Congratulations to singer-songwriter Andrea Pais for being named Best Vocalist of the Month by Singer Universe! Her new EP Chasing Forever was recorded with Jim Ebert at Cue Recording Studios, and fellow musician Dave Farah shot a live video of an acoustic performance of the EP’s title track.
House Studio DC’s announcement of a new record label initiative furthers their amazing efforts to support DC musicians of all stripes. Here’s another in their $5 Music Video series, a cover of Gnarls Barkley’s hit Crazy by young singer James Britton. Check out his new album Blue Eyed Soul.
Margot MacDonald – Teardrop
The Beginner’s Mynd – Hazy
Black Checker – Bagel Girl
The Joads – Good Deal Gone Bad
Color School – Picking Up Pieces
PHZ-Sicks – Coming Down feat. TFOX
Asheru – Gauteng feat. Raheem DeVaughn
The Silver Liners – Shine On (Gavin Holland Remix)
ACME – All Around The World (Micah Vellian Remix)
Is And Of The – Swoopy
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Folky roots rock band South Rail have a brand new music video out today for a new song called Alleluia. Director Jim Robeson combines video of Lara Supan, Jay Byrd and Ben Potok performing the song live in studio with other footage to make a very pleasant video to accompany the sweet ballad. Catch them next opening for Harmonic Blue and Bosley at DC9 on November 23rd.
Rock/rap fusers RDGLDGRN continue to make fans worldwide, currently as guests on the Warped Tour in Europe and Australia, but haven’t yet shown DC much hometown love. But tickets just went on sale for their next DC show, Sunday December 29th at U Street Music Hall, and I’m very excited to see these colorful lads live. Today they released a new live music video for Hey O, a catchy song from their new self-titled debut album.
Live performance videos are the hot trend in DC music videos this week. After Honest Haloway and Priests, today we’ve got a mellow and beautiful cover song by experimental cellist Wytold. Using a looping pedal and both electric and acoustic cellos, Wytold creates his own rendition of “All I Need”, from Radiohead’s 2007 free album In Rainbows.
If you haven’t yet seen Priests live, you’re missing out on one of the most exciting live shows in DC. Singer Katie Alice Greer matches the goofy coolness of Ian Svenonious in Chain & The Gang, but with Priests she unleashes sneering energy all over the stage. The internet-averse band recently made a lot of new fans at the CMJ Music Festival, and the ever-hip music source Pitchfork filmed their performance of unreleased but memorable song “New” for their video streaming site. You can stream their tape-only EPs at their Bandcamp page, or buy the actual tapes from their next live show.
While synth-rockers Honest Haloway prep a new EP called Perigee, they recently recorded a live take of a new song Laughable at DC’s strongest house venue Paperhaus. This slick video features HH as a duo of vocalist Tim Kratzer and drummer Charlie Karim, but they’ve recently added bassist Fico Lazzaro-Colon, a vet from DC bands Ms. Director and Cedars. Over this past weekend HH closed out an amazing season of live shows at The Lot at Union Kitchen, so if you missed out, enjoy this video with plenty of shots of Charlie’s well-defined arms.
Today’s video comes from PG Country rapper Lyriciss, a short and tragic narrative of thug life directed by Dante Bailey. Big Gold Chain is the lead-off single from The Balance, a new full length album from Inner Loop Records on iTunes consolidated & expanded from last year’s freeEPseries of the same name.