Category Archives: video

Amber Mimz – Take Off Your Kool video

Sultry R&B singer Amber Mimz tapped promiment online music publication Earmilk to premiere her new music video “Take Off Your Kool”. The video was shot in the gorgeous rural setting of New Windsor MD, and on this first day of spring I couldn’t be more excited for weather like this to arrive. Amber’s production chops are just as impressive as her sweet crooning, imploring us to relax and feel good about ourselves. Pick up Amber’s debut album The Life Of Riley, featuring this single, on her Bandcamp.


Johnny Fantastic – In The Summertime video

Our buds at DC Music Download premiered the debut music video from Johnny Fantastic today. Former Paperhaus bassist John Di Lascio went solo and released the demented funhouse indie rock album Bluebirds, Bluebirds, Bluebirds under the moniker last summer. The new video, constructed around the idea of a twisted tea party with raw meat cake, was shot and edited by Pree’s Ben Usie. Check out DCMD’s post to learn more from Mr. Fantastic himself.


The Urban Cartel – What She Wants video

The Urban Cartel are another signpost on the trend of DC bands blending hip-hop and rock influences together to create a fresh sound, comparable to RDGLDGRN and The Cornel West Theory. “What She Wants”, a soulful song from their FREE 2011 collection Cassette Music, gets the music video treatment from footage of their recent show at the Fillmore Silver Spring. The UC is generous with the Bandcamp, so grab their newest release The N.I.T.E. as well!


The Caribbean – Imitation Air video

DC’s music scene is often dominated by young acts frantically chasing the buzz of popularity. The Caribbean, 15 year veterans of making breezy, laid back and lyrically-focused indie rock in DC, stand in stark contrast to that accepted wisdom. They seem in no hurry to get where they’re going, content to experiment with synth sounds and Michael Kentoff’s falsetto vocal delivery. “Imitation Air” is the first single from their 6th full length album Moon Sickness, released last month on Portland’s Hometapes label. Longtime producer Chad Clark, also of the band Beauty Pill, described the music video for Imitation Air:

“There’s a door. We don’t know what’s beyond the door. We don’t know whether it leads outside. The door is a Schrödinger’s cat. We don’t know whether the door represents decimation or liberation. The door glows with promise or menace; we don’t know. You begin to argue amongst yourselves in slow motion about what to do about the door. With a lot of debate, one by one, the trio members open the door and exit to … we never find out what it is.”

Mark your calendars for Saturday March 29th when The Caribbean supports the CD release show for Hometown Sounds faves The Jet Age at Comet Ping Pong.


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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Thomas Blondet feat. Leyla Chatti – Tu Va Partir

DJ and producer Thomas Blondet‘s resume includes many keywords of DC’s nightlife history: Buzz, Pollen, Fever, Club Red. The record label he founded with ESL’s Farid Nouri, Rhythm & Culture, has a well-respected catalog of lounge, house and world-influenced cuts, including Blondet’s just released full length album Futureworld. The newest single from that album, the sexy “Tu Va Partir” with French vocals from local Leyla Chatti, features remixes from Zeb and Double A and a music video shot by Mauro Demony of Dub Africa at Local 16. Catch Blondet’s regular Rhythm & Culture DJ night every Sunday at 18th Street Lounge.


PHZ-Sicks – Black Women video

Presenting a welcome contrast from the usual treatment of women in rap videos, Woodbridge’s PHZ-Sicks steps aside to let the beautiful black women in director John Ledbetter‘s music video for “Black Women” take the spotlight and sing the positive messages in the lyrics. Grab the single from iTunes or cop the whole full length album The Moment from Bandcamp.


Outputmessage – Goldilocks Zone video

Hey, remember when we played the hot new track “Asteroids” by producer Bernard Farley’s Outputmessage moniker on the newest episode of the Hometown Sounds podcast? Well forget all about that, so old news. The new news is the FREE debut single “Goldilocks Zone” from Farley’s full length album The Infinite Void, scheduled for release March 25th. The new single has a more delicate house vibe than the deep space excursions on Farley’s recent Asteroids EP, despite the title’s reference to the placement of planets capable of supporting human life. The music video, directed by Farley himself, takes the song right into the dark club with multicolored lights illuminating Farley as the lone dancer to the groove. Now I’m looking forward to the new album even more.


Grogan Social Scene – Barefooted in the Barren Fields video

Thomas Grogan’s band has evolved from a folk sound a few years ago to include more rock influences with the addition of more band members. Now a five piece, Grogan Social Scene is recording material for a new album and just couldn’t wait to put out a song from their new sessions. “Barefooted in the Barren Fields” has beautiful melodic violin playing to compliment Grogan’s deadpan vocal delivery, and the video is an amusing animated take on the standard lyric videos littering YouTube. Grab their 2010 4 song EP Simple Observations at their Bandcamp page.


RAtheMC – Drive You Crazy video

In the beginning of RAtheMC‘s newest music video, she expresses her disappointment and frustration at the time she was cut from the singing competition show The X-Factor. Now The X-Factor itself has been cut from our TV screens, but RA still goes strong as one of the DMV’s hottest rappers according to XXL, MTV Hive and her many devoted fans. Drive You Crazy features Baltimore singer Joe Maye and many great cameos from DC musicians and radio personalities.


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