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Don’t Stay Home This Week 4/29

Now that we wasted so much of the weekend with Endgame and the Battle of Winterfell, how about cooling off with some live #DCmusic? Here are our picks for the week ahead.

Monday 4/29:
Underground hotspot Dwell hosts a four band indie rock bill tonight with two touring acts, Lost Dog and Cool Original, and two DC acts we recommend from our podcast series, Max Gowan and Spring Silver.


Tuesday 4/30:
Get an early taste of this year’s Kingman Island Bluegrass & Folk Festival this Tuesday night at Pearl Street Warehouse. Justin Trawick‘s long-running 9 Songwriter Showcase gathers musicians playing at Saturday’s festival, including Reed Appleseed, The October Sessions, Jess Eliot Myhre of the Bumper Jacksons, and more. But first, here’s Trawick and his trio The Common Good playing a new song called “These Days” in Pearl Street’s green room for NPR Music’s Tiny Desk Contest.




Wednesday 5/01:
GoldPants Party wins the battle of Wednesday night with superhero Emma G and feisty synthpop diva Loi Loi. Get to Sauf Haus by 8 to see Emma G’s new music video for the latest single “Smile”.

Thursday 5/02:
Thursday evening the after-work showcase Luce Unplugged at the Smithsonian American Art Museum’s Luce Foundation Center presents soul and funk band Backbeat Underground, veterans of our Kennedy Center Millennium Stage series.

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Iza Flo – Dance Anthem (Tiny Desk Contest)

Taking NPR Music’s Tiny Desk Contest rule about performing in front of a desk quite seriously, Isabelle de Leon‘s new all-lady supergroup Iza Flo’s debut song “Dance Anthem” fills up and takes over a small office with a soulful house music party jam. Each musician gets a feature, so here’s your score card: Jillian Willis (vocals), Dior Ashley Brown (MC), Natalie Ahearn (keys), Tiffany Lloyd (bass), Alena Budd (guitar), Rikayyah Wilson (percussion) & Isabelle De Leon (drums). In the vein of Tortured Soul and DC’s own House of Soul, this display of house music with live vocals and instrumentation is a powerful force.

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Lightmare – Kill The Butcher (Tiny Desk Contest)

Breaking free of genre and gender constraints, sextet Lightmare deliver a brand new song for their 2019 Tiny Desk Contest entry for NPR Music. “Kill The Butcher” is a new song that gets jammy in the middle and screamy at the end, but maintains a punk groove throughout. Catch them next at DC9 on Thursday May 2nd with Richmond’s Don Babylon, Chicago’s North By North and our own queer cowboy Drew Beckman + The Boundary Boys.

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Don’t Stay Home This Week 4/22

Don’t Stay Home. There’s too much #DCmusic to miss. Here we go!

Monday 4/22:
The fine folks at euphonx.com host a night of “unabashed rock euphoria” tonight at The Pinch. Helping Baltimore’s Home Town Girl kick off a tour are DC bands Nice Breeze, Leisure Burn and the debut of a new band called Moonwheels.

Tuesday 4/23:
Tuesday night‘s FREE, Live & Local series at The Pub & The People welcomes Tuff Lover, the side project of Bottled Up’s Nikhil Venkat. Thanks 7DrumCity!

Wednesday 4/24:
Georgetown’s Gypsy Sally’s hosts two excellent DC indie pop bands Wednesday night, The Duskwhales and Skyline Hotel. Since we love Tiny Desk Contest entries for NPR Music like nothing else, here’s an unreleased groove by Skyline Hotel called “Ember in the Night” to put you in the mood for a Wednesday night of fun.

Thursday 4/25:
DC’s incomparable jazz resource CapitalBop presents the first of a two night spotlight residency by soulful singer Akua Allrich & The Tribe at Local 16. Advance tix are only $5 and let you choose between 7:30 & 9 PM sets, so find a date to impress and grab tickets now.

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Sweet Something – Black Stain (Tiny Desk Contest)

If you’re inclined to not stay home tonight, don’t forget our tip for a free show at the Pie Shop featuring Pleasure Train and recent podcast discovery Sweet Something. Check out “Black Stain” a brand new jazzy groove and their first entry to NPR Music’s Tiny Desk Contest. Then we’ll see you at 8 PM sharp for delicious dessert and music.

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Oh He Dead – Lonely Sometimes (Tiny Desk Contest)

Indie soul band Oh He Dead’s submission to NPR Music’s 2019 Tiny Desk Contest is a new jam called “Lonely Sometimes”. This recording at the Lily Pad by Brian Knox gives the song a big, echo-y vibe consistent with its classic soul roots. Cynthia Johnson and Andrew Valenti’s band continues to grow in style and popularity in DC’s music scene. They next return to the scene of their 2016 debut breakout show at this year’s Kingman Island Bluegrass & Folk Festival on Saturday May 4th.

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Near Northeast – Shelter (Tiny Desk Contest)

For four years now NPR Music has sponsored the Tiny Desk Contest, inspiring bands all over the world to film themselves playing a song live in front of a desk to win a chance to play Bob Boilen’s legendary space. Every year Hometown Sounds rounds up our faves of the entrants from the DC area, hoping that one of our own worthy bands will win the nod. Today’s feature is Near Northeast, the gorgeous experimental chamber folk band supported by Etxe Records. They spent the winter behind closed doors crafting new songs like “Shelter”, their 2019 Tiny Desk Contest entry shot and edited by longtime video collaborator Kip Radt. Mark your calendars to hear Near Northeast’s new jams Sunday May 5th at the Pie Shop with fellow DC band Swoll and Philly’s Son Step.

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The Archives feat. Puma Ptah – Home Is Where The Hatred Is

DC, anybody out there remember Monsterrat House? The short-lived performance space near the 9:30 Club was part of the sprawling nightlife empire of Thievery Corporation’s Eric Hilton, and now its name resurfaces as Hilton’s new record label. His reggae roots ensemble The Archives, once the house band of another fondly remembered U Street spot Patty Boom-Boom, at long last have a new song to keep the DC reggae spirit alive. “Home Is Where The Hatred Is” is a cover of Gil Scott-Heron’s tragic track from 1971’s Pieces of a Man, updated with soulful vocals from Puma Ptah (fka RasPuma). This song heralds a new reggae tribute album to Scott-Heron and collaborator Brian Jackson on the Monserrat House label that we can’t wait to get our hands on. Catch the full band playing new tunes and classics at the Funk Parade‘s Cardozo Metro Stage on Saturday May 11th.

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Breakin’ Even Fest 2019


‘Tis the season to come out of winter hibernation and shake off the dust with music festivals all over the city. We love the pop-punk curated Breakin’ Even Fest for its commitment to quality and shrugs at chasing profit. This year’s throwdown takes over H St NE’s Pie Shop for 3 nights of fun from Friday April 26th to Sunday April 28th. Commit to the 3 Night Pass right now and get an free exclusive Breakin’ Even T-Shirt, but only 20 passes remain so don’t think too hard. Get pumped about Homosuperior, Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb, American Television, Substatics, Worriers, Double Motorcycle, a Say-10 Records pop-up shop, and so much more (like pie!).

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Cecily – Pisces

Congrats to soul singer Cecily on winning Best Soul Album at the reborn Wammies this past weekend! Last year’s Songs of Love and Freedom is a gorgeous journey from start to finish, and we’re pleased today to show you the music video for its lead off track. “Pisces” is a classic ballad of healing through flowing water, and this video features plenty of it. Director Muse Dodd shot Cecily on the beach and submerged in a flower-filled tub on a recent trip to Cuba. Makes us want to book a flight there and play in the waves all day.

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