Category Archives: video

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.


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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Origami Angel – 24 Hr Drive-Thru

“This D.C. duo embodies the sound of emo in 2019” says almighty Pitchfork, and we can’t help but agree. We spun Origami Angel‘s single “24 Hr Drive-Thru” from their breakout album Somewhere City on the latest episode of our podcast, and this music video is essential viewing for all emo and power-pop fans. A simple ode to procuring fast food without exiting your vehicle, this video explodes with headbanging and singalongs in a car full of friends and fried treats. Best part: crowdsurfing to the back of the packed car. See Origami Angel play with their VA buds Commander Salamander, MD grunge band Sweet Peach, and touring acts Hospital Bracelet at the VFW 9724 in Falls Church on Sunday January 19th.


Top 5 Videos of 2019 #1: Honest Haloway – Atonement

We meet again, Honest Haloway. The synthrock band fronted by Tim Kratzer, formerly of The Vita Ruins, landed in the top spot of our favorite #DCmusic videos of 2013 with the unforgettable thriller “Psycho Bitch”. After some time off to regroup and retool the lineup, Kratzer returned in 2019 with two new studio-recorded singles, “Atonement” and “Twisted Eye”, both with music videos directed by Kratzer’s partner, photographer Sara Nabizadeh. While “Psycho Bitch” had a quintessential mid-teens DC feel, “Atonement” takes us to the far-flung desert of Namibia with a mysterious narrative and breathtaking camerawork. Bravo to Honest Haloway for creating art like this that keeps us excited to share the music videos of DC for 8 years running.


Top 5 Videos of 2019 #2: Lisa Frank & Rez Ekbatan – Whisper (Outputmessage Remix)

This video from electronic music producer Bernard Farley’s moniker Outputmessage is joyous and menacing and clubby and revelatory. What started as a remix for Lisa Frank and Rez Ektaban‘s debut single Whisper on their ROAMANCE label turned into this piece of edgy performance art at Grace Reformed Church. Here’s Farley’s own words about the importance of this video: “The song itself is already crazy, but to perform to it in a church meant a lot to me. The last time I performed in a church, I was closeted and afraid to be my true self. Now 22 years later, I’m in a completely different place as an artist where the main goal is to be the MOST myself. And so I couldn’t help but have some fun and be crazy and free on my own terms. My good friend and collaborator, Nigel Lyons, filmed the whole thing in one take! This one is not to be missed (look out for the reveal toward the end!)”.

The DIY warehouse party ROAM celebrates their 6th anniversary on New Year’s Eve with Outputmessage and Blinkhorn hold down the ambient room while DJ Lisa Frank, TonalTheory and others man the main decks. Grab yer tix now, prices go up at the door.


Top 5 Videos of 2019 #3: Oh He Dead – Show Me Love

We snarked when posting this lo-fi smartphone collage music video from indie soul band Oh He Dead last month. But the truth is, we adore the vid for “Show Me Love” because it shows the silly fun of being in a touring band with your friends. Oh He Dead aren’t afraid to get goofy, flip the bird A LOT and assemble it into a music video to share with the world. Plus, doesn’t hurt that the song is a straight up groove banger, either. Tix are going going going for Oh He Dead’s “Fancy” New Years Eve Celebration at Pearl Street Warehouse with Color Palette, so solidify those plans now.


Top 5 Videos of 2019 #4: Dove Lady – Can’t Be Sad

“Can’t Be Sad”? In 2019 the ultra-creative duo of Dove Lady, Andrew Thawley and Jeremy Ray, decided to press pause and go on hiatus, so forgive us for feeling wistful and somber. Dove Lady’s two music videos, this one and 2017’s “Ferbalicious”, take us to a dream-like other dimension where things almost make sense but completely unravel upon close inspection. Director Bucky Illingworth prefaces the visual treats of the two gents with a strange sequence from a late 90s TV show called Bibleman. And the rest, including the low key coda involving chakras and tossing a tree stump, are up for you to internalize. Grab Dove Lady’s 2017 EP E for whatever price you like.


Top 5 Videos of 2019 #5: Ex Hex – Rainbow Shiner

Welcome to the annual review of our favorite DC music videos of 2019. It’s so tough to pick, but these 5 videos really grabbed us and and reminded everyone how vibrant and relevant the music video art form remains.

Classic stadium rock band Ex Hex landed a spot on our best music videos list from 2014. In 2019 they roared back to stages all across the country with album It’s Real, five long years after their debut album Rips established the veteran trio of Mary Timony, Betsy Wright and Laura Harris. “Rainbow Shiner”, a mid-tempo song fronted by Wright, turns the sour subject of domestic abuse into a visual feast worthy of the song’s title by underground cartoonist and animator M. Wartella.


Ciscero – Good To Know

It’s almost time to wrap up our 2019 coverage of DMV music videos, but we’ve got one more to squeeze in before our annual rundown of the best videos of the year next week. Maryland rapper Ciscero first hit the scene guesting on GoldLink’s 2016 single “Fall In Love”, and has released only a couple of singles in the meantime, teasing out an EP called Devil’s Pie that will hopefully see the light of streaming services in 2020. “Good To Know” is a deliciously slinky slow jam produced by Chris McClenney featuring Masego, Ambriia and KP. We’ll forgive you for needing to hear the song a second time when watching this video directed by Adam Hahn, because the cast of characters dancing and skating at the roller rink in Temple Hills is that captivating.