By Team Backbeat
By Amber Taufen
By Jon Solomon
By Tom Murphy
By Jesse Livingston
By Alejandra Loera
By Stephanie March
By Tom Murphy
Every year, one of the thing I enjoy most about the Showcase is catching awestruck expressions as casual fans discover great music. While I would have been even more stoked if a few of my other favorites — Vaux, Drag the River and Slim Cessna's Auto Club — had been able to play, I was jazzed to hear that Tifah, a new act I've been championing, was so well received at Andrew's on Lincoln, and that the singer-songwriter bill I put together at Sutra Room was also a hit. The most inspired performances of the entire Showcase, however, surely belonged to Black Lamb at Two AM and The Pirate Signalat DC 10. I have absolutely no idea what got into either of these outfits, but Lamb played like its life was on the line, and Yonnas Abraham rocked the mike like a man possessed, with a palpable sense of passion. Lamb is clearly firing on all cylinders these days, and backed by lauded Crunk Bros. DJ Cysko Rokwel, Abraham has set his rhymes to stun both listeners and the industry.
All in all, the Showcase was a fucking earful — and worth getting arrested for.
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