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Lightshow – Score

DC rapper Lightshow‘s profile has only grown since Complex Magazine‘s nod as one of the hot new rappers to watch out for two years ago. His latest mixtape Yellow Tape And White Chalk 5 channels the recent outrage over police conduct in the country, and its new single Score doesn’t let up one bit as he raps about the death of Baltimore’s Freddie Gray over an instrumental by Shy Glizzy.

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Podcast for July 28th, 2015

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Paul clues Tony in to obscure vinyl terminology and they find out just how much the iPhone knows about the local music scene.

Tracklisting:
Louie Lastic – Reactions [Soulection White Label]
Night Kitchen – Fever Dream [Hunger Games]
Sara Curtin – Summer [Michigan Lilium]
BRNDA – Extinct [Year of the Manatee]
Near Northeast – Delmarva [Curios]
Jake Starr & The Delicious Fullness – By the Grace of Mod [By the Grace of Mod 7″]

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Jack On Fire – Condos

Masters of saying the wrong thing at the right time, punk provocateurs Jack On Fire bring a long-awaited overdose of snark to the Fort Reno stage tonight. As long as the rain holds off, the season of outdoor shows draws to an all-too-early close before the August doldrums/mass evacuation. From their pay what you want download Greatest Hits Nov. 2014​-​Feb. 2015, littered with gems like “The NSA Has My Dick Pics”, “Andy Harris Needs To Smoke Some Weed” and of course “Cocaine (Will Turn You Into An Asshole)”, enjoy one full minute of JOF’s catchy single “Condos”.

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A MARC Train Home – Coarse Hairs

Last month’s announcement of the departure of lead singer Lia Pisa-Relli caused some to worry about the future of dream rock band A MARC Train Home. But never fear, DC! They quickly found Genevieve Moore to take over vocal duties and their first show with the new lineup Friday night at the Rock & Roll Hotel is getting the full stage treatment with lights and fog machine courtesy of Ramtin from Drop Electric. With These Quiet Colours, Technicians and Uptown Boys Choir filling out the bill, your Friday night DC music plans are set. Here’s the music video for “Coarse Hairs”, track 1 from their FREE debut full length album It’s Easier To Make A Mess. Be on the lookout for the hot Starfleet tattoo on video model Shoshie Sennett, if you’re a nerd like me.

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Mellow Diamond – Namesake

Life and musical parnters Janel Leppin and Anthony Pirog are the secret sauce that makes a whole lot of DC music more interesting. It’s an uncommon joy to see one or both of them appearing live with a wide variety of bands including Wanted Man, The El Reys and Laughing Man. In addition to collaborating on a pair of excellent albums as Janel and Anthony, their individual outlets are equally amazing. Last year’s album Palo Colorado Dream by The Anthony Pirog Trio landed on a number of jazz critics’ year-end best-of lists, while Janel’s all-female quintet Ensemble Volcanic Ash made a solid impression with audiences at this year’s Washington Women In Jazz Festival with an instrumental lineup including harp, stand up bass and Janel’s trademark effected cello. While we wait patiently for the debut album release by her solo ambient moniker Mellow Diamond, Janel and Michael Hindert created this video accompaniment for the dreamlike song “Namesake”. And guess what! Janel and Anthony play a free show the Fringe Fest this Saturday evening with Brooklyn vocalist Marilyn Carino. Open your mind to some truly exceptional and very different forms of music.

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Sara Curtin – Sweet Dreams

Singer Sara Curtin takes the title of her new single “Sweet Dreams” literally in the music video directed by Paul Abowd. Amongst the dreamy shots of Curtin singing are close ups of ingredients on their way to becoming a cake. Personally, I was a bit bummed the dessert didn’t turn out to be browines. Nothing better in this than a brownie ice cream sundae, amiright? Curtin’s new full length album Michigan Lilium drops July 24th, and everyone celebrates the release on Thursday August 6th at the Rock & Roll Hotel with openers Stranger in the Alps and The North Country. What better way to celebrate an album’s birthday than with cake for everyone? Just sayin’.

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Bumper Jacksons – I’ve Got My Whiskey (I Don’t Need You)

The Garage Video Sessions is an online music video collaboration between husband and wife duo Pando Creative and the Charlottesville VA music venue The Garage, filming live takes of local and touring acts as they come through town. DC’s roots revivalists Bumper Jacksons recently breezed through and laid down this foot stompin’ version of singer Chris Ousley’s original song “I’ve Got My Whiskey (I Don’t Need You)”. If that wet your whistle for more, their new album Too Big World is streaming now on their Bandcamp in advance of the CD release show next Saturday July 25th at the Birchmere with the newly revived Junior League Band.

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Podcast for July 14th, 2015

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On this episode of the Hometown Sounds podcast, Tony reminisces on Jonny Grave’s folksy workplace manners and we live dangerously by using a random number generator to pick a song.

Tracklisting:
SOJA – I Believe (Gogo Remix feat. Alfred the MC) [SoundCloud]
Spirit Plots – Burnt Tapes [Burnt Tapes / Allison]
Lighting Fires – I Remember When [Friend Fiction]
Seaknuckle – So What [Get Over It]
Wall of Trophies – Everything [2015 Debut Single]
Jonny Grave & The Tomstones – When I Die [The Well]

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South Rail – Wayfaring Stranger

It’s never too late for a top quality live video, I say. Today folky Americana trio South Rail released a new music video shot during the recording of “Wayfaring Stranger”, from last year’s EP Stars produced by the legendary Don Was. This sultry, languid version of the well-known 19th century Western ballad was recorded in Santa Monica CA and features Lara Supan’s captivating vocal delivery alongside quiet, bluesy instrumentation. Fill your growlers with local beer and catch South Rail performing live this Saturday July 18th at Port City Brewing in Alexandria.

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Footwerk – No Hurry

DC’s hip-hop fusion ensemble Footwerk released their debut album Casual Encounters last month, and today the newest music video “No Hurry” dropped. The song has a throwback 90s summer jam vibe, so the band decided to pay tribute to the MTV proto-reality TV series The Real World in this music video. There are many many good reasons to not live with your band, especially if it’s got 6 people in it. Make your way to Clarendon’s Whitlows on Wilson to catch this band live tonight!

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