Monthly Archives: June 2018

Don’t Stay Home This Holiday Weekend 6/29

Hometown Sounds is taking a short breather next week, so today we’ve got a bonus size lineup of #DCmusic picks for your holiday weekend.

Friday 6/29:
Head up to College Park’s MilkBoy ArtHouse tonight for a night of modern bluegrass and folk music. By And By describe their sound as “Arms Wide Open Bluegrass & Americana”, and Rock Creek Revival are right up that alley too.

Saturday 6/30:
H St. NE’s Rock & Roll Hotel has a strong lineup of DC indie rock Saturday evening. You should already know Paperhaus from their many years of hosting DCDIT house shows. Park Snakes channel goth and post-punk vibes, while Bacchae represent the agitated punk youth.

Sunday 7/01:
On July 4th Union Stage hosts an independent music and skate festival called either Brokechella or Moechella. We’re not quite sure. But you can get a preview of the music Sunday evening at Dew Drop Inn from a wide swath of the DC music scene, including Karen Culi, +E, Mr. Daywalker and a new band called Barefoot Lefty.

Monday 7/02:
The 50th anniversary Fort Reno season kicks off Monday evening at 7:30 with a fantastic lineup of Lotion Princess, Time is Fire and Des Demonas. Invite your coolest friends to check out DC’s premiere outdoor music series.

Tuesday 7/03:
There was a time when go-go music was pushed out of DC’s city limits. Now you can hear that distinctive go-go beat at one of the most swank venues in DC, The Hamilton. Tuesday night the lineup of Rare Essence featuring Jas Funk and E.U. featuring Sugar Bear unites two of the longest running go-go acts for a night of true DC satisfaction.

Wednesday 7/04:
Come on, it’s the Fourth! Go watch fireworks!


Bumper Jacksons – Miss Mary Mack

We’ve got one more video before a little break next week for Independence Day. Bumper Jacksons write new songs inspired by 20s era hot jazz, folk and blues, but today’s tune is a classic that many will remember from childhood. “Miss Mary Mack” is a traditional clapping game performed here joyously as a warmup and recorded live in Ridgefield, CT on June 12th by pedal steel player Dave Hadley. Our friendly DC music podcast neighbors The Circus Life celebrate their 5th anniversary with a big show at the 9:30 Club on Saturday July 14th, and you’ll catch Jess and Chris performing a Bumper Duo set if you go.


The CooLots – Doors

The CooLots make a powerful blend of rock and R&B with a unique intersectional lineup of choice names: Huggie, Crystal, Awesome Rita, Dappho the Flow-Er and BoomCLAK. Their debut music video “Doors” comes from their 2017 album Rebirth, and director Clyde Jones delivers a beautiful visual that makes excellent use of color. The video depicts the five members confronting demons at an abandoned house and emerging more unified. Follow the CooLots on Instagram for daily doses of pride, beauty and soul.


Presenting allthebestkids at the Millennium Stage

Hometown Sounds, the finest source for #DCmusic, is thrilled to present 10 piece hip-pop-pyche-rock band allthebestkids for our July showcase at the Kennedy Center’s free Millennium Stage.

Allthebestkids come from the future, with one purpose; to spread the highest vibrational music this world has ever known. Instead of attempting to manipulate the past in their favor, ATBK wield pop, soul, hip hop, & psych rock as their luminous love filled mega sword, striking at the heart of darkness wherever they land. Those with pure intention, there’s no need to worry 🙂 – Allthebestkids will effortlessly fill your emotional tanks with the energy you so desperately desire, reminding you of something forgotten long ago. We are all the best kids.

RSVP here and come to the free performance at 6 PM on Wednesday July 11th!

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Don’t Stay Home This Week 6/25

It’s another strong week in #DCmusic shows. Hometown Sounds lovingly encourages you to get out of your air-conditioned, Netflix-enabled hidey hole and onto the dance floor singing along to some great tunes. Here are our suggestions for the week to come.

Monday 6/25:
Ryan Walker and Stephen Russ are two endearing DC musicians that share not just a friendship but also a birthday, and that was yesterday. Stephen’s new band Bal Boheme joins Ryan’s group The Beanstalk Library for a night of musical celebrations tonight at Arlington’s Galaxy Hut.

Tuesday 6/26:
Kudos to Black Cat for hosting a snazzy two band bill on a Tuesday night. The Beginner’s Mynd channel 60s era psychedelic rock, and Ezra Mae & The Gypsy Moon make smoky garage-y blues. Get on this.

Wednesday 6/27:
Seán Barna is a drummer and singer swapping time between DC and NY, and his unique vocal and lyrical style sound like no one else here. Come here his band The Monogamists perform songs from Barna’s upcoming release Cissy, a “gasping, 5-song exploration of isolation, anxiety, queerness, and mortality” at SongByrd Wednesday evening. Plus you get Rob Stokes Band and Brooklyn’s Laura Wolf, and life is just grand.

Thursday 6/28:
Little League Champs play pop-punk and mashup style music, including “anthems from the 90s and songs you would’ve heard at Warped Tour in 2006”. AdMo’s SongByrd hosts the release show for their debut EP Hot Ice Thursday night, with support from Broke Royals and Eli Lev & The Fortunes Found. That’s a fun as hell lineup from start to finish to lead into the weekend.


Don’t Stay Home This Weekend 6/22

The weekend is here! Summer is here! Don’t you dare stay home. Check out our #DCmusic picks for the weekend.

Friday 6/22:
Tonight Slash Run hosts the EP release show for the well-named pop-punk band Ménage À Garage, with support from DC band freinds The Hartford Pussies and Pagan Reagan. There’s no cover, so that means more burgers & brews to ease you into the weekend.

Saturday 6/23:
News flash: the Flasher show Saturday night at Black Cat is in the Backstage room, and it’s not yet sold out as I type these words. Grab your tix in advance to see the post-punk trio ride the wave of their debut album Constant Image. Filling out the bill is Dehd from Chicago and the Girls of Trade’s Genderfuck Drag Show.

Sunday 6/24:
ICYMI, our monthly showcase at the Kennedy Center’s free Millennium Stage returns Sunday at 6 PM with a special presentation of Beauty Pill. Frontman Chad Clark decided to expand the quintet to a Symphonette for this performance, so don’t miss your chance to see this sublime music like never before.


Podcast for June 21st, 2018

Paul completes jury duty, while Tony praises horror movies.

Buster Friendly – Your Love [single]
SHAED – Silver Knife [single]
Damu the Fudgemunk & Flex Mathews – Deadin the Weight [Dreams & Vibrations]
BOAYT – Young and Hungry [single]
Endless Winter – B’dron [Season 1 : Kuiper]
Analog Tara – Propulsion [Fundamentals EP]

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Flasher – Who’s Got Time?

DC punk supergroup Flasher are making tidal waves with the release of their debut full length album Constant Image on Domino Recording Company. The album channels seminal late 80s post-punk vibes and the third single “Who’s Got Time?” lays in hard with a driving beat and complex yet catchy lyrics. The song’s music video by director Adinah Dancyger is a strange wisp of a tale as the trio searches the forest in hazmat suits, leaving much to interpretation. Don’t you dare miss Flasher’s album release show Saturday night at the Black Cat with Chicago’s Dehd and, um, Genderfuck Drag Show by the Girls of Trade.


Don’t Stay Home This Week 6/18

A #DCmusic show or event every single night. That’s our mission. Here are this week’s picks!

Monday 6/18:
We bet most fans of DC music know the name Don Zientara, if not his sound. The owner of famed Arlington recording studio Inner Ear has manned the boards of many legendary recordings. Come to Galaxy Hut tonight to hear his original music, along with Lisa Said’s smoky new ensemble Piramid Scheme.

Tuesday 6/19:
Got My Own Sound is perfecting their jazzy, soulful blend of R&B and hip-hop on their own recently released album Welcome To Our World and through collaborations with DC titans Carolyn Malachi and Raheem DeVaughn among many others. Georgetown’s Blues Alley hosts two shows by this talented group Tuesday evening. Pro tip: stay up late and go to the second show.

Wednesday 6/20:
Mental health concerns are frequently on our minds these days, from self-care to celebrity suicides. Toronto’s Rich Aucoin is currently biking across America on his PRESS ON Tour to raise money and awareness for Mental Health America. Wednesday night he pedals to DC9 with support from Nashville’s sweaty Terror Pigeon and two diverse DC acts we love, OG Lullabies and Electric Grandmother. The music starts at 7:30 and 100% of the proceeds go to charity.

Thursday 6/21:
Come here our very own podcast host Tony Porreco in a panel discussion about streaming music at DC Music Download‘s Industry Night at Union Stage. RSVP right now to hobnob with everyone who’s everyone.


Don’t Stay Home This Weekend 6/15

Friday 6/15:
The fine folk at DC Music Download continue their live music series Luce Unplugged at the Luce Foundation Center for American Art inside the Smithsonian American Art Museum tonight with high energy blues rock frontman Jonny Grave. This free show with drink specials is the best happy hour around, so bring your friends.

Saturday 6/16:
ICYMI, our most recent DC music podcast featured The Caribbean‘s Matt Byars talking about this Saturday‘s Seventh Stanine Festival at Takoma Park DIY venue Rhizome. Now the party is almost here! The all-day, all-evening lineup includes many avant-garde DC acts we love: Insect Factory, Literals, The Jet Age, Jon Camp, Boat Burning, Chad Clark of Beauty Pill, and of course The Caribbean themselves. Come early, stay late, chip in $15 and expand your brain.

Sunday 6/17:
Lush, friendly and deep, indie folks band Near Northeast‘s show at Union Stage on Sunday evening has received some well-deserved local media plugs. Not wanting anyone to feel left out, we join in this love fest with our recommendation. The well-curated bill includes a band from Pittsburgh called The Hills and the Rivers and Hagerstown MD’s The Plate Scrapers.