Monthly Archives: August 2018

Don’t Stay Home This Weekend 8/31

To the hardy few who stay in DC for Labor Day weekend, we salute you. Now go see some #DCmusic while you’re here.

Friday 8/31:
Our monthly DC music showcase returns to the Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage after work today. Grab a seat before 6 PM and check out the dance-punk of Light Beams, one of the most exciting new bands in town.

Saturday 9/01:
The DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities’s annual tradition of hosting a free show at the Lincoln Theatre on Labor Day weekend continues. Saturday is “Latin Flavor Night” and features Verny Varela, Pablo Antonio y La Firma, and Elena & Los Fulanos.

Sunday 9/02:
Sunday’s lineup at the Lincoln Theatre’s Labor Day Weekend Music Festival is devoted to “Go-Go Fusion”. DuPont Brass, The JoGo Project, Full Throttle Band, and The Experience Band & Show make this one a can’t miss event!

Monday 9/03:
The last day of the summer season requires some outdoor dancing. The Capital House Music Festival takes over Meridian Hill Park on Monday from noon to 9 with DJs and live performances including The Ecussionist, Deacon Izzy & the Congregation, DJ Jay Jay, Chosen, Andy Grant of DC House Grooves, Benoit, Tee Alford, DJ Tantra and of course Sam “The Man” Burns. The whole thing is free, so consider donating to their GoFundMe to keep the soul of house music thriving in DC.


Seán Barna – Routines

Singer Seán Barna is making the most of his 2018 moment. Through a connection with Adam Duritz of the Counting Crows, celebrating their 25th anniversary this year, Barna’s name and fame are on the move. Duritz makes cameos in both the song and video for “Routines”, a stand out track from Barna’s poignant sophormore EP Cissy that dropped back in July. Mark your calendar to catch Barna’s storytelling and emotional songwriting at the Black Cat on Thursday October 4th with Milo in the Doldrums and Atlanta band The Head.


Podcast for August 29th, 2018

Paul reminisces about his entry into the DC music scene, while Tony reviews the DC indie movie theater Suns Cinema. Plus, every song we play is an email submission!

NoOne Sphere – Pictures In My Room [unreleased]
Crosby Cofod – Breathing [Snippets]
Rogerio Naressi – Remember Who You Are feat. Cody Valentine [single]
Tired All The Time – Only Exception [Be Well]
Slow Love – Hate in my Heart [single]
Igloo Two – Earthier Substance [Silver Eyes Meets Doctor Robot]

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Tired All The Time – Bone Dry

As a lot of DC workers, I toil in an office every day. Members of anthemic post-punk band Tired All The Time clearly have too, and have adopted a “sterile corporate / pharmaceutical aesthetic” to cope. The single “Bone Dry”, from the sophomore EP Be Well on Flag Day Recordings, enthusiastically cheers “I got nothing / All my money’s in the bank / I got nothing / My whole culture is a prank / It’s bone dry”. This delightfully over the top music video really makes the feeling inescapable, as dancing employees celebrate the dystopian success of the TATT brand. Mark your calendars for October 5th when TATT plays the new Dangerous Pies venue with Mystery Friends.


Don’t Stay Home This Week 8/27

There’s one more week left in our swampy DC summer. Here are our picks for filling your soul with the finest quality #DCmusic every night of the week.

Monday 8/27:
Monday nights are often best for open mikes and jam sessions. For tonight’s recommendation, we say head to Homestead Food & Beverage Company in Petworth. That’s where you’ll find the weekly Mixtape Mondays session, featuring a top notch house band of Elijah Jamal Balbed, Mark G. Meadows, Dante Pope and Ramy Amenra El Oyoun.

Tuesday 8/28:
Afro-punker Rex celebrates his birthday on the Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage this Tuesday. Grab a free seat before 6 PM or stream it online if you have to work late!

Wednesday 8/29:
In addition to leading the all-women big band The Bullettes, Shannon Gunn is one of the finest trombone players in town. Twins Jazz on U Street hosts Gunn Wednesday night for two sets, 8 and 10 PM.

Thursday 8/30:
You can count on Gypsy Sally’s for the best roots rock bills in town. This Thursday night you can see The Walkaways, By & By and Wes Tucker & The Skillets under the Whitehurst Freeway in Georgetown, and go home with a head full of amazing songs.

Friday 8/31:
We’ve got a bonus Friday pick for you! True DC insiders know to stick around on holiday weekends to have the best stuff for ourselves. This Friday at 6 PM Hometown Sounds is crazy excited to host dance punk band Light Beams on the Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage!


Don’t Stay Home This Weekend 8/24

It’s Friday. You know the drill. We’re not staying home, right? Let’s go.

Friday 8/24:
The OSYX are leading the feminist charge in the DC music scene in 2018. Their monthly residency at Dew Drop Inn hits tonight with New York State’s Candy Ambulance and our own Crash Kitten and Honey. It’s worth the trip for “F*ckboys” alone.

Saturday 8/25:
The adorably folksy band Handsome Hound has charmed us silly for many years in DC. But all good things must end, and singers Claire Daviss and Cuchulain Kelly are moving their mustache and suspenders harmony stylings to the west coast. Come sing along to “Hannah” one last time at Songbyrd Saturday night, with support from Elena & Los Fulanos.

Sunday 8/26:
It’s going to be a beautiful weekend to check out DC’s newest swank development The Wharf. Splurge on a fancy dinner out and head to Pearl Street Warehouse for a free show called Southwest Soul Sessions on Sunday evening. Jazz power couple Elijah Balbed and Isabelle De Leon host a jam session with special guests and maybe you too.


Kingpen Slim – No Scrubs

On his newest single “No Scrubs”, DC rapper Kingpen Slim repeats “I’m a doctor with the drugs”. However the video appears to be generously sponsored by Arm & Hammer, so don’t believe that hype. Coming from his brand new release Trapper’s Delight, Slim had this to say about the single: “actually reminds me we meant to call it No Scrubs 2018 but I was movin too fast…oh well too late now…check it out anyway tho it’s flames…” The flow is fire and we ain’t confused.


The Caribbean – Vitamin Ship

DC is damn lucky to have the experimental indie pop band The Caribbean as our own. The densely interwoven lyrics of singer Michael Kentoff align smoothly with unhurried and pleasing sounds from Matt Byars and Dave Jones. This team has stayed consistent through a lot more years and releases than most bands manage. Their newest single “Vitamin Ship” recently got this spangly music video, subtly suggesting both storyline and mood in tandem with Kentoff’s evocative words. “The Vitamin Ship is set to attack a world where cats sun-sleep in a giant atrium and only the most privileged or security-cleared are permitted to experience the rarified state of hypoxia”, says the explanatory text via Bandcamp. The band currently tours America in search of a name for their upcoming album in 2019, so catch up with them at Galaxy Hut on Sunday October 14th and offer your considered suggestions, written on legal currency or pints of exotic craft beer.


Don’t Stay Home This Week 8/21

Hometown Sounds is back from summer break and ready for action. Here are your weekly picks of the best #DCmusic shows. Don’t Stay Home!

Tuesday 8/21:
Get more jazz in your soul tonight at Takoma Station. Tuesday nights they host a free jam session, giving you the chance to get to know new players and seasoned vets. RSVP to skip the cover.

Wednesday 8/22:
The DC Public Library‘s Punk Archive initiative is expanding beyond their original hardcore mandate to present some of our fave DC bands on the terrace of the Woodridge branch overlooking Langdon Park. The Wednesday evening series resumes this week with the awesome soulful synth pairing of The Body Roll Duo BOOMscat and Stronger Sex.

Thursday 8/23:
The Blight Records crew are a tight knit bunch, collaborating often on shows and remixes. The BLIGHT. Makes Right Vol. II compilation, out this week, shows how big the fam now is, with tracks from Swoll, Loi Loi, Park Snakes, Luna Honey, Blacklodge, IMKA and many more. Celebrate the release extravaganza Thursday night at Dew Drop Inn with performances from Eve Maret, Wilder Green, Leah Gage’s solo moniker Crab Legs, and Blight kingpin Ben Schurr aka Br’er.


Don’t Stay Home This Weekend 8/10

Friday 8/10:
Help kick off ska band Kill Lincoln‘s tour at the Black Cat Friday night and pick up and advance copy of their new vinyl release Good Riddance To Good Advice. New Orleans ska band Joystick and our own Boardroom Heroes open.

Saturday 8/11:
How about this strong lineup of bluesy rock at Gypsy Sallys Saturday night? You get JUXT, Oh He Dead and new material from Wanted Man. Bring earplugs!

Sunday 8/12:
Swipe right and impress your date with literary cocktails and classy bilingual folk music from Elena Lacayo Sunday evening at Petworth Citizen.

We are on summer break next week, but don’t miss next weekend’s DC Music Rocks Festival at the 9:30 Club and the Audioteka II Festival at Club Heaven & Hell!