Monthly Archives: February 2020

chicx guapx – whoops

We think you are really going to dig this fun, snappy indie pop song “whoops” by chicx guapx. The band is new, having played their first show in mid 2019, but their self-titled EP co-produced by Tommy Sherrod is immediately captivating. And this music video featuring band members wearing convincing pug masks really seals the deal. The EP sells for a whopping $420.69 on Bandcamp, so maybe just stream this one for a while.


Don’t Stay Home This Week 2/24

Monday 2/24:
This Monday evening Arlington’s Galaxy Hut hosts dark Americana songstress Annie Stokes and Little Lawnmowers, the mellow folk solo moniker of College Park’s Jonathan Hawkins.

Also Monday 2/24:
Pour one out for another DC band, as alt-rock group Skydiver loses their frontman Justin Price to Los Angeles. Head to Vienna’s Jammin’ Java on Monday night for their farewell show with Milo in the Doldrums, Bluewreck and Modern Trap.

Wednesday 2/26:
Rapper Uptown XO, alum of influential hip-hop group Diamond District, celebrates the release of his new album Culture Over Corporate Wednesday evening with a live show backed by The Experience Band at the 1360 Warehouse, with opening sets from Pinky KillaCorn, Priest Da Nomad and Snypa B.

Thursday 2/27:
Ooh, another album release show! Mystic punk band Time Is Fire’s debut full length album In Pieces is astounding. Thursday night they headline DC9 along with performance arist/poet Bahloul and Baltimore’s Quattracenta.


Don’t Stay Home This Weekend 2/21

Friday 2/21:
Sometimes four band bills are too much, but tonight’s indie rock & dream pop lineup at the Pie Shop feels just right. See Stray Fossa from Charlottesville, The Colonies, Child Ivory and Makeup Girl starting at 8 PM, with a side of pie.

Saturday 2/22:
Only one band plays Saturday night’s benefit for Thrive DC at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, presented by Positive Force. One’s all you need when it’s Coriky, the new band comprised of Joe Lally, Amy Farina and Ian MacKaye. There’s no advance tickets and free admission, so get there early and give generously to an important cause.

Sunday 2/23:
Wrap up this February weekend at Galaxy Hut Sunday night with garage punk band Apollo 66, Charlottesville pop-punk kings Girl Choir, and “electronica madness” NorthWoods, which we couldn’t find anywhere online.


Too Free – No Fun

Today is Thursday, the day before dance trio Too Free’s debut full length album Love in High Demand drops via Sister Polygon Records. And two days before Saturday night’s album release party at U Street Music Hall, embedded inside the REV909 DJ night dedicated to French Touch and Indie Dance from the early 00s. Now’s the time to watch the band’s second music video for the single “No Fun” and revel in the joyous dance moves from singer Awad Bilal. Pretty fun after all.

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Time Is Fire – Poor Is Poor

We’re pretty damn excited for the release of In Pieces, the debut full length album by DC band Time Is Fire on Electric Cowbell Records. Fronted by Iranian expat Kamyar Arsani with production from Brendan Canty of The Messthetics and Fugazi, the band whips through post-punk and dance rock styles while delivering necessary doses of truth and inspiration. “Poor Is Poor”, the new single in this music video debuting today, shows the fierce intensity of this powerful quintet in live performance with infectious grooves and Arsani’s signature headgear. Lyrics of bleakness tinged with hope: “We are not privileged to dream on / And we fail and we break and then they all clap / And sometimes, my dear, we just rise”. Grab tix now for Time Is Fire’s album release show Thursday February 27th at DC9 along with Baltimore’s Quattracenta and poet/performance artist Bahloul.


Don’t Stay Home This Week 2/18

Tuesday 2/18:
Tuesday nights are tough sometimes, but Slash Run saves the day with DC punk bands Teen Cobra and Terminal Vertigo welcoming touring rock band Paint Fumes from Charlotte.

Wednesday 2/19:
The strength of DIY Takoma Park venue Rhizome lies in their pristine curation and bold experimentation. This Wednesday night DC jazz stalwarts Luke Stewart and Nik Francis support Philly’s Elliott Levin and Norwegian freejazz group Friends & Neighbors.

Thursday 2/20:
DC rock band Tosser’s debut album Total Restraint is full of angular post-punk goodness. It’s out Thursday, timed perfectly for the album release show at the Pie Shop with opening sets from Den-Mate and experimental hip-hop act Model Home.


Podcast for February 13th, 2020

Paul & Tony discuss nuclear waste, MTV animation showcases and the #DCmusic du jour.

Echelon the Seeker – 16 [single]
Knovo – Fake [single]
Rorie – Dance [Valley in the Mirror]
Catscan! – Context Clues [Yucca Mountain]
Liquid TV – I Just Want to Be Cool [A Violet World]
Too Free – ATM [Love in High Demand]

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Don’t Stay Home This Weekend 2/07

Friday 2/07:
DC’s incredibly long running post-punk DJ night We Fought The Big One returns to Mount Pleasant’s Marx Cafe tonight with guest DJ Matt Cohen, former arts editor of the Washington CityPaper and half of drone band Literals, and a live set from Katie McD of feminist punk band Bacchae.

Saturday 2/08:
Saturday night stay up late, eat some Comet Ping Pong pizza, and see two of our #DCmusic faves: unhurried, refined pop songs from Bal Boheme and big anthemic dance hits with Mystery Friends (featuring Nah’s Zack Be & Color Palette’s Jay Nemeyer!), along with Philadelphia’s Church Girls.

Sunday 2/09:
Sunday night‘s lineup at the Vinyl Lounge in AdMo’s SongByrd features folk act Rosie Cima & What She Dreamed and soulful powerpop from Petty Indulgences.


Makeup Girl – Those Eyes

Lovable indie rock band Makeup Girl are back with a new music video and we are captivated. Directed by Ethan Gandler, “Those Eyes”, from their name-your-own-price EP In Time from late 2018, starts with a bang when actor Alex Melvin makes a surprising high-speed abduction wearing a ridiculous fake mustache. And it only gets weirder and more fun from there. Friday February 21st is your next chance to see Makeup Girl live at the Pie Shop along with three other classy DC acts, Stray Fossa, The Colonies and Child Ivory.


Presenting Des Demonas @ Luce Unplugged

Hometown Sounds returns to the Luce Unplugged showcase next Thursday night February 13th to host DC punk band Des Demonas!

The band hails from Washington, DC, and have been denizens of the byways and highways of the city’s musical underground for years. Jacky Cougar Abok is the six-foot-five-inch tall Kenyan punk singer who has drummed with Thee Lolitas and Foul Swoops. Guitarist Mark Cisneros has bent strings with Kid Congo & The Pink Monkey Birds, Deathfix, and Medications, and has pounded the traps for The Make-Up and Benjy Ferree, the latter alongside organist Paul Vivari. Joe Halladay (Citygoats) on bass and Ryan Hicks (Suns Of Guns) on drums round out this squared circle of sight and sound.

A staff-led art talk about artwork chosen by the performing artists starts at 5:30 pm followed by a performance at 6 pm. As always, the show is free & all ages so RSVP here!

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