Monthly Archives: January 2013

DJ Vadim & Fort Knox Five @ Tropicalia tonight

Jon H is the ringleader of Fort Knox Five, the flagship dance act on the mighty Fort Knox Recordings label. Today happens to be this party captain’s birthday, so everybody’s celebrating at new U Street hotspot Tropicalia. In addition to an epic DJ set by FK5, globetrotting DJ Vadim spins what’s sure to be an eclectic and mind-blowing mix spanning everything from hip hop to glitch to future beats. Let’s get this party started now with a new FK5 Remint to put you in the mood to dance tonight! RSVP here.


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New Rock Church of Fire – The Maine video

If you name your band New Rock Church of Fire, you’d better rock pretty hard. Luckily these guys never disappoint, recently coming off a quiet period with new material and shows. Be prepared Friday night for a sweaty fun show as NRCoF opens for Dream Girl Garage band SISU featuring Sandra of Dum Dum Girls at the always interesting Sasha Lord curated back room of Comet Ping Pong. Today’s video for The Maine does not come from their 2009 debut album Of The Wild, but you can snag it for free download at their SoundCloud page, for now!


The Cornel West Theory – The Art Of Hunger Pt. 1 video

Thought provoking rap group the Cornel West Theory are prepping for the release of their new album Coming From The Bottom next month, but they’re not done with the past yet. They just released a new music video from their 2011 album The Shape Of Hip Hop To Come for The Art Of Hunger, shot by Sam Lavine at the nonprofit space BloomBars in Columbia Heights. Really looking forward to an album release show by these amazing performers.


Justin Jones – Little Fox video

Singer songwriter Justin Jones invites a bunch of his talented friends to perform with him at Iota in Clarendon tonight, including Chaim Rubenstein, Laura Tsaggaris, Shannon Carey of Luray, his fellow Deadman Josh Read, and Mark Charles Heidinger of Vandaveer. With a stellar lineup like that, how can you refuse? Here’s the video for the title track to Justin’s 2010 EP Little Fox, on 9:30 Records.


Caustic Casanova – I Hate Everyone I Want To Like video

Arlington’s Galaxy Hut, the best place in the DC area to see an intimate show and choose from an amazing beer list, hosts two hard rocking bands tonight. We featured openers North of Canada in a Hometown Sounds Podcast last year, and headliners Caustic Casanova‘s music video for Short Commute, Live Forever placed in our top 5 music videos of 2012. Here’s an older video of theirs, for I Hate Everyone I Want To Like from their 2008 album Imminent Eminence.


Laura Zax – Doctor, Doctor video

To keep things fresh, new venue 9th & Beats tonight pairs a movie with a great lineup of bands. Come at 7:30 to see the new Grindhouse flick Alpha Girls and stay to rock out with The Nighttime Adventure Society, Southwork and Humble Fire, all for only $5! Fronted by Laura Zax, The Nighttime Adventure Society is one of our fave new bands. Here’s the video for Doctor, Doctor from Laura’s earlier solo work.

Bonus: here’s the trailer for Alpha Girls!

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Vegas With Randolph – Snow Day video

Oh, DC. A dusting of snow and everyone freaks out. I grew up here so I know just as well as anyone our love/hate/terror relationship with the white stuff. Local rock band Vegas With Randolph wrote a catchy song for the occasion called Snow Day that we featured in our special holiday mixtape episode of the Hometown Sounds Podcast. And just today they released the video for the song! Well timed, gentlemen.


Parsely – Salted video

Let’s keep it short and sweet today DC. Parsely (watch that spelling) is the solo project of Vanessa Degrassi, a member of two local indie-folk bands Pree and Frau Eva. After an extended trip to Asia, Vanessa is moving to New Orleans soon. This is a total bummer for DC after Frau Eva’s very well received album Underneath Eyelids, but hey, at least it’s not New York! Here’s a brief video for Salted, from Parsely’s FREE 2011 EP Purple Sea.

Uptown XO – Flowers video

Rapper Uptown XO has released a barrage of music videos over the last few months for his free mixtape The Color Grey. His commercial album Colour de Grey drops January 29th on the Mello Music Group, and the first video from it premiered last week. Flowers deals with the hardships of growing up rough in DC. To support this hard working and authentic performer, pre-order the album now!


Podcast for January 21st, 2013

Jon Kwest – Drum Major (MLK Day 2012)
Cheick Hamala Diabate – Fatou Kounkoun Sissoko (Sol Power All-Stars Remix)
Whitney Houston – How Will I Know (Bad Domes Remix)
Honest Haloway – Psycho Bitch
Sun Wolf – Sun & Sea
Priests – Radiation
Regents – Nothing To Water
Holmes Ives – Solaris feat. Laura Burhenn
Seven Lions – Days To Come feat. Fiora (Lindsay Lowend Remix)
Will Eastman – Cherry Dub
Extra Golden – Obama

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