Category Archives: shows

Typefighter – You When You’re Older video

As a musician, it’s not easy to keep things fresh over time. Perhaps you join a new band that sounds nothing like your original band, like Typefighter‘s frontman Ryan McLaughlin playing guitar in the hardcore band Joy Buttons. It could also be an evolution of a band’s sound. Typefighter had a mellower, folkier sound in their earlier EPs, 2009′s i want to see you game, boys, i want to see you brave and 2011′s fall winter fall. Our first taste of their louder, more powerful and garage-ier sound came last July at the 9:30 Club, and they were quite excited to get their new music into the ears of fans. Their new music video, You When You’re Older, provides an interesting way to hear the change directly. After watching the video, check out our post nearly 2 years ago to hear the same song recorded live for the late SocialStudiesDC blog. Grab their new full length album The End of Everything on April 22nd courtesy Huge Witch Records and your tickets to their release show May 3rd at Rock & Roll Hotel, with Shark Week, Teen Mom and Sunset Guns.


Funk Parade Kickoff Party

The Funk Parade, a musical celebration of the awesomeness of the U Street Corridor, is coming on Saturday May 3rd, but the preliminary warm-up events are already here! To help kick off their new Indiegogo campaign, head to Liv Nightclub (above Bohemian Caverns) tonight to check out the Funk Parade All-Star Band (aka Ninja Bunny), including members of Elikeh, Lucky Dub, and Eme & Heteru, as well as Michael Saretsky (TNT) and DJ Nitekrawler (Moneytown), and more! Watch the promo video below and head to to snag advance tix!


Under The Counter – The Ides of March


The monthly comedy + jazz + indie rock night Under The Counter returns to The Dunes in Columbia Heights this Friday night!

Jokes from Nate Johnson, Tom Sherman, Michael J. Foody & Erica Johnson, hosted by Ruth Rasby
Power pop from Black Checker
As always with Jonathan Parker‘s Too Big To Fail Octet, this week featuring Linsay Deming!

Have you wondered what Hometown Sounds podcast co-host Tony Porreco looks like in person? Or in the bath? Wonder no longer, thanks to the new video flyer!

(The show’s organizers live in the DIY music space The Bathtub Republic, FYI)

RSVP on the Facebook event

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Under The Counter presents Under The Covers

Hardly any jazz musicians make music videos, sadly, but this “video flyer” is a kick-ass substitute. DC area jazz band leader Jonathan Parker and his friend Leah Gage (drummer for the awesome indie rock band Brenda) organize a monthly show at Columbia Heights hotspot The Dunes called “Under The Counter”. It’s an unusual mix of stand-up comedy and jazz, with a cherry on top from some of the best DC bands today. February’s installment, subtitled “Under The Covers”, falls on Valentine’s Day, and features comedy from Jheisson Nunez (“Jay Leeno Show,” Topaz), Chris Milner (State Theater, Arlington Draft House), Adam Friedland (Funny Moms), Andrew Bucket (You Me Them Everybody, 8×8), jazz from the Jonathan Parker 8, rock from Philly’s Br’er and DC’s amazing Presto Bando, as always hosted by Ruth Rasby. RSVP here!


Coup Sauvage & The Snips – Sneaks video

The most exciting bands in DC today are the ones that don’t sound like anything else, and the retro-synth 80s dance-pop influenced Coup Sauvage & The Snips fit that bill. The sextet from the Haus of Sauvage focus on showmanship, fashion and catchy lyrics, as you can see in their debut music video “Sneaks”, the A side of their new single. Thumbs up for the stylish use of the checkerboard floor pattern at the Black Cat, the shooting location for this video. Tonight the Sauvage family opens for JD Samson & MEN at the always-hip Comet Ping Pong, with DJ Dean and DJ Jennder keeping the party going late into the night.


The Cowards Choir – 2-Track Series Performance

Singer-songwriter Andy Zipf’s decision last year to recruit The Beanstalk Library’s Ryan Walker and drumming pair Adam Neubauer and Ben Tufts to form The Cowards Choir has drawn much deserved attention on Zipf’s excellent songwriting and clear, distinct voice. On tour last summer in Charlotte NC, the group teamed up with music video producers Small Creatures and the music blog Carolina Music Connection to record live takes of two songs from their debut pay-what-you-like EP Reunion, “Maybe I” and “Where The Hand Don’t Hold Me Down”. The outdoor nighttime setting on the second song is quite magical, don’t miss it! Check them out live next Tuesday February 11th opening for troubador Justin Jones to celebrate the 10th anniversary of DC9.

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Paperhaus – All Through The Night / The Lot @ Union Kitchen

DC has always enjoyed a thriving DIY house show scene, and the last few years its undisputed king has been the Paperhaus. The house holds the indie rock band of the same name, perhaps not a cunning masterplan but as it turns out a very good way to attract positive attention to both ‘hauses. Musician and booker Alex Tebeleff puts together diverse bills of both locals and touring acts at both Paperhaus and these days at Columbia Heights events space The Dunes. Last summer and fall the nexus of DC indie music, food trucks and good times came together at The Lot at Union Kitchen, an open air party curated by Tebeleff and others. Videographer Zambia captured the scene and assembled this fun video, and what else could the soundtrack have been but “All Through The Night” from Paperhaus’s 2013 EP Lo Hi Lo? For some true DC DIY spirit, come to the Paperhaus tonight for Philly’s Son Step, St. Louis’s Sleepy Kitty and DC bands Lies About and Greenland. Enter around back & bring some money to help the touring bands get to their next gig!

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Drop Electric – Lucille video

Drop Electric are probably the most prolific music video creators in the DC music scene. I’ve run 14 of their videos on the Hometown Sounds DC music video of the day feature. On days when a new Drop Electric video premieres, I like to have a little friendly competition with my friends over at DC Music Download to write a post about it faster than they can. This time they had the jump on me, premiering the sexy (NSFW?) new video Lucille, from last year’s Waking Up To The Fire, along with an interview with DE’s drummer Ramtin Arablouei. Of course you’ll read that before buying advance tix to the 9:30 Club for DMD’s 2 year anniversary bash featuring Drop Electric, The Sea Life, Young Rapids and The Raised By Wolves. Of course.


The Walking Sticks – You Might Like This Song video

Mellow dreampop band The Walking Sticks put a welcome emphasis on singer Chelsea Lee’s vocals in their songs. Their new EP Send The Night, a FREE download released last month, is required downloading in advance of their slot on Saturday night at The Black Cat opening for Who Needs a Pulse (formerly Mike & Cody) and DC indie rock darling Olivia Mancini & her Mates. Videographer Sam Janesko created this music video for The Walking Sticks’ new song “You Might Like This Song” from live performance footage and a classic Jimmy Stewart film, and the catchy doo-doo-doo vocal chorus has me definitively liking the song.

Bonus video! Olivia Mancini & The Mates rehearse a new song “Where Are You? (The Science of Love)”, with Pop-Up Video style facts about your brain on love. Don’t miss this great all-DC music lineup Saturday night at the Black Cat!

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Nita Chawla – Bite The Bullet video

Tonight The Circus Life podcast‘s Justin Trawick brings his We Are The 9 singer-songwriter showcase back to Iota. If you haven’t been before, it’s a great opportunity to hear a variety of new and established songwriters perform. One up-and-comer on tonight’s bill is Nita Chawla, recent recipient of a House Artist Grant from House Studio DC. The fruits of that grant are her new EP Grace and debut music video for “Bite The Bullet” as part of House Studio’s $5 Music Video series.


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