Monthly Archives: November 2019

Don’t Stay Home This Weekend 11/08

Friday 11/08:
First up, two quick reminders of top notch #DCmusic release shows we’ve previously mentioned. The Pie Shop hosts a double release show tonight for synthrock band Color Palette and indie rock queen Maryjo Mattea, along with Flowerbomb.

If blues rock is calling your name tonight, head to Pearl Street Warehouse for the album release show by Bobby Thompson, with support from Karen Jonas.

Saturday 11/09:
This month’s showcase by feminist record label This Could Go Boom! at Dew Drop Inn is dubbed Spacemade Vol. 2, featuring Black Folks Don’t Swim?, Purple Hurt and Bliberation.

Sunday 11/10:
Finish your weekend strong at Smith Public Trust on Sunday night with sublime tunes from Magazine Beach, Uptown Boys Choir and Ohio’s The Cordial Sins.


Color Palette & Maryjo Mattea videos

We’re running two music videos to get you fully caught up for Friday night‘s big release show at the Pie Shop, so you’re welcome. First up is lush synthrock band Color Palette (vets of our Millennium Stage series, of course!). Rehabilitated after a wicked knee injury, frontman Jay Nemeyer is finally ready to release Color Palette’s long-awaited sophomore album. Earlier this year the album’s first single “Dark Days” appeared in this music video directed by David Ashton of Sequoia Pictures, featuring unmistakable visual cues for 2019’s pervasive societal trauma.

Color Palette member Maryjo Mattea, well known around these parts, opens the Pie Shop show with her own eponymous rock band releasing the collection of singles from 2019 called The Other Side (one of which we premiered back in June!). Today’s video for “A New Normal”, about her evolving musical partnership with Two Dragons and a Cheetah drummer Joel Wu, was recorded live at Ivakota Studios by director Casey McAdams. We are noted enthusiasts for live in studio music videos, and this one’s quick-action camera swiveling is a fun original touch.

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Swoll – Unwound

Matthew Dowling is a long time supporting musician from DC indie rock bands like The Effects, Deleted Scenes and Paperhaus. His solo project Swoll creates dreamy synthpop that’s lower on the BPM and higher on the bass and electronics. “Unwound”, Swoll’s debut music video, is the title track from his sophomore album that dropped in September on Blight Records. Director Drew Hagelin presents a flickery view of Dowling floating through retro sci-fi technology and neon shapes. Swoll’s long awaited DC album release show hits Comet Ping Pong on Thursday November 14th with support from label mates Luna Honey and Baltimore’s Abdu Ali.

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Don’t Stay Home This Week 11/04

Monday 11/04:
Clarendon craft beer bar Galaxy Hut comes through on a Monday night with singer Laurel Rose’s trio Bal Boheme and a solo set from Daniel Machado of The Restoration from South Carolina, whose new album West was produced by Bal Boheme’s drummer Stephen Russ.

Tuesday 11/05:
Sign-ups are now live for the Tuesday night open mic at Sauf Haus in Dupont Circle. This week’s featured act is The Perfectionists, now fronted by singer Anya Ross of allthebestkids.

Wednesday 11/06:
Make a romantic date for Wednesday evening at the cozy wine bar Bistrot Lepic in Upper Georgetown to see vocal jazz & bossa nova group Véronneau and special guests.

Thursday 11/07:
The first Thursday of the month means that it’s time for Hometown Sounds to host another Luce Unplugged at the Smithsonian American Art Museum! Guitar legend Anthony Pirog of the Messthetics leads a quartet on a wild ride through improvisational jazz. The free show starts at 6 PM so don’t be late!


Don’t Stay Home This Weekend 11/01

Friday 11/01:
Long-running post-punk DJ night We Fought The Big One returns to Marx Cafe in Mt. Pleasant tonight with choice records spun by The Caribbean’s Michael Kentoff and two live sets: American primitive guitarist Jon Camp and melodic rocker Jamie Linder.

Saturday 11/02:
Celebrate the opening weekend of The Pocket, the exciting new venue inside 7DrumCity Studios, with Saturday night’s lineup of Jenna Camille, Skyline Hotel and Richmond’s Scuml°rd.

Sunday 11/03:
Cap off the weekend Sunday night with pizza, ping-pong and live music at Comet Ping Pong including mystical punks Time Is Fire opening for Providence’s Minibeast and Control Top from Philly.


Bobby Thompson – Meet Me By The Garden


Hometown Sounds is proud to premiere the hot new single “Meet Me By The Garden” by blues rock maestro Bobby Thompson. This song is the lead-off track from Thompson’s brand new self-titled album, his seventh studio album since 2011.

We chatted with Thomspon via email about his new album, the reshuffling of his Bandcamp catalog, and what’s up with his next live show.

When we checked in with you last Spring, you were teasing your new album with a short EP called ‘Song of Love’. How did this new album come together?

I think I pulled together a great cast of musicians for this album, and some of the guys and I toured together, so we were pretty tight by the time we tracked the record. A few of the songs were hold-overs from 2014 and 2015 studio sessions, and those seemed to fit well with some of the newer material, like “Meet Me By The Garden” and “My Everything”. We did a lot of the tracking for this album at Cue studios in Falls Church, Virginia, and we’ve got a few awesome special guests, like Mark Wenner of The Nighthawks, and Matt Grundy, who tours with Donovan Frankenreiter.

Your Bandcamp page is now full of revamps and revisions of previous releases. What drove this effort to streamline your catalog?

I decided to clean things up, and repackage a few albums. Rather than reprinting Live By The Creek (Revelator Hill with Ron Holloway) and Live at IOTA, I created a new design and reissued them both as a double album Live in Arlington, which should be available on disc January 2020.

The Retrospect album has also been revised: I pulled out all of the acoustic tracks and added in some of my favorite from the Blueheart Revival and Revelator Hill days. That’s available digitally now, and soon on CD.

What’s really fitting is the latest version of The Acoustic Sessions. It’s based off the award-winning EP from 2018, but now includes the acoustic tracks from Retrospect to make a full-length acoustic album. That’s the one I’m the happiest with because it fits direction I’m going in.

What keeps you so devoted to perfecting your trademark blues rock sound?

I’m never satisfied with my work. I love it but as soon as an album comes out, I’m already reinterpreting it. Rarely do I play a song exactly like the album version. I think that’s why I really like finishing an album soon after I write the music. If I wait too long, the ideas change and reform and I’m writing new music.

Do you miss Clarendon’s IOTA as much as we do?

I struggled at first. I went through the stages of grief, in some random order. I was sad, and I was in denial. I was angry, and felt betrayed. I’ve come to accept losing IOTA, and now all I want to do is honor the existence of such a legendary club. I’m lucky to have been able to record a live album there, and have so many memories. I’m at peace with it now, but it was tough at first.

Hit us with all the important details of your album release show.

We’ve got Virginia’s own Karen Jonas and her band opening the show. I’ve found our music fits well together, and it’s been dubbed ‘The Country Blues’ show. I really like her songwriting, and she’s influenced me and my approach to song-craft. If you haven’t heard her, you should remedy that right away.

The band on deck for Pearl Street makes up a strong core of the album. Ben, Gary, and Kurt have all worked with me for many years, and we read each other like hawks. They keep an eye on me if I go into an improvisational vibe, and I’m always feeding off what they give back to me. Usually there are fireworks of the musical kind. You’ll have to experience it to know what I mean. Come out November 8 to Pearl Street Warehouse.