Category Archives: shows

Dot Dash – Flowers

Are you heading to the Hamilton tonight to catch Ian Hunter of Mott the Hoople fame? Then get to know your openers, the superbly-seasoned DC power-pop band Dot Dash. These musicians are vets of shoegaze and punk bands you’ve surely heard of, including Julie Ocean, Swervedriver, Glo-Worm and and Youth Brigade. This music video for “Flowers”, from their 2015 album Earthquakes & Tidal Waves, is charmingly lo-fi but subtly clever, so pay attention to the subliminal messages.


Presenting Stronger Sex @ Millennium Stage


The Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage has presented free live performances 365 days a year for nearly two decades. Expanding their commitment to showcase rising stars in the DC music community, the Millennium Stage now partners with Hometown Sounds in a monthly series of musical performances.

For our inaugural performance, Hometown Sounds is proud to present Blight Records artists Stronger Sex. Stronger Sex is an electroexotic experimental post-croon cabaret duo brought to you by DC’s Johnny Fantastic and Leah Gage. That may seem like a random stringing together of strange words, but it’s only because Stronger Sex is a wild stringing together of strange sounds. Born out of a love for the classics with an eye toward the electronic revolution, the band tries to make bedfellows of the most unlikely genres. At times, you feel lost in the foggy haze of an 80s night club only to be called back by the familiar croon of Frank Sinatra. With beautiful soundscapes and infectious beats, Stronger Sex often feels like a dream where anything is possible and the universe isn’t big enough to hold your imagination. “Making music this way is like rummaging through an old woman’s closet,” says Johnny, “So many colors, such a wide range of materials and textures, the trends of many decades past, all to be combined any way you wish. I guess it’s no surprise that a lot of our threads come from old women’s closets, too!” When this dynamic duo isn’t performing with Stronger Sex, they can be seen playing in other popular DC bands. Leah plays drums with BRNDA and The North Country; Johnny has toured extensively with Paperhaus and Pree, and currently plays in Dais and Loi Loi.

RSVP here and come to the free performance at 6 PM on Sunday October 23rd!


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Congo Sanchez – Why Do We Wait

DC’s soulful & funky Congo Sanchez opens a night of funk jams at Gypsy Sally’s tonight billed as a “Dear Jerry” Afterparty for the Grateful Dead tribute shows going on in DC this weekend. This trio of singer Haile Supreme, rapper Flex Mathews and drummer Jeff Franca continue to work on a follow-up to their debut full length album Dealin’ With This from 2014. A few months ago they dropped the romantic slow-jam single “Why Do We Wait”, and the music video features the three vocalists crooning to their respective loved ones, in their own unique styles. Trust me, don’t miss their top-notch live show!


SHAED – Just Wanna See

Do you remember a dream-pop band called The Walking Sticks? Then you old school, brah, cuz they rebranded with the somewhat awkward name SHAED. Changing your band name is a very risky move, but it seems to have paid off when representatives from Photo Finish Records came across the first SHAED song on SoundCloud. Their new moniker’s debut EP Just Wanna See is out now, and no less than Billboard premiered the title track’s music video with a deep dive into the musical trio, Chelsea Lee and twin brothers Max and Spencer Ernst. The band wraps up a successful fall tour with Verite and Marian Hill tomorrow, so stay tuned for more local dates.


KAG – Narcissus

Yesterday we showed you the new music video by Priests, but that’s not all that frontwoman Katie Alice Greer has been up to lately. After moving out of the city for the first time in a decade, Greer began a solo project of experimental and ambient noise recordings, inspired by, as she notes, “weird suburbia, formidable famous women, and the 1947 film Black Narcissus”. Greer’s solo moniker KAG released four of these songs on a new (sold-out womp womp) cassette release called EP A, and you can check this new material out live tonight at Safari Restaurant & Lounge alongside Brooklyn’s Future Punk, Duchess Says from Montreal and Seattle punk band Bad Future. Greer also directs her own videos, so enjoy this industrial weirdness for the single “Narcissus”.

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Prowess the Testament – Alpha Centauri

Fiercely independent rapper Prowess the Testament of the Delegation Music crew got her moniker from no less than KRS-One, and the array of DC rappers supporting her in the video for “Alpha Centauri”, from Logic to Ardamus to the song’s producer Tim Hicks of The Cornel West Theory, certifies her as a rising power in the DC hip-hop community. She’s managed to put out two EPs so far in 2016, more recently Right Where I Left It, and earlier this year Alpha Centauri’s mothership Air​.​Human | Breath​.​Divine, and both are well worth fitting in between your ears. Catch Prowess next opening for Ra Digga and Lord Finesse at The Tavern at Fire Station 1 in Silver Spring on Friday October 21st, and spring for VIP treatment if you’re feeling flush.


Pearie Sol – Alley

You may recognize him from other DC bands like Teen Liver and Gauche, but Pearie Sol is stepping out solo for his first self-titled album release, out now on Bandcamp and cassette through Sister Polygon Records. Drew Hagelin directed the music video for “Alley”, the tape’s first single, capturing Sol’s amusing off-kilter style with shots of the singer in campy drag make-up and playing synthesizer face-down in the street. After watching this video, head over to Sol’s vintage Geocities homepage paying sardonic tribute to the web’s early days. Sol’s record release show is this Friday at DC’s finest house venue Bathtub Republic along with Hothead and Cool People.

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Tone – Antares

When I hear the name Brodown Throwdown, instrumental post-rock is not the first musical genre that jumps to mind. But that’s a big chunk of what the Rock & Roll Hotel’s Concert Hall is serving up for their contribution to the annual H Street Festival blowout. The Hotel’s upper floors have the expected lineup of hip DC DJs, while the stage presents FREE live sets from excellent bands like Foozle, Time Is Fire, Drop Electric, The Escape Artist and Tone, who bring us today’s music video. Norm Veenstra and Gregg Hudson’s instrumental ensemble recently released their seventh full length album Antares through both TminusONEmusic and Dischord, and it’s second single, the title track, gets this music video from Monica Stroik based on video projections for performance of Joan Belmar’s artwork from last December.


The Remembrables – The Stranger

Oh Emma. Why you gotta do my Remembrables boy wrong? He seems like a good dude. He has a jacket and the requisite amount of stubble. He probably has a job with an important sounding title. Works long hours. You two swiped right, chatted, had drinks, probably made out in the back of an uber. Could you tell that our boy likes to hit the sauce a bit hard? Probably a smart move, Emma. Block and avoid a messy situation. The rest of you though, head to the Black Cat Backstage this Sunday night to see this fuzzed-out indie punk band play their first show since recording new material, opening for Tenement and Dusk.


Be Steadwell – Leo

One take, no edits, no lip syncing. Be Steadwell quite literally keeps it real on her newest track “Leo”, released last Friday. It’s a self-diagnosis and rallying cry for her own creativity, and Steadwell’s talent and charisma keep me hooked as the song flows deftly over her own produduction, including adorable kitten meows. Stay tuned after the song for Be’s commentary on the song, and mark your calendars for November 15th when her fall tour hits the Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage.