Monthly Archives: January 2020

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.


Don’t Stay Home This Week 1/13

Monday 1/13:
Experimental pop musician Kai Orion from Fredrick MD kicks off a month-long tour at Galaxy Hut tonight along with West Virginia’s Little Lawnmowers.

Tuesday 1/14:
Barking Carnies and Mistress Tigers are two DC bands in the sprawling community fostered by the 7DrumCity studio. See them Tuesday night at 7DC’s The Pocket supporting Austin TX’s Sadie & The Ladies. Come hungry because free Hot Pockets are promised to all.

Wednesday 1/15:
Jake Reid of Screen Vinyl Image is in the midst of moving, so his normally electronic set as Secret Wilderness on Wednesday night at Del Ray’s Evening Star Cafe is a rare acoustic offering instead. Then he joins instrumental shoegaze band Ice Out on bass, and everyone goes home happy.

Thursday 1/16:
Rhizome curates a wild lineup Thursday night as experimental rap duo Model Home and indie rock band Staffers open for singer-songwriter Paul McMahon from Woodstock NY.


Don’t Stay Home This Weekend 1/10

Friday 1/10:
Songwriter-focused rock bands The Walkwaways and No Second Troy take over Pearl Street Warehouse at The Wharf tonight. Feel those Iota vibes.

Saturday 1/11:
Get funky & weird at Slash Run Saturday night as electronic rock band Catscan! (RIYL TMBG) celebrate the release of their new album Yucca Mountain with assistance from Electric Grandmother and Crab Legs.

Sunday 1/12:
Top DC jazz site CapitalBop hosts another in their venerable Jazz Loft series Sunday night at Takoma Park’s Rhizome. Always stretching boundaries, installment includes Baltimore mandolin player Corey Thuru and “Not-Jazz” duo FIASCO! celebrating their debut album release.


Too Free – ATM

Continuing the journey from basement punk shows to glam dancefloor vibes, the members of now-defunct Priests continue to release music under their label Sister Polygon Records. Their newest act is Too Free, a trio comprised of Awad Bilal (Big Freedia), Carson Cox (Merchandise), and Don Godwin (Callers). Their debut single “ATM” is a warbly, off-kilter mid-tempo soul groove worthy of a 12″ single filled with remixes. Cox’s music video for the tune provides distinctive visuals for the song’s sparse elements. Grab the clear vinyl pre-order of Love in High Demand now before the album drops on February 21st.

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Origami Angel – 24 Hr Drive-Thru

“This D.C. duo embodies the sound of emo in 2019” says almighty Pitchfork, and we can’t help but agree. We spun Origami Angel‘s single “24 Hr Drive-Thru” from their breakout album Somewhere City on the latest episode of our podcast, and this music video is essential viewing for all emo and power-pop fans. A simple ode to procuring fast food without exiting your vehicle, this video explodes with headbanging and singalongs in a car full of friends and fried treats. Best part: crowdsurfing to the back of the packed car. See Origami Angel play with their VA buds Commander Salamander, MD grunge band Sweet Peach, and touring acts Hospital Bracelet at the VFW 9724 in Falls Church on Sunday January 19th.


Don’t Stay Home This Week 1/06

Monday 1/06:
Listen up DC, DIY house shows aren’t dead yet! Find your way to the secret house venue Chill Factory tonight to see beloved veteran DC pop-punk band The Max Levine Ensemble along with upstart punks Two Thumbs Down and Constant Insult, a Minneapolis band featuring DC ex-pat Sara Pette.

Tuesday 1/07:
Mr. Daywalker, allthebestkids and NC’s Zack Mexico bring the uplifting experimental energy to the Pie Shop Tuesday night. And if that’s not enough, there’s always pie!

Wednesday 1/08:
Jazz bassist, guitarist and composer Joshua Bayer leads his quartet featuring Harold Summey on drums, Elijah Jamal Balbed on sax, and Herman Burney on bass this Wednesday evening at Alice’s Jazz and Cultural Society.

Thursday 1/09:
Celebrate peppy queer surf pop band Born Dad‘s new single “IDC” Thursday night at DC9, along with chicx guapx and Emperor Plum.


Don’t Stay Home This Weekend 1/03

Friday 1/03:
Three awesome genre-bending DC bands hit the Pie Shop tonight, and so should you. Fill your ears with Park Snakes, Time Is Fire and cumbia immigrant group La Colombopercutiva, and bring some gently used winter gear for Thrive DC’s Coat Drive.

Saturday 1/04:
Perhaps you found more room in your diet for pie, or some lady-fronted rock bands. Head back to the aforementioned Pie Shop Saturday night to see Higher Numbers, Maryjo Mattea and Winchester’s Azure Wolf.

Sunday 1/05:
Canny singer-songwriter Drew Gibson and his full band generously fills Sunday evening at The Wharf’s Pearl Street Warehouse with thoughtful ballads, for no cover charge.


Podcast for January 2nd, 2020

Happy New Year, #DCmusic fans! Paul goes vegan for January, while Tony tries to see a movie in the theater.

Origami Angel – 24 Hour Drive-Thru [Somewhere City]
Odd Mojo – Sunday, Monday [single]
Soft Punch – Brother, Sister [Brother, Sister b/w Get Well]
Bacchae – Leave Town [Pleasure Vision]
Magazine Beach – Trainwreck [Sick Day EP]
A.T.K. – Sharp Pieces [Verses Records Sampler Vol. 3]

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