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January 30, 2021

Live Forever

By: Laurie Gallardo

In a recent interview Bartees Strange did for NPR Music, the D.C.-based songwriter and producer talked about the music he grew up with, running the gamut: From his opera singer mother, to performing in church, to the funk and R&B his father shared with him, and, as a teen, all the punk he got to hear – thanks to friends with cars.

It was all of it, everything, that shaped his own music. Of course, he also saw the glaring absence of Black and brown artists in the indie scene. His 2019 EP release Say Goodbye To Pretty Boy, songs he covered by The National, was inspired by not only this lack of representation in the music, but in indie audiences as well. The artists are out there, he thought. They belong in the spotlight. Like, now already.

Bartees Strange’s debut LP Live Forever (2020) brings that uncompromising expansiveness of boundless influences – cathartic, heart-filled, angsty and brilliantly disparate, the story of an artist who will not be pigeonholed into narrow expectations placed upon artists of color.

Bartees Strange will perform Live Forever in its entirety on a livestream performance at 9 p.m. (Central) tonight, Saturday Jan. 30, on Memory Music’s YouTube channel. One for the books. Don’t miss out.


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October 26, 2023

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October 25, 2023

Friday at Radio East

Black Live Music Fund & Radio East present a DAWA benefit with Latasha Lee and Blakchyl.


October 24, 2023

The Returner

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October 23, 2023

Haunt Me and Dark Shadows

Cover your neck. Or don’t. It’s the Goth Gala tonight at Sagebrush, with Haunt Me, and a screening of the original ‘House of Dark Shadows.’


October 21, 2023

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Carrie Rodriguez’ LABORATORIO at Stateside on Sunday, with Angélica Garcia & Cat Cardenas.