Monthly Archives: February 2018

Podcast for February 28th, 2018

Tony revisits 90s action movies, while Paul gives away a t-shirt.

April + VISTA – Own2 [single]
Babbling April – Reputation [Holy Gold]
The Iris Bell – Henrietta [single]
Blue Magna – I’m Running [Magna Force]
The Caribbean – The Go From Tactical [Populations]
Blacklodge + em.g – Exhalation [Will You Be Reduced]

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David Goodfriend & Willie Barry – Hank Dietle’s Tavern Tribute

Hank Dietle’s Tavern was off the beaten path of the DC music scene. The vintage 1950s dive bar on Rockville Pike boasted the first liquor license in Montgomery County and a loyal following amongst fans of rockabilly, roots rock and cheap beer. Nothing good lasts forever, but a fire gutting the beloved establishment isn’t how such a landmark deserves to go out. Songwriters David Goodfriend of Goin’ Goin’ Gone and Willie Barry of The Rock-A-Sonics gave Hank’s a spirited musical send off while standing in the smoldering ruins of the bar, while Chip Py recorded and interspersed his photos taken over the years. Volunteer demolition and rebuilding are underway now, so throw a few bucks towards the official GoFundMe campaign and help restore a local legend.

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Don’t Stay Home This Week 2/26

It’s a brand new week and we’ve got more great reasons to not stay home by indulging in the finest #DCmusic.

Monday 2/26:
Impress your Bumble date with classy French wine and Django Reinhardt-inspired gypsy jazz tunes as The Bitter Dose Combo continues their residency at Georgetown’s Bistrot Lepic wine bar.

Tuesday 2/27:
Another precious artifact of the musical community surrounding the now-shuttered Iota in Clarendon was the Tuesday night jam session hosted by Gordon Sterling. The jam has found a new home at Gypsy Sally’s in Georgetown, so donate what you feel is right and see what the amazing musicians cook up.

Wednesday 2/28:
Silver Spring output Rhizome hosts some mind-expanding sounds from DC’s Aaron Leitko, as well as Video Blu and Reverent, an all-vocal industrial project from Moniker Records co-owner Jordan Reyes dealing with sex, death, drugs, and god. Don’t be afraid.

Thursday 3/01:
The Messthetics are a new heavy hitting instrumental trio featuring guitar shredder Anthony Pirog, bassist Joe Lally and drummer Brendan Canty of Super!Silver!Haze! and Deathfix. The latter two performers might also have been in another obscure band in the 90s but we couldn’t find more info about it on the entire Internet. The buzz about their new album on Dischord Records is huge, so get there early before the Dew Drop Inn fills up.


Don’t Stay Home This Weekend 2/23

As always, Hometown Sounds has the best picks for getting out and exploring the wild world of #DCmusic this weekend!

Friday 2/23:
The Cornel West Theory is the edgy, caffeinated dose of political hip-hop that DC needs most right now. Blessed by their namesake author and agitator, the group gears up for the release of their 6th album with a show at NE arts space Capital Fringe.

Saturday 2/24:
Slash Run hosts a fun as hell triple bill of rock Saturday night. Spirit Plots brings the peppy punk music, while Swoll, the new project of Matt Dowling of The Effects and Paperhaus, gets atmospheric and bass heavy. The Electric Grandmother round things out with a cheeky dose of synthetic cop show music.

Sunday 2/25:
Get creepy at the Black Cat Sunday evening with dream explorers Dove Lady and Alex Tebeleff’s ambient synthesizer wizardry moniker Blacklodge, plus Richmond experimental quintet Spooky Cool.


Ras Nebyu feat. Haile Supreme & Corbin Butler – Don’t Forget

We love any reason to mention the Washington Slizzards crew, because how can you not love that name. Chief Slizzard Ras Nebyu is back with more visuals from his 2016 mixtape Slizzatrism. “Don’t Forget” features Howard University’s Corbin Butler and silky smooth Haile Supreme of Congo Sanchez, as the trio wander around U Street and the picturesque CityCenter development. Nebyu opens for DC expat Oddisee at U Street Music Hall on Wednesday March 14th, so listen to our hot tip and grab tix now while you still can.

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Pinky KillaCorn – Fake Love

Rising DC rapper Pinky KillaCorn‘s new joint “Fake Love” showscases her new attitude to give zero fucks. As you might expect, weed helps this tremendously. This single comes from Pinky’s latest mixtape KillaCorn 7.0, still a free download courtesy of Spinrilla.


Don’t Stay Home This Week 2/20

There’s only 3 days of fun to be had before the weekend hits. Make them count by checking out our DC music picks this week!

Tuesday 2/20:
Tonight Hometown Sounds camps out upstairs at the Wonderland Ballroom spinning a long list of underground gems from the DMV. Stop by and say hi, and we’ll show you how DC rocks.

Wednesday 2/21:
The open mic night at Clarendon’s Iota was the gold standard for many years. Though the legendary club is no more, the free-for-all’s final host Alex The Red Parez keeps the spirit alive at Rhodeside Grill down the street in Arlington. Two signups at 7:30 and 10 PM if you’ve got a song or two inside you, and don’t miss this week’s featured artist Andrew Pfeiff of reggae bane FeelFree.

Thursday 2/22:
The Black Cat Backstage remains one of the best spots hosting DC rock bands of all styles. Thursday night is a 3 band bill with psychedelic explorers FuzzQueen, art-rock songwriting from Sam Cooper & The Sleepwalkers and classic post-punk from Social Station.


Don’t Stay Home This Weekend 2/16

Were you thinking of staying home this weekend? Don’t do it. This weekend is three days long! That’s way too much time to spend cooped up in your house. Get out to these shows instead!

Friday 2/16:
The Wharf’s new venue Union Stage has a double feature tonight. Come early for witty folk band Handsome Hound & Friends, featuring guest appearances from Andrew Grossman of The North Country, Nefra Faltas of Humble Fire, Kelly Servick of Near Northeast and Kate Taylor Mighty.

Stick around Union Stage tongiht and revel in nostalgia at the Back to the 90s Party with Maryjo Mattea as Alanis Morrissette, Party Like It’s as No Doubt and The Good Time Boys as the Red Hot Chili Peppers.

Saturday 2/17:
The dapper young lads in Wylder will make you fall in love with indie folk all over again. They’ve played our Millennium Stage showcase, and now they’re headlining an early Saturday night show at U Street Music Hall, with support from Virginia Man.

Sunday 2/18:
Louisa Hall and her many ukuleles make silly and earnest songs about modern love. Celebrate the release of her new EP Barista Boyfriend at Vienna’s Jammin’ Java with openers Vadim, a new acoustic project from Andy Valenti and Alex Vans, and the ever-charming Victoria Vox.

Monday 2/19:
It’s Presidents Day, and we bet you have some feels about presidents today. Express yourself at DC9 with DC queer punk band Homosuperior, with help from Baltimore punk bands Birth (Defects) and Margins. Dress to impress!


Party Like It’s – Take Care

Primarily known for high-energy covers, 90s pop-ska band Party Like It’s debuted their second original single yesterday. “Take Care” is a throwback delight, with big horns and crisp offbeats lending the pop song retro style. The music video’s black and white palette, with restrained splashes of color, is a stark contrast to their neon-hued debut “Clockwork Lover” and lends the song more bite than the earlier sugary confection. Party Like It’s is an utter blast live, so head to Union Stage Friday night to see them channel patron saints No Doubt at the Back to the 90s Party with Maryjo Mattea as Alanis Morissette and The Good Time Boys as RHCP.


Podcast for February 14th, 2018

Paul reminisces about busking, while Tony encounters a new variant of skateboards.

DuPont Brass – I.L.M. [Eclectic Soul]
OG Lullabies – Wanderlust [CRUESCONTROL]
Coral Benders – Colours [Terra Foma]
Peter Maybarduk – Failed States [single]
Blue Plains – Sharks [Falling Sky]
The Messthetics – Serpent Tongue [The Messthetics]

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