Monthly Archives: July 2013

Carolyn Malachi – All Right video

Yesterday silky smooth R&B/neo-soul singer Carolyn Malachi released Gold, her first full length album since 2009. Her latest music video is All Right, a romantic ode to the love of her grandparents, with super fashionable visuals to boot.


SOJA – When We Were Younger video

Homegrown reggae stars SOJA (originally Soldiers of Jah Army) couldn’t be more excited to play their biggest DC area show yet, tomorrow evening at Wolf Trap with The John Butler Trio and Alice Smith. From last year’s full length release Strength To Survive comes a brand new music video for the song When We Were Younger. The touching video, featuring footage of the band members in their earlier days, comes from vocalist/guitarist Jacob Hemphill with a dedication to the memory of his father and musical inspiration William Hemphill. Head over to Wolf Trap’s ticketing page and help make this show a sell-out homecoming for this fantastic band.


Drunk Tigers – Taillights video

Brand new and extra catchy, indie rock band Drunk Tigers just released a video for Taillights, a new song coming out on a 3 song EP from Funny/Not Funny Records next month. This video was composed entirely of iPhone footage, including live footage from DC9 shot by our own Live Picks! columnist Tony Porreco back in May and June. You can check out Drunk Tigers for yourself this Thursday night at Iota, helping celebrate Pet Parade’s brand new CD release, and see more videos from Tony’s DC music coverage at his YouTube page.


Megaphone Barons – Flies in a Tea Cup video

Purveying a genre they call California grit rock that includes synthesizers, electric guitar, drums and violin, Megaphone Barons are poised to release their second EP in August with a release party at DC9 on Saturday August 24th. Hopefully the DC Police Department won’t get involved as they did shutting down their recent gig for the DC Bike Party. Flies In A Tea Cup, the first single from the new EP, gets a DIY video release with freaky animal masks directed by Max Van Boxel. The song was inspired by a 2010 incident in New Dehli, India in which hundreds of thousands of people were displaced to make space for the Commonwealth Games.


The Thiefs – 17 oz. of Freedom video

Are you tired of whiny songs about love and angst and other meaningless crap? Rockville rockers The Thiefs want to sing to you about large quantities of sweet fizzy beverages. 17 oz. of Freedom reacts to New York City’s proposed (and failed) ban on sodas larger than 16 ounces. Also it rocks pretty hard. Drink up!


Bells & Hunters – Maybe A Fool video

Hot off the presses! The slightly twangy, plaintive and charming band Bells and Hunters just posted their first music video for Maybe A Fool, from their sophomore release Weddings and Funerals, which you can pay what you like to download right now. I love how the video portrays the behind the scenes drama of a band findings its way. Also, great hats. Next Monday night July 29th they’ll be playing at Galaxy Hut in Arlington, so mark your calendar!


Kate Moran Band – Fight video

The scourge of cancer touches so many lives. Singer songwriter and CrossFit enthusiast Kate Moran wrote the inspirational song Fight back in early 2012 to motivate her friend Kathleen Paternostro Morgan, a.k.a. Kass, who was battling the disease. Proceeds from the sale of the single, produced by Jarrett Nicolay of Virginia Coalition, Astra Via and Pick-Up Productions, benefit the Team Kass charitable foundation. To honor the one year anniversary of Kass’s untimely passing, Moran just released a music video for the song directed by Dave Farah to inspire others facing an uphill climb back to health. Read more details at Moran’s blog.


Podcast for July 22nd, 2013

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Alex Vans & The Hideaway – Good Enough
Capital Ghost – Rhino
Tideland – Dinosaur
Passing Phases – Never Give In
The Raised By Wolves – Stung (Song For Him)
Mooks – Godspell
Dirty Destroyers Orchestra – Dick and Bones
Harris Face & the Restoration – The Squall
South Rail – Everybody Knows It
Beautiful Swimmers – Cool “Disco” Dan

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Uptown XO – Finding My Way video

Yesterday hip-hop label Mello Music Group dropped a new video for Finding My Way (FREE download!) from Uptown XO‘s newest album Colour de Grey. Lazlo, the video’s director, offers this statement:

“The video for “Finding My Way” takes cues from the boom bap style production of the track and imagines Uptown XO as two sides of the same young man, coming of age during the mid-nineties in Washington D.C. During the first verse XO takes on the persona of a street minded hustler, spending time in alleyways, shady housing, and rooftops. While for the second verse he portrays the role of a government insider, working to enact change through the political system on Capitol Hill. These twin lifestyles echo the flip side of the same mindset, much like the dichotomy of the District itself.”

Couldn’t have said it better myself. Stay cool out there DC, both sides of you.

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lowercase letters – Restless City video

One of the songs featured on the most recent episode of the Hometown Sounds podcast was the new single “Restless City” by rock / soul hybrid band lowercase letters. Here’s a music video of Alphie Starr, John Beckham, Clinton Cole and Ben Tufts performing the song on their Road To Austin tour earlier this year. Buy the song on iTunes or Bandcamp.