Category Archives: video

Den-Mate – Just So You Know

Jules Hale’s stage persona Den-Mate and her musical sound have evolved significantly since her experimental bedroom pop beginnings in 2013. The song “Just So You Know”, a highlight of Den-Mate’s debut self-titled solo album, is definitely recognizable but greatly expanded in its current form backed by members of Babe City Records label-mates The Sea Life, in this live take from the label’s new Babe City Sessions series directed by Robin Groulx & Eli Sinkus. Pick up Den-Mate’s newest EP Entropii on cassette or digital, but do yourself a favor and experience the Den-Mate live show ASAP.

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Stephen Redhead – Red Carpet feat. Breana Marin

Waikiki, the beautiful beach-festooned tourist destination in Hawaii’s capital Honolulu, is a surprising backdrop for DMV rapper Stephen Redhead‘s bespectacled appearance. He took full advantage of a recent performance there with Foolapalooza to film this video for the luxe single “Red Carpet” with support from LA singer Breana Marin. Grab the Deluxe version of Redhead’s debut album Exxxactly for more of his charming smirk and catchy rhymes.

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K.A.A.N. – Last Thing

Two videos in one week! Not at all a surprise from the prolific rapper K.A.A.N., delivering “Knowledge Above All Nonsense” on the reg. “Last Thing” comes from K.A.A.N.’s newest EP, the second volume collaborating with producer SGULL that just went live on his SoundCloud stream yesterday. Someone could start a lucrative Patreon campaign to decode and transcribe all these lyrics, you know.

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The Obsessives – You’re My God

While touring the country in support of their sophomore self-titled album out on vinyl through Lame-O Records, super indie emo duo The Obsessives just released the album’s second music video. “You’re My God” gets the chorus deep into your head, as Nick Bairatchnyi sings “Tryin’ to be cool ’bout this, but it gets hard sometimes”, while video director Kyle Thrash puts Nick and drummer Jackson Mansfield into unlikely situations involving fencing, karate and going goth in front of church. Don’t miss their next swing through DC on Tuesday June 13th at the Rock & Roll Hotel opening for Sorority Noise.

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K.A.A.N. – Woods

Apparently K.A.A.N. is so powerful, just smoking some of his weed will cause full body spasms. The dextrous rapper’s newest video “Woods”, produced by Zane Alexander, gets goofy with breakfast cereal and the classic Diet Coke and Mentos trick. If you need more, don’t sleep on Abstractions, K.A.A.N.’s latest collaboration with Berlin producer Klaus Layer presented on cassette and clear vinyl by Redefinition Records.

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Davy Fresh – No Hiding

We have photographer Yoggi Shields @yoggitheshooter to thank for the new music video from DMV rapper Davy Fresh, shot with unmistakeable landmarks on DC’s Black Broadway, U Street NW. The single “No Hiding”, from Fresh’s upcoming album Every Dark Night, features vocals with a laid back yet intense style and slick production from The Product, Fresh’s partner in the collective Fresh Kids Music Group alongside MioTiga and Blackmel. It’s almost 4/20 so hit up The Slow Burner to celebrate with Davy Fresh and his crew and lots of infused goodies.

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Near Northeast – Just Do Your Thing (Live)

Indie folk band Near Northeast have kept us waiting patiently for a new album after their auspicious 2015 debut Curios (still a pay-what-you-want download!). Yesterday the quartet of Avy Malik, Kelly Servick, Austin Blanton and Antonio Skarica announced they’ve signed to Etxe Records for their next pair of simultaneous album releases, True Mirror and Indali Variations 1​-​8, coming on May 5th. Etxe Records (pronounced et-CHAY) was formed in 2008 by members of the post-punk band Girl Loves Distortion and has released challenging acoustic music by Teething Veils, The Red Fetish and others. True Mirror is the more traditionally-shaped album coming to CD, while its companion Indali Variations 1-8 explores ambient variations on True Mirror‘s closing track, showing up on trendy cassette. Grab both physical releases at their dual album release show Friday May 5th at St. Stephen’s, and dig into this spirited performance of the new single “Just Do Your Thing” recorded live at House Studio earlier this year.

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Venn – Ceremony (New Order cover)

It’s a beautiful and warm Spring day outside, but are you sad and cold inside? Dreampop band Venn from Woodbridge has what you need today with a brand new music video covering “Ceremony”, the classic final single by Joy Division released under the New Order moniker in 1981 after singer Ian Curtis’s suicide. The song appears on Rave On, A Madchester Celebration organized by The Blog That Celebrates Itself, and you can grab it now on Venn’s Bandcamp in advance of their next live show opening for The Coathangers at DC9 on Tuesday April 18th.

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Shooting Down Asteroids – Drown

Shooting Down Asteroids is very worried about our planet. The indie rock band initially formed in 2015 around singer-songwriter Carlos Martin Vizcarra and now includes a full lineup of guitars, bass and drums. Their name is clearly a reference to the somewhat maligned 1998 Michael Bay film Armageddon, which is still enshrined in the venerable Criterion Collection as a lauded classic. Their debut album Fine. Well​.​.​., entirely performed and recorded by Vizcarra, came out back in late 2015, but their new music video for the climate change theme song “Drown” is up to date with copyright-free footage from our government agencies NASA and NOAA and many pointed jabs at science-denying elected officials. Confrontational protest music like this is just what 2017 needs most.

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Kirbie – Human

Kirbie Rose Parker showcases humble compassion and her sparkly style in “Human”, the first single from her just-released album Melon Soup. The music video, shot around the under-loved Rosslyn neighborhood in Arlington, embodies the sympathy Kirbie inspires with her lyrics, while a smooth groove flavored with soul and jazz propels the song along. This young singer-songwriter is one to watch!

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