Author Archives: Hometown Sounds

Don’t Stay Home This Week 9/16

Monday 9/16:
“Gentle but fierce pop to tear at your heartstrings”, Ava Mirzadegan’s solo project Pen Palindrome opens for Baltimore’s Friday Junior and Strangepride from New York tonight at Slash Run.

Tuesday 9/17:
Tuesday night the Black Cat‘s intimate Red Room hosts experimental sounds from rapper Sir EU and Priests’ charismatic frontwoman Katie Alice Greer.

Wednesday 9/18:
The summer ain’t quite over yet, so the DC Public Library‘s Punk Archive initiative is hosting one last rooftop show before the season ends. Head to the Woodridge Library in NE at 6:30 PM Wednesday evening to see Clear Channel and Taciturn.

Thursday 9/19:
Hardcore festival Damaged City keeps the spirit alive with a showcase at Slash Run Thursday night. 2016 Fest alums La URSS from Spain join DC punk band Asesinato, featuring members of Rashomon & Guilt Parade, and darkwave act Aertex featuring members of Merchandise, Coke Bust & Blacksage


Don’t Stay Home This Weekend 9/13

Friday 9/13:
DC’s most dedicated concert photographer Roxplosion curates tonight‘s lineup at the Pie Shop on H St NE. Grab your savory pie for dinner and sweet pie for dessert in time to see Piramid Scheme, Capital Offender and Baltimore’s Out of Water Experience.

Saturday 9/14:
Don’t forget about JasonFestII! Here’s what organizer Jason Mendelson says to expect Saturday night at Epicure Café.

Schedule (sort of)
shortly after 7pm: Daniel Ouellette
let’s say, hmm, 7:48, cause why not, Jason Mendelson
around 8:30ish, yeah, it’s Koshari
closer to 9:30pm The Lucky So & So’s
all times and underwear are subject to change

Sunday 9/15:
Three DC musicians making 2019’s most memorable albums are playing Sunday night at the Black Cat. Matt Dowling’s Swoll moniker makes swirling 80s-style electronic ballads, Anna Connolly is a powerfully confessional singer-songwriter, and David Klinger celebrates the release of the long-awaited Forgetter album Parts of Anything.


Sweet Something – So Natural

Here’s a little sweet something to brighten up your Tuesday. Jazz quartet Sweet Something features vocals and songwriting by newcomer Ariana Harbin. We featured a song from their debut EP In The Parlor on our podcast earlier this year, and their newest single “So Natural” shows the band evolving into a mature, nu-jazz groove courtesy of new drummer Aaron Ivey. The video for “So Natural” is a simple, sun-kissed jam on a DC rooftop that makes us want to hang on tight to those fading summer breezes. The full band plays next at Epicure Cafe in Fairfax on Friday September 27th with funk jam leader Gordon Sterling.


Don’t Stay Home This Week 9/09

Monday 9/09:
Non-binary electronic artist & drag DJ La Roche kicks off another night of impressive music tonight at Comet Ping Pong with NY’s Machine Girl and Five Star Hotel from Pittsburgh.

Tuesday 9/10:
Wailing blues rock band Wanted Man, part of our #DCmusic Millennium Stage series, hit the Pie Shop stage Tuesday night along with The Electric Mud in town from Fort Myers, FL. The photo below comes courtesy of Roxplosion.

Wednesday 9/11:
Rejoice in the astounding new album Anthropocosmic Nest by The Messthetics Wednesday night at the Black Cat, and don’t you dare miss the opening sets from punk band Mock Identity & experimental cellist Janel Leppin. This is one you’ll want advance tix for, trust us.

Thursday 9/12:
Thursday night‘s lineup at the Dew Drop Inn features trip-hop band Luna Honey, another vet of our #DCmusic Millennium Stage series, and esoteric punk performer Pearie Sol open for legendary New York record producer Martin Bisi.


Jason Mendelson – Send a Medic


We’ve long wondered what DC music stalwart Jason Mendelson can’t do. He plays all the instruments in his eponymous band, and fills in many other bands in the area. He produces, records, and writes the tracks, having dedicated years to penning a song for each station in the DC metro system. Heck, he even hosted the MetroSongs podcast that yours truly guested on.

In the expansive music video for Mendelson’s newest single “Send a Medic”, his impressive skills portfolio is on full display: forensic detective, mailman, cooking show host, cowboy, secret lover. The amusing setup of Mendelson as characters on every show on television, with lots of delicious cameos, loops around to a bloody but satisfying conclusion at the close of director Jeff Ray of Mango City Media’s delightful vignette.

To get all the Jason Mendelson your life can handle, head to Fairfax’s Epicure Café Saturday night September 14th for, we kid you not, JasonFest II featuring post-rock band Koshari, funky hip-hop with The Lucky So & So’s, new waver Daniel Ouellette and Mr. MetroSongs himself.

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Don’t Stay Home This Weekend 9/06

This weekend all the #DCmusic shows we’ve picked out are free. FREE! Buy some music or maybe a beer for these hard working souls to show them some love.

Friday 9/06:
How does a FREE back to school punk rock party at the Pie Shop sound? Tonight the purveyors of pies both sweet and savory host an all DMV lineup, just like we like, with Venray, Sister Ex, Creep Crusades and LNT (Like No Tomorrow).

Saturday 9/07:
Caz Gardiner, well known for her soulful ska/rocksteady vocals for The Checkered Cabs, The Ambitions and The Day Laborers, brings her eponymous band playing 60s-influenced soul pop to Solly’s on U Street Saturday night. The music runs from 10 PM to 1 AM and there’s NO COVER, so bring your cool friends.

Sunday 9/08:
Sunday is AdMoDay! Celebrating its astounding 41st year, the day long festival in Adams Morgan presents crowd-pleasing faves Batala, Los Empresarios, Chopteeth, DuPont Brass and lots lots more.


Podcast for September 5th, 2019

Paul reveals his favorite musical instruments, while Tony discovers a pricey new ketchup.

Oh He Dead – Lonely Sometimes [single]
Terrill Mast – Exo [EEP]
Ehmji – L.T.M. [Facades Never Last]
DuPont Brass feat. Jake Vicious – Funk You [House Music Group Compilation One: DMV Roots]
Distant Creatures – Absolved [Whorl]
Garrett Gleason – Fidgeting with Large Gestures [Guitar Songs]

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The Messthetics – Touch Earth Touch Sky

In advance of The Messthetics‘ sophomore album Anthropocosmic Nest dropping this Friday on Dischord Records, the instrumental trio released the album’s first music video “Touch Earth Touch Sky”. In case you’re new here, Fugazi’s drummer Brendan Canty and bassist Joe Lally joined guitar wizard Anthony Pirog in 2016 to hammer out complex time signatures and wailing guitar solos on their debut self-titled album. “Touch Earth Touch Sky” shows a more melancholic mood akin to cinematic post-rock legends Explosions in the Sky, with a video from director Dan Sharnoff fitting the song’s vibe with manipulated tour footage through dark colored lenses. Trust us, grab tix while you can for The Messthetics’ album release show Wednesday September 11th at the Black Cat with Janel Leppin and Mock Identity.

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Don’t Stay Home This Week 9/03

Tuesday 9/03:
7DrumCity keeps the music FREE, Live & Local tonight at The Pub & The People with trombonist Shannon Gunn and guitarist Garrett Gleason, two stalwarts of the DC jazz scene, for an evening of improvisation.

Wednesday 9/04:
We really can’t do better than the FB event post for this:
What to expect from Teen Cobra‘s “Teen Cat / Black Cobra” event at Black Cat‘s new Red Room this Wednesday September 4:
– 2 punk-long sets (20+ min each)
– 32 songs. All the songs we know, including a handful of new covers
– Set decoration
– Wardrobe change
– Detailed Playbill with all the information about the show for every audience member
– “The best husband and wife lo-fi rock n roll punk duo in the D.C. right now. Maybe”
See you there!

Thursday 9/05:
We are crazy excited for the first partnership between Hometown Sounds and the Luce Foundation Center’s #LuceUnplugged this Thursday evening. Powerhouse drummer Isabelle de Leon leads a group of DC musicians playing jazz, pop and soul. The curator-led art talk begins at 5:30 and the music starts at 6. As always, there’s no cover and drink specials for your happy hour needs.


Don’t Stay Home This Week 8/26

Monday 8/26:
Anecdotally, the new Pagan Reagan track we spun on our #DCmusic podcast generated a bunch of positive feedback. Check out the psych rock tonight at Galaxy Hut in Arlington along with NJ indie folk band Lowlight.

Tuesday 8/27:
Americana troubadour Justin Trawick plays The Pub & The People‘s FREE, Live & Local series Tuesday night at 7 PM. Thanks 7DrumCity!

Wednesday 8/28:
Don’t miss an excellent bluegrass and folk bill Wednesday night at the Pie Shop featuring Bearcat Wildcat and vets of our Millennium Stage series, Steve Kolowich’s sublime group Stranger in the Alps.

Thursday 8/29:
Drummer & recent podcast feature Keith Butler Jr. leads his four-person jazz trio Thursday night at Twins Jazz. Grab advance tix for sets at 8 and 10 PM.