Monthly Archives: August 2016

Lightshow – Before They Raid

Lightshow‘s newest mixtape Life Sentence 3 takes the series, last seen in 2013, from free to paid. As the young DC rapper begins his newest single, “It’s Too Much Money To Be Made, Let’s Get Paid Before They Raid”, and the hardest working artists gotta make scratch sometime. Director Will Hoopes, vet of Chief Keef, T.I. & Yung Gleesh, delivers this video of the bleak and paranoid “Before They Raid”. Celebrate the album’s release this Friday September 2nd at the Howard Theatre.


GoldLink – Spectrum

Now that Wale has moved to LA, there’s no disputing that D’Anthony Carlos, better known as GoldLink, is the hottest act in DC right now. Our compatriots at DC Music Download reported yesterday that superstar tease Frank Ocean named Link’s “When I Die” as one of his favorite songs of all time, an incredible plug at just the right time. In case you missed GoldLink’s most recent music video that premiered last month, here’s your official second chance. “Spectrum”, produced by DC’s own Louie Lastic, comes from GoldLink’s 2015 album And After That, We Didn’t Talk. Video production company 88 Rising created the visuals for the “future bounce” anthem, based around the progressive notion of conflict resolution through dancing.


Dew Baby & P-Wild – Gimmie A Second

Are you ready for some raw and NSFW true DC hip-hop? Fair warning, you’d better be before clicking play on today’s video. Dew Baby and P-Wild, members of DC rapper Fat Trel‘s crew Slutty Boyz, both have an impressive collection of mixtapes, but their 7 track collaboration Mud Brothers from last November stands out. “Gimmie A Second”, the late night club banger produced by Mk Beats & Heavy The Producer, delivers double time with street-level visuals from JD Films.

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Deuce Ducartier – Super Cool

The mashup of hip-hop and rock has occasionally floated to mainstream success, most notably in this area from the colorful RDGLDGRN, but has yet to establish itself as a respected genre. Deuce Ducartier is the newest MC to merge these influences, and the result is pretty damn catchy. Only a handful of singles have emerged so far, but we’ve got the music video his song “Super Cool” for your enjoyment below. On yet another hot summer day in the District, what you need is an MC who’s utterly perfected the hood flip on his thick winter coat. Catch Ducartier live at DC’s Greenlight Festival on Labor Day at the DC Gateway Pavilion in SE.


Podcast for August 25th, 2016 feat. Ben Tufts


This week drummer extraordinaire Ben Tufts joins the podcast to pick out songs from the upcoming Ben Tufts & Friends show this Saturday at Jammin’ Java!

Tomas Pagán Motta – Small As We Are [unreleased]
FuzzQueen – Sailing Empty Tonight [single]
Cynthia Marie – Oh, Legs! [Harbor]
Hypersparks – Glow [unreleased]
Jonny Grave – Wise Words From Father Denny Buck [Winterlight]
Virginia Creep – Ex-Dis [unreleased]

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Drop Lockers x Parabellum Raps – Like That

There are not enough hip-hop shows in DC. Every night of the week you can see rock bands, punk bands, folk bands. DC hip-hop gets significant national attention, from Wale to Shy Glizzy to Goldlink, but opportunities to see up & coming rappers cover audiences in beats and rhymes are too rare. Drop Lockers is a new collaboration between Edword Asis (Questionmark Embargo/D-League) Ardamus (FAR EXP/The Lucky So And So’s/Sitcalm/S4YM/Ingelside Collective) and RNL (FAR EXP/S4YM/PRMC/Ingelside Collective), and their debut album Beatbreakin Vol. 1 releases this weekend. They’ve teamed up with Prowess The Testament and Blacmav and the Fear Itself Crew for an album release show this Sunday night at DC9. “Like That”, their song featuring Parabellum Raps of the new duo MILK$, got the music video spin today courtesy of S.O.N. Media, showing how much fun it is to be part of their crew.

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Video Premiere! FuzzQueen – Sailing Empty Tonight

After touring extensively for many years, Erin Frisby and Chris Stelloh, better known by their performer names Miss Shevaughn & Yuma Wray, felt the winds of change. Drawn to settle down from life on the road, they joined their drummer and musical collaborator Ben Tufts at the 16th Street House, home to more than a few DC musicians and frequent host of many live music shows. And acknowledging the stylistic shift in their songwriting, they decided to rebrand their collaboration as FuzzQueen.

In advance of FuzzQueen’s debut EP Xenia I out later this year, they dropped the lead-off single “Sailing Empty Tonight” a few weeks ago, and today Hometown Sounds is honored & thrilled to premiere the music video! Shot in their native California Coast, videographer Nick Goldring presents visuals reminiscent of vintage gelatin silver photography. The lush desert scenery reflect MS&YW’s extensive time touring, and the mystical storyline fits with FuzzQueen’s lush arrangements.

DC bands almost universally overlook the power of dressing up on stage. Wake up & take note! Let FuzzQueen show you how it’s done, with exotic costumes and makeup to compliment their distinctively rustic look. Their sound incorporates the strong songwriting of their Americana roots with fuzzed-out 90s guitar riffs. Erin, Chris and Ben are nomadic explorers of American rock music, with 70s psychedelia and 90s modern rock fueling the neverending road trip.

FuzzQueen headlines the Saturday night segment of the Ben Tufts & Friends Showcase at Jammin’ Java in Vienna, alongside Black Dog Prowl, Accidents and Ben’s newest band Virginia Creep featuring JR from Pig Destroyer. Ben will guest star on this week’s episode of the Hometown Sounds podcast, playing select songs from this weekend’s big show. Stay tuned!


Shy Glizzy – You Know What

Flashy cars, menacing guns with laser sights and a surprising colored coat feature in Shy Glizzy‘s newest video “You Know What”. The song comes from Young Jefe 2, the DC superstar rapper’s newest mixtape, streaming on Spotify and Apple Music and for sale on iTunes. The overwhelming gang bravado gets in the way of the fragments of a story, but Glizzy’s raw charisma is the root of the video’s appeal.


American Television – Explosions In This Guy

Congrats to the fine pop-punks of American Television for the inclusion of their song “Better Living Through Chemistry” on Attention: A Wiretap Records “Instant” Compilation Summer 2016. The LA based record label has assembled no less than 40 tunes for whatever price you want, and this band is definitely due some national attention. Their recent music video for the cheekily-named “Explosions In This Guy” tells quite a sordid tale in only a minute and a half, thanks to documentary filmmaker Brad Howard. Songbyrd hosts the AM guys in late September at the Upstart Festival 2016 along with The Queers, The Split Seconds and a bunch more fun bands. Show your support by grabbing their recent EP Reaction and saving a few bucks on advance tix to the festival!


Mellow Diamond – Cast In Gold

“Cast In Gold” is the third music video produced from Janel Leppin‘s remarkable solo album Mellow Diamond, finally released earlier this year on her own Wedderburn Records label. The moody single eschews Leppin’s trademark experimental take on the cello for Asian sounds including gong and the Japanese koto, and the dark lyrics paint a foreboding scene of environmental turmoil. Animator and musician Orion Rigel Dommisse from Providence RI directed the video from Leppin’s own shot footage. After years of focusing on solo releases and other varied projects, Janel and husband Anthony Pirog are currently in the studio working on their third album, Glover Park.

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