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Don’t Stay Home This Weekend 2/23

As always, Hometown Sounds has the best picks for getting out and exploring the wild world of #DCmusic this weekend!

Friday 2/23:
The Cornel West Theory is the edgy, caffeinated dose of political hip-hop that DC needs most right now. Blessed by their namesake author and agitator, the group gears up for the release of their 6th album with a show at NE arts space Capital Fringe.

Saturday 2/24:
Slash Run hosts a fun as hell triple bill of rock Saturday night. Spirit Plots brings the peppy punk music, while Swoll, the new project of Matt Dowling of The Effects and Paperhaus, gets atmospheric and bass heavy. The Electric Grandmother round things out with a cheeky dose of synthetic cop show music.

Sunday 2/25:
Get creepy at the Black Cat Sunday evening with dream explorers Dove Lady and Alex Tebeleff’s ambient synthesizer wizardry moniker Blacklodge, plus Richmond experimental quintet Spooky Cool.


Saba Abraha – You Are Not My Friend

Ethiopian singer Saba Abraha slinks thoughtful vocals around a vintage early 90s Soul II Soul-eqsue beat in her new single “You Are Not My Friend”. The newcomer’s debut EP How Things Fly was produced by Mikeyy of 94sGold and developed at House Studio DC, and this crisp late-night music video comes from director Nicolas Castro and Li,UVE. Is this the first video we’ve ever featured that includes a comic book store? You touch my heart, Saba.


SmCity – MIA feat. Maimouna Youssef

DC rapper SmCity continues to ride the wave from his fiercely independent full length album Empire Falls from December 2014. His most recent EP The Preamble features selected cuts from the album, and now we have this slick music video for “MIA” featuring Maimouna Youssef on vocals and production from Atlanta’s DJ Toomp. Just makes me excited for what Sm’s gonna drop on us next!

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We’ll Be Back Shortly

We’re taking a little break from the DC music podcasts and videos this week while Paul moves to a new apartment in Arlington. Back next week!

Podcast with Chunky Glasses

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Need more of Paul & Tony talking about the DC music scene? We recently stopped by the production studios of the Chunky Glasses Podcast, a.k.a. “The Basement”, to detail our origin story and thoughts on the current DC music scene. Chunky Glasses, our brothers in podcasting, focus on both local and national acts with learned criticism from the likes of DCist music editor Tori Kerr, WRGW programming director Quinn Myers and head honcho Kevin Hill. Their episode interviewing The Cowards Choir was a fantastic listen.

Grab episode 92 of the Chunky Glasses podcast for more Hometown Sounds on your Thanksgiving travel, or better yet subscribe in iTunes!


Bearshark promo code!

Bearshark, the recently retired post-rock/indie band that kicked off yesterday’s episode of the Hometown Sounds podcast, has a special offer for DC music fans! Head over to their website and use the promo code “hometownsounds” to get 20% off everything on the site! This includes their two essential EPs, 2011’s Gorilla Defense and the new Canyonlands EP, as well as a limited edition print from the new EP and this totally sweet USB drive/bottle opener!
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And Now, A Brief Hiatus

I confess, postings have gotten pretty sporadic around Hometown Sounds lately. Real life is doing a bang-up job of getting in the way of my passion for spreading the word about DC music. Rather than half-ass my way through this difficult period, unfortunately it’s time for me to step away for a bit and fix a ton of bugs for the day job. See you again real soon, DC.


Junior Marvin & Nappy Riddem at the Hamilton


True reggae fans already have tickets to The Hamilton Friday and Saturday night, but it’s not too late for you to get in on the action! Junior Marvin, one of Bob Marley’s original Wailers, celebrates his legacy by performing two classic Marley albums in their entirety. Friday night Marvin and his Force One band perform Marley’s final album Uprising in its entirety, while Saturday night they give the same tribute to the breakout album Exodus.

Red hot DC reggae band Nappy Riddem open both nights with their funky spin on the island vibes. Get into the spirit with a new remix from the Riddem boys of Mamaye by Novalima (FREE DOWNLOAD here!)

Rex Riddem and Junior Marvin made a video message about these shows as well:

Your only choice is: Friday, Saturday or both?
Junior Marvin's Force One with Nappy Riddem
Photos by John Shore

Tribute to DC Podcast for April 8th, 2013

Songs both from DC and about DC.

See-I – Homegrown
The Nighttime Adventure Society – Washington DC
The NRIs – Across the River
Ugly Purple Sweater – DC USA
The Shirks – DC Is Doomed
Tuscadero – Mt. Pleasant
The Funk Ark – Funky DC feat. Asheru & Sitali
The Go-go Posse – DC Don’t Stand For Dodge City
Oddisee – I’m From PG
Tabi Bonney – Beat Rock feat. DJ Flexx
M.H. & His Orchestra – Washington DC

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New Music Stream Address


Over the weekend my ShoutCast hosting provider decided to move my music stream server to a new address. This has entailed a fair amount of work on my part in recreating the playlists and notifying various directories. The embedded web player and direct standalone player links at are currently the best ways to listen to the Hometown Sounds stream. In a couple of days the links in iTunes Radio, TuneIn and Grace Digital will catch up. If you’ve bookmarked the stream in your favorite media player, please delete your bookmark and recreate it. The new IP address of the stream is Please email me at if you have any trouble listening to the stream!