Category Archives: shows

Light Beams – Grow Pt. II (for PJ Harvey)

It’s pretty rare that live video shot at a house show has enough quality to make it worthy of sharing to you, dear DC-area readers. Justin Moyer’s new dance-rock project Light Beams played at the underground house venue The Beehive back in November, and Rob Parrish captured this lively performance of “Grow Pt. II (for PJ Harvey)”, from their debut release S/T Cassette on Don Giovanni Records. As someone who’s attempted to shoot Moyer’s energetic performances at official clubs, I appreciate Parrish’s camera work even more here. You’d be a fool to miss the next Light Beams show, because the Washington CityPaper presents them and Time Is Fire for absolutely free at the Luce Unplugged series at the Smithsonian American Art Museum on Friday January 19th.

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Bat Fangs – Rock the Reaper

Ex Hex bassist Betsy Wright takes the lead in a new duo with Flesh Wounds drummer Laura King of North Carolina called Bat Fangs (nanananananana Bat Fangs!) Their self-titled album dropping next month on Don Giovanni Records looks to fill the sophomore-Ex-Hex-album-shaped hole in our hearts with huge 80s-era stadium rock riffs and punk attitude. “Rock the Reaper” is the album’s second advance single, after last year’s headbanger “Wolfbite”, and this flashy music video from Drew Hagelin of The El Mansouris gives the duo ample opportunities to look badass. The DC album release show is Friday February 9th at Comet with Faunas and Warm Sun, and you’d be smart to grab advance tix now.

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Silo Halo – Casa Alta

Fans of the darker, moodier output of the Etxe Records label have waited 3 years for new songs by Silo Halo, the post-punk duo of Greg Svitil (Teething Veils) and label head Christopher Goett (Girl Loves Distorition). “Casa Alta”, the advance single from Silo Halo’s new self-titled album, presents a meditative desert road trip to Goett’s melancholy lyrics directed by Julie Goett. The avant-garde label celebrates its 10th anniversary by showcasing its current lineup of Silo Halo, Teething Veils, The Red Fetish and Near Northeast at Capital Fringe on Saturday January 20th, so RSVP now and don’t miss this impressive display of musical community.

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Fake Bodies – Everything You Love

It’s our last new music video post of 2017! Come back all next week for our annual Top 5 Music Videos of the Year Countdown, because 80s era MTV is deep in our DNA. Tonight DC’s epic music photographer roXplosion presents a fantastic lineup of DC rock at Comet Ping Pong. FuzzQueen celebrate the release of their debut album with support from instrumental post-rock band Super!Silver!Haze! and Woodbridge’s Fake Bodies, whose youthful cheek is on full display in their debut music video below. “Everything You Love” comes from their upcoming release Not Much, and on this cold gray winter day this video makes me look forward to seeing punk bands at Fort Reno in 2018.

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Honest Haloway – I Need An Audience

Hey DC, if synth-rock is your jam then then your presence is required at the Black Cat tonight. First up is Mystery Friends, they’re new on the scene but they sound fantastic. They put out an EP a few months ago called This Is Not What I Expected that’s beautiful and sublime. Next is Incredible Change, you know them right? Really tall lead singer whose name is truly Brock Boss. Their new EP with the tongue-twisting title Millennialopolis just dropped last week. And finally you’ve got our old faves Honest Haloway, back after a brief hiatus with a revamped lineup and sound that’s evolved and mature. Earlier this year they recorded new songs live at a farm out in Sperryville VA, and they released the fourth in the series to coincide with tonight’s show. Watch the dream-grooved single “I Need An Audience” below and hi five us at the show tonight!

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The CrossRhodes – America

Producer and rapper Wes Felton and three time Grammy nominated crooner Raheem Devaughn have prolific careers on their own, but their collaboration as The CrossRhodes stands out to fans of DC hip-hop from the golden era of the mid-aughts. The duo has reunited with the mission to use their conscious messages and prodigious talent to further the fraught conversation about race in America. Footprints On The Moon is their first album in many years, and its 2016 single “America”, released right before the election, recently got this powerful music video directed by Chris Scholar featuring poet Raquel Ra Brown. 2017 feels like many steps backward for communities of color in America, but songs like these give us hope for long overdue progress. Make some room in your busy December calendar for The 4th Annual Raheem DeVaughn & Friends Holiday Charity Concert at the Howard Theatre on Thursday December 21st.

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Loi Loi – Trying To Remember

Did you miss Loi Loi‘s new music video premiere over the Thanksgiving weekend? For shame. Kristie and her sibling Johnny Fantastic put out an excellent 5 song EP called Viva La Vulva on Blight Records, and just finished a whirlwind US tour to promote it. The new music video for “Trying To Remember”, directed by Blight’s chief visual artist Jen Meller, puts the focus on Kristie’s striking face as a horror-flick worthy synth riff propels her on foot through the woods by day and the city by night. Loi Loi plays twice this weekend, first Friday night at Slash Run with The Artist Formally Known As Vince Band and Haarpo, and kicking off a night of DC music at house venue The Castle on Saturday night with Sheila, Laurel Rose and Ezra Mae and the Gypsy Moon, so pick your poison now.

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Dove Lady – Ferbalicious

The ambitious DC duo Dove Lady chose wisely with their debut music video for “Ferbalicious”. Though simply named One, their first full length album is a complex tour through ideas and influences, showing this group’s inexhaustible supply of creativity and ambition. Despite the tags “alternative”, “punk” and “post-hardcore”, the single “Ferbalicious” features a classic and crisp breakbeat vibe that hearkens back to DJ mixes from the mid 2000s. The video, directed by Julian T. Oliver with co-direction and cinematography by Nigel Lyons, features drummer Andrew Thawley as “The Traveller”, meeting vocalist Jeremy Day as “The Dreamer” and joining him on an astral journey to form their musical partnership. Keep a browser tab open to their upcoming EP E that drops on November 17th (or go ahead and pre-order it for $999.99, we ain’t stopping you) and don’t miss their next show on Friday December 8th at Comet Ping Pong with out-of-towners Zula and Dehd.

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The Duskwhales – Slow Down, Jerusalem

Guess which indie pop trio brought a drone with them on tour this past spring? Yup, it’s The Duskwhales. The aerial footage goes along with the wanderlust theme for “Slow Down, Jerusalem”, the groovy, bluesy single from their album Sorrowful Mysteries that’s still a name your own price download on Bandcamp. They’re taking a break from shows for a minute, so mark your calendar to see them play with Kid Brother and Milo In The Doldrums at the Wharf’s upcoming venue Union Stage on Friday December 29th.

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Cuchulain Kelly – Torn In Two

DC, meet Cuchulain Kelly, the folk singer with the boldest mustache in town. Perhaps you recognize Kelly from fronting the folk rock band Handsome Hound. Instead of following up their 2016 debut EP I Guess We’re Doing Alright, Kelly decided to write and record a solo album, and it’s almost ready to drop into the world. The album release show is Saturday evening at Tropicalia, with Kelly’s full band and Boaty Otis and Orfeia rounding out the lineup. “Torn In Two” is Kelly’s debut music video, featuring fellow Hound Claire Daviss and direction from Airline Andouille‘s Mark Williams Hoelscher. The video is a very boardroom DC view on the current state of the country’s troubles and our willful denials to listen to reason.

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