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!).


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.


Wall of Trophies – Something

Listeners to our most recent podcast episode heard how excited we are by the return of Wall of Trophies. The duo of producer Will Copps and singer Brittany Jean have been quiet since 2016, raising families and writing new material. Semaphore, the sophomore release under the WoT moniker, drops on April 26th, and its first single “Something” is up now. The music video for this begins with a heavily filtered drive through DC, reminding us of their excellent earlier vid “Never/Always”. The deft, big production by Copps leaves Jean’s voice clear in the mix of the slow-groove dance floor killer, while the video evolves into deeper abstractions and filters. DC’s vocal-driven synthpop scene, including Loi Loi, SHAED, Honest Haloway and Wall of Trophies, continues to flourish as a prominent cultural export.


Don’t Stay Home This Week 4/01

No April Foolin’ here, just our Monday roundup of the best live #DCmusic to catch all week.

Monday 4/01:
We’re as excited as everyone about the Breakin’ Even Fest taking over the Pie Shop at the end of April, but tonight Clarendon’s Galaxy Hut hosts a preview show. See our pop-punk faves American Television and two NC acts, Late Bloomer and Alright for only $5.

Tuesday 4/02:
Keep things loud & experimental Tuesday night at Slash Run. Kohoutek and Heavy Breathing are two veteran DC bands that haven’t shared a stage until this, welcoming math-rock power trio Loolowningen & the Far East Idiots from Japan.

Wednesday 4/03:
Here’s what Slash Run wants you to know about their Wednesday night show: “What’s the news? Glue Boy’s gone. What else is new is that this very show is gonna take you back to the old days when glue was food and Glue Boy wasn’t news. Walk/run to Slash Run for old tunes and new news.” All we can add to that is Light Beams and Panini Girlfriend join a NYC band called Shake the Baby Til the Love Comes Out. $5, 8 PM.

Thursday 4/04:
Masters of chill rock Cigarette headline DC9 on Thursday evening, along with DC’s Palette, their Ohio split cassette buds Child Princess, and New York’s Giggly Boys.


Don’t Stay Home This Weekend 3/29

It’s the weekend already! Isn’t live music just the thing you need? Here’s our #DCmusic picks for the weekend.

Friday 3/29:
Celebrate indie pop band Nah.‘s album release tonight at Pearl Street Warehouse with supporting sets from Skaii and The Duskwhales, plus comedy from Jenny Questel.

Saturday 3/30:
The Rock & Roll Hotel has three fantastic DC bands on the lineup for Saturday night. Bottled Up scratch your classic garage rock itch, Mystery Friends perfect the art of dance-rock, and anthemic synthwave band Honest Haloway celebrate their impressive new music video “Atonement”.

Sunday 3/31:
Strum the Fox‘s new EP is called Vulpeculated, which is an old-timey word meaning “Robbed by a fox”. Come see this genre-defying band (featuring euphonium!) headline the Pie Shop on Sunday evening, along with heartthrob faves Bal Boheme and Maryjo Mattea.


Podcast for March 28th, 2019

Paul meets a famous DC artist, while Facebook is bananas for Tony’s shirt.

Wall of Trophies – Something [Semaphore]
Mister Goblin – Be Right There [Final Boy]
Weston Smith – Crystal Kingdom [single]
Strum the Fox – Undone [Vulpeculated]
Trajectories – You Want It You Got It [You Want It You Got It]
Tashera – Get Up [single]

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Don’t Stay Home This Week 3/26

Don’t stay home, friends. There’s awesome #DCmusic every night this week. Here’s our picks for the week ahead.

Tuesday 3/26:
Soul singer Tashera recently relocated from her native Baltimore to our nation’s capital. Don’t miss her prestigious debut on the Kennedy Center’s free Millennium Stage tonight at 6 PM as part of the Direct Current festival.

Wednesday 3/27:
For your Wednesday night dose of culture, Alice’s Jazz & Cultural Society hosts trombonist Reginald Cyntje and his quartet performing songs from his recent release Rise of the Protester.

Thursday 3/28:
Thursday night‘s lineup at Dew Drop Inn is a lovely dose of intimate bedroom pop with Lotion Princess, Forgetter and Fiona Kohrman of The El Mansouris.


Don’t Stay Home This Weekend 3/22

A #DCmusic show for every style and every night. Don’t stay home this weekend.

Friday 3/22:
Tonight Dupont Underground welcomes a night of music, art and shopping with some of Southeast DC’s finest performers and artisans. Presented by Washington Performing Arts Society’s Mars Urban Arts Initiative, the evening features current artist-in-residence VeVe & Tha Rebels, visual art installation “Ground Up” produced by Tendani, and a pop-up shop from 8 Arts & Culture.

Saturday 3/23:
Indie rock band Trajectories just released their debut EP You Want It You Got It today. Frend plays their very last show as a DC band before most of them move to Philly to focus more on music. Tuff Lover make “crestfallen compositions for broken people”. All this and more happens at DC9 on Saturday night.

Sunday 3/24:

Galaxy Hut. Sunday night. Piramid Scheme. (New lineup!) Erik Bradford. (Short Lives!) 9 PM. Five dollars. Let’s go.


The CrossRhodes – Look At You

This sexy music video came out last month for Valentine’s Day, but couldn’t we could all use a little romantic boost on a Wednesday? The CrossRhodes, the sublime pairing of smooth singer Raheem DeVaughn and outspoken rapper Wes Felton, often tackle pressing social issues in their songs, but “Look At You”, from their 2017 album Footprints On The Moon, showcases amorous desires for the fairer sex on a night out at Marvin. Look out for some subtle cameos from DC’s rap scene lounging at the party.

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Don’t Stay Home This Week 3/18

Twice a week we recommend shows to fill your evenings with the diverse sounds of #DCmusic. We call it Don’t Stay Home. Here we go.

Monday 3/18:
The Washington Women in Jazz Festival kicks off today, and we might run out of pixels recommending all their fantastic shows to you. Start with tonight‘s All-Stars show at the Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage featuring Amy K Bormet, Ana Barreiro, Karine Chapdelaine, Shannon Gunn, Sarah Hughes, Shacara Rogers, and YaShauna Swan, and follow their packed calendar for lots more mind-blowing jazz throughout March.

Tuesday 3/19:
Doomy MA band Elizabeth Colour Wheel headlines a show Tuesday night at the VFW 9274 in Falls Church, supported by three dark DC area acts we dig: skygazers The Orchid, dystopian post-punk band Tired All The Time, and ambient guitarist Tristan Welch.

Wednesday 3/20:
The GoldPants Party is back at Dupont Circle’s Sauf Haus this Wednesday night. Host Ginny Hill brings together singer-songwriter Nardo Lilly and hard rock trio A Shrewdness of Apes.

Thursday 3/21:
DIY hotspot Dwell hosts a night of experimental electronic and acoustic sounds Thursday night with Teething Veils of Etxe Records, electronic producer Tony Cruise and Philly/DC ensemble Tadzio on Blight Records.