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Taylor Carson – Josephine

Hey DC, do you know Taylor Carson? Let me introduce you. He’s a gravelly-voiced Americana singer-songwriter known for frequent collabs with and opening slots for Stephen Kellogg. Carson celebrates the release of his seventh full length album After the Tamer Has Gone this Sunday February 10th at The Wharf’s Union Stage. Because of Carson’s all-ages appeal and focus, the full band show starts at 3:30 PM and includes full seated table service and a copy of the album. The album’s first single is “Josephine”, and its lush music video directed by Alex Mangione, full of waist-high grassland, sunsets and beautiful girls in slo-mo, appears below for your viewing pleasure. Grab your tickets now.


Ex Hex – Tough Enough

Yesterday power rock trio Ex Hex released the first music video from their sophomore album It’s Real. “Tough Enough”, directed by Brandon Herman, is a strange video that tackles the threat of nuclear war with a dose of camp. We don’t like to summarize videos you’re about to watch, but go in prepared for some eyerolls at the end. The bits with Mary Timony, Betsy Wright and Laura Harris rocking out together remind us how long it feels to wait 5 years for the follow up to their debut album Rips feels. Their spring tour hits DC at the 9:30 Club on May 10th with opening sets from The Messthetics (!!) and Clear Channel, so don’t sleep on those tix when they’re released.


Black Alley – Maybe?

SE DC’s rap-rock band Black Alley just released this new music video for “Maybe?” from their 2018 album Dirty Laundry and whoa. What was a raunchy party anthem is enhanced by this video into a dark vision of corruption and excess. It’s entertaining to see how far director Tyler Scheerschmidt will go to make over-indulgence in drink and smoke look terrifying and wicked. Grab tix while you can to see Black Alley perform Friday night at Ivy City’s Big Chief.


Lightmare – Good Night White Pride

Last night soulpunk band Lightmare debuted their new music video “Good Night White Pride” to their supporters at the Looking Glass Lounge. We think this fun therapeutic romp of a song is worth a few minutes of your day too. Gender-neutral singer Shady Rose shouts into a megaphone and dances up a storm while their crew stretches and warms up for their attacks on the divisive political issues of 2019. To all the curators of new protest song playlists, drag “Good Night White Pride” right to the top. Lightmare’s release Dream Glitch is available now.


Tristan Welch – Monday


“Workplace Tyranny”. “Fire Your Boss”. “Abolish Work”. Bold statements for buttoned-up, hard working DC. As we all know, when meeting someone new here, the common question asked is “So what do you do?” Ambient musician Tristan Welch suggests we leave our day jobs behind and find peace and fulfillment elsewhere. His minimalist, repetitive songs subtly evolve over time, rewarding meditative listening. Welch is a self-taught musician that always performs in suit and tie, in his words to “give the art the respect it deserves.” Welch works to spread the message that “we can only truly change what we have by withholding our labor, uniting as a working class to stand up against oppression. This is ambient music (drenched in reverb, delay and distortion) for the social consciousness.”

We’re quite proud to help premiere the music video for “Monday”, the lead off track from Welch’s fourth release 40 Hours on Verses Records. Visual artist Monica Stroik of Super!Silver!Haze! created this music video showing Welch holding up protest signs, as the background transitions from driving on 95 to the Washington Monument to a forest in Vermont.

The 40 Hours EP drops on February 22nd, but you should absolutely pre-order it right now to grab one of the limited edition 140 gram vinyl editions. Welch performs Saturday night at new DIY spot Dwell with Antonia, singer for punk band Mock Identity, and Coven Tree, the duo of strings players Hannah Burris and Alexia Kauffman. Mark your calendars for Welch’s 40 Hours release show on February 23nd at Mobius Records in Fairfax with Jake Reid of Screen Vinyl Image.

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The Messthetics – Mythomania (SofaBurn Session)

Dischord instrumental band The Messthetics are touring far and wide in early 2019. The merging of guitar shredder Anthony Pirog with Fugazi’s rhythm section, Brendan Canty on drums and Joe Lally on bass, made quite an amazing band straddling a nonexistent line between jazz and rock. As they tour the world on their 2018 self-titled album, they recently stopped by Candyland Studio in Cincinnati to record a live session for SofaBurn Records. We’d quite like to get our hands on the whole thing soon, but for now enjoy this up close live performance of the album’s opening track “Mythomania”. Pro tip: you’ll want to grab tickets for the Messthetics opening for Ex Hex at the 9:30 Club on May 10th as soon as they go on sale, so don’t nap.


Priests – The Seduction of Kansas

Wow, this is not the Priests we remember from such post-punk bangers as “Doctor” and “And Breeding” from their epic 2014 EP Bodies and Control and Money and Power. Great bands are capable of startling evolution, and Priests, now a trio with the departure of Taylor Mulitz to play full time in Flasher, enlisted high profile producer John Congleton to help craft their second full length album The Seduction of Kansas with a new sound. Its title track is the debut single, a sexy dance punk number that still retains singer Katie Alice Greer’s acerbic wit in the lyrics. She also directed this music video with cinematographer Drew Hagelin, well-known on this site for helming vids from Pearie Sol and Bat Fangs. “The Seduction of Kansas” is truly gorgeous and quintessentially Lynch-ian with strange choreography and creepy hotel location, not to mention drummer Daniele Daniele’s resemblance to Sherilyn Fenn’s iconic character Audrey Horne. Keep your eyes peeled to grab tickets for Priests’s big hometown show at the 9:30 Club on Saturday June 15th.

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Gauche – Conspiracy Theories

No one has more to say about the idiotic Pizzagate conspiracy than the DC music community. We know Comet Ping Pong isn’t just a pizza restaurant, isn’t just a ping pong mecca but also one of hippest spots to see cutting edge live music in the city. Featuring members of Priests and Downtown Boys, punk band Gauche doesn’t pull any punches in their debut single “Conspiracy Theories” for Merge Records, with plenty of f-bombs dropping on Infowars’ Alex Jones. VHS devotee Alex Szantos of Tenley Tapes gives us this delightful vid of the band goofing off and looking cool doing it. Catch them next as their spring tour crosses the finish line at new DIY hotspot Dwell on April 5th.


Escape-ism – Rome Wasn’t Burnt In A Day

Escape-ism is Ian Svenonious’s darker, weirder solo project, sometimes reinterpreting songs from his 60s garage-pop band Chain & The Gang. “Rome” was a stand-out track from Chain & The Gang’s delightfully cheeky 2017 album Experimental Music, reappearing with a moody shuffle as “Rome Wasn’t Burnt In A Day” on Escape-ism’s The Lost Record from 2018. The music video from director Alexandra Cabral simply presents Svenonious in grainy black & white grooving to his own beat, as no more style is needed for this icon of DC music.


Pearie Sol – Love Is For The Loving

Perry Fustero plays in the Sister Polygon oddball wing of DC punk music, both in the bands Gauche and Teen Liver and helming his solo project Pearie Sol (geocities lol). In sharp contrast to Sol’s dolled-up debut music video “Alley” from 2016, “Love Is For The Loving”, also directed by Drew Hagelin, is somber in black and white with mournful lyrics and alienating storyline. Grab Sol’s self-titled EP on Bandcamp and stay tuned for Gauche’s new music video coming next week.

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