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Don’t Stay Home This Week 1/15

Bet you’re ready to get out of your house after all those snow days, right? We have just the thing. Here’s our #DCmusic show picks for the week ahead.

Tuesday 1/15:
Get to DC9 on time tonight to catch experimental indie pop bands Frass Green and Poppy Patica kick off the night for Philly post-punk band Church Girls.

Wednesday 1/16:
There’s pretty much no way you can have more fun this Wednesday night than seeing young punks Bacchae open for New York’s dashing dino dames T-Rexstasy at the Pie Shop. Just don’t forget the pie.

Thursday 1/17:
The best formula for a night of live music is a mix of bands you know and some you don’t. DC9‘s Thursday night bill includes sweater folk band you and me and you playing their first big show, with two bands we’ve dug before, synthpoppy Yesferatu and dark post-punk Social Station.


Don’t Stay Home This Weekend 1/11

DC, we know you’ve got the shutdown blues. Now’s the time to go out, support the arts and enjoy the weekend. Here are our #DCmusic show picks for the next three days!

Friday 1/11:
I don’t think we can say it any better than go-go legends The Chuck Brown Band from tonight’s Facebook event. “If you haven’t checked out the City Winery, you won’t recognize what was the old LOVE nightclub in NE DC. Upscale wood and brick with plenty of general admission tables for you to sit at when you aren’t on the dance floor. WIne Inspired, Regionally Influenced, Locally Sourced Menu. WIND …no… WINE us up!”

Saturday 1/12:
Three of DC’s wittiest and thought-provoking singer-songwriters come together Saturday night at Creative Cauldron’s Passport to the World Festival. Heather Mae, Crys Matthews and Louisa Hall all present songs of empowerment and acceptance in a powerful night of uplifting music.

Sunday 1/13:
CapitalBop‘s resurrected monthly Jazz Loft returns to Takoma Park’s Rhizome on Sunday night. Two of DC’s finest improvisers, cellist Janel Leppin and saxophonist Brian Settles, lead their own groups in expanding jazz’s lofty horizons. As all of the Jazz Loft shows, there are no tickets and all door donations go to the artists.


Escape-ism – Rome Wasn’t Burnt In A Day

Escape-ism is Ian Svenonious’s darker, weirder solo project, sometimes reinterpreting songs from his 60s garage-pop band Chain & The Gang. “Rome” was a stand-out track from Chain & The Gang’s delightfully cheeky 2017 album Experimental Music, reappearing with a moody shuffle as “Rome Wasn’t Burnt In A Day” on Escape-ism’s The Lost Record from 2018. The music video from director Alexandra Cabral simply presents Svenonious in grainy black & white grooving to his own beat, as no more style is needed for this icon of DC music.


Pearie Sol – Love Is For The Loving

Perry Fustero plays in the Sister Polygon oddball wing of DC punk music, both in the bands Gauche and Teen Liver and helming his solo project Pearie Sol (geocities lol). In sharp contrast to Sol’s dolled-up debut music video “Alley” from 2016, “Love Is For The Loving”, also directed by Drew Hagelin, is somber in black and white with mournful lyrics and alienating storyline. Grab Sol’s self-titled EP on Bandcamp and stay tuned for Gauche’s new music video coming next week.

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Don’t Stay Home This Week 1/07

We’re back to help keep your #DCmusic new years resolutions on track. Here are our live music picks for the week to come.

Monday 1/07:
Galaxy Hut saves Monday night again! Tonight head to the Clarendon craft beer bar for “An Evening of Original 60’s era style Psychedelic Classic Rock” from Phantom Scimitar and Stump Devils. Tell ’em Hometown Sounds sent ya.

Tuesday 1/08:
Ginny Hill’s open mic night at Sauf Haus continues its Tuesday night run with this week’s featured act, jazz-funk band Albino Rhino. Signups are open now!

Wednesday 1/09:
Doug Kallmeyer of Super!Silver!Haze! and Verses Records leads his new ambient group The Mantis at the Evening Star Cafe in Del Ray this Wednesday night. The mysterious, cinematic Ice Out get the night started out at 8 PM.

Thursday 1/10:
The Wharf’s Pearl Street Warehouse generously hosts a free night of Americana music this Thursday night. Drew Gibson, thoughtful songwriter originally from Richmond, leads his full band in performing songs from his upcoming album Shipbuilder, with support from Falls Church’s Nicole Belanus and her trio.


Don’t Stay Home This Weekend 1/04

Welcome to 2019! If your new year’s resolution is to see more DC music, you have come to the right place. Here we go with live music picks for every day this weekend!

Friday 1/04:
It’s the first Friday of the month, which means The Marx Cafe‘s epic 15 year running post-punk DJ night We Fought The Big One is back. Tonight catch a live set from new DC band Frend, plus a very special DJ set from Tone‘s Norm Veenstra honoring the late Andras Fekete of Boat Burning.

Saturday 1/05:
We don’t often get to plug shows at the Creative Cauldron in Falls Church, but the month long Passport to the World Festival always brings some can’t-miss gems to our calendar. Saturday night Jess Eliot Myhre of the Bumper Jacksons hosts a septet of DMV musicians paying tribute to legendary country music star Patsy Cline in story and song, including Maureen Andary of the Sweater Set, Karen Jonas and Lauren Calve.

Sunday 1/06:
Head right back to Creative Cauldron on Sunday night for DC native soul singer Cecily‘s Tribute to DC musical history, featuring classics by Duke Ellington, Gil Scott-Heron, and Roberta Flack.


Oh He Dead – This Time Around

We’re going to start out our 8th year of covering DC’s music videos with a soulful bang. Oh He Dead grabbed our throats last year with the Alt-J-esque tune “Blood In The Water”, the title track from their too-brief debut EP. To tease a new release hopefully coming soon, the band just premiered this deft music video for new song “This Time Around”, showcasing Cynthia Johnson assured vocals and biting lyrics with well-timed guitar licks from musical partner Andrew Valenti. The widescreen vid from director Colin Faust delivers a no-cuts wandering performance from Johnson through a series of rooms that make us ponder the purpose of this strange undulating work space.


Podcast for January 2nd, 2019

Tony’s tweet goes big, while Paul makes a new year’s resolution.

Sir E.U. – Ultra [African​-​American Psycho]
Jason Mendelson – Twenty Steps (originally by Koshari) [Postcards from a One​-​Way Trip, Vol. 3]
Wolf the Quarrelsome – If You Only Knew [If You Only Knew / Four Chambers]
Flo Petite – Cardboard Friends [Soft Wrinkled Feelings]
Sara Curtain – Santa Fe [single]
Boat Burning – Drunken Slip [Boat Burning]

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Top 5 Videos of 2018 #1: Flasher – Material

Flasher‘s refinement of DC’s angular aesthetic of post-punk feels welcome and inevitable. The trio’s 2018 full length album Constant Image on Domino Recording Company is one of DC’s finest this year, spawning no less than four music videos ranging from dour to garish to inscrutable. But the big finish is “Material”, a video artfully designed to both delight and frustrate the large market segment that listen to music via YouTube. If you’re one of the lucky few who’s watching this for the first time, we’ll kindly let you enjoy director Nick Roney’s wild ride unspoiled. Congrats to Flasher for making our favorite music video of 2018, and for all their huge success in a breakout year!

And with that we’re putting the lid on 2018. See you next year DC!


Don’t Stay Home This Weekend 12/21

It’s Friday and we still have a #1 music video of the year post to write. Let’s get to it! Here are your #DCmusic show picks for the coming weekend.

Friday 12/21:
We’re going to bet you haven’t heard of Pinot Grisly before. Word on the street is, if you like and miss The Deadmen, check out this brand new band at DC9 tonight. Core band troubadours Justin Jones and John Bustine share the marquee.

Saturday 12/22:
Everyone knows the holidays aren’t complete without an Ugly Sweater Party. Choose your best worst garment and head to Black Cat Backstage for an all-DC band lineup of Fellowcraft, Coral Benders and Color Palette, alums of our Millennium Stage showcase.

Sunday 12/23:
You guys, did you realize that The Messthetics are headlining the Black Cat Backstage on Sunday night? Do you know this is Joe Lally and Brendan Canty from Fugazi, plus guitar shredding wizard Anthony Pirog? Why is this not sold out already? Is everyone leaving town? Plus the lineup includes Anna Connolly and Black Myths, a new duo featuring Luke Stewart on bass and Warren G. “Trae” Crudup III on drums. Merry Christmas eve eve!