Primus put on a spectacular performance Wednesday, October 25 at the National. As they exploded onto the stage with Wynona’s Big Brown Beaver to a collective chanting of “Primus Sucks” by young and old fans alike, the symphony of heavy bass, cymbal crashes and drunken mirth set the tone for the rest of the evening.
The trio consists of Les Claypool on bass/vocals, Larry LaLonde on guitars and Tim Alexander on drums, each member bringing their own distinct styles to the stage, blending together into a dynamic, psychedelic eruption that seems to always catch the audience off guard at every performance. This night was no exception, the band blazed through their first set, playing old favorites like “American Life” and “Too Many Puppies.” The crowd did their best to sing along, losing themselves quickly in the band’s lengthy jams and hypnotic visual imagery.
At the turn of the second set, the band stole onto the stage, dressed in druid-like garb, surrounded by artificial foliage to set the theme of their new material off “The Desaturating Seven.” The crowd found themselves entranced at the story of rainbow goblins being told over the band’s baroque instrumentals. The performance carred on through several musical transitions before closing with “Jerry Was a Racecar Driver,” putting a satisfying end to the evening. The coming together of experienced fans of the band and those new to their uncanny style was truly a spectacle that can only reinforce the notion of good music bringing those together in such divisive times.
Here’s our most recent Chalkboard Session featuring GUMP, an alternative hip-hop/rock band based in Washington DC. The band is comprised of DC rapper Uno Hype, drummer Zeeshan Shad, guitarist/keyboardist Ali Badalov and bassist Joey Pappas.
Credit to Matthew Kozak for filming and producing this video.
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For many, 2016 was a tough year. From the loss of multiple celebrities to the mess of politics that occurred this year, things could have been better. However, there was one especially bright light amidst seemingly endless darkness: music. This year brought us a number of great songs and breakout artists. Here our a few of WVCW’s staff members top song picks for 2016!
Note: Some of the songs on this list are explicit!
Leah Dickshinski- DJ
No More Parties in L.A.- Kanye West
Your Best American Girl- Mitski
FloriDada- Animal Collective
Pneumonia- Danny Brown
Obsidian Counterpoint- Tim Hecker
Frankie Sinatra- The Avalanches
Judas- Esperanza Spalding
I Can’t Give Everything Away- David Bowie
Sister- Angel Olsen
Too Dark- Frankie Cosmos
Heart Shaped Face- Angel Olsen
Desert Island Disk- Radiohead
Really Doe- Danny Brown
Vignette: Panacea- Disasterpeace
How I Died Today- Jeremy & Lynne
Pain- De La Soul
Ain’t It a Sin- Charles Bradley
Nia McLeod- DJ
Same Drugs – Chance the Rapper
Backseat – Ari Lennox
Neighbors – J. Cole
Redbone – Childish Gambino
Me & Your Mama – Childish Gambino
Caroline – Amine
Stay – Mac Miller
24K Magic – Bruno Mars
Smile – Isaiah Rashad
Maniac – Jhene Aiko
Wifi – D.R.A.M feat. Erykah Badu
Girlfriend – NAO
Wolves – Kanye West feat. Sia & Vic Mensa
Brandon Herbin- DJ
I Love You So Much- V.Rose ft. Tripp Lee
Skittles and Iced Tea- Hostyle Gospel ft. John Givez
Ain’t Worried- Mike Bell, Legin, Sinai ft. T-Haddy