Category Archives: video

Sara Curtin – V D A Y (NPR Tiny Desk Contest submission)

It looks like Snowzilla forced stir-crazy musicians everywhere to record their submission to NPR Music’s Tiny Desk Contest while thoroughly snowed in a couple of weekends ago. That’s what Sara Curtin did, enlisting fiancé Brenden Chaney to film this solo version of seasonally-appropriate “V D A Y”, an old song thoroughly reworked for Curtin’s outstanding 2015 album Michigan Lilium. Curtin & her full band join with two other powerhouse DC women musicians, Lauren Calve and Marian McLaughlin, at Songbyrd in AdMo on Friday February 12th.


Kitchen Noise – The Host (NPR Tiny Desk Contest submission)

This is the best time of year to be a music video blogger. Bob Boilen’s now annual Tiny Desk Contest encourages so many musicians to set up the video cameras and polish off long-gestating new songs, and we’re excited to bring you the cream of the crop from our hometown. Kitchen Noise has been the off-and-on solo folk project of Cory Foley-Marsello for a few years, but now he’s recruited a full band to give his songs the depth they deserve. KN’s only album release, Ceramics, was way back in 2012, so check out the new material, including “The Host”, at the rescheduled album release show for Aaron Tinjum & The Tangents at the Rock & Roll Hotel on Sunday, February 21st along with producer extraordinaire Louis Weeks.


Near Northeast – What To Say (NPR Tiny Desk Contest submission)

Snowzilla’s thick white blanket is quickly retreating to towering, near-unmeltable mounds blocking sidewalks and lesser-used lanes of traffic, and super-hip indie folk trio Near Northeast seized the opportunity during the storm’s aftermath to film their submission to NPR Music’s Tiny Desk Contest, which ends tomorrow. “What To Say” is currently unreleased but distinctly memorable from their recent live sets at Black Cat and Luce Unplugged. Avy, Kelly and Austin intend to record a sophomore album later this year, so in the meantime, pay what you want for last year’s excellent full length Curios and keep your eyes peeled for more live shows in March.

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Debrider – Wrapped Around Your Finger

After departing as vocalist for dream-rock band A MARC Train Home, Lia Pisa-Relli contemplated quitting music altogether, but luckily she changed course to learn guitar and go solo instead. Taking the ominous name Debrider, Pisa-Relli released her debut pay-what-you-want EP Blind and Bloodshot last summer, and now prepares for a full length release Widowed with an advance music video release, the woozy, sexy and sparkly “Wrapped Around Your Finger”.


Wall of Trophies – Everything

Singer Brittany Jean and producer Will Copps release Heliograph, their debut album as Wall of Trophies, in just a few days. If you dug the album’s title track from the last episode of our podcast, then the School of Seven Bells-influenced duo’s debut music video should make you even more excited for this release. “Everything” settles into a cool dream-pop vibe that slowly builds to a dynamic climax, reflected in the cathartic storyline and message of the music video. Even though Will is currently stationed abroad, Hometown Sounds is excited and hopeful for a DC area album release live show in the future!


Stranger in the Alps – The Mann Gulch Fire (NPR Tiny Desk submission)

Now that the calendar has rolled over to January, the new annual tradition of NPR All Songs Considered’s Tiny Desk contest has returned to spur rising, striving artists to create live music videos behind a desk of their choosing. This leads to much creative interpretation, such as this early entry by Steve Kolowich’s folk group Stranger in the Alps. I won’t spoil the twist, so enjoy this rendition of the beautifully narrative song “The Mann Gulch Fire (The Wag Dodge Escape)” from their 2013 album Honey If You’re Lucky.

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The Cornel West Theory – RAFIQ

Hip-hop group The Cornel West Theory dropped “RAFIQ”, the second video from their newly released album The T.A.B.L.E. The incendiary lyrics are strangely juxtaposed with against the 1989 Razzie-award winning movie Harlem Nights, starring Richard Pryor and Eddie Murphy and directed by Murphy, creating a sharp constrast between Hollywood’s vision of black culture and violence in the 1930s and its representation today in rap music. The Cornel West Theory are a fearsome live act, so don’t miss their next show at the MLK Library on Thursday February 4th with Time Is Fire and The Black Sparks, presented by the DC Punk Archive.


Ace Cosgrove – Baby Need Clothes

Gaithersburg, MD rapper Ace Cosgrove assuredly found his style on his most recent mixtape Baby Need Food. The production by Robbie Anthem imparts the lush sound of a full band, which Cosgrove excellently translated live with a large group of musicians at his breakout performance at last year’s Landmark Music Festival. The mixtape’s first music video, “Baby Need Clothes”, directed by Perry, pairs Cosgrove’s lyrics about living life positively with visuals of quality father-daughter bonding over Vietnamese noodles and shopping. It’s an intensely personal music video showcasing Cosgrove’s maturity that bodes well for his continued rise.


The Duskwhales – Living Room

Everyone we spoke with agreed, the standout act from last month’s Magnificent Intentions DC Music Festival was The Duskwhales. Their songs veer from experimental to catchy at just the right time, and their mop-top, besweatered look has charm to spare. While the band records their most recent batch of songs, the first single “Living Room” got this deliciously jangly music video that premiered last month. With more songs and videos on their way early in 2016, this band is poised for a breakout year. The trio has a lot of shows around town on the books in January, but the best is a headlining spot at Rock & Roll Hotel on Friday January 15th with YUM and Kid Claws.


Top 3 Videos of 2015 #1: The North Country – The Cross We Bear

Andrew Grossman’s band The North Country released their sophomore album There Is Nothing To Fear in April and boldly challenged the DC music scene to really step up their game. The album expands on the initial folk-rock style with sonic excursions that show Grossman isn’t just one of the best frontmen in DC, but has the songcraft chops to match. The bar is set high with the first song, the catchy and accessible “The Cross We Bear”, and well-known local director Nigel Lyons’s video matches the song perfectly. Cameos from BRNDA’s Leah Gage, the Church Night crew and members of The North Country are fun easter eggs, as is the bookend scene referencing Grossman’s home and DCDIT house venue, Bathtub Republic. It’s ambitious videos like this that tell a story, convey a meaningful message and compliment the music so well that win the year and make doing this job of bringing you the latest and best in DC music worth it. See you in 2016 for more amazing songs, videos and shows!


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