The Bounce: Goodbye Artisphere, Hello D’Angelo

By Ally Schweitzer

With his comeback album "Black Messiah," D'Angelo won this week in music.
With his comeback album "Black Messiah," D'Angelo won this week in music.

Bandwidth’s Friday roundup of local and not-so-local music news.

D’Angelo makes a stellar comeback with Black Messiah. [Washington Post]

…and it was a strategically timed one, rushed out in response to national outrage over Eric Garner and Michael Brown’s slayings. [New York Times]

Ailing Rosslyn venue Artisphere is expected to close. [ARLnow, Washington City Paper]

A soon-to-open coffee shop in Silver Spring, Bump ‘n Grind, is also a record store. [Express]

The Apple Store pulls its stock of racist music. [Spin]

Net neutrality is crucial for indie music lovers, and this is why. [Pitchfork]

Record Store Day saved the vinyl industry, according to the co-founder of Record Store Day. [Billboard]

…So, anyone want to open a pressing plant? [Fact]

Wale announces his next mixtape, Festivus, out Dec. 23. [Hypetrak]

D.C. cabbie and Ethiopian music star Hailu Mergia performs on World Cafe. [WXPN]

Dismemberment Plan’s Travis Morrison reflects on Change. [Noisey]

D.C. folkie Marian McLaughlin says now “feels like the right time” to pursue music as a career. [DCist]

This was the year in Tiny Desk Concerts. [NPR]

D.C.’s Loud Boyz drop a new video. [Brightest Young Things]

Local popsters Astra Via release a big new tune. [D.C. Music Download]

Howard University’s Afro Blue sings Christmas music on NPR. [NPR]

D.C.’s hardcore scene is not the only one getting a look back. [The Runout]

Year-end music lists, rounded up: The best music of the year, according to PitchforkTiny Mix Tapes, Thump, and Consequence of Sound.

On Bandwidth: We reflect on a year of Bandwidth videos and premiere a new one from King Tuff; Diamond District releases a mixtape album; Wale returns to his go-go roots; Sansyou talks to us about their newest song; WAMU remembers bluegrass DJ Ray Davis; a new benefit compilation tasks D.C. bands with remixing each other.