Honest Haloway – Escaper

Tim Kratzer’s reborn synthrock band Honest Haloway are taking their impressive live act to the big stage at the 9:30 Club this Friday night July 28th, along with fellow DC group Incredible Change and two bands from Baltimore, Joseph and the Beats and Sweepstakes. They saved the third in their Sperryville Live Sessions videos for this big event, and now they’ve unveiled the cinematic and sweeping “Escaper”, filmed at 3 AM just before a deluge of rain.


Paperhaus – Go Cozy

Paperhaus‘s Alex Tebeleff is a superconnector in our city’s music scene. While not fronting his psychedelic four piece rock band or crafting experimental synth sounds under his solo moniker Black Lodge, Tebeleff is a prolific curator of shows through his DCDIT label at The Dew Drop Inn, Smith Public Trust and of course his own house. Many fondly remember spots like The Dunes, The Lot at Atlantic Plumbing, and the first Paperhaus because of the parties Tebeleff threw and all the familiar faces you’d see there. Now Tebeleff’s new crib has retaken the Paperhaus name for more house shows starting in August, and the band is back too with a new album Are These The Questions That We Need To Ask? dropping October 6th on Misra Records. The lead-off single’s music video, full of cameos by DC musicians and proponents, even gets its name from Homero Salazar Andrujovich’s shoegaze project Go Cozy. Superconnected.


Big Hush – Cough

Indie fuzz band Big Hush, featuring members of well-loved DC bands Pygmy Lush and Flasher, get the deluxe vinyl repress treatment when Richmond hardcore label Robotic Empire combines their first two cassette EPs, 2014’s Wholes and Who’s Smoking Your Spirit? from 2015, into a beautiful 12″ package called Spirit/Wholes. The August 11 release follows their summer tour that kicks off tomorrow in Richmond and lands in DC at Hole in the Sky on August 5th. The quartet tapped Isabelle Platt and Hana Wuerker to visually interpret the complex song, and this music video of choreography, symbolism and papier-mâché is just gorgeous.


Dunc – All Night

While hanging out in LA recently, MD hip-hop beatmaker Dunc captured fun scenes of the easy west-coast life for this breezy music video for “All Night”. The track comes from Dunc’s sophomore solo instrumental album A Way Home, currently in a vinyl pre-order campaign through QRates with less than two weeks left. Reserve your copy now and help ensure these top notch tracks get the 12″ pressing they deserve.


Podcast for July 13th, 2017

The Hometown Sounds boys (of summer) compare music lifestyles in college. Also Tony shares some of his handcrafted parody lyrics, while Paul lets go of an old grudge.

Faunaphor (Louis Weeks & Noah Berman) – in a library, in the summer (when I read I fall asleep) [single]
Ciscero feat. Sugg Savage – Poppin’ Wheelies [single]
The Deadmen – Everything [The Deadmen]
Teen Mortgage – Is It [Strange Times]
Incredible Change – Halo Curse [single]
The Lantern Slides – Juniper Cathedral [single]

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Carolyn Malachi – Andrew

Grammy-nominated R&B angel Carolyn Malachi trains her soulful wrath on a deceitful ex-lover in her newest single “Andrew”. The song’s accompanying music video is an edited version of Vow of Silence, the short film debut of musician and filmmaker Be Steadwell. The juxtaposition of Malachi’s acerbic lyrics with Steadwell’s visuals telling a sad tale of heartbreak and loss of power and voice give us a lot to ponder.

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Ras Nebyu – Anything

DC rapper Ras Nebyu is back with another music video under the banner of his Washington Slizzards crew. The Arckitech produced banger “Anything” is the first video from Nebyu’s 2016 mixtape Slizzatrism, filled with footage of Ras performing and chilling at the crib shot by Slizzica. This keeps fans charged up while Nebyu finishes up his next project Uptown Lion Walkin.


The Deadmen – Everything

Seems like most true music fans really love a song’s lyrics, but I am just not like that. I can’t keep track of any words at live shows, and even some of my favorite songs that I’ve heard hundreds of times have parts where I can’t quite parse the words. Well-done lyric videos are great at demystifying the words, and so is this new music video for “Everything”, the lead-off track from the new self-titled album by rock supergroup The Deadmen. Directed by filmmaker Patrick Mason, the video is dead simple without skimping on rugged, hirsute style, showing the intensely serious faces of the band (Justin Hoben, Justin Jones, Josh Read and John Scoops) clearly enunciating the song’s apprehensive lyrics. You can’t help but internalize all the words, and it helps that probably 66% of them are the song’s title.


Humble Fire – Builder

Dreamy pop band Humble Fire have simply been killing it with the music videos leading up to their album release on July 28th. The newest is the album’s emotional title track “Builder”, with visuals from directors Maggie Famiglietti of Wilderness Bureau and GoKateShoot‘s Kate Warren. Strings symbolically connect everything in the video, somewhat reminiscent of DC’s 2016 Instagram hit exhibit Wonder at the Renwick. Celebrate the new video and experience their gorgeous live show Thursday night at the OTHERFEELS house along with enigmatic DC groovers Cifer.


Kaimbr – Gaurdian

Nope, that’s not a typo, spelling bee champs. The second single from Low Budget Crew rapper and producer Kaimbr‘s 2017 album Share The Shelter is indeed called “Gaurdian”. Humble Monarch label head DJ Roddy Rod shot this video of the rapper, born Alexander Green, performing the rhymes over his own beats at a picturesque old fort complete with vintage cannons. Check out Bandcamp’s recent interview with Kaimbr for more details on the music and the crew.