Sunday, July 24, 2016

The Week In Shows: 7/25-7/31

Yet another high heat index-y morning 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 (emphasis on the hot)!

Blah blah dang hot blah blah. I'm so hot I can't even properly complain about how hot it is. But even with all this heat and humidity nonsense, there's plenty of good music to be had yet again. Make sure you get out there this week and support your bands of choice (and support your air conditioning). And hydrate. I don't want any of your pretty faces getting heat stroke. So here we go, a look at some recommended shows for the coming week.

MONDAY, 7/25/16

-Bryan Ferry + LP (Lincoln Theatre)
-The Besnard Lakes + Great American Canyon Band (DC9)
-The Mauls + American Television + Cinema Hearts (Fort Reno)
-The Caribbean + Trisloth (Galaxy Hut)

TUESDAY, 7/26/16

-LP + Lauren Ruth Ward (U Street Music Hall)
-Ryan Adams + Amanda Shires (Lincoln Theatre - SOLD OUT)
-Digable Planets + Camp Lo (9:30 Club - SOLD OUT)

WEDNESDAY, 7/27/16

-Hallelujah the Hills + Hartford Pussies + Alex Vans (Black Cat)
-Brazilian Girls (Howard Theatre)
-case/lang/veirs + Andy Shauf (Lincoln Theatre)
-Justina Shandler (Electric Maid)

THURSDAY, 7/28/16

-Quilt + Big Thief (Rock & Roll Hotel)
-Swans + Okkyung Lee (9:30 Club)
-case/lang/veirs + Andy Shauf (Lincoln Theatre)
-Scanners + Light Beams (Fort Reno)
-Tommy Stinson + Frankie Lee + Foster Carrots (Black Cat)

FRIDAY, 7/29/16

-Foozle + Go Cozy + 100% (Songbyrd Music House)
-Des Demoanas + Santics + DJ Baby Alcatraz (Comet Ping Pong)
-Spirit Animal + Color Palette + Jauze (Rock & Roll Hotel)
-Suzy Jones & The Bedrock + Shadow J. Brown (Electric Maid)

SATURDAY, 7/30/16

-Run for Cover (benefitting Girls Rock DC) (Black Cat)
-Drop Electric + Tone + The Sea Life + Janel & Anthony (9:30 Club)
-Cruisr + Swimming with Bears + Exnations (DC9)

SUNDAY, 7/31/16

-Boogarins + RAINDEER (DC9)
-What Cheer? Brigade + The Torches (Comet Ping Pong)



[posted 7.24.16]

Saturday, July 23, 2016

From The Library: Dandelion - Memoir of a Free Spirit by Catherine James

A little while back, I picked up a copy of Dandelion - Memoir of a Free Spirit. It was an impulse buy, as I had just read a couple titles by Pamela Des Barres and was in the mood for other reads from former rock and roll consorts. The book ended up languishing on the shelf for quite a while, but I finally cracked it open. 

The contents were much different than what I expected. Catherine James threw me for quite a loop. Raised in, shall we say, a less than ideal home life, James grew up fast and struck out on her own much younger than a young adult should have to. Despite circumstances that could have driven anyone to a life unlived, the lady Catherine's story took some interesting, and lucky, turns. 

In Dandelion we learn of her chance meeting with a young Bob Dylan after liberating herself from her unhappy home, her young love gone wrong with Denny Laine of The Moody Blues and Jackson Browne, her torrid, tantalizing flings with Jagger and Page, and countless other twists and turns. James tells her tale with beautiful honesty, leaving nothing unsaid and no stone unturned. What struck me more than anything was the positivity Catherine James exudes in her writing, a combination of determination and belief and a willingness to leave things in the hands of the stars. 

I expected one thing when I bought the book, and got something else entirely. This is no mere story about groupie exploits, it's a tale of a woman of substance who has lived one hell of a life. A powerful, engrossing read. 

[posted 7.23.16]    

Video Of The Day #147: Super Furry Animals

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.

Obviously, I have a thing about the Super Furry Animals. This clip for "Bing Bong" makes me all sorts of giddy with glee, it's technicolor and silly and a perfect visual for the earworm that is the song. 

If you're in the DC metro, catch the lads do this one (probably) and loads of other great tunes from the back catalog (definitely) tonight over at the 9:30 Club. They're absolutely smashing live, so don't miss it. 






[posted 7.23.16]

Friday, July 22, 2016

Video Of The Day #146: Oh Pep!

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.

Dynamic duo Oh Pep! has created what I think has to be one of my favorite songs of right now - "Bushwick." The Aussie pair's gorgeous, smoky folk vocals and overall infectiousness are countered with grainy road trip visuals and close-up shots of the band in action, giving the video an earthy, lo-fi vibe that feels so very comfortable. Bonus points for penning the much-needed mantra line that is "I wish someone would remind me/everything I've done is behind me." So much goodness in a mere three minutes and ten seconds.  





[posted 7.22.16]

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

On The Road Again: Gringo Star

It always brings a smile to my face when I get to talk about some of my favorite Atlantans, Gringo Star.

Today I get to gush because the fellas are taking their halcyon, good time psych-dipped shimmying out on the road, and that makes yours truly one happy gal. They'll be tooling around the US in support of forthcoming long player The Sides and In Between, and from what I've heard so far that's gonna be a heck of a record. In the meantime, check these gents out when they roll through your town. Having seen them many times, I can tell you you're gonna have a guaranteed darned good time and then some.  

GRINGO STAR TOUR DATES

08.10 - Charlotte, NC @ Double Door Inn
08.11 - Durham, NC @ The Pinhook
08.12 - Winston-Salem, NC @The Garage
08.14 - Charlottesville, VA @ The Southern
08.15 - Washington, DC @ DC9
08.16 - Annapolis, MD @ Metropolitan Kitchen & Lounge
08.17 - Baltimore, MD @ The Crown
08.18 - Philadelphia, PA @ Johnny Brenda's
08.19 - Brooklyn, NY @ Shea Stadium
08.21 - New Haven, CT @ Cafe Nine
08.23 - Rochester, NY @ The Bug Jar
08.24 - Boston, MA @ Great Scott
08.25 - Providence, RI @ Fete Music Hall
08.28 - Buffalo, NY @ Waiting Room
08.29 - Cleveland, OH @ Beachland Ballroom and Tavern
08.30 - Columbus, OH @ Ace of Cups
08.31 - Cincinnati, OH @ MOTR Pub
09.01 - Grand Rapids, MI @ The Pyramid Scheme
09.02 - Chicago, IL @ Subterranean
09.03 - Milwaukee, WI @ The Cactus Club
09.04 - Madison, WI @ The Frequency
09.06 - Omaha, NE @ O'Leaver's
09.07 - Kansas City, MO @ The Riot Room
09.14 - Salt Lake City, UT @ Kilby Court
09.15 - Boise, ID @ Neurolux
09.16 - Seattle, WA @ The Vera Project
09.20 - Portland, OR @ Mississippi Studios
09.22 - San Francisco, CA @ The Rickshaw Stop
09.29 - Los Angeles, CA @ The Satellite
09.30 - San Diego, CA @ Soda Bar
10.01 - Phoenix, AZ @ Valley Bar
10.05 - El Paso, TX @ Lowbrow Palace
10.06 - San Antonio, TX @ Paper Tiger
10.07 - Austin, TX @ Mohawk
10.08 - Dallas, TX @ Doublewide




[posted 7.19.16]

Sunday, July 17, 2016

Video Of The Day #145: The Gotobeds

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.

If we learn anything from the video for "Cold Gold (LA's Alright)" it's that the members of The Gotobeds didn't miss their calling as professional dancers. What we also learn is that their irreverent, ping-pong playing, record-breaking (literally) clip fits in perfectly with their chunky, churlish shredding. 

And as a reminder: DC friends, be sure to savor the waning hours of the weekend and go see these Pittsburgh dudes play DC9 this very evening.  







[posted 7.17.16]

The Week In Shows: 7/18-7/24

Another 90+ degree afternoon, this one a Sunday, 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 (emphasis on the hot)!

It's still hot and I still don't like it. I am not a fan of sweat (with a few exceptions, of course). But even with all this heat and humidity nonsense, there's plenty of good music to be had yet again. Make sure you get out there this week and support your bands of choice (and support your air conditioning). So here we go, a look at some recommended shows for the coming week.

MONDAY, 7/18/16

-Dikembe + Slingshot Dakota + The Rememberables (Comet Ping Pong)
-James Green + We Capillaries (Galaxy Hut)

TUESDAY, 7/19/16

-Bear Creek + Boketto The Wolf + Karla Bartholemew (DC9)

WEDNESDAY, 7/20/16

-Water Liars + The Jones (DC9)
-Alex Calder + Freak Heat Waves + June Gloom (Songbyrd Music House)

THURSDAY, 7/21/16

-Caustic Casanova + Borracho + The Ravenna Orchestra + Matter of Planets + Horseburner (The Pinch)
-Holy Fuck + Doomsquad (DC9)
-Graham Nash (Birchmere)

FRIDAY, 7/22/16

-Sufjan Stevens + Thao & The Get Down Stay Down (Wolf Trap)

SATURDAY, 7/23/16

-Super Furry Animals + Chris Forsyth & The Solar Motel Band (9:30 Club)
-Bryan Ferry + LP (Lincoln Theatre - SOLD OUT)
-Joseph Arthur (Jammin Java)
-Cryfest Dance Party (Black Cat)
-Gully Waters + DAIS + Nervous Curtains + The Greatest Hoax + Teething Veils (Velvet Lounge)
-Bells & Hunters + The Hollows + Lauren Calve (IOTA)

SUNDAY, 7/24/16

-Melt Like Clouds + Koshari (Galaxy Hut)



[posted 7.17.16]

Saturday, July 16, 2016

Video of The Day #144: Art D'Ecco

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 do like a bit of theatrics every now and again, and Art D'ecco provides just that with the song "She So Hot." The catchy nugget is very much in the glam rock vein, and the song is given visualization by a prettily-shot, oh-so-dramatic video featuring an axe, lots of blood, and a convenient escape provided by a deus ex machina door into the unknown. Both the song and the video are highly engrossing. 





[posted 7.16.16]

Monday, July 11, 2016

Album Premiere: Bishops

To make noise that is steeped in grunge-coated 90s college rock isn't unusual these days. But to do it with the ease, nuance, and overall badassness that Bishops does is something else entirely. Born in West Virginia and currently ensconced in those mystic Harrisonburg, VA, mountains, this trio is proving they can wail (dang cleverly) with the best of them. And that's not all they can do. 

Dream Easy, the band's latest long player, offers up a wide array of tantalizing rock & roll sounds, a little scuffed jangle here, a little all-out shredding there, and miles of droll, just cynical enough vocals. I'm crushing hard on the chugging lovesickness of "Light Expires," the midnight wiriness of "Skeleton," the hefty riffage of "Stay Young Pt. II," and the rubber-burning spitfire bounce of "Guts." But you really can't go wrong here. The sum is pretty great, as are the parts. Each tasty little nugget proves as satisfying as the one before, adding up to a heck of a fine listening experience. If these dudes haven't been on your radar yet, you might want to adjust your focus. 

You can start by nabbing the record (that just so happens to be being premiered hither), out tomorrow via digital download, and on (swank) gold cassette via Valley Cat Records on the 23rd. Also, check out the shows Bishops has in the near future to tour the pants off Dream Easy.     

BISHOPS TOUR DATES

7/12 @ The Golden Pony - Harrisonburg, VA
7/23 @ Album Release Party @ The Golden Pony - Harrisonburg, VA
8/8 @ 123 Pleasant St. - Morgantown, WV*
8/9 @ The Dawg House - Shepherdstown, WV*
8/10 @ Shea Stadium - Brooklyn, NY*
8/11 @ Nico Nico - Philadelphia, PA*
8/12 @ Asian Taste - Baltimore, MD*
8/13 @ Guido’s - Frederick, MD*

* - w/ Azores



[posted 7.11.16]

Sunday, July 10, 2016

Video Of The Day #143: Depeche Mode

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.

This song popped into my head today, and it made me think of the video, which came out way way back when yours truly was pretty darned young. But it's an incredible song, one of my favorites by any band of ever, and the video isn't half bad, all told. Love you long time, Depeche Mode




[posted 7.10.16]

The Week In Shows: 7/11-7/17

A bright and sunny, pleasant Sunday morning 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!

It's hot. I don't like it. Y'all know that. Just because I'm staying indoors enjoying my air-conditioned splendor doesn't mean y'all have to. There's plenty of good music to be had this week. 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.

MONDAY, 7/11/16

-Beach House + Peals (9:30 Club - SOLD OUT)
-Galaxy Electric + Fuzz Queen (Galaxy Hut)
-Dot Dash + The Delarcos + Nine to Five (Fort Reno)

TUESDAY, 7/12/16

-Beach House + The Chamanas (9:30 Club - SOLD OUT)
-John Carpenter Live Retrospective (Lincoln Theatre) 

WEDNESDAY, 7/13/16

-Night Beats + Mystery Lights (Songbyrd Music House)
-Young Rapids + Spaceface + Paperhaus (DC9)

THURSDAY, 7/14/16

-Wussy + Dot Dash (Black Cat)
-The Rememberables + Psychic Subcreatures + The Luau Cinders (Fort Reno)

FRIDAY, 7/15/16

-Hey Mercedes + The World Is A Beautiful Place & I Am No Longer Afraid To Die + Prawn (Black Cat)
-The Roosevelts + Scott Miller + Bryn Davies (The Hamilton)
-The Stents + The Fuss + The Jennifers (Comet Ping Pong)
-Handsome Hound + Run Come See + Peyote Pilgrim (Rock & Roll Hotel)
-The Nighthawks (AMP)

SATURDAY, 7/16/16

-The National Parks + Jenn Blosil (DC9)
-Air Guitar Championship (Black Cat)
-Coup Sauvage & The Snips + Horse Lords (MLK Library)

SUNDAY, 7/17/16

-The Gotobeds + Birth (Defects) + Bested (DC9)
-Reverend Horton Heat + Dale Watson (Birchmere)
-Santics + Numbers Station (Galaxy Hut)
-Mail The Horse + Silent Old Mtns. (Songbyrd Music House)



[posted 7.10.16]

Thursday, July 7, 2016

Singles Club: Golden Suits

On the (slightly) sunny side of Magnetic Fields, commingled with wistfully faded, radio-friendly 80s Americana you might find Golden Suits, brainchild of Fred Nicolaus (ex-excellent Department of Eagles).

"Is It Wrong" is catchy as all get out, the best kind of toe-tapping, poppy folksiness. It feels both of the moment and like a well-loved classic. Try it on for size, why don't you?    



[posted 7.7.16]

On The Road Again: Crystal Castles

It's been a little while since I've talked about Crystal Castles, but that brash Canadian duo (Ethan Kath with new lady Edith Frances) has announced some US dates and that definitely qualifies as a happening worthy of some attention.

Touring the fourth Crystal Castles long player, it's likely you'll encounter a live version of "Concrete," the latest cut from the record. The song is a delicious piece of industrial-kissed electro smut, and I think it's rather fantastic. Dates and the video for "Concrete" below. DC folks, that Black Cat date is gonna be one hot ticket. Don't miss out. 

CRYSTAL CASTLES TOUR DATES 

Tue 9/6
Carrboro, NC
Cat's Cradle

Thu 9/8
Atlanta, GA
The Loft

Fri 9/9
New Orleans, LA
One Eyed Jacks

Sat 9/10
Houston, TX
White Oak Music Hall Downstairs

Tue 9/13
Dallas, TX
Trees

Wed 9/14
Austin, TX
Empire Garage

Fri 9/16
Phoenix, AZ
The Pressroom

Sat 9/17
San Diego, CA
The Observatory North Park

Wed 9/21
San Francisco, CA
Bill Graham Civic Auditorium

Thu 9/22
Santa Ana, CA
The Observatory

Fri 9/23
Los Angeles, CA
The Fonda Theatre

Sat 9/24
Las Vegas, NV
Life is Beautiful Festival

Tue 9/27
Salt Lake City, UT
Urban Lounge

Wed 9/28
Denver, CO
Bluebird Theater

Fri 9/30
Minneapolis, MN
Varsity Theater

Sat 10/1
Chicago, IL
Metro

Sun 10/2
Detroit, MI
Majestic Theatre

Thu 10/6
Brooklyn, NY
Warsaw

Fri 10/7
Philadelphia, PA
Theatre of Living Arts

Sat 10/8
Washington, DC
Black Cat

Sun
10/9
Cambridge, MA
The Sinclair

Tue 10/11
Montreal, QC
Theatre Fairmount

Wed 10/12
Toronto, ON
The Hoxton



[posted 7.7.16]

Monday, July 4, 2016

Video Of The Day #142: Cymbals Eat Guitars

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.

Philadelphia played a rather important part in the formative history of the United States, so this clip from Cymbals Eat Guitars feels like a perfect fit for America Day. An increasingly engaging, gritty guitar gem with depth, this is a mighty fine song with a lot to say. And as for Philly, well, let's just say it features prominently in the video.   





[posted 7.4.16]