Monthly Archives: August 2012

These United States – Ever Make You Mine video

I hope all you fans of DC music enjoy a relaxing Labor Day weekend, whether you are escaping with the masses or sticking around for all the fun stuff here. The video for today comes from our favorite DC expats These United States. The future of the group led by Jesse Elliott may be uncertain, but evolution is just a part of a group that’s played together for years, despite constantly shifting geographies. Here’s the video for Ever Make You Mine, from their 2010 album What Lasts.


Maduro – There Is No Forever video

It feels like summer took a little break on us for the last few days, before cranking the heat back up for the weekend. The video for There Is No Forever by Octofoil Records artist Maduro, from the 2011 album Chasing Dragons, seems to fit my mood right now as I do my techy day job while wishing I could run around outside.

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Uptown XO – Occupy DC video

Yesterday saw the release of a powerful new video from DMV rapper Uptown XO, best known as 1/3 of the group Diamond District with Oddisee and yU. Occupy DC gives us a taste of his upcoming mixtape The Color Grey, coming October 1st, with a literal twist on the concept of knowledge as power.


Kindlewood – This House video

The Black Cat hosts a great lineup of local folk rock tonight with headliners The NRIs and openers Kindlewood. Kindlewood garnered a lot of attention from their 2011 release Desiderium, and they’ve just released a 7″ for the single Give & Take, a preview of their new full length coming very soon. Here’s the amazing video for This House.

Bonus: behind the scenes!


Podcast for August 26th, 2012


Zo & Tigallo – Take On Me
Brian Settles & Central Union – Grandmother Tells Of Africa
Kevin Pace Trio – 7524
Brad Linde Ensemble – Baby Grand
Black Clouds – In The Ether
East Ghost – Architect
Drop Electric – Empire Trashed
Beasts of No Nation – Allegiance
Give – Boots of Faith
The Black Sparks – Big Inferno
Dave Mann – Tiny Spark
Jawbox – Motorist

Or listen on SoundCloud!

Elikeh – Madjo video

Tonight the Black Cat hosts a veritable world tour of local bands. Openers The Chariots bring an island reggae/ska vibe, Alma Tropic├ília pays tribute to 60s Brazilian music, and headliner Elikeh plays Afropop from Togo and Mali. They’re celebrating their first album release in 2 years, called Between 2 Worlds. Here’s the video from their song Madjo, from their 2010 release Adje!Adje! See you at the show tonight!


Raheem DeVaughn – I Don’t Care

Raheem DeVaughn is one of the recent few to take his local spin on soulful R&B to a national and international audience. Tonight he serenades the hometown crowd at the Howard Theatre with openers Black Alley. Check out the video for I Don’t Care, from his 2010 album The Love & War MasterPeace.


Beautiful Swimmers – Big Coast video

Tonight the monthly free dance party The Whale, from the fine folks at the Future Times label, returns to the U Street Music Hall. The musical selectors for the evening include Andrew Morgan from Peoples Potential Unlimited Records and Ari Goldman and Andrew Field-Pickering, better known as Beautiful Swimmers. The video they made for their 2010 single Big Coast looks like it was made on vintage 80s video equipment, and does not skimp on the beautiful swimmers.

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Fat Trel – Respect With The Teck video

Here’s another intense and dynamic video from red hot DMV rapper Fat Trel. Respect With The Teck comes from Trel’s free 2011 mixtape April Foolz, produced by VA’s Lex Luger.

Screen Vinyl Image – Night Trip video

Husband and wife duo Jake and Kim Reid left the respected shoegaze group Alcian Blue back in 2006 to do their own thing as Screen Vinyl Image. The experimental effects still cut through this duo’s music, but their live shows bring an electronic dance element that takes them to a higher level. If you haven’t caught them live yet, Screen Vinyl Image headlines a show tonight at the Black Cat with Chicago shoegazers Airiel and local indie rockers Dot Dash. Here’s their latest video for the song Night Trip, from their 2011 album Strange Behavior.