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Soccer Mommy’s Tiny Desk concert
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Nashville-raised Sophie Allison, better known as Soccer Mommy, gave her audience an at-home feeling in her most recent performance—she quite literally performed from the comfort of her own home. When concerns over COVID-19 forced Washington’s concert venues to close their doors, Soccer Mommy’s March 28 show at 9:30 Club was one of many postponed or canceled. But the staff of NPR’s Tiny Desk concert series weren’t ready to pass up an opportunity to hear from the talented musician. Allison debuted as Soccer Mommy in 2015 while a college student at New York University, releasing her first album For Young Hearts in 2016. A second album, Collection, came soon after, still channeling the days of her Bandcamp premiere. Her first studio album Clean, released in 2018, brought her more recognition in the indie world. She’s toured with Mitski, Kacey Musgraves, and Phoebe Bridgers—and even performed at a 2020 rally for Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders. Now, Allison has released her newest album, color theory, channeling a darker and grittier sound. Lyrics like “I am the problem for me, now and always” and “I try to break your walls but all I ever end up breaking is your bones” are raw. Since the album’s release, Allison has shared that it touches on weighty topics like depression, self-harm, and self-loathing, but her soft voice gives the songs an ethereal sound. Tunes “bloodstream,” “circle the drain,” and “royal screw up”—all from the new album—are featured in the Tiny Desk concert. Sit back, pretend you’re in the crowd at 9:30 Club, and drift away. Watch Soccer Mommy’s Tiny Desk concert at npr.org. Free. —Sarah Smith
Inspiration Found with Doug Menuez
Documentary photographer Doug Menuez’s spring exhibit at the Leica Store DC has been cut short by the store’s temporary shuttering due to coronavirus, but he’ll be sharing his trade on April 9 the same way everyone else is: by going online, as part of the “#StayHomewithLeica” program. In recent years, Menuez has been based in New York, but he got his start as an intern for the Washington Post, and he continued photographing for such outlets as Time, Life, Newsweek, Fortune, USA Today, and the New York Times Magazine. From the late 1980s to the late 1990s, Menuez documented the high-tech ferment in Silicon Valley, which would eventually form the backbone of a 250,000-plus-image photographic archive of his work at Stanford University. In his recent Leica Store DC mini-retrospective, Menuez photographed everything from hard hatted workers to skateboard daredevils, from empty bars to resting acrobats, and from grainy family reveries to carnival rides—a national cross section of everyday life. On the agenda for Menuez’s April 9 online session, Inspiration Found, is a discussion of “his creative process during this time of sheltering in place,” including a return to documenting his family after long assignments away from home. The discussion will be held at 4 p.m. on April 9, with registration on Eventbrite. Free. —Louis Jacobson
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