Don’t Stay Home This Weekend 5/17

#DCmusic. Don’t Stay Home! Shows!

Friday 5/17:
Shamans of Sound, a new reggae band featuring DC music veterans, just released their third single “The Ultimate High” featuring Abhik Saha. Celebrate with them tonight at Tropicalia for their Friday Night Live party, with no cover charge.

Saturday 5/18:
Gypsy Sally’s in Georgetown has a fine night of funk Saturday night, featuring Aztec Sun and BOOMscat. Boom.

Sunday 5/19:
Soooo, Sunday night is the finale of a rather popular HBO series. Meanwhile Clarendon’s Galaxy Hut hosts 3 delightful indie rock bands that night, Little Lawnmowers from WV and two of our own, The Meer and Miss, Understand Me. The music starts at 10, which is pretty late for a Sunday but not late enough to watch the whole episode, so ¯\_(ツ)_/¯.


Ex Hex – Rainbow Shiner

Ex Hex videos are often visual feasts, but “Rainbow Shiner” really amplifies the lyrics in gloriously colorful style. Director M. Wartella turns the feminist anthem against physical abuse into a stylish, Skittles-hued treat of Besty Wright, Mary Timony and Laura Harris’s faces covered in makeup and animation. The video matches and enhances the mid-tempo pulsing beat without ever becoming garish or, god forbid, boring. If you missed Ex Hex’s headlining gig at the 9:30 Club last week for the sophomore album It’s Real, we hope you did something pretty amazing instead.


Wylder – Ghosts

In advance of the release of sophomore album Golden Age Thinking, yesterday indie folk band Wylder dropped the music video for the second single “Ghosts”. The song was written about singer Will McCarry’s childhood home, “a ramshackle farmhouse which had at some point been dragged down off the Appalachian mountains on the back of a tractor.” Director Samuel Rodgers sets McCarry in a similar rustic cabin in this beautiful video that ends with a warm touch that is very on brand for Wylder. How about grabbing tickets now to their hometown album release show at the Hamilton on Friday July 12th? The band promises “a host of orchestral musicians as they perform their new record its entirety, as well as all your old favorites.”


Don’t Stay Home This Week 5/13

Can’t stay home and hear the finest #DCmusic live, can you.

Monday 5/13:
Legendary DC producer and Inner Ear Studio head honcho Don Zientara plays AdMo’s Songbyrd tonight, along with Lisa Said’s rock band Piramid Scheme. No cover = buy some vinyl while you’re there.

Tuesday 5/14:
Jazz saxophonist and passionate go-go supporter Elijah Jamal Balbed joins 7DrumCity‘s FREE, Live & Local series on the patio at The Pub & The People from 6-8 PM Tuesday evening. The rain’s gotta stop sometime, right?

Wednesday 5/15:
AdMo’s Bossa is well known as a DC hub of global sounds. This Wednesday they host the Tributary Project, modeled after band lead JaJa Bashengezi‘s experiences in refugee camps across east Africa.

Thursday 5/16:
Any weekly show listing wouldn’t be complete without a couple of determined young indie rock bands supporting a touring act. The Pie Shop‘s Thursday night includes DC’s Friends of Friends and Lovejet, welcoming Dominy from Philly.


Don’t Stay Home This Weekend 5/10

There’s some big shows and festivals hitting DC this weekend. We like to illuminate some more intimate #DCmusic shows worthy of your attention.

Friday 5/10:
Perhaps you heard our recent podcast takeover with Lilly from Erotic Thrillers and Javier from Spirit Plots. Devin Ocampo produced the new album by Spirit Plots, and his tight indie rock band The Effects joins Spirit Plots and Erotic Thrillers tonight at Slash Run to celebrate the ablum’s release and give away vinyl copies with every ticket!

Saturday 5/11:
The Funk Parade fills venues up and down U Street with bands Saturday night, but one lone showcase is far away from the traditional Black Broadway. Pianist and bandleader Aaron Abernathy, who we featured in our Millennium Stage series, brings a FREE taste of the funk to the Wharf’s Pearl Street Warehouse.

Sunday 5/12:
DC jazz site CapitalBop returns to Takoma Park’s Rhizome for their excellent monthly Jazz Loft series. This Sunday brings saxophonist Brian Falkowski, featured performer at Donvonte McCoy’s regular gig at 18th St Lounge, and percussionist Dan Kurfist who recently relocated here from NYC. Bring $10 for the performers and your instrument to jam into the wee hours.


Say Solos – Lose You (Tiny Desk Contest)

Kudos to WAMU’s Kojo Show for highlighting some of our area’s prominent entries to NPR Music’s Tiny Desk Contest. The show and accompanying post on DCist highlighted a couple that flew under our radar, including this electronic live looping wizard Say Solos. Crafting sexy downtempo jams with his smooth R&B voice backing beats from TF Woo, we hope this feature gives his music career a well-deserved boost. “Lose You” comes from the just-released EP Three Tune Kid.

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Podcast for May 8th, 2019 Fixed

Sorry friends, the first post goofed up. This one should have the correct episode in it.

Paul recounts a band-related injury, while Tony remixes American history in dreamland.

Color Palette – Pieces [single]
Clones of Clones – Mine [single]
Child Princess – Earrings [Palette / Child Princess Split Cassette]
Suga Grits – One Night In Adams Morgan [Street Funk (Vol. 2)]
Clear Channel – Hot Fruit [Hot Fruit EP]
Disqo Volante – Tattoo You New [Wire and Sherbet Sky]

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1 Identity – In Your Feelings (Tiny Desk Contest)

We aren’t done yet with our review of DC’s finest Tiny Desk Contest entries for NPR Music. Today’s feature is Oxon Hill r&b and funk band 1 Identity. A taste of office drama starts the vid, before the band launches into the jam “In Your Feelings” featuring frontwoman Alena Budd’s soulful vocals and guitar licks. See the full 1 Identity Band next at the Pie Shop on Friday May 31st for “Punk, Funk & Pies For The People” along with High-Brid and M4TR.

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Don’t Stay Home This Week 5/06

Monday’s here, and it’s time to plan your week of hitting up live music. Here are our #DCmusic picks for the week ahead.

Monday 5/06:
Surfgazers Coral Benders, recently featured on our podcast, team up with Club Scout, powerful indie rock band featuring recent podcast guest host Javier Diaz, tonight at Slash Run. They host Baltimore’s Silent October and Minneapolis band Kiss The Tiger, touring to support their new album Let Me Bleed.

Tuesday 5/07:
The DIY spot Dwell really has captured the wayward underground house show energy in DC. Tuesday night the lineup at the red brick carriage house includes Lotion Princess, Weston Smith, Social Station and Philly’s Mavis the Dog.

Wednesday 5/08:
It takes some nerve to name your band Dentist, for obvious reasons. The touring NJ band hits the Pie Shop Wednesday night with support from two DC acts, The Countess and Olivia Mancini & The Mates.

Thursday 5/09:
Just look at this Thursday night bill at Dew Drop Inn. Bal Boheme. The Electric Grandmother. Jack On Fire. Baltimore friend Marian McLaughlin. Varied in genre, style and volume, this is quintessential and irresistible. Also, holy shit this flyer.


Humble Fire – Mad World

Let’s take a quick break from our review of Tiny Desk Contest vids to bring you the latest from dream pop band Humble Fire. Veterans of our Millennium Stage series, they follow up their gorgeous sophomore album Builder with this cover of “Mad World”, the 1982 breakout hit by Tears For Fears. The current political climate, inescapable sometimes in DC, is an obvious influence for this somber song, but Humble Fire turn up the juice for this polished, modern version. The lush music video comes from director Jen Meller, now based in NY but still a big visual contributor to DC’s music scene through collabs with Blight Records. Humble Fire celebrate this release tonight at the Pie Shop with support from Baltimore band Super City.