Category Archives: shows

The Galaxy Electric – Please Come Home Soon

Psychedelic dream-pop band The Galaxy Electric have honed their performance chops recently through a series of live gigs around town, supporting acts like FuzzQueen and Young Summer. Today they released a slick live video of their single “Please Come Home Soon”, from their debut full length album Everything is Light and Sound, shot at their “secret getaway spot” in Princess Anne, MD on the Wicomico River. The beautiful riverside setting makes me dream of escaping this epic DC heatwave, and only coming home when the heat index has two digits. If you’re still in DC on Friday night, The Galaxy Electric help inaugurate DCDIT’s newest house venue Haushouse with Dovelady and Lithuania from Philly.


Cecily – Real Love

Sweet chanteuse Cecily recently released her first music video for “Real Love”, a single from her 2015 self-titled EP. Describing the concept of the video, Cecily writes “I believe that real love, with no ego, is a revolutionary act. In today’s world, wealth and possessions are glorified and almost made holy by mainstream media. In this video, I wanted to show two people realizing that grandeur and material desires are inconsequential compared to their love of each other.” See Cecily open for touring pop soul act Lawrence at SongByrd tonight in Adams Morgan.


Goldlink – Palm Trees / Late Night

Smooth R&B styled rapper Goldlink just dropped new visuals for a pair of songs, “Palm Trees / Late Night”, from last year’s epic album And After That, We Didn’t Talk. Featuring LA’s Maségo and obviously shot there, the video immediately reveals the fate of the main character in the first few frames, then takes us through a slo-mo, dreamy ride of the preceeding events. The narrative is compelling but resolution is elusive. Of course Goldlink is playing at this year’s Trillectro on Saturday August 27th, so you’d best not miss it.


Head-Roc – Write My Life feat. Noyeek

The most important thing for rappers is to “keep it real”, but often that involves keeping up macho fictions about the toughness of street life that appeal to fans. Head-Roc, appointed Mayor of DC Hip-Hop through his long tenure of seniority, gets down to the real truth on his new single “Write My Life” featuring fellow DMV rapper Noyeek the Grizzy Bear. Roc often performs live with his funk ensemble Godisheus, but you get a full unfiltered dose of truth on his brand new solo album The Black Leon Project, featuring sly production from DC’s own Black Ink. Catch Head-Roc’s thunderous live set this Sunday afternoon at the (Up)Rising Festival on Rhode Island Avenue NE.

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Party Like It’s – Clockwork Lover

Making the leap from cover band to performing original music, Party Like It’s brings their love of the blasting horns and singalong choruses of late 90s pop-ska bands like Reel Big Fish and No Doubt to the modern day. Their YouTube channel includes undeniably fun covers of “Shake It Off”, “All About That Bass” and “The Boys of Summer”, and now their debut original single “Clockwork Lover” gets the full music video treatment courtesy of DC Brau and The Coupe. We dug this song so much that we kicked off yesterday’s podcast with it, but the music video is even more fun. Vienna’s Jammin’ Java hosts a Back to the 90s party this Saturday night featuring Party Like It’s and other bands paying tribute to Sublime, Blink-182, Smashing Pumpkins and No Doubt.


Olivia Mancini – Easy Right Now


Olivia Mancini is DC music’s sweetheart. Her big friendly smile and laid back musical style instantly disarm and captivate a crowd. Over the years she’s evolved from badass bassist in mid-2000s buzz band Washington Social Club to develop her own career as frontwoman for Olivia and the Mates, as well as her own singer-songwriter work. She also supports Jarret Nicolay of Virginia Coalition fame in the duo Astra Via and is currently a member of Sara Curtin‘s band. Clicking on Mancini’s Bandcamp page brings up a huge collection of assorted singles and EPs with her many collaborators, which makes the release of her new EP Walkabout surprising as it’s her first album under only her name. The debut single “Easy Right Now” is a love song with a relaxed vintage style, and we’re honored to premiere the music video below. Shot by Lindsay Dirienzo and Amy Hutchinson, the video takes us through a romp through the city with Olivia, with many affectionately lingering shots. The whole thing feels like a happy day in a wonderful relationship.

Grab Mancini’s new EP out on the Aerobic International label and come see her play one (or both!) of two release shows in town. If you’re more a living room type, head to Bathtub Republic on Friday May 13th to see her play with Fluffer, K Pasa USA, and Antonette Garoch; if you prefer ordering exotic craft beers at the coolest bar in town, Galaxy Hut has you covered on Sunday May 15th when Mancini plays with Yours Truly Michele.


Color Palette – Heartless

Synth rock band Color Palette continue the run up to the release of their debut full length album with another in their live take video series. “Heartless” features a killer bass line from Josh Hunter and driving drum beats from Matt Hartenau that fit with the 80s-style keyboard hook. When Hollywood makes Top Gun 2, put this one on the soundtrack. Color Palette’s album release show goes down at the POV Lounge on the roof of the W Hotel on Thursday May 26th with Near Northeast, but if you just can’t wait that long to see these guys live, get to DC9 next Thursday May 12th to catch them opening for Day Wave.


Black Masala – Oh No (Live on Audio Barre)

We at Hometown Sounds are pretty old hat in the DC music podcasting game, but we get pretty excited to see new shows join in the scene. Audio Barre is a new podcast highlighting some cool acts in our area, and their latest episode goes in depth with one of our long time faves, funky brass band Black Masala. In addition to interviews, the producers at Centreville VA studio Blue Hippo Recordings shoot live performance audio and video, and this clip of Black Masala performing “Oh No” from last year’s full length album I Love You Madly shows how unique and funktacular this band is. Too bad you can’t experience this live music party any time soon. Oh wait! Look at that, they’re headlining a big show tonight at Iota in Clarendon with Brooklyn’s Slavic Soul Party and Big Mama Shakes from Richmond. If you love tuba as much as we do, we’ll high five you there.

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Maryjo Mattea – Getting Over You

Maryjo Mattea has the charisma and the songwriting chops to rise above lesser singers and develop a substantial following. The garage-rock formula from her previous band Two Dragons And A Cheetah worked because of Maryjo’s captivating stage presence, and clearly none of the bro’s in her new outfit Maryjo Mattea & A Pile of Dudes are going to take away from that. Her solo EP Four Minute Symphonies comes out on April 28th with a release show at Songbyrd featuring Uptown Boys Choir and Party Like It’s, and Hometown Sounds is all atingle to premiere the second single from it. Unlike the first single, the catchy power-pop number “Rocket Science”, “Getting Over You” starts out as a classic torch song before ramping up the drums and slide guitar courtesy of blues rocker Jonny Grave. RSVP here to see Maryjo and her guitar summit the biggest pile of dudes in the city.



Paperhaus – Silent Speaking

Psychedelic indie rock band Paperhaus has undergone many changes in their 7 year history as a DC band. After recently vacating their eponymous house where they ruled the DIY/DIT house show scene, core member Alex Tebeleff rejiggered the lineup to include Deleted Scenes’ Matt Dowling and Rick Irby, who also goes by the solo moniker Jau Ocean, and took the band to Philly to record under producer Brian McTear. The first single in this new era is “Silent Speaking”, and Pree’s Ben Usie made a lyric video for it that should utterly creep you out if you have Ommetaphobia (google it, I just did). Come get trippy at the Black Cat tonight as Paperhaus celebrates the release of this single and also Blight Records’ CrushnPain’s new EP All Mountains, with support from Nag Champa.