Blushed in The Vinyl Lounge
Philadelphia based 4-piece Blushed has been making waves in the DIY scene since their early beginnings as a trio. With their current lineup of Missy Pidgeon (guitar/vocals, she/her), Alyssa Milman (bass/vocals, they/them), Matty Klauser (drums, they/them), and Dan Leinweber (guitar, he/him), they’ve toured the East Coast, playing DIY spaces, bars, venues, and festivals. No stranger to local shows, Blushed has also played many of Philly’s DIY spaces and iconic venues, such as Johnny Brenda’s, PhilaMOCA, World Cafe Live, and Boot & Saddle, where they will be celebrating the release of their first stand alone EP I Love You So Much It Hurts. Along with all of the live shows Blushed has played, their split EP with psych rockers Secret Nudist Friends has brought them love from the Deli Mag and WXPN’s The Key, where they recorded an in-studio session with John Vettese. With their ever evolving style, blending elements of surf, garage rock, grunge, punk, and their love for all things kitsch, Blushed is sure to bring a wacky, energized set reminiscent of a high school movie’s sleepover montage - if the stars of the movie were the alternative weirdo extras.
“…racing surf licks, upbeat indiepop harmonies… biting edge that reminds us that happiness and comfort is fleeting, and the human emotional experience is by nature dynamic.” - John Vettese, WXPN The Key
"A persistent back-end rumbles and pushes forward, as angst-anchored vocals softly swell within the surf sound.” - The Deli Magazine
WXPN The Key Live In Studio
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Indian-American multi-instrumentalist Nikhil Rao started experimenting with his pop/rock mutations in 2012 on his Tascam 8-track. Influenced by artists like R. Stevie Moore, Prince, Talking Heads, and Ariel Pink, he gravitated towards pushing songwriting and arrangements to their limits dynamically and sonically. The arrangements continued to evolve as a solo-artist in Oakland, CA and Los Angeles, while attending college in Silicon Valley for Sound Design and Scoring for Film & Video Games.
After moving to D.C., Nikhil formed the group with Colin Kelly (of Young Rapids). As chief songwriters, and coming from different backgrounds (Nikhil from the frenetic DIY scene of Oakland, and Colin from the more experimental/avant-garde D.C.), the kaleidoscopic tape meditations transformed into something more polished, clear, while retaining the mercurial nature of Nikhil’s analog heritage. The band was then joined by Michael Mastrangelo & Beth Cannon on lead guitars, thickening and expanding sonic diversity, as well as Nikhil’s younger brother Rohit Rao (of Violent Change) on drums who skillfully glides between visceral punk and acid-jazz rhythms.