Monthly Archives: March 2012

Uptown XO feat. Diamond District – Told You So video

DC music video of the day! Uptown XO is a veteran of the DMV rap scene. In addition to dropping albums and mixtapes galore, he’s one third of Diamond District, with Oddisee and yU, who made a big impact with their 2009 album In The Ruff. Told You So, the first video from last year’s FREE Monumental 2 mixtape, features his Diamond District collaborators. Makes me impatient for new stuff from the DMV supergroup. Check it out!

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Dmerit – Stuck On You (Re-work) video

DC music video of the day! Clearly the hottest show this weekend is the culmination of the 2 year anniversary week celebration at U Street Music Hall: Volta Bureau headlining the BLISS party Saturday night. While we don’t yet have a new Volta Bureau video, we can go back in time to check out Dmerit. Dmerit is Outputmessage + Micah Vellain, two thirds of Volta Bureau, and you can hear the dance floor destruction even before the addition of Will Eastman. Here’s the video for the Re-work of Stuck On You, from the 2011 release Stuck On You Remixes.

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The Weathervanes – Brazos Belle video

DC music video of the day! The Weathervanes are a fairly new addition to the folk-rock scene in the area. While it seems like most of the local bands are showing off at SXSW this week, the Weathervanes are rocking a free unplugged show at the Star & Shamrock on H St. NE tonight. To get you in the mood for this show, watch their video for Brazos Belle, from their 2011 EP Morning Light.


Mad Decent Moombahton Documentary

DC music video of the day! We’re taking a break from the traditional music videos today to teach you a thing or two about Moombahton. To educate the nation about the hottest new trend in underground dance music, the fine folks at Mad Decent have produced a video to introduce you to DJ Dave Nada and his musical love child. As part of its two year anniversary week madness, the U Street Music Hall hosts Moombahton Massive XIII tonight with Dave Nada himself and his counterpart Matt Nordstrom (Nadastrom), Sabo and Toddla T. You can see from this video how sick this party will be, so don’t miss it!

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Kokayi – RoxTar video

DC music video of the day! Kokayi is constantly taking hip-hop to new places. The Grammy-nominated MC brings a diverse range of influences to his music, easily heard in the hit song RoxTar from his 2010 album Robots & Dinosaurs. RoxTar incorporates a DC bounce beat and pays tribute to its long musical history, something Hometown Sounds appreciates a lot!


The Max Levine Ensemble – Adventures in Petsitting video

DC music video of the day! The Max Levine Ensemble is a veteran of DC punk music, rocking shows around town and the whole country for more than a decade. Their Bandcamp page has a good chuck of their discography available for download at whatever price you want, including free! Check out the video for Adventures In Petsitting, from the recent EP Elephant In The Room, and experience their live show at Asefu’s (1920 9th St NW) tonight.


This Weekend In Shows

Another huge weekend for local music live shows!

The 9 Songwriter Series (Justin Trawick & Friends) – Black Cat Mainstage
Crooked Tree, Sol Roots Trio, and Orchard Wall @ Rock & Roll Hotel
The Grandsons and Jon Shain @ IOTA Club & Café
Screen Vinyl Image, the Foreign Resort, Last Remaining Pinnacle, and Teething Veils @ Velvet Lounge

Chopteeth Afrofunk Big Band & All Mighty Senators @ U St Music Hall
The Dance Party, the Silver Liners, New York Rivals, and Redline Graffiti @ Rock & Roll Hotel
Nouveau Riche – Gavin Holland, Steve Starks, Nacey @ U St Music Hall
Tereu Tereu, Moonlight Bride, and Southern Problems @ the Dunes
Yoga Activist Dance Party with DJ Names Names (Ian Svenonius) and Stainless Space (Michelle Mae) @ Comet Ping Pong
Imperial China @ Nerd Nite @ DC9

CapitolBop Jazz Loft show @ The Dunes

Screen Vinyl Image – Night Trip video

DC music video of the day! Screen Vinyl Image make some interesting psychedelic & shoegaze music, and they are definitely worth seeing live. Lucky for you, the duo is headlining a show at the Velvet Lounge tonight. And luckier still, our friends at D.C. Music Download are sponsoring a 20s & 30s Local Music Meetup Group event at this very show! So go hear great music and make new friends at the same time. Here’s their video for Night Trip, from their 2011 album Strange Behavior.


The Mary Timony Band – Sharpshooter video

DC music video of the day! In celebration of International Women’s Day, today we’re featuring one of DC’s biggest rock legends, Mary Timony. Mary is best known today for playing in Carrie Brownstein’s supergroup Wild Flag, but she got her start in the all-female post-punk band Autoclave back in the early 90s, on Dischord Records. She moved to Boston and joined the band Helium, but moved back to DC (imagine that) in the mid 2000s. Her eponymous band put out a fantastic record, The Shapes We Make, in 2007 on the Kill Rock Stars label. Here’s the debut video for that release, Sharpshooter.

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Shudder To Think – Hit Liquor video

DC music video of the day! Today we’ve got a 90s classic from Shudder To Think, one of the more interesting and challenging bands to come out of the post-hardcore scene. They released three albums on Dischord before going major with Epic Records in 1994. Here’s the video for Hit Liquor, the lead off track from their 1994 major label debut album Pony Express Record.

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