Category Archives: video

Too Free – No Fun

Today is Thursday, the day before dance trio Too Free’s debut full length album Love in High Demand drops via Sister Polygon Records. And two days before Saturday night’s album release party at U Street Music Hall, embedded inside the REV909 DJ night dedicated to French Touch and Indie Dance from the early 00s. Now’s the time to watch the band’s second music video for the single “No Fun” and revel in the joyous dance moves from singer Awad Bilal. Pretty fun after all.

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Time Is Fire – Poor Is Poor

We’re pretty damn excited for the release of In Pieces, the debut full length album by DC band Time Is Fire on Electric Cowbell Records. Fronted by Iranian expat Kamyar Arsani with production from Brendan Canty of The Messthetics and Fugazi, the band whips through post-punk and dance rock styles while delivering necessary doses of truth and inspiration. “Poor Is Poor”, the new single in this music video debuting today, shows the fierce intensity of this powerful quintet in live performance with infectious grooves and Arsani’s signature headgear. Lyrics of bleakness tinged with hope: “We are not privileged to dream on / And we fail and we break and then they all clap / And sometimes, my dear, we just rise”. Grab tix now for Time Is Fire’s album release show Thursday February 27th at DC9 along with Baltimore’s Quattracenta and poet/performance artist Bahloul.

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Makeup Girl – Those Eyes

Lovable indie rock band Makeup Girl are back with a new music video and we are captivated. Directed by Ethan Gandler, “Those Eyes”, from their name-your-own-price EP In Time from late 2018, starts with a bang when actor Alex Melvin makes a surprising high-speed abduction wearing a ridiculous fake mustache. And it only gets weirder and more fun from there. Friday February 21st is your next chance to see Makeup Girl live at the Pie Shop along with three other classy DC acts, Stray Fossa, The Colonies and Child Ivory.

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Run Come See & Elena Lacayo – Morir Bailando

ICYMI, Americana-infused rock band Run Come See are holding down a monthly residency at The Public Option, a cool brewpub in Langdon with a progressive tipping policy. The concept for this series running through 2020 is to collaborate each month with a different DC-based opening act, recording a collaborative song and uploading a video of the performance. This past Saturday they welcomed bilingual folk singer Elena Lacayo to the series and performed a new version of her Spanish-language song “Morir Bailando” originally from the 2017 full length album Volcán. The video was filmed by Lauren Calve, member emeritus and current fiancée of the band’s guitarist John Figura. Mark your calendars for the next show on Saturday March 14th featuring Steve Kolowich of Stranger in the Alps!

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Tim Hicks x The Dirty Church – BNARD

Tim Hicks, frontman of the politically fiery hip-hop band The Cornel West Theory, is back with a new outfit called The Dirty Church and a new full length album. Bullets is a love letter to old DC, sprinkled with clips of basketball coverage of the hometown team now known as the Wizards. Its first single is “BNARD (Whateva Made U)”, a nostalgic song for the memories of growing up in DC, seasoned properly with crisp soul samples. The music video features Hicks hanging with the homies while occasional lyrics flicker into view. Though gentrification marches on changing DC unrecognizably, Hicks and others make sure we never forget its history.

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Don’t Stay Home This Weekend 1/24

Friday 1/24:
Drew Beckman, self-described queer cowboy & folk musician, celebrates the release of his debut EP Blue Horses with his band The Boundary Boys at DC9 tonight, with support from snappy indie pop band Frass Green. Warm up with this languid music video for Beckman’s tune Blue Ridge Mountain Boy from director Matias Breuer.

Saturday 1/25:
Pop-punk superheroes American Television, organizers of the Breakin’ Even Fest, take over the Pie Shop Saturday night to release their glorious new record Watch It Burn on Wiretap Records along with sets from Philly’s Crossed Keys, DC’s Teen Cobra, and Foxhall Stacks featuring members of Velocity Girl, Government Issue, Jawbox and Minor Threat (!!).



Sunday 1/26:
Two of DC’s strongest groups pushing the boundaries of jazz are cellist Janel Leppin‘s Ensemble Volcanic Ash and the Low Ways Quartet featuring a mind-blowing lineup of Mark Cisneros (The Make-Up, Des Demonas), Anthony Pirog (The Messthetics), Luke Stewart (Blacks’ Myths) and drummer Ian McColm. See them both Sunday night at Takoma Park’s Rhizome, where else?

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DoubleMotorcycle – Feet On The Ground

Frederick’s beloved two-piece rock band DoubleMotorcycle is back with a brand new music video. From their 2019 album Doublemotorcycle II, “Feet On The Ground” is a percussive banger with plenty of Joe Jalette’s signature vocal sneer. At two minutes in, hust when you feel like you’ve got the gist of the song, surprise raps from Ricole Barnes, vocalist of fellow Frederick band daMOOD, deliver a surprising twist. The video features sly references to other DoubleMotorcycle vids as well as a wistful reminder of the abrupt closure of Bethesda venue Villain & Saint. Hang tight until late March for more live sets from these monstrous pyramids of rock.

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Don’t Stay Home This Weekend 1/17

Friday 1/17:
Troubadour Justin Trawick celebrates his 29th birthday for the 10th time tonight with a blowout gig with his band The Common Good at Pearl Street Warehouse, with an opening set from bluesy Americana band The Judy Chops from Staunton VA. Justin is well known for putting his Americana spin on crowd-pleasing songs, so get down to this live cover of disco classic Stayin’ Alive.


Saturday 1/18:
Surely you read this strong profile of indie pop band Nah. in the Post this week. See them headline Pearl Street Warehouse Satudray night along with an impressive lineup that includes Philly rock band Dominy and two DMV gems, The Duskwhales and Milo in the Doldrums.



Sunday 1/19:
CapitalBop and founder Shannon Gunn brings the 5th Annual Jazz and Freedom Festival back to Eaton DC the Sunday before MLK Day to present a full day of programming, including a panel discussion, poetry from community advocate Claudia Rojas, and of course jazz from the Angel Bethea Trio, the Cristian Perez Quartet, the Todd Marcus Trio, and trombonist Gunn’s Jazz and Freedom Octet. The proceeds go to benefit the ICE Out of DC coalition.

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Magazine Beach – Trainwreck

Let’s put some visuals to a fun song we spun on the most recent podcast episode. Magazine Beach‘s catchy emo-pop tune “Trainwreck” from last December’s 4 song EP Sick Day gets this music video of the four lads goofing around in a trash can, throwing beers and jamming in a basement room packed with old stuff. Singing “i want to be like your old cassettes / only use me when your phone is dead”, teenage fun with a subtext of angst is the perfect formula for this.

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Too Free – ATM

Continuing the journey from basement punk shows to glam dancefloor vibes, the members of now-defunct Priests continue to release music under their label Sister Polygon Records. Their newest act is Too Free, a trio comprised of Awad Bilal (Big Freedia), Carson Cox (Merchandise), and Don Godwin (Callers). Their debut single “ATM” is a warbly, off-kilter mid-tempo soul groove worthy of a 12″ single filled with remixes. Cox’s music video for the tune provides distinctive visuals for the song’s sparse elements. Grab the clear vinyl pre-order of Love in High Demand now before the album drops on February 21st.

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