Don’t Stay Home This Week 12/09

Monday 12/09:
Sexy vocal jazz group Veronneau return to Blues Alley tonight for their annual holiday music show “Snow Time” with two sets at 8 and 10 PM.

Tuesday 12/10:
SongByrd’s Tuesday evening offering in Adams Morgan pairs mellow indie pop band Lotion Princess with touring folk artist Sam Amidon.

Wednesday 12/11:
It’s tough to say goodbye, but groovy DC rock band Lovejet hugs it out at their farewell show Wednesday night at 7DrumCity’s The Pocket. Multi-lingual singer-songwriter Liah and folk rock band Adele Marie & The Milkweeds round out the all-DC bill.

Thursday 12/12:
Gypsy Sally’s in Georgetown carved out a dedicated niche for the funk and jam music scene, including beloved funk-rock band Albino Rhino. The clock is ticking on this venue, so catch the Rhino one last time on this stage Thursday night along with New Orleans band The Quickening.


Don’t Stay Home This Weekend 12/06

Friday 12/06:
If you like your live music with big brass sections, Union Stage is your home base tonight with classy ska group Eastern Standard Time and Roma-influenced party animals Black Masala, with tropical DJ sets from Leon City Sounds.

Saturday 12/07:
Petworth burger bar Slash Run hosts three thoughtful and innovative bands Saturday night. Lisa Said’s group Piramid Scheme deliver psychedelic blues, Teething Veils make delightfully dark chamber-folk, and We Capillaries can only be summed up as “weirdo rock”.

Sunday 12/08:
See post-rock, post-classical, punk-influenced singer Case Graham’s solo tour as Birds For Eyes land back home in DC Sunday night at SongByrd’s Vinyl Lounge, along with Cal Rifkin and Matt Fusiek.


Podcast for December 5th, 2019

Tony visits the best of Nextdoor, while Paul recounts a high school musical play.

Heavy Breathing – Gonna Get You [C.P.R.]
Kokayi – St. Fed UP [HUBRI$]
Brassie – Should’ve Warned You [The Airstream EP]
Stray Fossa – It’s Nothing [single]
Mister Goblin – Calendar Dogs [Is Path Warm?]
Domingues & Kane – Instilled Regard [Rough Magick]

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Ken Francis Wenzel – Potomac Skies


Five years ago Ken Francis Wenzel, frontman of bands Cross Kentucky and Riverside Lights, released his solo album …Beneath Potomac Skies to much acclaim, including multiple Wammie Award nominations and national radio airplay. Now as the singer-songwriter gears up to record and release its follow up High Tides & Misdemeanors, we’re quite proud to help share this music video for the 2014 album’s almost-title track. Shot in well-known DC spots in Adams Morgan and Georgetown, “Potomac Skies” thoughtfully captures the emotional dichotomy between the career-focused workaholic denizens of Washington and DC’s rare but dedicated creative class. It’s the #DCmusic world in a song-sized nutshell.

On this Giving Tuesday, as you consider where to generously direct the fruits of your grinding, soul-crushing but well-paying job, consider the GoFundMe campaign to help create Wenzel’s new album. DC needs more music of all styles that we can truly call our own.


Don’t Stay Home This Week 12/02

Monday 12/02:
Our favorite bar Galaxy Hut fills your Monday night with music from darkwave act The Neuro Farm and alt-rock band Bite Marks. Come hungry for tater tots!

Tuesday 12/03:
Organized by poet and interdisciplinary artist Elena Botts, Mourning Dove makes sound art compositions of organic field recordings, experimental voice, and minimal instrumentation. Celebrate the release of their new album The Unimaginable through Etxe Records this Tuesday night at Rhizome along with Richmond’s Thin Pigeon, Human Person from Fredricksburg, and DC slowcore act A Deadly Orchestra.

Wednesday 12/04:
Wednesday night’s show at Slash Run will be the last in DC for Natasha Janfaza’s Panini Girlfriend, as she and the members of Taciturn are moving to Arizona. Catch her “punk stuff in marshmallow fluff” one last time along with Weston Smith and two touring acts, Rochester’s Roselove and Stephen Ferm from NJ.

Thursday 12/05:
We are beyond excited to present another Luce Unplugged show this Thursday! Head to the upper floor of the Smithsonian American Art Museum by 6 PM to hear newly-reformed and sounding-better-than-ever indie rock heroes Washington Social Club!


Tom Kim & Near Northeast – Greta


After a successful run in his Lost Origins Gallery solo art show Milk Relics, Tom Kim‘s short animated film “Greta” is now ready for a worldwide audience. Dedicated to the world-famous 16 year old Swedish environmental activist Greta Thunberg, “Greta” is composed of over 1000 painstaking hand drawings, accompanied by the instrumental song “Cenote” from the 2015 debut album Curios by experimental folk group Near Northeast.

Hometown Sounds emailed with Kim and Avy Malik of Near Northeast to find out more about this collaboration.
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Don’t Stay Home This Weekend 11/22

Friday 11/22:
Singer-songwriter Rachel Levitin slings words as a freelance journalist as well as musician, and once even wrote for this very website. See her with a highly talented full band tonight at the Pie Shop along with Olivia Mancini‘s trio and Brassie.

Saturday 11/23:
Two of DC’s funkiest ensembles, Aztec Sun and Backbeat Underground, take over The Wharf’s Union Stage Saturday night for a show benefitting DC Safe.

Sunday 11/24:
Spend your Sunday evening with Charlottesville chill indie pop band Stray Fossa at SongByrd’s upstairs Vinyl Lounge, with local support from LoveJet and a solo set by The North Country‘s Andrew Grossman.


Oh He Dead – Show Me Love

Everyone in DC showing love to indie soul band Oh He Dead today. In advance of their [already sold out :((((] album release show Friday night at Pearl Street Warehouse, the Washington Post’s Going Out Guide published a feature on the band’s history and unlikely rise this year based on their viral Tiny Desk Contest entry “Lonely Sometimes”. The album’s final pre-release tease is the single “Show Me Love”, and the band blew all their earnings on crafting this sublime, artistic, and profound music video from a big-name director. Set aside some quality time to fully take in this mangnum opus.


Presenting Washington Social Club @ Luce Unplugged

In case you haven’t heard, our next show at the Luce Unplugged Series at the Smithsonian American Art Museum is none other than indie rock superstars Washington Social Club!

Recently reunited after an agonizing hiatus, DC indie power-pop band Washington Social Club takes center-stage to spread their raucous energy and spitfire melodies. Join us to celebrate their reunion, and their snappy new EP They’re Talking to Me Strange, their first release in 11 years.

Luce Unplugged invites local musicians to perform in the beautiful Luce Foundation Center surrounded by 3000 works of art. A staff-led talk about artworks chosen by the performing artists starts at 5:30 pm. The music starts promptly at 6 PM on Thursday December 5th. Free & all ages!

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American Television – Standing Still

DC pop-punk band American Television always bring their A-game to music videos. Even the humble lyric video gets elevated by these creative chaps, as with their newest single “Standing Still”. A song about getting stuck in the glory days while the world continues on, the vid features a birthday party devoid of guests but full of delicious cake. The AMTV sound may be more LA than harDCore, but like many who live here, they have a lot to say about the troubled state of society today. AMTV’s debut full length album Watch It Burn drops January 24th on Wiretap Records.