Monthly Archives: September 2013

Ticket Giveaway! U.S. Royalty @ U Street Music Hall Sat. Sept. 7th

U.S. Royalty‘s new album Blue Sunshine comes out Sept. 10th, and the well-dressed gents set out on a nationwide tour this week. Their hometown stop at U Street Music Hall is this Saturday at 7 PM with an opening set by Sunwolf, and we’ve got a pair of tickets to give away to one lucky winner! Just leave a comment below with your favorite DC band and you’re entered to win. Our contest ends and one lucky winner is chosen this Friday at noon, so enter now! If you missed out on our giveaway, don’t leave your Saturday night to chance. Buy your tickets in advance through Ticketfly.


Bella Russia – Madame X video

When a band decides to forgo vocals and lyrics for purely instrumental compositions, there’s naturally a much higher demand on the creativity and execution of the sounds to keep an audience engaged. Post-punk trio Bella Russia deliver the goods in their trippy debut music video “Madame X”, from their forthcoming EP Epaulet. I think this band would have found a natural fit on the much missed local label Sockets Records. Bella Russia celebrates their EP release this Saturday at the Artisphere, with an evening show featuring openers The Sea Life and Janel & Anthony and an 8 hour “endurance performance” with special surprise collaborators starting at noon in the Black Box theater.


Fresh Tracks! These Future Saints / “Blackjack”

Fresh Tracks! – These Future Saints / “Blackjack”
by Tony Porreco
TFS guitars
Welcome back to another installment of Fresh Tracks!, where we at Hometown Sounds present you early access to some of the best in soon-to-be-released D.C.  music. Today’s fresh track is a cheery little number called “Blackjack” from charming up and comers These Future Saints.

At first playback, you might be skeptical and regard the opening guitar riff as silly, but when the full band kicks in, it actually reveals itself as part of a fun set of interlocking machinations against the second guitar and drums, with a sound that quickly heads into the territory of some light dance rock. (Who new dance rock could be light?)

Singer Andrew Gaddy is actually one of the better vocalists I’ve heard lately from the DC scene: There’s a sweet, choirboy feel to his singing voice that’s really kind of adorable, which proves in keeping with his band’s somewhat softer approach to indie rock. Concerning the song’s lyrical content, Gaddy chronicles some tender escapades with a certain special someone.  (Additional props for the hometown imagery when he suggests, “Let’s take a trip to Logan Circle, we’ll get out of line”). Be sure to stick around through the end of the cut, as the number closes with a super fun coda that approaches the lively guitar pop of Phoenix’s early career, or some MDMA-enhanced Franz Ferdinand.

These Future Saints perform this Friday at IOTA (9/6) with Classified Frequency (who do some seriously layered, everything-but-the-kitchen sink pop punk) and our favorite army of genre-busters M.H. and His Orchestra. The event is also a release show for These Future Saints’ new EP Ellerslie Ave, available for purchase at the show or online starting Friday.

These Future Saints, EP release show flyer