Monday, August 22, 2016

Video of The Day #159: Carl Broemel

There’s a bunch of videos out there. Some of them are good. Some of them are a cut above. I like to think my picks for Video Of The Day are a cut (or two) above.

It's easy to feel a strong sense of wanderlust while watching Carl Broemel's video for "Sleepy Lagoon." The scenes of a stunningly pastoral lakeside in dreamy lighting are so very evocative, both in terms of a sense of peacefulness and in the sense of getting away from it all. It's all a perfect match for Broemel's earthy, homespun honey vocals and smooth sonic moves. 



[posted 8.22.16]

Sunday, August 21, 2016

Live Review: Gringo Star @ DC9, 8/15/2016

For some reason, it frequently seems to be stormy weather when I go to see Gringo Star. Braving pre-apocalyptic skies and Monday night malaise, I ventured over to DC9 to see those Hotlanta honeys do their thang. And, as always, it was worth it: a broken snare drum, frequent instrument switcheroos, and an almighty good time. Take that, severe thunderstorms.

Touring the imminently forthcoming long player The Sides and In Between, the foursome did their darndest to get the kids moving on a Monday night, and with their cheeky chappy psych pop it was hard to resist. New ditties "Still Alive" and "Rotten" commingled delightfully with stalwarts like "All Y'All," "Shadow," and one of my personal favorites, the irrepressible nugget "Make You Mine." 

Always a bit playfully tongue-in-cheek, the rascally psychedelia-meets-British-Invasion tomfoolery went over very well indeed with the Monday night crowd. The boys are out on the road for a long time coming, so do yourselves a favor and go check Gringo Star out, y'all.    

  



[posted 8.21.16]

[photo by Megan Petty]

Good Cover Version: Weaves Does the Beatles

Pulp gave the world the song "Bad Cover Version." But seeing as I'm a sonic optimist, I'm of the belief that there's more likely than not more good cover versions floating around than bad ones. Good Cover Version celebrates the good, and leaves all that bad and ugly stuff alone.

How do you take one of the most recognizable songs in the entirety of pop music history and make it your own? Just ask Weaves. They've taken on "Help!" as done by the Fab Four and have spun the classic early Beatles paragon and turned it into an irreverent, bleepy, smoky soul-lounge-funk-rainy Sunday treat. 



[posted 8.21.16]

Saturday, August 20, 2016

Video of The Day #158: Cosmonauts

There’s a bunch of videos out there. Some of them are good. Some of them are a cut above. I like to think my picks for Video Of The Day are a cut (or two) above.

When I first happened across Cosmonauts, it was whilst pulling together interesting bands from the 2012 Austin Psych Fest. My sentiments from that first impression remain unchanged, especially when it comes to not standing a chance against digging their sound. "A-OK!" is the title track from their new record, and the video's simple but effective bright lights and tight closeups purr right along with the infectious daydream believing psych noise of the song.   





[posted 8.20.16]

On The Road Again: Honeyblood

My obvious and oft-admitted propensity to adore all things Scot aside, in the humble opinion of yours truly, it's hard not to fall in smit with the noise of Honeyblood. This spiky Scottish duo is set to bring their grunged-up ruckus to the US come the fall, and I know that makes quite a few of us rather happy. And don't forget, friends, the ladies have a new long player, Babes Never Die, that's out in late October on FatCat.

HONEYBLOOD TOUR DATES


10.24.16 - Metro Gallery - Baltimore, MD
10.25.16 - Ortliebs - Philadelphia, PA
10.26.16 - Baby's All Right - Brooklyn, NY
10.28.16 - Subterranean - Chicago, IL
10.30.16 - 7th Street Entry - Minneapolis, MN
11.3.16 - Barboza - Seattle, WA
11.4.16 - Bunk Bar - Portland, OR
11.6.16 - The Chapel - San Francisco, CA
11.7.16 - The Echo - Los Angeles, CA



[posted 8.20.16]

The Week In Shows: 8/22-8/28

An almost pleasant Saturday afternoon seems as good a time as any to plot ones weekly live music schedule, I think. Let's take a look at what's happening in the greater DC metro this week, shall we? Hot diggity (with mercifully less of an emphasis on the hot)!

August is halfway over, which hopefully means the icky gross heat we've been having here in greater DC is almost out the door as well. The nights may be getting darker earlier, but there's still lots of summer shows to enjoy. Make sure you get out there this week and support your bands of choice. So here we go, a look at some recommended shows for the coming week. See a show with an asterisk? I'll be there, so let's hang.

And as an aside, if you've got a show coming up you'd like me to consider including in my weekly calendar, just shoot me an email with "Calendar" somewhere in the subject line. Thanks y'all!

MONDAY, 8/22/16

-Lower Dens + Cigarette (Rock & Roll Hotel 10th Birthday Bash)
-Ciaran Lavery + Danny Burns (Jammin Java)

TUESDAY, 8/23/16

-Titus Andronicus + Two Inch Astronaut (Rock & Roll Hotel 10th Birthday Bash)
-David Crosby (Birchmere)

WEDNESDAY, 8/24/16

-Downtown Boys + Big Hush + Bad Moves (Rock & Roll Hotel 10th Birthday Bash)
-ZZ Top + Jonny Two Bags (9:30 Club - SOLD OUT)
-Butch Walker + The Wind & The Wave + Suzanne Santo (U Street Music Hall)

THURSDAY, 8/25/16

-Trash Talk + Nappynapa + Sir E. U. (Rock & Roll Hotel 10th Birthday Bash)
-Skye & Ross from Morcheeba + DJ Christine Moritz (9:30 Club)
-Wing Dam + Witch Coast + Hand Grenade Job (Black Cat)

FRIDAY, 8/26/16

-Milemarker + Puff Pieces + The Effects (Rock & Roll Hotel 10th Birthday Bash)
-Aretha Franklin (Wolf Trap)
-Boat Burning - Anthony Pirog Quartet (Black Cat)

SATURDAY, 8/27/16

-William Elliot Whitmore + Tim Barry (Rock & Roll Hotel 10th Birthday Bash)
-My Son Bison + Br'er + Near Northeast (Bathtub Republic)
-Bob Log III + The Kevin Dowling Fitness Hour (DC9)

SUNDAY, 8/28/16

-Surf Curse + Lala Lala + Shirt/Pants (Songbyrd Music House)

[posted 8.20.16]

Friday, August 19, 2016

Video of The Day #157: Cheshires

There’s a bunch of videos out there. Some of them are good. Some of them are a cut above. I like to think my picks for Video Of The Day are a cut (or two) above.

I was a really, really big Remy Zero fan back in the day, and it makes me pretty darned happy to see that Shelby Tate (otherwise known - really - as Remy Zero) is once again making some wonderful music. This time it's as part of trio Cheshires, and the sounds in "Love This Feelin'" are a deliriously golden whirlwind of bloody catchy 60s pop meets early 90s college rock. The video picks up the technicolor vibes and runs wit them, through vintage film clips and saturated shots of the band. Hello again, Shelby.   


Cheshires - Love This Feelin' from Cheshires on Vimeo.



[posted 8.19.16]

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Singles Club: Lightnin' Ray

What gal wouldn't be tickled to have this little ditty written for her? 

Lightnin' Ray, of the oh-so-fertile Atlanta rock proving grounds, wears his heart on his sleeve in this sweetly swaggering valentine of a song. Serious 70s and 80s throwback vibes abound, and hopefully he won't kill me if I say there's a little nod to one D. L. Roth in the vocals. This here is a perfect go and cozy up to your crush song, so don't be shy, y'all.  



[posted 8.18.16]

Saturday, August 13, 2016

The Week in Shows: 8/15-8/21

A Saturday night full of some hot hot heat definitely seems as good a time as any to plot ones weekly live music schedule, I think. Let's take a look at what's happening in the greater DC metro this week, shall we? Hot diggity (and still with an emphasis on the hot)!

Just a little public service type announcing, y'all, if you're in the DC metro (or anywhere else with a heat advisory), please be sure to hydrate, stay inside whenever possible, and don't leave pets in your cars. Or small children. This heat is brutal. But as per just about usual, there's a lot to see in DC my friends. Make sure you get out there this week and support your bands of choice. So here we go, a look at some recommended shows for the coming week. See a show with an asterisk? I'll be there, so let's hang. 

And as an aside, if you've got a show coming up you'd like me to consider including in my weekly calendar, just shoot me an email with "Calendar" somewhere in the subject line. Thanks y'all!

MONDAY, 8/15/16

-Gringo Star + Silent Old Mtns. (DC9)*
-The Plank Stompers + Deltaphonic (Galaxy Hut)

TUESDAY, 8/16/16

-River Whyless + The Social Animals (Jammin Java)

WEDNESDAY, 8/17/16

-Beat Connection + Kodak to Graph + Iance Neptune (DC9)

THURSDAY, 8/18/16

-Ed Schrader's Music Beat + Escape-Ism (Comet Ping Pong)
-Drug Church + Donovan Wolfington (DC9)

FRIDAY, 8/19/16

-Loud Boyz + Pie Face Girls (Comet Ping Pong)
-The Julie Ruin + Olivia Neutron-John + Sneaks (Black Cat)
-The Beanstalk Library + The Fire Tonight + The NRIs (Rock & Roll Hotel)

SATURDAY, 8/20/16

-White Ford Bronco (9:30 Club)
-Black Masala + M. H. & His Orchestra + The Shadow Girl Sound Collective (Black Cat)

SUNDAY, 8/21/16

-Ex Hex + Flasher + Simon Doom (Rock & Roll Hotel 10th Anniversary Show)
-The Bangles + Cardiac (9:30 Club)
-Hoops + Leggy + Trunkweed (Songbyrd Music House)
-Black Sabbath + Rival Sons (Jiffy Lube Live)

[posted 8.13.16]

Video of The Day #156: Alvvays

There’s a bunch of videos out there. Some of them are good. Some of them are a cut above. I like to think my picks for Video Of The Day are a cut (or two) above.

It's been a couple years since this record came out, but I'm still totally smitten with the adorable Alvvays. I've been listening to their self-titled long player a lot this summer, and "Next of Kin" totally fits the season with those surf's up, pale-skin-by-the-seaside fuzzed-out vibes. The video is a fitting visual feast of bright colors, shore scenes, and meaningful glances.  





[posted 8.12.16]

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Singles Club: No One Mind

With an unrelenting, aggressive energy that acts as the heartbeat of No One Mind's "Tiger," it's easy to imagine the song's creation as a sort of aural revenge. 

Whether or not that's the case, the Raleigh outfit has unleashed quite a gem with this deliciously bloodlusty little song. "I'll meet you in your wildest dreams," the song promises with a sneer. The entire thing pulsates with a focused, almost obsessively fixated force, and the catchiness of the rhythm section makes this a tough song to shake loose. I'm looking forward to hearing more out of this here project.    



[posted 8.11.16]

On The Road Again: JEFF The Brotherhood

Those Orrall boys are at once again, y'all, taking their rollicking rock and roll antics out on the road. This string of dates is in support of JEFF The Brotherhood's newest long player, Zone, out tomorrow (8/12) on Dine Alone Records. 

It's hard to believe this Nashville twosome has been rocking and rolling for over ten years now, and if you haven't seen them live in all that time I strongly suggest you make up for lost time and go see this tour. They'll show you a sweaty good time and then some.  

JEFF THE BROTHERHOOD TOUR DATES

Sept 16 Lexington, KY @ Burl
Sept 17 Ft. Wayne, IN @ Middle Waves Fest
Sept 18 Louisville, KY 2 Zanzabar
Sept 25 Winston-Salem, NC @ The Garage
Sept 26 Washington, DC @ Black Cat Backstage
Sept 27 Brooklyn, NY @ Market Hotel
Sept 28 Somerville, MA @ ONCE
Sept 30 Providence, RI @ Fete Lounge
Oct 1 Portland, ME @ Waking Windows Fest
Oct 2 Philadelphia, PA @ Underground Arts
Oct 3 Morgantown, WV @ 123 Pleasant St
Oct 4 Harrisonburg, VA @ Golden Pony



[posted 8.11.16]

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Video Of The Day #155: The Coral

There’s a bunch of videos out there. Some of them are good. Some of them are a cut above. I like to think my picks for Video Of The Day are a cut (or two) above.

Remember those visualizers that went along with early computer audio programs? Well, Liverpool stalwarts The Coral are bringing back the visualizer in a big way with their clip for "Million Eyes." And it's pretty rad. As is the song, which is an interesting amalgamation of psych, prog, and synth (with lots of big riffs for you axe lovers). I dig it, and I hope you will too. 



[posted 8.10.16]

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Newsflash!: Win Tickets to Gringo Star @ DC9, 8/15!

Goodness sakes alive, y'all, it makes me a very happy gal to be able to tell you the good news. As you know, the irrepressible Gringo Star will be in town next week (August 15, to be exact), and your humble hostess is able to dangle a pair of tickets to said show in front of your eyes.

So, in order to snatch and grab this pair of tickets to see the Gringo boys do their Atlanta psych-60s shimmy, you will need to send me an email, no later than high noon this Saturday (8/13) telling me why this pair of tickets should be yours all yours. Piece of cake! 

Now, get a move on and you just may end up a big ole winner!   



[posted 8.9.16]