Category Archives: video

Broke Royals – Christmas Cookie Blues

The holiday season is upon us, and Broke Royals know what’s up with heartache and festive gatherings. We featured their classy entry into the DC holiday music canon, “Christmas Cookie Blues”, on our podcast this week. But this well-dressed band went the extra mile for YOU and delivered this snazzy music video directed by Tyler Scheerschmidt. Stuff your stockings with tickets for their two night “Royal Holiday” stand at Vienna’s Jammin’ Java on Friday December 28th and Saturday December 29th.

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Tired All The Time – 2 Videos

In unofficial polling when we chat with friends at shows about what resonated in DC music in 2018, Tired All The Time comes up often as the most exciting new find. The anthemic, danceable synth-rock paired with true dedication to a bleak corporate aesthetic is a winning combo. Earlier this year we featured their debut music video “Bone Dry” from their 2018 EP Be Well on Flag Day Recordings, so as the year’s end looms, let’s catch up on two more recent vids. “Little Pieces” is the dark flipside to “Bone Dry”‘s cheery optimism, questioning life as an unappreciated and failing business worker. “Only Exception”, our fave track from the EP, perks things back up with an Indian duo doing a joyous dance routine that doesn’t even attempt to sync up with the song. We love it! Complete their customer satisfaction survey to maintain close corporate ties to the band.

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Sneaks – 3 Videos

There’s not many days left in 2018, so let’s catch up on music videos Eva Moolchan’s musical alias Sneaks with a 3-fer. Earlier this year Merge Records released “PBNJ”, a delightful romp with Moolchan’s quirky minimalist style shot by Emmett Kerr-Perkinson. That one was the last promotional gasp for the 2017 Sneaks album It’s A Myth. As anticipation builds for the forthcoming Highway Hypnosis in January, director Emmett Kerr-Perkinson returns with two more visual portraits, the languid “Money Don’t Grow on Trees” and global dance banger “Hong Kong To Amsterdam”. After you’re done pre-ordering the album on “Peak Vinyl”, grab tix for the DC release show on Sunday February 3rd at Songbyrd.


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Broke Royals – Bad Chemicals

Perpetually well-dressed pop band Broke Royals have shown they know how to make a gorgeous music video. Now they turn their talents to deeper issues, exploring the fraught subject of PTSD in their new single “Bad Chemicals”. Inspired by the book 21 Lessons for the 21st Century by Yuval Noah Harari, singer Philip Basnight and video director Scott Hansen present this emotional story of a military veteran’s AI-induced flashbacks of the death of his sister, also a fellow soldier. The ambition of this band in everything from production to presentation is admirable. Before the 2019 release of their sophomore album, catch the gents holding down a two night holiday extravaganza at Jammin’ Java in Vienna on Friday December 28th and Saturday December 29th.

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Jax Deluca – YSGA

In addition to her prestigious role as Director of Media Arts for the National Endowment for the Arts, Jax Deluca is an accomplished visual and auditory artist herself. Her new EP Organs in the Wind is out on cassette and digital via UK label ACR, and it’s a beautiful and ambient journey through quiet stillness. The accompanying text instructs “These recordings are supposed to be listened at a low volume in a dark space. Headphones are also suitable, but still at a low volume in a dark space. A quiet cavern.” If you’re like us and prefer some visuals with your music, watch this organic, massaging music video for the song “YSGA”, created by Deluca, Hillary Hess and Colleen Marie Foley & Erin Ethridge of The Thorn Collaborative.

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Jason Masi – Calm Me Down

As pop-friendly, luxuriously coiffed singer Jason Masi ramps up for the release of his fourth solo album Capture The Heart this Friday, the time is now to check out its first music video for the single “Calm Me Down”. Carter Louthain directs, films and stars in the emotional video with Elizabeth II’s blue-haired frontwoman Beth Cannon as the diffuser. Leesburg’s Tally Ho Theater hosts the album release party Friday night with an opening set by Mindy Miller.

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DoubleMotorcycle – Evil

Hey DC, let’s sneak in one more music video before the Thanksgiving holiday. Even though only two guys are in DoubleMotorcycle, they pack the punch of a whole symphony. And in their new music video for “Evil” from the upcoming Double EP, directed by Jordan Miller, it looks like that whole symphony already beat them to a pulp. But the rock goes on! Mark your calendars for their next DC gig at the Dangerous Pies Shop on Saturday January 26th with Ménage À Garage and Curse Words, because only a fool would miss that show.

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Black Masala – Trains and Moonlight Destinies

Frankly, we’re a bit surprised that gypsy-influenced brass band Black Masala hadn’t made a proper music video until now. The title track of their brand new full length release Trains and Moonlight Destinies is a perfect place to start. We’ve been fans of this high-energy group for many years now, easily recommending them for fans of Gogol Bordello and Rebirth Brass Band. This vid by Eyelum does a fantastic job of capturing both the mystery and surreality of their lyrics and the punk power of their live show. Co-signers Mike Ounallah and Kristen Long each take parallel Lynch-ian journeys, with camera jump cuts mirroring the song’s brass cadence. Bravo! You’ve got two more chances to catch Black Masala live in 2018: Friday November 30th at Villain & Saint in Bethesda, and another Friday December 21st at The Wharf’s Union Stage.

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Aztec Sun – In The Name Of Everyone

Yesssssss, another sweet in-studio music video to share with you, just like we love. Aztec Sun are poised to release their debut full length album In The Name Of Everyone this week, and recently they dropped the Alan Evans-directed music video for its title track that deftly alternates between soulful groove and funkified jam. We’d tell you to make plans for Saturday’s album release show at Pearl Street Warehouse, but tickets are sadly already sold out. Be sure to catch ’em next time.

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Flasher – Material

The new vid by Flasher is quite an unexpected delight. It came out just a few hours ago, and already Rolling Stone and Stereogum have written posts detailing the whole Nick Roney-directed creation for you, before you even watch it. Fuck that. Don’t read that stuff. Just know it’s an ode to YouTube, the primary way a whole lot of people consume music freely these days, and enjoy the bizarre twists and turns. Their debut full length album Constant Image is one of 2018’s finest post-punk gems, and your next chance to see them live is Friday November 30th playing the Black Cat Mainstage.

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