Don’t Stay Home This Week 10/21

Monday 10/21:
Tonight Clarendon’s Galaxy Hut has two sets of 60’s influenced soul pop from veteran ska vocalist Caz Gardiner, formerly of The Checkered Cabs and The Ambitions.

Tuesday 10/22:
Going out on a Tuesday night is the mark of the truly dedicated. Stay up late at Comet Ping Pong with soulpunk band Lightmare opening for New Jersey’s Delicate Steve.

Wednesday 10/23:
We love plugging the experimental ambient sounds of guitarist Jeff Barksy’s Insect Factory project, as well as the “fiery punk jammers” Panini Girlfriend. See them both open for NYC’s Gold Dime at Rhizome Wednesday evening.

Thursday 10/24:
Are you free Thursday evening? Perhaps we can interest you in anti-capitalist songwriter and The North Country frontman Andrew Grossman and queer feminist band Born Dad at Dew Drop Inn, along with French punks Avenir on Thursday evening? We thought so.


Don’t Stay Home This Weekend 10/18

Friday 10/18:
The Public Bar‘s grand opening week includes The 5×5 Songwriter‘s Showcase tonight, featuring Dave Phenicie, Pleasure Train, Ya Minko, Chevre from Frederick, and Richmond’s Deau Eyes.

Saturday 10/19:
Organized by our #DCmusic compatriots at Listen Local First, Down in the Reeds is a day-long fall celebration and music festival with a mission of healing through community and music. Set around the amphitheater at the historic campus of the former Walter Reed Medical Center, now called The Parks at Walter Reed, see performances from Aaron Abernathy, Dove Lady, IMKA, Denise Henderson and lots more this Saturday afternoon.

Sunday 10/20:
The Pie Shop‘s Sunday night lineup is especially delicious. See DC indie/dream pop bands Child Ivory, Basil (featuring members of Teen Mom and The El Mansouris) and Lavender, celebrating the release of their new EP Head in the Clouds / Adrenaline.


Podcast for October 17th, 2019

Are Krispy Kreme flavored Jelly Bellys any good? How many cameras does Paul’s new phone have? Is a hot dog a sandwich? Find out!

Middle Kid – Queen of Rockledge [Queen of Rockledge]
Silent Old Mtns. – People [single]
The Make-Up – I Am Penatgon [Save Yourself]
Suzy Callahan – Karen (Country Version) [single]
Wes Felton – Suicide of the Ego [The Year of Return]
Jahnel Daliya – Gold [Into the Night]

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Don’t Stay Home This Week 10/15

Tuesday 10/15:
Toronto’s Bike Thiefs roll through town tonight playing at Slash Run, and we recommend their DC indie rock openers Weird Babies and Flowerbomb.

Wednesday 10/16:
Rhizome‘s Wednesday night bill features American primitive guitarist Jon Camp and his full band, opening for sonic experimentation from Sacramento guitarist Ross Hammond, Milwaukee’s Kendra Amalie and Franco-German bassist and composer Pascal Niggenkemper.

Thursday 10/17:
Darkness falls over the Pie Shop Thursday night with the 7″ release show and tour kick off from Luna Honey. Cincinatti’s Hissing Tiles, GRÜN WASSER from Chicago and DC’s own SYZYGYX round out the sinister lineup.


The Hunted Hare – Margaret (I Thought I Heard Voices)


It was just a couple of weeks ago that Hometown Sounds premiered the newest music video “Secret Sounds” by Red Spells Red, Dennis Kane’s ambient collaboration with Colorado’s Acef Stripe. Ever the prolific musician, today Kane releases his third album Nocturne on Verses Records under his moniker The Hunted Hare.

We’re delighted to introduce you to the album’s first single “Margaret (I Thought I Heard Voices)”, and its colorful music video created by Kane himself. The songs on Nocturne are “inspired by the night”, channeling The Cocteau Twins and Italian movie soundtracks of the 60s and 70s. “Margaret” is a thoughtful Baroque-style instrumental suited for stylish late night cocktails and smokes. What are those mysterious voices saying? Buy that new album right now.

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Don’t Stay Home This Weekend 10/11

Friday 10/11:
Like the many varieties of sweet & savory pies on offer downstairs at the Pie Shop, different delicious flavors of pop music take the upstairs stage tonight. See The Eli Lev Collective, Nah. and Mystery Friends starting at 8 PM.

Saturday 10/12:
This past summer the trio of Ian MacKaye, Amy Farina and Joe Lally avoided adopting a name in an effort to keep their music offline and in the moment of live performance. Now they’ve settled on the name CORIKY and Saturday afternoon they help to celebrate the 5th Anniversary of the DC Library’s Punk Archive initiative at the Georgetown Neighborhood Library, along with exhibitions of photography and zines and punk ephemera.

Sunday 10/13:
“Trumpeter Joseph Brotherton holds it down every Wednesday at Jojo on U Street, hosting an eclectic session that features hard-hitting groove adaptations of jazz standards alongside spoken word, Afrobeat and even stand-up comedy. Drummer Kelton Norris… is young, but you can hear him on the bandstand with giants of D.C. jazz like Michael Bowie and Allyn Johnson, executing everything from deep, Blakey-like swing to slick drum & bass grooves.” See both DC jazz musicians lead their own ensembles at CapitalBop‘s monthly Jazz Loft Sunday night at Takoma Park’s Rhizome.


DMV KARS – Walk Alone

Last Friday night 80s synthpop duo DMV KARS debuted their new music video to the assembled crowd at the long-running post-punk DJ night We Fought The Big One in Mt. Pleasant. (Hometown Sounds also DJed, perhaps you heard!) Now you can watch this vid in the comfort of your office cubicle or gym equipment. Bandmates KBUD and Josafeen Wells, last seen together in Justin Moyer’s band Edie Sedgwick, directed “Walk Alone” which dramatizes the pain of counting on flighty musicians to show up for important events. The self-titled debut EP by DMV KARS is the best $7 you can spend all day.


Don’t Stay Home This Week 10/08

Tuesday 10/08:
The Pie Shop‘s Tuesday night lineup features DC indie pop acts Frass Green and Pen Palindrome supporting Charlottesville chill-wave band Stray Fossa.

Wednesday 10/09:
On Wednesday night music streaming platform Audiomack presents “Hometown Heroes” at the Fillmore in Silver Spring. The hip-hop heavy lineup includes DMV residents and alums Adé, Q Da Fool, Shordie Shordie, DJ TGUT and our chief export Wale.

Thursday 10/10:
The Kreeger is a hidden museum gem on Foxhall Road NW. Thursday evening you can see their impressive permanent collection and catch a rare concert in the Great Hall with indie soul band Oh He Dead. Watch this new music video for “Stay”, recorded at the Lily Pad in the same session as their viral Tiny Desk Contest entry “Lonely Sometimes”.


Peanut Butter – Slow Retreat Too


Peanut Butter, fka Peanut Butter & Dave, is the cross-country indie rock duo of Paul Bugala and David Diaz. On our #DCmusic Podcast this week we spun the catchy “Asteroid Negotiations”, the lead-off single from their almost-released new album Don’t Stop, produced by Devin Ocampo. Today we get to premiere the album’s second single “Slow Retreat Too”, with this music video from director Jon Lutz featuring an adorable tiger on a musical mystery journey through recognizable landmarks in DC and Silver Spring. Plus the drums on this track come from Renata Ocampo of Warm Sun.

Eagle-eyed fans (like us) might note that this looks identical to the video for “Asteroid Negotiations” premiered last month by the Ohio-based music blog Atlas and the Anchor. Bugala remarked, “Kind of an illustration of how viewers/listeners can create or ascribe different meanings from creative content depending on how it’s presented.”

You can pre-order the vinyl release of this album now on Bandcamp, or stop by DC area record stores Crooked Beat and Som Records to take it home now.


Don’t Stay Home This Weekend 10/04

Friday 10/04:
Our friends at the Luce Foundation Center for American Art host another Luce Unplugged Community Showcase tonight. The fall focus on DC’s jazz scene continues with Washington City Paper‘s curated acts, neo-soul singer “Ms. DivaBlue” Alison Crockett and multi-instrumentalist Samuel Prather. The free music starts promptly at 6 PM.

Bonus pick! Stay up late tonight with long-running post-punk DJ night We Fought The Big One at the Marx Cafe in Mt. Pleasant with live music from electro-funk duo DMV KARS and DC tunes spun by Hometown Sounds founder Paul Vodra.

Saturday 10/05:
With the literal breath of fresh air, Porch Fest season is just in time for the long awaited arrival of autumn. The sprawling Adams Morgan Porch Fest sets up Saturday afternoon with sets from Near Northeast, Keith Butler Jr., Strangers That Clique, The Foggy Bottom Whomp Stompers, Peter Maybarduk and on and on and on.

Sunday 10/06:
Not to be outdone in the DC music department, Sunday‘s Takoma Park Street Festival presents The Sweater Set, King Soul, Chopteeth Afrofunk Big Band, The Nighthawks and many more gems.