Tuesday, April 20, 2010


It's true, we've left Blogspot and upgraded to our own domain and updated our layout! To help kick off out new website (which will still feature all of the previous articles) we will be featuring a press release of "The Climate Rally" on the national mall featuring Sting, John Legend, The Roots, Jimmy Cliff, Passion Pit, Bob Weir, Willie Colón, Joss Stone, Robert Randolph, Patrick Stump, Mavis Staples, Booker T, Honor Society and Tao Rodriguez-Seeger! (What an awesome lineup!)

But without further adieu, check out The Pulse at http://thepulsezine.com/

Monday, April 19, 2010

The Local Grind

Here's another episode of The Local Grind featuring new shows, movies, and more.

Baltimore hardcore band Trapped Under Ice released their newest music video for their single "Belive" today. View it below:

Rockville based band Hotspur headlined a show at Rams Head Live in Baltimore with support from The Dangerous Summer and Victory By Revenge. Photos can be viewed at http://www.flickr.com/photos/alenamoran/. The Disco Biscuits will be performing a show tomorrow 4/20/10 at the 9:30 Club. Make sure you get your tickets tonight and look out for a show recap in the next couple of days. Wednesday's ODDSAC showing at the AFI Silver in Silver Spring will feature special guests (and directors) Animal Collective! That's all for our daily local dose.

Our reccomended shows for the next few weeks are as follow:
  • Amanda Blank, Ninjasonic (4/24) @RocknRoll Hotel
  • Bamboozle Festival 2010 (5/1, 5/2) - Although show is in New Jersey, the lineup for the two days has really matured over the years. Headliners for the two days include Paramore, Weezer, Drake, MGMT, and more! Visit http://www.thebamboozle.com
  • Angels & Airwaves, Say Anything (5/6) @9:30 Club
  • Carolina Liar (5/9) @The Recher
  • Dierks Bentley (5/19) @Rams Head Live
  • Butch Walker (5/21) @The Recher
  • Flyleaf (5/25) @9:30 Club
Keep checking back each day to hear more about the local music scene!

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Florence and the Machine Rock the USA

Florence and the Machine just might have as much "flo" as Flo Rida himself. Making their first appearance in Washington D.C., British indie/experimental band Florence and the Machine (F+M) stopped by the 9:30 Club to play a show with co-headliners The Temper Trap and opening band Kissaway Trail. Vocalist Florence Welch has started a whirlwind with her eclectic fashion sense, avante-garde musical taste, and her dancing and theatrical performance. Her backing band, known as The Machine, currently features Robert Ackroyd on guitar, Chris Hayden on drums, Isabella Summers (a.k.a. "Machine") on keyboard and Tom Monger on harp. The group recently released their debut album "Lungs" on Island Records UK. They will also be playing Coachella this summer before traveling back to Europe for a summer European tour.

F+M made a smashing first impression on our nation's capital, performing a full length set and a double encore. The band in fact does tour with their entire "Harp setup" including a full size harp, MPC, foot pedals, and an Abelton Live setup. Additionally, Welch contributes her own percussive sound using a floral decorated tom. Coming out draped in a black shawl with a glass of wine in her hand, Welsh turned her live performance into a dramatic theatrical production with jumping, dancing, and running around the stage. The sold out crowd went wild for her energetic performance and Welsh almost broke into tears as the crowd continued to cheer for the bands outstanding performance. If you haven't picked up their album, you can download it via Itunes or stream it off their website florenceandthemachine.net/

For more photos of the show, please checkout my Flickr page at www.flickr.com/alenamoran.

All photos courtesy of The Pulse Photography