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Carolyn Malachi – Summer Cool

We don’t want to alarm you, but the unofficial start of the summer season comes this weekend with the opening of pools and a glorious long holiday weekend. Silky smooth soul singer Carolyn Malachi is already there with her new music video for “Summer Cool”, a new single produced by Jerel Abraham. Watch this lush video of Malachi crooning on the beach in Montego Bay, Jamaica and start making your summer travel plans now. Before you head out of town for Memorial Day, catch Malachi performing with legendary vibraphonist Roy Ayers, Godfather of Neo Soul, at the Bethesda Blues & Jazz Supper Club this Thursday and Friday evenings, and enter to win tickets courtesy of SoulBounce.

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Party Like It’s – As Long As You Love Me

YouTube and Ryan Seacrest (that guy is literally everywhere) have teamed up for a new musical competition show called Best.Cover.Ever., and submissions are now open. One of DC’s fave cover bands Party Like It’s got right on that challenge and filmed this joyous singalong cover of “As Long As You Love Me”, the signature song from 90s boy band Backstreet Boys. The ska band’s horn section really delivers and takes this party anthem to the next level. Ska ain’t dead by a long shot, and you can catch Party Like It’s this Memorial Day weekend at the 2017 SuperNova International Ska Festival in Fredricksburg VA along with Eastern Standard Time, The Pietasters, The Scotch Bonnets and so many more.

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Black Alley – Complicated

Black Alley has devoted their musical energy to blending rock, R&B and DC’s homegrown sound go-go into a captivating style that grabs everyone & won’t let go. New songs by this band are few and far between these days, so it’s pretty exciting today to get a drop of a soulful new single “Complicated” and slick music video of the band recording the music. They’ve branded their upcoming show at the Fillmore Silver Spring on Friday May 26th as “The Return”, but for some of us they never left. Grab advance tickets and start Memorial Day weekend out with a blast!

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Collider – The River

Today is one of those days that my social media feed was flooded with remembrances of a musical icon gone too soon. Soundgarden singer Chris Cornell’s death has sent many of us down a 90s grunge rabbit hole on Spotify or YouTube as we read reminisces of his legacy. You can certainly hear that influential style in “The River”, the new single from shoegazey rock band Collider. The song originally appeared in somewhat grungier form on their self-titled 2015 debut EP, but the band gave it a second life in a re-recorded version pressed to 7″ that comes out this weekend. We also get this wet and hazy music video courtesy of Mike Edwards of Delaware band Feral Ponies. Come to the Black Cat on Saturday night to celebrate the release along with Big Hush and Wildhoney, and dig that old Soundgarden shirt out of the closet for the occasion.

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Be Steadwell – Sage (Witch Two)

Be Steadwell‘s songs are bite size tales of heartbreak, coping and moving on that are delicious in their wit and lyricism. Her new album Breakup Songs gather together many of the tracks Be has released in the last year as single-take live-looped performances on her YouTube channel, and today we got the album’s first proper music video. “Sage (Witch Two)”, directed by Steadwell (she’s a filmmaker too!), indulges her fascination with witchcraft, astrology and other unexplained magics in her cautionary post-relationship rant. Catch her play a solo show next time she’s in town at the Brentwood Arts Exchange‘s Listening Room on Friday June 23rd.

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Presenting Color Palette @ Millennium Stage

Hometown Sounds is way beyond delighted to present synthpop band Color Palette for our May #DCmusic showcase at the Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage.

Color Palette takes experiences like heartbreak and love, and together turns them into something mystical and inviting. The band, comprised of Jay Nemeyer, Joshua Hunter, Matt Hartenau, Rogerio Naressi, and Maryjo Mattea, is an electro-rock/synthpop band from Washington, DC. Since their first release on June 1, 2015, Color Palette have garnered hundreds of press hits worldwide. Press highlights include features in NME Magazine, USA Today, NPR, and Impose Magazine. Locally (Washington, DC), they were nominated for three 2015 Washington Area Music Awards – (Best) Pop Rock Duo/Group, Pop Rock Recording, and Pop Rock Vocalist. Color Palette released their debut full-length album ‘Vaporwave’ in May 2016. They have shared bills with many notable national artists including Charli XCX, The Naked and Famous, Mother Mother, Day Wave, Yumi Zouma, Mr Little Jeans, The Kickback, Spirit Animal, and VanLadyLove.

RSVP here and come to the free performance at 6 PM on Tuesday May 30th!

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Humble Fire – Taliesin

Dream pop band Humble Fire really created something special with the video for their new single “Taliesin”. The delicate song’s cryptic title comes from Taliesin West, the home of famed architect Frank Lloyd Wright in Arizona until his death and current location of the Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture. Singer Nefra Faltas traveled there and conceived of the song as a response to the death of her father, who was also an architect. The video was directed and choreographed by dancer Sadie Leigh, featuring some cool costume changes as visual effects as the dancers move through their performances. Humble Fire’s sophomore album Builder drops on July 14th, but you can celebrate the single’s release this Thursday night at the Black Cat with support from Sean Barna and CrushnPain.

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Reesa Renee – Wanna

Singer Reesa Renee released her first solo single in a minute, and we are digging the slow party jams conjured by producer Aleem Bilaal on “Wanna”. The music video, shot by Yah Yah of Minister Cinema, features gorgeous afro-puffed Instagram model Char drinking and smoking with Renee and her crew. Catch her joyful live performance at Saturday’s 4th annual Funk Parade on the Duke Ellington Black Broadway Stage just prior to the parade’s kickoff.

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Near Northeast – Indali

True Mirror, the long-awaited sophomore album by indie folk group Near Northeast, is now available for purchase through the adventurous local label Etxe Records. The album release show is this Friday May 5th at St. Stephen’s, and like all good shows in 2017 part of the proceeds go to support those in need. The band incorporated tabla and sarod, traditional Indian instruments, on the album and especially its beautiful and whimsical debut single “Indali”. Waves are the impossible-to-miss theme and connective tissue of the single’s music video, connecting found footage of frolicking on a beach vacation to immense terror and devastation wrought by tsunamis in the Indian Ocean and Japan. This band knows well how to bridge the delightful and serious into powerful art.

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Near Northeast – Just Do Your Thing (Live)

Indie folk band Near Northeast have kept us waiting patiently for a new album after their auspicious 2015 debut Curios (still a pay-what-you-want download!). Yesterday the quartet of Avy Malik, Kelly Servick, Austin Blanton and Antonio Skarica announced they’ve signed to Etxe Records for their next pair of simultaneous album releases, True Mirror and Indali Variations 1​-​8, coming on May 5th. Etxe Records (pronounced et-CHAY) was formed in 2008 by members of the post-punk band Girl Loves Distortion and has released challenging acoustic music by Teething Veils, The Red Fetish and others. True Mirror is the more traditionally-shaped album coming to CD, while its companion Indali Variations 1-8 explores ambient variations on True Mirror‘s closing track, showing up on trendy cassette. Grab both physical releases at their dual album release show Friday May 5th at St. Stephen’s, and dig into this spirited performance of the new single “Just Do Your Thing” recorded live at House Studio earlier this year.

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