Monthly Archives: October 2018

Bobby Thompson – On The Ground


We know blues master Bobby Thompson well from many DC area bands, from Blueheart Revival, Mud Rey, Revelator Hill and his own Bobby Thompson Project. For his newly released EP called The Acoustic Sessions, the frequent collaborator decided to present new songs in stripped-down solo fashion to highlight the masterful songwriting and assured performance.

The intent of this EP was to present the music in the most raw form, written on the acoustic guitar and acoustic lap, and kept simple from the start. The three songs kicking off the EP serve as previews of full-band versions expected on a new solo album in 2019. All three songs, ‘On The Ground’, ‘My Everything’, and ‘Hard to Come Back’, are presented here in the shape and form they were written in: acoustic and straight-from-the-heart.

After recording these songs, Thompson shot brand new videos of the songs for a series he’s calling “The Acoustic Barn Sessions”, and Hometown Sounds is honored to premiere the first video from it, “On The Ground”.

HTS: You work with a lot of different collaborators, what’s the motivation behind doing these tracks acoustic and solo?
Thompson: I’ve been wanting to release an acoustic-based album for some time now, and this is the start to that. There is something raw and beautiful about a song in its most pure form, and it’s my first real release as a singer-songwriter. Up until now, I’ve mostly released albums with songs written as a band, or with a full-band arrangement in mind.

Where is the barn at walnut grove and what brought you there to record those songs live?
Sandi Redman, a well-known local DC-area videographer and super-fan, suggested we film at this barn in Leesburg, Virginia, which is on private property. I wanted to share visuals of the songs, and this barn was a perfect setting on a Sunday afternoon. I hope people enjoy watching this video series, and I’m thankful to Hometown Sounds for premiering the first one.

Any upcoming shows to plug?
Yes. This Friday October 19 I’ll be playing solo acoustic at the Lake Anne Coffeehouse and Wine Bar in Reston, Virginia at 6pm. Next weekend, I’m on the road to New York City and Boston, with a live-to-vinyl session in Brooklyn for Leesta Vall Sound Recordings. You can visit my facebook page for more details on how to option a rare live version of songs from ‘The Acoustic Sessions’ on vinyl. I’ll also be playing Thursday, October 25 at Rockwood Music Hall Stage One at 6pm in Manhattan.


Podcast for October 17th, 2018

Paul misses soundtrack compilations, and Tony indulges in a cinnamon broom.

Innanet James – Better Without You [Keep It Clean]
Anna Connolly – 21 [After Thoughts]
Frend – Liars and Hiders [Exercise Your Demons, Pt I]
Will Eastman – Everything At Once [single]
Gordon Withers – Youth Against Fascism [Youth Against Fascism: Benefit for RAINN]

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Saturday Night – Destined to Fall

Saturday Night is a new indie rock band featuring Luke Reddick of Bless and Cash Langdon of palette. Their debut self-titled album came out this summer courtesy Baltimore’s Gentle Reminder Records. Here’s a video directed by band member Jesse Sattler for “Destined to Fall”, a delightfully lo-fi get-to-know-you from this friendly quartet. Catch them next at Songbyrd on Wednesday October 24th playing with Poppy Patica and The Goon Sax.


Don’t Stay Home This Week 10/15

We’re midway through October already? How the hell did that happen? Don’t let the mild days blow past you without

Monday 10/15:
Our love affair with Monday night shows at Galaxy Hut will never end. Tonight the Only Clarendon Bar That Matters hosts two DC indie bands, Dougie and a podcast feature from earlier this summer We Capillaries.

Tuesday 10/16:
AdMo’s Songbyrd hosts three diverse DC bands in the upstairs lounge to liven up your Tuesday night. The free and all ages show features The Neuro Farm, Babbling April and Makeup Girl, plus Brooklyn band Monograms. While you’re there, buy some vinyl or tapes and keep everyone going strong.

Wednesday 10/17:
Drummer and booker Jim Thomson’s Multiflora Productions is midway through its impressive month-long festival called Flash of the Spirit, bringing far flung sounds from all over the world to venues all over the city. We’d like to highlight the show Wednesday night at Multiflora’s frequent haunt Bossa Bistro, presenting DC area groups whose music evokes the spirit of the Danube and Eastern European traditions. Broaden your horizons with Orchester Praževica, Lyuti Chushki and Orfeia Vocal Ensemble.

Thursday 10/18:
We’ll be honest here: part of the reason to recommend the Thursday night show at Takoma Park venue Rhizome is the meditative soundscapes of Tristan Welch and thoughtful and quiet intensity of Greg Svitil’s group Teething Veils. The other part is to post this excellent flyer by Cash Langdon, who seems to be the it flyer artist of the moment. Two touring bands from Iowa, Brooks Strause and Extravision, round out the evening.


Don’t Stay Home This Weekend 10/12

Friday 10/12:
“Punk-adjacent” songwriter Anna Connolly celebrates the release and vinyl pressing of her debut album After Thoughts tonight at Dew Drop Inn. Her live backing band features Teething Veils’ Hannah Burris, Don Godwin and Devin Ocampo of The Effects, and the evening’s bill also includes a solo set from Panini Girlfriend and Fugazi bassist Joe Lally with Jerry Busher and Anthony Pirog. So much punk cred at this show.

Saturday 10/13:
Come on, do you really need us to tell you to go to the rescheduled H Street Festival on Saturday? The Rock & Roll Hotel hosts their annual Brodown Throwdown event featuring Mystery Friends, Loi Loi, Ardamus and Of Tomorrow, while the Pie Shop hosts Frass Green, VVOVVEE and more.

Sunday 10/14:
On Sunday the Dew Drop Inn hosts a day long festival of awesome DMV music to support Rock The Vote’s efforts in the upcoming election, which you may have heard is rather important. Come rock out with FuzzQueen, Thaylobleu, Pagan Reagan, Bal Boheme, Flowerbomb and a whole lot more.


Wolves of the Dry Ravine – Kollontai’s Lullaby

If you’re the type for crusty punk music and slasher films, Slash Run is your go-to spot next weekend. On Saturday October 20th the burger joint hosts a Slasher Party, encouraging patrons to dress up as their favorite slasher movie victims. The music lineup includes German band lamebrains and three DC acts: Cut Chord, The It’s Alives and Wolves of the Dry Ravine. Featuring members of The Electrocutions, Musicband, Death By Sexy, Cobra Collective, Wolves of the Dry Ravine has some classic punk tunes to go along with their wicked name. The newest single from their album Play with Matches (Near the Powder Keg) is called “Kollontai’s Lullaby”, referencing a Russian Marxist revolutionary from the early 20th century named Alexandra Kollontai. Enjoy the accompanying abstract wolf-themed animation and start planning your costume now.


Emma G – Superhero

Today we’d like to direct you to this powerful music video from songwriter Emma Ghaemmaghamy. You may have seen her, as we have, busking around metro stations or the Wharf, and it’s worth your time to take in the New Zealand born singer’s music and messages. “Superhero”, the single from last year’s EP Taking Flight, tackles the growing and emboldened racism many in this country feel after the results of the last election. Check out Emma G’s Patreon and support music like this in DC!


Don’t Stay Home This Week 10/08

If you love live music as much as we do, then you’ll be needing show recommendations every single night this week. Here are our picks of the finest #DCmusic happenings for the week to come.

Monday 10/08:
Find your way to the off-the-grid creative space Dwell in Trinidad tonight for an intimate show featuring Etxe RecordsTeething Veils, a solo set from Cris Crude of the much-missed Sterling band Pygmy Lush, and Seattle emo band Scarves. There is no possible way you will regret this.

Tuesday 10/09:
City Winery is the new hot spot for classy music in DC. Tuesday night the Ivy City venue hosts grammy nominated soulful singer Carolyn Malachi, with support from “The Peace & Body Roll Duo” BOOMscat.

Wednesday 10/10:
We are honored as hell to host another monthly show at the Kennedy Center’s free daily Millennium Stage series this Wednesday. Grab the free shuttle from the Foggy Bottom metro stop and grab a seat before 6 PM for bluesy garage rock band Wanted Man!

Thursday 10/11:
Alert: two of our very fave indie pop bands Bad Moves and BRNDA are on the same bill! We are so in. Thursday night at Comet Ping Pong, the show also includes touring act Nana Grizol from Athens GA. Get there early, all tickets sold at the door.


Don’t Stay Home This Weekend 10/05

It’s Friday! You know the drill! Here are the #DCmusic shows we’d like you to see all weekend long.

Friday 10/05:
The new upstairs venue at H Street’s Dangerous Pies has great sound, a beautiful roof deck and also duh PIES. Tonight two of our fave new DC music discoveries, beautiful synthpop Mystery Friends and corporate indie rock Tired All The Time, share the stage with each other and their hearts with you. No cover charge means more $ for PIE!

Saturday 10/06:
If you are a beloved listener of our podcast, you are probably just as excited as we are to hear the brand new album Trains and Moonlight Destinies by gypsy brass funk band Black Masala. Saturday night the CD release party rages at Pearl Street Warehouse with support from My Son The Hurricane.

Sunday 10/07:
You always know what to expect at Slash Run: good burgers and good rock n roll. Sunday night you can catch two hometown bands, Nice Breeze and Frend, along with Boston’s Zip-Tie Handcuffs.


SHAED – Melt

Props to dreamy pop group SHAED for the recent release of their sophoromore EP Melt. Yesterday Vice’s i-D site premiered the title track’s video, again crafted by director Max Haben who delivered the first video for “Silver Knife”. The song references singer Chelsea Lee’s short lived solo career on a major label at a young age, a sore subject she now tackles as a close knit family trio with her fiancé Spencer Ernst and his twin brother Max. The video’s setting at a derelict factory in Charlottesville echoes the apprehension of the song, but we particularly like the song’s beautiful dénouement in a field at sunset. Hey SHAED, how about giving us a peaceful ambient album next?