DC/Richmond grindcore band Pig Destroyer blew the minds of critics and fans alike with last year’s album Book Burner. Catherine Lewis of Showlist DC picked Pig Destroyer’s album release show at Ottobar as her local music highlight of 2012. After a too-long absence from the stage, the band returns to DC tonight at the Black Cat with openers Darkest Hour, Old Lines and LTW. Come thirsty because Three Floyds Brewing will debut their new Pig Destroyer collaboration beer Permanent Funeral pale ale. Here’s the insane lead-off video from Book Burner, the Stanley Kubrick 2001-influenced The Diplomat.
Have you checked out Tropicalia yet? This new hotspot is not what you’d expect from its address right at the corner of 14th & U. The music is consistently eclectic and consistently top quality, pushing the boundaries of clubgoers knowledge and familiarity. Tonight new DC funk band The Good Thing wants you to get down to their sultry grooves, and they’ve released What Can I Do, the first track from their debut EP Ain’t Nobody Gonna Stop Me, as a free download to get you in the mood. The show starts early at 8 PM for only $10, so RSVP here.
Tonight is the night that stoner metal band Borracho celebrates the release of their 7″ Mob Gathering. The Velvet Lounge hosts the kickoff show of a short tour with Been Obscure from Austria and SuperVoid from Pittsburgh. Here’s another loud & proud video from their 2009 album Splitting Sky, for the lead-off single Concentric Circles.
Things are pretty quiet on the DC music video front, so here’s a classic video by psychedelic dance-rock band Screen Vinyl Image that might be new to you. Fever comes from their 2009 album Interceptors.
Going back in time a bit, here’s the video for Break Me Off, a freestyle single by DC rapper Phil Adé produced by Brandun DeShay. This comes from a free mixtape you may have missed out on back in 2011, Ashley Outrageous Presents: The Playlist v.2. Adé promises a brand new music video next week, so stay tuned!
Paperhaus – Helicopters
RDGLDGRN – I Love Lamp
Bells & Hunters – She Wants To Roll
The Silver Liners – Criminal
Mariner Project – Chill
Dangerosa – Exhiliration Comes Next
Suns of Guns – 5000 Watts
The Shirks – Sex Gear
Myrrh Myrrh – Might As Well
Mynoni & Friends – Oh Brother
Deathfix – Dali’s House
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Singer-songwriter Tiffany Thompson, a regular performer at Iota and with Justin Trawick’s The 9 Songwriter Showcase, just released a brand new music video for In The Distance, the anchor song of her latest EP One Voice. Tiffany takes her powerful and earnest voice on the road for a series of tour dates from New York to Chicago, and your next chance to see her in our area comes on April 11th at a benefit show at the Torpedo Factory in Old Town Alexandria.
I’m generally not one for blues rock or bar bands. I think it’s a tired genre with plodding tempos, whose foundation lies in an unwarranted celebration of life’s disappointments and heartaches. So, if a band is playing this type of music and I’m taking note, they’ve got to be doing something special. Bells and Hunters is such an act.
Just to provide you with some quick context, Bells and Hunters do female-fronted blues rock. If you can think back to the ‘90s, artists like Tracy Chapman or (AWESOME) one-hit wonders 4 Non Blondes are easy touchstones for their sound. Those comparisons might leave you yawning at first read, but trust me, Bells and Hunters are both: (a.) edgier and (b.) more interesting than your average blues-oriented band.
Earlier this month, the group released their second record, Weddings and Funerals. According to guitarist/songwriter Keith Fischer, the album was a laborious undertaking that spanned the course of almost two years, and the effort shows from the get-go. The first cut (also the album’s title track) represents an example of truly adventurous songwriting from start-to-finish, replete with several non-repeating sections and tasteful trumpet interludes. Singer Kelly Ann Beavers packs syllable after syllable into the song’s narrative verses, and even slides into a quizzical drum and voice breakdown where she borrows from “A Tisket A Tasket” (yes, the nursery rhyme).
Stylistically, there’s actually a fair amount of ground covered in the brevity of the album’s eight songs, ranging from blues with classic rock instrumental breaks on “73”, to the down home Americana thump of “Mercury”.
Another stand out track is “Maybe a Fool”, which is a swelling country ballad with an evocative chorus about how it’s probably time for a couple to call it quits. This song especially makes for a good segue for some discussion of the album’s themes: With a couple of exceptions, Weddings & Funerals is an album about two partners’ perceptions about each other during their relationship’s demise. At a time when “the album” is more and more frequently described as a dead art form, I think it’s fascinating that a D.C. band has released an album with recognizable narrative and theme.
Bells and Hunters perform this Friday at IOTA in Clarendon to celebrate the physical release of Weddings and Funerals. They’ll be joined by Skip House (buzz saw blues) and Turtle Recall (country? indie? pop? country indie-pop? Who cares, they came up with what is now my favorite band name of all time.)
You should come: I’ll be there, sobbing happily into my beer. Please, please don’t let me do it alone.
Why just release one music video at a time? Last night rap superstar Wale unveiled two new videos on BET. The first one is The Show, featuring Rick Ross and Aaron Wess, from the Folarin mixtape that came out last Christmas.
The second is our first taste from Wale’s upcoming full length album The Gifted, dropping in late June. Bad features Tiara Thomas, and it’s out now on iTunes.
With two music videos posted today, the DC Music Video of the Day takes the day off tomorrow. Have a great weekend DC!
Bluesy rockers Mission South just posted a stream of their new song Peaches, the first track from their upcoming EP Migration Vol. 2 that drops April 9th.
The band is currently touring the east coast, and this Saturday night they play a hometown show at Velvet Lounge with fantastic local openers The North Country and Linsay Deming from the band Sweetbread Jim’s. Our music video of the day comes from the Blue Light Sessions series from Pick-Up Productions, a live take of Mission South performing Patagonia from their FREE debut EP Migration Vol. 1.