Monthly Archives: February 2019

Don’t Stay Home This Weekend 2/15

President’s Day Weekend! Woo hoo! Gotta love almost all those Presidents. Here’s what we got for #DCmusic for your weekend life.

Friday 2/15:
Three DC indie rock bands fill out an early show at DC9 tonight. Mayors of Marble Falls is a new band born from the ashes of Constant Alarm and Bonjour Ganesh! Ménage À Garage and The Feed never disappoint. Music starts at 7 PM sharp.

Saturday 2/16:
Roxplosion is the ace photographer of the scrappy bands making up the DC music scene, and sometimes he even books his own shows. Saturday night Roxplosion presents a staggering four band bill at Dangerous Pies, including Millennium Stage alums Wanted Man, Teen Mortgage, Sheila and the new lady supergroup The OSYX. “Possibly too much rock and roll for one stage, but necessary permits have been acquired so get ready to say ‘I did not know human beings could play that kind of stuff without being bionic or Jedi'”.

Sunday 2/17:
Three of DC’s essential go-go bands share the stage Sunday night at the Fillmore Silver Spring. See Trouble Funk, E.U. and Rare Essence together and get your fill of DC music history.

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Micah Robinson – Heart Song

Valentine’s Day, Hallmark Holiday, Singles Awareness Day. Soulful singer Micah Robinson shows us what’s really important on his new single “Heart Song”. This song serves as the theme song for his #LIVE2GIVE initiative, which he described in this essay on his website.

What a time to be alive! It’s truly a blessing to live in an era marked with so much progress, opportunity, and access.
Unfortunately, we also live in time characterized by EXCESS. So many people have so much more than they need, while so many others live in an ongoing state of “less than” or “just barely”. I believe that’s mainly because so many of us are conditioned to believe that acquisition is more important than impact; we live to get.

The music video for “Heart Song”, directed by Jay Gregory, shows Robinson helping to feed his community through this generous spirit of outreach. We love this idea on Valentine’s Day a lot more than a box of chocolates or a fleeting Tinder date. Donate to Robinson’s GoFundMe to help future efforts to reach out and connect with everyone in DC.

Bumper Jacksons – Many Paths to the Top of the Mountain

The February edition of the Bumperletter hit inboxes yesterday with an announcement of a spring west coast tour and this live video from the Bumper Jacksons. “Many Paths to the Top of the Mountain”, an original ditty by Chris Ousley from their 2017 album I’ve Never Met A Stranger, gets this lucky crowd dancing and feeling fine last September. We loved the Bumper Jacksons’ recent sold-out show at the Barns at Wolf Trap (especially the secret history of their name), but hopping around a dance floor is by far the best way to experience this lively band. Chris and singer Jess Eliot Myhre next play a duo show at the Mansion at Strathmore as part of their Capitol Jazz series on Thursday May 2nd.

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Don’t Stay Home This Week 2/11

We hope you had an awesome weekend seeing #DCmusic. Here’s your week ahead of seeing more #DCmusic!

Monday 2/11:
Happy 15th Birthday to DC9! The perfectly-sized live music and dance club at 9th & U is celebrating with another week of great shows and DJ nights. Tonight they host the upbeat reggae band Kromanauts, along with Dior Ashley Brown and The Cruddy Crankers.

Tuesday 2/12:
AdMo’s SongByrd has your Tuesday night covered. The intimate Vinyl Lounge hosts electro soul band novo, with an opening set from singer/songwriter Azure Vox.

Wednesday 2/13:
Singer/songwriter Justin Trawick is all about teamwork. His immensely successful The 9 Songwriter Series teams up rotating lineups of musicians playing sold out shows at ever-bigger and more prestigious venues. This Wednesday evening, in another of DC9‘s 15th Anniversary shows, Trawick leaves his usual backing band The Common Good at home and presents his song solo. Ukulele darling Louisa Hall opens.

Thursday 2/14:
Welp, it’s Valentine’s Day. Do you have a date you want to impress? Are you flying solo and want some tunes to warm your heart? Head to Dew Drop Inn Thursday night for the lineup of experimental rock band Frend, folky Annie Stokes Duo, and a solo set from Laurel Rose of Bal Boheme.


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Don’t Stay Home This Weekend 2/08

We’ve plugged a lot of shows in this show picks column, but this weekend of #DCmusic might be the most interesting we’ve yet compiled. Let’s get to it!

Friday 2/08:
The CityPaper invites you to the Smithsonian American Art Museum’s Luce Foundation Center this evening for a free two band concert they call Luce Unplugged, even though there are lots of plugs and electricity and whatnot. Things get experimental with ambiance from Twin Jude and Weed Tree, improv by guitarist Layne Garrett and drummer Amanda Huron.

Saturday 2/09:
Johnny Fantastic, aka QueerPOTUS, is curiously obsessed with the past presidents of the United States. In celebration of President’s Day weekend (which is next weekend, don’t freak out), Fantastic presents an All Star Presidential Salute to our 14th-31st commanders in chief. Before you stumble over to Wikipedia, that’s Franklin Pierce to Herbert Hoover, mostly a range of mediocre presidents with a couple of notable exceptions. This unique Saturday night at Slash Run also includes sitcom-core duo The Electric Grandmother, Weems, or the Washington Electronic Excellence Music System featuring Mason Scan of Catscan! and good pal Eric Randall presenting 18th century inspired lounge/house music, and a solemn march to the gates of Lincoln’s Cottage.


Sunday 2/10:
All of a sudden it’s the second Sunday of the month, and CapitalBop is back with another Jazz Loft. This month the DC jazz site hosts saxophonist Marshall Keys and drummer Nik Francis at Takoma Park’s Rhizome. 100% of the money at the door goes to the musicians, so come ready to lend your support.


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Taylor Carson – Josephine

Hey DC, do you know Taylor Carson? Let me introduce you. He’s a gravelly-voiced Americana singer-songwriter known for frequent collabs with and opening slots for Stephen Kellogg. Carson celebrates the release of his seventh full length album After the Tamer Has Gone this Sunday February 10th at The Wharf’s Union Stage. Because of Carson’s all-ages appeal and focus, the full band show starts at 3:30 PM and includes full seated table service and a copy of the album. The album’s first single is “Josephine”, and its lush music video directed by Alex Mangione, full of waist-high grassland, sunsets and beautiful girls in slo-mo, appears below for your viewing pleasure. Grab your tickets now.

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Podcast for February 6th, 2019

Tony discusses his phrases to ease social interactions, while Paul reveals the genesis of Hometown Sounds.

Tracklisting:
Micah Robinson – Heart Song [single]
Bleach Bones – Epic [Elysian Fields EP]
We Were Pirates – You Don’t Owe Me Anything [Gone EP]
Origami Angel – Denny’s Devito [Holy Split]
Lotion Princess – Carry Over [Take Care]
Tristan Welch – Monday [40 Hours]

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Ex Hex – Tough Enough

Yesterday power rock trio Ex Hex released the first music video from their sophomore album It’s Real. “Tough Enough”, directed by Brandon Herman, is a strange video that tackles the threat of nuclear war with a dose of camp. We don’t like to summarize videos you’re about to watch, but go in prepared for some eyerolls at the end. The bits with Mary Timony, Betsy Wright and Laura Harris rocking out together remind us how long it feels to wait 5 years for the follow up to their debut album Rips feels. Their spring tour hits DC at the 9:30 Club on May 10th with opening sets from The Messthetics (!!) and Clear Channel, so don’t sleep on those tix when they’re released.

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Don’t Stay Home This Week 2/04

For some reason it’s a light week for live music in DC, but we still managed to find some #DCmusic picks for you. Remember, staying home is bad for you.

Monday 2/04:
Saxophonist Herb Scott leads his quartet for two shows tonight at Georgetown’s Blues Alley. Catch him at the jazz show.

Tuesday 2/05:
Come hear the stripped-down solo acoustic version of polished pop band Broke Royals as the featured performers at the Sauf Haus Open Mike in Dupont Circle this Tuesday evening.

Wednesday 2/06:
Trombonist Reginald Cyntje celebrates the release of his new album Rise of the Protester at Blues Alley on Wednesday evening. Read CapitalBop’s in-depth review here.

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Don’t Stay Home This Weekend 2/01

And just like that, it’s February. Can we interest you in some fine #DCmusic to get out of your house for? Here are our weekend picks.

Friday 2/01:
The legacy of Rastafari legend Bob Marley continues to inspire reggae bands all over the world. Celebrating what should have been Marley’s 74th birthday at Gypsy Sally’s in Georgetown tonight are two DC bands with deep rocksteady vibes, FeelFree and Fort Knox Recordings’ Nappy Riddem.


Saturday 2/02:
The last time Mike Boggs’s indie pop band We Were Pirates played live was at our Kennedy Center Millennium Stage showcase in late 2017. As is his style, Boggs then retreated to his home studio and developed six new songs in a more acoustic and organic style. Come hear the full band debut the new EP Gone at the Rock & Roll Hotel Saturday night, with support from DC synthpop band Color Palette (another Millennium Stage alum!) and Richmond’s The Trillions.


Sunday 2/03:
Eva Moolchan’s third album as Sneaks Highway Hypnosis just dropped on Merge Records a few days ago. Come hear the songs range from post-punk to electronic to experimental hip-hop live Sunday night at SongByrd in AdMo. DC expat singer-songwriter Insomnea opens.

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