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Incredible Change – Branching Out video

Did you know that Ra Ra Rasputin frontman Brock Boss has a solo project? Now you do! Incredible Change features a mellower vibe than the New Order-speed dance music from Ra Ra, assembled by a who’s who of DC music including Deena OH, Miyazaki’s Eddie Rodela and the soon-departing Colonel K aka Patrick Kigongo. Today The Vinyl District premiered the intriguing new video for “Branching Out”, shot by Boss and Deanna Toema and produced by Grammy-award winning engineer Drew Doucette, showing Boss wandering through a colorful and slightly tilt-shifted Rock Creek Park. Incredible Change’s debut self-titled EP is a pay-what-you-want download on Bandcamp, and your next chance to catch them live is this Sunday night at DC9 with fellow synthpopers Pleasure Curses and AAA.

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First Impressions with Laura Wiederhoeft: Ra Ra Rasputin and Miyazaki @ Strathmore Mansion


Being a newcomer to a city has its perks: every Friday-night option is appealing and going out is still an adventure. With First Impressions, I’ll be exploring DC’s music scene from my perspective, bringing you ideas for venues you may have never been to before and shedding new light on old standbys. Whether you’re a newbie like me, a die-hard local (do those exist in DC?) or somewhere in between, here’s hoping to a musical adventure in everyone’s weekend plans.

When weighing my options for the first installment of First Impressions, I hesitated to choose Friday Night Eclectic at Strathmore Mansion. Bethesda, Maryland hardly seems like a destination for DC music scenesters, and the typical classy programming of this multi-disciplinary arts center isn’t always aligned to the desires of weekend ears. But Friday Night Eclectic isn’t the typical fare of Strathmore, and Bethesda isn’t as square as you might think. Promises of dance beats from DC bands Ra Ra Rasputin and Miyazaki enticed me out in the end, and even after my 45 minute long-haul on the metro, I had no regrets.

Strathmore describes their Friday Night Eclectic as “the hip party you would host—if you lived in a mansion with an art gallery, a cool band and a bartender.” I guess their description is pretty accurate, even if I do wonder who put together the guest list. Suburban dads in baseball caps mingled with Mohawked girls and young urbanites on the dance floor, and skinny-jeaned hipsters rubbed elbows with long-haired hippie types at the bar. This oddly diverse assortment of concertgoers only added to the charm, however, and I found it a refreshing divergence from the more predictable crowds I’ve encountered in the heart of the district.

The venue itself, filled with dance music, radiated quirky. Oak wood paneling and ornate metal light fixtures adorn the whole first floor, and the grand staircase in the foyer exudes elegance – it is a renovated mansion, after all. In the midst of all this class, Miyazaki and Ra Ra Rasputin staged an excellent, high-energy show underneath a giant pipe organ. For those who temporarily tired of the bands’ synthpop stylings, a DC artist sold his wares in an adjacent room, even allowing onlookers to try their hand at using his paint sprayer. For thirsty folk, a cash bar in the dining room served up boozy delight, while locally made art adorned every wall and provided welcome wandering space. Although I came for the tunes (which did not disappoint), I was fully amused by the assorted offerings of the evening.

The music was danceable, the venue was surprisingly enchanting, and the eclectic vibe lived up to Strathmore’s intents. If you missed out this weekend, don’t worry – the mansion houses local bands every Friday night and throws in unexpected arts events to round the whole thing out. If ever there was a reason to venture that far up the red line, this might be it.


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Ra Ra Rasputin – Forward video

DC music video of the day! Ra Ra Rasputin throws down dance music like no other band in DC. Their show at Fort Reno back in 2010 actually got a huge crowd off their blankets and dancing, providing the highlight of the summer for me. Tonight they’re playing at the Red Palace with fellow locals Dance For The Dying, and to get you in the mood for some banging synthpop, check out the video for their new song Forward.