Monthly Archives: May 2018

Don’t Stay Home This Weekend 6/01

Our #DCmusic weekend picks are going up a day early, because tomorrow we premiere a brand new music video! Get excited!

Friday 6/01:
There’s a brand new, cryptically named supergroup in town. The OSYX features members of FuzzQueen, Honey Kill, More AM Than FM, RadaR and Pagan Reagan, all important bands in the DC scene. The Dew Drop Inn hosts their live debut Friday night, so go make some new friends while you rock out.

Saturday 6/02:
The list of DC musicians performing at Staycation‘s Tribute to Radiohead at the Black Cat Saturday night is decidedly epic, and all female-fronted. Props to our buds at DC Music Download for sponsoring this benefit show for Planned Parenthood of DC. Grab your advance tickets once Ticketfly is back online.

Sunday 6/03:
Check out the new lineup for Andrew Grossman’s indie rock band The North Country at their single release show Sunday night at Union Stage. Delaware’s Hoochi Coochi and a mysterious new project from Baby Bry Bry called Slow Love round out the bill.


Winzday Love – Dragons

Singer Winzday Love delivers an appealing blend of soul and reggae on her first proper music video “Dragons (1000 Years Old)”. Her precocious and animated performance is quite captivating, contrasting with her backing band quietly chilling in the background. This single and her assortment of others streaming on her SoundCloud page make us excited for a full release from this rising artist. Mark your calendars for her headlining show at the Black Cat Backstage on Saturday July 7th with support from Blaquestone, Kesari and Alireza.


Don’t Stay Home This Week 5/29

It’s a short week for you DC, and we’ve got three fantastic #DCmusic picks for you. Stream the songs, make your plans and Don’t Stay Home.

Tuesday 5/29:
Studio Ga Ga is the nightly party housed in Adams Morgan’s Asmara Lounge. Tonight they’ve got a lineup of Saturday Night, a new rock band from Cash Langdon and Bless’s Luke Reddick, the lovesick Rob Stokes Band, and Detroit’s Saajtak.

Wednesday 5/30:
DC’s serious and angular punk legacy will never die. Wednesday night is the record release show for Red Hare, a new Dischord band featuring members of late 80s hardcore band Swiz. GIVE and ska band The Captivators round out your night of moshing at the Black Cat.

Thursday 5/31:
Swank drummer Asha Santee pulls double duty at Union Stage on Thursday night with the album release show for Kinetic from her soulful duo BOOMscat, and an opening set from intersectional rock and soul band The CooLots.


Don’t Stay Home This Weekend 5/25

It’s well known that DC clears out on holiday weekends such as this one. If you’re lucky enough to stay in town, here’s some #DCmusic to check out!

Friday 5/25:
Friday night Pearl Street Warehouse at the Wharf hosts two excellent roots rock bands you should know about, Cravin’ Dogs and The Walkaways.

Saturday 5/26:
We love live music outdoors the most, and its season is finally here. Saturday night is the season opener of the monthly Petworth Jazz Project, on the steps of the Petworth Rec Center. Grab a bite from the BBQ food truck and enjoy jazz pianist Federico Gonzalez Peña.

Sunday 5/27:
You always get your money’s worth at Slash Run and then some. Sunday night the burger joint hosts two out of town bands, The Ok-Ok’s and Sleepy Limbs, paired with two DC area indie rock bands, The Mild Animals and Makeup Girl.

If your tastes run more soulful and classy, check out singer Akua Allrich and her jazz group The Tribe present “A Tribute To Mother” in two sets at the historic Blues Alley in Georgetown.

Monday 5/28:
Starr Hill Brewery and Songbyrd host a ska band Monday night, but they’re not telling us the band’s name. Could it be The Pietasters? Kill Lincoln? Eastern Standard Time? Ska is punk’s happier, brassier cousin and we are quite pleased the genre continues to thrive past its too-brief heyday. It won’t cost you nothing to find out who the band is, so don’t miss out.


Podcast for May 23rd, 2018

This week, Tony has a bad case of the grumps, while Paul feels bad for short people.

Olivia Mancini – Be Where You Are (Unreleased Version) [If We Knew Then – A Compilation ]
Governess – Space Garbage [Zero]
Drew Kid – Wherever You Are feat. Deborah Bond [For You, For Me Too]
Box Era – Church Dog [Xanadu EP]
Empresarios – Noche De Cambumbeo [Cambumbeo EP]
Inkmink – Where Is The Body [How the Body is Seen]

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The North Country – Don’t Quit Your Day Job

Andrew Grossman’s band The North Country continues to evolve and thrive. Today they released “Don’t Quit Your Day Job”, the first single with a brand new lineup that includes Near Northeast’s Austin Blanton, Ms. Fridrich drummer Kirk Kubicek, singer-songwriter Laurel Halsey and Joel Gleiser of My Son Bison. The new music video, filmed of course by the estimable Nigel Lyons, is a fun mishmash of intriguing imagery, including comedian Brittany Carney as a pink haired patriotic figure overly fond of flipping the bird. They’re playing a single release show Sunday June 3rd at Union Stage with Delaware’s Hoochi Coochi and a new band from Baby Bry Bry called Slow Love, so you’re going right?


Don’t Stay Home This Week 5/21

Hometown Sounds is on jury duty this week, so forgive the erratic publishing schedule. (Sorry we missed plugging your Galaxy Hut show Swamp Rabbit and Crick & Blippets). Here are your #DCmusic show picks for the rest of this week!

Tuesday 5/22:
Takoma Station is a tavern, not to be confused with the Metro station of the same name. Tuesday nights they host the Jazz Jam, featuring Paul Rosenberg on piano. Bring your chops to jam with the musicians or sit back and enjoy the classic standards.

Wednesday 5/23:
Atlas Brew Works sates your stoner metal needs Wednesday night with DC vets Borracho, Caustic Casanova, and Nashville’s Howling Giant. Hope you aren’t too freaked out by this creepy clown flier.

Thursday 5/24:
Hands up if you’ve ever wanted to go to a buzzy show at Comet Ping Pong but passed because the doors opened at 10 PM. Did you know they also host shows in the Back Room starting at 7? Working stiffs rejoice, and head there Thursday night for our indie rock darlings BRNDA, a recent DC transplant named Frass Green, and Chicago’s Deeper.


Don’t Stay Home This Weekend 5/18

DC, you made it through a dreary, rainy week, so reward yourself with some #DCmusic joy. Here are our picks for the weekend!

Friday 5/18:
We start out with one of those good news, bad news situations. The good news is that folk band Handsome Hound released their debut full length album Mountain on Fire today, and celebrates with an album release show tonight at Black Cat. The bad news is that soon core members Claire Daviss and Cuchulain Kelly are moving to the west coast. Womp womp. Catch them here while you can, and don’t miss openers Lauren Calve of Run Come See and DuPont Brass, either.

Saturday 5/19:
We know a couple of you out there missed our epic Millennium Stage show with go-go legends The Chuck Brown Band last month. Get right with your soul at their big show Saturday night at Pearl Street Warehouse. And look at that, Three Man Soul Machine are kicking off the show! They are damn good.

Sunday 5/20:
Our love of The Harry Bells is shameless and profound. The jazz group dedicated to the sweet vibes of Harry Belafonte, the King of Calypso, plays a neighborhood concert Sunday afternoon in the Silver Spring area. Keep checking your favorite weather app and email the band for the address.


Pinky KillaCorn – OOOUUU

DC rapper Pinky KillaCorn is firmly on brand with her neon hairstyle and teases of a new release with the cheeky title Pinky & The Pain. In the meantime, though, she just dropped a new music video for the vowel-laden song “OOOUUU” from the 2017 Spinrilla-hosted free mixtape KILLACORN 7.0. The summer vibes are well timed, as are her deft verbal acrobatics.


Don’t Stay Home This Week 5/14

Every week we tell you about the best #DCmusic shows to check out every night of the week. This week we are doing it again!

Monday 5/14:
LA-based street musician Sunny War picked two great DC acts to open her show at the Rock & Roll Hotel tonight. Tarica June channels positivity and social consciousness with a throwback rapping style, while Oh He Dead is all about the party-soul vibes.

Tuesday 5/15:
Tuesday night is your chance to support the long running homegrown experimental music festival Sonic Circuits. Takoma Park venue Rhizome hosts a benefit show featuring Isreali band uru and a new improvising ensemble called Myelin Nation, featuring Sarah Hughes, Corey Thuro, Maria Shesuik, Aaron Mertes & Daniel Ostrow.

Wednesday 5/16:
Can we interest you in a Wednesday night live music show in a bathtub? Not really, it’s the Bathtub Republic house, this night hosting Brooklyn’s Anna McClellan, Nice Breeze, Staffers and housemate Leah Gage’s new solo moniker Crab Legs.

Thursday 5/17:
It’s hard to keep track of all the musical projects of Uptown Arthouse head Jamal Gray. He’s gathered members of his band Nag Champa to form Raygunomics, and they take over the Dew Drop Inn Thursday night for a night of hip-hop, go-go and future jazz.