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The Sea Life – NY Models (GemsOnVHS)

A big part of the DIY/DIT house show scene in DC is crashing on couches. For the touring musicians, that is. Overindulgent patrons are typically relocated to front porches or back alleys. Anyway, Nashville’s Anthony Simpkins, chief everything officer of visual creative content company GemsOnVHS, recently visited our town and got a fitting intro to the DC music scene from The Sea Life‘s Jon Weiss, and his sofa. Simpkins’ camera caught this excellent stripped down performance by Weiss and Payton James of “NY Models”, from their 2013 album Transitions (name your own price!) in Dupont Circle. Much like last week’s Pree video, the tighter focus on Weiss’s vocals and lyrics than is typical for a Sea Life performance is cool to see and hear. The Sea Life next performs live at DC Music Download’s Autumn Spectacular at the Howard Theatre on Saturday October 11th with Typefighter, Teen Mom and Lowercase Letters.

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Pree – Two Feet Shy video

You can tell when a band is really taking things seriously when the first single emerges many months before a promised full-length album. Indie pop band Pree‘s new record RIMA won’t emerge from Paper Garden Records until next February, but its debut single “Two Feet Shy” is attracting attention already. Grab a free download of the song today from SoundCloud and watch Pree perform the song live at Outlier Inn and Ambika Boutique in Woodridge, NY, on a 12 acre farm in the foothills of the Catskill mountains. May Tabol’s delicate and quirky vocals are often lost in the mix when playing at clubs, so I quite appreciate the attention they get in this live video. I bet you’ll hear a lot more songs from this upcoming album at their homecoming show at Paperhaus on Sunday October 5th with Krill, Star Rover and Witch Coast.

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The Funk Ark – Man Is A Monster teaser

As I threw down “Road to Coba” during my DJ set at Wonderland Ballroom’s Under the Counter show last night, I wondered how long much longer we’d have to wait to hear new music by The Funk Ark. It’s been two years since they released the excellent High Noon on ESL Records. Today my prayers were answered when Will Rast’s jazz-afrobeat ensemble dropped a teaser for their new album Man Is A Monster, coming out October 10th on Ropeadope Records. Mark your calendars for an album release show at the Black Cat co-hosted by The Funk Parade and Listen Local First.

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Under the Counter Presents Under the Sea

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We here at Hometown Sounds are ginormous fans of the jazz + comedy series Under the Counter hosted by Jonathan Parker and BRNDA‘s Leah Gage. After the sad closure of The Dunes earlier this year, Under The Counter finally settles into their comfy new digs this Wednesday evening upstairs at Wonderland Ballroom. Jonathan’s ensemble Panel Counsel provides the cool jazz while Andrew Bucket, Chelsea Shorte and Michael J. Foody bring the chuckles. And yours truly will spin an all-DC set full of classics, new cuts and surprises. This show is eff are eee eee FREE! What do you have to lose? That’s right, not a damn thing.
Check out video of Panel Counsel strutting their stuff earlier this summer at Triangle House, shot by DC music video vet Nigel Lyons.

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Loud Boyz – Hard Feelings video

We can all agree that autumn’s pleasant chill has finally arrived in DC. Time to put away the jorts and dig out the jackets. Fall is my favorite time of year, but the brash punks in Loud Boyz clearly favor wild summer weekends at the beach. Their debut video for “Hard Feelings” was shot during a weekend playing shows in Ocean City MD, proving these guys have advanced degrees in partying. “Hard Feelings” gets a genuine 7″ release from Cricket Cemetery in November, but you don’t have to wait that long to blow out your eardrums with the Loud Boyz. The official-sounding DC Party Action Committee hosts the Brodown Throwdown all day and night at the Rock & Roll Hotel on Saturday September 20th with a crazy awesome lineup including Wanted Man, Typefighter, Baby Bry Bry & The Apologists and more top-notch DJs than should be allowed in one day. And with no cover charge, that’s more money to tip your hard-working bartenders.

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Boardroom Heroes – New Wage video

It’s Friday, the weekend is here and I don’t know about you but I am ready to cut loose. Bethesda pop-punk band Boardroom Heroes headlines a fantastic night of spastic punk and ska music at Rock & Roll Hotel tonight to celebrate the release of their new 5 song EP New Wage on Sinking Ship Records. The music video for the title track, premiered earlier this week on BlankTV, immediately puts me in the mood to drink 40s, skate and do dangerous stuff with fireworks. Read the interview with the band published today by our comrades at DC Music Download, and catch the entire lineup of bands tonight that includes Centerfield, Walk The Plank and Kill Lincoln.

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The Sea Life – Prozac & Merlot (Dresden Sessions)

My love of music videos should be pretty apparent at this point, but these days my favorite ones are well-produced, well-edited live takes. I connect with a song more when I see the musicians performing it and feel their affinity as a band. It’s the next best thing to seeing a live show, without the challenging sight lines, close quarters and oppressive sweatiness (<3 you anyway Bathtub Republic). If you’ve somehow missed The Sea Life‘s rise from prominence to near-dominance in DC’s indie rock landscape, it’s well past time to get on board. While touring earlier this summer in Charlotte, the band took up the offer of The Dresden Sessions to record a live video in exchange for a crash pad for the night, which sounds like a no-brainer win-win situation to me. Jon Weiss’s distinctive woozy guitar sound and performance style come off perfectly here. Catch them late Saturday night at Comet Ping Pong with Paperhaus, BRNDA and a DJ set from Outputmessage.

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Church Night’s Rev. Bidet Makes a New (Cat) Friend with BRNDA

Are you ready to get your blessings & light on, DC? Tonight join the Reverend Dr. Stevedore Maybelline Bidet Esq. and Youth Minister Kathy Piechota at the Some Souls Church Night upstairs at Wonderland Ballroom to save your soul and enjoy a communion of “shots & tots”. The service for this evening features sexy witness to faith Bella La Blanc, humorous storytelling from Hillary Scofield and praise band Go Cozy. Here’s a video of Rev. Bidet nuzzling with feline of the Lord CHAZ, appropriately set to “Make A New Friend” by truly blessed DC praise band BRNDA.

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Letitia Van Sant – Parts & Labor video

Gypsy Sally’s, one of DC’s finest new music venues, turns 1 year old this week. With a focus on twang, folk and Americana, they kick off their anniversary celebration tonight with a show curated by our buds at Listen Local First. “All Things Local” features many of our songwriting faves: Bobby Thompson, Jackson Edwards, Jonny Grave, Tom McBride, Justin Trawick and today’s featured musician Letitia Van Sant. Splitting her time between DC and her hometown of Baltimore, she frequently tours with Tom Liddle, David McKinley-Ward and Will McKinley-Ward as The Bonafides. Watch a live performance of her and David singing “Parts & Labor”, title track from an upcoming release, and don’t miss her playing solo at Gypsy Sally’s tonight!

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Asheru – Make Magic video

DC rapper & educator Asheru‘s most recent album Sleepless In Soweto shifts most of its focus from his hometown to South Africa, working closely with artists there to craft lyrics and sound to represent both locales. While “Funky DC”, the last video of Ash’s we featured, celebrated the revitalization of U Street’s musical legacy, “Make Magic” takes us to the Soweto area of South Africa’s largest city Johannesburg. Directed by Asheru and Didier Ganza of So Afrika Entertainment, the video shows both traditional African Zulu scenes and pretty amazing contortions from street-level Pantsula dancers. Mark your calendar for Thursday September 11th when Asheru performs with dancehall band Explosion Negra from Columbia at Tropicalia.

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