Monthly Archives: September 2018

Don’t Stay Home This Weekend 9/28

Well that was a hell of a week, right? Let’s release some of that tension this weekend with some #DCmusic. Here are our picks!

Friday 9/28:
A night of righteous feminist punk music from Hemlines is just the thing DC could use tonight. Sadly it’ll be the last one we get, as the powerful quartet calls it a day after their farewell show at the Black Cat. Perfectly paired opening band Bacchae scratches the same itch.

Saturday 9/29:
It’s an embarrassment of riches on Saturday night, with too many fantastic options to pick from. We’re giving our nod to the positive dance vibes from the Afrofunk big band Chopteeth at Georgetown’s Gypsy Sally’s, with long time ska vocalist Caz Gardiner opening.

Sunday 9/30:
Damn, the Black Cat Backstage has been absolutely killing it with great DC music billing recently. There will be a big hole to fill when this space closes later this year. Sunday night‘s lineup of dream rock band Cigarette, future soul & funk vocalist Dreamcast, and ambient craftsman IMKA (formerly Flash Frequency) is truly inspired and not to be missed.


Astra Via – U Don’t Wanna Know


Good news DC, Astra Via are back in action! If you’re not familiar with the name, perhaps you are already familiar with its members, Jarrett Nicolay aka My New Mixtape and Olivia Mancini. Mancini usually rocks out hard with her Mates but collaborating with Nicolay imparts an electronic pop spin on her unmistakable voice. After a series of excellent EPs back in 2012-2014, the collaboration went dormant as other projects rose to the fore. We kicked off 2018 with Astra Via’s surprise return doing a delightful cover of “This Will Be Our Year” by the Zombies. Now we are thrilled to premiere the music video for their new original single “U Don’t Wanna Know”. Local artist George Fox directed the video, providing Soviet propaganda imagery to accompany the song about life in Russia. The band has this message to their fans old and new:

Hey Comrades! Astra Via has seen the future and it’s looking good if red is your favorite color and you prefer your wars served cold. Check out this cautionary tale as you enjoy our latest single.


Podcast for September 27th, 2018

Tony discovers the origin of his hometown’s name, while Paul plays the songs in alphabetical order.

Astra Via – U Don’t Wanna Know [single]
Black Masala – Trains and Moonlight Destinies [single]
Color Palette – Sunburn [single]
Crab Legs – Tipping Point [BLIGHT. Makes Right Vol. II]
Spring Silver – Effleurage [Spring Silver EP]
Thomas Blondet – Federal City [Federal City EP]

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GoldLink feat. Miguel – Got Friends

DMV superstar GoldLink just dropped a new music video for “Got Friends”, his first single following the hugely successful 2017 album At What Cost. Shot by Christian Sutton in LA, the video is actually a short film with occasional snippets of the song, eschewing the music video format even more than he has in the past. Without spoiling anything, the film begins like an outtake from the currently airing David Simon drama The Deuce, but then takes a sudden turn towards another popular HBO show.


Don’t Stay Home This Week 9/24

Welcome to another rainy week, DC. Remember, there’s always great #DCmusic to check out every day, so don’t stay home!

Monday 9/24:
Today‘s the day for our FREE monthly #DCmusic showcase at the Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage! The seats open at 5:30 PM for the punk mysticism of Time Is Fire!

Tuesday 9/25:
Head to the Smithsonian’s Hirshhorn museum Tuesday evening for a sneak peak at the upcoming documentary Anacostia Delta about the unheralded guitar virtuoso Danny Gatton. See performances by Anthony Pirog (guitar), Dave Chappell and Jim Stephanson (guitar, vocals), Barry Hart (drums), John Previti, bass, and Dave Elliott (vocals, raconteur).

Wednesday 9/26:
Summer is officially over, but on Wednesday evening you have one more chance in 2018 to catch the DC Library’s Punk Archive initiative take over the roof of the Woodridge Library for live music. The final show includes Glue Factory and Honey, plus a rescheduled set from Boomscat.

Thursday 9/27:
The informal, off the beaten path Dew Drop Inn consistently hosts some of the most interesting music in DC. Thursday night‘s offering includes Dave Klinger’s keys and vox project Forgetter and a solo set from El Mansouris singer Fiona Kohrman.


Don’t Stay Home This Weekend 9/21

Let’s have a hurricane free, DC music filled weekend, shall we? Here are our picks for live music all weekend long.

Friday 9/21:
In case you missed it, this week Paste Magazine picked out 15 DC bands they think everyone needs to know about. That list is fairly monochromatic and entirely rock & punk, but includes a lot of bands we love. You can catch three of Paste’s picks on the same bill tonight at the Black Cat, when catchy af pop band Bad Moves celebrates its long awaited record release with support from The Obsessives and Ultra Beauty. Expect a low ticket warning at any moment.

Saturday 9/22:
We have repped bilingual folk singer Elena Lacayo on HTS for many years, because she is both talented in songwriting and passionate about important causes. Saturday night Mount Pleasant’s indie movie theater Suns Cinema hosts Lacayo in a discussion and performance about her homeland of Nicaragua and the dire political situation that continues to unfold there. Proceeds from this unique event will go toward directly to supporting the struggle in Nicaragua and to supporting organizations in DC.

Sunday 9/23:
Trip hop mood-setters Luna Honey just released their debut album Peace Will Grind You Down through Blight Records in June of this year. As they set off on a promotional tour, the quartet also released a gorgeous live album Peace Lives showing how the songs have evolved over the life of this young band. The fall tour kicks off with a hometown show Sunday night at the Black Cat Backstage, along with fellow DC bands Kid Claws and Knife Wife.


Wes Felton x The Product – Stranger Fruit

What did you do at summer camp this year? If you were lucky enough to attend Hands On The Future, a youth program that trains and prepares teens and young adults for the entertainment industry, then you got to hang with and learn from DC rapper Wes Felton, well known as one half of The CrossRhodes with singer Raheem DeVaughn. Felton’s upcoming mixtape King In The Wilderness with producer Derek “Product” Wilson drops soon through Fresh Kids Music Group, and in the meantime Felton released this video for the advance single “Stranger Fruit”, described as “an outcry to our ancestors and young people who have died at the hands of society’s traps and gimmick”. The video was shot at the summer camp, comprising half rhymes and singing and half inspirational tribute to nature and bonfires.


Teen-Beat – Dischord. Arlington, VA

This video [Teen-Beat catalog #535] is a little unusual, so let us explain. Record labels are the glue that binds musical creativity together into a product that can stand the test of time. The DC area in general, and Arlington in particular, greatly benefited from two independent labels that did amazing work documenting and organizing their scenes. Teen-Beat is a record label founded by Mark Robinson of the band Unrest in 1984. It has since moved to Cambridge, Massachusetts, but in its DC heyday featured indie rock bands such as Tuscadero, Phil Krauth and Jonny Cohen’s Love Machine. This video was shot and scored by Robinson at Dischord House, the Arlington home of Ian MacKaye and Jeff Nelson’s label documenting the punk, post-hardcore and rock output of DC for decades. It’s a brief and intense glimpse into the creative space that’s shaped our city’s musical legacy, and it moves pretty fast so get ready with that pause button. Remember, do not attempt to visit Dischord House.

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Don’t Stay Home This Week 9/18

Ok, brief intermission over! Hometown Sounds is back in the saddle with live music picks to show you how DC is rocking all week long.

Tuesday 9/18:
Head to DC9 for an all-DC bill tonight. The groovy Lovejet celebrates the release of their new EP This Band Called Lovejet, with support from Reed Appleseed and the girl-power pop band Not Your Groupies.

Wednesday 9/19:
How about a good excuse to check out the new Dangerous Pies venue on H St. NE? Two DC bands, psychedelic band FuzzQueen and moody rock newcomers Casual War, share the stage with touring acts The Stone Eye and Mountain Tamer. Also the pies are THA BEST.

Thursday 9/20:
You have nothing to lose and everything to gain at Pearl Street Warehouse‘s occasional free DC music shows. Thursday night Backbeat Underground, veteran of our Kennedy Center Millennium Stage showcase, lays down the funk along with jam band leader Gordon Sterling.


Podcast for September 14th, 2018

Paul laments the closing of his college radio station, while Tony gets shaken down by Facebook.

Ultra Beauty – Get Pure [S/T]
Escape-ism – What Sign Was Frankenstein? [The Lost Record]
Pet Parade – Paw Paw [Heart Full of Honey, Handful of Smoke]
Max Gowan – Wishing Bone [Exit Line EP]
Saba Abraha – Do’s & Dont’s [Sweet Mirage]
Jasmine Gillison – In My Chest [Little Light]

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