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Don’t Stay Home This Week 7/16

Hometown Sounds is your only source for quality #DCmusic every single day. As is our custom, here are our live music picks for the coming week.

Monday 7/16:
We are fully into tonight‘s Fort Reno lineup. Sara Curtin has graced our Millennium Stage series, Honey capped off our last podcast with the superfun song “F*ckboys” and Tired all the Time rock out with “quality solutions for client demands in a dystopian world”. As always, the fun starts at 7:15 PM.


Tuesday 7/17:
We can’t say it any better than Capitol Lab Band, a 17-piece big band that plays originals by band members and hits from the modern repertoire. “There are only 2 options for your Tuesday night entertainment. Get rained out with thousands of strangers at the All Star game, or stay cool and dry while eating a delicious dinner and listening to big band jazz. We happen to think our option is better.” That’s 7:30 PM at Mr. Henry’s on Capitol Hill.

Wednesday 7/18:
Drink coffee after dinner and stay up laaaaate on a weeknight to celebrate the release of the new EP Cissy by DC’s beloved troubadour Seán Barna at Comet Ping Pong this Wednesday night as part of their Scorched Earth Summer Series. Buy this now because you only have two days to learn all the words for singing along. You also get a taste of the San Diego music life with touring band The Donkeys.

Thursday 7/19:
The lineup for this Thursday’s Night of 1000 Cakes at Fort Reno was blank for a while, leading to much speculation. Now the full list is posted, and it’s definitely not the usual 3 band bill. Come see what Taffety Punk Theatre Company, Jerry Busher, DC Public Library, Chris Richards, John Davis, Betsy Wright, Jason Hutto, DJ Baby Alcatraz and more will do to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the prolific summer concert series.

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Don’t Stay Home This Weekend 7/13

DC, once again you have made it to the weekend. Hi five! We bet you could use some more live music in your life, so here are more reasons to not stay home.

Friday 7/13:
Luna Honey, the dark and broody recent addition to the roster of Blight Records, celebrates the release of their long awaited debut album Peace Will Grind You Down tonight at Hole in the Sky (2110 5th St. NE). Plus you get Richmond noise band Among the Rocks and Roots, DC post-punk band Social Station, and a solo set by Time Is Fire front man Kamyar Arsani.



Saturday 7/14:
5 years is a long time to do a music podcast! (We should know ;)!) Major congrats to Justin Trawick for hitting the milestone on his interview and performance series called The Circus Life. See him perform with his group The Common Good at the 9:30 Club Saturday night alongside a well-curated lineup including Louisa Hall, Eli Lev, and a duo set from the Bumper Jacksons.




Sunday 7/15:
We can think of no better way to cap off a lovely weekend in DC than sipping well-named beers you’ve not yet sampled and seeing brand new DC music on the rise at Clarendon’s Galaxy Hut . This Sunday night the bro-free outpost hosts indie rock band The Neuro Farm and City Witch, a new electronic duo from members of FuzzQueen.


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Don’t Stay Home This Week 7/09

It’s another fantastic week in live #DCmusic, with some great outdoor and free options. Instead of staying home, come out and give us hi fives until our hands hurt like hell.

Monday 7/09:
The Fort Reno outdoor concert series continues every Monday and Thursday in July, exposing devoted crowds to new bands. Tonight it’s unofficially the “Night of 1000 Saxophones” with Cool Baby, We Capillaries and King Soul.


Tuesday 7/10:
Huge respect to Takoma Park’s Rhizome for assembling so many adventurous bills of music. Tuesday night the DIY house hosts Heart of the Ghost, a trio featuring Jarrett Gilgore (Alto Saxophone), Luke Stewart (Double Bass) and Ian McColm (Drums). Also on the bill is Moses, Forrest, Ogg, promising “Neural re-alignment via audio-visual meditations. Methods include oscillating bowls, guitar textures, lasers and weird signal processes.” The touring feature on this night is Detroit’s Matthew Daher.

Wednesday 7/11:
Your Hometown Sounds buds Paul & Tony are back at the Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage for our monthly #DCmusic showcase this Wednesday. This is your chance to catch the huge hip-pop ensemble allthebestkids, led by dashing silver-jumpsuited Cody Valentine. Get there right at 5:30 for a prime spot up front.

Thursday 7/12:
As the recurring joke for many years of Fort Reno shows goes, when will seminal post-hardcore band Fugazi’s hiatus end with a surprise show on the outdoor stage? Well in case you haven’t heard, The Messthetics has half the band with Joe Lally on bass and Brendan Canty on drums, plus the unstoppable guitar shredding of Anthony Pirog. Born Dad and Taciturn round out a huge night of music Thursday night.


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Don’t Stay Home This Holiday Weekend 6/29

Hometown Sounds is taking a short breather next week, so today we’ve got a bonus size lineup of #DCmusic picks for your holiday weekend.

Friday 6/29:
Head up to College Park’s MilkBoy ArtHouse tonight for a night of modern bluegrass and folk music. By And By describe their sound as “Arms Wide Open Bluegrass & Americana”, and Rock Creek Revival are right up that alley too.

Saturday 6/30:
H St. NE’s Rock & Roll Hotel has a strong lineup of DC indie rock Saturday evening. You should already know Paperhaus from their many years of hosting DCDIT house shows. Park Snakes channel goth and post-punk vibes, while Bacchae represent the agitated punk youth.



Sunday 7/01:
On July 4th Union Stage hosts an independent music and skate festival called either Brokechella or Moechella. We’re not quite sure. But you can get a preview of the music Sunday evening at Dew Drop Inn from a wide swath of the DC music scene, including Karen Culi, +E, Mr. Daywalker and a new band called Barefoot Lefty.


Monday 7/02:
The 50th anniversary Fort Reno season kicks off Monday evening at 7:30 with a fantastic lineup of Lotion Princess, Time is Fire and Des Demonas. Invite your coolest friends to check out DC’s premiere outdoor music series.

Tuesday 7/03:
There was a time when go-go music was pushed out of DC’s city limits. Now you can hear that distinctive go-go beat at one of the most swank venues in DC, The Hamilton. Tuesday night the lineup of Rare Essence featuring Jas Funk and E.U. featuring Sugar Bear unites two of the longest running go-go acts for a night of true DC satisfaction.



Wednesday 7/04:
Come on, it’s the Fourth! Go watch fireworks!

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Don’t Stay Home This Week 6/25

It’s another strong week in #DCmusic shows. Hometown Sounds lovingly encourages you to get out of your air-conditioned, Netflix-enabled hidey hole and onto the dance floor singing along to some great tunes. Here are our suggestions for the week to come.

Monday 6/25:
Ryan Walker and Stephen Russ are two endearing DC musicians that share not just a friendship but also a birthday, and that was yesterday. Stephen’s new band Bal Boheme joins Ryan’s group The Beanstalk Library for a night of musical celebrations tonight at Arlington’s Galaxy Hut.


Tuesday 6/26:
Kudos to Black Cat for hosting a snazzy two band bill on a Tuesday night. The Beginner’s Mynd channel 60s era psychedelic rock, and Ezra Mae & The Gypsy Moon make smoky garage-y blues. Get on this.


Wednesday 6/27:
Seán Barna is a drummer and singer swapping time between DC and NY, and his unique vocal and lyrical style sound like no one else here. Come here his band The Monogamists perform songs from Barna’s upcoming release Cissy, a “gasping, 5-song exploration of isolation, anxiety, queerness, and mortality” at SongByrd Wednesday evening. Plus you get Rob Stokes Band and Brooklyn’s Laura Wolf, and life is just grand.

Thursday 6/28:
Little League Champs play pop-punk and mashup style music, including “anthems from the 90s and songs you would’ve heard at Warped Tour in 2006”. AdMo’s SongByrd hosts the release show for their debut EP Hot Ice Thursday night, with support from Broke Royals and Eli Lev & The Fortunes Found. That’s a fun as hell lineup from start to finish to lead into the weekend.

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Don’t Stay Home This Weekend 6/22

The weekend is here! Summer is here! Don’t you dare stay home. Check out our #DCmusic picks for the weekend.

Friday 6/22:
Tonight Slash Run hosts the EP release show for the well-named pop-punk band Ménage À Garage, with support from DC band freinds The Hartford Pussies and Pagan Reagan. There’s no cover, so that means more burgers & brews to ease you into the weekend.


Saturday 6/23:
News flash: the Flasher show Saturday night at Black Cat is in the Backstage room, and it’s not yet sold out as I type these words. Grab your tix in advance to see the post-punk trio ride the wave of their debut album Constant Image. Filling out the bill is Dehd from Chicago and the Girls of Trade’s Genderfuck Drag Show.

Sunday 6/24:
ICYMI, our monthly showcase at the Kennedy Center’s free Millennium Stage returns Sunday at 6 PM with a special presentation of Beauty Pill. Frontman Chad Clark decided to expand the quintet to a Symphonette for this performance, so don’t miss your chance to see this sublime music like never before.

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Don’t Stay Home This Week 6/18

A #DCmusic show or event every single night. That’s our mission. Here are this week’s picks!

Monday 6/18:
We bet most fans of DC music know the name Don Zientara, if not his sound. The owner of famed Arlington recording studio Inner Ear has manned the boards of many legendary recordings. Come to Galaxy Hut tonight to hear his original music, along with Lisa Said’s smoky new ensemble Piramid Scheme.

Tuesday 6/19:
Got My Own Sound is perfecting their jazzy, soulful blend of R&B and hip-hop on their own recently released album Welcome To Our World and through collaborations with DC titans Carolyn Malachi and Raheem DeVaughn among many others. Georgetown’s Blues Alley hosts two shows by this talented group Tuesday evening. Pro tip: stay up late and go to the second show.

Wednesday 6/20:
Mental health concerns are frequently on our minds these days, from self-care to celebrity suicides. Toronto’s Rich Aucoin is currently biking across America on his PRESS ON Tour to raise money and awareness for Mental Health America. Wednesday night he pedals to DC9 with support from Nashville’s sweaty Terror Pigeon and two diverse DC acts we love, OG Lullabies and Electric Grandmother. The music starts at 7:30 and 100% of the proceeds go to charity.


Thursday 6/21:
Come here our very own podcast host Tony Porreco in a panel discussion about streaming music at DC Music Download‘s Industry Night at Union Stage. RSVP right now to hobnob with everyone who’s everyone.

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Don’t Stay Home This Weekend 6/15

Friday 6/15:
The fine folk at DC Music Download continue their live music series Luce Unplugged at the Luce Foundation Center for American Art inside the Smithsonian American Art Museum tonight with high energy blues rock frontman Jonny Grave. This free show with drink specials is the best happy hour around, so bring your friends.

Saturday 6/16:
ICYMI, our most recent DC music podcast featured The Caribbean‘s Matt Byars talking about this Saturday‘s Seventh Stanine Festival at Takoma Park DIY venue Rhizome. Now the party is almost here! The all-day, all-evening lineup includes many avant-garde DC acts we love: Insect Factory, Literals, The Jet Age, Jon Camp, Boat Burning, Chad Clark of Beauty Pill, and of course The Caribbean themselves. Come early, stay late, chip in $15 and expand your brain.







Sunday 6/17:
Lush, friendly and deep, indie folks band Near Northeast‘s show at Union Stage on Sunday evening has received some well-deserved local media plugs. Not wanting anyone to feel left out, we join in this love fest with our recommendation. The well-curated bill includes a band from Pittsburgh called The Hills and the Rivers and Hagerstown MD’s The Plate Scrapers.

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Don’t Stay Home This Week 6/11

Wow, what a weekend DC just had! We hope you got the most out of it. Now keep the good vibes going this week with some #DCmusic, perhaps some of the fine selections we present below.

Monday 6/11:
The sprawling DC Jazz Fest kicked off this past weekend and goes throughout the week with events all over the city, both big and small. Tonight Ivy City Smokehouse hosts a funky, brassy show for the festival with DuPont Brass and jazz/go-go fusion band The JoGo Project.


Tuesday 6/12:
DC metal heads, head to the Angelika Film Center in Fairfax Tuesday night for a special night with A Sound of Thunder. After a short selection of music videos, witness the big screen premiere of their new animated video “It Was Metal” and make your way to the upstairs lounge for a private happy hour with your friendly fellow NoVA/DMV metal fans and an acoustic set from the band.

Wednesday 6/13:
The Foggy Bottom Whomp-Stompers are dedicated to entertaining DC with hot jazz, early swing, rags, stomps and blues from the 1920s and 30s. Dress your dapperest and limber your joints as the band throws a free swing dance party Wednesday Night at Pearl Street Warehouse.

Thursday 6/14:
This humble blog and so many others drew inspiration from DCist, the granddaddy of online local news coverage in DC. After an awful saga between a billionaire and unionization, the beloved site and its years of archives vanished. Now thanks to WAMU and Kickstarter backers, the site is now poised to relaunch, providing their much-missed distinctive voice to coverage of the news, arts and culture of DC. Celebrate DCist’s return Thursday night at SW arts club Blind Whino with a dance party and mingling with fellow DC media enthusiasts.

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Don’t Stay Home This Weekend 6/08

Between the Kingman Island Bluegrass Festival, the Capital Pride Parade, DC JazzFest, or binge-watching Anthony Bourdain’s Parts Unknown, there are a lot of options for your precious time this weekend. Here are our picks for filling your life with some #DCmusic.

Friday 6/08:
Ace photographer roXplosion goes to more shows than just about anyone. Tonight the beloved documentor of DC band visuals camps out at burger joint Slash Run with BOAYT, DoubleMotorcycle and Ménage À Garage three bands guaranteed to rock your Friday night hard. And no cover!


Saturday 6/09:
Kingsley Flood is the rare band in a long distance relationship between DC and Boston. Celebrate the release of their fourth full length album Neighbors and Strangers Saturday night at The Wharf’s Pearl Street Warehouse with support from two highly recommended DC acts, Humble Fire and Glenn Yoder & The Western States.



Sunday 6/10:
Keep the glowy, rainbow-colored love from Pride going Sunday night at the Black Cat. Heather Mae, Olivia Mancini and Crys Matthews are three queer DC singers and songwriters that will blow you away with wit and emotion.

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