Oh He Dead – Blood in the Water

As we said on yesterday’s podcast, it’s hard not to chuckle a bit at the band name “Oh He Dead”. The band’s core duo of Cynthia “CJ” Johnson and Andrew Valenti mix their distinct but complimentary voices with some truly lush instrumentation on their debut single “Blood in the Water”, the title track from their new 3 song EP. The song’s title refers originally to the feeding frenzy of sharks, but here music video director Scott Kenney transports the tension to basketball, with a sole player dribbling and shooting at Jones Point National Park in Alexandria. Grab your tickets now for Friday night‘s show opening for 10 piece New York ensemble Hollywood Anderson & The Hits at the 14th St. Busboys & Poets.


Podcast for June 6th, 2018 feat. Matt Byars of The Caribbean

This week The Caribbean‘s Matt Byars dials in to to hype the upcoming Seventh Stanine Music Festival on June 16th at Rhizome!

Jon Camp – A Sizable Step [Stifled Hair​-​Trigger]
Battles feat. Kazu Makino – Sweetie & Shag [Gloss Drop]
Beauty Pill – Dog With Rabbit In Mouth, Unharmed [Beauty Pill Describes Things As They Are]
Oh He Dead – Blood in the Water [Blood in the Water]
Saturday Night – Fish in the Pond [Saturday Night]
Glue Factory – Lay Around [S/T]

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Presenting the Beauty Pill Symphonette at the Millennium Stage

Your friendly neighborhood #DCmusic blog and podcast Hometown Sounds is very proud to present the Beauty Pill Symphonette on Sunday June 24th for our June showcase at the Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage.

Beauty Pill is a Washington, DC band led by singer/guitarist Chad Clark. The band includes Basla Andolsun (bass), Jean Cook (voice/monome), Drew Doucette (guitar) and Devin Ocampo (drums). The band sprang from the DC punk scene, distinguishing itself with detailed arrangements and technological experimentation.

The band recorded a suite of songs in view of the public, as a commissioned art exhibit. The result is an album called Beauty Pill Describes Things As They Are.

For this Kennedy Center show, the band will incorporate a horn quartet, expanding to a 9-member ensemble Clark calls Beauty Pill Symphonette. They have only done this once before for a special 2016 performance at the Smithsonian Museum Of American Art.

“The horns bring a glow to the notes,” says Clark. “It’s subtle, but I love the sensation of it. The purpose of music communication. You’re communicating an idea or a feeling or a sensation. We value all three equally.”

RSVP here and come to the free performance at 6 PM on June 24th!

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Don’t Stay Home This Week 6/04

The rain is over, the sun is shining and there’s #DCmusic to check out! Here are our show picks for the coming week.

Monday 6/04:
Strong bill of fun DC bands at DC9 tonight. Khyber Pass is a new electronic duo featuring Kristie from Loi Loi. Pagan Reagan makes heavy fuzzy psych rock and their name is fun as hell. MUNDY will wow you with theatrics and costumes, and Lola Tried bring road-tested indie rock from Austin TX.

Tuesday 6/05:
Rhizome is the place to check out hot new music Tuesday evening. Light Beams is one of the most exciting bands in DC today, putting the Justin Moyer mark on dance-punk. Black Myths is a new jazz duo featuring the omnipresent bassist Luke Stewart, while No Plans is the first outing for a new band featuring Jason Mogavero of Jack On Fire.

Wednesday 6/06:
MilkBoy ArtHouse hosts old and new faves on Wednesday night. ROM and BRNDA make indie rock so crackingly fun, both band names need #ALLCAPS. Rob Stokes recently got a glowing write up from Chris Richards at the Post. Sad Fish bring weirdo pop from Atlanta. Have we talked you into going yet?

Thursday 6/07:
Head right back to College Park’s MilkBoy ArtHouse Thursday night for a totally different night of music. Ciscero is a talented rapper on the rise, nailing recent collabs with April George and GoldLink. There aren’t enough hip-hop shows like this in DC, so don’t miss out!


The Hunted Hare – Everywhere Green


Friday June 1st is a big day for Verses Records. The DC-based experimental label decided to drop two major releases on the same day. Known for their expansive 40-ish track benefit compilations, the first is VR, a modest 12 song split release with Liverpool’s Romeda Records, featuring Tag Cloud, James Wolf, DMLLL and The Hunted Hare. The second is the sophomore album Lost Wilderness by The Hunted Hare, the solo moniker of minimalist guitar wizard Dennis Kane.

On last year’s full length album Nothing Is Always, Kane established the tone of the project as melancholy and pensive, providing tenor and baritone melodies through cello tones and electronics. Lost Wilderness, despite its bleak title possibly referencing over-development and climate change, reveals a warmer, more summery vibe. “If there’s a theme to this recording”, Kane says, “it’s about balancing the needs of a peaceful inner life with the demands of living in a chaotic world”. Hometown Sounds is honored to premiere the music video of the album’s first single “Everywhere Green”, a soothing mix of heavily saturated nature shots with archival footage of dancing flapper women, slowed down and perfectly synced to the whispers of Kane’s pleasing melody. Mood is key with instrumental music, and Kane delivers a release worthy of turning off all the lights and letting it fully envelop you.

The Hunted Hare performs songs from the new album Sunday night at Bossa, opening the night for a collaboration between Ben Harbert (Los Angeles Electric 8) and Chris Hamley (Alarms & Controls, Circus Lupus) adapting 20th-century pre- and post-minimalist music to electric guitars, delay pedals and drum machine.

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Don’t Stay Home This Weekend 6/01

Our #DCmusic weekend picks are going up a day early, because tomorrow we premiere a brand new music video! Get excited!

Friday 6/01:
There’s a brand new, cryptically named supergroup in town. The OSYX features members of FuzzQueen, Honey Kill, More AM Than FM, RadaR and Pagan Reagan, all important bands in the DC scene. The Dew Drop Inn hosts their live debut Friday night, so go make some new friends while you rock out.

Saturday 6/02:
The list of DC musicians performing at Staycation‘s Tribute to Radiohead at the Black Cat Saturday night is decidedly epic, and all female-fronted. Props to our buds at DC Music Download for sponsoring this benefit show for Planned Parenthood of DC. Grab your advance tickets once Ticketfly is back online.

Sunday 6/03:
Check out the new lineup for Andrew Grossman’s indie rock band The North Country at their single release show Sunday night at Union Stage. Delaware’s Hoochi Coochi and a mysterious new project from Baby Bry Bry called Slow Love round out the bill.


Winzday Love – Dragons

Singer Winzday Love delivers an appealing blend of soul and reggae on her first proper music video “Dragons (1000 Years Old)”. Her precocious and animated performance is quite captivating, contrasting with her backing band quietly chilling in the background. This single and her assortment of others streaming on her SoundCloud page make us excited for a full release from this rising artist. Mark your calendars for her headlining show at the Black Cat Backstage on Saturday July 7th with support from Blaquestone, Kesari and Alireza.


Don’t Stay Home This Week 5/29

It’s a short week for you DC, and we’ve got three fantastic #DCmusic picks for you. Stream the songs, make your plans and Don’t Stay Home.

Tuesday 5/29:
Studio Ga Ga is the nightly party housed in Adams Morgan’s Asmara Lounge. Tonight they’ve got a lineup of Saturday Night, a new rock band from Cash Langdon and Bless’s Luke Reddick, the lovesick Rob Stokes Band, and Detroit’s Saajtak.

Wednesday 5/30:
DC’s serious and angular punk legacy will never die. Wednesday night is the record release show for Red Hare, a new Dischord band featuring members of late 80s hardcore band Swiz. GIVE and ska band The Captivators round out your night of moshing at the Black Cat.

Thursday 5/31:
Swank drummer Asha Santee pulls double duty at Union Stage on Thursday night with the album release show for Kinetic from her soulful duo BOOMscat, and an opening set from intersectional rock and soul band The CooLots.


Don’t Stay Home This Weekend 5/25

It’s well known that DC clears out on holiday weekends such as this one. If you’re lucky enough to stay in town, here’s some #DCmusic to check out!

Friday 5/25:
Friday night Pearl Street Warehouse at the Wharf hosts two excellent roots rock bands you should know about, Cravin’ Dogs and The Walkaways.

Saturday 5/26:
We love live music outdoors the most, and its season is finally here. Saturday night is the season opener of the monthly Petworth Jazz Project, on the steps of the Petworth Rec Center. Grab a bite from the BBQ food truck and enjoy jazz pianist Federico Gonzalez Peña.

Sunday 5/27:
You always get your money’s worth at Slash Run and then some. Sunday night the burger joint hosts two out of town bands, The Ok-Ok’s and Sleepy Limbs, paired with two DC area indie rock bands, The Mild Animals and Makeup Girl.

If your tastes run more soulful and classy, check out singer Akua Allrich and her jazz group The Tribe present “A Tribute To Mother” in two sets at the historic Blues Alley in Georgetown.

Monday 5/28:
Starr Hill Brewery and Songbyrd host a ska band Monday night, but they’re not telling us the band’s name. Could it be The Pietasters? Kill Lincoln? Eastern Standard Time? Ska is punk’s happier, brassier cousin and we are quite pleased the genre continues to thrive past its too-brief heyday. It won’t cost you nothing to find out who the band is, so don’t miss out.


Podcast for May 23rd, 2018

This week, Tony has a bad case of the grumps, while Paul feels bad for short people.

Olivia Mancini – Be Where You Are (Unreleased Version) [If We Knew Then – A Compilation ]
Governess – Space Garbage [Zero]
Drew Kid – Wherever You Are feat. Deborah Bond [For You, For Me Too]
Box Era – Church Dog [Xanadu EP]
Empresarios – Noche De Cambumbeo [Cambumbeo EP]
Inkmink – Where Is The Body [How the Body is Seen]

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