Monthly Archives: October 2018

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?


Be Steadwell – New Girl

It’s been a red hot second (almost a year actually) since queer pop singer Be Steadwell uploaded one of her solo vocal looping songs on YouTube. Good things come to those who wait, and now we have this sultry one-take version of the rebound love story “New Girl”, from 2017’s cathartic album Breakup Songs, shockingly available for whatever price you want on Bandcamp. Yo Be: How about a Bandcamp roundup of these YouTube versions? Steadwell plays next at City Winery’s Wine Garden on Monday October 15th, opening for Alana Davis.


Presenting Wanted Man at the Millennium Stage

Hometown Sounds celebrates two years of hosting #DCmusic shows at the Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage with a raucous free performance on Wednesday October 10th by garage rock band Wanted Man!

Fronted by Kenny Pirog, Wanted Man plays all kinds of music. Their debut self-titled album has the colors of punk, surf, rock-a-billy, blues, folk, and country, varying from song to song.

RSVP here and come to the free performance at 6 PM on Wednesday October 10th!

photo by Rob Stokes


Don’t Stay Home This Week 10/01

Welcome to October! You won’t be as excited to begin a new month until next April. While the weather remains warm, clear and unusually perfect, why not get out of your house and go to some shows?

Monday 10/01:
Clarendon’s Galaxy Hut is quite often king of Mondays for DC music. Tonight the indie beer bar hosts two new bands, feminist rock band The OSYX and sludgy punks BOAYT, plus legendary Inner Ear Studio head Don Zientara.

Tuesday 10/02:
Two shows got combined into one (double booking perhaps?) at Slash Run on Tuesday night. The overstuffed five band bill now includes two powerful DC acts, blue-haired Elizabeth II and loud punk from The Sniffs.

Wednesday 10/03:
We understand a couple of you missed the insane performance by DC’s dance punk powerhouse Light Beams at our Kennedy Center Millennium Stage last month. They’re back in town and tour tight, playing a free set Wednesday evening at SongByrd’s Vinyl Lounge in AdMo, supporting Lotion Princess and Cincinatti’s Leggy.

Thursday 10/04:
The countdown is on for the final shows at the Black Cat‘s intimate Backstage space. This Thursday night the legendary but doomed room hosts beloved crooner Seán Barna and delightful indie rock band Milo in the Doldrums, plus touring Atlanta band The Head.