Monthly Archives: May 2019

Don’t Stay Home This Weekend 5/31

Holy crap, June is here. How did that happen? Big months shouldn’t sneak up on you like that. Anyway, here’s our #DCmusic picks to keep you sane and happy for this weekend.

Friday 5/31:
Celebrating the end of their prestigious Spring residence with the Washington Performing Arts Society, DuPont Brass gifts us all a FREE show tonight at 8 PM at the Town Hall Education Arts Recreation Campus (THEARC) in SE DC.

Saturday 6/01:
Congrats to rising synthpop stars Mystery Friends on the release of their debut full length album Past & Future Self. Show them all the DC love at their album release show Saturday night at Black Cat along with Den-Mate and Del Florida.

Sunday 6/02:
7DrumCity‘s FREE Live & Local series at The Pub & The People fills your Sunday night with delightful songs by Laura Tsaggaris. You’re welcome.


Podcast for May 30th, 2019

Paul hears something strange in Amazon streaming music, while Tony invests in clown accessories.

Maryjo Mattea – A New Normal [single]
Bobby Thompson – On the Ground [Songs of Love EP]
Solia – Forever [Fast Cars & Midnight]
Beauty Pill – SFLRE Study No. 5 [Sorry You’re Here]
Palette – Learn to Crawl [Split W/ Child Princess]
Lisa Frank & Rez Ekbatan – Whisper [Whisper DJ single]

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Ari Lennox – Up Late

Sultry R&B crooner Ari Lennox is on top of the world now, touring in support of her brand new album Shea Butter Baby. The tour wraps up at a sold out 9:30 Club on Friday June 14th, so you’d better get to StubHub or Craigslist or wherever if you slept. The album’s newest single is “Up Late”, a sexy-ass hookup ballad given this lush and fashionable video from director Lacey Duke. Check out what J Cole’s label Dreamville can craft for Lennox’s gorgeous singing and moves.


Don’t Stay Home This Week 5/28

Hey DC! We’re back from vacation and ready to rock your world with the best #DCmusic the city has to offer. Here are our show picks for the week ahead.

Tuesday 5/28:
Takoma Park’s Rhizome hosts a night of punky indie rock tonight featuring DC’s Born Dad and Company Calls, along with Atlanta based Gabbie Rotts.

Wednesday 5/29:
Off-the-grid hotspot Dwell offers this lineup for your Wednesday night enjoyment: DC’s lovely indie pop Lotion Princess, gender-less VA neo-soul jazz duo Morning Sunshine, and Rochester’s Calicoco.

Thursday 5/30:
Thursday night‘s lineup at Dew Drop Inn‘s lower level gives you two loud, punk-adjacent bands that we recommend: Heavy Breathing and Des Demonas.


Don’t Stay Home This Weekend 5/17

#DCmusic. Don’t Stay Home! Shows!

Friday 5/17:
Shamans of Sound, a new reggae band featuring DC music veterans, just released their third single “The Ultimate High” featuring Abhik Saha. Celebrate with them tonight at Tropicalia for their Friday Night Live party, with no cover charge.

Saturday 5/18:
Gypsy Sally’s in Georgetown has a fine night of funk Saturday night, featuring Aztec Sun and BOOMscat. Boom.

Sunday 5/19:
Soooo, Sunday night is the finale of a rather popular HBO series. Meanwhile Clarendon’s Galaxy Hut hosts 3 delightful indie rock bands that night, Little Lawnmowers from WV and two of our own, The Meer and Miss, Understand Me. The music starts at 10, which is pretty late for a Sunday but not late enough to watch the whole episode, so ¯\_(ツ)_/¯.


Ex Hex – Rainbow Shiner

Ex Hex videos are often visual feasts, but “Rainbow Shiner” really amplifies the lyrics in gloriously colorful style. Director M. Wartella turns the feminist anthem against physical abuse into a stylish, Skittles-hued treat of Besty Wright, Mary Timony and Laura Harris’s faces covered in makeup and animation. The video matches and enhances the mid-tempo pulsing beat without ever becoming garish or, god forbid, boring. If you missed Ex Hex’s headlining gig at the 9:30 Club last week for the sophomore album It’s Real, we hope you did something pretty amazing instead.


Wylder – Ghosts

In advance of the release of sophomore album Golden Age Thinking, yesterday indie folk band Wylder dropped the music video for the second single “Ghosts”. The song was written about singer Will McCarry’s childhood home, “a ramshackle farmhouse which had at some point been dragged down off the Appalachian mountains on the back of a tractor.” Director Samuel Rodgers sets McCarry in a similar rustic cabin in this beautiful video that ends with a warm touch that is very on brand for Wylder. How about grabbing tickets now to their hometown album release show at the Hamilton on Friday July 12th? The band promises “a host of orchestral musicians as they perform their new record its entirety, as well as all your old favorites.”


Don’t Stay Home This Week 5/13

Can’t stay home and hear the finest #DCmusic live, can you.

Monday 5/13:
Legendary DC producer and Inner Ear Studio head honcho Don Zientara plays AdMo’s Songbyrd tonight, along with Lisa Said’s rock band Piramid Scheme. No cover = buy some vinyl while you’re there.

Tuesday 5/14:
Jazz saxophonist and passionate go-go supporter Elijah Jamal Balbed joins 7DrumCity‘s FREE, Live & Local series on the patio at The Pub & The People from 6-8 PM Tuesday evening. The rain’s gotta stop sometime, right?

Wednesday 5/15:
AdMo’s Bossa is well known as a DC hub of global sounds. This Wednesday they host the Tributary Project, modeled after band lead JaJa Bashengezi‘s experiences in refugee camps across east Africa.

Thursday 5/16:
Any weekly show listing wouldn’t be complete without a couple of determined young indie rock bands supporting a touring act. The Pie Shop‘s Thursday night includes DC’s Friends of Friends and Lovejet, welcoming Dominy from Philly.


Don’t Stay Home This Weekend 5/10

There’s some big shows and festivals hitting DC this weekend. We like to illuminate some more intimate #DCmusic shows worthy of your attention.

Friday 5/10:
Perhaps you heard our recent podcast takeover with Lilly from Erotic Thrillers and Javier from Spirit Plots. Devin Ocampo produced the new album by Spirit Plots, and his tight indie rock band The Effects joins Spirit Plots and Erotic Thrillers tonight at Slash Run to celebrate the ablum’s release and give away vinyl copies with every ticket!

Saturday 5/11:
The Funk Parade fills venues up and down U Street with bands Saturday night, but one lone showcase is far away from the traditional Black Broadway. Pianist and bandleader Aaron Abernathy, who we featured in our Millennium Stage series, brings a FREE taste of the funk to the Wharf’s Pearl Street Warehouse.

Sunday 5/12:
DC jazz site CapitalBop returns to Takoma Park’s Rhizome for their excellent monthly Jazz Loft series. This Sunday brings saxophonist Brian Falkowski, featured performer at Donvonte McCoy’s regular gig at 18th St Lounge, and percussionist Dan Kurfist who recently relocated here from NYC. Bring $10 for the performers and your instrument to jam into the wee hours.


Say Solos – Lose You (Tiny Desk Contest)

Kudos to WAMU’s Kojo Show for highlighting some of our area’s prominent entries to NPR Music’s Tiny Desk Contest. The show and accompanying post on DCist highlighted a couple that flew under our radar, including this electronic live looping wizard Say Solos. Crafting sexy downtempo jams with his smooth R&B voice backing beats from TF Woo, we hope this feature gives his music career a well-deserved boost. “Lose You” comes from the just-released EP Three Tune Kid.

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