Category Archives: video

Bad Moves – The Verge

In the future, maybe not too far off, experts say that wars won’t be fought over oil, politics or religion, but instead over the most basic resource to humanity, water. In that regard, the wait staff at Shaw’s southern diner Torrie’s is remarkably generous with their dispensation of nature’s healthiest beverage, and we say bravOH. What’s worse than going thirsty during a delicious salty meal? Power-pop supergroup Bad Moves provides the soundtrack here with “The Verge”, the melody-powered anthem of good times right around the corner and the standout song from 2016’s self-titled debut EP on Don Giovanni Records. Catch David Combs, Daoud Tyler-Ameen, Katie Park and Emma Cleveland on tour now, stopping in DC late Sunday night at Comet Ping-Pong.

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Nappy Nappa – Goodday

It’s three in a row now for young DC rapper Nappy Nappa and music video director Zak Forrest. “Goodday”, the Black Moses produced intro track to Nappa’s debut EP New Balance on Babe City Records, is full of deft lyrics in front of its smooth production. Much like Oddisee’s newest video “NNGE”, you can expect beautiful and glossy urban landscapes framing their subjects in Forrest’s videos. The backdrop of “Goodday” should look familiar to anyone who’s hunted for free street parking in the revitalized neighborhood near the 9:30 Club.

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Alex Vans’ Bad Business – Turn It On

You must admire the commitment of Alex Vans to the yacht rock style: for his band Bad Business’s new single “Turn It On”, Vans took the bros out on an actual yacht to perform the soft rock song. Things get wacky as costumes from the Village People and everyone’s favorite dinosaur come out, but the smooth groove never lets up. Horrible at business, sure, but aces at the happy hour after.

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Kaeley Pruitt-Hamm – Believe Her

Singer-songwriter Sara Curtin recently founded a new record label called Local Woman Records, and the first artist on her roster is Kaeley Pruitt-Hamm. Known in this town from her work with the band Wild Coast, Kaeley recently relocated to Seattle to better manage the medical treatment for the chronic infection Lyme disease. Though unable to work desk jobs, she continues to make music and offset her medical bills through crowdfunding support on her Patreon page. KPH’s debut solo EP is appropriately called Hi From Pillows and you can get it by pledging your support of this talented and tenacious musician. “Believe Her” is its first single, dedicated to the many survivors of misdiagnosed medical conditions in their struggle for healing. This music video, the first directed by Conor Whelan, will be used by international organization MEAction to raise awareness about the millions of people (of all genders) around the world who are impacted by difficult-to-diagnose illnesses like Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (ME or Chronic Fatigue) and the consequences that accompany not being believed by doctors and other people in power. Let’s not allow the greed and cowardice of those in power today prevent those like Kaeley to live a fulfilling and productive life.

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Oddisee & Toine – NNGE

“This is for the county and the area surrounding DC, Maryland and Virginia, know i’m witcha”. Producer and rapper Oddisee moved away from DC years ago, but he refuses to let the deep roots wither and die in assimilating into his new Brooklyn digs. His newest must-listen album The Iceberg on Mello Music Group is a well-timed bomb of defiance and resistance to our current political climate. “NNGE”, short for Never Not Getting Enough, gets verbal assist from DC rapper Toine, who grew up in the same neighborhood as the Sudanese-American Oddisee. Video director Zak Forrest, who also recently helmed both videos by Nappy Nappa, captures both rappers living it up in their native Prince Georges County, with landmarks and local food as visual anchors showing that Oddisee will never give up on the DMV. Grab tix to Oddisee’s world tour stop at the 9:30 Club on 4/20 before the inevitable sold out sign makes you cry.

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Nappy Nappa – Hellraiser / Nightriders

Director Zak Forrest doubles up on songs for the second video from Babe City Records‘ first DC hip-hop artist Nappy Nappa. Both “Hellraiser” and “Nightriders” are dark and menacing tracks, far different in feel than Nappa’s happy-go-lucky debut video “Do My Dance”. “Hellraiser”, produced by Mr. Dickerson and featuring Spvck La Boost, is a prime time dance floor banger, while the Invisibae-produced “Nightriders” turns the BPMs way down as Nappa’s droning lyrics bounce around wickedly in the back of your head. The video tours through a disused industrial park and an underground dance party, showing off Nappa’s crew with generous and beautiful shots of fire. Grab Nappa’s debut EP New Balance on cassette while it lasts.

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Bumper Jacksons – I’ve Never Met A Stranger

Chris Ousley and Jess Eliot Myhre’s Americana roots music ensemble the Bumper Jacksons have matured their sound as they expanded to their current 7 piece configuration including trumpet, trombone, pedal steel, upright bass and drums. Their new album I’ve Never Met A Stranger comes out in early May, so mark your calendars for their hometown release show on Friday May 12th at the Hamilton with Letitia Van Sant and Be Steadwell. Today’s music video, their first ever, is the title track from that album, Ousley’s tune about liquid-fueled companionship and finding common ground. It’s a joyous song amplified by the depicted epic musical bike ride courtesy of BicycleSPACE and and Washington Pedicab. Bravo Jacksons!

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Will Eastman – Froggie

Last week Hometown Sounds hosted a live performance by MC and producer Kokayi at the Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage. (Did you miss it? Watch the full video here!) Though his musical output was solo, he tapped DJ and video artist Kevin Chambers a.k.a. Flash Frequency to provide visuals for the performance.
Earlier this week, DC’s longtime legendary electronic producer and DJ Will Eastman released his long-awaited debut full length solo artist album Hilo and its first music video, and lo and behold the abstract, trippy animations from Flash Frequency are here too! “Froggie” opens the album with a slow build to dance floor reverberations reminiscent of the glory days of 90s rave mainstays Orbital and Sasha. The full album is an emotional journey through Eastman’s struggles with anxiety, depression and acceptance of his discovery as adopted, communicating through dance floor beats, peaceful ambience and guest appearances from Alex Tebeleff, Eau Claire and Outputmessage. I can’t wait to hear this at full volume at U Hall.

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Climbing PoeTree & Be Steadwell – How I Taste

Did you know that DC’s own queer black woman singer and live looper Be Steadwell is playing tonight at Strathmore’s classy North Bethesda offshoot Amp? Good, now you do. And if you have somehow missed the acquaintance with this incredible musician, we’ve got a music video today to show you her power as a performer and producer. Most of Steadwell’s videos are single-take solo live performances of her intense lyric-driven songs, but today’s is a collaboration with Brooklyn duo Climbing PoeTree. Released back on Valentine’s Day, the single “How I Taste”, from Climbing PoeTree’s soon to be released ambitious album INTRINSIC, is about exploring our own desires as a tangible act of self love. The insanely sexy video featuring Shayna Small and directed by Climbing PoeTree was released in a coordinated global uprising to end violence against women and girls, including rape, battery, incest, female genital mutilation, and sex slavery. Music with ambition to change the world for the better has never been more in fashion.

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GoldLink feat. Jefe & Brent Faiyaz – Crew

The music videos served up by DC rap superstar GoldLink over the course of 2016 were slick, glitzy visuals that positively reeked of LA style. It’s nice to see Link return home for his first single of 2017, “Crew”. Trading verses with Young Jefe a.k.a. DC’s Shy Glizzy, with LA singer Brent Faiyaz crooning the chorus hook, GoldLink’s song laments the women who only want him for his fame and money now that he’s in the big leagues. Video director Matthew Dillon Cohen gives us lots of badass footage of Link’s 4 wheeling crew tearing up DC’s streets.

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