Monthly Archives: November 2019

Tom Kim & Near Northeast – Greta


After a successful run in his Lost Origins Gallery solo art show Milk Relics, Tom Kim‘s short animated film “Greta” is now ready for a worldwide audience. Dedicated to the world-famous 16 year old Swedish environmental activist Greta Thunberg, “Greta” is composed of over 1000 painstaking hand drawings, accompanied by the instrumental song “Cenote” from the 2015 debut album Curios by experimental folk group Near Northeast.

Hometown Sounds emailed with Kim and Avy Malik of Near Northeast to find out more about this collaboration.
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Don’t Stay Home This Weekend 11/22

Friday 11/22:
Singer-songwriter Rachel Levitin slings words as a freelance journalist as well as musician, and once even wrote for this very website. See her with a highly talented full band tonight at the Pie Shop along with Olivia Mancini‘s trio and Brassie.

Saturday 11/23:
Two of DC’s funkiest ensembles, Aztec Sun and Backbeat Underground, take over The Wharf’s Union Stage Saturday night for a show benefitting DC Safe.

Sunday 11/24:
Spend your Sunday evening with Charlottesville chill indie pop band Stray Fossa at SongByrd’s upstairs Vinyl Lounge, with local support from LoveJet and a solo set by The North Country‘s Andrew Grossman.


Oh He Dead – Show Me Love

Everyone in DC showing love to indie soul band Oh He Dead today. In advance of their [already sold out :((((] album release show Friday night at Pearl Street Warehouse, the Washington Post’s Going Out Guide published a feature on the band’s history and unlikely rise this year based on their viral Tiny Desk Contest entry “Lonely Sometimes”. The album’s final pre-release tease is the single “Show Me Love”, and the band blew all their earnings on crafting this sublime, artistic, and profound music video from a big-name director. Set aside some quality time to fully take in this mangnum opus.


Presenting Washington Social Club @ Luce Unplugged

In case you haven’t heard, our next show at the Luce Unplugged Series at the Smithsonian American Art Museum is none other than indie rock superstars Washington Social Club!

Recently reunited after an agonizing hiatus, DC indie power-pop band Washington Social Club takes center-stage to spread their raucous energy and spitfire melodies. Join us to celebrate their reunion, and their snappy new EP They’re Talking to Me Strange, their first release in 11 years.

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. The music starts promptly at 6 PM on Thursday December 5th. Free & all ages!

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American Television – Standing Still

DC pop-punk band American Television always bring their A-game to music videos. Even the humble lyric video gets elevated by these creative chaps, as with their newest single “Standing Still”. A song about getting stuck in the glory days while the world continues on, the vid features a birthday party devoid of guests but full of delicious cake. The AMTV sound may be more LA than harDCore, but like many who live here, they have a lot to say about the troubled state of society today. AMTV’s debut full length album Watch It Burn drops January 24th on Wiretap Records.


Don’t Stay Home This Week 11/18

Monday 11/18:
Galaxy Hut expands on their usual two-band format tonight with live painting by Zhenya Parish and tarot reading by Miss Kelly D., accompanying experimental sounds from The Andalusian, Peter Serano and Baltimore’s Corey Thuro.

Tuesday 11/19:
College Park’s MilkBoy ArtHouse hosts a night of underground hip-hop Tuesday night with Mello Music Group’s Homeboy Sandman and Quelle Chris headlining, and DMV openers Ardamus, Prowess the Testament, RNL and DJ RBI providing the local flavor.

Wednesday 11/20:
Still looking for a night to check out 7DrumCity‘s new live music space The Pocket? We always recommend checking out garage rock duo Venray, and they’re anchoring a night co-presented by AdMo’s SongByrd along with Nashville’s Ttotals and the mysterious Sparkle Fang.

Thursday 11/21:
Wonderland Ballroom‘s monthly ska night BlueBeat DC hits Thursday night with our punky reggae faves The Scotch Bonnets and New York’s Dunia Best of Agent 99.


Domingues and Kane – Instilled Regard


Hometown Sounds is honored today to complete the trifecta of music video premieres by multi-instrumentalist Dennis Kane through our friends at Verses Records. In September we helped unveil a new video by Red Spells Red, a collab between Kane and Colorado’s Acef Stripe. October saw a haunting spectacle from Kane’s solo moniker The Hunted Hare. Today we’re presenting “Instilled Regard”, featuring Kane and cellist/viola da gamba player Amy Domingues, also of the post-classical group Garland of Hours.

We last heard from Domingues and Kane on their debut full length album Gut + Voltage: Viola da Gamba & Electronics in Synthesis back in 2016. Their new 5 song release Rough Magick came out digitally today, and “Instilled Regard” is a welcome introduction to their distinct instrumental sound. The music video presents quaint Renaissance-inspired footage mixed with abstract imagery and patterns, reflecting the styles each bring to the eminent collaboration. As with all of Dennis Kane’s various projects, this is music deserving of thoughtful listening, accompanying peaceful seasonal contemplation.

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Don’t Stay Home This Weekend 11/15

Friday 11/15:
Thoughtful and mellow folk band Stranger in the Alps led off our #DCmusic podcast this week with a song from their seasonally-appropriate new EP The Days Are Over Sooner. Head to the mysterious Scooby Doo Mansion in Mt. Pleasant tonight to hear the new EP and lots more from Steve Kolowich’s band, and get there at 8 to catch opening solo sets from Bal Boheme‘s Laurel Rose and Nashville’s Scott Faw.

Saturday 11/16:
Soulful jazz vocalist Cecily brings back her Salute To DC show, featuring tunes from her transcendent 2018 album Songs of Love and Freedom and lots more, Saturday evening at the Atlas Performing Arts Center on H St. NE.

Sunday 11/17:
Warm Sun is a DC rock supergroup featuring members of The Effects, Beauty Pill, Soccer Team, and The Aquarium. Celebrate the release of their new record Hope You Always Find It Hard To Leave at the Black Cat‘s intimate Red Room Sunday evening with openers Foul Swoops.


Podcast for November 14th, 2019

Paul reveals his DC Dream Day, while Tony weatherproofs his back door.

Stranger in the Alps – The Days are Over Sooner (But The Light Is Better) [The Days Are Over Sooner]
Sand Tiger – Summer Routine [single]
My New Mixtape – Bang Spark [Fall 2059]
Frankin Gotham – We Were Dumb [single]
Warm Sun – See You At The March [Hope You Always Find It Hard To Leave]
Shamans of Sound – In Search of a Homeland [Mother of Exiles Riddim]

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Don’t Stay Home This Week 11/12

Tuesday 11/12:
DC9 hosts a dual benefit show tonight for two organizations supporting DC women musicians, Girls Rock! DC and Project Hera. The music starts damn early at 6:30 and includes RoseRiot, Chicago’s Scuttlebuggs, and Tabibito from Nagoya.

Wednesday 11/13:
The time grows short to see live music at Georgetown’s Gypsy Sally’s. Head there Wednesday night to see all-female folk trio Wicked Sycamore open for Pennsylvania bluegrass band Serene Green.

Thursday 11/14:
Thursday night Comet Ping Pong hosts the long awaited record release party for Matt Dowling’s sophomore album Unwound as Swoll. Blight Records mates Luna Honey and Baltimore’s Abdu Ali fill out a sweet night of dark synth music.