Monthly Archives: August 2019

Don’t Stay Home This Week 8/26

Monday 8/26:
Anecdotally, the new Pagan Reagan track we spun on our #DCmusic podcast generated a bunch of positive feedback. Check out the psych rock tonight at Galaxy Hut in Arlington along with NJ indie folk band Lowlight.

Tuesday 8/27:
Americana troubadour Justin Trawick plays The Pub & The People‘s FREE, Live & Local series Tuesday night at 7 PM. Thanks 7DrumCity!

Wednesday 8/28:
Don’t miss an excellent bluegrass and folk bill Wednesday night at the Pie Shop featuring Bearcat Wildcat and vets of our Millennium Stage series, Steve Kolowich’s sublime group Stranger in the Alps.

Thursday 8/29:
Drummer & recent podcast feature Keith Butler Jr. leads his four-person jazz trio Thursday night at Twins Jazz. Grab advance tix for sets at 8 and 10 PM.


Don’t Stay Home This Weekend 8/23

Friday 8/23:
Tonight Bethesda’s Villain & Saint hosts The 5×5 Songwriting Showcase. Alchemical Records curated the talented lineup of Bellwether Bayou, Mike & Melinda Hamilton, Jason “MetroSongs” Mendelson, Petty Indulgences, and “The Legend of Zelda-inspired heavy metal band” Master Sword.

Saturday 8/24:
Arts event organizers PAKKE have taken this Saturday‘s Near Northeast Cabin Sessions album release show at Cheshire in AdMo to the next level. In addition to an art show from members of the Working Artists group, and of course a live set from the gorgeous indie folk band, Hometown Sounds will lead a panel discussion focusing on this collaborative intersection between the music and visual art. We’d love to see you there.

Sunday 8/25:
Domestic Terror Productions, lovers of loud punk, metal and hardcore sound, host an insane festival across three venues this weekend called Snot Fest. Sunday night‘s “post show” at the Pie Shop was to include a Philly band call the Droogettes, but sadly they can’t make it. The punky all-DC lineup now includes Babies With Rabies along with The Split Seconds, Kromanauts, Capital Offender and The Xiles.


Podcast for August 22nd, 2019

Paul visits Philadelphia, while Tony deals with a precarious olive oil bottle.

Near Northeast – Draw the Sun [Cabin Sessions]
Baughman Dynasty – Gun in My Hand [single]
Shining Blade Theory – Guillotine [Live in the Studio]
Swoll – Unwound [Unwound]
Night Train 357 – Cosmic Cruise [single]
Coven Tree – No Land [Coven Tree / Tadzio Split]

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Presenting the Isabelle de Leon Experience @ Luce Unplugged

We are terribly excited to announce our new partnership with the Luce Unplugged series to curate and present the most exciting #DCmusic in their expansive art-filled space.

Luce Unplugged invites local musicians to perform in the beautiful Luce Foundation Center surrounded by 3000 works of art. A staff-led talk about artworks chosen by the performing artists starts at 5:30 pm.

At 6 p.m on Thursday September 5th, virtuoso drummer Isabelle De Leon and friends fill the Luce Foundation Center with jazz, pop, and soul tunes from her vast repertoire.

Free & All Ages!

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Near Northeast & Takunda M. – Dardanelles

To craft a new album with their Nashville-based musical friend Takunda M., indie folk band Near Northeast retreated to two cabins in the Blue Ridge Mountains for focus and inspiration. The resulting album Cabin Sessions comes out August 23rd, and in advance you can and should fill your ears with the advance single “Dardanelles”. Near Northeast were smart to bring along their regular visual collaborator Kip Radt to film the sessions, as the setting is so damn gorgeous in this music video that you’ll need to get out of town and book a weekend there ASAP. Not THIS weekend though, because then you’d miss out on the album release show at new arts hotspot Cheshire in AdMo this Saturday. Hosted by arts event boosters PAKKE, the event features an art exhibit from Working Artists, a DC collective of visual artists who have created unique works of art based on a song of their choosing from the album. Come early to hear a discussion of the collaboration between visual and auditory artists led by Hometown Sounds podcast co-host & the guy who writes all the posts here, Paul Vodra. Get advance tix while you still can!


Don’t Stay Home This Week 8/19

#DCmusic is what we’re all about, and nothing compares to the live music experience. Here are our show picks for the week ahead.

Monday 8/19:
Been meaning to check out DC’s newest used vinyl shop Home Rule Records in Brightwood Park? Head there at 5 PM today for an ambient music showcase featuring Beau Finley aka Small Craft of Fuzzy Panda Recording Company, Tristan Welch on Verses Records, and Eric Baylies from MA.

Tuesday 8/20:
Post-grunge band Bleary Eyed recently relocated from DC to Philly. Let’s give them some hometown love at their Tuesday night show at delicous pizza joint Comet Ping Pong along with experimental rock band Dove Lady and Why Bonnie from Austin TX, and Bleary Eyed.

Wednesday 8/21:
Garage rock fans can get their fill Wednesday night at Slash Run when the Hall Monitors and Jake Starr & The Delicious Fullness welcome The Cynics from Pittsburgh & Northern Spain. But get those advance tix quick because this show has a LOW TICKET WARNING!

Thursday 8/22:
Two DC acts stretching the boundaries of indie pop music, Frass Green and Weston Smith, hit the stage Thursday night at DC9 along with Philly psych-garage band Secret Nudist Friends.


Don’t Stay Home This Weekend 8/16

Congrats for making it through another muggy, sweaty week smack in the middle of August. Now let’s celebrate with some choice #DCmusic shows all weekend long. Here are our picks!

Friday 8/16:
DC may be known for angular, difficult post-hardcore music, but there ain’t no shame in loving some well-crafted pop songs. Broke Royals celebrate their new release Saint Luxury at DC9 tonight with fellow pop luminaries Mystery Friends. The music starts at 7:30 so keep that happy hour in check.

Saturday 8/17:
Surely you’ve all heard about the DC Music Rocks Festival taking over the 9:30 Club this Saturday night. Do your homework and stream music by Iza Flo, Empresarios, Eli Lev, Sub-Radio and More AM Than FM to fully appreciate the breadth of talent incubating in our town.

Sunday 8/18:
Sardonic musical troublemakers Jack On Fire showcases their new EP Waiting for the End of the World (featuring the catchy jingle “White Genocide Rah Rah Rah!”) at the Black Cat‘s redesigned Red Room Sunday night along with “sitcom-core” purveyors The Electric Grandmother. Plus, just look at this damn flyer. You can’t miss this.


DC Music Rocks Festival videos

Even though drummer Brian Nelson-Palmer called time-out on his community radio show and podcast DC Music Rocks this year, his other initiatives as a dynamic supporter of DC music continue, most notably his annual August showcase at the 9:30 Club. This year the festival partnered with Luke Justin Roberts of Ivystone Records to produce live performance music videos of the five stellar and diverse show headliners: dance-rock band Iza Flo, Eli Lev‘s indie folk, punk rockers More AM Than FM, Latin “tropicaliente” Empresarios, and catchy pop-rock Sub-Radio. Crank this playlist and grab your tickets now for Saturday Night’s packed lineup!

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Don’t Stay Home This Week 8/13

You know what to do. Don’t Stay Home. See this #DCmusic instead.

Tuesday 8/13:
Pleasure Train describe themselves as purveyors of the #sexgroove, and we cosign that assessment. See them rock out tonight as the featured artists at Sauf Haus‘s open mic night.

Wednesday 8/14:
Wednesday evening the Strathmore‘s free outdoor summer concert series Live From The Lawn features the so-called “Wickedest Band Alive”, go-go legends Rare Essence. Keep the spirit of #DontMuteDC alive!

Thursday 8/15:
DIY haven Dwell hosts an impressive and diverse bill of #DCmusic Thursday night. Pen Palindrome is the solo folky indie rock project of Ava Mirzadegan, and Zarine Kharazian makes jazz/punk music as Miss, Understand Me. Natasha Janfaza fronts “post-sandwich” band Panini Girlfriend, and Evergreen is a brand new trio of Kamyar Arsani(Daf/Ukulele/vocal), Sonia Maria(violin) and Maggie Yakoub (vocals) performing music you could only hear in Egyptian or Iranian cafe’s.


Don’t Stay Home This Weekend 8/09

Curious about the #DCmusic on offer for this weekend? We’ve got you covered with show picks all weekend long.

Friday 8/09:
Tonight the Black Cat hosts punk rock band The Whips, featuring members of Circus Lupus, Trusty, Worlds Collide and Squatweiler, celebrating the release of their debut album What We Talk About When We Talk About Rock after an agonizing 12 year repose on the shelf. With opening sets from Des Demonas and The Mostly Dead, this all DC lineup is a no brainer.

Saturday 8/10:
Shining Blade Theory, the hip-hop & funk band fronted by rapper Parabellum Raps, releases their long-awaited EP Saturday night with a show at DIY holdout Hole in the Sky, with support from Prowess the Testament and Blood Moon Carnival.

Sunday 8/11:
Close out this mid-August weekend Sunday night with a couple of classic indie rock bands, Venray and Color School, at Clarendon’s beloved craft beer and tater tots bar Galaxy Hut.