Category Archives: video

Black Alley – Bad Girl

Black Alley is the cultural mixing bowl that DC desperately needs. Combining R&B, go-go and a whole lot of rock, they musically compliment just about any crowd and scene in the city. Tomorrow they play a coveted slot from 4-5 PM at the FREE 202 Arts & Music Festival at Canal Park alongside Sugar Bear & EU, Chopteeth and no less than George Clinton & P-Funk. If you miss this, you’ll be sad about it all winter. Get hyped with Black Alley’s fashionable music video for “Bad Girl” from their 2012 album Soul.Swagger.Rock.Sneakers.

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Young Sir – Look At Me

Hip-hop continues to dominate the DMV music video world, such as it is. Rapper Young Sir is fresh on the scene with a polite name mismatched to his confrontational, middle-finger-salute style. The smooth clubby production on his new track “Look At Me” also contrasts with the music video’s primary location of a trashed, derelict building with rain dripping inside on dead vegetation. Even the name of the video’s director, Vintage Modern, is an oxymoron. Consider our interest in his debut mixtape Gift to the Game piqued, so look for it later this year.

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Mark Sre – Paper

Fredricksburg VA is not known as a hot spot for hip-hop, but that’s not stopping 20 year old MC/producer Mark Sre. His ambitions for success are clear in “Paper”, his newest music video directed by YCImaging and produced by CamGotHits that brings a very DC street level vibe. Follow Sre on his SoundCloud and Bandcamp accounts while he readies the follow-up to his 2015 album Weirdo.

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Wylder – Bitter

Indie folk band Wylder are on a mission to charm their way through your ears right into your heart. Known for catchy melodies and singalong choruses, Will McCarry and his band also seem to have mastered the art of the romcom-esque music video. Their debut outing “Swells” [haven’t you seen it already?] told a dating story ruined by overzealous band mates, and now they’re back with a new music video for “Bitter”, the second single from their debut album Rain and Laura. Director Samuel Rogers delivers a tight and satisfying narrative of searching for closure, or a stylish sweater, after a bad breakup. Wylder plays next at Gypsy Sally’s next Thursday September 8th as part of the Trio of Indies with Valley Queen and Courtesy Tier.

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Cinema Hearts – Daydreaming

Dreamy indie pop band Cinema Hearts released their first music video today, and it’s as charming as you’d expect of this young and talented band. “Daydreaming” comes from their debut album Feels Like Forever which came out earlier this year.

Singer Caroline Weinroth described the song and video in their email newsletter:

This summer, we took a road trip to go camping in the mountains and play music for folks outside of our hometown. It was our band’s first small weekend tour (a friend of Erich’s scoffed at the idea that I called this getaway a “tour,” arguing that a “real band tour” would include more nights sleeping on strangers’ floors and more concert dates in far-off cities. But for a girl who has never left home, a weekend in the Blue Ridge Mountains is a thrilling and nerve-racking adventure).

When I drive down Route 81, I am always in awe of the vast farmland, the tacky billboards advertising roadside attractions, and the grand mountains looming beyond the skyline. We stopped in the small town of Harrisonburg, Virginia, and I thought of how my closest friends and strongest crushes moved there and attended school at the town’s big spirited university, while I remained at the local commuter college and lived at home. I wrote “Daydreaming” during a 3-hour lecture class I had on Fridays. I was daydreaming about a boy I liked who went to school in Harrisonburg, and the possibility that we could date in the summertime when he returned (he never called me again).

Driving in Southern Virginia fills me with opposing feelings: the quirky landmarks excite me and the quaint towns bore me; visiting friends with their laid-back Southern habits makes me envious of their routines, yet their lifestyles convince me that I truly belong with the rushing hubbub of the North. I often wonder what my life would have been like had I gone to school in Harrisonburg too, and then I realize that this band, my favorite thing, never would have happened.

Cinema Hearts plays next at Comet Ping Pong opening for Death Valley Girls on Saturday October 1st.

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Lightshow – Before They Raid

Lightshow‘s newest mixtape Life Sentence 3 takes the series, last seen in 2013, from free to paid. As the young DC rapper begins his newest single, “It’s Too Much Money To Be Made, Let’s Get Paid Before They Raid”, and the hardest working artists gotta make scratch sometime. Director Will Hoopes, vet of Chief Keef, T.I. & Yung Gleesh, delivers this video of the bleak and paranoid “Before They Raid”. Celebrate the album’s release this Friday September 2nd at the Howard Theatre.

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GoldLink – Spectrum

Now that Wale has moved to LA, there’s no disputing that D’Anthony Carlos, better known as GoldLink, is the hottest act in DC right now. Our compatriots at DC Music Download reported yesterday that superstar tease Frank Ocean named Link’s “When I Die” as one of his favorite songs of all time, an incredible plug at just the right time. In case you missed GoldLink’s most recent music video that premiered last month, here’s your official second chance. “Spectrum”, produced by DC’s own Louie Lastic, comes from GoldLink’s 2015 album And After That, We Didn’t Talk. Video production company 88 Rising created the visuals for the “future bounce” anthem, based around the progressive notion of conflict resolution through dancing.

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Dew Baby & P-Wild – Gimmie A Second

Are you ready for some raw and NSFW true DC hip-hop? Fair warning, you’d better be before clicking play on today’s video. Dew Baby and P-Wild, members of DC rapper Fat Trel‘s crew Slutty Boyz, both have an impressive collection of mixtapes, but their 7 track collaboration Mud Brothers from last November stands out. “Gimmie A Second”, the late night club banger produced by Mk Beats & Heavy The Producer, delivers double time with street-level visuals from JD Films.

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Deuce Ducartier – Super Cool

The mashup of hip-hop and rock has occasionally floated to mainstream success, most notably in this area from the colorful RDGLDGRN, but has yet to establish itself as a respected genre. Deuce Ducartier is the newest MC to merge these influences, and the result is pretty damn catchy. Only a handful of singles have emerged so far, but we’ve got the music video his song “Super Cool” for your enjoyment below. On yet another hot summer day in the District, what you need is an MC who’s utterly perfected the hood flip on his thick winter coat. Catch Ducartier live at DC’s Greenlight Festival on Labor Day at the DC Gateway Pavilion in SE.

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Drop Lockers x Parabellum Raps – Like That

There are not enough hip-hop shows in DC. Every night of the week you can see rock bands, punk bands, folk bands. DC hip-hop gets significant national attention, from Wale to Shy Glizzy to Goldlink, but opportunities to see up & coming rappers cover audiences in beats and rhymes are too rare. Drop Lockers is a new collaboration between Edword Asis (Questionmark Embargo/D-League) Ardamus (FAR EXP/The Lucky So And So’s/Sitcalm/S4YM/Ingelside Collective) and RNL (FAR EXP/S4YM/PRMC/Ingelside Collective), and their debut album Beatbreakin Vol. 1 releases this weekend. They’ve teamed up with Prowess The Testament and Blacmav and the Fear Itself Crew for an album release show this Sunday night at DC9. “Like That”, their song featuring Parabellum Raps of the new duo MILK$, got the music video spin today courtesy of S.O.N. Media, showing how much fun it is to be part of their crew.

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