Monthly Archives: April 2018

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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Crys Matthews – By My Side (Tiny Desk Contest)

2017 saw singer Crys Matthews release both a full length album and an EP, because sometimes music just comes rushing out in a torrent. The lead-off track from the album The Imagineers is “By My Side”, a beautiful tribute to her ten year old puppy named Juice. Now thanks to NPR Music’s Tiny Desk Contest, Juice gets her day in the spotlight as Matthews serenades her with all the ways dogs and cats and furry pets of all kinds make our lives better. Voting is open now for Favorite Dogs of the 2018 Tiny Desk Contest, so show Matthews and Juice some love before polls close Friday at noon.

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Don’t Stay Home This Week 4/16

Did you know that you can go out and see #DCmusic every single night of the week? We’re here to show you how. Hang on tight.

Monday 4/16:
We recently featured Leesburg VA’s Woodgrove on our excellent & informative podcast. Tonight the lo-fi band opens for Poly Action from Austin TX at Galaxy Hut, where you can also get an IPA on draft called Knee Deep Man Juice.

Tuesday 4/17:
In case you haven’t noticed, benefit shows are all the rage now. Tuesday night you can rock out with FuzzQueen, fall for the indie pop songs of Baby Grill and space out with ambient electronic musician Chaand Soorij while supporting the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence at the Lab at Convergence in Alexandria.

Wednesday 4/18:
ProjectHERA is a nonprofit devoted to inspiring females in music to freely explore their creativity and self expression. Wednesday night they host an open mike night and networking event at Epicure Cafe in Fairfax, featuring songs and wisdom by Erin Frisby of FuzzQueen.

Thursday 4/19:
No one works harder to keep ska vibrant in the DMV than BlueBeatDC. Their monthly showcase of punk rock’s peppy, brassy cousin returns to the upstairs room at Wonderland Ballroom to present The Capitvators and Interstate Rivals.


Don’t Stay Home This Weekend 4/13

Happy Friday the 13th! For the non-triskaidekaphobic, here are our DC music picks for this weekend.

Friday 4/13:
Even though passes have sold out, Takoma Park’s festival of American Primitive Guitar, The Thousand Incarnations of the Rose, still holds options for those interested in the style. Tonight’s performances open to the public include Rhizome, Takoma Beverage Co., Busboys & Poets and Republic, featuring Max Ochs and many more.

Saturday 4/14:
Boy, the Rhode Island Avenue Main Street folks sure lucked out with the weather forecast for their 2018 Porch Fest. Visit the NE DC neighborhood Saturday afternoon to catch Cuchulain Kelly of Handsome Hound, Flo Anito, the Boundary Stones, Atoms Apart and many many more.

The Velvet Lounge hosts intersectional funk music Saturday night when The CooLots provide the hometown anchor for NY based The Phryg and tubafresh of the PitchBlak Brass Band.

Sunday 4/15:
Low Red Moon, featuring members of Strange Boutique, Tone, Siddal and SansYou, cap off your weekend with some beautiful dream pop instrumentals at Galaxy Hut Sunday night. Dennis Kane starts the show with music from his upcoming record as The Hunted Hare, due out next month on Verses Records.