DC, this Friday night you’ve got another chance to check out Drop Electric, the shoegaze noise ensemble that’s caught the attention of many this year. Sasha Lord has included them in a great lineup at Comet Ping Pong with the sassy Coup Sauvage & The Snips and headliners Thieves Like Us from Berlin. Drop Electric recently blew the lid off the 9:30 club opening for Papadosio, so seeing them in a tight space like Comet will be insane (don’t forget your earplugs!). Today we’ve got a short but sweet video for We Will Be Humans Finally, from their FREE debut album Finding Color In The Ashes.
Tonight is the 19th edition of U Street Music Hall’s monthly Moombahton Massive party, bringing DJs Sabo, Melo, J-Boogie and Nadastrom to the decks at 108 BPM. Nadastrom, the duo of Dave Nada and Matt Nordstrom, now reside in LA but frequently return to DC to promote the latest electronic dance music subgenre they created. Come hungry, as always Mama Nada’s empenadas are available all night long. For today’s DC music video of the day, we’re going back pre-Moombahton to Nadastrom’s 2009 banger Save Us.
Pop duo Astra Via is a local music “supergroup” of Jarrett Nicolay, founding member of Virginia Coalition, and Olivia Mancini, from Washington Social Club and The Housemates, which add up to more than the already substantial component parts. This is the stuff that should be capturing everyone’s hearts on FM radio across the country. The band created a really fun video for the lead-off track Fame, from their FREE debut EP Folie à Deux, inspired by the game Operation.
Catch Olivia with her band The Mates Friday night at the Red Palace on H Street NE!
I had to chuckle when I first saw the band name Star FK Radium. It’s a great spoonerism that only people in this area would get. They are an all instrumental ensemble, haunting and melancholy and always beautiful. Tonight they’ll be playing an intimate show at Arlington’s Galaxy Hut with instrumental post-rock ensemble Falcon Arrow from Minneapolis. Check out the video for Solitude Rotation, the title track from their recently released album.
The Ambitions – Look At Me
The North Country – Wiser
The Sea Life – Surf Rock Nine
Fire & The Wheel – Wheelbarrow de la Muerte
Lorelei – Hammer Meet Tongs (Slumberland)
Edie Sedgwick – Who’s That Knocking On My Door
The Love Load – Words
Misun – Met You
Gwenno – Ymbelydredd (Volta Bureau Remix)
Steve Starks – Bad Man
Is And Of The – You Told Me You Could Swim Through The Waves
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Psychedelic folk rock band The North Country celebrates the release of their debut album You Can Never Go Home Again this Saturday night at the Black Cat. The fantastic all-local bill includes SweetBread Jim’s and The Sea Life, also releasing their debut full length album at the show. Today’s music video of the day, for the song It’s Done, was filmed at house venue Paperhaus back in June, so if you were there, you might be in this video!
DC power trio The Love Load headlines a show Friday night at Velvet Lounge that includes two acts I missed out on at STPPFest last weekend, Sister Ex and G.U.T.S. The Love Load includes Dischord alum Ben Azzara on drums and Ted Watts, formerly of Pup Tent and many other groups, writing and singing the songs. You can detect the influences of Mission of Burma and The Kinks in their recently released EP Three On A Match, soon to come on 7″ vinyl. Today we’ve got the video for The Human Resourceful, the title track from their 2010 debut EP.
It’s only Wednesday but I’m already thinking about the weekend. This Friday night the Rock & Roll Hotel hosts some fresh Latin sounds with headliners Bachaco from Miami, NYC’s Spanglish Fly and DC’s own Empresarios. The Fort Knox Recordings ensemble specializing in Tropicaliente release a set of remixes next Tuesday for their recent EP release Volume, featuring mixes from Skeewiff, Rob Paine and this hot track from G-Flux.
We’ve also got a steamy music video for you to enjoy, the Videokillers Electro Remix of Bailando, from last year’s Bestia EP.
Beautiful Swimmers, the duo of Ari Goldman and Andrew Field-Pickering, make dance floor music that veers towards the abstract but still maintains the beat and vibe. This Friday night they’ll be throwing down tunes in advance of Oslo’s Lindstrøm for Red Fridays and Blisspop at DC’s mecca of great dance music, U Street Music Hall. Today we’ve got the video for O Yea, which features beautiful exercising ladies who don’t mind at all being trapped in an 80s video special effects machine.
Just a few days ago they released an hour long DJ mix called Loose Control on SoundCloud, with some secret unreleased gems soon to appear on their label Future Times. Don’t miss this show!
DC rapper RAtheMC is currently battling for fame as a contestant on Simon Cowell’s Fox series The X-Factor. She’s made it through the first round and we hope she’s able to draw a lot more attention to her own rhymes and the growing hip-hop scene in the DMV. Here’s the latest video from her free mixtape The Grace Jones Experiment, for the track Coming To The Stage, shot around Chinatown by Jay Dexter Media.