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Video Premiere! FuzzQueen – Sailing Empty Tonight

After touring extensively for many years, Erin Frisby and Chris Stelloh, better known by their performer names Miss Shevaughn & Yuma Wray, felt the winds of change. Drawn to settle down from life on the road, they joined their drummer and musical collaborator Ben Tufts at the 16th Street House, home to more than a few DC musicians and frequent host of many live music shows. And acknowledging the stylistic shift in their songwriting, they decided to rebrand their collaboration as FuzzQueen.

In advance of FuzzQueen’s debut EP Xenia I out later this year, they dropped the lead-off single “Sailing Empty Tonight” a few weeks ago, and today Hometown Sounds is honored & thrilled to premiere the music video! Shot in their native California Coast, videographer Nick Goldring presents visuals reminiscent of vintage gelatin silver photography. The lush desert scenery reflect MS&YW’s extensive time touring, and the mystical storyline fits with FuzzQueen’s lush arrangements.

DC bands almost universally overlook the power of dressing up on stage. Wake up & take note! Let FuzzQueen show you how it’s done, with exotic costumes and makeup to compliment their distinctively rustic look. Their sound incorporates the strong songwriting of their Americana roots with fuzzed-out 90s guitar riffs. Erin, Chris and Ben are nomadic explorers of American rock music, with 70s psychedelia and 90s modern rock fueling the neverending road trip.

FuzzQueen headlines the Saturday night segment of the Ben Tufts & Friends Showcase at Jammin’ Java in Vienna, alongside Black Dog Prowl, Accidents and Ben’s newest band Virginia Creep featuring JR from Pig Destroyer. Ben will guest star on this week’s episode of the Hometown Sounds podcast, playing select songs from this weekend’s big show. Stay tuned!


Shy Glizzy – You Know What

Flashy cars, menacing guns with laser sights and a surprising colored coat feature in Shy Glizzy‘s newest video “You Know What”. The song comes from Young Jefe 2, the DC superstar rapper’s newest mixtape, streaming on Spotify and Apple Music and for sale on iTunes. The overwhelming gang bravado gets in the way of the fragments of a story, but Glizzy’s raw charisma is the root of the video’s appeal.


American Television – Explosions In This Guy

Congrats to the fine pop-punks of American Television for the inclusion of their song “Better Living Through Chemistry” on Attention: A Wiretap Records “Instant” Compilation Summer 2016. The LA based record label has assembled no less than 40 tunes for whatever price you want, and this band is definitely due some national attention. Their recent music video for the cheekily-named “Explosions In This Guy” tells quite a sordid tale in only a minute and a half, thanks to documentary filmmaker Brad Howard. Songbyrd hosts the AM guys in late September at the Upstart Festival 2016 along with The Queers, The Split Seconds and a bunch more fun bands. Show your support by grabbing their recent EP Reaction and saving a few bucks on advance tix to the festival!


Mellow Diamond – Cast In Gold

“Cast In Gold” is the third music video produced from Janel Leppin‘s remarkable solo album Mellow Diamond, finally released earlier this year on her own Wedderburn Records label. The moody single eschews Leppin’s trademark experimental take on the cello for Asian sounds including gong and the Japanese koto, and the dark lyrics paint a foreboding scene of environmental turmoil. Animator and musician Orion Rigel Dommisse from Providence RI directed the video from Leppin’s own shot footage. After years of focusing on solo releases and other varied projects, Janel and husband Anthony Pirog are currently in the studio working on their third album, Glover Park.

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K.A.A.N. – Still

Hey DC. Hey. You remember the other day, when we showed you that video by K.A.A.N.? The one with the staccato machine-gun fire of dope lyrics to drown out any doubts about Brandon Perry’s ability to deliver Knowledge Above All Nonsense? Well well, guess what. Just one week after posting the song and video for “Water”, K.A.A.N. delivers again with the Cashflow-produced song “Still”, once again with The_Faiz_Phase crafting the accompanying visuals. Go to your calendar and draw a big red X on Friday September 9th cuz that’s the day you’ll be heading to H St. NE’s Rock & Roll Hotel to catch K.A.A.N. live alongside locals 8hundred, Chomp Chomp Beats and Detroit’s Skywlkr. And don’t miss Perry’s comedic impression skills at the end of the video.


Near Northeast – Millennium Stage preview


It’s impossible to understate the contribution to the DC music community provided by the Kennedy Center’s free Millennium Stage series. For nearly two decades now, these free post-work shows bring performers large and small, far and near to a diverse and attentive audience full of kids, senior citizens and other people you don’t usually see at DC music venues. Not only are all shows professionally live-streamed online to those that can’t make it, but their vast archive of performances is an untapped trove of amazing music.

DC indie folk band Near Northeast are so excited about their upcoming show that they’ve prepared a special collaboration. The band, comprised of Avy Malik, Kelly Servick and Austin Blanton, originally formed after accidentally meeting while backing an Indian classical singer & dancer at a performance at the Kennedy Center in 2013. At their Millennium Stage show on Friday August 26th, they revisit the fusion of East and West that brought them together with a collaborative performance featuring Soumya Chakraverty (sarod) and Debupriya Nayak (tabla), and a new composition called “Indali”.

The band shot this short video below during recent rehearsals for the show to give you a taste of the styles they explore. If you’re new to this band currently capturing a lot of buzz in DC, watch their excellent music video for “Under the Pines” and grab their 2015 debut album Curios for whatever price you like. RSVP for the Millennium Stage show & don’t miss it!


K.A.A.N. – Water

Columbia MD rapper KAAN releases killer singles about as fast as he strings together words, which is (Spoiler Alert) really quite fast. The quick-fire rapping might be an attention-grabbing strategy, but it takes a deft talent to pull it off like KAAN does, and who’s to argue with results anyway? The latest single by Brandon Perry’s moniker, which stands for Knowledge Above All Nonsense, is the Blev-produced “Water”, and this time KAAN tapped fellow MD musical collaborator The_Faiz_Phase with music video duties. Follow KAAN’s SoundCloud feed for a steady flow of sonic gems, and try to decode all the lyrical knowledge before the next one drops.


Podcast for August 12th, 2016


Paul spills about his unfashionably goth past, while Tony avoids sensitive subjects.

Bomani Armah – Libation [The Watermelon Man]
Will Copps – Rush [Rush/Release]
Clones of Clones – The Test [single]
Haunts – Witches [Demo]
Technophobia – Negative Space [Flicker Out]
Wild Coast – Technicolor Blues [Wild Coast]

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Spirit Plots – Burnt Tapes

Spirit Plots celebrated the release of their long awaited self-titled full length album on vinyl with a special show this past weekend at 7DL Drum Studios that included a pressing of the record for every attendee. We don’t usually run live concert takes on our DC music video posts, but Fred Yi did such a good job capturing this short & sweet, snarling punk rock take of “Burnt Tapes” that we had to share.


Aaron Abernathy – Favorite Girl

Soul singer Aaron “AB” Abernathy has built an impressive musical career since graduating from Howard University. Influential hip-hop group Slum Village tapped Ab as its musical director in the late 2000s, which led to a gig playing keys in Nat Turner, the backing band for Detroit’s own underground star Black Milk. Ab has released a series of singles, EPs and collabs, but DC is way more than ready for a full length solo album by this retro-soul champion, and in October we’ll get it when Monologue finally drops. The appetizer is now served with this lead-off single, a classic and soulful tribute to mothers called “Favorite Girl”.