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Don’t Stay Home This Week 11/18

Monday 11/18:
Galaxy Hut expands on their usual two-band format tonight with live painting by Zhenya Parish and tarot reading by Miss Kelly D., accompanying experimental sounds from The Andalusian, Peter Serano and Baltimore’s Corey Thuro.

Tuesday 11/19:
College Park’s MilkBoy ArtHouse hosts a night of underground hip-hop Tuesday night with Mello Music Group’s Homeboy Sandman and Quelle Chris headlining, and DMV openers Ardamus, Prowess the Testament, RNL and DJ RBI providing the local flavor.

Wednesday 11/20:
Still looking for a night to check out 7DrumCity‘s new live music space The Pocket? We always recommend checking out garage rock duo Venray, and they’re anchoring a night co-presented by AdMo’s SongByrd along with Nashville’s Ttotals and the mysterious Sparkle Fang.

Thursday 11/21:
Wonderland Ballroom‘s monthly ska night BlueBeat DC hits Thursday night with our punky reggae faves The Scotch Bonnets and New York’s Dunia Best of Agent 99.


Domingues and Kane – Instilled Regard


Hometown Sounds is honored today to complete the trifecta of music video premieres by multi-instrumentalist Dennis Kane through our friends at Verses Records. In September we helped unveil a new video by Red Spells Red, a collab between Kane and Colorado’s Acef Stripe. October saw a haunting spectacle from Kane’s solo moniker The Hunted Hare. Today we’re presenting “Instilled Regard”, featuring Kane and cellist/viola da gamba player Amy Domingues, also of the post-classical group Garland of Hours.

We last heard from Domingues and Kane on their debut full length album Gut + Voltage: Viola da Gamba & Electronics in Synthesis back in 2016. Their new 5 song release Rough Magick came out digitally today, and “Instilled Regard” is a welcome introduction to their distinct instrumental sound. The music video presents quaint Renaissance-inspired footage mixed with abstract imagery and patterns, reflecting the styles each bring to the eminent collaboration. As with all of Dennis Kane’s various projects, this is music deserving of thoughtful listening, accompanying peaceful seasonal contemplation.

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Don’t Stay Home This Weekend 11/15

Friday 11/15:
Thoughtful and mellow folk band Stranger in the Alps led off our #DCmusic podcast this week with a song from their seasonally-appropriate new EP The Days Are Over Sooner. Head to the mysterious Scooby Doo Mansion in Mt. Pleasant tonight to hear the new EP and lots more from Steve Kolowich’s band, and get there at 8 to catch opening solo sets from Bal Boheme‘s Laurel Rose and Nashville’s Scott Faw.

Saturday 11/16:
Soulful jazz vocalist Cecily brings back her Salute To DC show, featuring tunes from her transcendent 2018 album Songs of Love and Freedom and lots more, Saturday evening at the Atlas Performing Arts Center on H St. NE.

Sunday 11/17:
Warm Sun is a DC rock supergroup featuring members of The Effects, Beauty Pill, Soccer Team, and The Aquarium. Celebrate the release of their new record Hope You Always Find It Hard To Leave at the Black Cat‘s intimate Red Room Sunday evening with openers Foul Swoops.


Podcast for November 14th, 2019

Paul reveals his DC Dream Day, while Tony weatherproofs his back door.

Stranger in the Alps – The Days are Over Sooner (But The Light Is Better) [The Days Are Over Sooner]
Sand Tiger – Summer Routine [single]
My New Mixtape – Bang Spark [Fall 2059]
Frankin Gotham – We Were Dumb [single]
Warm Sun – See You At The March [Hope You Always Find It Hard To Leave]
Shamans of Sound – In Search of a Homeland [Mother of Exiles Riddim]

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Don’t Stay Home This Week 11/12

Tuesday 11/12:
DC9 hosts a dual benefit show tonight for two organizations supporting DC women musicians, Girls Rock! DC and Project Hera. The music starts damn early at 6:30 and includes RoseRiot, Chicago’s Scuttlebuggs, and Tabibito from Nagoya.

Wednesday 11/13:
The time grows short to see live music at Georgetown’s Gypsy Sally’s. Head there Wednesday night to see all-female folk trio Wicked Sycamore open for Pennsylvania bluegrass band Serene Green.

Thursday 11/14:
Thursday night Comet Ping Pong hosts the long awaited record release party for Matt Dowling’s sophomore album Unwound as Swoll. Blight Records mates Luna Honey and Baltimore’s Abdu Ali fill out a sweet night of dark synth music.


Don’t Stay Home This Weekend 11/08

Friday 11/08:
First up, two quick reminders of top notch #DCmusic release shows we’ve previously mentioned. The Pie Shop hosts a double release show tonight for synthrock band Color Palette and indie rock queen Maryjo Mattea, along with Flowerbomb.

If blues rock is calling your name tonight, head to Pearl Street Warehouse for the album release show by Bobby Thompson, with support from Karen Jonas.

Saturday 11/09:
This month’s showcase by feminist record label This Could Go Boom! at Dew Drop Inn is dubbed Spacemade Vol. 2, featuring Black Folks Don’t Swim?, Purple Hurt and Bliberation.

Sunday 11/10:
Finish your weekend strong at Smith Public Trust on Sunday night with sublime tunes from Magazine Beach, Uptown Boys Choir and Ohio’s The Cordial Sins.


Color Palette & Maryjo Mattea videos

We’re running two music videos to get you fully caught up for Friday night‘s big release show at the Pie Shop, so you’re welcome. First up is lush synthrock band Color Palette (vets of our Millennium Stage series, of course!). Rehabilitated after a wicked knee injury, frontman Jay Nemeyer is finally ready to release Color Palette’s long-awaited sophomore album. Earlier this year the album’s first single “Dark Days” appeared in this music video directed by David Ashton of Sequoia Pictures, featuring unmistakable visual cues for 2019’s pervasive societal trauma.

Color Palette member Maryjo Mattea, well known around these parts, opens the Pie Shop show with her own eponymous rock band releasing the collection of singles from 2019 called The Other Side (one of which we premiered back in June!). Today’s video for “A New Normal”, about her evolving musical partnership with Two Dragons and a Cheetah drummer Joel Wu, was recorded live at Ivakota Studios by director Casey McAdams. We are noted enthusiasts for live in studio music videos, and this one’s quick-action camera swiveling is a fun original touch.

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Swoll – Unwound

Matthew Dowling is a long time supporting musician from DC indie rock bands like The Effects, Deleted Scenes and Paperhaus. His solo project Swoll creates dreamy synthpop that’s lower on the BPM and higher on the bass and electronics. “Unwound”, Swoll’s debut music video, is the title track from his sophomore album that dropped in September on Blight Records. Director Drew Hagelin presents a flickery view of Dowling floating through retro sci-fi technology and neon shapes. Swoll’s long awaited DC album release show hits Comet Ping Pong on Thursday November 14th with support from label mates Luna Honey and Baltimore’s Abdu Ali.

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Don’t Stay Home This Week 11/04

Monday 11/04:
Clarendon craft beer bar Galaxy Hut comes through on a Monday night with singer Laurel Rose’s trio Bal Boheme and a solo set from Daniel Machado of The Restoration from South Carolina, whose new album West was produced by Bal Boheme’s drummer Stephen Russ.

Tuesday 11/05:
Sign-ups are now live for the Tuesday night open mic at Sauf Haus in Dupont Circle. This week’s featured act is The Perfectionists, now fronted by singer Anya Ross of allthebestkids.

Wednesday 11/06:
Make a romantic date for Wednesday evening at the cozy wine bar Bistrot Lepic in Upper Georgetown to see vocal jazz & bossa nova group Véronneau and special guests.

Thursday 11/07:
The first Thursday of the month means that it’s time for Hometown Sounds to host another Luce Unplugged at the Smithsonian American Art Museum! Guitar legend Anthony Pirog of the Messthetics leads a quartet on a wild ride through improvisational jazz. The free show starts at 6 PM so don’t be late!


Don’t Stay Home This Weekend 11/01

Friday 11/01:
Long-running post-punk DJ night We Fought The Big One returns to Marx Cafe in Mt. Pleasant tonight with choice records spun by The Caribbean’s Michael Kentoff and two live sets: American primitive guitarist Jon Camp and melodic rocker Jamie Linder.

Saturday 11/02:
Celebrate the opening weekend of The Pocket, the exciting new venue inside 7DrumCity Studios, with Saturday night’s lineup of Jenna Camille, Skyline Hotel and Richmond’s Scuml°rd.

Sunday 11/03:
Cap off the weekend Sunday night with pizza, ping-pong and live music at Comet Ping Pong including mystical punks Time Is Fire opening for Providence’s Minibeast and Control Top from Philly.