Category Archives: video

Mr. Daywalker – Porcelain

Mr. Daywalker, the nom de musique of Donovan Duvall, attempts to use mind, body and spirit to connect with others and understand their perspective through music. His EP Warmth lurks on streaming platforms waiting for discovery. Though primarily a drummer, Daywalker recorded all the instruments himself to fully capture his vision of spiritual sonic experimentation. His new music video “Porcelain” features two fine upstanding gentlemen desperately running to escape a mysterious creature, but stay tuned to the end for the twist. Check this guy out opening for Brooklyn psych-soul band Space Captain at the Black Cat on Wednesday November 8th.

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Stronger Sex – Hassle

The 80s are strong with this band. Channeling the best of synthpop from that era, Stronger Sex are crooning their way across the country now, on tour with Hudson K for their “No More Battles of the Sexes National Tour”. The duo of Johnny Fantastic and Leah Gage tease the release of their new album There Is No Stronger Sex on BLIGHT Records with a new single called “Hassle”. We reveled in the nostalgia for 80s neon, diner burgers and arcade games in this gorgeous animated video from director Ian Mcdermot.

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James Wolf – Refuge

Some find the moon comforting, or majestic, but experimental violinist James Wolf is haunted by it. The middle piece of his newest collection, That, is titled “Refuge” but provides no such sanctuary in its unsettled sounds. Wolf composes ethereal soundscapes solo and also contributes to the ominous mood of post-rock band The Orchid. DC’s avant-garde label Verses Records, patron of Wolf’s first solo release on se lève from 2015, helms this release as well, with label head Dennis Kane behind this music video that begins with the moon and includes many unexplained and evocative images. Pre-order That now before its release on October 27th.

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allthebestkids – dreamastr

For all its many faults, 2017 will always be remembered as the year Kusama joyously took over Instagram in DC. The Hirshhorn museum’s mega-popular exhibit of artist Yayoi Kusama’s Infinity Mirrors was the #1 hot ticket of spring, and required multiple Instagram posts to fully realize the jealousy of our peers. Funky hip-pop band allthebestkids went way further and somehow managed to shoot an entire music video in the exhibit, despite the crowds and gentle prodding of event staff. Though the song “dreamastr” appears on their 2016 album Go Out With A Bang, allthebestkids could have written this as the cosmic theme song for the gorgeous and whimsical exhibit. Catch them opening for Miami band Magic City Hippies at the Black Cat on Saturday night.

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Reagan Bombs – Boat

“Boat”, the second single from go-go-meets-techno project Reagan Bombs, may sound innocuous if you don’t know the slang of go-go. Boat, or love boat, refers to the mixture of PCP and marijuana, and also connoted a sub-genre of go-go from the 80s. DJ Jesse Tittsworth and filmmaker Scott Sanders provide their own version of this style in this dark and psychedelic club tune, with a subversive music video created by Sanders providing visuals for the dark trip into hallucinations. Grab their full length self-titled album on cassette or digital through local label Swedish Columbia.

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Derek Evry & Ryan Walker – Rainbow Connection

Clarendon’s only full-time music venue Iota hosts its last live performers this weekend, as redevelopment pushes out the long time home of NOVA songwriters and acoustic performers. We’ve seen the end coming from a long ways off, but that doesn’t ease the mournfulness for many performers and music fans who loved the size, feel and community that Iota fostered over its more than two decades. Saturday the live music starts at noon and goes deep into the night, with many surprises and emotional moments in store from Justin Jones, No Second Troy, Gist, The Cowards Choir, Jumpin’ Jupiter and much more. We don’t usually run unedited phone camera videos on this blog, but sometimes the power of rules is knowing when to bend them. Last weekend Derek Evry played a release show for his delightful new album Pop Perspective, and ended the show as he often does with his version of Kermit The Frog’s “Rainbow Connection” with help from The Beanstalk Library’s Ryan Walker.

Live Music Forever.

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The North Country – Island

This weekend the Andrew Grossman fronted band The North Country celebrates the release of their long-simmering third album In Defense Of Cosmic Altruism with an audio-visual experience at St. Stephen’s Church on Saturday night September 30th. Earlier this year NoCo crowdfunded a similar show they called The Garden, and at the direction of their longtime manager Hersch Herschel they brought in legendary music video director Sphinx to film the band performing the psychedelic-tinged 70s soft rock song “Island”. Expect a heavy dose of black light neon beauty and lasers by Zak Forrest to compliment Grossman’s thoughtful songwriting.

If you remember, Hersch Herschel didn’t think highly of NoCo’s last music video. Let’s check in to see his reaction to Sphinx’s creation.

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Teething Veils – Webbed

“Webbed”, from chamber folk outfit Teething Veils‘s third and newest album Sea and Sun on Etxe Records, first surfaced as an entry in NPR Music’s Tiny Desk Contest early in 2016 and highlighted by us. Violist Hannah Burris’s soaring melody lifts up just as Greg Svitil’s dense lyrics need a moment for internal processing. The video from Zach Zimmerman and Michelle Morandotti of Ceramic Films partially obscures the musicians with nature’s overgrowth, but the song benefits from their musical presence on screen. Click Interested on the Facebook event for their next show at Comet Ping Pong on Friday December 22nd with Odetta Hartman and Owen Ross.

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Footwerk – Retrograde

There’s a time to get upset and anxious about all that’s going on in the world today, but that time is not while partying with Footwerk. This bedadzzled DC pop outfit is fronted by Kyle and Melissa as a self-described “friendzone” power couple, and uses many modern dating tropes in their mythos. The follow-up to their 2015 debut album Casual Encounters drops soon, but its new single “Retrograde” is here now. This clubby pop song is a perfect end of summer anthem, as the warm weather lingers here in DC and Kyle repeats the refrain “Let’s make this last forever.” Grab tickets now to see Footwerk open for SOJA at The Anthem on December 29th.

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Elena & Los Fulanos – Ponle Fin

Bilingual folk rock band Elena & Los Fulanos has a whole lot to say in the era of Trump. Singer Elena Lacayo originally hails from Nicaragua, and the plight of undocumented immigrants and other members of marginalized communities are frequent subjects of her pointed songwriting. “Ponle Fin”, translated as “Put An End”, is the lead single from her sophomore album Volcán, successfully crowdfunded earlier this year and set for release on October 20th. The song and Ellie Walton-directed music video feature the always-dapper Christylez Bacon on an English verse, and though the rest of the song is in Spanish, we don’t think you’ll miss the message. Catch Elena & Los Fulanos tonight at the Black Cat opening for Guatemalan singer-songwriter Gaby Moreno.

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