Monthly Archives: March 2014

Paul Pfau – Happy To Be video

Singer-songwriter Paul Pfau enlisted a group of fans to shoot iPhone footage at his sold-out gig at the Bright Box Theater in Winchester, VA on February 8th, 2014. Ukulele master Don Kim assembled the footage into this fun video for the upbeat single “Happy To Be”, the title track from Paul’s Kickstarted 2013 album. After you get this catchy song stuck in your head, visit Unrehearsed DC to check out Paul singing another song, “Keep It Going”, in a way-too-clean bathroom at Iota, featuring circus-living advocate Justin Trawick.


Deleted Scenes – You Get To Say Whatever You Want video

The spastic and passionate post-punk quartet Deleted Scenes are poised to unleash their new record, Lithium Burn, on April 15th on New Orleans’ Park The Van Records. Singer Dan Scheurman was inspired by Occupy Wall Street footage to pen the song “You Get To Say Whatever You Want”, and tapped Pree drummer Ben Usie to craft a music video using those raw, powerful protest images. Check out Spin’s premiere for more background on the song and the video.


Uptown XO – Who video

The Arlington-based vinyl label Cricket Cemetery originally focused on punk releases, but I’m pleased that Ian Thompson’s musical tastes and ambitions are broad. DC rapper and Diamond District member Uptown XO is the latest to get the deluxe vinyl reissue treatment, surprisingly for his 2008 mixtape Takeover 2. To hype the summer release, limited to only 100 precious copies [cough cough PREORDER], the lyrically boastful track “Who” gets the music video treatment from Blakk House Films.

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Redhead – Too Much video

Rapper Stephen Redhead continues his trend of self-reflection and lamenting negativity in his newest music video “Too Much“. The video begins with a tense conversation between Redhead and himself regarding his public perception, so hang on (or skip ahead) to about two minutes in for the beats and rhymes to flow. Look for Redhead’s EP Exxxactly to drop soon.

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Amber Mimz – Take Off Your Kool video

Sultry R&B singer Amber Mimz tapped promiment online music publication Earmilk to premiere her new music video “Take Off Your Kool”. The video was shot in the gorgeous rural setting of New Windsor MD, and on this first day of spring I couldn’t be more excited for weather like this to arrive. Amber’s production chops are just as impressive as her sweet crooning, imploring us to relax and feel good about ourselves. Pick up Amber’s debut album The Life Of Riley, featuring this single, on her Bandcamp.


Johnny Fantastic – In The Summertime video

Our buds at DC Music Download premiered the debut music video from Johnny Fantastic today. Former Paperhaus bassist John Di Lascio went solo and released the demented funhouse indie rock album Bluebirds, Bluebirds, Bluebirds under the moniker last summer. The new video, constructed around the idea of a twisted tea party with raw meat cake, was shot and edited by Pree’s Ben Usie. Check out DCMD’s post to learn more from Mr. Fantastic himself.


Ex Hex – Hot and Cold video

Since wrapping up the brief but insanely catchy project Wild Flag with Carrie Brownstein, Mary Timony assembled a new band with drummer Laura Harris of The Aquarium and Besty Wright called Ex Hex, after the title of Timony’s third solo album in 2005. Ex Hex has generated a lot of excitement in the music scene recently, signing to Merge Records and blowing lids at SXSW last week. The 7″ single for “Hot and Cold” is out today, as is a brand new music video directed by Lara Gallagher, featuring Chain & The Gang’s Ian Svenonious and his luxurious mop-top in a dinner date ruined by the precocious band.


Podcast for March 18th, 2014

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Louis Weeks – Alvar Aalto
Tommy Sherrod – Shooting Blind
Wise Eyes – The Mist
Eastern Standard Time – The Dragon
The Shifters – She’s So Fine
Wild Luck – Making Waves
Exit Vehicles – Unplugged
The Beanstalk Library – Whiskey Mountain
Young Summer – Don’t You Want Me
((S*5)) – 9-5 3

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Funk Parade Kickoff Party

The Funk Parade, a musical celebration of the awesomeness of the U Street Corridor, is coming on Saturday May 3rd, but the preliminary warm-up events are already here! To help kick off their new Indiegogo campaign, head to Liv Nightclub (above Bohemian Caverns) tonight to check out the Funk Parade All-Star Band (aka Ninja Bunny), including members of Elikeh, Lucky Dub, and Eme & Heteru, as well as Michael Saretsky (TNT) and DJ Nitekrawler (Moneytown), and more! Watch the promo video below and head to to snag advance tix!


The Urban Cartel – What She Wants video

The Urban Cartel are another signpost on the trend of DC bands blending hip-hop and rock influences together to create a fresh sound, comparable to RDGLDGRN and The Cornel West Theory. “What She Wants”, a soulful song from their FREE 2011 collection Cassette Music, gets the music video treatment from footage of their recent show at the Fillmore Silver Spring. The UC is generous with the Bandcamp, so grab their newest release The N.I.T.E. as well!