Micah Robinson – Waiting For You (Tiny Desk Contest)

Jazzy & soulful, singer Micah Robinson delivers the feelings on a new single “Waiting For You”, featuring a trio of talented musicians backing up Robinson’s powerful vox. We’d definitely love to see this classy gentlemen play a full set for the Tiny Desk!

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Justin Trawick – Starting Over (Tiny Desk Contest)

During the pandemic, musicians have had to get by without the large, attentive crowds they might have drawn previously. Some stream on social media platforms, while others perform on balconies or backyards. For the 2021 Tiny Desk Contest hosted by NPR Music, folk singer Justin Trawick decided to perform “Starting Over”, the title track from his 2009 solo EP, for a flock of sheep residing at Midnight Forest Farm in Lovettsville VA. How do the woolly farm animals take to his heartfelt songwriting? Watch the video to find out. 

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Griefcat – Revolution! (Tiny Desk Contest)

The always amusing folk duo Griefcat illustrate a facet of DC’s work from home culture during the pandemic that perhaps few had considered. We’ll leave the surprising topic for you to discover in “Revolution!”, the 2021 Tiny Desk Contest entry from Louisa Hall and Annie Nardolilli. You’re already curious about those pink fuzzy outfits, how can you not watch this video right this second?

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Near Northeast – Window (Tiny Desk Contest)

Honestly, seeing Tiny Desk Contest entries from DC bands popping up in my YouTube feed is giving me post-pandemic life. Indie folk band Near Northeast‘s annual submissions are always top notch videos thanks to long time video collaborator Kip Radt. This year he captures the zeitgeist with a guest appearance from Brood X on the song “Window” from Near Northeast’s forthcoming album. Great to see you again NNE, we hope the fine judges at NPR Music take note!

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The Hunted Hare – Lovely Secret

WORLD PREMIERE!

Since March of 2020, audio engineer and composer Dennis Kane’s solo moniker The Hunted Hare has uploaded no less than 5 albums of peaceful, dark and brooding music to his Bandcamp, with a sixth entitled Between Two Rivers dropping Friday June 4th. We spoke with Kane and his musical collaborator Amy Domingues earlier this year for the Luce Listening Party podcast, digging into his recording process and motivations for staying creative during lockdown.

Today we’re thrilled to get back into the music video game with a world premiere of the new single “Lovely Secret”. Kane’s layered instrumental guitar work lends itself well to soundtracks, and his music videos have demonstrated this well. The visuals of “Lovely Secret” fit the mood perfectly, with trippy red leaves floating behind a woman’s mysterious face. We love the commitment The Hunted Hare shows to the music video form, and are happy to cap off this string of excellent releases with this premiere.

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Luce Listening Party feat. Yasmin Williams

Luce Listening Party w Yasmin Williams

The Luce Listening Party, our collaboration with the Luce Foundation Center in the Smithsonian American Art Museum, continues with special guest Yasmin Williams!

Tracklisting:
Yasmin Williams – Sunshowers  [Urban Driftwood]
Yasmin Williams – Urban Driftwood  [Urban Driftwood]
Stranger in the Alps – The Days Are Over Sooner (But The Light Is Better)  [The Days Are Over Sooner]
Oddisee – Beach Dr.  [Rock Creek Park]
Wylder – Ready to Break  [Golden Age Thinking]
Yasmin Williams – Skippin’ (Song for Bri)  [Unwind]

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Podcast for May 8th, 2021

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Hometown Sounds presents a preview of this weekend’s Couchella online music festival benefitting Arlington Independent Media and WERA 96.7 FM!

Tracklisting:
Maimouna Youssef – Work  [single]
The Internet – Body High  [Monolith]
The NRIs – Your Time  [single]
Crys Matthews – Call Them In  [Changemakers]
Leo Rua – Abrecamino  [single]
Given Eye – Soops Hoots  [single]

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Luce Listening Party feat. Jenna Camille

Luce Listening Party w JC

The Luce Listening Party, our collaboration with the Luce Foundation Center in the Smithsonian American Art Museum, continues with special guest Jenna Camille!

Tracklisting:
Jenna Camille & The Other Guys – Love Me Right  [Autumn in Analog]
Golden Browne – Power  [Bright Moments]
Jenna Camille – My Country, My Love  [The Time Is Now]
Deborah Bond – Door  [compass: I]
Micah Robinson – Know What  [video]
dreamcastmoe – 301-341-7207  [Lamont EP]
Jenna Camille – Rebel Call  [The Time Is Now]

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Podcast for April 9th, 2021

april-podcast

Paul performs an online poetry reading, while Tony spots a suspicious package at the post office.

Tracklisting:
Edy Blu – New Edition  [Wild & Free]
April + Vista – Every Void  [Pit of my Dreams]
Tired All The Time – The Board  [single]
Amal – A New Dance feat. The Khan & Nappy Nappa  [gleam]
Dream in Delay – Ammunition  [Flipped]
Evidence of Yesterday / Imka – Visiting Another Green World  [single]

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Luce Listening Party feat. Lightmare

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The Luce Listening Party, our collaboration with the Luce Foundation Center in the Smithsonian American Art Museum, continues with special guests Lightmare!

Tracklisting:
Lightmare – Dirt
Lightmare – Sad Boi
Black Folks Don’t Swim? – Theme 22 [single]
Rosie Cima and What She Dreamed – Stuck [Realm of the Warring Gods]
Born Dad – Sexist Leftist [Born Dad’s Greatest Hits]
Lightmare – Chanson de Peur [single]

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