Monthly Archives: December 2017

Top 5 Videos of 2017 #5: The Deadmen – Everything

2017 was the year The Deadmen gave it their all. Justin Jones took time out from leading his own backing band to join Justin Hoben (aka John Bustine), John Scoops and DC/Gypsy Eyes expat Josh Read to finally release the long awaited full length follow-up to their 2014 self-titled debut EP. Local label 8 Gang Switch handled the release of the album, also self-titled, and commissioned filmmaker Patrick Mason for two music videos to promote it. The first was “55 Days”, a beautiful and dark narrative video of an escaped convict attempting to return home, but the second caught everyone’s attention immediately. “Everything” is simplicity in filmmaking, showing nothing but the faces of the singers belting out acerbic lyrics of the pointed and anthemic song. Brash, frank, sardonically joyous in rage: this is the mission statement of The Deadmen. Climb aboard.


Fake Bodies – Everything You Love

It’s our last new music video post of 2017! Come back all next week for our annual Top 5 Music Videos of the Year Countdown, because 80s era MTV is deep in our DNA. Tonight DC’s epic music photographer roXplosion presents a fantastic lineup of DC rock at Comet Ping Pong. FuzzQueen celebrate the release of their debut album with support from instrumental post-rock band Super!Silver!Haze! and Woodbridge’s Fake Bodies, whose youthful cheek is on full display in their debut music video below. “Everything You Love” comes from their upcoming release Not Much, and on this cold gray winter day this video makes me look forward to seeing punk bands at Fort Reno in 2018.


Holiday Podcast for December 13th, 2017

It’s our Holiday Spunktacular! Paul & Tony celebrate the season with some choice selections of DC holiday music.

Andrew Grossman of The North Country – Don’t Shop Just Love [single]
The Harry Bells – Frosty the Snowman [Holidays with the Harry Bells]
Veronneau – River [Snow Time]
Sub-Radio – Holiday Hangover [Holiday Hangover]
Samuel Prather – All I Want For Christmas Is The Funk [A Groove Orchestra Christmas]
Aaron Myers – Love All Year [Snowing In Vegas]
Chuck Brown & The Soul Searchers – Merry Christmas Baby [The Spirit of Christmas]

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Ace Cosgrove – More Advice

Many rappers in DC hype their nappy heads, but let’s be real for a minute, no one does nappy like Ace Cosgrove. The young and fiery rapper just dropped a new music video for “More Advice”, a stand-out track with exquisite big production from BobMoeKill on this year’s 7 song release Ms. Claire’s Basement. The video by Perry features Ace drifting away from his bros to romance tattooed model Ashley Mills in a field filled with gorgeous sunflowers, but things go awry back in the city. Be on the lookout for more Ace Cosgrove shows in 2018, because this guy always delivers.


Tag Cloud – Measured Mile


Thanks in large part to Rhizome, the experimental music scene in DC is thriving. Open minded audiences are flocking to the Takoma Park house venue for mind-altering jazz and ambient sounds both improvised and meticulously planned. The crew at Verses Records, led by Dennis Kane and Dave Harris, began 2017 with a pair of charity benefit compilations with 40+ tracks each, including some of our faves like Yoko K and Super Silver Haze, and that was just the warm-up. The label also dropped beautiful releases by The Hunted Hare, Gel-Sol and James Wolf, before capping off the year with the fourth album by Tag Cloud, released today digitally and on limited edition CD. Pattern Recognition is 5 ambient excursions of varying length by Chris Videll, who also collaborates as BLK TAG with James S. Adams (BLK w/Bear, Stylus) and Zschwishenzug with Gary Rouzer and Phong Tran (Halo Valley, The Shouts from the Sea). Today we are excited and honored to premiere Tag Cloud’s new music video for “Measured Mile”. As with James Wolf’s recent video, Dennis Kane helms the visuals here, mixing colorful analog static with J.G. Ballard-esque cityscapes. This ambient beauty is exactly the peaceful excursion we could all use in 2017.

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Honest Haloway – I Need An Audience

Hey DC, if synth-rock is your jam then then your presence is required at the Black Cat tonight. First up is Mystery Friends, they’re new on the scene but they sound fantastic. They put out an EP a few months ago called This Is Not What I Expected that’s beautiful and sublime. Next is Incredible Change, you know them right? Really tall lead singer whose name is truly Brock Boss. Their new EP with the tongue-twisting title Millennialopolis just dropped last week. And finally you’ve got our old faves Honest Haloway, back after a brief hiatus with a revamped lineup and sound that’s evolved and mature. Earlier this year they recorded new songs live at a farm out in Sperryville VA, and they released the fourth in the series to coincide with tonight’s show. Watch the dream-grooved single “I Need An Audience” below and hi five us at the show tonight!


G.U.M.P. – Flight Song

“Give Us More Power”, or GUMP for short, give a middle-finger salute to traditional genre boundaries by mixing rock, post-rock, jazz and rap. Their self-released debut EP Sleven was praised by Afropunk and dubbed onto cassette by DC’s Babe City Records. Now the quartet of guitarist/keyboardist Ali Badalov, drummer Zeeshan Shad bassist Joey Pappas and rapper Uno Hype star in their first music video for the new single “Flight Song”, directed by Arshum Rouhanian. All we can say is, these guys clearly have a lot of fun being in a rap-rock band called GUMP.


Presenting Run Come See @ Millennium Stage

DC’s original source for homegrown music Hometown Sounds is really excited to present Run Come See for our December #DCmusic showcase at the Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage.

Run Come See is a project of Washington, DC musicians Lauren Calve (slide guitar/vocals), John Figura (guitar/vocals), and Tom Liddle (upright bass/vocals). Each bringing their own sensibilities of songwriting to the band, Run Come See is a distillation of soulful blues, rock, and country. As a trio, Run Come See creates a deceptively full sound weaving together powerful lead vocals, intricate harmonies, and arrangements that highlight the beauty, power, and range of each instrument. Sharing songwriting, taking turns singing lead, and featuring each instrument, the band is a balanced collaboration between seasoned musicians who respect each other’s skill and musical voice while pushing each other in new directions. After the release of their recent debut album, the trio has been exploring new territory with Fred James on drums and DC jazz legend Thad Wilson (trumpet) leading a dynamic horn section.

RSVP here and come to the free performance at 6 PM on Wednesday December 27th!

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The CrossRhodes – America

Producer and rapper Wes Felton and three time Grammy nominated crooner Raheem Devaughn have prolific careers on their own, but their collaboration as The CrossRhodes stands out to fans of DC hip-hop from the golden era of the mid-aughts. The duo has reunited with the mission to use their conscious messages and prodigious talent to further the fraught conversation about race in America. Footprints On The Moon is their first album in many years, and its 2016 single “America”, released right before the election, recently got this powerful music video directed by Chris Scholar featuring poet Raquel Ra Brown. 2017 feels like many steps backward for communities of color in America, but songs like these give us hope for long overdue progress. Make some room in your busy December calendar for The 4th Annual Raheem DeVaughn & Friends Holiday Charity Concert at the Howard Theatre on Thursday December 21st.

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