Monthly Archives: July 2018

Kill Lincoln – Second Cities

Kill Lincoln (what a DC band name!) keep the ska flame burning bright with big brass, peppy beats and an honest to god hype man who can’t keep his feet on the stage. Their most recent release Good Riddance to Good Advice is getting pressed to vinyl by Bad Time Records, and music like this makes everyone want to celebrate. Side A contains all 6 tracks from the original Good Riddance to Good Advice EP, while Side B contains the single “Second Cities” and 4 live tracks. Before the release party blows up the Black Cat backstage on Friday August 10th, you’ve got time to learn all the words in the new video for “Second Cities”. This compilation of dancing crowd shots, boomerangs and animated lyrics by artist Ryan Troy Ford add up to way more than the sum of their parts.


Don’t Stay Home This Week 7/30

Wasn’t that a lovely weekend, DC? Even though rain threatens to return this week, that’s no reason to stay home and binge Netflix shows that ain’t going nowhere. We’ve got live music picks for you every night of the week.

Monday 7/30:
How about it not rain on the tail end of the Fort Reno summer concert series? We’d love that, thx. Tonight‘s lineup includes melodic punk from Wolves of the Dry Ravine, dreamy shoegaze from Koshari, and legendary Devin Ocampo’s newest indie rock band The Effects.

Tuesday 7/31:
You need a solid and sizeable indie rock lineup to make your Tuesday night awesome? DC9 provides with The Mild Animals, BabeRage, Makeup Girl and a Cincinatti band strangely named Vermont.

Wednesday 8/01:
We are big fans of the versatile saxophone playing of Frank Mitchell Jr. from many great DC bands including Black Masala, See-I and his current trio Three Man Soul Machine on Growroom Productions. Wednesday night at Marvin Social on 14th St. Mitchell presents a new quartet called Speed Tribe, exploring jazz, funk and avant garde sounds in the vein of Miles’ electric period.

Thursday 8/02:
Unless some rain dates get added to the calendar, this is the last scheduled Fort Reno show of 2018. Go out with a bang with SoundProof Genie, Flasher and the resurrected 90s Dischord band Branch Manager.


Don’t Stay Home This Weekend 7/27

Hey, how about the crappy weather take a rest for this weekend so we can all get out and enjoy a ton of awesome #DCmusic? As always, here’s our picks to have an awesome weekend.

Friday 7/27:
We avidly recommend tonight‘s four band bill at the Rock & Roll Hotel. Dedicated listeners to our biweekly podcast will remember lo-fi Frass Green from this week’s episode, and we featured Bottled Up earlier this year. They support two musicians from NC, Max Gowan and Infinity Crush.

Saturday 7/28:

It’s Day 1 of the sad and fond farewell to Edgewood DIY venue Bathtub Republic. Two packed stages are filled by soooo many faves, including BRNDA, The North Country, Foul Swoops, Marian McLaughin and more.

Flo Anito and Seth Kibel are making alluring and timeless vocal jazz together. Grab tix now to see them play an intimate house show at Casa Phoenix Saturday night.

Welp, this Saturday is packed to the gills with awesome DC music. You also must decide about this hard rocking four band bill at DC9 featuring Virginia Creep, The Combs, The OSYX and American Television, celebrating the release of their collaboration with Weird Brothers Coffee in Herndon, VA called Death Defier.

Sunday 7/29:
Day 2 of Bathtub Republic’s BFF Fest continues with Bal Boheme, Near Northeast, Sean Barna, Light Beams and of course way more. We will need some big hugs plz.


Bad Moves – Spirit FM

Yowza, these Bad Moves songs just get catchier and catchier. Yesterday the uberpop supergroup dropped the third single from their upcoming full length on Don Giovanni and finally revealed the pre-order and fall tour for Tell No One. “Spirit FM” is another in the many witty and slick vids produced by Baby Pony Food and directed by David Combs, Ben Epstein and Katie Park, showing the agony of non-confirmity in a colorless fashion world. We always love a rousing game of “Spot the Recognizable DC Music Scene Faces”, and this video is loaded with them. Buy your tix now for their hometown album release show at Black Cat on Friday September 21st with The Obsessives & Ultra Beauty, cuz it’s a Backstage show and you know it’s gonna sell out.

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Podcast for July 25th, 2018

Tony tries Fortnite, while Paul accepts a guest DJ spot at the next We Fought The Big One on Friday August 3rd.

Bal Boheme – So Bad [Bal Boheme]
Champion Sound Band – Eyes Closed [single]
Frass Green – Miss You (Waaaah) [Alright]
Milo and The Doldrums – No Sense In It All [Built For No One]
Elizabeth II – Devastation [single]
Spectrums – Catching Dart [II]

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Cinema Hearts – To The Boy Who Broke My Heart

Indie pop band Cinema Hearts want you to feel all of the feels. Their newest single “To The Boy Who Broke My Heart”, from the sophomore release Burned and Burnished, spins a timeless tale of love gone wrong and wraps it in a doo-wop sound straight out of an Enchantment Under The Sea dance. Singer Caroline Weinroth, trained in live theater and serving as Miss Northern Virginia 2018, uses her puppy dog eyes and red lips to make one wonder how could young love have gone so wrong. Weinroth plays a solo set at the August 6th edition of Free Hotdog Monday at Dew Drop Inn, so skip lunch and fill both your belly and your heart with joy.


Don’t Stay Home This Week 7/23

Don’t let thunder, lightning and floods keep you from joining in the #DCmusic community for some top notch shows this week. Here are our picks.

Monday 7/23:
If the monsoon holds off for the rest of the day, head to Fort Reno this evening for a headlining set by The NRIs. Small Dad and Cave Baby continue the strange trend of Fort Reno 2018 bands named either Dad or Baby.
Tonight’s Fort Reno show is called for rain. Here’s hoping they can reschedule soon.

Tuesday 7/24:
One year after an injury to his Achilles tendon, electronic music producer Bernard Farley, aka Outputmessage, is back with his first full length artist album in 3 years. Celebrate the new release, aptly titled Achilles, at Trade on 14th St. Tuesday evening with a DJ set from Julius Jetson, hosted by Jane Saw, and commentary from the artist.

Wednesday 7/25:
Georgetown’s hidden gem Gypsy Sally’s hosts two fun DC bands Wednesday evening. Throwing Plates makes delightful folk rock, while Pleasure Train groove with sexy funky pop tunes.

Thursday 7/26:
Another Fort Reno show? ‘Fraid so, we heart this DC music institution big time. Thursday‘s lineup includes retro instrumental duo Cigarbox Planetarium, moody experimental Knife Wife and TK Echo, the new group of WaPo pop critic Chris Richards.


Don’t Stay Home This Weekend 7/20

Welcome to your weekend! Enjoy the best #DCmusic we can find, every single day.

Friday 7/20:
CityPaper’s Luce Unplugged showcase is back tonight right after work. There’s no cover charge to check out post punk band Park Snakes and experimental synthezier goodness from Blacklodge (Paperhaus’s Alex Tebeleff) + em.g.

Saturday 7/21:
The Pinch hosts an all-duo four band bill Saturday night. Electric Grandmother make their own brand of “sitcom-core”, Catscan! are cheeky electronic rock, and HiphopMcdougal are your new favorite nerdcore hip-hop group. Pittsburgh’s Lorenzo’s Oil round out this night of face hurting fun.

Sunday 7/22:
All summer long summer, join U Street Music Hall co-founder/owner Will Eastman and guest selectors Sundays at U Hall’s Frontbar for The Universal Listening Room, an evening to celebrate our favorite songs of all time and the pure, communal connection we experience with music. A place where we can gather to enjoy songs we all know and love in a welcoming, unpretentious environment that’s conducive to conversation with friends, old and new. Sunday night Eastman host the crew from Showtime Bar, featuring sets from Soul Call Paul, Baby Alcatraz, and Chad America.


Champion Sound Band – Whatever

After posting more than a thousand DC music videos on this website, we can assert that there aren’t enough of them for jazz. DC’s Champion Sound Band does their part to alleviate the shortage with the sultry “Whatever”. Director Zak Forrest, one of our faves from gorgeous vids by Nappy Nappa, Laughing Man and Oddisee, focuses the lens on singer Anastasia Antoinette as she assuredly graces us with a voice so delicate and sweet. This band channels the jazz, funk and soul of the 1970s, which makes them the perfect choice to help That 70s Party at the 9:30 Club on Saturday July 28th. Bell bottoms and Soul Train lines encouraged!


Clones of Clones – Drugz

Indie rock band Clones of Clones just released All The Things We Dreamed, their first full length album in 3 years. “Drugz” is a great choice for the album’s lead single, as it allowed guitarist Todd Evans to direct this amazing music video. Instead of relying on the boyish charm of lead singer Ben Payes, the video explores the dangers, and unrepentant joys, of using the wrong meds to cure the common cold. We won’t say more to avoid spoiling the video, except that it’s a real treat.