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Anthony Pirog – Threshold video

Today I’m shamelessly jumping on the Anthony Pirog lovefest train. Yesterday the fine folks at DC Music Download premiered this new music video for Threshold, an angular, dissonant rock track from Pirog’s breakout album Palo Colorado Dream on Cuneiform Records. Sunday the masters of DC jazz at Capital Bop host a traveling edition of their Jazz Loft series at the Fridge, featuring Pirog’s trio and support from excellent saxophonist Brian Settles. Grab your $10 advance tix now.

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The Cornel West Theory – I’ll Die For This Shit video

Hype for the new full length Coming From The Bottom by hip-hop thought leaders The Cornel West Theory keeps on building. Yesterday they dropped a new video for “I’ll Die For This Shit” featuring Queen Helene AKA Golden Athena of Les Nubians on vocals. The video, directed by drummer Sam Lavine, involves both lyrics and badass visuals of Queen Helene, Rashad Dobbins and Tim Hicks. And if you really want to follow along, they helpfully put all the lyrics in the details section of the YouTube page. Don’t miss your next chance to see the Theory live at the Ceremonies of Dark Men multimedia live performance event as part of the 5×5 Project along with poet Major Jackson and sounds from King Britt at the Hillyer Arts Space on Friday December 12th. Admission is FREE so RSVP now at http://www.the5x5project.com/event/codm-in-multimedia/.

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Tereu Tereu – Spanish Lynx video

Tereu Tereu‘s Ryan Little created the visuals himself for the melancholy electronic track “Spanish Lynx”, the wrap up song from TT’s 2013 excellent album Quadrants. Yesterday Little’s occasional publisher the Washington City Paper premiered the abstract, washed-out video, filmed on Little’s HTC Thunderbolt phone. Tonight Tereu Tereu kicks off a refreshingly diverse lineup at the Black Cat mainstage with The Deadmen supporting the CD release event for instrumental heavyweights Black Clouds. Get there early!

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Wanted Man – Pardon Me If I Stare video

This week seems to belong to Wanted Man. The bluesy garage rock group released their debut self-titled EP (name your price download!) just in time for their show tonight opening for Natural Child at the Black Cat. And today our compatriots at DC Music Download posted a ripping 3 song live set captured live at Thomas Orgren’s Persona Non Grata studio. Is everyone paying attention now? Here’s their newest music video for “Pardon Me If I Stare”, directed by Michael Hindert.

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The Walking Sticks – One Sweet Thing video

The video we’ve all been waiting for is here! Yesterday young dream poppers The Walking Sticks unveiled the product of their recent live video shoot for “One Sweet Thing” at DC9. Superfans learned the choreography for the song from YouTube and wore fuzzy Silent Disco-esque headphones to show off their moves on stage. The result is goofy, sometimes awkward and contains a surprising amount of ass (worker bees beware!) for the sweet and fluffy song from their newest EP Pop Dreams, now freely available for your downloading pleasure. Don’t miss the EP release show this Saturday night at Rock & Roll Hotel with PLOY and Lean Quatifah.

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The Very Small – Said and Done video

What’s not to love about a hot dose of melody-driven power pop? Despite their name, The Very Small deliver big time catchy riffs and sweet harmonies on “Said and Done”, the first single from their sophomore album Zoomed Way Out released earlier this year. Robin Smith and Aaron Mann channeled their love of 90s rock into their first self-titled album back in 2009, then went on hiatus after the departure of an original band member. Adding bassist Zack Berman brought the band back to life, and now they complete a short tour through Brooklyn and Baltimore with a hometown show this Sunday night at the Velvet Lounge in DC with Model Stranger and Time Columns. Check out this joyous music video PREMIERE for “Said and Done”, easily capturing the essence of having fun and rocking out with your friends. That’s what being in a band is all about.

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Ace Cosgrove – Golden Chills video

For a young 23 year old rapper from Gaithersburg, Ace Cosgrove is making all the right moves. His first mixtape Simple Criticism just came out in April of this year, and already his second UsVsRobots is the new hotness, with props from XXL, Karmaloop and HipHopDX. Guru MG directed this simple yet stylish video for “Golden Chills”, UsVsRobots’s lead-off track chronicling Cosgrove’s struggles with his inner demons. Load these free mixtapes on your phone and check out Cosgrove’s set opening for BADBADNOTGOOD at American University on Thursday November 13th.

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Anthony Pirog – The New Electric video

For some sad reason, the jazz world hardly ever produces music videos. Thankfully we’ve got stellar guitarist Anthony Pirog shaking things up in many different ways. Though rooted in jazz with a degree in jazz studies, genre and convention utterly fail to contain Pirog’s virtuosic guitar abilities. While most well known locally for his Sonic Circuits-featured experimental work with partner Janel Leppin, I was quite surprised to see Pirog playing guitar for alt-country rock band The Jackfields at Iota’s Magnificent Intentions festival earlier this month. Now Silver Spring based label Cunieform Records has released Pirog’s debut full length album as a jazz trio leader, Palo Colorado Dream, featuring drummer Ches Smith from New York and Baltimore’s Michael Formanek on bass. The video for “The New Electric” was created by filmmaker Dan Sharnoff from 7848 photos he took of the trio performing at Shangrilah Studios in Brooklyn. I love how the imagery matches the song in pace as it progresses from its quiet jazz intro to bombastic post-rock noise. Make your way to #DCDIT house show mecca Paperhaus tonight to see the Anthony Pirog Trio along with Split/Red, Native America and DC’s resurrected Young Rapids.

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#TBT Typefighter – Much video

#TBT for a Halloween-themed music video you may have missed. Last year the indie rock band Typefighter started to build the hype for their excellent debut full length album The End Of Everything with this video for “Much”, usually featured as a big finish to their blistering live sets. Aviv Rubenstein created this really fun video featuring kids in Halloween costumes fighting a dramatic war in the woods. It’s been great to see this band start to break out this year through extensive touring, so don’t miss their next hometown show at DC9 on Wednesday November 5th opening for Pup.

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The Walking Sticks – Bang (Vibe With You) video

Earlier this month, dream pop trio The Walking Sticks invited fans to dance in a new music video for “One Sweet Thing” at a show at DC9. While we wait to see everyone’s goofy dance moves on that song, BYT premiered the first video from their upcoming EP Pop Dreams yesterday. “Bang (Vibe With You)” provides appropriately abstract and meditative footage shot by Sam and David Janesko, accompanying the delicate production by twins Max & Spencer Ernst and amazing pipes of singer Chelsea Lee. Pop Dreams comes out November 11th, and the release show comes Saturday November 22nd at Rock & Roll Hotel.

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