Monthly Archives: January 2020

Podcast for January 31st, 2020

Tony sees a classic David Bowie album performed live, while Paul attends a deafening company holiday party.

Light Beams – Sacred Scales [Self Help]
Time Is Fire – We Declare [In Pieces]
The North Country – Future Humans [single]
Tim Hicks x The Dirty Church – BNARD [Bullets]
Wicked Sycamore – Break the Barrel [Wright Way Sessions Vol. 1]
Drew Beckman + The Boundary Boys – Blue Ridge Mountain Boy [Blue Horses]

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Don’t Stay Home This Weekend 1/31

Friday 1/31:
Tonight Petworth neighborhood burger bar Slash Run hosts crispy indie rockers Spirit Plots and goofy dance-rock duo DMV Kars, plus everyone can make friends with New Jersey band Zero For Conduct!

Saturday 2/01:
Join alt-country quartet Run Come See for the second installment of their residency at The Public Option Saturday night with bilingual folk singer Elena Lacayo as the featured performer and honorary band member for a night of unpretentious music in the coolest little brewery in DC.

Sunday 2/02:
Good news/bad news: Piramid Scheme‘s new EP Seen This Before is out today, but Sunday night‘s release show at the Black Cat will be the last hometown show before frontwoman Lisa Said moves to Portugal. See them off with openers Warm Sun in the Red Room.


Tim Hicks x The Dirty Church – BNARD

Tim Hicks, frontman of the politically fiery hip-hop band The Cornel West Theory, is back with a new outfit called The Dirty Church and a new full length album. Bullets is a love letter to old DC, sprinkled with clips of basketball coverage of the hometown team now known as the Wizards. Its first single is “BNARD (Whateva Made U)”, a nostalgic song for the memories of growing up in DC, seasoned properly with crisp soul samples. The music video features Hicks hanging with the homies while occasional lyrics flicker into view. Though gentrification marches on changing DC unrecognizably, Hicks and others make sure we never forget its history.

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Don’t Stay Home This Week 1/28

Tuesday 1/28:
Vienna’s Jammin’ Java presents Women Who Rock tonight, featuring full band performances from Ashleigh Chevalier, Mary-El and Baltimore’s Rachel Ann Morgan.

Wednesday 1/29:
Music event boosters FoSho present a Wednesday night of reggae and African influenced vibes from Shamans of Sound and Nkula at U Street Music Hall.

Thursday 1/30:
Sup Pie Shop, we see you with your superfine #DCmusic bookings. Thursday night witness jam band leader Gordon Sterling, folk looping from Bellweather Bayou, and rockin’ blues maestro Jonny Grave leading a trio.


Don’t Stay Home This Weekend 1/24

Friday 1/24:
Drew Beckman, self-described queer cowboy & folk musician, celebrates the release of his debut EP Blue Horses with his band The Boundary Boys at DC9 tonight, with support from snappy indie pop band Frass Green. Warm up with this languid music video for Beckman’s tune Blue Ridge Mountain Boy from director Matias Breuer.

Saturday 1/25:
Pop-punk superheroes American Television, organizers of the Breakin’ Even Fest, take over the Pie Shop Saturday night to release their glorious new record Watch It Burn on Wiretap Records along with sets from Philly’s Crossed Keys, DC’s Teen Cobra, and Foxhall Stacks featuring members of Velocity Girl, Government Issue, Jawbox and Minor Threat (!!).

Sunday 1/26:
Two of DC’s strongest groups pushing the boundaries of jazz are cellist Janel Leppin‘s Ensemble Volcanic Ash and the Low Ways Quartet featuring a mind-blowing lineup of Mark Cisneros (The Make-Up, Des Demonas), Anthony Pirog (The Messthetics), Luke Stewart (Blacks’ Myths) and drummer Ian McColm. See them both Sunday night at Takoma Park’s Rhizome, where else?

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DoubleMotorcycle – Feet On The Ground

Frederick’s beloved two-piece rock band DoubleMotorcycle is back with a brand new music video. From their 2019 album Doublemotorcycle II, “Feet On The Ground” is a percussive banger with plenty of Joe Jalette’s signature vocal sneer. At two minutes in, hust when you feel like you’ve got the gist of the song, surprise raps from Ricole Barnes, vocalist of fellow Frederick band daMOOD, deliver a surprising twist. The video features sly references to other DoubleMotorcycle vids as well as a wistful reminder of the abrupt closure of Bethesda venue Villain & Saint. Hang tight until late March for more live sets from these monstrous pyramids of rock.


Don’t Stay Home This Week 1/21

Tuesday 1/21:
Tonight! Take the orange line to Virginia Square, grab some delicious El Pollo Rico chicken, and find American Legion Post 85 to see NYC punk act Decisions with their DMV buds Saffron and Dissonance.

Damn, this show was last night. Sorry everyone!

Wednesday 1/22:
Heavy rock bands Mona Speaks Mountains and A Shrewdness of Apes play a free show Wednesday evening upstairs at the Evening Star Cafe in Del Ray.

Thursday 1/23:
See the “Sweethearts of Americana” Karen Jonas, Lauren Calve, and Mink’s Miracle Medicine from Harper’s Ferry Thursday evening at The Wharf’s Pearl Street Warehouse.


Don’t Stay Home This Weekend 1/17

Friday 1/17:
Troubadour Justin Trawick celebrates his 29th birthday for the 10th time tonight with a blowout gig with his band The Common Good at Pearl Street Warehouse, with an opening set from bluesy Americana band The Judy Chops from Staunton VA. Justin is well known for putting his Americana spin on crowd-pleasing songs, so get down to this live cover of disco classic Stayin’ Alive.

Saturday 1/18:
Surely you read this strong profile of indie pop band Nah. in the Post this week. See them headline Pearl Street Warehouse Satudray night along with an impressive lineup that includes Philly rock band Dominy and two DMV gems, The Duskwhales and Milo in the Doldrums.

Sunday 1/19:
CapitalBop and founder Shannon Gunn brings the 5th Annual Jazz and Freedom Festival back to Eaton DC the Sunday before MLK Day to present a full day of programming, including a panel discussion, poetry from community advocate Claudia Rojas, and of course jazz from the Angel Bethea Trio, the Cristian Perez Quartet, the Todd Marcus Trio, and trombonist Gunn’s Jazz and Freedom Octet. The proceeds go to benefit the ICE Out of DC coalition.

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Podcast for January 16th, 2020

Tony brightens up his apartment, and Paul plugs his preferred source of chill out music.

Thievery Corporation – Lebanese Blonde (Symphonik Version) [single]
Born Dad – IDC [single]
Priest Da Nomad – Food [The Manhood Project]
Eli Lev – Walking Away [Deep South]
Poppy Patica – Theo [State of Nothing]
Red Medicine – Cheap Thrills and Cigarettes [single]

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Magazine Beach – Trainwreck

Let’s put some visuals to a fun song we spun on the most recent podcast episode. Magazine Beach‘s catchy emo-pop tune “Trainwreck” from last December’s 4 song EP Sick Day gets this music video of the four lads goofing around in a trash can, throwing beers and jamming in a basement room packed with old stuff. Singing “i want to be like your old cassettes / only use me when your phone is dead”, teenage fun with a subtext of angst is the perfect formula for this.