Quadron! Where do I begin? There are very few musicians that have surprised me in such a pleasant way. This past Wednesday I had the opportunity to head out to U Street’s Liv Night Club to see Quadron in concert. This was a pretty random event given that I hadn’t heard of Quadron until the day before. Because of work, I didn’t have much time to check out their music in the twenty-four hours before the concert. Pretty much all I knew was that they are a pop duo from Denmark. I also hadn’t heard of Liv beforehand so I was going into this whole excursion completely blind. I persuaded a friend to come along and when we arrived at the venue both of us where pretty shocked by the scene. I for one was expecting to see a bunch of high school students with dyed hair. I don’t know what made me anticipate this particular scene but this is a clear example as to why you shouldn’t, and actually can’t, judge a band by its genre. When we arrived, Quadron had already started their set and the audience actually consisted of jazzed-up adults. The atmosphere of the venue was very relaxed: the dance floor was not overly packed and Coco, Quadron’s sole lady and lead vocalist, was talking directly to people in the audience.
Andre 3000 is genre-defying, another thing just makes him cooler than you, along with his super style and well-established hip-hop empire. His songs are expansive and experimental, he chooses great samples and he’s a hometown hero for Atlanta. All of which makes him qualified to cover the Beatles – a significant feat given how easy it would be to potentially ruin a great pop song. But Andre knows pop, and he makes “All Together Now” raucous, wild, and plucky. Take a listen below:
– Caroline Klibanoff
Who doesn’t like the Fourth of July? It’s a middle-of-the-summer marker, right smack dab in the middle of hot and hotter weather, an easygoing, laid-back holiday all about relaxing with friends and family and celebrating the nation’s history. Fireworks, cookouts, red-white-and-blue decor, patriotic songs that would be cheesy on any other day (unless you’re me, and dig that shit all the time.) Plus, it’s a long weekend!
Oh, America. The land of hope and dreams, the home of the brave, a place of golden opportunity, the subject of thousands of songs and books and essays and fairweather fans’ attentions during this summer of American sport domination – it is only fitting that on this Independence Day weekend we honor you with a playlist, including The Hold Steady’s take on Take Me Out to the Ballgame. Check it out below, loyal WGTB readers, along with possibly my favorite rendition of a national song, and enjoy the holiday weekend!