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Five years ago, Hometown Sounds was damn lucky to host gifted songwriter Sara Curtin and her all-star band on the Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage. In the intervening time, Curtin and her partner had twins (as did her longtime bandmate in The Sweater Set, Maureen Andary), the worldwide pandemic put our town’s live music scene on ice, and she responded with the #FromTheFamilyWall series, sharing a live song performance every day for 78 straight days. And then, emotionally battered by the world’s travails and her own postpartum depression, Curtin put down the guitar and didn’t pick it up for nearly a year.
March of 2022 saw the release of a new song of healing and rejuvination, Black and Blue, and even a self-shot music video back at the Family Wall. Now as 2023 dawns Curtin is back in our ears and our hearts with four songs on the ominiously-named EP Goodbye Forever, and we are honored to share with you the music video for its first single.
“So Sorry” is a feminist anthem for the daily struggle of communication and understanding and compassion, and it rocks hard thanks to her backing band of Ryan Walker from The Beanstalk Library and Brendan Polmer of Soft Punch. Polmer also filmed the music video, featuring Curtin’s aimless wandering in a wedding dress and singing in a house under construction and move in, wearing her signature black and white colors.
Curtin has a delightful history of hand-crafting unusual physical merch to support her digital music releases (organic shea butter lotion!), and this time is no exception. Head to Bandcamp now to grab the Music & Dish Towel Bundle, with towels for each song and a special edition “fuck it” towel, because who doesn’t need that. January 31st is your next chance to catch Curtin live in the songwriter-focused We Are The 9 group show at Pearl Street Warehouse.
Who can help but admire the dedication of indie pop duo Astra Via to release a new holiday song every single year? We’ve featured “Merry Christmas, We Got This!” from 2020 and last year’s “It’s a Prepper Christmas” in our annual Holiday Spectacular podcastepisodes, and now we get to delight in sharing with you the music video for their newest single “A Christmas Spirit”. Singer Olivia Mancini, also of Washington Social Club, and producer Jarrett Nicolay aka My New Mixtape deliver their own spin on Charles Dickens’ classic A Christmas Carol with their usual wit and wisdom and a groovy doo-wop beat that deserves to dislodge Mariah Carey from your brain. And A+ on the costume department!
Hometown Sounds wishes you Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays and lots more live music in 2023!