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Don’t Stay Home This Week 3/18

Twice a week we recommend shows to fill your evenings with the diverse sounds of #DCmusic. We call it Don’t Stay Home. Here we go.

Monday 3/18:
The Washington Women in Jazz Festival kicks off today, and we might run out of pixels recommending all their fantastic shows to you. Start with tonight‘s All-Stars show at the Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage featuring Amy K Bormet, Ana Barreiro, Karine Chapdelaine, Shannon Gunn, Sarah Hughes, Shacara Rogers, and YaShauna Swan, and follow their packed calendar for lots more mind-blowing jazz throughout March.

Tuesday 3/19:
Doomy MA band Elizabeth Colour Wheel headlines a show Tuesday night at the VFW 9274 in Falls Church, supported by three dark DC area acts we dig: skygazers The Orchid, dystopian post-punk band Tired All The Time, and ambient guitarist Tristan Welch.


Wednesday 3/20:
The GoldPants Party is back at Dupont Circle’s Sauf Haus this Wednesday night. Host Ginny Hill brings together singer-songwriter Nardo Lilly and hard rock trio A Shrewdness of Apes.

Thursday 3/21:
DIY hotspot Dwell hosts a night of experimental electronic and acoustic sounds Thursday night with Teething Veils of Etxe Records, electronic producer Tony Cruise and Philly/DC ensemble Tadzio on Blight Records.



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Don’t Stay Home This Weekend 3/15

Do. Not. Stay. Home. Go see #DCmusic instead! How about these shows?

Friday 3/15:
What’s up my NOVA peeps. Live music is scarce in the burbs, but we’ve actually got a show pick in Tysons Corner tonight! Backbeat Underground, vets of our Millennium Stage series, bring their jazz & soul groove to the 1st Stage Theater tonight at 8 PM.

Saturday 3/16:
In case you missed the many times we have plugged Loi Loi’s record release show on Hometown Sounds, let’s make sure everyone is covered. Saturday night, 10 PM, eat some delicious Comet Ping Pong pizza and then hear Born Dad, Millennium Stage alums Light Beams, and then the dark sensual synthpop of Me Dystopia.



Sunday 3/17:
Keep the weekend going until late Sunday night and catch two charismatic DC bands, the theatrical MUNDY and saucy Honey, open for performance art group Princess at Comet Ping Pong.

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Podcast for March 14th, 2019

Paul reviews a rock memoir, and Tony investigates a previous tenant.

Tracklisting:
Raw Poetic – Frosty Fogs [Gulliver]
Honest Haloway – Atonement [single]
Mystery Friends – Empty Nostalgia [single]
Zen Warship – Robins Calling [single]
Nicole Saphos & Allen James – Firefly [single]
Sweet Something – Kiss Me in the Elevator [In The Parlor]

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Loi Loi – Sliver Light

Saturday night is going to be here before you know it, so now’s the time to brush up on Loi Loi before her album release show Saturday night at Comet Ping Pong. “Sliver Light” is the second music video from the recently released Me Dystopia on Blight Records, another glitzy narrative from director Jen Meller. Alexys Forrest of Danger Sluts, Krystal Ashley of “Scenes from Backstage”, Jax Caruso of The Galaxy Electric, and Freddie Heinemann of Fisk co-star in this tale of four women ditching unappreciative partners for a psychedelic dance party. Loi Loi’s seductive, retro-futuristic synthpop hits the stage and packs the dance floor Saturday night, with opening sets from Born Dad and Light Beams.

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Don’t Stay Home This Week 3/12

DC, the sun is setting an hour later so that’s one less reason to stay home. Here are our #DCmusic picks to check out for the week ahead.

Tuesday 3/12:
Georgetown’s Blues Alley hosts a quartet of DC’s leading jazz figures on Tuesday night. Drummer Sriram Gopal‘s 2016 album The Fourth Stream provides the source material, and trombonist Shannon Gunn of the Bullettes, guitarist Garrett Gleason, and bassist Benjamin Rikhoff fill out this powerhouse group. Choose your set now, 8 or 10 PM.

Wednesday 3/13:
On Wednesday at 6 PM the Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage partners with Strathmore’s prestigious Artist-in-Residence program to present soul singer Cecily. Celebrating Women’s History Month, Cecily will focus on the contributions of Aretha Franklin, Chaka Khan, Minnie Riperton, Gladys Knight, and others with Love & Freedom: A Tribute to Women of Soul.

Thursday 3/14:
Too many great options on this night. We give our Thursday night nod to Slash Run‘s bill featuring Mystery Friends and Maryjo Mattea, two choice pop/rock acts with brand new singles for your weekend playlists.


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Don’t Stay Home This Weekend 3/08

In honor of International Women’s Day, this weekend edition of Don’t Stay Home features female-identified #DCmusic shows to show our support!

Friday 3/08:
For their own recognition of International Women’s Day, tonight College Park’s MilkBoy ArtHouse hosts an all-female lineup to celebrate empowerment with the cheeky name MilkGirl. See Sahara, Nalani & Sarina, The OSYX and Black Folks Don’t Swim? while benefiting the worthy nonprofit Girls Behind The Rock Show.

Saturday 3/09:
Bumper Jacksons frontwoman Jess Eliot Myhre leads a new group called The Honky Tonk Heroes for a two-stepping dance party at Hill Country BBQ Saturday evening. Polish up your best boots for well- and lesser-known country classics from a dedicated performer that knows her stuff.

Sunday 3/10:
The Brixton‘s weekly DC Jazz Jam devotes the entire month of March to a series called #InstrumentalLadiesofJazz. This Sunday Bohemian Caverns Jazz Orchestra saxophonist and frequent experimental collaborator Sarah Marie Hughes leads the house band and whoever else shows up with chops and passion.

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Honest Haloway – Atonement

Hometown Sounds was pretty pumped to get the automated YouTube email notification yesterday announcing a new video from Honest Haloway. The synthrock band well known for the captivating song and video “Psycho Bitch” has been mostly quiet since publishing a run of live recordings in 2017. HH’s new single “Atonement” is a ethereal song with a pulsing beat and Tim Kratzer’s entrancing, distinctive vocals, making us so happy they are back on the scene. This new music video was shot by Kratzer’s wife Sara Nabizadeh in Namibia, and like her photography it is astounding and arresting in its beauty and mystery. No other DC music video looks anything like this one. We enthusiastically endorse Honest Haloway’s next live show Saturday March 30th at the Rock & Roll Hotel with support from Bottled Up and Mystery Friends.

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K.A.A.N. – KYST

Well well, it’s been a minute since we checked in on K.A.A.N., the fast-rapping pride of Columbia MD. At one point songs and videos by the prolific rapper flooded SoundCloud and YouTube frequently, giving fans a steady dose of his wit and dexterity. Now he’s changed course and saved up 18 (!) new songs for a full length album called Gathering that just dropped on Spotify. K.A.A.N. loves him some acronyms (Knowledge Above All Nonsense, FYI) so of course the album’s first single is called “KYST” (spoiler alert: Keep Your Shit Together). This video from director Matthew T Robinson showcases KAAN’s verbal flow over some sweet production from Bleverly Hills & Dem Jointz.

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Wylder – Ready To Break

Indie folk band Wylder spent last summer in sunny L.A. recording their second full length album Golden Age Thinking. Now comes the hard part of marketing, publicizing and performing the record, and the young quartet have launched an Indiegogo campaign to get help from their many dedicated fans. Time is ticking for you to snag benefits like signed vinyl and VIP passes. As veterans of our Millennium Stage series, we love how this band makes such fun and accessible music their own way with true independence and hard work. The new album’s first single “Ready To Break”, overflowing with hand claps and strumming, just premiered with this music video directed by Sam Rodgers. Frantically moving from location to location all over the area, we love the many delightful touches in this video, from the echo-y bridge in Union Station to parents dancing in the next room. Wylder play Ivy City’s City Winery next Thursday March 14th with Strong Water and Eli Lev & The Fortunes Found.

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Don’t Stay Home This Week 3/04

Welcome to March! Don’t stay home! All those Netflix series will still be there forever.

Monday 3/04:
More music at happy hour, please! Epicure Cafe in Fairfax hosts an early show this evening featuring CityWitch, Ms. Fridrich, New Order of Existence and Ashevile’s Polly Panic, the cellist from Rasputina.


Tuesday 3/05:
DC show organizers Greater District Sound Club bring some choice funk bands together at the Passenger for Tuesday night‘s Mardi Gras celebration. For just $9 you get Zen Warship, Surprise Attack and our Millennium Stage showcase vets The Lucky So & So’s.

Wednesday 3/06:
The Dangerous Pie Shop on H St NE brings together two stylistically distinct but complimentary bands Wednesday night. Crooks and Crows of Takoma Park describe themselves as the “outlaws of outlaw country”, while The Caribbean, more alums of our Millennium Stage series, make beautifully dreamy experimental indie rock.

Thursday 3/07:
For their monthly Thursday night series Phillips After 5, the prestigious Phillips Collection hosts a night celebrating radical women on the eve of International Women’s Day. Drummer Isabelle de Leon leads a womxn-identified quartet to entertain with masterful jazz.

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