

The Scene’s album review brew

(09/16/13 5:58pm)

Correction appended After a summer of long-anticipated album releases and even some surprise ones (“Magna Carta Holy Grail,” anyone?), artists from all genres have begun putting out albums early in the fall to help transition into cooler weather. After all, autumn is a time for change, whether it’s a moodier sound or a more mature image. Check out the albums below, and maybe you’ll make a change to your playlists as well.