Category Archives: video

Domingues and Kane – Instilled Regard


Hometown Sounds is honored today to complete the trifecta of music video premieres by multi-instrumentalist Dennis Kane through our friends at Verses Records. In September we helped unveil a new video by Red Spells Red, a collab between Kane and Colorado’s Acef Stripe. October saw a haunting spectacle from Kane’s solo moniker The Hunted Hare. Today we’re presenting “Instilled Regard”, featuring Kane and cellist/viola da gamba player Amy Domingues, also of the post-classical group Garland of Hours.

We last heard from Domingues and Kane on their debut full length album Gut + Voltage: Viola da Gamba & Electronics in Synthesis back in 2016. Their new 5 song release Rough Magick came out digitally today, and “Instilled Regard” is a welcome introduction to their distinct instrumental sound. The music video presents quaint Renaissance-inspired footage mixed with abstract imagery and patterns, reflecting the styles each bring to the eminent collaboration. As with all of Dennis Kane’s various projects, this is music deserving of thoughtful listening, accompanying peaceful seasonal contemplation.

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Color Palette & Maryjo Mattea videos

We’re running two music videos to get you fully caught up for Friday night‘s big release show at the Pie Shop, so you’re welcome. First up is lush synthrock band Color Palette (vets of our Millennium Stage series, of course!). Rehabilitated after a wicked knee injury, frontman Jay Nemeyer is finally ready to release Color Palette’s long-awaited sophomore album. Earlier this year the album’s first single “Dark Days” appeared in this music video directed by David Ashton of Sequoia Pictures, featuring unmistakable visual cues for 2019’s pervasive societal trauma.

Color Palette member Maryjo Mattea, well known around these parts, opens the Pie Shop show with her own eponymous rock band releasing the collection of singles from 2019 called The Other Side (one of which we premiered back in June!). Today’s video for “A New Normal”, about her evolving musical partnership with Two Dragons and a Cheetah drummer Joel Wu, was recorded live at Ivakota Studios by director Casey McAdams. We are noted enthusiasts for live in studio music videos, and this one’s quick-action camera swiveling is a fun original touch.

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Swoll – Unwound

Matthew Dowling is a long time supporting musician from DC indie rock bands like The Effects, Deleted Scenes and Paperhaus. His solo project Swoll creates dreamy synthpop that’s lower on the BPM and higher on the bass and electronics. “Unwound”, Swoll’s debut music video, is the title track from his sophomore album that dropped in September on Blight Records. Director Drew Hagelin presents a flickery view of Dowling floating through retro sci-fi technology and neon shapes. Swoll’s long awaited DC album release show hits Comet Ping Pong on Thursday November 14th with support from label mates Luna Honey and Baltimore’s Abdu Ali.

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Perpetually touring band RDGLDGRN dropped a new easy-rapping single “Bayou” yesterday, quickly followed by a lyric video for it today. But lyric videos require something more these days, so King Green shot this charming vid of the trio hanging out by a picturesque lake. Green fully leans into the Shot On iPhone theme, playing with Portrait Mode lighting effects and showing fans how to download the new single on Spotify. Grab tix now for their next hometown show at Union Stage on Wednesday October 30th at Union Stage with tour mates Hirie.


The Hunted Hare – Margaret (I Thought I Heard Voices)


It was just a couple of weeks ago that Hometown Sounds premiered the newest music video “Secret Sounds” by Red Spells Red, Dennis Kane’s ambient collaboration with Colorado’s Acef Stripe. Ever the prolific musician, today Kane releases his third album Nocturne on Verses Records under his moniker The Hunted Hare.

We’re delighted to introduce you to the album’s first single “Margaret (I Thought I Heard Voices)”, and its colorful music video created by Kane himself. The songs on Nocturne are “inspired by the night”, channeling The Cocteau Twins and Italian movie soundtracks of the 60s and 70s. “Margaret” is a thoughtful Baroque-style instrumental suited for stylish late night cocktails and smokes. What are those mysterious voices saying? Buy that new album right now.

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DMV KARS – Walk Alone

Last Friday night 80s synthpop duo DMV KARS debuted their new music video to the assembled crowd at the long-running post-punk DJ night We Fought The Big One in Mt. Pleasant. (Hometown Sounds also DJed, perhaps you heard!) Now you can watch this vid in the comfort of your office cubicle or gym equipment. Bandmates KBUD and Josafeen Wells, last seen together in Justin Moyer’s band Edie Sedgwick, directed “Walk Alone” which dramatizes the pain of counting on flighty musicians to show up for important events. The self-titled debut EP by DMV KARS is the best $7 you can spend all day.


Don’t Stay Home This Week 10/08

Tuesday 10/08:
The Pie Shop‘s Tuesday night lineup features DC indie pop acts Frass Green and Pen Palindrome supporting Charlottesville chill-wave band Stray Fossa.

Wednesday 10/09:
On Wednesday night music streaming platform Audiomack presents “Hometown Heroes” at the Fillmore in Silver Spring. The hip-hop heavy lineup includes DMV residents and alums Adé, Q Da Fool, Shordie Shordie, DJ TGUT and our chief export Wale.

Thursday 10/10:
The Kreeger is a hidden museum gem on Foxhall Road NW. Thursday evening you can see their impressive permanent collection and catch a rare concert in the Great Hall with indie soul band Oh He Dead. Watch this new music video for “Stay”, recorded at the Lily Pad in the same session as their viral Tiny Desk Contest entry “Lonely Sometimes”.


Peanut Butter – Slow Retreat Too


Peanut Butter, fka Peanut Butter & Dave, is the cross-country indie rock duo of Paul Bugala and David Diaz. On our #DCmusic Podcast this week we spun the catchy “Asteroid Negotiations”, the lead-off single from their almost-released new album Don’t Stop, produced by Devin Ocampo. Today we get to premiere the album’s second single “Slow Retreat Too”, with this music video from director Jon Lutz featuring an adorable tiger on a musical mystery journey through recognizable landmarks in DC and Silver Spring. Plus the drums on this track come from Renata Ocampo of Warm Sun.

Eagle-eyed fans (like us) might note that this looks identical to the video for “Asteroid Negotiations” premiered last month by the Ohio-based music blog Atlas and the Anchor. Bugala remarked, “Kind of an illustration of how viewers/listeners can create or ascribe different meanings from creative content depending on how it’s presented.”

You can pre-order the vinyl release of this album now on Bandcamp, or stop by DC area record stores Crooked Beat and Som Records to take it home now.


King Green – Similar

ICYMI, King Green of colorful rap-rock band RDGLDGRN has been quietly releasing solo singles to the streaming services over the last few years. His 2018 single “Similar”, calling out online trolls and our divisive American president, recently got this music video assembled by KG himself. The semi-lyric video mostly features Green’s deft bball dribbling with occasional punctuations from Michael Jordan. RDGLDGRN’s fall “Preseason Tour” lands in DC at Union Stage on Wednesday October 30th with Kash’d Out and headliner HILIE.

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SHAED – Thunder

Electronic pop trio SHAED bounced from their “Trampoline” into the national spotlight, thanks to a lucrative feature from a well-known fruit company. Their newest single release is “Thunder”, an ominous rager written during the 2016 election that appeared on their 2016 EP Just Wanna See. This video from director Ryan Patrick sees singer Chelsea Lee chained by mysterious individuals while her hair grows to improbable and disturbing lengths. The whole thing feels like an abbreviated horror-thriller, cut off right before the cathartic climax. There’s still time to grab tickets to their North American tour’s hometown stop at the 9:30 Club on Tuesday October 10th.