Monthly Archives: November 2018

Don’t Stay Home This Week 11/12

There are many roundups of things to do in DC. Only this one clues you in to under the radar DC bands worth checking out. Here are your DC music picks for the upcoming week!

Monday 11/12:
Slash Run gets psychedelic tonight with DC’s The Beginner’s Mynd and Nashville’s Ttotals.

Tuesday 11/13:
Priests frontwoman Katie Alice Greer approaches all her musical projects with intensity and ambition, whether shouting punk lyrics or crafting experimental tape releases. Tuesday night see her latest obsession, covering Dixie Chicks songs, at Comet along with Baltimore’s Hothead and State Champion from Louisville.

Wednesday 11/14:
Alice’s Jazz & Cultural Society is the latest jazz spot in DC with a laserlike focus on music quality. Wednesday night they host Howard-grad, straight ahead jazz singer Sendy Brown.

Thursday 11/15:
In addition to their free, after work Luce Unplugged performance series, the Smithsonian American Art Museum & Portrait Gallery also hosts jazz on Thursdays in the gorgeous central Kogod Courtyard. This Thursday bassist & vocalist Nicole Saphos performs with her trio and guest vocalists Sara Curtin and Maureen Andary of The Sweater Set.


Don’t Stay Home This Weekend 11/09

Happy Friday, DC. You made it. Feel like going out this weekend? As always, we’ve got live DC music to recommend every single day. Go for it.

Friday 11/09:
Devoted fans of our fortnightly podcast already know about new reggae band Shamans Of Sound. Tonight they celebrate the release of their second single “Love Lessons” with a FREE early show at Tropicalia. Doors open at 8, the music wraps up by 11, and then you’re right at 14th & U ready to party into the wee hours and make bad decisions.

Saturday 11/10:
Now that we’re firmly in jackets and cozy boots weather, how does a romantic Saturday night at a secret speakeasy featuring soulful vocal jazz sound? Pretty awesome, right? Good thing you’re reading this, because Akua Allrich is the featured act at this Saturday at the Alex Speakeasy inside the Graham in Georgetown. Make your reservations now on OpenTable before this sells out.

Sunday 11/11:
Mmmmm, a top notch 3 band lineup of some of our absolute fave bands Sunday night at Dangerous Pies. Bassist Kevin de Souza’s folk-rock quintet Uptown Boys Choir celebrates their sophomore release Get Help along with Bad Robot Jones and Olivia Mancini & The Mates. What a delightful way to wrap up a weekend.


Aztec Sun – In The Name Of Everyone

Yesssssss, another sweet in-studio music video to share with you, just like we love. Aztec Sun are poised to release their debut full length album In The Name Of Everyone this week, and recently they dropped the Alan Evans-directed music video for its title track that deftly alternates between soulful groove and funkified jam. We’d tell you to make plans for Saturday’s album release show at Pearl Street Warehouse, but tickets are sadly already sold out. Be sure to catch ’em next time.


Presenting Luna Honey at the Millennium Stage

Before relaxing with family and loved ones for Thanksgiving, visit the Kennedy Center on Wednesday November 21st for another Hometown Sounds #DCmusic show at the Millennium Stage, this month featuring dark trip-hop quartet Luna Honey.

Luna Honey draws on influences from The Birthday Party, Morphine, Carla Bozulich, Swans, and early 4AD to combine murky bass grooves, unhinged distortion, and haunted vocals for a sound that builds from darkly hypnotic to feverishly unmoored.

Their songs examine what it means to grow older, to let go of guilt, to embrace fear, and to find the balance between safety and a meaningful existence.

Luna Honey’s first LP, Peace Will Grind You Down was released July 13, 2018 on BLIGHT.Records on vinyl, cd, and streaming.

Luna Honey was formed on vocalist Maura Pond and bassist Levi Flack’s honeymoon in Colombia when the couple decided that they should spend the first year of their marriage dedicating themselves to something both had always wanted to do – putting out a full LP of original music.
That dream became a reality in April of 2017 when they befriended music scene veteran Benjamin Schurr at a Br’er show at DC’s Black Cat. While waiting in line together for a Nick Cave show they had road-tripped to Philadelphia for, Schurr made an impassioned speech on the duty of the artist to work with what you’ve got to create whatever original and meaningful art you are capable of.

Inspired by those words to try and overcome the feelings of inadequacy as a musician that had kept her from finishing songs for most of her life, Pond set about writing an album to help process what it means to be reexamining yourself in your 30’s and weighing what accumulated burdens help ground you and keep you steady, and what just weigh you down and should be cast off.

On a Friday the 13th in October that was also the release date for Schurr’s Brunch is for A$$holes LP with Br’er, as well as Maura and Levi’s anniversary weekend, the three spent several frenetic days in Maura and Levi’s house in Anacostia, DC recording the bulk of the songs and fulfilling the pledge made a year before.

Looking to translate the energy of the recordings into a live set, Luna Honey added baritone sax player Madeline Billhimer in February 2018. Though coming from a strong music background, Luna Honey is also Billhimer’s first band and represents a turning point in her career as a musician. Together, the group is eager to spread their gospel of confronting that things that scare you, and seeks to embody the possibilities of what you can achieve when you surrender your ego and open yourself up to other people and ideas.

RSVP here and come to the free performance at 6 PM on Wednesday November 21st!

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Don’t Stay Home This Week 11/05

Don’t stay home, DC. Get out, vote, and be a part of the DC music community. We all need each other more than ever.

Monday 11/05:
Galaxy Hut has some beautiful ambient music on offer this evening. Tristan Welch, who always takes the stage in a professional suit, creates works on a theme to “Abolish Work” and “Fire Your Boss”. Doug Kallmeyer, also of the group Super!Silver!Haze!, performs on tenor bass as The Ambient Eye with visual projections from Monica Stroik. Also see the debut of new instrumental group Ice Out.

Tuesday 11/06:
Just vote. And hold your breath.

Wednesday 11/07:
Capitol Hill bar Trusty’s hosts songwriter Laura Tsaggaris on the first Wednesday of each month. Each show features a special set of cover songs from an album that was particularly influential for her.

Thursday 11/08:
DC’s most prolific photog roXplosion now curates shows at H Street NE’s Dangerous Pies for a series called Dangerous Sessions. This Thursday he’s serving up a full course meal, including appetizer: Higher Numbers (grit *and* passion), entree: NOE (progressive grunge), and dessert: Throwdown Syndicate (groove ghetto metal). Show your support and buy this man a lot of pie.


Don’t Stay Home 11/02

Friday 11/02:
Friday night gets loud and and atmospheric at H Street NE’s Dangerous Pies. Longtime scene shoegazers Koshari just released a sparkly new single, and Norm Veenstra’s instrumental quintet TONE always dazzles with creative textures. Joining them is Cincinatti electric cello band Lung.

Saturday 11/03:
Whoa, huge go-go get-down at Echostage on Saturday night. D&T Entertainment, Epic Concepts/Uptown Production & R&G Entertainment (that’s a lot of hosts) presents The Blend II – The Only Show with Two Bands on Stage at the same time giving you hit for hit. Rare Essence, Backyard Band, Junkyard Band and New Impressionz are all DC go-go legends and this will be the party of the season!

Sunday 11/04:
The collective arts space Hole In The Sky is one of the few remaining DIY gems in the city. Sunday night Philly psych outfit Laser Background brings their brand new EP to town, and our own Cigarette and Pearie Sol support the show.


Flasher – Material

The new vid by Flasher is quite an unexpected delight. It came out just a few hours ago, and already Rolling Stone and Stereogum have written posts detailing the whole Nick Roney-directed creation for you, before you even watch it. Fuck that. Don’t read that stuff. Just know it’s an ode to YouTube, the primary way a whole lot of people consume music freely these days, and enjoy the bizarre twists and turns. Their debut full length album Constant Image is one of 2018’s finest post-punk gems, and your next chance to see them live is Friday November 30th playing the Black Cat Mainstage.