Monthly Archives: April 2018

Don’t Stay Home This Week 4/30

There are many live music and going out roundups in the DC blogosphere, but only ours gives you top notch DC music picks every single night. Count on it.

Monday 4/30:
Kudos to Galaxy Hut for consistently providing great #DCmusic options on quiet Monday nights. Tonight the Clarendon hot spot hosts Lindsay Collette’s new band Mona Speaks Mountains and indie prog rockers Bad Robot Jones.

Tuesday 5/01:
Lisa Said’s new band Piramid Scheme just released their debut EP Get Rich Quick Too last week. Keep the celebration going with their headlining show at Black Cat Tuesday night with grunge from Short Lives and delightful indie pop with Olivia Mancini & The Mates.

Wednesday 5/02:
DC blues rock champion Jonny Grave ranges from raucous honky tonk stompin’ to quiet mellow ballads, and everywhere in between. This Wednesday Grave plays a free show at Pearl Street Warehouse, a perfect opportunity to make friends with one of DC’s newest music venues.

Thursday 5/03:
Seems like we were just hosting a show at the Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage last week (it was!). But they can’t keep us away, so we’re bringing the classic and folk rock sounds of The Beanstalk Library to your ears and your hearts this Thursday. The free show starts at 6 PM and streams online live if you have to work late.


Don’t Stay Home This Weekend 4/27

The weekend is here, don’t you want to go out? Here’s our #DCmusic picks for this beautiful weekend ahead.

Friday 4/27:
Sub-Radio make anthemic synthpop to rival Walk The Moon. Celebrate their new EP release at Jammin’ Java in Vienna tonight with Throwing Plates and FIVES from Baltimore.

Saturday 4/28:
Wow this bill at Rock & Roll Hotel Saturday night! Blight Records synth queen and birthday girl Loi Loi, mystic sufi rock band Time Is Fire, the glam new wave theatrics of Mundy, and Brooklyn trash pop trio Nihiloceros. This show is guaranteed to wear you out!

Or, if electronic dance music is your jam, celebrate the album release of DC legend Will Eastman‘s Hilo (Remixed) at U Street Music Hall with an open-to-close DJ set featuring special guests and visuals by Flash Frequency.

Sunday 4/29:
Tenor sax player Elijah Balbed heads the JoGo Project and plays with many other groups. Catch the hard-working musician this Sunday as featured performer at the weekly DC Jazz Jam hosted by the Brixton, and tip extra cuz there’s no cover.


Makeup Girl – Living Safe

One of the excellent songs on our most recent podcast was the new single “Living Safe” by Mount Rainer band Makeup Girl. Whether or not you heard it there, now’s the time to watch the pretty music video for it. Director Vincent Jaugan captures the sweater-clad lads in their practice space, with pizza boxes stacked high and the mannequin from last year’s video “Something New” as chaperone. The song has a nice balance between solid beat and bassline and wobbly, minor key vocals and guitar. We’re looking forward to the May 11th release of their third EP, also called Living Safe, almost as much as the EP release show Friday May 18th at SongByrd with The Slim Jimmies and the Dune Flowers.


Presenting The Beanstalk Library at the Millennium Stage

Hometown Sounds is tremendously excited to present the classic and folk rock sounds of the Ryan Walker fronted sextet The Beanstalk Library for our May #DCmusic showcase at the Kennedey Center’s Millennium Stage.

The Beanstalk Library has built a loyal following in the Washington, DC area and along the east coast with passionate and adventurous live performances. Their two full-length albums America At Night and The View From Here have drawn accolades from, among others, The Washington Post, who called their music “timeless” and compared it to Big Star and Teenage Fanclub. The band proudly continues this tradition with the release of the EP Returns, featuring 5 new AM-radio ready power-pop gems.

RSVP here and come to the free performance at 6 PM on Thursday May 3rd!

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Podcast for April 25th, 2018

Tony ponders what makes “pub rock”, while Paul reminisces about collecting remixes.

Bumper Jacksons – White Horse [single]
Yesferatu – By Design [single]
The New Travelers – Composure [single]
Makeup Girl – Living Safe [single]
Will Eastman – Tell Me feat. Patrick Baker (Eau Claire Remix) [Hilo Remixed]
Luna Honey – Honey [Peace Will Grind You Down]

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Bad Moves – One Thing

We waited so very patiently for new jams from indie pop supergroup Bad Moves, and just last month we got it with the catchy “Cool Generator”. Now Don Giovanni Records and Baby Pony Food Productions reward us again with the new single “One Thing”. The song deals with keeping secrets, so the David Combs and Ben Epstein directed video references top secret keepers from the band’s youth. We get a strong Carmen Sandiego vibe from dancer and bassist Emma Cleveland’s performance around the Chinatown neighborhood. Bad Moves sold out their tour kickoff show last week at Union Stage, so maybe you should grab tix now for their next hometown show with Bat Fangs opening for Hop Along at the 9:30 Club on Tuesday June 5th.


Don’t Stay Home This Week 4/23

Happy Monday, #DCmusic fans. Whichever nights are your nights to get out, we’ve got hometown sounds to fill your ears.

Monday 4/23:
Psychedelic rockers The Beginner’s Mynd team up with experimental cellist Janel Leppin as Mellow Diamond at Arlington’s beloved Galaxy Hut tonight to send your souls to outer space.

Tuesday 4/24:
The Anacostia Arts Center‘s monthly free live music series All The Way Live brings growing audiences to talented DMV artists. This Tuesday the center hosts sweet and soulful vocalist Cecily.

Wednesday 4:25
Singers & songwriters Justin Trawick and Louisa Hall have both released new albums this year, and we’ve loved them both. Catch them both Wednesday evening at Dupont Underground, and you’ll have a grand time.

Thursday 4/26:
This Thursday we are humbled to present our biggest Millennium Stage show yet! The Chuck Brown Band continues the legacy of DC’s legendary Godfather of Go-go. Skip out of work early and head to the Kennedy Center for an unforgettable performance!


Don’t Stay Home This Weekend 4/20

Happy Friday DC! It’s 4/20, so do whatcha wanna. Here’s some options to get some #DCmusic in your life this weekend.

Friday 4/20:
We gushed about Bound on our podcast, and today’s the day that their methodically developed full length album No Beyond drops. Celebrate with an album release show at the Pinch tonight featuring Railsplitter and Será, with all proceeds benefitting Safe Shores, the D.C. Children’s Advocacy Center.

Saturday 4/21:
Beloved expat saxophonist Jonathan Parker returns to DC to lead his jazz quintet in a Saturday night set at the Colony Club. There’s no cover charge, so tip heavily.

Sunday 4/22:
Mr. Daywalker, aka Donovan Edmund Duvall, blew us away with his musical and visual creativity on last summer’s album Warmth. Don’t miss him headlining the Black Cat Sunday night, with support from Afro Punk darlings +E and Philly’s GREAT TIME promoting their new release GREAT ALBUM.

Mr. Daywalker, GREAT TIME, AddE @ Black Cat DC


DuPont Brass – Make It (Tiny Desk Contest)

We aren’t letting a year go by without highlighting a Tiny Desk Contest entry by DuPont Brass. Even though the jazz + hip-hop ensemble recently released their sophomore LP Eclectic Soul, they gave us a brand new song called “Make It” with some wicked trumpet wailing and slick rapping. Catch them next on Friday May 18th kicking off the album release show for Handsome Hound on the Black Cat Mainstage.

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Flo Anito & Seth Kibel – Tiny Hands, Big Desk (Tiny Desk Contest)

Clarinet shredder Seth Kibel of Pikesville MD has channeled his feelings on the current political climate into a series of tunes worthy of the legendary Capitol Steps. You’d expect “Tiny Hands, Big Desk” to appear on his most recent album Songs of Snark and Despair, but it’s a brand new tune composed with DC jazz singer Flo Anito for the 2018 Tiny Desk Contest from NPR Music. There’s no denying the finesse of this talented duo in adapting the contest rules and name to suit their concerned political commentary.

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