Monthly Archives: April 2012

Drop Electric – What Now Of Paradise video

DC music video of the day! Anecdotally, one of the more popular videos I’ve run on Hometown Sounds is Finding Color In The Ashes by shoegazers Drop Electric. The song and video together really seemed to strike a chord with a wide range of viewers. Here’s another video from their FREE 2010 album Finding Color In The Ashes, What Now Of Paradise.


Tom McBride – A Brief Head Spin video

DC music video of the day! Tom McBride put out a successful album fronting his band The Whig Party before deciding to go stripped down and solo for his latest record, A Brief Head Spin. The singer-songwriter teamed up with Sean Greenhalgh from Clap Your Hands Say Yeah to produce the collection of Americana-influenced songs. This Saturday night McBride plays a very high profile show at DC9, opening for The Honey Brothers, featuring Adrian Grenier from Entourage on drums (sellout warning!). The debut video from McBride’s solo album, for the title track, is simple and somewhat amateur, but the long shots looking out a car window fit well with the mellow sound of the song, and must speak closely to the life of a touring musician.


Kingpen Slim – Lollipop video

DC music video of the day! Kingpen Slim is stealing some limelight for himself through his new single Lollipop, produced by DJ Buttah. The local rapper’s hit song has been worming its way into our hearts for a couple of months now, and now we have an appropriately raunchy video to accompany it. Enjoy!


Mary Alouette – Blue Drag video

DC music video of the day! Mary Alouette is a musician on track to make some serious waves. She combines the gypsy jazz influence of Django Reinhardt with some modern electronic stylings to create something classic and yet completely fresh. You can see her live tonight at the Mansion at Strathmore as part of the Artist In Residence series. Today’s video for the song Blue Drag comes from her about-to-be-released EP Midas.


Maduro – Catnaps & Cabarets video

DC music video of the day! Dark & glitchy electronic label Octofoil Records isn’t well known in the DC music scene, and that’s a shame. Their marquee musician Maduro has been blending electronic beats with Middle Eastern and Asian influences for a decade, drawing comparisons to Amon Tobin and Muslimgauze. If you’ve seen any belly dancing around town, perhaps at the Red Palace, you’ve likely heard this musician’s work. Check out the video for Catnaps & Cabarets, from Maduro’s 2011 album Black Magic Kingdom, and take a demented trip to the county fair.

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America Hearts – Lose You video

DC music video of the day! Indie rockers America Hearts headlines a show tonight at the Black Cat Backstage supported by another notable local band, Foul Swoops. This is the start of a three month stint for America Hearts at the Black Cat, celebrating the release of the first EP in their Singles Club series, Angsty. The next EP, Messy, drops on May 24th, followed by Country on June 27th. Today we feature the lead video from Angsty, Lose You.


Your Fully Loaded Weekend In Local Music

Here’s the full lineup of local shows to see this weekend. Pick and choose carefully!

Birdlips at the Kennedy Center Millennium Stage
Adrian Krygowski (CD Release Show), Justin Trawick and Wes Tucker & the Skillets at the Dunes [1402 Meridian Place]
Bobbie Allen, Emily Henry and Rene Moffatt at Iota
Dance for the Dying, the Silver Liners, We Were Pirates and Tomio at Rock & Roll Hotel
Deleted Scenes, Cigarette and the Caribbean at Comet Ping Pong
Kindlewood and Duke Walker at Jammin’ Java 7 PM
Dub City Renegades, Feed God Cabbage and Nappy Riddem at Jammin’ Java 10 PM
Empresarios and Alma Tropicalia at the Hamilton
Paperhaus, Pree, Banned Books and Imperial China at Paperhaus
Bad Brains at the Howard Theatre
Ugly Purple Sweater, Lightfoot and Typefighter at the Water St. Project (Georgetown)
The Grey Area at the Red Palace
Violet Says 5 and Black Alley at the Fillmore Silver Spring

Bad Brains at the Howard Theatre
Screen Vinyl Image, LTW, Washerwoman and Lenorable at St. Stephen & the Incarnation Episcopal Church (Darkness for Doggies / Coldness for Kitties, a benefit for the Washington Animal Rescue League)
Typefighter, Monument and Shark at Rock & Roll Hotel
Derek Evry, Molly Hagen and Owen Danoff at the Artisphere Dome Theatre
Chaise Lounge (Sleep is Overrated CD Release party) at the Hamilton
The Silver Liners, The Young Rapids, Les Rhinoceros and Shark Week at the Water St. Project (Georgetown)
Miyazaki, Heavy Breathing and Protect-U at Cherry Blast IV (Anacostia)
Sun Wolf, Buildings and The Plums @ Monserrat House

The Mean Season (EP Release), Oh So Peligroso and the Young Rapids at the Black Cat Backstage

Dance for the Dying & The Silver Liners videos

DC music videos of the day! Two videos for two bands playing a great show at the Rock & Roll Hotel tonight. In addition to Hometown Sounds faves We Were Pirates, the bill includes two great rock bands, The Silver Liners and Dance for the Dying.

The Silver Liners put a lot of polish on their radio-friendly rock sound. The video for the title track to their 2010 EP Just Like The Rest was filmed at a recent gig at the Red Palace. I wonder, why don’t more bands shoot music videos at local clubs? It’s like a time capsule for the moment, especially if the club gets remodeled, relocates or calls it quits. Anyway, the Silver Liners EP is available at whatever price you want, so grab it!

Coincidentally, the video for Thug Love by Dance for the Dying also comes from live performances at the Red Palace and Rock & Roll Hotel. Synchronicity! Dance for the Dying heavily features the voice of lead singer M.C. Wolfe, backing that up with dance rock beats and synth lines to make instantly catchy pop music. The song comes from their self-titled 2011 EP.

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Pree – Shelf Life video

DC music video of the day! Here’s another great option for your mandatory Friday night local music outing: Pree plays at the underground venue Paperhaus with fellow local bands Paperhaus and Imperial China. Pree makes delightful folk-rock music fronted by the extremely distinctive vocals of May Tabol, formerly of the band Le Loup. DC has always had a lively underground and house venue scene, and if you’ve never been to see this type of show, often in a living room of an apartment or group house, you’re missing out on some of the most dynamic live music options around. The Tumblr site DC Showspace is your goto spot for all the DIY goings-on. This video for the song Shelf Life comes from Pree’s 2011 album Folly.


Birdlips – Under Crooked Trees video

DC music video of the day! Birdlips is an interesting folk-rock duo from Charlottesville and DC that has the honor of kicking off Listen Local First‘s monthly showcase at the Kennedy Center‘s Millennium Stage this coming Friday, April 20th. Their collection of EPs and albums are all available at their Bandcamp page for whatever price feels right to you, even free! Check out the video for Under Crooked Trees, from their 2011 album One Tongue.

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