Iza Flo – Dance Anthem (Tiny Desk Contest)

Taking NPR Music’s Tiny Desk Contest rule about performing in front of a desk quite seriously, Isabelle de Leon‘s new all-lady supergroup Iza Flo’s debut song “Dance Anthem” fills up and takes over a small office with a soulful house music party jam. Each musician gets a feature, so here’s your score card: Jillian Willis (vocals), Dior Ashley Brown (MC), Natalie Ahearn (keys), Tiffany Lloyd (bass), Alena Budd (guitar), Rikayyah Wilson (percussion) & Isabelle De Leon (drums). In the vein of Tortured Soul and DC’s own House of Soul, this display of house music with live vocals and instrumentation is a powerful force.

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Podcast for April 24th, 2019 feat. Javier Diaz & Lilly Schwartz

Javier Diaz of Spirit Plots and Lilly Schwartz of Erotic Thrillers take over the podcast to invite everyone to their show Friday May 10th at Slash Run!

Spirit Plots – The Aircraft Questions [Exit Acts]
Erotic Thrillers – Mansplain It To Me, Baby [Demos]
The Effects – Numbers [Eyes To The Light]
BRNDA – Beverage of Choice [Post​-​Trash: Volume Four]
The Scotch Bonnets – Royals [Come On Over]
Coral Benders – Jellyfish Yell [single]

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Lightmare – Kill The Butcher (Tiny Desk Contest)

Breaking free of genre and gender constraints, sextet Lightmare deliver a brand new song for their 2019 Tiny Desk Contest entry for NPR Music. “Kill The Butcher” is a new song that gets jammy in the middle and screamy at the end, but maintains a punk groove throughout. Catch them next at DC9 on Thursday May 2nd with Richmond’s Don Babylon, Chicago’s North By North and our own queer cowboy Drew Beckman + The Boundary Boys.


Don’t Stay Home This Week 4/22

Don’t Stay Home. There’s too much #DCmusic to miss. Here we go!

Monday 4/22:
The fine folks at euphonx.com host a night of “unabashed rock euphoria” tonight at The Pinch. Helping Baltimore’s Home Town Girl kick off a tour are DC bands Nice Breeze, Leisure Burn and the debut of a new band called Moonwheels.

Tuesday 4/23:
Tuesday night‘s FREE, Live & Local series at The Pub & The People welcomes Tuff Lover, the side project of Bottled Up’s Nikhil Venkat. Thanks 7DrumCity!

Wednesday 4/24:
Georgetown’s Gypsy Sally’s hosts two excellent DC indie pop bands Wednesday night, The Duskwhales and Skyline Hotel. Since we love Tiny Desk Contest entries for NPR Music like nothing else, here’s an unreleased groove by Skyline Hotel called “Ember in the Night” to put you in the mood for a Wednesday night of fun.

Thursday 4/25:
DC’s incomparable jazz resource CapitalBop presents the first of a two night spotlight residency by soulful singer Akua Allrich & The Tribe at Local 16. Advance tix are only $5 and let you choose between 7:30 & 9 PM sets, so find a date to impress and grab tickets now.


Don’t Stay Home This Weekend 4/19

Friday 4/19:
Alums of our Millennium Stage series We Were Pirates bring their polished indie pop style to Luce Unplugged tonight. The music starts at 6 and there’s no cover, so this is your official after-work happy hour plan.

Saturday 4/20:
This one’s pretty obvious, right? The Womxn Fuck Shit Up DC Festival returns to The Wharf’s Union Stage Saturday night to dismantle the patriarchy. The epic lineup includes Honey, Black Folks Don’t Swim?, The OSYX, Rosie Cima and about a million other female and nonbinary identifying artists. How’s about grabbing advance tickets right now?

Sunday 4/21:
Sunday is Easter and also hopefully when shit starts happening in Game of Thrones. Let’s all chill out a bit on the outdoor patio of The Pub & The People with some mellow folk and classic blues from the master Jonny Grave, courtesy 7DrumCity‘s FREE Live & Local series.


Sweet Something – Black Stain (Tiny Desk Contest)

If you’re inclined to not stay home tonight, don’t forget our tip for a free show at the Pie Shop featuring Pleasure Train and recent podcast discovery Sweet Something. Check out “Black Stain” a brand new jazzy groove and their first entry to NPR Music’s Tiny Desk Contest. Then we’ll see you at 8 PM sharp for delicious dessert and music.


Oh He Dead – Lonely Sometimes (Tiny Desk Contest)

Indie soul band Oh He Dead’s submission to NPR Music’s 2019 Tiny Desk Contest is a new jam called “Lonely Sometimes”. This recording at the Lily Pad by Brian Knox gives the song a big, echo-y vibe consistent with its classic soul roots. Cynthia Johnson and Andrew Valenti’s band continues to grow in style and popularity in DC’s music scene. They next return to the scene of their 2016 debut breakout show at this year’s Kingman Island Bluegrass & Folk Festival on Saturday May 4th.

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Near Northeast – Shelter (Tiny Desk Contest)

For four years now NPR Music has sponsored the Tiny Desk Contest, inspiring bands all over the world to film themselves playing a song live in front of a desk to win a chance to play Bob Boilen’s legendary space. Every year Hometown Sounds rounds up our faves of the entrants from the DC area, hoping that one of our own worthy bands will win the nod. Today’s feature is Near Northeast, the gorgeous experimental chamber folk band supported by Etxe Records. They spent the winter behind closed doors crafting new songs like “Shelter”, their 2019 Tiny Desk Contest entry shot and edited by longtime video collaborator Kip Radt. Mark your calendars to hear Near Northeast’s new jams Sunday May 5th at the Pie Shop with fellow DC band Swoll and Philly’s Son Step.

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Don’t Stay Home This Week 4/15

We bet you couldn’t even stay home if you wanted to this week. Here’s our live #DCmusic picks, now go be a part of DC’s awesome live music scene.

Monday 4/15:
Galaxy Hut has a triple threat of DC area music tonight. Head to the only cool bar left in Clarendon at 9 PM for alt-rock band Smokin’ On Planes, newcomers Indiana Jonesin, and queer shoegaze from Anemoya.

Tuesday 4/16:
7DrumCity‘s live music series on the outdoor patio at The Pub & The People is exactly where we want to be now that the weather has turned to Spring. This Tuesday check out the constantly innovating saxophonist Sarah Hughes and her new project “Booked” featuring looped processed electric bass.

Wednesday 4/17:
Heads up music fans, the special live album recording this Wednesday from VeVe & The Rebels, artists-in-residence at the Anacostia Arts Center, has been moved from there to the Honfleur Gallery a few doors down. Grab tix now and be a part of this soulful, poignant musical legacy.

Thursday 4/18:
The Pie Shop has a sultry lineup for your Thursday night. Pleasure Train describe their sound as #sexgroove, while Sweet Something make classy retro jazz. This show has no cover charge, so you can buy an extra slice of pie.


Don’t Stay Home This Weekend 4/12

Damaged City Fest. Record Store Day. RIA Porch Fest. There’s quite a lot of music in DC this weekend. Here are our #DCmusic picks that might have flown under your radar.

Friday 4/12:
The new generation of folk and bluegrass take the stage tonight at Gypsy Sally’s in Georgetown. Our own Bearcat Wildcat plays with Annapolis newgrass band Swamp Donkey and Lord Nelson from Nelson County, VA.

Saturday 4/13:
The monthly showcase from the feminist musical organization This Could Go Boom returns to Dew Drop Inn Saturday night, presenting an all-DC women & nonbinary fronted lineup of Born Dad, Lightmare, The OSYX and Rosie Cima & What She Dreamed.

Sunday 4/14:
Move over Justin Trawick, there’s a new collaborative songwriter showcase in town. 5×5 presents 5 songwriters performing 5 songs for only $5, 5 times a year. The inaugural showcase takes over Galaxy Hut this Sunday night featuring Sauf Haus open mic host Ginny Hill, YellowTieGuy frontman Daniel Hill, Gabrielle Zwi, Justin Shapiro and Eli Lev.