Monthly Archives: November 2016

Kingpen Slim – Bad Guy

DC rapper Kingpen Slim grabbed our attention earlier this year with “FYB”, the dirty and catchy slow-jam single from his EP Fxck Lxve. That was just an appetizer, and now he’s served the main course with Life After Doubt, a full length album boldly referencing both Life After Death by Biggie Smalls and Reasonable Doubt by Jay-Z. Fire up your SoundCloud app because the album is only available for streaming there, but the first single up is “Bad Guy” produced by J Buttah and we got the visuals for you right here. Director Jay Gregory shows us endless footage of Slim, dressed to the top of his game gliding down high-end hotel corridors, allowing us to focus on the eye-popping wordplay in his lyrics. His rhymes truly know no limits.


Handsome Hound – Hannah

Upbeat jazzy folk band Handsome Hound have a well-timed message for all the heavy feels we have right now. “Hannah”, the new single from their debut EP I Guess We’re Doing Alright, tells the story of a rebellious young lady challenging societal norms. Videographer Kip Radt, director of Near Northeast’s excellent video Under The Pines earlier this year, enlisted Amaris Montes as a lady boxer with a mean frown and a punishing right hook. The DC indie folk scene is coalescing into a popular and necessary counterpoint to punk, and we’ve never needed it more.


Presenting The Cowards Choir @ Millennium Stage


Hometown Sounds is honored to present The Cowards Choir for our November showcase of DC music at the Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage.

Fronted by singer-songwriter Andy Zipf, The Cowards Choir crafts exquisite chamber-folk music with Ryan Walker on bass & keys, Dayana Yochim on cello, Alissa more on violin and Logan Lamons on percussion. After a successful PledgeMusic campaign earlier this year, The Cowards Choir released their debut full length album Name The Fear with an ambitious accompanying ‘visual score’ by NC filmmaker Will Davis of Small Creatures.

Our show caps off Thanksgiving weekend on Sunday November 27th at 6 PM. Like all Millennium Stage shows, there’s no cover charge and plenty of seating starting at 5:30. RSVP here! & bring your whole family!


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Wylder – Lantern (Out Loud Session)

With our ubiquitous monuments, distinguished architecture and low height requirements, DC’s rooftops are curiously generally untapped as music video locations. Over the summer, indie folk band Wylder joined Brooklyn singer Skout on a well-placed downtown DC rooftop to record a few songs for her picturesque Out Loud Sessions. Brighten up your Friday with a stripped down version of “Lantern”, from Wylder’s debut full length album Rain and Laura, featuring Will McCarry on vocals and guitar and Lavar Edmonds on violin. We really hope you won’t miss the full band opening for The Riverbreaks at Gypsy Sally’s in Georgetown on Saturday December 3rd.


K.A.A.N. – The Way

Rapper Brandon Perry’s latest video as K.A.A.N. takes us into the home studio where he and producer ORBT craft a seemingly endless supply of gems. This is a man-cave with a purpose. K.A.A.N. is wholly devoted to SoundCloud streaming, so head there to hear his latest mixtape with Genshin.


Podcast for November 2nd, 2016


Paul & Tony recap their Halloween weekends, and Paul reminisces about his sweet home stereo in the 90s.

Thunderball – Heart of the Hustler feat. Mustafa Akbar [Scorpio Rising]
Stronger Sex – Dating [single]
BRNDA – Lye To People [DC Punk Archive Library Mixtape]
Title Tracks – Low Cool [Long Dream]
The Internal Frontier – Wake the Dawn [The Internal Frontier EP]
Sansyou – Let It Expand [The Glistening One]

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Priests – Pink White House

Early in Priests‘ new music video for “Pink White House” the entire band is led in 80s style aerobic video workout by drummer Daniele Daniele, and believe me that things only get weirder from there. Frontwoman and video director Katie Alice Greer “wanted to do something playing on the notion that pop culture repackages your identity and sells it back to you for ‘entertainment'”, and that’s reflected in vignettes of each band member facing a dark reflection of their personal affectation in true camp style. Priests new full length album Nothing Feels Natural drops January 27th on their own Sister Polygon Records, and the nationwide tour wraps up at the Black Cat on March 11th.

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