Monthly Archives: December 2019

Don’t Stay Home This Weekend 12/13

Friday 12/13:
Tonight #DCmusic’s dedicated photographer Roxplosion hosts another Dangerous Session of thick & heavy rawk at the Pie Shop with DC’s own Caustic Casanova and two Charm City bands, Eat The Cake and Queen Wolf.

Saturday 12/14:
The monthly showcase by feminist-representing record label This Could Go Boom! returns to the Dew Drop Inn Saturday night to present the eclectic lineup of blues singer Carly Harvey, experimental Latin rhythms from Matizwave, and Palestinian musical storyteller Huda Asfour.

Sunday 12/15:
On Sunday afternoon at 4 PM the Halcyon Arts Lab incubator hosts a listening party for HUBRI$, the long awaited new album by Grammy-nominated rapper and producer Kokayi, including a viewing of selected works from the accompanying photography series on the experience of black masculinity mediated through the lens of the story of Icarus and Daedalus.


Ciscero – Good To Know

It’s almost time to wrap up our 2019 coverage of DMV music videos, but we’ve got one more to squeeze in before our annual rundown of the best videos of the year next week. Maryland rapper Ciscero first hit the scene guesting on GoldLink’s 2016 single “Fall In Love”, and has released only a couple of singles in the meantime, teasing out an EP called Devil’s Pie that will hopefully see the light of streaming services in 2020. “Good To Know” is a deliciously slinky slow jam produced by Chris McClenney featuring Masego, Ambriia and KP. We’ll forgive you for needing to hear the song a second time when watching this video directed by Adam Hahn, because the cast of characters dancing and skating at the roller rink in Temple Hills is that captivating.


Don’t Stay Home This Week 12/09

Monday 12/09:
Sexy vocal jazz group Veronneau return to Blues Alley tonight for their annual holiday music show “Snow Time” with two sets at 8 and 10 PM.

Tuesday 12/10:
SongByrd’s Tuesday evening offering in Adams Morgan pairs mellow indie pop band Lotion Princess with touring folk artist Sam Amidon.

Wednesday 12/11:
It’s tough to say goodbye, but groovy DC rock band Lovejet hugs it out at their farewell show Wednesday night at 7DrumCity’s The Pocket. Multi-lingual singer-songwriter Liah and folk rock band Adele Marie & The Milkweeds round out the all-DC bill.

Thursday 12/12:
Gypsy Sally’s in Georgetown carved out a dedicated niche for the funk and jam music scene, including beloved funk-rock band Albino Rhino. The clock is ticking on this venue, so catch the Rhino one last time on this stage Thursday night along with New Orleans band The Quickening.


Don’t Stay Home This Weekend 12/06

Friday 12/06:
If you like your live music with big brass sections, Union Stage is your home base tonight with classy ska group Eastern Standard Time and Roma-influenced party animals Black Masala, with tropical DJ sets from Leon City Sounds.

Saturday 12/07:
Petworth burger bar Slash Run hosts three thoughtful and innovative bands Saturday night. Lisa Said’s group Piramid Scheme deliver psychedelic blues, Teething Veils make delightfully dark chamber-folk, and We Capillaries can only be summed up as “weirdo rock”.

Sunday 12/08:
See post-rock, post-classical, punk-influenced singer Case Graham’s solo tour as Birds For Eyes land back home in DC Sunday night at SongByrd’s Vinyl Lounge, along with Cal Rifkin and Matt Fusiek.


Podcast for December 5th, 2019

Tony visits the best of Nextdoor, while Paul recounts a high school musical play.

Heavy Breathing – Gonna Get You [C.P.R.]
Kokayi – St. Fed UP [HUBRI$]
Brassie – Should’ve Warned You [The Airstream EP]
Stray Fossa – It’s Nothing [single]
Mister Goblin – Calendar Dogs [Is Path Warm?]
Domingues & Kane – Instilled Regard [Rough Magick]

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Ken Francis Wenzel – Potomac Skies


Five years ago Ken Francis Wenzel, frontman of bands Cross Kentucky and Riverside Lights, released his solo album …Beneath Potomac Skies to much acclaim, including multiple Wammie Award nominations and national radio airplay. Now as the singer-songwriter gears up to record and release its follow up High Tides & Misdemeanors, we’re quite proud to help share this music video for the 2014 album’s almost-title track. Shot in well-known DC spots in Adams Morgan and Georgetown, “Potomac Skies” thoughtfully captures the emotional dichotomy between the career-focused workaholic denizens of Washington and DC’s rare but dedicated creative class. It’s the #DCmusic world in a song-sized nutshell.

On this Giving Tuesday, as you consider where to generously direct the fruits of your grinding, soul-crushing but well-paying job, consider the GoFundMe campaign to help create Wenzel’s new album. DC needs more music of all styles that we can truly call our own.


Don’t Stay Home This Week 12/02

Monday 12/02:
Our favorite bar Galaxy Hut fills your Monday night with music from darkwave act The Neuro Farm and alt-rock band Bite Marks. Come hungry for tater tots!

Tuesday 12/03:
Organized by poet and interdisciplinary artist Elena Botts, Mourning Dove makes sound art compositions of organic field recordings, experimental voice, and minimal instrumentation. Celebrate the release of their new album The Unimaginable through Etxe Records this Tuesday night at Rhizome along with Richmond’s Thin Pigeon, Human Person from Fredricksburg, and DC slowcore act A Deadly Orchestra.

Wednesday 12/04:
Wednesday night’s show at Slash Run will be the last in DC for Natasha Janfaza’s Panini Girlfriend, as she and the members of Taciturn are moving to Arizona. Catch her “punk stuff in marshmallow fluff” one last time along with Weston Smith and two touring acts, Rochester’s Roselove and Stephen Ferm from NJ.

Thursday 12/05:
We are beyond excited to present another Luce Unplugged show this Thursday! Head to the upper floor of the Smithsonian American Art Museum by 6 PM to hear newly-reformed and sounding-better-than-ever indie rock heroes Washington Social Club!