Podcast for February 13th, 2020

Paul & Tony discuss nuclear waste, MTV animation showcases and the #DCmusic du jour.

Echelon the Seeker – 16 [single]
Knovo – Fake [single]
Rorie – Dance [Valley in the Mirror]
Catscan! – Context Clues [Yucca Mountain]
Liquid TV – I Just Want to Be Cool [A Violet World]
Too Free – ATM [Love in High Demand]

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Don’t Stay Home This Weekend 2/07

Friday 2/07:
DC’s incredibly long running post-punk DJ night We Fought The Big One returns to Mount Pleasant’s Marx Cafe tonight with guest DJ Matt Cohen, former arts editor of the Washington CityPaper and half of drone band Literals, and a live set from Katie McD of feminist punk band Bacchae.

Saturday 2/08:
Saturday night stay up late, eat some Comet Ping Pong pizza, and see two of our #DCmusic faves: unhurried, refined pop songs from Bal Boheme and big anthemic dance hits with Mystery Friends (featuring Nah’s Zack Be & Color Palette’s Jay Nemeyer!), along with Philadelphia’s Church Girls.

Sunday 2/09:
Sunday night‘s lineup at the Vinyl Lounge in AdMo’s SongByrd features folk act Rosie Cima & What She Dreamed and soulful powerpop from Petty Indulgences.


Makeup Girl – Those Eyes

Lovable indie rock band Makeup Girl are back with a new music video and we are captivated. Directed by Ethan Gandler, “Those Eyes”, from their name-your-own-price EP In Time from late 2018, starts with a bang when actor Alex Melvin makes a surprising high-speed abduction wearing a ridiculous fake mustache. And it only gets weirder and more fun from there. Friday February 21st is your next chance to see Makeup Girl live at the Pie Shop along with three other classy DC acts, Stray Fossa, The Colonies and Child Ivory.


Presenting Des Demonas @ Luce Unplugged

Hometown Sounds returns to the Luce Unplugged showcase next Thursday night February 13th to host DC punk band Des Demonas!

The band hails from Washington, DC, and have been denizens of the byways and highways of the city’s musical underground for years. Jacky Cougar Abok is the six-foot-five-inch tall Kenyan punk singer who has drummed with Thee Lolitas and Foul Swoops. Guitarist Mark Cisneros has bent strings with Kid Congo & The Pink Monkey Birds, Deathfix, and Medications, and has pounded the traps for The Make-Up and Benjy Ferree, the latter alongside organist Paul Vivari. Joe Halladay (Citygoats) on bass and Ryan Hicks (Suns Of Guns) on drums round out this squared circle of sight and sound.

A staff-led art talk about artwork chosen by the performing artists starts at 5:30 pm followed by a performance at 6 pm. As always, the show is free & all ages so RSVP here!

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Run Come See & Elena Lacayo – Morir Bailando

ICYMI, Americana-infused rock band Run Come See are holding down a monthly residency at The Public Option, a cool brewpub in Langdon with a progressive tipping policy. The concept for this series running through 2020 is to collaborate each month with a different DC-based opening act, recording a collaborative song and uploading a video of the performance. This past Saturday they welcomed bilingual folk singer Elena Lacayo to the series and performed a new version of her Spanish-language song “Morir Bailando” originally from the 2017 full length album Volcán. The video was filmed by Lauren Calve, member emeritus and current fiancée of the band’s guitarist John Figura. Mark your calendars for the next show on Saturday March 14th featuring Steve Kolowich of Stranger in the Alps!

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Podcast for January 31st, 2020

Tony sees a classic David Bowie album performed live, while Paul attends a deafening company holiday party.

Light Beams – Sacred Scales [Self Help]
Time Is Fire – We Declare [In Pieces]
The North Country – Future Humans [single]
Tim Hicks x The Dirty Church – BNARD [Bullets]
Wicked Sycamore – Break the Barrel [Wright Way Sessions Vol. 1]
Drew Beckman + The Boundary Boys – Blue Ridge Mountain Boy [Blue Horses]

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Don’t Stay Home This Weekend 1/31

Friday 1/31:
Tonight Petworth neighborhood burger bar Slash Run hosts crispy indie rockers Spirit Plots and goofy dance-rock duo DMV Kars, plus everyone can make friends with New Jersey band Zero For Conduct!

Saturday 2/01:
Join alt-country quartet Run Come See for the second installment of their residency at The Public Option Saturday night with bilingual folk singer Elena Lacayo as the featured performer and honorary band member for a night of unpretentious music in the coolest little brewery in DC.

Sunday 2/02:
Good news/bad news: Piramid Scheme‘s new EP Seen This Before is out today, but Sunday night‘s release show at the Black Cat will be the last hometown show before frontwoman Lisa Said moves to Portugal. See them off with openers Warm Sun in the Red Room.


Tim Hicks x The Dirty Church – BNARD

Tim Hicks, frontman of the politically fiery hip-hop band The Cornel West Theory, is back with a new outfit called The Dirty Church and a new full length album. Bullets is a love letter to old DC, sprinkled with clips of basketball coverage of the hometown team now known as the Wizards. Its first single is “BNARD (Whateva Made U)”, a nostalgic song for the memories of growing up in DC, seasoned properly with crisp soul samples. The music video features Hicks hanging with the homies while occasional lyrics flicker into view. Though gentrification marches on changing DC unrecognizably, Hicks and others make sure we never forget its history.

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Don’t Stay Home This Week 1/28

Tuesday 1/28:
Vienna’s Jammin’ Java presents Women Who Rock tonight, featuring full band performances from Ashleigh Chevalier, Mary-El and Baltimore’s Rachel Ann Morgan.

Wednesday 1/29:
Music event boosters FoSho present a Wednesday night of reggae and African influenced vibes from Shamans of Sound and Nkula at U Street Music Hall.

Thursday 1/30:
Sup Pie Shop, we see you with your superfine #DCmusic bookings. Thursday night witness jam band leader Gordon Sterling, folk looping from Bellweather Bayou, and rockin’ blues maestro Jonny Grave leading a trio.


Don’t Stay Home This Weekend 1/24

Friday 1/24:
Drew Beckman, self-described queer cowboy & folk musician, celebrates the release of his debut EP Blue Horses with his band The Boundary Boys at DC9 tonight, with support from snappy indie pop band Frass Green. Warm up with this languid music video for Beckman’s tune Blue Ridge Mountain Boy from director Matias Breuer.

Saturday 1/25:
Pop-punk superheroes American Television, organizers of the Breakin’ Even Fest, take over the Pie Shop Saturday night to release their glorious new record Watch It Burn on Wiretap Records along with sets from Philly’s Crossed Keys, DC’s Teen Cobra, and Foxhall Stacks featuring members of Velocity Girl, Government Issue, Jawbox and Minor Threat (!!).

Sunday 1/26:
Two of DC’s strongest groups pushing the boundaries of jazz are cellist Janel Leppin‘s Ensemble Volcanic Ash and the Low Ways Quartet featuring a mind-blowing lineup of Mark Cisneros (The Make-Up, Des Demonas), Anthony Pirog (The Messthetics), Luke Stewart (Blacks’ Myths) and drummer Ian McColm. See them both Sunday night at Takoma Park’s Rhizome, where else?

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