Monthly Archives: December 2013

Alvin Risk & Designer Drugs – Empty Hearted video

Ophidiophobes, this video features some very authentic looking & amazing snake charming footage, so beware! DC dubstep hero Alvin Risk teams up with New York duo Designer Drugs for this intense video “Empty Hearted” shot on location in Thailand for Ultra Records. Apparently this video follows a story begun in the Designer Drugs music video “Space Based”, so if you really want to know what the heck is going on here, watch that first. If you just want to watch snakes and Thai boxers fight (not each other), then let’s go!


Watermelon – $$$

The musicians in most DC bands have pretty respectable day jobs: lawyers, programmers, government workers. The crazy nomads in the hippie funk band Watermelon strike me as the type to do what they want and wear what they want 24/7. This video by Mike Hsieh of Bowery Pictures captures the vibe of Watermelon’s Fall 2013 tour, set to an as-yet-unreleased song. Grab Watermelon’s excellent EP Sleepover from earlier this year, and mark your calendars for Friday January 10th to catch Watermelon blow the lid off of the Fillmore in Silver Spring with Violet Rocker & Awthentik, Incwell, Harmonic Blue and Super Nike Nando.


Ticket Giveaway: The Pietasters & Kill Lincoln @ 9:30 Sat Dec 14

This Saturday night the 9:30 Club hosts a killer night of punky ska music with DC’s Kill Lincoln, Boston’s Big D & The Kids Table, and the kings of DC ska The Pietasters. Do not miss this chance to see this legendary group on DC’s finest stage! Their 1998 song Out All Night remains one of my favorites.

Hometown Sounds is proud to give away a pair of tickets to this skankin’ good time. Just leave us a comment with your favorite DC band below and you’re entered to win! The deadline is 2 PM on Friday, and if you aren’t our lucky winner then buy your $15 tickets in advance through TicketFly.



Podcast for December 9th, 2013

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Special guest Catherine Lewis from Showlist DC joins Tony & I to preview our showcase this Thursday at Tropicalia!

Tereu Tereu – Savage Love
The Jet Age – Had A Plan
Heavy Breathing – Gimmie Mine
Presto Bando – Side Roads
Screen Vinyl Image – We Don’t Belong
A Sound of Thunder – Power Play
Borracho – Know The Score
Midnight Eye – Outsider

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Lowercase Letters – Lollipop video

Here’s a different take on a well-known hit song. Soulful group Lowercase Letters spins Lil Wayne’s 2008 single Lollipop into a sultry acoustic jam for House Studio DC‘s $5 Music Video series.


Tereu Tereu – Gratitude video

Ryan Little and Brendan Polmer make some excellent 90s lo-fi influenced indie rock as Tereu Tereu. They put out one of 2013’s best DC indie rock records Quadrants on Ryan’s label Bad Friend Records, alongside releases from Drunken Sufis, Fredricksburg’s Raw Feels and an archival single from Travis Morrison Hellfighters. Yesterday DCist premiered TT’s newest music video, the catchy earworm Gratitude with accompanying visuals by director Rahmin Atarod. Learn the lyrics and sing along next Thursday as Tereu Tereu opens our all-DC showcase with Showlist DC at Tropicalia, with Heavy Breathing and The Jet Age! I am even more pumped about next week’s show after this music video. Get your tickets now through ShowClix!



Marian McLaughlin – Before You Leave video

Marian McLaughlin has a refreshingly abstract take on folk music. The “dérive” technique she’s developed over the last few years involves a more subconscious and improvisational take on creating music. Marian’s debut release, an 8 song EP called Dérive, comes out January 15th, and she recently released a music video for the song “Before You Leave”. Zambia, the video’s director, captured the moody spirit of the song perfectly in the visuals. For more background, check out All Songs Considered’s recent First Watch post.


RDGLDGRN – Power Ups video

The eye-catching music videos from high-profile rap-rock act RDGLDGRN continue with Power Ups, a tribute to classic video games and especially Nintendo’s beloved Mario franchise, from their 2013 self-titled debut album. After touring the world as part of the Vans Warped Tour 2013, the colorful trio brings their sounds to headline U Street Music Hall on Sunday December 29th with support from ACME and Nike Nando.


The Thiefs – Desperate Man video

Rockville’s The Thiefs like to rock hard with sweet guitar solos and fast drum fills, but not take it all too seriously. Their newest DIY video, “Desperate Man”, features a pretty epic neighborhood chase from a scary dude in a gas mask. Grab the debut EP It’s Not You, It’s Us from their ReverbNation store, and see them next at the venerable Grog & Tankard in Fredricksburg this Saturday.