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Wylder – We’re On Our Way feat. Skout (Out Loud Session)

Hey, remember a month ago when we featured indie folk band Wylder playing an Out Loud Session? Here’s another live cut from the same rooftop, with singer Will McCarry and violinist Lavar Edmonds collaborating with Brooklyn’s Skout to cover “We’re On Our Way”, a song from the 2011 EP The Bastards Vol. 1 by Jacksonville FL’s Radical Face. Wylder opens for The Riverbreaks Saturday night at Gypsy Sally’s in Georgetown.

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Presenting We Were Pirates @ Millennium Stage

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Hometown Sounds is stoked to present We Were Pirates for our December #DCmusic showcase on the Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage.

We Were Pirates is the musical brainchild of Mike Boggs, a multi-instrumentalist who writes and records songs in his home studio in the DC area. Boggs has released three albums, an EP, and a film score for ‘Dear Mr. Watterson.’

Wired magazine featured We Were Pirates in their March 2012 issue following the release of the second album, Change. The feature said, “You heard this band’s public radio-friendly pop on This American Life and you heard its tracks on MTV’s: The Real World: DC. So don’t miss ‘Better Off Without You’ from the new album. Catchy synths will have your crew dancing a jig.”

2016’s Matter finds Boggs exploring a mellow, electronic aesthetic. A return to simple, melodic songs. Existential questions are asked about life, loss, and love.

RSVP here and come to the free performance at 6 PM on Friday December 9th!

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Kingsley Flood – To The Wolves

Kingsley Flood mostly live in Boston, but singer Naseem Khuri calls DC home, so we can share custody of this dynamic Americana rock band as long as they keep playing shows here. Their new and poignantly timed album is called Another Other and deals partially with Khuri’s racial identity as a Palestinian-American. Kingsley Flood is an interesting mix of the thoughtful, meaningful lyrics many DC bands pride themselves on, alongside fiddle-infused rock evolved from Boston’s prominent folk scene that spawned Guster and Dropkick Murphys. We speak from experience that their live show is top-notch, so don’t miss them celebrating their new album release alongside two of our fave DC acts, Fellow Creatures and Louis Weeks, Saturday night at Rock & Roll Hotel. Watch the band get kidnapped mid-song (by whom??) in their newest music video for “To The Wolves”.

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The Galaxy Electric – Leaving

Enigmatic DC lounge-pop act The Galaxy Electric is now a part of the Blight. Records family. The expansive compilation BLIGHT. MAKES RIGHT, released today, proved to be the perfect spot for “Leaving”, a moody and introspective bonus track from their psychedelic debut album Everything is Light and Sound. Blight visual artist Jen Meller shot this music video in Super 8 at many recognizable DC locations, marrying the 60s musical vibe with a nostalgic home video style. The Galaxy Electric join Blight brethren Reignbeau, Stronger Sex and CrushnPain for a compilation release party tonight at DC9.

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Presenting The Cowards Choir @ Millennium Stage

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Hometown Sounds is honored to present The Cowards Choir for our November showcase of DC music at the Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage.

Fronted by singer-songwriter Andy Zipf, The Cowards Choir crafts exquisite chamber-folk music with Ryan Walker on bass & keys, Dayana Yochim on cello, Alissa more on violin and Logan Lamons on percussion. After a successful PledgeMusic campaign earlier this year, The Cowards Choir released their debut full length album Name The Fear with an ambitious accompanying ‘visual score’ by NC filmmaker Will Davis of Small Creatures.

Our show caps off Thanksgiving weekend on Sunday November 27th at 6 PM. Like all Millennium Stage shows, there’s no cover charge and plenty of seating starting at 5:30. RSVP here! & bring your whole family!

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Wylder – Lantern (Out Loud Session)

With our ubiquitous monuments, distinguished architecture and low height requirements, DC’s rooftops are curiously generally untapped as music video locations. Over the summer, indie folk band Wylder joined Brooklyn singer Skout on a well-placed downtown DC rooftop to record a few songs for her picturesque Out Loud Sessions. Brighten up your Friday with a stripped down version of “Lantern”, from Wylder’s debut full length album Rain and Laura, featuring Will McCarry on vocals and guitar and Lavar Edmonds on violin. We really hope you won’t miss the full band opening for The Riverbreaks at Gypsy Sally’s in Georgetown on Saturday December 3rd.

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Gordon Withers – Lost Thought

Arlington’s Galaxy Hut excels as a venue booking interesting and innovative music, especially in (or near) a neighborhood known for generic bar crawls and cover bands. Serving up a wide array of craft beers and quite fine grilled cheese and tots, you really owe it to yourself to cross the river and make an evening of exploring new sounds. Tonight Gordon Withers serves up improvisational cello music alongside Boston instrumental band Ghosts of Sailors at Sea, on whose new album he appears, and a new DC band called Numbers Station. Withers is most well known for his collaborations with Jawbox lead J. Robbins in the group Office of Future Plans, and his cello covers of Pink Floyd, The Joy Formidable and others are beautifully inspired. Our video today for Withers’ improvisational piece “Lost Thought” comes from Survive Vol. 1: The Holidays, a compilation and zine put out last December by Bad Friend Records.

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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.

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Presenting Stronger Sex @ Millennium Stage

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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!

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