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Presenting Boat Burning at the Millennium Stage

Hometown Sounds wraps up another successful full year of hosting monthly #DCmusic showcases with a performance by Boat Burning on Tuesday December 11th! Boat Burning, a DC-based experimental rock ensemble featuring original works for multiple electric guitars, celebrates the holiday season with an evening of shimmering harmonics. The program will include favorites old and new, selections from the ensemble’s 2018 debut EP, and a few surprises especially for the holidays.

Boat Burning is a multi-guitar, experimental music collective that combines classically-influenced, minimalist compositions with the maximal ferocity and power of punk.

Featuring a core of five composer/guitarists, the DC based ensemble explores “maximum minimalism,” an intricate hybrid of composition and improvisation where elemental passages played by a multitude of instruments — sometimes 100 or more guitars — produce shimmering towers of densely-stacked harmonics. The result is majestic, evocative music that fuses the widescreen sweep of classical with the sheer physical thrall of punk rock.

Boat Burning’s obsession is with how music of astonishing complexity and beauty can arise by radically embracing simplicity and diverisity. Musical passages and instrumentation are stripped way down, and special tunings are used, to bring out and emphasize the differences in each player’s unique technique, ability and gear. This creates striking sonic effects: phantom instruments, created by the massive additive and subtractive harmonics — piccolos, French horns, bassoons, even entire string sections — flicker into life, and then disappear…

Formed 2008 in Chapel Hill NC’s roiling experimental music scene, founder Andras Fekete relocated Boat Burning to the U.S. capital in 2011 to take part in the District’s exploding musical renaissance. Since then, Boat Burning has attracted an astonishing array of collaborators from multiple cities.

RSVP here and come to the free performance at 6 PM on Tuesday December 11th!

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Don’t Stay Home This Week 11/19

We’ve got a short week of #DCmusic show picks before everyone heads home for Thanksgiving. Let’s get to it!

Monday 11/19:
Clarendon’s Galaxy Hut is well known both as a music venue and a vegan grill. Enjoy Tofurkey Monday tonight with an all-DC indie rock lineup including Cherry Ames, Flowerbomb, and Abby Rasheed & The Sundry Collective.



Tuesday 11/20:
We’ve got two good reasons to head to Takoma Park house Rhizome on Tuesday night. First is to see two experimental locals, Knife Wife and Clear Channel. The second is to lend a little support to Sabrina Is Not In This Chat, the LA trio with a memorable name that had a rough car crash in last week’s snow and needs help with repairs. It’s always the season to help out music family near and far.

Wednesday 11/21:
For all the lucky souls who don’t have to hit the roads and airports on the day before Thanksgiving, we’ve got a free treat for you. Head to the Kennedy Center‘s Millennium Stage before 6 PM to see a mesmerizing set by dark trip-hop group Luna Honey, one of the best new DC bands of 2018.

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Don’t Stay Home This Weekend 11/16

DC, let’s go see some shows this weekend. Trust me, it’ll be grand. Here are our picks for #DCmusic every single day.

Friday 11/16:
We love ’em so much we hosted allthebestkids at the Kennedy Center Millennium Stage this past summer. Tonight the genre-spanning ensemble celebrates the release of Allthebestkids Have Mental Breakdowns at Dupont Underground with balloons, confetti, an adult ballpit, healing and their trademark style of “Hip Pop Psychedelic Love Music”. Loi Loi of Blight Records opens the show in divine style!

Saturday 11/17:
How about a cozy night of tears for beers? The Pinch hosts a great night of darkwave/emo/shoegaze music Saturday night, featuring DC bands Replicant Eyes, Bound and Case Graham of Birds For Eyes, supporting touring act Juna from Atlanta. Also, peep this beautiful flyer.



Sunday 11/18:
Two extra-fine ska bands take the stage Sunday night at Dangerous Pies. Eastern Standard Time are veterans from the 90s ska boom with a classy, soulful style, while The Scotch Bonnets, split between Baltimore and DC, channel classic Jamaican vibes with modern punk style.

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Black Masala – Trains and Moonlight Destinies

Frankly, we’re a bit surprised that gypsy-influenced brass band Black Masala hadn’t made a proper music video until now. The title track of their brand new full length release Trains and Moonlight Destinies is a perfect place to start. We’ve been fans of this high-energy group for many years now, easily recommending them for fans of Gogol Bordello and Rebirth Brass Band. This vid by Eyelum does a fantastic job of capturing both the mystery and surreality of their lyrics and the punk power of their live show. Co-signers Mike Ounallah and Kristen Long each take parallel Lynch-ian journeys, with camera jump cuts mirroring the song’s brass cadence. Bravo! You’ve got two more chances to catch Black Masala live in 2018: Friday November 30th at Villain & Saint in Bethesda, and another Friday December 21st at The Wharf’s Union Stage.

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Podcast for November 14th, 2018

Paul reviews the new Queen biopic, and Tony investigates the weird street names of Columbia MD.

Tracklisting:
Sneaks – The Way It Goes [Highway Hypnosis]
Lightmare – Fool @ The Farmer’s Market [Dream Glitch]
Space Phase – Trompe L’oeil [Cola Champagne]
Sandtiger – Those Days [single]
Honest Lee – Pajarito [Solera]
Wytold – Dawn Violet [We Are Not Done Yet (Soundtrack from the HBO Documentary Film)]

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Don’t Stay Home This Week 11/12

There are many roundups of things to do in DC. Only this one clues you in to under the radar DC bands worth checking out. Here are your DC music picks for the upcoming week!

Monday 11/12:
Slash Run gets psychedelic tonight with DC’s The Beginner’s Mynd and Nashville’s Ttotals.

Tuesday 11/13:
Priests frontwoman Katie Alice Greer approaches all her musical projects with intensity and ambition, whether shouting punk lyrics or crafting experimental tape releases. Tuesday night see her latest obsession, covering Dixie Chicks songs, at Comet along with Baltimore’s Hothead and State Champion from Louisville.

Wednesday 11/14:
Alice’s Jazz & Cultural Society is the latest jazz spot in DC with a laserlike focus on music quality. Wednesday night they host Howard-grad, straight ahead jazz singer Sendy Brown.

Thursday 11/15:
In addition to their free, after work Luce Unplugged performance series, the Smithsonian American Art Museum & Portrait Gallery also hosts jazz on Thursdays in the gorgeous central Kogod Courtyard. This Thursday bassist & vocalist Nicole Saphos performs with her trio and guest vocalists Sara Curtin and Maureen Andary of The Sweater Set.

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Don’t Stay Home This Weekend 11/09

Happy Friday, DC. You made it. Feel like going out this weekend? As always, we’ve got live DC music to recommend every single day. Go for it.

Friday 11/09:
Devoted fans of our fortnightly podcast already know about new reggae band Shamans Of Sound. Tonight they celebrate the release of their second single “Love Lessons” with a FREE early show at Tropicalia. Doors open at 8, the music wraps up by 11, and then you’re right at 14th & U ready to party into the wee hours and make bad decisions.

Saturday 11/10:
Now that we’re firmly in jackets and cozy boots weather, how does a romantic Saturday night at a secret speakeasy featuring soulful vocal jazz sound? Pretty awesome, right? Good thing you’re reading this, because Akua Allrich is the featured act at this Saturday at the Alex Speakeasy inside the Graham in Georgetown. Make your reservations now on OpenTable before this sells out.

Sunday 11/11:
Mmmmm, a top notch 3 band lineup of some of our absolute fave bands Sunday night at Dangerous Pies. Bassist Kevin de Souza’s folk-rock quintet Uptown Boys Choir celebrates their sophomore release Get Help along with Bad Robot Jones and Olivia Mancini & The Mates. What a delightful way to wrap up a weekend.


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Aztec Sun – In The Name Of Everyone

Yesssssss, another sweet in-studio music video to share with you, just like we love. Aztec Sun are poised to release their debut full length album In The Name Of Everyone this week, and recently they dropped the Alan Evans-directed music video for its title track that deftly alternates between soulful groove and funkified jam. We’d tell you to make plans for Saturday’s album release show at Pearl Street Warehouse, but tickets are sadly already sold out. Be sure to catch ’em next time.

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Presenting Luna Honey at the Millennium Stage

Before relaxing with family and loved ones for Thanksgiving, visit the Kennedy Center on Wednesday November 21st for another Hometown Sounds #DCmusic show at the Millennium Stage, this month featuring dark trip-hop quartet Luna Honey.

Luna Honey draws on influences from The Birthday Party, Morphine, Carla Bozulich, Swans, and early 4AD to combine murky bass grooves, unhinged distortion, and haunted vocals for a sound that builds from darkly hypnotic to feverishly unmoored.

Their songs examine what it means to grow older, to let go of guilt, to embrace fear, and to find the balance between safety and a meaningful existence.

Luna Honey’s first LP, Peace Will Grind You Down was released July 13, 2018 on BLIGHT.Records on vinyl, cd, and streaming.

Luna Honey was formed on vocalist Maura Pond and bassist Levi Flack’s honeymoon in Colombia when the couple decided that they should spend the first year of their marriage dedicating themselves to something both had always wanted to do – putting out a full LP of original music.
That dream became a reality in April of 2017 when they befriended music scene veteran Benjamin Schurr at a Br’er show at DC’s Black Cat. While waiting in line together for a Nick Cave show they had road-tripped to Philadelphia for, Schurr made an impassioned speech on the duty of the artist to work with what you’ve got to create whatever original and meaningful art you are capable of.

Inspired by those words to try and overcome the feelings of inadequacy as a musician that had kept her from finishing songs for most of her life, Pond set about writing an album to help process what it means to be reexamining yourself in your 30’s and weighing what accumulated burdens help ground you and keep you steady, and what just weigh you down and should be cast off.

On a Friday the 13th in October that was also the release date for Schurr’s Brunch is for A$$holes LP with Br’er, as well as Maura and Levi’s anniversary weekend, the three spent several frenetic days in Maura and Levi’s house in Anacostia, DC recording the bulk of the songs and fulfilling the pledge made a year before.

Looking to translate the energy of the recordings into a live set, Luna Honey added baritone sax player Madeline Billhimer in February 2018. Though coming from a strong music background, Luna Honey is also Billhimer’s first band and represents a turning point in her career as a musician. Together, the group is eager to spread their gospel of confronting that things that scare you, and seeks to embody the possibilities of what you can achieve when you surrender your ego and open yourself up to other people and ideas.

RSVP here and come to the free performance at 6 PM on Wednesday November 21st!

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Don’t Stay Home This Week 11/05

Don’t stay home, DC. Get out, vote, and be a part of the DC music community. We all need each other more than ever.

Monday 11/05:
Galaxy Hut has some beautiful ambient music on offer this evening. Tristan Welch, who always takes the stage in a professional suit, creates works on a theme to “Abolish Work” and “Fire Your Boss”. Doug Kallmeyer, also of the group Super!Silver!Haze!, performs on tenor bass as The Ambient Eye with visual projections from Monica Stroik. Also see the debut of new instrumental group Ice Out.

Tuesday 11/06:
Just vote. And hold your breath.

Wednesday 11/07:
Capitol Hill bar Trusty’s hosts songwriter Laura Tsaggaris on the first Wednesday of each month. Each show features a special set of cover songs from an album that was particularly influential for her.

Thursday 11/08:
DC’s most prolific photog roXplosion now curates shows at H Street NE’s Dangerous Pies for a series called Dangerous Sessions. This Thursday he’s serving up a full course meal, including appetizer: Higher Numbers (grit *and* passion), entree: NOE (progressive grunge), and dessert: Throwdown Syndicate (groove ghetto metal). Show your support and buy this man a lot of pie.


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