1978ers – Sacreligious
Presto Bando – I Got Kick
Baby Bry Bry & The Apologists – Lately
Big Hush – Wrong House
Clones of Clones – I Don’t Need Your Love
Astronaut Jones – Game Theory feat. Frank Mitchell
Singer Sara Curtin has carved out a well-respected niche as half of folk duo The Sweater Set with Maureen Andary, playing endearing folk and pop music with ukulele and banjo. Now she gears up for the release of her solo full length album Michigan Lilium with this music video for “Summer”, and boy is it sultry. Shot in an shadowy empty apartment in Columbia Heights, the video features mesmerizing belly dancer Ebony Qualls dancing slowly with sparklers while Curtin croons with an enduring, classic style at once delicate and assured.
Can DC claim She Keeps Bees as our own? Singer Jessica Larrabee hails from Wheaton MD and met partner Andy LaPlant working as a bartender in Brooklyn. Their sultry blues sound is often compared to The White Stripes, Cat Power and Sharon Van Etten, who contributed vocals on the duo’s latest album Eight Houses for the Future Gods label. Yesterday Stereogum premiered their newest video for “Owls”, a moody and mysterious track with a groovy bari sax hook and powerful vocals. Video director Lizzy Brooks puts actress Laura Cohen on a surreal trip through the woods and a dinner party, heavily referencing a silent experimental film from 1944 called At Land which featured the composer John Cage.
Also: She Keeps Bees, what a great band name.
If this taste leaves you hungry for more, check out their just-released live session with WAMU’s Bandwidth.
For a young 23 year old rapper from Gaithersburg, Ace Cosgrove is making all the right moves. His first mixtape Simple Criticism just came out in April of this year, and already his second UsVsRobots is the new hotness, with props from XXL, Karmaloop and HipHopDX. Guru MG directed this simple yet stylish video for “Golden Chills”, UsVsRobots’s lead-off track chronicling Cosgrove’s struggles with his inner demons. Load these free mixtapes on your phone and check out Cosgrove’s set opening for BADBADNOTGOOD at American University on Thursday November 13th.
One week before Mello Music Group releases People of Today, the debut album from DMV hip-hop duo yU and Slimkat, we get a brand new video from director Jay Brown for the origin story single OneNine7-T-8. As both were born in 1978, together the pair are The 1978ers. The energetic, funky and uptempo song thick with rhymes is set to video of yU and Slimkat driving a pedicab around DC, with their friends partying in the back.
To list the many projects involving blues virtuoso Bobby Thompson (Mud Rey, the Lauren Calve Band, Justin Jones) shows how in-demand and involved he is. His outlet for blues-rock is Blueheart Revival, with Colin Thompson, Kurt Kratch, Tommy Lepson and Gary Crockett, and their debut full length album Stone Feathers just dropped a couple of days ago with 8 original songs by Thompson. Today they debuted their first music video for the classic “Setting Sun” featuring Bobby’s distinctive voice and a howling guitar lick. Much like the excellent video from The Cowards Choir we premiered last month, the cameras of Clubhill Media captured the recording of the song at Cue Recording Studios in Falls Church by The Circus Life’s Sean Russell. Keep up the great video work CHM!