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July 2015

Do some stretches, because Nashville-based Overwatcher are bringing the melodic hardcore madness, and some soft moshing is imminent.

Although a relatively new band, the guys have come out swinging with red-blooded live shows and a victory in our Band of the Month competition. The release of their debut EP "Metaphysics" will undoubtedly add fuel to their face-melting fire.
With the ample sound you'd expect from a six-piece, the guys are bringing a new vitality to the melocore scene. "Metaphysics" features the melodic exploration and merciless pulse of predecessors like Touche Amore, mewithoutyou and Defeater, with the brutal lyrical honesty and self-awareness of post-grad punk kids.
Overwatcher has created an engaging and discerning debut EP that is just as dynamic (if not more so) live. During their most recent performance at The East Room, lead vocalist Alex MacWilliam, performing through a head-wound he earned early in the set, filled up every ounce of space he could get his hands on. Often on tables and chairs, level with the crowd, even lying down, MacWilliam lead his crew through an intense, energetic set. Whether the audience is of five or 5,000, the performance remains wholehearted, and there is definitely something to be said for that.
Overwatcher is putting a refreshing spin on melodic hardcore, and "Metaphysics" is a testament to their musical prowess and clear passion for the genre. And, I can only assume this is just the beginning.  -Caroline Bowman

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Richmond psych rock band California Death set to jam at Strange Matter, 9/26

When looking for a new jam with high energy and trippy vocals, apply California Death directly to the eardrums. This quartet out of Richmond makes a great addition to a road trip playlist or a good beach party jam with their masterful use of vamping, pedal switches, and using the vocals as an instrument. Give them a listen and get lost in the hypnotic flow of their music; their self-titled EP out last March is over before you know it. They’re playing the underground haven known as Strange Matter on 9/26, so don’t miss it! -Jonathan Goodwin



Celtic rock group Scythian hosts inaugural festival, Appaloosa, and promotes new LP, Old Tin Can

Long established in the Washington music scene, Celtic-Gypsy-folk rockers Scythian have turned a vision into a reality, organizing, hosting, and playing a festival of their own design. For many families in the Shenandoah Valley area and for many from across the country, this Labor Day weekend was made much sweeter by attending Appaloosa, a roots music festival that met its mission statement with great success: "Music Among Friends." Featured on NPR and The Washington Post, the experience was nothing to simply drive past. It was small in scale, but the energy and enthusiasm of the audience, the performers, the volunteers and vendors was one of welcoming and family. A family-friendly festival set in a scenic ranch resort just outside of Front Royal, VA, Appaloosa was something to behold.

Dan Fedoryka, Scythian's own rhythm guitarist-vocalist-accordionist, related his experiences organizing the festival and playing full-time in the band for a decade. As has been the focus of their Kickstarter-fueled albums, the band's focus is on their fans, giving them memorable experiences through their shows, music, and now Appaloosa. When planning a concert, Fedoryka's priority is to spare no expense and give people the party of a lifetime, a philosophy that has inspired several weddings between Scythian fans and developed a widespread, dedicated following. A tenth of Appaloosa's profits are being given to charities, mostly local to Front Royal, the hometown of the Fedoryka brothers and gracious hosts to the festival. The whole affair was lively and exciting, featuring local, small business vendors and acts from all over the country and musical spectrum, which were purposefully chosen to reflect Scythian's breadth of sound. While the festival may be over, the spirit it brought will surely last the listeners until next year, which all are urged to attend. With a year to plan, Fedoryka is excited and optimistic about growing the festival and expanding its role in the community.

To top off the work behind Appaloosa, Scythian is also touring to support their new album, Old Tin Can, and will play some unannounced shows later this fall in DC at the Howard Theatre and the 9:30. Check out their music and mark Labor Day weekend 2016 as booked for Appaloosa! -Jonathan Goodwin



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Alternative rock band Broke Royals to play Tropicalia, 9/18, and support second EP release

Broke Royals are a bold duo hailing from Virginia, bringing with them an inspired sound and fun energy. Having played together for barely a year, members Philip Basnight and Colin Cross have recorded and released two stellar EPs, The Luxury of Time Pts. I & II, fusing their different creative spirits into a wondrous collaboration. Broke Royals are fresh and they're similar to the best parts of Bastille, but with an acoustic bent and heartstring-tugging lyrics. They're on the rise in the region: they opened for UK band Life in Film last week. You can catch this dynamic pairing live at the Tropicalia, 9/18, playing second between Skyline Hotel and Bencoolen. Doors at 7, $10, and a great time is assured. -Jonathan Goodwin


Baltimore soul sensation Bosley releases new single and plays The Black Cat, 9/3

Need a new track that you can play on repeat and just let loose? Baltimore's own Bosley has you covered with his new single Are We In Love? A funky, soulful track, it lulls you in with dulcet tones and holds you down with a rich chorus and wonderful instrumentals. It’s a dance beat, it’s great for relaxation, it’s perfect for a montage, it can get you through the day. Check it out when Bosley plays at The Black Cat on 9/3. $10 backstage, doors at 7:30. -Jonathan Goodwin



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