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Don’t Stay Home This Week 9/18

Ok, brief intermission over! Hometown Sounds is back in the saddle with live music picks to show you how DC is rocking all week long.

Tuesday 9/18:
Head to DC9 for an all-DC bill tonight. The groovy Lovejet celebrates the release of their new EP This Band Called Lovejet, with support from Reed Appleseed and the girl-power pop band Not Your Groupies.


Wednesday 9/19:
How about a good excuse to check out the new Dangerous Pies venue on H St. NE? Two DC bands, psychedelic band FuzzQueen and moody rock newcomers Casual War, share the stage with touring acts The Stone Eye and Mountain Tamer. Also the pies are THA BEST.


Thursday 9/20:
You have nothing to lose and everything to gain at Pearl Street Warehouse‘s occasional free DC music shows. Thursday night Backbeat Underground, veteran of our Kennedy Center Millennium Stage showcase, lays down the funk along with jam band leader Gordon Sterling.

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Don’t Stay Home This Weekend 9/07

You made it to the weekend, and there’s a lot of fun to be had all around town. Here are our picks for the best #DCmusic all weekend long.

Friday 9/07:
The Dew Drop Inn has some hot newness for you tonight. Erotic Thrillers is a new band featuring Basla from Beauty Pill and Kristina of Edie Sedgwick. Not Bored is “DC Protest Punx”, and anchoring the night is the adorable indie rock band Spirit Plots. You can also drop in on the Three Sheets Lecture Series and discover what beverage Andrew Grossman of The North Country pairs with his lecture on German electronic band Kraftwerk.

Saturday 9/08:
There’s a lot of great shows going down Saturday night, but we have to give the nod to the FTW FR fundraiser at Black Cat. Mock Identity, Park Snakes, Jail Solidarity, Clear Channel, Winzday Love and the Nightshade DJ Collective come together to raise money for Ayuda and HIPS.




Sunday 9/09:
Adams Morgan Day has had its ups and downs over the years. Sunday‘s 40th anniversary of AdMo’s celebration of its eclectic and vibrant style is going to be the best in years, with a music lineup that includes Trouble Funk, DuPont Brass, Batala, Kino Musica, Lavender and Bossa’s resident West African griot musician Cheick Hamala Diabate.


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Don’t Stay Home This Week 9/04

Welcome to unofficial fall, which still feels like swampy summer to us. Here are your #DCmusic picks for the upcoming week.

Tuesday 9/04:
Tonight DC9 has you covered with a choice lineup. Brooklyn’s grungy punk Oceanator is the out of town act, supported by DC indie rock band Bottled Up and the experimental groove of the Rob Stokes Band.

Wednesday 9/05:
The loss of Aretha Franklin reverberated around all corners of the music world last week. On Wednesday evening Songbyrd hosts an evening of soulful rememberance for the Queen of Soul. With a house band that includes Zo! and Micah Robinson on keys, Eliot Seppa on bass, Dante Pope on drums, and Zachary Cutler on guitar, the evening boasts a huge list of vocal talent: Sy Smith, Wayna, Cecily, Alison Carney, Tamika Love Jones, Denise Henderson, Patience of BOOMscat, Tamara Wellons and Tashera Robertson. This one is going to be powerful, so grab your tix in advance while you can.

Thursday 9/06:
Bal Boheme is a new name on the scene, but includes members of The Fire Tonight and The North Country. Come see this new indie folk trio celebrate their self-titled EP release, with support from beloved DC vets Near Northeast at DC9 on Thursday evening.

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Don’t Stay Home This Weekend 8/31

To the hardy few who stay in DC for Labor Day weekend, we salute you. Now go see some #DCmusic while you’re here.

Friday 8/31:
Our monthly DC music showcase returns to the Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage after work today. Grab a seat before 6 PM and check out the dance-punk of Light Beams, one of the most exciting new bands in town.

Saturday 9/01:
The DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities’s annual tradition of hosting a free show at the Lincoln Theatre on Labor Day weekend continues. Saturday is “Latin Flavor Night” and features Verny Varela, Pablo Antonio y La Firma, and Elena & Los Fulanos.

Sunday 9/02:
Sunday’s lineup at the Lincoln Theatre’s Labor Day Weekend Music Festival is devoted to “Go-Go Fusion”. DuPont Brass, The JoGo Project, Full Throttle Band, and The Experience Band & Show make this one a can’t miss event!

Monday 9/03:
The last day of the summer season requires some outdoor dancing. The Capital House Music Festival takes over Meridian Hill Park on Monday from noon to 9 with DJs and live performances including The Ecussionist, Deacon Izzy & the Congregation, DJ Jay Jay, Chosen, Andy Grant of DC House Grooves, Benoit, Tee Alford, DJ Tantra and of course Sam “The Man” Burns. The whole thing is free, so consider donating to their GoFundMe to keep the soul of house music thriving in DC.

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Don’t Stay Home This Week 8/27

There’s one more week left in our swampy DC summer. Here are our picks for filling your soul with the finest quality #DCmusic every night of the week.

Monday 8/27:
Monday nights are often best for open mikes and jam sessions. For tonight’s recommendation, we say head to Homestead Food & Beverage Company in Petworth. That’s where you’ll find the weekly Mixtape Mondays session, featuring a top notch house band of Elijah Jamal Balbed, Mark G. Meadows, Dante Pope and Ramy Amenra El Oyoun.

Tuesday 8/28:
Afro-punker Rex celebrates his birthday on the Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage this Tuesday. Grab a free seat before 6 PM or stream it online if you have to work late!

Wednesday 8/29:
In addition to leading the all-women big band The Bullettes, Shannon Gunn is one of the finest trombone players in town. Twins Jazz on U Street hosts Gunn Wednesday night for two sets, 8 and 10 PM.

Thursday 8/30:
You can count on Gypsy Sally’s for the best roots rock bills in town. This Thursday night you can see The Walkaways, By & By and Wes Tucker & The Skillets under the Whitehurst Freeway in Georgetown, and go home with a head full of amazing songs.

Friday 8/31:
We’ve got a bonus Friday pick for you! True DC insiders know to stick around on holiday weekends to have the best stuff for ourselves. This Friday at 6 PM Hometown Sounds is crazy excited to host dance punk band Light Beams on the Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage!

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Don’t Stay Home This Weekend 8/24

It’s Friday. You know the drill. We’re not staying home, right? Let’s go.

Friday 8/24:
The OSYX are leading the feminist charge in the DC music scene in 2018. Their monthly residency at Dew Drop Inn hits tonight with New York State’s Candy Ambulance and our own Crash Kitten and Honey. It’s worth the trip for “F*ckboys” alone.

Saturday 8/25:
The adorably folksy band Handsome Hound has charmed us silly for many years in DC. But all good things must end, and singers Claire Daviss and Cuchulain Kelly are moving their mustache and suspenders harmony stylings to the west coast. Come sing along to “Hannah” one last time at Songbyrd Saturday night, with support from Elena & Los Fulanos.

Sunday 8/26:
It’s going to be a beautiful weekend to check out DC’s newest swank development The Wharf. Splurge on a fancy dinner out and head to Pearl Street Warehouse for a free show called Southwest Soul Sessions on Sunday evening. Jazz power couple Elijah Balbed and Isabelle De Leon host a jam session with special guests and maybe you too.

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Don’t Stay Home This Week 8/21

Hometown Sounds is back from summer break and ready for action. Here are your weekly picks of the best #DCmusic shows. Don’t Stay Home!

Tuesday 8/21:
Get more jazz in your soul tonight at Takoma Station. Tuesday nights they host a free jam session, giving you the chance to get to know new players and seasoned vets. RSVP to skip the cover.

Wednesday 8/22:
The DC Public Library‘s Punk Archive initiative is expanding beyond their original hardcore mandate to present some of our fave DC bands on the terrace of the Woodridge branch overlooking Langdon Park. The Wednesday evening series resumes this week with the awesome soulful synth pairing of The Body Roll Duo BOOMscat and Stronger Sex.

Thursday 8/23:
The Blight Records crew are a tight knit bunch, collaborating often on shows and remixes. The BLIGHT. Makes Right Vol. II compilation, out this week, shows how big the fam now is, with tracks from Swoll, Loi Loi, Park Snakes, Luna Honey, Blacklodge, IMKA and many more. Celebrate the release extravaganza Thursday night at Dew Drop Inn with performances from Eve Maret, Wilder Green, Leah Gage’s solo moniker Crab Legs, and Blight kingpin Ben Schurr aka Br’er.

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Don’t Stay Home This Weekend 8/10

Friday 8/10:
Help kick off ska band Kill Lincoln‘s tour at the Black Cat Friday night and pick up and advance copy of their new vinyl release Good Riddance To Good Advice. New Orleans ska band Joystick and our own Boardroom Heroes open.

Saturday 8/11:
How about this strong lineup of bluesy rock at Gypsy Sallys Saturday night? You get JUXT, Oh He Dead and new material from Wanted Man. Bring earplugs!



Sunday 8/12:
Swipe right and impress your date with literary cocktails and classy bilingual folk music from Elena Lacayo Sunday evening at Petworth Citizen.

We are on summer break next week, but don’t miss next weekend’s DC Music Rocks Festival at the 9:30 Club and the Audioteka II Festival at Club Heaven & Hell!

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Don’t Stay Home This Week 8/06

Welcome to August DC. Here are our live #DCmusic picks for the week to come.

Monday 8/06:
The Fort Reno summer concert series is back for pair of rain-date encore shows this week. Tonight catch previously scheduled bands The NRIs and and Small Dad play with Rockville punk band Meatbot.

Tuesday 8/07:
AdMo’s SongByrd Cafe hosts a delightful night of songwriting Tuesday night. Babbling April and Bal Boheme, two bands featured on our DC music podcast, open for a touring band from Columbus Ohio called Trying.

Wednesday 8/08:
DC9‘s Wednesday night show features female-fronted darkwave and indie rock from Daamsel, The Neuro Farm and City Witch. If the songs below hit you in the heart, then this show is where you need to be.

Thursday 8/09:
This Thursday will be the final rain date of Fort Reno’s 50th Anniversary season. Bid farewell to the beloved outdoor summer music fest with Koshari and Wolves of the Dry Ravine, fortuitously rescheduled from last week.

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Don’t Stay Home This Weekend 8/03

We have been assured that this persistent rain and oppressive humidity will clear out soon. As we do twice every week, here are our picks to fill your life with #DCmusic.

Friday 8/03:
Tonight Rick Taylor’s long running post-punk DJ night We Fought The Big One returns to its monthly home at CoHi’s Marx Cafe. Instrumental explorers Spectrums performs songs from their just released EP II, and Hometown Sounds founder Paul Vodra spins a guest set of all DC music.

Saturday 8/04:
The Twin Moon Arts Collective returns to St. Stephen’s on Saturday for the fourth annual Strange Adventures, a music and arts festival benefitting Positive Force, Casa Ruby and the Free Minds Book Club & Writing Workshop. The music starts at 3 PM and includes small dad, Cool Baby, Near Northeast and more.



Sunday 8/05:
Cap off the weekend by discovering new bands at U Street’s Velvet Lounge. Sunday night get your indie rock on with Sunshine Hysteria, Smith Gardens and our recent podcast feature Frass Green, plus New York band Lucy.



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