Palette – Learn to Crawl

If you dug the Casio synth-y, 80s rooted track “Learn to Crawl” from our recent podcast, then we have a music video for you. Flyer art maven Cash Langdon’s musical project Palette recently put out a split cassette with BFFs Child Princess on a New York cassette label Drop Medium, and Tenley Empire’s Alex Szantos, director of Gauche’s catchy vid for “Conspiracy Theories”, crafted this experimentally appropriate video for Langdon’s single. Prepare yourself for oodles of VHS flicker and cool shades.

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Gauche – Running

Tomorrow night DC punk oddballs Gauche open for reunited feminist icons Bikini Kill up in Brooklyn, so now’s the time for us to dive into their newest music video. “Running” from director Alex Miklowski sees the quintet dancing and sweating in all black outfits while the background green screen gets wildly creative to accompany the song’s existential angst. The debut full length album A People’s History Of Gauche drops on July 12th on Merge Records, followed by an extensive nationwide tour.

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Don’t Stay Home This Week 6/03

There’s DC music to check out every night of the week, and we pick out our faves each week. See you at the show.

Monday 6/03:
The Monday night deal at Galaxy Hut tonight gives you Pearie Sol and recent podcast guest feature Erotic Thrillers for only $5.


Tuesday 6/04:
Free Live & Local, how does it get better than that? 7DrumCity presents Tuff Lover, side project of Bottled Up’s Nikhil Venkat, at The Pub & The People Tuesday night.

Wednesday 6/05:
Synthpop band Skyline Hotel headlines Georgetown’s Gypsy Sally’s on Wednesday night, supported by Dark Trilobite, a young band formed from Bach2Rock Bethesda’s Band Program.

Thursday 6/06:
The bad news is that Loi Loi‘s globe-trotting front woman Kristie Di Lascio will soon depart DC for more far flung adventures. Catch her trademark diva style one last time this Thursday at the Pie Shop along with Lotion Princess and Stronger Sex.



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Don’t Stay Home This Weekend 5/31

Holy crap, June is here. How did that happen? Big months shouldn’t sneak up on you like that. Anyway, here’s our #DCmusic picks to keep you sane and happy for this weekend.

Friday 5/31:
Celebrating the end of their prestigious Spring residence with the Washington Performing Arts Society, DuPont Brass gifts us all a FREE show tonight at 8 PM at the Town Hall Education Arts Recreation Campus (THEARC) in SE DC.

Saturday 6/01:
Congrats to rising synthpop stars Mystery Friends on the release of their debut full length album Past & Future Self. Show them all the DC love at their album release show Saturday night at Black Cat along with Den-Mate and Del Florida.

Sunday 6/02:
7DrumCity‘s FREE Live & Local series at The Pub & The People fills your Sunday night with delightful songs by Laura Tsaggaris. You’re welcome.

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Podcast for May 30th, 2019

Paul hears something strange in Amazon streaming music, while Tony invests in clown accessories.

Tracklisting:
Maryjo Mattea – A New Normal [single]
Bobby Thompson – On the Ground [Songs of Love EP]
Solia – Forever [Fast Cars & Midnight]
Beauty Pill – SFLRE Study No. 5 [Sorry You’re Here]
Palette – Learn to Crawl [Split W/ Child Princess]
Lisa Frank & Rez Ekbatan – Whisper [Whisper DJ single]

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Ari Lennox – Up Late

Sultry R&B crooner Ari Lennox is on top of the world now, touring in support of her brand new album Shea Butter Baby. The tour wraps up at a sold out 9:30 Club on Friday June 14th, so you’d better get to StubHub or Craigslist or wherever if you slept. The album’s newest single is “Up Late”, a sexy-ass hookup ballad given this lush and fashionable video from director Lacey Duke. Check out what J Cole’s label Dreamville can craft for Lennox’s gorgeous singing and moves.

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Don’t Stay Home This Week 5/28

Hey DC! We’re back from vacation and ready to rock your world with the best #DCmusic the city has to offer. Here are our show picks for the week ahead.

Tuesday 5/28:
Takoma Park’s Rhizome hosts a night of punky indie rock tonight featuring DC’s Born Dad and Company Calls, along with Atlanta based Gabbie Rotts.


Wednesday 5/29:
Off-the-grid hotspot Dwell offers this lineup for your Wednesday night enjoyment: DC’s lovely indie pop Lotion Princess, gender-less VA neo-soul jazz duo Morning Sunshine, and Rochester’s Calicoco.

Thursday 5/30:
Thursday night‘s lineup at Dew Drop Inn‘s lower level gives you two loud, punk-adjacent bands that we recommend: Heavy Breathing and Des Demonas.

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Don’t Stay Home This Weekend 5/17

#DCmusic. Don’t Stay Home! Shows!

Friday 5/17:
Shamans of Sound, a new reggae band featuring DC music veterans, just released their third single “The Ultimate High” featuring Abhik Saha. Celebrate with them tonight at Tropicalia for their Friday Night Live party, with no cover charge.

Saturday 5/18:
Gypsy Sally’s in Georgetown has a fine night of funk Saturday night, featuring Aztec Sun and BOOMscat. Boom.

Sunday 5/19:
Soooo, Sunday night is the finale of a rather popular HBO series. Meanwhile Clarendon’s Galaxy Hut hosts 3 delightful indie rock bands that night, Little Lawnmowers from WV and two of our own, The Meer and Miss, Understand Me. The music starts at 10, which is pretty late for a Sunday but not late enough to watch the whole episode, so ¯\_(ツ)_/¯.


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Ex Hex – Rainbow Shiner

Ex Hex videos are often visual feasts, but “Rainbow Shiner” really amplifies the lyrics in gloriously colorful style. Director M. Wartella turns the feminist anthem against physical abuse into a stylish, Skittles-hued treat of Besty Wright, Mary Timony and Laura Harris’s faces covered in makeup and animation. The video matches and enhances the mid-tempo pulsing beat without ever becoming garish or, god forbid, boring. If you missed Ex Hex’s headlining gig at the 9:30 Club last week for the sophomore album It’s Real, we hope you did something pretty amazing instead.

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Wylder – Ghosts

In advance of the release of sophomore album Golden Age Thinking, yesterday indie folk band Wylder dropped the music video for the second single “Ghosts”. The song was written about singer Will McCarry’s childhood home, “a ramshackle farmhouse which had at some point been dragged down off the Appalachian mountains on the back of a tractor.” Director Samuel Rodgers sets McCarry in a similar rustic cabin in this beautiful video that ends with a warm touch that is very on brand for Wylder. How about grabbing tickets now to their hometown album release show at the Hamilton on Friday July 12th? The band promises “a host of orchestral musicians as they perform their new record its entirety, as well as all your old favorites.”

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