Monthly Archives: June 2019

Don’t Stay Home This Weekend 6/14

How could you stay home when there’s so much going on? Here are our #DCmusic picks for the lovely weekend ahead.

Friday 6/14:
In case you didn’t notice, indie soul groovers Oh He Dead is blowing up with the viral success of their Tiny Desk Contest entry. Catch them open for Charleston SC’s Little Bird tonight at Songbyrd in AdMo.

Saturday 6/15:
The quirky quality music curated by The Caribbean returns to Rhizome all day Saturday for the third annual Seventh Stanine Festival. See Tristan Welch, Jon Camp, Tone, Kamyar Arsani of Time is Fire, Chad Clark & Erin Nelson of Beauty Pill and lots more.

Sunday 6/16:
Finish off the weekend with a swank date night at The Speakeasy at the Alex inside Georgetown’s The Graham Hotel. Fresh off featured spots at the epic DC Jazz Festival, Sunday night catch the sweet sounds of the Nicole Saphos Trio.


Maryjo Mattea – Candlelight and Roses


DC’s Maryjo Mattea has one more single to release from her upcoming EP The Other Side, and Hometown Sounds jumped at the chance to premiere it for you. Just like you’d expect from the detailed cover art, “Candlelight and Roses” is dark, cynical and yet still sweetly adorable. “The last thing the world needs is another tortured love song” Mattea croons, before cueing in pounding drums, jangly guitar and crisp hand claps. From her early days in the duo Two Dragons and a Cheetah, Mattea’s songs have always been driven by vocals, lyrics and songwriting. Stretching her horizons as an in-demand member of dance-rock band Color Palette, synthpop diva Loi Loi, and grungy Endless Winter has sharpened her chops and improved the songs she delivers under her own name. “Candlelight and Roses” is a polished throwback pop song with Mattea’s harsh take on the reality of modern romance. We think the full EP is going to be an essential feature in music lovers’ Bandcamp collections and Spotify playlists.

Maryjo and her backing band kick off a packed night at the Black Cat on Saturday night, opening for Pleasure Train and celebrating Jonny Grave’s masterful new full band instrumental EP Impala.


Podcast for June 13th, 2019 feat. Beauty Pill

Chad Clark and new bandmate Erin Mitchell Nelson talk about what’s new with Beauty Pill before their special duo set at the Seventh Stanine Festival this weekend!

The Caribbean – Imitation Air [Moon Sickness]
Beauty Pill – ann the word 2 jean vox full version (outtake)

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Priests – Jesus’ Son

Priests started musical life in the hardcore punk tradition of many of DC’s most well-known cultural exports. But over the years the band, and their captivating sound, have matured and moved away somewhat from those well-known tropes, such that their newest album The Seduction of Kansas is a surprising genre shift. They self-describe simply as a “rock band”, and for the album’s third single “Jesus’ Son”, Priests present a live performance video evoking well-known bands like the Smiths, the Stone Roses, and Nine Inch Nails. The latter might resonate most, as co-directors David Ashton (manning the camera) and singer Katie Alice Greer lovingly homage NIN’s single “March of the Pigs” from 1994’s The Downward Spiral. There are still some tix left for Saturday night‘s late show at the 9:30 Club with openers Mock Identity, so get right on that.

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Don’t Stay Home This Week 6/10

Hometown Sounds strongly encourages you to not stay home, because then you’d miss all this great #DCmusic.

Monday 6/10:
DC jazz great Samuel Prather leads the quartet version of his Groove Orchestra tonight in a free show at Ivy City Smokehouse in connection with the sprawling DC Jazz Fest, along with vocalist Akua Allrich.

Tuesday 6/11:
Garage and surf rock take the stage Tuesday night at Slash Run when DC faves Venray and Apollo 66 open for TN’s Mouth Reader.

Wednesday 6/12:
Some people love the lyrics most, and some love the music most and often can’t even make out the words. If you’re the latter, or you’re game to give the words a rest for a night, head to Evening Star Cafe‘s upstairs Majestic Lounge in Del Ray this Wednesday for ambient guitarist Tristan Welch and post-rock duo Ice Out.

Thursday 6/13:
The Smithsonian American Art Museum continues their prestigious and long running Luce Unplugged series highlighting the brightest in the DC music scene this Thursday with a special duo performance from Jess Eliot Myhre and Chris Ousley of the Bumper Jacksons.


Don’t Stay Home This Weekend 6/07

Don’t even think about staying home this weekend. Live music forever!

Friday 6/07:
For DIY house show enthusiasts, Dwell is one of the last remaining haunts in DC these days. Tonight the folky/indie rock vibes ring out with The North Country, Fiona Kohrman (ex of The El Mansouris), and Adele Marie & The Milkweeds.

Saturday 6/08:
The energy and drive behind the inclusive, feminist organization This Could Go Boom is infectious. Catch their disease Saturday night as their monthly showcase hits the Dew Drop Inn with Wicked Sycamore, Ms Fridrich‘s Sarah Flippert, Boss Company and When Particles Collide all the way from Bangor, Maine.

Sunday 6/09:
The only bar that matters in Arlington, Galaxy Hut saves Sunday night with two DC energetic indie rock bands, Trajectories and Pompeii Graffiti.


Palette – Learn to Crawl

If you dug the Casio synth-y, 80s rooted track “Learn to Crawl” from our recent podcast, then we have a music video for you. Flyer art maven Cash Langdon’s musical project Palette recently put out a split cassette with BFFs Child Princess on a New York cassette label Drop Medium, and Tenley Empire’s Alex Szantos, director of Gauche’s catchy vid for “Conspiracy Theories”, crafted this experimentally appropriate video for Langdon’s single. Prepare yourself for oodles of VHS flicker and cool shades.


Gauche – Running

Tomorrow night DC punk oddballs Gauche open for reunited feminist icons Bikini Kill up in Brooklyn, so now’s the time for us to dive into their newest music video. “Running” from director Alex Miklowski sees the quintet dancing and sweating in all black outfits while the background green screen gets wildly creative to accompany the song’s existential angst. The debut full length album A People’s History Of Gauche drops on July 12th on Merge Records, followed by an extensive nationwide tour.


Don’t Stay Home This Week 6/03

There’s DC music to check out every night of the week, and we pick out our faves each week. See you at the show.

Monday 6/03:
The Monday night deal at Galaxy Hut tonight gives you Pearie Sol and recent podcast guest feature Erotic Thrillers for only $5.

Tuesday 6/04:
Free Live & Local, how does it get better than that? 7DrumCity presents Tuff Lover, side project of Bottled Up’s Nikhil Venkat, at The Pub & The People Tuesday night.

Wednesday 6/05:
Synthpop band Skyline Hotel headlines Georgetown’s Gypsy Sally’s on Wednesday night, supported by Dark Trilobite, a young band formed from Bach2Rock Bethesda’s Band Program.

Thursday 6/06:
The bad news is that Loi Loi‘s globe-trotting front woman Kristie Di Lascio will soon depart DC for more far flung adventures. Catch her trademark diva style one last time this Thursday at the Pie Shop along with Lotion Princess and Stronger Sex.