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The Sea Life – Red Eyes

“Red Eyes”. Come on. You were thinking it too, right? But no, the single by indie rock band The Sea Life is not an ode to the hazy smoke of creative inspiration that these lads (and lass) probably enjoy on the reg. The music video by directors Eli Sinkus and Robin Groulx of Not West Not East presents the very DC angst of slaving away at a corporate job while all you want to do is rock out. Singer Jon Weiss, bassist Jordan Sanders and drummer Jules Hale look so respectable and professional in their business attire, but their sadness at fading away as rock stars is heartbreaking. Enjoy youth now, it doesn’t last forever. Grab their album on digital for whatever price you like courtesy of Babe City Records, or buy it on CD, cassette or vinyl and put some scratch in their wallets.

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K.A.A.N. – No Sucka MC’s

Hip-hop producer Kato on the Track just wrapped up entries in the 5th of his No Sucka MC’s contest. This annual feature gives talented rappers a chance for production work and features with this prominent producer and his engineering imprint NastyTrax. Our favorite swift-tongued rapper K.A.A.N. (Knowledge Above All Nonsense) submitted this entry, with his stock verbal dexterity packing in a fantastic amount of philosophy. Follow K.A.A.N.’s SoundCloud feed for more tracks and fire!

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Be Steadwell – New Girl

Singer Be Steadwell‘s queer pop music is, above all else, honest. The songs are so well developed both lyrically and sonically that her unmistakeable identity as a lesbian woman of color is never isolating or limiting. She writes confessional, emotional songs about dating and loving women, and when things don’t go well, then she writes an entire album called Breakup Songs. The newest single from that 2017 album is the rebound tale “New Girl”, with this Steadwell-directed video featuring Katrina Wheeler, drummer Asha Santee and even a cheer squad. We always appreciate the behind-the-scenes extras Be puts at the end of her videos, so stick around after the song’s done. Steadwell’s nationwide tour lands back here on September 9th at the Honey Groove Festival at Dock 5 celebrating QTPOC performing artists, visual artists, creatives, and entrepreneurs.

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Presenting The Lucky So & Sos @ Millennium Stage

For our August #DCmusic showcase at the Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage, we’d like to introduce you to The Lucky So & Sos.

The Lucky So & Sos are a Washington DC-based tropical jazz/funk/hip hop band. Established in 2014, the Lucky So & Sos put on a high energy show heavy on improvisation that melds elements of bossa nova, samba, funk, Latin jazz, gypsy jazz and blues with hip hop vocals. The So & Sos have performed at many of the top venues in and around Washington DC including Rock and Roll Hotel, DC9, Velvet Lounge, IOTA and Club Heaven, where they debuted at a Flashband hip hop showcase performing a 20 minute medley of J Dilla beats.

RSVP here and come to the free performance at 6 PM on Friday August 18th!

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Podcast for July 31st, 2017

Tony causes mayhem at a roller rink, while Paul acquires a drum kit.

Tracklisting:
Bells & Hunters – I Do [Modern Witch’s Songbook Vol. III]
Dunc – All Night [A Way Home]
Will Eastman & Haile Supreme – Evolution Supreme [single]
Uptown Boys Choir – Disclaimer [unreleased]
Bless – You’re Always On TV [7″]
Dove Lady – Ferbalicious [One]

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Incredible Change – Soothing S.W.I.M.

Veteran synthpop band Incredible Change hit the 9:30 Club stage tonight with Honest Haloway and two great bands from Baltimore, Joseph & the Beats and Sweepstakes. IC slowly trickles out new songs featuring singer AIVA via their SoundCloud feed, and the newest “Soothing S.W.I.M.” dropped earlier this week. The New Order-influenced song also got this meditative music video accompaniment of timelapse footage shot in South Beach, Miami and the Outer Banks. Here’s what the band says about the new song:

Soothing
Someone
Who
Isn’t
Me
shall wash your body and soul over and under. Let the waves caress you, and the sand touch your feet. Let your weight float in the sea, and breath in the salty air. Rinse and repeat. Is it being unable to be soothed, or maybe it’s about seeking out a Soothing SWIM. Or perhaps its a desire to feel what you’ve felt before or have never felt before.

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Kaimbr feat. Grap Luva – Roc On

The Younger Soul Brother, a.k.a. Grap Luva, joins rapper Kaimbr on “Roc On”, the newest single from Kaimbr’s album Share the Shelter. The laid-back positive vibes on the track are jazzed up by recurring on-screen text messages reminiscent of VH1’s Pop-Up Video, courtesy of director Roddy Rod.

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Honest Haloway – Escaper

Tim Kratzer’s reborn synthrock band Honest Haloway are taking their impressive live act to the big stage at the 9:30 Club this Friday night July 28th, along with fellow DC group Incredible Change and two bands from Baltimore, Joseph and the Beats and Sweepstakes. They saved the third in their Sperryville Live Sessions videos for this big event, and now they’ve unveiled the cinematic and sweeping “Escaper”, filmed at 3 AM just before a deluge of rain.

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Paperhaus – Go Cozy

Paperhaus‘s Alex Tebeleff is a superconnector in our city’s music scene. While not fronting his psychedelic four piece rock band or crafting experimental synth sounds under his solo moniker Black Lodge, Tebeleff is a prolific curator of shows through his DCDIT label at The Dew Drop Inn, Smith Public Trust and of course his own house. Many fondly remember spots like The Dunes, The Lot at Atlantic Plumbing, and the first Paperhaus because of the parties Tebeleff threw and all the familiar faces you’d see there. Now Tebeleff’s new crib has retaken the Paperhaus name for more house shows starting in August, and the band is back too with a new album Are These The Questions That We Need To Ask? dropping October 6th on Misra Records. The lead-off single’s music video, full of cameos by DC musicians and proponents, even gets its name from Homero Salazar Andrujovich’s shoegaze project Go Cozy. Superconnected.

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Big Hush – Cough

Indie fuzz band Big Hush, featuring members of well-loved DC bands Pygmy Lush and Flasher, get the deluxe vinyl repress treatment when Richmond hardcore label Robotic Empire combines their first two cassette EPs, 2014’s Wholes and Who’s Smoking Your Spirit? from 2015, into a beautiful 12″ package called Spirit/Wholes. The August 11 release follows their summer tour that kicks off tomorrow in Richmond and lands in DC at Hole in the Sky on August 5th. The quartet tapped Isabelle Platt and Hana Wuerker to visually interpret the complex song, and this music video of choreography, symbolism and papier-mâché is just gorgeous.

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