Don’t Stay Home This Week 8/19

#DCmusic is what we’re all about, and nothing compares to the live music experience. Here are our show picks for the week ahead.

Monday 8/19:
Been meaning to check out DC’s newest used vinyl shop Home Rule Records in Brightwood Park? Head there at 5 PM today for an ambient music showcase featuring Beau Finley aka Small Craft of Fuzzy Panda Recording Company, Tristan Welch on Verses Records, and Eric Baylies from MA.


Tuesday 8/20:
Post-grunge band Bleary Eyed recently relocated from DC to Philly. Let’s give them some hometown love at their Tuesday night show at delicous pizza joint Comet Ping Pong along with experimental rock band Dove Lady and Why Bonnie from Austin TX, and Bleary Eyed.


Wednesday 8/21:
Garage rock fans can get their fill Wednesday night at Slash Run when the Hall Monitors and Jake Starr & The Delicious Fullness welcome The Cynics from Pittsburgh & Northern Spain. But get those advance tix quick because this show has a LOW TICKET WARNING!


Thursday 8/22:
Two DC acts stretching the boundaries of indie pop music, Frass Green and Weston Smith, hit the stage Thursday night at DC9 along with Philly psych-garage band Secret Nudist Friends.

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Don’t Stay Home This Weekend 8/16

Congrats for making it through another muggy, sweaty week smack in the middle of August. Now let’s celebrate with some choice #DCmusic shows all weekend long. Here are our picks!

Friday 8/16:
DC may be known for angular, difficult post-hardcore music, but there ain’t no shame in loving some well-crafted pop songs. Broke Royals celebrate their new release Saint Luxury at DC9 tonight with fellow pop luminaries Mystery Friends. The music starts at 7:30 so keep that happy hour in check.

Saturday 8/17:
Surely you’ve all heard about the DC Music Rocks Festival taking over the 9:30 Club this Saturday night. Do your homework and stream music by Iza Flo, Empresarios, Eli Lev, Sub-Radio and More AM Than FM to fully appreciate the breadth of talent incubating in our town.




Sunday 8/18:
Sardonic musical troublemakers Jack On Fire showcases their new EP Waiting for the End of the World (featuring the catchy jingle “White Genocide Rah Rah Rah!”) at the Black Cat‘s redesigned Red Room Sunday night along with “sitcom-core” purveyors The Electric Grandmother. Plus, just look at this damn flyer. You can’t miss this.


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DC Music Rocks Festival videos

Even though drummer Brian Nelson-Palmer called time-out on his community radio show and podcast DC Music Rocks this year, his other initiatives as a dynamic supporter of DC music continue, most notably his annual August showcase at the 9:30 Club. This year the festival partnered with Luke Justin Roberts of Ivystone Records to produce live performance music videos of the five stellar and diverse show headliners: dance-rock band Iza Flo, Eli Lev‘s indie folk, punk rockers More AM Than FM, Latin “tropicaliente” Empresarios, and catchy pop-rock Sub-Radio. Crank this playlist and grab your tickets now for Saturday Night’s packed lineup!





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Don’t Stay Home This Week 8/13

You know what to do. Don’t Stay Home. See this #DCmusic instead.

Tuesday 8/13:
Pleasure Train describe themselves as purveyors of the #sexgroove, and we cosign that assessment. See them rock out tonight as the featured artists at Sauf Haus‘s open mic night.

Wednesday 8/14:
Wednesday evening the Strathmore‘s free outdoor summer concert series Live From The Lawn features the so-called “Wickedest Band Alive”, go-go legends Rare Essence. Keep the spirit of #DontMuteDC alive!

Thursday 8/15:
DIY haven Dwell hosts an impressive and diverse bill of #DCmusic Thursday night. Pen Palindrome is the solo folky indie rock project of Ava Mirzadegan, and Zarine Kharazian makes jazz/punk music as Miss, Understand Me. Natasha Janfaza fronts “post-sandwich” band Panini Girlfriend, and Evergreen is a brand new trio of Kamyar Arsani(Daf/Ukulele/vocal), Sonia Maria(violin) and Maggie Yakoub (vocals) performing music you could only hear in Egyptian or Iranian cafe’s.



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Don’t Stay Home This Weekend 8/09

Curious about the #DCmusic on offer for this weekend? We’ve got you covered with show picks all weekend long.

Friday 8/09:
Tonight the Black Cat hosts punk rock band The Whips, featuring members of Circus Lupus, Trusty, Worlds Collide and Squatweiler, celebrating the release of their debut album What We Talk About When We Talk About Rock after an agonizing 12 year repose on the shelf. With opening sets from Des Demonas and The Mostly Dead, this all DC lineup is a no brainer.



Saturday 8/10:
Shining Blade Theory, the hip-hop & funk band fronted by rapper Parabellum Raps, releases their long-awaited EP Saturday night with a show at DIY holdout Hole in the Sky, with support from Prowess the Testament and Blood Moon Carnival.


Sunday 8/11:
Close out this mid-August weekend Sunday night with a couple of classic indie rock bands, Venray and Color School, at Clarendon’s beloved craft beer and tater tots bar Galaxy Hut.

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Podcast for August 7th, 2019

Tony meets his number neighbor, while Paul’s beard grows bigger.

Tracklisting:
The Messthetics – Better Wings [Anthropocosmic Nest]
Magazine Beach – Far Out [Far Out / Beach Breath]
Eli Lev – To the Stars [single]
Sol Power All-Stars – Take Heed feat. Denise Henderson [We Push On]
Broadlight – Overexposed [Awash]
Keith Butler Trio – Longbridge [Greener Grasses]

Subscribe to the Hometown Sounds podcast in Apple Podcasts, Overcast, Spotify, Google Play, SoundCloud, or your favorite podcast app! (and tell a friend too!)

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Don’t Stay Home This Week 8/06

Don’t Stay Home, even though it’s August. Here are our #DCmusic show picks for this week.

Tuesday 8/06:
The Pub & The People‘s Free Live & Local series sponsored by 7DrumCity welcomes back songwriting treasure Laura Tsaggaris this Tuesday night starting at 7 PM.

Wednesday 8/07:
Witty feminist rock band Honey plays their last DC show before an extended hiatus on Wednesday at the Black Cat, along with soul-mates Born Dad.

Thursday 8/08:
La Marvela are an all-women music band that plays and highlights the richness of rhythms from the Colombian Caribbean region rooted in African, indigenous and European influences. See them this Thursday right after work at the Smithsonian American Art Museum’s Luce Unplugged series.

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Don’t Stay Home This Weekend 8/02

Welcome to August. Don’t stay home. Here are our #DCmusic show picks for the first weekend of DC’s least-populated month.

Friday 8/02:
Gypsy Sally’s invites you to Burn Down Babylon tonight with a roots reggae and dub showcase featuring DMV area faves Nkula and Shamans of Sound, along with Boston band Los Elk.


Saturday 8/03:
DC Brau celebrates summer on Saturday with their third edition of Braustomp, a rain or shine parking lot party featuring an astounding lineup of DC’s ska heavyweights, including Eastern Standard Time, The Scotch Bonnets, The freakin’ Pietasters and a lot more. Hit this party up starting at 1 PM.



Sunday 8/04:
Live Music Heals and Live Music Unites! On Sunday starting at 5 PM, Clarendon’s Whitlows on Wilson hosts a benefit concert for the merchants in Westover harmed by the recent epic flash flooding. The roots and Americana focused lineup includes Bobby Thompson, Justin Trawick & The Common Good, Jumpin’ Jupiter and more. Visit their GoFundMe campaign to help out more.

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Lisa Frank & Rez Ekbatan – Whisper (Outputmessage Remix)

Electronic dance music performer Bernard Farley, aka Outputmessage, has carefully crafted and curated visuals for his music that range from artsy to clubby. His newest is a radical departure showing Farley singing and performing to his recent remix of Lisa Frank & Rez Ekbatan‘s DJ single Whisper. He writes, “The song itself is already crazy, but to perform to it in a church meant a lot to me. The last time I performed in a church, I was closeted and afraid to be my true self. Now 22 years later, I’m in a completely different place as an artist where the main goal is to be the MOST myself. And so I couldn’t help but have some fun and be crazy and free on my own terms. My good friend and collaborator, Nigel Lyons, filmed the whole thing in one take! This one is not to be missed (look out for the reveal toward the end!)” We love it and can’t wait for more.

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These Quiet Colours – Departure

Pour one out, or perhaps just half of one, for dreamy post-rock band These Quiet Colours. As is typical of many DC bands, members slowly moved away, and now their 2014 self-titled EP is sadly no longer online. However, earlier this year the remaining instrumentalists reunited online to create a new song “Departure”, with appropriately abstract visuals from guitarist Joe King. He and drummer Matt Renaldi have joined a brand new band called Broadlight, who play their debut show Saturday August 3rd at the Velvet Lounge.

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