The North Country – Don’t Quit Your Day Job

Andrew Grossman’s band The North Country continues to evolve and thrive. Today they released “Don’t Quit Your Day Job”, the first single with a brand new lineup that includes Near Northeast’s Austin Blanton, Ms. Fridrich drummer Kirk Kubicek, singer-songwriter Laurel Halsey and Joel Gleiser of My Son Bison. The new music video, filmed of course by the estimable Nigel Lyons, is a fun mishmash of intriguing imagery, including comedian Brittany Carney as a pink haired patriotic figure overly fond of flipping the bird. They’re playing a single release show Sunday June 3rd at Union Stage with Delaware’s Hoochi Coochi and a new band from Baby Bry Bry called Slow Love, so you’re going right?


Don’t Stay Home This Week 5/21

Hometown Sounds is on jury duty this week, so forgive the erratic publishing schedule. (Sorry we missed plugging your Galaxy Hut show Swamp Rabbit and Crick & Blippets). Here are your #DCmusic show picks for the rest of this week!

Tuesday 5/22:
Takoma Station is a tavern, not to be confused with the Metro station of the same name. Tuesday nights they host the Jazz Jam, featuring Paul Rosenberg on piano. Bring your chops to jam with the musicians or sit back and enjoy the classic standards.

Wednesday 5/23:
Atlas Brew Works sates your stoner metal needs Wednesday night with DC vets Borracho, Caustic Casanova, and Nashville’s Howling Giant. Hope you aren’t too freaked out by this creepy clown flier.

Thursday 5/24:
Hands up if you’ve ever wanted to go to a buzzy show at Comet Ping Pong but passed because the doors opened at 10 PM. Did you know they also host shows in the Back Room starting at 7? Working stiffs rejoice, and head there Thursday night for our indie rock darlings BRNDA, a recent DC transplant named Frass Green, and Chicago’s Deeper.


Don’t Stay Home This Weekend 5/18

DC, you made it through a dreary, rainy week, so reward yourself with some #DCmusic joy. Here are our picks for the weekend!

Friday 5/18:
We start out with one of those good news, bad news situations. The good news is that folk band Handsome Hound released their debut full length album Mountain on Fire today, and celebrates with an album release show tonight at Black Cat. The bad news is that soon core members Claire Daviss and Cuchulain Kelly are moving to the west coast. Womp womp. Catch them here while you can, and don’t miss openers Lauren Calve of Run Come See and DuPont Brass, either.

Saturday 5/19:
We know a couple of you out there missed our epic Millennium Stage show with go-go legends The Chuck Brown Band last month. Get right with your soul at their big show Saturday night at Pearl Street Warehouse. And look at that, Three Man Soul Machine are kicking off the show! They are damn good.

Sunday 5/20:
Our love of The Harry Bells is shameless and profound. The jazz group dedicated to the sweet vibes of Harry Belafonte, the King of Calypso, plays a neighborhood concert Sunday afternoon in the Silver Spring area. Keep checking your favorite weather app and email the band for the address.


Pinky KillaCorn – OOOUUU

DC rapper Pinky KillaCorn is firmly on brand with her neon hairstyle and teases of a new release with the cheeky title Pinky & The Pain. In the meantime, though, she just dropped a new music video for the vowel-laden song “OOOUUU” from the 2017 Spinrilla-hosted free mixtape KILLACORN 7.0. The summer vibes are well timed, as are her deft verbal acrobatics.


Don’t Stay Home This Week 5/14

Every week we tell you about the best #DCmusic shows to check out every night of the week. This week we are doing it again!

Monday 5/14:
LA-based street musician Sunny War picked two great DC acts to open her show at the Rock & Roll Hotel tonight. Tarica June channels positivity and social consciousness with a throwback rapping style, while Oh He Dead is all about the party-soul vibes.

Tuesday 5/15:
Tuesday night is your chance to support the long running homegrown experimental music festival Sonic Circuits. Takoma Park venue Rhizome hosts a benefit show featuring Isreali band uru and a new improvising ensemble called Myelin Nation, featuring Sarah Hughes, Corey Thuro, Maria Shesuik, Aaron Mertes & Daniel Ostrow.

Wednesday 5/16:
Can we interest you in a Wednesday night live music show in a bathtub? Not really, it’s the Bathtub Republic house, this night hosting Brooklyn’s Anna McClellan, Nice Breeze, Staffers and housemate Leah Gage’s new solo moniker Crab Legs.

Thursday 5/17:
It’s hard to keep track of all the musical projects of Uptown Arthouse head Jamal Gray. He’s gathered members of his band Nag Champa to form Raygunomics, and they take over the Dew Drop Inn Thursday night for a night of hip-hop, go-go and future jazz.


Don’t Stay Home This Weekend 5/11

If you still have room in your hearts for some #DCmusic this weekend, here’s the shows we have picked out for you.

Friday 5/11:
True story: last year I walked up to the Hamilton for the Bumper Jacksons May show thinking there will be plenty of tickets available at the door. Turns out seats were sold out, I got standing room only tickets and ended up hanging out with Elena Lacayo, who is opening tonight‘s Bumper Jacksons show at the same venue. Learn from my wisdom and grab your tickets now!

Saturday 5/12:
DC, did you hear that there is a big neighborhood music festival happening on Saturday afternoon, with multiple stages dedicated to showcasing DC’s astounding local talent? That’s right, the Takoma Porch Music Festival happens from 2-6 PM and features Ms. Fridrich, Louisa Hall, Marian McLaughlin, Uptown Boys Choir and much much more.

Of course there’s also a Parade of Funk going down on U Street, but did you really need us to tell you about it?

Sunday 5/13:
Rhizome is the place for your Sunday evening cerebral expansion. Drummers Ian McColm and Nate Scheible unite with dancers Aquiles Holladay and Shay Turner for a truly unique performance, plus experimental rapper Nappy Nappa and Cleveland’s Mourning(A)BLKstar.


Dubpixel – Stonecutter

Do you remember when we hosted Super!Silver!Haze! at the Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage back in January? Feel free to watch the whole thing again right now, it was top notch. Guitarist Doug Kallmeyer also makes nervy, atmospheric electronic music under the handle Dubpixel. Experimental label Verses Records releases Dubpixel’s output, including the song “Stonecutter” that appeared on 2016’s epic Bandcamp-only compilation Code Red: An International Compilation to Benefit the ACLU. Dubpixel dropped the song’s new music video earlier this week featuring urban-flavored hallucinations crafted by Monica Stronik, who also helmed the amazing visuals for the Millennium Stage show. Chip in a few bucks to help preserve our precious civil liberties and dig deep into DC’s impressive experimental scene.

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Podcast for May 9th, 2018

Paul criticizes a venue’s wait service, while Tony’s home cooked dinner does him wrong.

Be Steadwell – Gay Sex [Queer Love Songs]
Clones of Clones – This Means War [The Means War EP]
Wes Tucker & The Skillets – Serve and Protect [Get It Right]
Sugar John – Dali the Sheep [Dream Machine vs. the People Duster]
Blue Streak – No Guns on TV Hill [No Guns on TV Hill ​/ Dog]
Outputmessage feat. Julius Jetson – Achilles [single]

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Flasher – Pressure

Bad Moves aren’t the only DC supergroup blowing up on a sizable out of town label right now. Post-punk trio Flasher‘s debut album Constant Image drops in June on Domino Recording Company, and its second single is out now. “Pressure” is an 80s “alternative” style romp with a VHS-distorted video from Weird Life films featuring Chicago artist An Authentic Skidmark. This is an interesting dose of garish camp in the normally serious-minded DC punk ethos. Stay tuned for a hometown album release show announcement.


Don’t Stay Home This Week 5/07

Every week we help you dig deep into the #DCmusic events around town you might otherwise miss. Here are our picks for the week upcoming.

Monday 5/07:
The first Monday of the month is Blues Night at Takoma Park restaurant Republic. Tonight they host the rockabilly style of The Rock-A-Sonics, with a side of family-style fried chicken.

Tuesday 5/08:
Win or lose on the casino floor at Live! Casino & Hotel in Hanover MD, you cannot go wrong with a free show from DC go-go legends Trouble Funk this Tuesday night.

Wednesday 5/09:
Strathmore‘s Artist-In-Residence program incubates and develops some of DC’s finest musical talent. Wednesday night current AIR Cecily celebrates the release of her soulful new album Songs of Love and Freedom, featuring collaborations with Diggs Duke, Columbia Nights, Drew Kid And Aaron Abernathy, at the Mansion at Strathmore.

Thursday 5/10:
Thursday night is the release party for a new zine called We Have Roots In Barry Farm, featuring art and memories of DC’s first black neighborhood post-Civil War. Head to Dew Drop Inn to buy a copy and catch sets by Thaylobleu, One Identity, Ardamus, Brandon Moses and Mary El and Gordon Sterling.