Category Archives: video

Pinky KillaCorn – OOOUUU

DC rapper Pinky KillaCorn is firmly on brand with her neon hairstyle and teases of a new release with the cheeky title Pinky & The Pain. In the meantime, though, she just dropped a new music video for the vowel-laden song “OOOUUU” from the 2017 Spinrilla-hosted free mixtape KILLACORN 7.0. The summer vibes are well timed, as are her deft verbal acrobatics.


Dubpixel – Stonecutter

Do you remember when we hosted Super!Silver!Haze! at the Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage back in January? Feel free to watch the whole thing again right now, it was top notch. Guitarist Doug Kallmeyer also makes nervy, atmospheric electronic music under the handle Dubpixel. Experimental label Verses Records releases Dubpixel’s output, including the song “Stonecutter” that appeared on 2016’s epic Bandcamp-only compilation Code Red: An International Compilation to Benefit the ACLU. Dubpixel dropped the song’s new music video earlier this week featuring urban-flavored hallucinations crafted by Monica Stronik, who also helmed the amazing visuals for the Millennium Stage show. Chip in a few bucks to help preserve our precious civil liberties and dig deep into DC’s impressive experimental scene.

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Flasher – Pressure

Bad Moves aren’t the only DC supergroup blowing up on a sizable out of town label right now. Post-punk trio Flasher‘s debut album Constant Image drops in June on Domino Recording Company, and its second single is out now. “Pressure” is an 80s “alternative” style romp with a VHS-distorted video from Weird Life films featuring Chicago artist An Authentic Skidmark. This is an interesting dose of garish camp in the normally serious-minded DC punk ethos. Stay tuned for a hometown album release show announcement.


Be Steadwell – Sometimes

In April of 2017 Be Steadwell gave us a full length album called Breakup Songs, brimming with heartache and regret. This year is turning out quite differently for the queer pop singer. Queer Love Songs, Steadwell’s new album that drops this Saturday, features many more collaborations and a fuller sound thanks to a grant from the Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice. In addition to new songs lionizing love of many varieties, some old songs get fresh versions, including the hook-laden “Netflix” and “Sometimes”, about a relationship with a non-binary person. Kisha Hopwood presents ASL translations in this music video, furthering a theme of deep communication about Steadwell’s emotions and her world. Celebrate this new release with her Saturday night at Strathmore’s AMP venue.


Aaron Abernathy – Generation

Soul singer Aaron Abernathy is at the forefront of engaging in Dialogue on racial issues in America today. His 2017 sophomore album is one of DC’s finest, and he saved the video for its lead single “Generation” for last month’s somber remembrance of 50 years since we lost Dr. Martin Luther King. Director Real Rec combines archival footage of the ongoing struggle of minority communities with Ab’s hopeful presence in Washington as he sings about unity for all neighbors. #BEAPARTOFTHEDIALOGUE


Ace Cosgrove – Wrong Woes

Our favorite nappy-headed rapper Ace Cosgrove went quiet on us for a few months in early 2018, but we know that just means fire is brewing. His new track “Wrong Woes”, dropped last week with Cosgrove’s distinct staccato cadence and producer Reggie Volume‘s creeping baseline throughout. The handsome video directed by Perry weaves a sparse tale of dealing and betrayal, driving home the enduring theme “never trust the pretty girls”.


Makeup Girl – Living Safe

One of the excellent songs on our most recent podcast was the new single “Living Safe” by Mount Rainer band Makeup Girl. Whether or not you heard it there, now’s the time to watch the pretty music video for it. Director Vincent Jaugan captures the sweater-clad lads in their practice space, with pizza boxes stacked high and the mannequin from last year’s video “Something New” as chaperone. The song has a nice balance between solid beat and bassline and wobbly, minor key vocals and guitar. We’re looking forward to the May 11th release of their third EP, also called Living Safe, almost as much as the EP release show Friday May 18th at SongByrd with The Slim Jimmies and the Dune Flowers.


Bad Moves – One Thing

We waited so very patiently for new jams from indie pop supergroup Bad Moves, and just last month we got it with the catchy “Cool Generator”. Now Don Giovanni Records and Baby Pony Food Productions reward us again with the new single “One Thing”. The song deals with keeping secrets, so the David Combs and Ben Epstein directed video references top secret keepers from the band’s youth. We get a strong Carmen Sandiego vibe from dancer and bassist Emma Cleveland’s performance around the Chinatown neighborhood. Bad Moves sold out their tour kickoff show last week at Union Stage, so maybe you should grab tix now for their next hometown show with Bat Fangs opening for Hop Along at the 9:30 Club on Tuesday June 5th.


DuPont Brass – Make It (Tiny Desk Contest)

We aren’t letting a year go by without highlighting a Tiny Desk Contest entry by DuPont Brass. Even though the jazz + hip-hop ensemble recently released their sophomore LP Eclectic Soul, they gave us a brand new song called “Make It” with some wicked trumpet wailing and slick rapping. Catch them next on Friday May 18th kicking off the album release show for Handsome Hound on the Black Cat Mainstage.

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Flo Anito & Seth Kibel – Tiny Hands, Big Desk (Tiny Desk Contest)

Clarinet shredder Seth Kibel of Pikesville MD has channeled his feelings on the current political climate into a series of tunes worthy of the legendary Capitol Steps. You’d expect “Tiny Hands, Big Desk” to appear on his most recent album Songs of Snark and Despair, but it’s a brand new tune composed with DC jazz singer Flo Anito for the 2018 Tiny Desk Contest from NPR Music. There’s no denying the finesse of this talented duo in adapting the contest rules and name to suit their concerned political commentary.

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