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.


Podcast for April 11th, 2019

Find out why Paul has been limping around with a cane all week.

The Archives feat. Puma Ptah – Home Is Where The Hatred Is [single]
La Palma – One Foot In [La Palma]
Frass Green – Asheville [single]
Ice Out – Winds [Ice Out EP]
Drew Gibson – She Has It Anyway [Shipbuilder]
Pen Palindrome – Pavement [Dilettante Ball]

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Don’t Stay Home This Week 4/09

We’re back with more great reasons to get up off the couch and check out the thriving #DCmusic scene.

Tuesday 4/09:
Tonight Sauf Haus‘s Tuesday night open mic features power-pop duo DoubleMotorcycle. Sign up in advance with hostess Ginny Hill to share your tunes with a friendly crowd.

Wednesday 4/10:
New Zealand-born singer Emma G‘s Superhero tour lands at H Street’s Pie Shop Wednesday night, with support from hip-hop MC Dior Ashley Brown and allthebestkids’ caped crusader Cody Valentine.

Thursday 4/11:
Check out the new wave of reggae experimentation Thursday night at Pearl Street Warehouse with 2019 Wammie-award winning Shamans of Sound, Alexandria’s FeelFree, and Roots of a Rebellion from Nashville.


The Archives feat. Puma Ptah – Home Is Where The Hatred Is

DC, anybody out there remember Monsterrat House? The short-lived performance space near the 9:30 Club was part of the sprawling nightlife empire of Thievery Corporation’s Eric Hilton, and now its name resurfaces as Hilton’s new record label. His reggae roots ensemble The Archives, once the house band of another fondly remembered U Street spot Patty Boom-Boom, at long last have a new song to keep the DC reggae spirit alive. “Home Is Where The Hatred Is” is a cover of Gil Scott-Heron’s tragic track from 1971’s Pieces of a Man, updated with soulful vocals from Puma Ptah (fka RasPuma). This song heralds a new reggae tribute album to Scott-Heron and collaborator Brian Jackson on the Monserrat House label that we can’t wait to get our hands on. Catch the full band playing new tunes and classics at the Funk Parade‘s Cardozo Metro Stage on Saturday May 11th.


Don’t Stay Home This Weekend 4/05

You thinkin’ about staying home this weekend? Binging that new Netflix show, leveling up in Destiny or trying your hand at baking bread? Then you’d miss the warm Spring temps, cherry blossoms and of course these recommended #DCmusic shows.

Friday 4/05:
Strong and diverse lineup at the Pie Shop tonight, which is just what we like to share with you here. Punk-adjacent singer-songwriter Anna Connolly plays her first hometown show in a few months, joined by dark trip-hop faves Luna Honey and Baltimore’s manners manners.

Saturday 4/06:
Prolific drummer and beard-grower extraordinaire Ben Tufts presents another in his crowd pleasing tribute concert series Ben Tufts & Friends. This time Tufts pays homage to the legendary musical year 1969, with Aztec Sun as Sly and the Family Stone, Black Dog Prowl as Led Zeppelin, The Beanstalk Library as Neil Young, Bobby Thompson Trio as The Beatles / Fleetwood Mac / The Band, Cynthia Marie Trio as Joni Mitchell / Joan Baez / Blind Faith and so much more. Head to Gypsy Sally’s early Saturday night and bring your generous spirit to benefit the The Craig Tufts Educational Scholarship Fund.

Sunday 4/07:
Let’s wrap up this weekend with a chill night of jazzy tunes out in the ‘burbs. Sunday night‘s lineup at Epicure Cafe in Fairfax features recent podcast features Sweet Something, Albino Rhino and newcomers agmité.