Monthly Archives: November 2012

Drop Electric – Bones Beneath the Bridges video

The folks in DC’s soundscape ensemble Drop Electric have had a fantastic year, gaining quite a bit of popularity and acclaim for their live sets and their four song EP released this past summer. Tonight they headline a sold out show at LivingSocial’s 918 F Street space, so I hope you got tickets if you are a fan! Here’s another video from their FREE debut album Finding Color In The Ashes, for the song Bones Beneath The Bridges. It’s black for about 35 seconds in the beginning, so stick with it.


1st Hometown Sounds Showcase @ 9th & Beats

The Hometown Sounds Internet music stream turns 1 year old on Saturday December 15th! To celebrate we’re launching a monthly showcase of great local bands at the brand new music venue 9th & Beats, inside Old Dominion Brewhouse.

2 PM: The Torches
3 PM: Peanut Butter & Dave
4 PM: The Grey Area
5 PM: The North Country
6 PM: Black Checker

For the opening weekend of 9th & Beats there’s no cover charge! Come check out DC music in this new all ages space.

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SOJA – Everything Changes video

Reggae veterans SOJA just released a brand new video for their uplifting song Everything Changes, featuring Marcelo Falcão of O Rappa on vocals, from their most recent album Strength To Survive. Filmed last month in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, it’s great to see these guys getting mad love all over the world.


Vandaveer – Spite video

It’s a great day when we’re blessed with another video by Vandaveer. The duo of Mark Charles Heidinger and Rose Guerin have made amazing folk music together over the course of three full length albums, with a fourth, “Oh, Willie Please…”, due out in early 2013. They are dynamic and captivating performers on stage and you really should catch them headline at Iota on Sunday December 9th. Check out the video for Spite, from their 2011 album Dig Down Deep, which I think was perhaps subtly influenced by The Incredible Hulk.


Kingpen Slim – The Haunting video

Adams Morgan rapper Kingpen Slim turned a lot of ears his way with his recent free mixtape Triple Beam Dreams. Yesterday Slim released the latest video from the mixtape, The Haunting. The serious and bleak video, featuring clips from classic films Menace II Society and New Jack City, provides quite a contrast from Slim’s previous fun & raunchy video Lollipop.


Drew Gibson – We Move By Wagon Train video

Late last year local singer-songwriter Drew Gibson released his second album The Southern Draw. We recently featured the first video from the album, I Know I Miss You More, which was a low-budget DIY production. Now Drew has just released his second music video, for We Move By Wagon Train, finally receiving the beautiful visuals his music deserves.

Bonus: Behind the scenes featurette!


Podcast for November 26th, 2012

Empresarios – Salsa de Gala
Dance for the Dying – Cold
Brett – Kate Moss
Western Affairs – 1999
Teen Mom – You and Me
Buildings – Upward Through Ever-Expanding Light
Caverns – December 21st, 2012
Treble Lifter – Memories are the Enemy
Mary Christ – Success Story
The Sniffs – Prosecutor
Star FK Radium – Solitude Rotation

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Astra Via – Push/Pull video

Staying in town this Thanksgiving weekend? DC9 has a great all-local lineup on Saturday night with Addieville, Derek Evry & His Band of Misanthropes, and headliners Astra Via. We told you before about this great pairing of long time DC musicians Jarret Nicolay and Olivia Mancini. Today we’ve got another well-shot live performance captured by the folks at Pick Up Productions for their Blue Light Sessions series. Push/Pull comes from Astra Via’s FREE debut EP Folie à Deux. Happy Thanksgiving DC!

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Batala – Hey! video

I am a huge marching band nerd. For seven years I played quads, in high school and college, and I’d probably keep doing it if I could. And I am more than a bit jealous of how much fun Batala has at their shows. The all-women ensemble, playing Afro-Brazilian and Samba-Reggae rhythms, seems to pop up everywhere around town, at parades, festivals and even Fort Reno. They recently made a video for the 48 Hour Film Project‘s DC competition that won “Best/Most Drums”, a category that has my full support.


Live Show Simulcast feat. Watermelon

As if doing a band interview podcast wasn’t crazy enough, this week I’ll be doing my first live show simulcast Wednesday evening the 21st at the Velvet Lounge. The solid lineup includes Molly Hagen, Rich Mahogany, and DC/NY funk band Watermelon. And since it’s the night before Thanksgiving, they’re doing a canned food drive to benefit Martha’s Table. The show’s only $5, so come out if you can! But if you’re traveling or otherwise snug at home that night, tune into the Hometown Sounds stream via iTunes, the free TuneIn app for iPhone and Android, or on our website!
Watermelon Thanksgiving Flyer

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