Saturday, August 1, 2015

Sounds of Secret Stages 2015 #8: Raindeer

One of these years, by heaven, I'll make it down to Birmingham for Secret Stages. Sadly, it won't be this year, so once again I'll be missing out on the great lineup the festival folks have put together for the fifth iteration of this special event. Nevertheless, your lady friend has done some scoping out of the lineup, and of course I have some recommendations. If you're doing Secret Stages, check these folks out. If you're not, check 'em out anyway!

Baltimore never ceases to amaze me with the amount of talent that resides within the city limits. Take Raindeer, for example. The band concocts a breathy, soft sound with clear 50s-60s pop influences that's shot through with a delightful, fuzzy clamor that's a little off the straight and narrow (and is all the better for it). Very much worth spending some time with. 




[posted 8.1.15]

Sounds of Secret Stages 2015 #7: Coupler

One of these years, by heaven, I'll make it down to Birmingham for Secret Stages. Sadly, it won't be this year, so once again I'll be missing out on the great lineup the festival folks have put together for the fifth iteration of this special event. Nevertheless, your lady friend has done some scoping out of the lineup, and of course I have some recommendations. If you're doing Secret Stages, check these folks out. If you're not, check 'em out anyway!

The "deliberate ambient" music of Coupler is an interesting thing to behold. A recently expanded solo project of Lambchop's Ryan Norris, the noises made by Coupler incorporate tension and release through the outfit's cacophony of droning dirges and other engaging electronic elements.  







[posted 8.1.15]


Sounds of Secret Stages 2015 #6: Swampbird

One of these years, by heaven, I'll make it down to Birmingham for Secret Stages. Sadly, it won't be this year, so once again I'll be missing out on the great lineup the festival folks have put together for the fifth iteration of this special event. Nevertheless, your lady friend has done some scoping out of the lineup, and of course I have some recommendations. If you're doing Secret Stages, check these folks out. If you're not, check 'em out anyway!

The sound of Swampbird is the sound of midnight summer wanderlust, of driving down dark roads on sultry moonlit nights in a small town in the middle of anywhere. These Little Rock gents keep it swampy and keep it earnest, and I do so like it. 




[posted 8.1.15]

Sounds of Secret Stages 2015 #5: Mega Ran

One of these years, by heaven, I'll make it down to Birmingham for Secret Stages. Sadly, it won't be this year, so once again I'll be missing out on the great lineup the festival folks have put together for the fifth iteration of this special event. Nevertheless, your lady friend has done some scoping out of the lineup, and of course I have some recommendations. If you're doing Secret Stages, check these folks out. If you're not, check 'em out anyway!

Mixing humor, video game bleeps, and a voice that's the smoothest around, Mega Ran isn't like any other hip hop dude around. Leaving the bitches and bling behind, Mega goes in a totally different direction altogether, and with the sweet 80s video game samples and that voice of his, I'm pretty much the newest member of Team Mega. Truly not to be missed. 





[posted 8.1.15]

Sounds of Secret Stages 2015 #4: Dalmatian

One of these years, by heaven, I'll make it down to Birmingham for Secret Stages. Sadly, it won't be this year, so once again I'll be missing out on the great lineup the festival folks have put together for the fifth iteration of this special event. Nevertheless, your lady friend has done some scoping out of the lineup, and of course I have some recommendations. If you're doing Secret Stages, check these folks out. If you're not, check 'em out anyway!

Not only can Macon, GA's Dalmatian whistle like nobody's business, but they also know how to throw down a pretty dreamy little folksome ditty (with some pretty great falsetto thrown in the mix). That's not all they can do, mind, these Georgians can get a little psych-soul-swampy too. And y'all know how I feel about that. Verily recommended.   







[posted 8.1.15]


Monday, July 27, 2015

Newsflash!: Win Tickets To The Psychedelic Furs + The Church @ The Fillmore Silver Spring 8/9/15

I couldn't possibly be more delighted to present this wonderful giveaway to you, my dearest loves! 

Yours truly has a pair of tickets for a seriously spectacular show up for grabs. You, yes you, could soon be heading to see not one but two legends of 80s synth wonderfulness at The Fillmore Silver Spring on August 9th. The Psychedelic Furs and The Church, two of the best of the best when it comes to vintage musical imports, will be heading to our neck of the woods very soon. And if you're anything like me, you're super excited about it.

To win this coveted pair of tickets, simply send me an email, telling me why you, yes you, should get your mitts on said tickets. That's it! Creativity definitely counts, so make sure you bring your A game. Entries must must must be received no later than midnight on Thursday, August 6th (Eastern time). Winners will be notified Friday, August 7th.

Good luck!!  

Sunday, July 26, 2015

The Week In Shows: 7/27-8/2

A late Sunday evening 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!

July is winding down, and the dog days of August are already threatening. It's gonna get hot, y'all! But some of you are hardy souls, so check these shows out this week. And remember, y'all, each week I'll be picking one show that is my seriously, go to this recommended show of the week, a show that should be the subject of your undivided attention. So here we go, a look at some recommended shows for the coming week.

MONDAY, 7/27/15

-Milky Chance + X Ambassadors (Echo Stage)
-Marriages + Creepoid + Atlas At Last (DC9)

TUESDAY, 7/28/15

-Interpol (Echo Stage) (Extra Recommended!)

WEDNESDAY, 7/29/15

-Moullinex + Ben Browning (Black Cat)
-Django Django + Beat Connection (9:30 Club)

THURSDAY, 7/30/15

-BRNDA + Wild Honey + Den-Mate (Black Cat)
-The Appleseed Cast + Adjy + Annabel (Rock & Roll Hotel)

FRIDAY, 7/31/15

-Lazyeyes + The Teen Age (DC9)
-Shuggie Otis (Howard Theatre)
-Bombino + Elikeh (The Hamilton)

SATURDAY, 8/1/15

-R. Ring (6th & I)
-Veruca Salt + Charly Bliss (9:30 Club)
-Loud Boyz + Bond Street District + The Seeers (DC9)



[posted 7.26.15]

Saturday, July 25, 2015

Sounds of Secret Stages 2015 #3: The Burning Peppermints

One of these years, by heaven, I'll make it down to Birmingham for Secret Stages. Sadly, it won't be this year, so once again I'll be missing out on the great lineup the festival folks have put together for the fifth iteration of this special event. Nevertheless, your lady friend has done some scoping out of the lineup, and of course I have some recommendations. If you're doing Secret Stages, check these folks out. If you're not, check 'em out anyway!

Time to pay some attention to some local Birmingham talent, I do believe. The Burning Peppermints, in their dapper matching ensembles, churn out some mighty fine, slightly shambolic, might-could-maybe-blow-out-your-speakers rock and roll, infused with some psych and some sass.  




[posted 7.25.15]

Sounds of Secret Stages 2015 #2: Early Walker

One of these years, by heaven, I'll make it down to Birmingham for Secret Stages. Sadly, it won't be this year, so once again I'll be missing out on the great lineup the festival folks have put together for the fifth iteration of this special event. Nevertheless, your lady friend has done some scoping out of the lineup, and of course I have some recommendations. If you're doing Secret Stages, check these folks out. If you're not, check 'em out anyway!

In the ether between the past and the present hovers Arkansas band Early Walker. Channeling the rich instrumentation of the best of 70s classic rock with vocals both fractured and of the moment, this Fayetteville outfit offers a lot to get excited about.  




[posted 7.25.15]

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Sounds of Secret Stages 2015 #1: Sweet Crude

One of these years, by heaven, I'll make it down to Birmingham for Secret Stages. Sadly, it won't be this year, so once again I'll be missing out on the great lineup the festival folks have put together for the fifth iteration of this special event. Nevertheless, your lady friend has done some scoping out of the lineup, and of course I have some recommendations. If you're doing Secret Stages, check these folks out. If you're not, check 'em out anyway!

I am intrigued by the wonderful Cajun-ness of Sweet Crude, the Louisianans who bring their love of Cajun culture effortlessly and endearingly into their buoyant, delightful indie folk pop. In their own words: 

"We are indigenous to South Louisiana. We would like to show the world that we can make progressive music that also embraces this region’s French-speaking tradition. We are joining a small but fervent group of young Louisianians engaged in keeping the language relevant via art. Also we would like to drink whiskey and dance all the time."

Who can argue with that? Heck, I'd love to drink whiskey and dance right along with these little darlings.  

  




[posted 7.23.15]

Monday, July 20, 2015

Newsflash!: Mastodon Cancels Euro Shows!

Alas and alack, it's never fun to see that a band has had to cancel some tour dates. But Mastodon is doing just that, I'm sorry to say, for their Montreal show and a run of dates in Europe. According to the news release something is amiss so let's wish the band well. Here's the official word:

July 20th, 2015 - (Burbank, CA):

"Mastodon regretfully announce they must cancel their upcoming shows that were to take place from August 7th through September 3rd due to a personal family matter. Mastodon will return to the road in Latin America in Late September. The September 5th show in Iceland has been rescheduled for December 5th. Please see below for all cancelled dates."


Aug 7 Montreal, QC Heavy Montreal Fest

Aug 12 Oslo, NOR Oya Festival

Aug 14 Dinkelsbuehl, GER Summer Breeze Fest

Aug 15 Hamburg, GER Elb-Riot Festival

Aug 16 Dornbirn, AUT Bregenz Conrad Sohm

Aug 18 Cologne, GER Essigfabrik

Aug 19 Berlin, GER Kesselhaus

Aug 20 Charleville Mezieres, FRA Cabaret Vert

Aug 21 Hasselt, BEL Pukkelpop Shelter Marquee

Aug 25 St. Petersburg, RUS SKK Arena (w/ Metallica)

Aug 27 Moscow, RUS Olympysky (w/ Metallica)

Aug 29 Reading, ENG Reading Festival (The Pit Stage)

Aug 30 Leeds, ENG Leeds/Reading Festival (The Pit Stage)

Aug 31 Istanbul, TUR 100% Metal Headbangers

Sept 2 Thessaloniki, GRE Principal Theater Club

Sept 3 Athens, GRE Gazi Hall Entertainment Stage



*Dec 5 Reykjavik, ICE Rokkjotnar Festival



[posted 7.20.15]

Singles Club: Foals

I don't know about y'all, but any day with a new Foals song is a good day, as far as I'm concerned. 

"Mountain At My Gates" is taken from the forthcoming long player What Went Down, and stays true to the Foals vibe with the gritty grooves and soaring vocals, with the addition of a rambling, magnificently messy climax near the end of the song. 

I can't help but get the feeling this new record of theirs will be pretty darned great, don't you? 




[posted 7.20.15]

Sunday, July 19, 2015

On The Road Again: Dale Earnhardt Jr Jr/Jr Jr

Detroit party dudes Dale Earnhardt Jr Jr are on the cusp of the release of their third LP, and they'll soon be hitting the road to kick out their latest batch of good time jams. But the guys also have a name change to spread the news about, as they're dropping the former part of their name and keeping just Jr Jr. Heck, brevity can be good, right? So make sure you don't get confused. 

The tour is pretty extensive, so be sure to get out there and check these fellas out. I've seen them and will vouch for the entertainment/good times value. I'd hazard a guess that the diabolically catchy ear worm of a new single "Gone" will be a regular on the setlist.  


JR JR FALL HEADLINING TOUR

w/ Hippo Campus* and Brothertiger^


07/24 Tulsa, OK - Center of the Universe Festival

09/12 Cleveland, OH - NeoCycle Fest

09/13 Sterling Heights, MI - Chill on the Hill Festival

09/29 St. Paul, MN - Turf Club*

10/01 St. Louis, MO - Firebird*

10/02 Lawrence, KS - The Bottleneck*

10/03 Denver, CO - Bluebird Theater*

10/06 Seattle, WA - Neumos*

10/07 Portland, OR - Wonder Ballroom*

10/09 San Francisco, CA - Great American Music Hall*

10/10 Los Angeles, CA - Teragram Ballroom*

10/14 Phoenix, AZ - The Crescent Ballroom*

10/16 Austin, TX - Mohawk*

10/18 Houston, TX - Warehouse Live Studio*

10/20 New Orleans, LA - One Eyed Jacks*

10/22 Nashville, TN - Mercy Lounge*

10/23 Atlanta, GA - Terminal West @ King Plow Arts Center*

10/24 Milledgeville, GA - Deep Roots Festival*

10/26 Tallahassee, FL - Club Downunder^

10/27 St. Petersburg, FL - State Theatre^

10/28 Ft. Lauderdale, FL - Culture Room^

10/30 Charlotte, NC - The Neighborhood Theatre^

10/31 Saxapahaw, NC - Haw River Ballroom^

11/02 Charlottesvile, VA - Jefferson Theater^

11/03 Philadelphia, PA - Union Transfer^

11/04 New York, NY - Webster Hall^

11/05 Cambridge, MA - The Sinclair^

11/06 Washington, DC - 9:30 Club^

11/07 Albany, NY - The Hollow^

11/11 Columbus, OH - The A&R Music Bar^

11/12 Indianapolis, IN - Deluxe @ Old National Center^

11/14 Chicago, IL - Metro^





[posted 7.19.15]

Saturday, July 18, 2015

The Week In Shows: 7/20-7/26

A sultry Saturday evening 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!

For some reason there's a ton of shark movies on cable this weekend, and I'm all about it. Sharks are so hot right now. So too are the shows. There's a lot of awesome coming to the DC metro this week, y'all. And remember, y'all, each week I'll be picking one show that is my seriously, go to this recommended show of the week, a show that should be the subject of your undivided attention. So here we go, a look at some recommended shows for the coming week.

MONDAY, 7/20/15

-Death From Above 1979 + The Bots (Rock & Roll Hotel) (Extra Recommended!)
-Son Lux + Landlady (U Street Music Hall)
-Neon Trees + Coin + Fictionist (9:30 Club)
-The Caribbean + The Wilderness (Galaxy Hut)

TUESDAY, 7/21/15

-East Ghost + The Head + After The Lights (The Pinch)
-Sonny & The Sunsets + Sarah Bethe Nelson (Black Cat)
-The Answer + Black Dog Prowl (DC9)

WEDNESDAY, 7/22/15

-White Mystery + Dirty Fences + Bless + Homosuperior (Comet Ping Pong)

THURSDAY, 7/23/15

-US Air Guitar Conference Finals (9:30 Club)

FRIDAY, 7/24/15

-Punk Rock Karaoke Benefit for Girls Rock DC (Black Cat)

SATURDAY, 7/25/15

-Rocky Votolato + Dave Hause + Chris Farren (DC9)
-Little Boots + Prinze George (U Street Music Hall)
-Run for Cover (Black Cat)

SUNDAY, 7/26/15

-Sealab + Sur Black + JUDE + Nevin Kight (Velvet Lounge)
-My Morning Jacket + Jason Isbell (Merriweather Post Pavilion)
-Harness Flux + The Plums (Galaxy Hut)
-Memory Tapes + Computer Magic + School Dance (DC9)


[posted 7.18.15]