Monthly Archives: May 2012

Typefighter – You When You’re Older video

DC music video of the day! Tonight you won’t want to miss a fantastic folk-rock show at the Black Cat with out-of-towners Plume Giant and locals Ugly Purple Sweater and Typefighter. Today’s video comes courtesy of the late & lamented SocialStudies DC blog, for the soon-to-be-released Typefighter song You When You’re Older. The video comes from last winter in the secluded Montrose Park in Georgetown.

To promote tonight’s show, Ugly Purple Sweater and Typefighter both covered a song written by the other band, and released the results as a free download on Bandcamp.

See you there tonight!

Black Cobain – Cheers video

DC music video of the day! Black Cobain, signed to Wale’s Board Administration label, is a DMV rapper on the rise. Today’s video is the title track from his recently released free mixtape Cheers. The visuals may come from London, where Cobain is working with Mark Ronson, but the sound is definitely DC.

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Justin Jones – Miracles video

DC music video of the day! Justin Jones has been plying his radio-friendly Americana rock in this town for a number of years now, previously fronting his band The Driving Rain and now going solo under the wing of the 9:30 Club’s record label. The slickly produced video for Miracles, from his brand new album Fading Light, could finally bring much-deserved wider attention to this local talent.

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Drop Electric – Robot Funeral video

DC music video of the day! Drop Electric are scheduled to play a set at Artomatic in Crystal City tonight at 10 PM. And that sounds like a great excuse to me to run another fantastic video by these soundscape shoegazers. Today’s video for the awesomely named song Robot Funeral was released last summer, and the track should find its way onto Drop Electric’s forthcoming album. Happy Memorial Day everyone!

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America Hearts – A Whole Lotta Love video

DC music video of the day! Indie poppers America Hearts are back at the Black Cat tonight with the second installment in their Singles Club series, with local friends The Cheniers and Dot Dash. We featured the video for Lose You from the first single last month, and today we’ve got the video for A Whole Lotta Love, from the second EP Messy.

And there’s a bonus video too! Check out this cute little introduction to the Singles Club series. The brief footage from last year’s Fort Reno show gets me pumped for the summer!

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All Good Funk Alliance – Slingshot Boogie video

DC music video of the day! To many, Memorial Day is a time for BBQs and tubing trips on the Potomac, but in the city the annual tradition I love most is the Fort Knox Recordings takeover parties at U Street Music Hall. This year’s Funk 4 Peace throwdown Sunday night involves the Godfather of Hip-Hop Afrika Bambaataa, reggae rockers Nappy Riddem, an always awesome Fort Knox Five DJ set, and the debut live performance for long time dance party veterans All Good Funk Alliance. FKR just released the AGFA album Jacks of All Trades, and they are so excited about this record that they are giving it away at the club! Today we’ve got the video for the title track from AGFA’s 2009 EP Slingshot Boogie, on their own Funk Weapons label, featuring rhymes from Think Tank.

Funk 4 Peace

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Lenorable – Ligeia video

DC music video of the day! Did you know that today, May 22nd, is World Goth Day? Yippee! It’s finally time to bust out the eyeliner and sad music. Let’s celebrate with a music video from DC’s favorite goth rockers Lenorable. The video for Ligeia comes from their 2011 EP The Prince.

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Tabi Bonney – Castle on a Cloud video

DC music video of the day! Tabi Bonney is the latest in a line of well regarded DMV rappers releasing hot new mixtapes. Bonney’s release Endless Summer expands on last year’s The Summer Years, both produced by Ski Beatz. Check out the debut video from the project, Castle On a Cloud featuring Terri Walker.

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Local Shows This Weekend

Lots of great local shows to choose from this weekend!

Friday
Astra Via, Vandaveer & The Beanstalk Library @ The Black Cat Mainstage
La Sera & Beach Week @ The Red Palace
SOJA, Rootz Underground & Zedicious @ 9:30 Club (sold out)
The Yellow Dogs, Dangerosa & Washerwoman @ Comet Ping Pong
Pree, Ice Cream & Bike Trip @ Velvet Lounge

Saturday
The Kid Congo Powers Hour, Garbage Zone & DJ Baby Alcatraz @ Comet Ping Pong
Kingsley Flood & Drawbridges @ U St Music Hall (Early show – 7 PM)
Last Tide, Fire and the Wheel, More Humans & Teenage Aviation @ The Black Cat Mainstage
SOJA & DJ ?uestlove @ 9:30 Club (sold out)
Sonic Circuits Showcase: Fast & Safe, Ted Zook, TL0741, Kingdom of Sharks, Mercury Fools the Alchemist, Domesticated Wild Drones, Ivan Khilko & Robert Blake Highway @ Artomatic 2012 [1851 S. Bell St - Crystal City, Arlington, VA] (Cherry Smash Stage – 2:30 PM)

Sunday
Lost Civilizations & Loop 2.4.3 @ Galaxy Hut
Ms. Director & Clear Plastic Masks @ The Black Cat Backstage
Soundbites – a benefit for DC Central Kitchen feat. DJ Will Eastman, Bones Fur Feather, the Arkives & Nappy Riddem + food tastings from area restaurants and food trucks @ 9:30 Club

Vandaveer & SOJA videos

DC music videos of the day! Two great local shows tonight deserve a double video feature on Hometown Sounds. First up is folk troubadors Vandaveer, part of a truly fantastic lineup tonight at the Black Cat with fellow locals The Beanstalk Library and Astra Via (Olivia Mancini from Washington Social Club and Jarrett Nicolay of Virginia Coalition). Their song The Great Gray comes from Vandaveer’s 2011 album Dig Down Deep.

The second video comes from the extremely popular reggae band Soldiers of Jah Army a.k.a. SOJA. They’ve worked hard over a long 15 year career to build a die-hard fan base that’s clearly shown in two sold-out shows at the 9:30 Club this weekend. Today’s video is the title track from their current album Strength To Survive.

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