Category Archives: video

Sweet Something – So Natural

Here’s a little sweet something to brighten up your Tuesday. Jazz quartet Sweet Something features vocals and songwriting by newcomer Ariana Harbin. We featured a song from their debut EP In The Parlor on our podcast earlier this year, and their newest single “So Natural” shows the band evolving into a mature, nu-jazz groove courtesy of new drummer Aaron Ivey. The video for “So Natural” is a simple, sun-kissed jam on a DC rooftop that makes us want to hang on tight to those fading summer breezes. The full band plays next at Epicure Cafe in Fairfax on Friday September 27th with funk jam leader Gordon Sterling.

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The Messthetics – Touch Earth Touch Sky

In advance of The Messthetics‘ sophomore album Anthropocosmic Nest dropping this Friday on Dischord Records, the instrumental trio released the album’s first music video “Touch Earth Touch Sky”. In case you’re new here, Fugazi’s drummer Brendan Canty and bassist Joe Lally joined guitar wizard Anthony Pirog in 2016 to hammer out complex time signatures and wailing guitar solos on their debut self-titled album. “Touch Earth Touch Sky” shows a more melancholic mood akin to cinematic post-rock legends Explosions in the Sky, with a video from director Dan Sharnoff fitting the song’s vibe with manipulated tour footage through dark colored lenses. Trust us, grab tix while you can for The Messthetics’ album release show Wednesday September 11th at the Black Cat with Janel Leppin and Mock Identity.

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Near Northeast & Takunda M. – Dardanelles

To craft a new album with their Nashville-based musical friend Takunda M., indie folk band Near Northeast retreated to two cabins in the Blue Ridge Mountains for focus and inspiration. The resulting album Cabin Sessions comes out August 23rd, and in advance you can and should fill your ears with the advance single “Dardanelles”. Near Northeast were smart to bring along their regular visual collaborator Kip Radt to film the sessions, as the setting is so damn gorgeous in this music video that you’ll need to get out of town and book a weekend there ASAP. Not THIS weekend though, because then you’d miss out on the album release show at new arts hotspot Cheshire in AdMo this Saturday. Hosted by arts event boosters PAKKE, the event features an art exhibit from Working Artists, a DC collective of visual artists who have created unique works of art based on a song of their choosing from the album. Come early to hear a discussion of the collaboration between visual and auditory artists led by Hometown Sounds podcast co-host & the guy who writes all the posts here, Paul Vodra. Get advance tix while you still can!

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DC Music Rocks Festival videos

Even though drummer Brian Nelson-Palmer called time-out on his community radio show and podcast DC Music Rocks this year, his other initiatives as a dynamic supporter of DC music continue, most notably his annual August showcase at the 9:30 Club. This year the festival partnered with Luke Justin Roberts of Ivystone Records to produce live performance music videos of the five stellar and diverse show headliners: dance-rock band Iza Flo, Eli Lev‘s indie folk, punk rockers More AM Than FM, Latin “tropicaliente” Empresarios, and catchy pop-rock Sub-Radio. Crank this playlist and grab your tickets now for Saturday Night’s packed lineup!





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Lisa Frank & Rez Ekbatan – Whisper (Outputmessage Remix)

Electronic dance music performer Bernard Farley, aka Outputmessage, has carefully crafted and curated visuals for his music that range from artsy to clubby. His newest is a radical departure showing Farley singing and performing to his recent remix of Lisa Frank & Rez Ekbatan‘s DJ single Whisper. He writes, “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!)” We love it and can’t wait for more.

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These Quiet Colours – Departure

Pour one out, or perhaps just half of one, for dreamy post-rock band These Quiet Colours. As is typical of many DC bands, members slowly moved away, and now their 2014 self-titled EP is sadly no longer online. However, earlier this year the remaining instrumentalists reunited online to create a new song “Departure”, with appropriately abstract visuals from guitarist Joe King. He and drummer Matt Renaldi have joined a brand new band called Broadlight, who play their debut show Saturday August 3rd at the Velvet Lounge.

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Wall of Trophies – Left Behind

Synthgaze duo Wall of Trophies have previously delivered some beautifully trippy visuals to accompany lush and layered songs. Their latest challenge is to craft the video live, as they perform the music. Using Resolume VJ Software, Will Copps and Brittany Jean created this video for “Left Behind”, from their 2019 album Semaphore, in the moment. Copps described, “Imagine a ton of knobs and sliders all programmed to different video clips and effects — it’s tons and tons of pre-work and practice; this video is an actual recording of a performance! We treat video just like audio and do them til we get just the right take—the right spontaneous adjustment or perfectly timed transition nailing the mood we want.” We can’t wait for more.

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Mystery Friends – Locked Eyes

Hey hey, sup Mystery Friends. The synthy dance-rock band chose the single “Locked Eyes” from their debut full length album Past & Future Self for the music video treatment, tapping director Sam Casscells to translate the quartet’s 80s soft rock ballad to visuals.

Mystery Friends bring all their crowd-pleasing stage lighting gear to the 9:30 Club this Saturday night to help celebrate the 6th Anniversary of Justin Trawick’s DC music and interview podcast The Circus Life.

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Jackie and the Treehorns – Robots

It’s never enough for power pop band Jackie and the Treehorns to record an album and play some shows like all the other bands. Cinematic style is in their DNA, right down to their band’s name. Visit their YouTube channel to see an entire mockumentary “The Jackie Movie” they made a few years back. For the release of their new album It’s Never Too Late, the band booked a spot on the show “Jammin’ With Django”, but then mysteriously vanished. So four bands together pick up the slack on the fictitious program: Buddy Revel & The 3 o’clock High, Clarice & The Lotion Baskets, My Dog Precious, and Ron Johnson & The Audio Consultants. Hopefully Jackie will resurface in time to hit the Fort Reno stage tonight along with Andy Shredder and Coven Tree.

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Two Dragons and a Cheetah – Wind Me Up

Maryjo Mattea plays with a lot of musicians in DC, including Loi Loi, Color Palette, Endless Winter and her own eponymous band. But she hangs on tight to the undying love of her original DC bandmate Joel Wu in the unforgettably-named Two Dragons and a Cheetah. We noted in Mattea’s recent email newsletter her plea for Wu to finish filming his half of the music video for “Wind Me Up”, title track from their late 2018 EP, and decided to echo and amplify it on a recent episode of our podcast, because the world needs more awesome DC music videos. Apparently that was the push the expat drummer, now based in Rochester MN, needed to set up the camera and bang out the rhythms for Mattea’s singalong anthem of tricky romance. Hi fives all around!

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