Monthly Archives: May 2017

Presenting Color Palette @ Millennium Stage

Hometown Sounds is way beyond delighted to present synthpop band Color Palette for our May #DCmusic showcase at the Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage.

Color Palette takes experiences like heartbreak and love, and together turns them into something mystical and inviting. The band, comprised of Jay Nemeyer, Joshua Hunter, Matt Hartenau, Rogerio Naressi, and Maryjo Mattea, is an electro-rock/synthpop band from Washington, DC. Since their first release on June 1, 2015, Color Palette have garnered hundreds of press hits worldwide. Press highlights include features in NME Magazine, USA Today, NPR, and Impose Magazine. Locally (Washington, DC), they were nominated for three 2015 Washington Area Music Awards – (Best) Pop Rock Duo/Group, Pop Rock Recording, and Pop Rock Vocalist. Color Palette released their debut full-length album ‘Vaporwave’ in May 2016. They have shared bills with many notable national artists including Charli XCX, The Naked and Famous, Mother Mother, Day Wave, Yumi Zouma, Mr Little Jeans, The Kickback, Spirit Animal, and VanLadyLove.

RSVP here and come to the free performance at 6 PM on Tuesday May 30th!

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Abu Rahss x PacMan Slim – Myself

Branding yourself “the world’s most subversive record label” is precisely the boldness associated with FHTMG, the Forest Hills Tenleytown Music Group. Their stunt filming a music video by rappers PacMan and Peso in North Korea without permission seems pretty insane, but it certainly got them noticed. This time the backdrop is unmistakeable as London on their new single “Myself” by PacMan Slim and label head Abu Rahss, produced by Wolphe. This track concerns taking personal responsibility for everything in life, very much the DIY spirit associated with DC.

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Podcast for May 10th, 2017

Paul recaps his recent trip to the Live Music Capital of the World, while Tony struggles with Facebook’s new colored posts.

Bat Fangs – Wolf Bite [single]
Mellow Diamond – Where The Heart Grows [American God]
Humble Fire – Taliesin [Builder]
Julian – drawn 2 [single]
DoubleMotorcycle – The Record [DoubleMotorcycle]
Tristan Welch – Untitled NYC 4 [Haunting New York City]

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Humble Fire – Taliesin

Dream pop band Humble Fire really created something special with the video for their new single “Taliesin”. The delicate song’s cryptic title comes from Taliesin West, the home of famed architect Frank Lloyd Wright in Arizona until his death and current location of the Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture. Singer Nefra Faltas traveled there and conceived of the song as a response to the death of her father, who was also an architect. The video was directed and choreographed by dancer Sadie Leigh, featuring some cool costume changes as visual effects as the dancers move through their performances. Humble Fire’s sophomore album Builder drops on July 14th, but you can celebrate the single’s release this Thursday night at the Black Cat with support from Sean Barna and CrushnPain.


Reesa Renee – Wanna

Singer Reesa Renee released her first solo single in a minute, and we are digging the slow party jams conjured by producer Aleem Bilaal on “Wanna”. The music video, shot by Yah Yah of Minister Cinema, features gorgeous afro-puffed Instagram model Char drinking and smoking with Renee and her crew. Catch her joyful live performance at Saturday’s 4th annual Funk Parade on the Duke Ellington Black Broadway Stage just prior to the parade’s kickoff.


Near Northeast – Indali

True Mirror, the long-awaited sophomore album by indie folk group Near Northeast, is now available for purchase through the adventurous local label Etxe Records. The album release show is this Friday May 5th at St. Stephen’s, and like all good shows in 2017 part of the proceeds go to support those in need. The band incorporated tabla and sarod, traditional Indian instruments, on the album and especially its beautiful and whimsical debut single “Indali”. Waves are the impossible-to-miss theme and connective tissue of the single’s music video, connecting found footage of frolicking on a beach vacation to immense terror and devastation wrought by tsunamis in the Indian Ocean and Japan. This band knows well how to bridge the delightful and serious into powerful art.


Clones of Clones – That Wasn’t Me

Clones of Clones is well known for rocking hard, but the quartet dials the intensity into a slower emotional ballad on “That Wasn’t Me”, the title track from their recent EP from March. Boston freelance illustrator Emily Hancock, creator of cotton-candy infused paintings (seriously, go look) as well as previous album cover art for Clones of Clones, contriuted to the art-driven music video for the song, and it’s really worth watching without us spoiling the whole thing. If you dig this, check out Hancock’s Patreon page for more deliciously artistic ways to support.