Thursday, July 31, 2014

Video Of The Day #16: M185

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.

Y'all know I have a thing about pedals. So when a video comes along that stars a dude dressed as a pedal...let's just say it was meant to be. The video in question comes from awesome Austrians M185 for their awesome "Soon," a grimy, scuzzy little rock ditty that sounds a little like those great rock songs you used to listen to back when while also sounding perfectly and so very of the right now. And damned if it's not catchy as hell.  

Did I mention there's a dude in Big Muff headgear?

I love the song, and I love the video. This won't be the last you hear of M185 around these parts.
  








[posted 7.31.14]

Sounds Of Secret Stages 2014 #10: Body of Light

Y'all know I've got all sorts of love for Sweet Home Alabama, and if there was any way I could be in Birmingham this weekend I would be. You see, Secret Stages is this weekend! If you're not familiar, it's a little festival devoted to the best of new (primarily) Southern music, and I'm just dying to go check it out. So, since I can't be there, here's a few bands I'd definitely be making time for.

Sure, it's a little bit of a music journalist conceit to say it, but dang it I'm not all about bands that hail from cities with a particular musical reputation that don't sound at all like the music you'd expect out of said city with said particular musical reputation. Thus, I'm kinda into Nashville's Body of Light collective. There's not a twang in sight, nay, instead they get all sorts of synthy and sampley and wacky. It's a little bit out there, their sound, but in a lovely, this-actually-makes-sense kind of way. I'd love to see how they pull things together live.
    


[posted 7.31.14]

Sounds Of Secret Stages 2014 #9: The Debauchees

Y'all know I've got all sorts of love for Sweet Home Alabama, and if there was any way I could be in Birmingham this weekend I would be. You see, Secret Stages is this weekend! If you're not familiar, it's a little festival devoted to the best of new (primarily) Southern music, and I'm just dying to go check it out. So, since I can't be there, here's a few bands I'd definitely be making time for.

I'm kinda into Louisville's The Debauchees, y'all, and not just because I feel in tune with their name. It's because the band is a gathering of three youngins who make a sound that's hard to pin down, hard to categorize, but entirely easy to listen to. There's definite specters of the New York sound as filtered through the spectrum of Blondie and Television, but there's a freshness to their noise as well. And yet you might get the sense that, while they're having fun, they've seen it all before. Curious, indeed.



[posted 7.31.14]

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

On The Road Again: Dum Dum Girls

Everyone's favorite brooding, black-clad, ghoul group Dum Dum Girls is gearing up to hit the road in promotional mode for latest long player Too True

My one and only Dum Dum Girls experience left me pretty much blown away, so I'd strongly recommend you consider venturing out to see this here tour. There will be smoldering, there will be sultriness, and there will be noise. And you'll want it to go on all night. Dates and a jam below.
   
Aug. 02 - Santa Ana, CA - Burger-A-Go-Go @ The Observatory
Aug. 09 - San Francisco, CA - Outside Lands Music and Arts Festival
Sep. 20 - Denver, CO - Riot Fest & Sideshow
Oct. 19 - Denver, CO - Larimer Lounge
Oct. 20 - Omaha, NE - Waiting Room
Oct. 22 - Minneapolis, MN - Fine Line
Oct. 23 - Madison, WI - High Noon
Oct. 24 - Chicago, IL - Metro
Oct. 25 - Detroit, MI - Magic Stick
Oct. 26 - Toronto, ONT - Opera House
Oct. 27 - Boston, MA - The Sinclair
Oct. 30 - Brooklyn, NY - Brooklyn Bowl
Oct. 31 - Philadelphia, PA - Making Time PURE Halloween @ Union Transfer
Nov. 01 - Washington, DC - Burger Records Caravan of Stars @ Black Cat
Nov. 02 - Charlottesville, VA - The Southern
Nov. 03 - Raleigh, NC - Kings
Nov. 05 - Atlanta, GA - The Earl
Nov. 07 - Dallas, TX - Club Dada
Nov. 09 - Austin, TX - Fun Fun Fun Fest
Nov. 11 - Albuquerque, NM - Sister
Nov. 12 - Tucson, AZ - Club Congress
Nov. 13 - Pheonix, AZ - Crecent Ballroom
Nov. 15 - Pioneertown, CA - Pappy & Harriet's


mp3: Lord Knows (via Sub Pop)


[posted 7.30.14]

Sounds Of Secret Stages 2014 #8: Keeps

Y'all know I've got all sorts of love for Sweet Home Alabama, and if there was any way I could be in Birmingham this weekend I would be. You see, Secret Stages is this weekend! If you're not familiar, it's a little festival devoted to the best of new (primarily) Southern music, and I'm just dying to go check it out. So, since I can't be there, here's a few bands I'd definitely be making time for.

Hailing from one of my very favorite places, Keeps is a self-proclaimed "psychedelic dream rock band," which is more than enough to pique this girl's interest. And of course, being from Nashville, a little lap steel is unavoidable. This is definite mood music, y'all, so very pretty and full of irresistibility. This is a band that I imagine can make some magic happen live. 







[posted 7.30.14]

Video Of The Day #15: Matt Kivel

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.

"People like to rock," sayeth Matt Kivel. It's not a proclamation I'm inclined to argue with. Kivel brings the pretty, Woodsist-approved rock with this clip for the (absolutely fantastic) song "Insignificance." The song rocks in a subtle, tender way, and the video, directed by John Carchietta, has a wonderful home movie feel that plays off the song perfectly. I deem it gorgeous, can't-miss listening.
  








[posted 7.30.14]


Sounds Of Secret Stages 2014 #7: Brothers

Y'all know I've got all sorts of love for Sweet Home Alabama, and if there was any way I could be in Birmingham this weekend I would be. You see, Secret Stages is this weekend! If you're not familiar, it's a little festival devoted to the best of new (primarily) Southern music, and I'm just dying to go check it out. So, since I can't be there, here's a few bands I'd definitely be making time for.

I'm pretty much mad about Brothers, y'all. It's the magic in the Athens air, I guess. This duo makes a noise that is wonderfully spectral, cavorting and dancing through otherworldly shadows of fuzz and grime. Listening to Brothers, it feels that life is but a dream, indeed. Super duper highly recommended listening.
      


[posted 7.30.14]

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Sounds Of Secret Stages 2014 #6: Doc Dailey

Y'all know I've got all sorts of love for Sweet Home Alabama, and if there was any way I could be in Birmingham this weekend I would be. You see, Secret Stages is this weekend! If you're not familiar, it's a little festival devoted to the best of new (primarily) Southern music, and I'm just dying to go check it out. So, since I can't be there, here's a few bands I'd definitely be making time for.

Doc Dailey has a voice that's something else, y'all. It's a voice out of time, straight out of the backwoods lord only knows how many years ago. But lo and behold, here he is, making a modern take on music that would make his musical forebears proud. A solid talent from Muscle Shoals (and we all know that means business), Dailey and his band Magnolia Devil is more than for real. But don't take my word for it, just ask the bands he's shared a stage with (The Alabama Shakes, The Civil Wars, Jason Isbell...).
  


[posted 7.29.14]

Video Of The Day #14: Beach Day

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.

Beach Day's "Don't Call Me On The Phone" is the sweet-as-pie-est little surfpop morsel of a kiss-off song I think I've ever heard. Kimmy Drake's vocals immediately call to mind 60s girl group gold, and the two-piece offers up delightful, impeccable, fuzzed-up charm. The clip for the song, therefore, could only be the way it is: super beachy, a little camp, and just good old-fashioned fun. Palm trees, cool kids, and heaps of glittery tinsel. What more could you ask for?
    







[posted 7.29.14]

Sounds Of Secret Stages 2014 #5: Glories

Y'all know I've got all sorts of love for Sweet Home Alabama, and if there was any way I could be in Birmingham this weekend I would be. You see, Secret Stages is this weekend! If you're not familiar, it's a little festival devoted to the best of new (primarily) Southern music, and I'm just dying to go check it out. So, since I can't be there, here's a few bands I'd definitely be making time for.

Let's take a little time to check out one of the festival's hometown Birmingham talents, shall we? Post-rock noisemaker behemoth Glories is growing on me pretty good, and if you're into Explosions In The Sky, Yndi Haldi, This Will Destroy You, and related sounds you'll probably find them more than a little bit to your liking. I'd expect their endless noisescapes sound especially good live, played to a room filled to the brim with folks who are so enraptured they can't look away. Very, very nice indeed.
    


[posted 7.29.14]

Sounds Of Secret Stages 2014 #4: Native Lights

Y'all know I've got all sorts of love for Sweet Home Alabama, and if there was any way I could be in Birmingham this weekend I would be. You see, Secret Stages is this weekend! If you're not familiar, it's a little festival devoted to the best of new (primarily) Southern music, and I'm just dying to go check it out. So, since I can't be there, here's a few bands I'd definitely be making time for.

One of the non-Southern bands on this year's Secret Stages bill, Native Lights has tickled my fancy more than just a little. Their songs are nothing short of beautiful, lushly layered cinematic epics with crescendos galore ("Of All The Things We've Made) and fraught with a gleefully dark, seductive menace ("Blackwater"). Either iteration works just fine as far as I'm concerned. I'd love to see these dudes live, so here's hoping they venture East one of these days.



[posted 7.29.14]

Singles Club: The New Highway Hymnal

The sticky, steamy nights of summer scream for songs like this one, y'all. This little ditty by The New Highway Hymnal is addictive as can be, combining an incredibly infectious pop onslaught with a decidedly psychedelic undercurrent and the ever-so-slightly grimy crash of splendidly messy garage riffs. In the same vein as the glorious Black Angels track "Telephone," "Television" is a very welcome addition to any summer playlist.  

Sounds like they know how to make some noise good and proper up there in Massachusetts.
     





[posted 7.29.14]

Sounds Of Secret Stages 2014 #3: Bent Denim

Y'all know I've got all sorts of love for Sweet Home Alabama, and if there was any way I could be in Birmingham this weekend I would be. You see, Secret Stages is this weekend! If you're not familiar, it's a little festival devoted to the best of new (primarily) Southern music, and I'm just dying to go check it out. So, since I can't be there, here's a few bands I'd definitely be making time for.

Music to watch the clouds go by, that's Bent Denim to me. The (current) New Orleans duo has a firm handle on dreamy bedroom jams, at their lighter moments pillow soft and full of a whimsical kind of reverie, at other times a bit livelier though no less enchanting. Bonus points for lines like "I'm not crazy in the Bukowski way." Very much recommended for your listening pleasure.   








[posted 7.29.14]

Monday, July 28, 2014

Sounds Of Secret Stages 2014 #2: Rrest

Y'all know I've got all sorts of love for Sweet Home Alabama, and if there was any way I could be in Birmingham next weekend I would be. You see, Secret Stages is next weekend! If you're not familiar, it's a little festival devoted to the best of new (primarily) Southern music, and I'm just dying to go check it out. So, since I can't be there, here's a few bands I'd definitely be making time for.

There's something positively charming about Atlanta's Rrest. And something more than a little restless (rrestless?!). Throwing caution to the wind, the band emits a sound that's hard to resist. They remind me a whole lot of my dearly departed Broken West at times, a glossy, slick perfection jibing with gorgeous shades of modern loneliness and thoughtfulness. If that wasn't enough, they can also throw down a solid piece of twangy melancholy, which yours truly is definitely smitten with. 

Pardon me while I swoon. 





[posted 7.28.14]

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Sounds of Secret Stages 2014 #1: All Them Witches

Y'all know I've got all sorts of love for Sweet Home Alabama, and if there was any way I could be in Birmingham next weekend I would be. You see, Secret Stages is next weekend! If you're not familiar, it's a little festival devoted to the best of new (primarily) Southern music, and I'm just dying to go check it out. So, since I can't be there, here's a few bands I'd definitely be making time for.

I happen to love Nashville a lot, and that love also applies to bands from Music City. All Them Witches is one such band, and their sludgey, slightly raunchy bluesy rock with moments of heavy psych hits all the right notes with me. With songs that are decidedly big, bad, and more than a little ballsy, they're sure to translate well on stage.

   
[posted 7.27.14]

Remix Fix: A Sunny Day In Glasgow/Ice Choir

In theory I like the idea of the remix: taking someone else's song and tweaking it the way you want it done. It's a great means for completely redoing something, and for reinterpretation. Sometimes remixes go awry, and sometimes they're better than the original. Remix Fix is all about the happy medium when a remix totally nails it and makes a song that much better.

For some reason, y'all, I've never really been on the A Sunny Day In Glasgow bandwagon. But after hearing this gorgeous remix by the gorgeous Ice Choir, I might have to rethink things. "Bye Bye Big Ocean (The End)" is given a slinky, majestically icy treatment, with sinuous synths and magnetic lady vocals creating a heck of a powerful sound. Masterfully potent stuff indeed.
 





[posted 7.27.14]

Video Of The Day #13: PS I Love You

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 tell y'all what, I needed a little pick-me-up this morning, and PS I Love You delivered and then some with their wonderful, slightly ridiculous clip for "Friends Forever." It's the story of two musclehead gym rats and the dog that comes between them (and ultimately brings them back together), and it's somehow perfect for the song. The teddy bear rescue effort at the end is simply not to be missed. 

While the weights are lifted, workouts had, and stuffed animals saved from certain doom, the Canadians muscle their way through some power riffs and not super subtle pop undercurrent, capped with charmingly warbly vocals. There's a wonderful heft to the song, and the more I listen to it the more I dig it. Get pumped, y'all.
   




[posted 7.27.14]

The Week In Shows: 7/28-8/3

An icky, stormy 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, with the added bonus of filling you in on what I may or may not be taking in over the course of this abbreviated week. Hot diggity!

It's gray gray gray and I'm blue blue blue. But there's nothing like live music to turn frowns upside down. These are my suggestions for your upcoming week, y'all, so I hope you'll seriously consider attending one or two (or three or four). And you never know, I just might see you out and about during the week.

MONDAY, 7/28/14

-Mates of State (U Street Music Hall)
-Black Sparks + Stereosleep + The Raised By Wolves (Fort Reno)
-Short Lives + The Fed (Galaxy Hut)

TUESDAY, 7/29/14

-Showpony + Deaf Scene + Mariner Project (DC9)
-Bear's Den + East Ghost (Black Cat)

WEDNESDAY, 7/30/14

-Honeyblood + Public (DC9)
- Exar Kun + Two Inch Astronaut + Jerkagram + Anchor 3 (Velvet Lounge)

THURSDAY, 7/31/14

-In It Together Fest (Ft. Loko)

FRIDAY, 8/1/14

-Imelda May (The Birchmere)
-The Weathervanes + Mutts (Iota)
-In It Together Fest (Union Arts & The Dougout)

SATURDAY, 8/2/14

-Derek Evry & His Band of Misanthropes + Red States + Black Checker (Velvet Lounge)
-In It Together Fest (The Pinch & The Jamjar & Bathtub Republic & The Beehive & Ezra Mae's & St. Stephen's)
-Telesma + Swampcandy (Gypsy Sally's)
-French Admirals + Exit Vehicles + Kelly Ann Beavers + Pat Frank (Rock & Roll Hotel)

SUNDAY, 8/3/14

-In It Together Fest (Crack Rock Creek Church & Paper Haus)
-Harness Flux + America Hearts + Finley Martin (The Pinch)


[posted 7.27.14]

[calendar image courtesy SarahHearts]

Friday, July 25, 2014

Meet Young Boys

I'm still not entirely sure how this happened. Like many great things, it appears to have come out of nowhere. But happen it did. I'm pretty sure Divine Providence (whatever sort of divine being or notion or idea that actually constitutes) was sitting around being all mystical and decided that what I really, really needed in my life was a super trashy, scuzzed to fuck, grimy yet totally sexy as hell band to come waltzing into my life. And waltz they did. Say hello to Young Boys, y'all.

They thrash. They haunt. They shove their sinister, devilish noise down your throat. And it's something you won't be able to get enough of. Months of listening to their New York Sun EP and I'm still hooked. The band just released more music, so don't be shocked to see them appear on here in the not so distant future. In the meantime, feast your ears.


[posted 7.25.14]

Video Of The Day #12 (Premiere Edition): DieAlps!

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'm absolutely miles beyond tickled pink to bring you not one but TWO premieres from Floridians DieAlps! this lovely summer afternoon! 

"Walking" comes from the band's debut EP, set to drop in September on label faves New Granada. To my ears, it's a perfect Friday afternoon song, a little bit sweet, a little bit hazy, and a whole lot addictive. Hints of 90s rock nostalgia mingle with effervescent pop enthusiasm, making for a fizzy, rather enjoyable listen. It's a song you'll feel compelled to listen to repeatedly.  

The video itself is evocative of the sound of the song, up close and personal and given to a silly sense of humor. It's a fine song indeed, and serves as a heck of an introduction for those not yet acquainted with the delightful Tampa band. 

Make yourself a note to get your mitts on their EP!




mp3: Walking (DieAlps! from the forthcoming self-titled EP)

[posted 7.25.14]

Thursday, July 24, 2014

On The Road Again: Generationals

It's always a treat to get to see my favorite Louisianans Generationals. They always put on a heck of a show with their irrepressible good time beats, sunny on-stage disposition, and bountiful as all get out Big Easy charm. 

Grant and Ted's latest excellent adventure is going down in October and November, as the dudes get ready to spread the good word about their latest record Alix all across the US and Canada. 

Color me stoked, y'all. Obviously, my plans for October 11th are done and dusted. 

Generationals will be stopping at the following ports of call. Make sure you get out there and get ready to get your shimmy on. You might wanna wear dancing shoes.


OCTOBER
07 - Houston, TX - Fitzgerald's Downstairs *
08 - Dallas, TX - Prophet *
09 - Baton Rouge, LA - Spanish Moon *
10 - Atlanta, GA - Drunken Unicorn *
11 - Washington, DC - U Street Music Hall *
12 - Brooklyn, NY - Music Hall of Williamsburg *
15 - Birmingham, AL - The Bottletree *
16 - Hattiesburg, MS - Thirsty Hippo *
17 - New Orleans, LA - One Eyed Jacks *
28 - Kansas City, MO - Record Bar
29 - Bloomington, IN - The Bishop
30 - Chicago, IL - Thalia Hall

NOVEMBER
02 - Minneapolis, MN - 7th Street Entry
12 - Los Angeles, CA - Troubadour &
13 - San Francisco, CA - The Chapel &
15 - Seattle, WA - Crocodile &
16 - Portland, OR - Doug Fir Lounge (early show/all ages) &
16 - Portland, OR - Doug Fir Lounge (late show) &
17 - Vancouver, BC - Biltmore Cabaret &

* = Arum Rae supporting
& = Springtime Carnivore supporting





[posted 7.24.14]


[photo by Akasha Rabut]

Friday, July 18, 2014

Video Of The Day #11: Hiss Golden Messenger

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 stumbled upon Hiss Golden Messenger a few years back at one of those most excellent Hopscotch festivals down Carolina way, and was all sorts of blown away by M. C. Taylor and his simple, yet stunning, rootsy/Americana-country vibes. In preparation for the forthcoming Hiss Golden Messenger record (out in September), the clip for "Lucia" has been unveiled, and it's pretty much the perfect visual representation of HGM. Shot so prettily with a vintage camera, the video is all Taylor and his guitar, while the song is Taylor's knockout voice and gentle strumming. It's delicate and lovely, and I think it makes for quite a start to the day. 




As an added bonus, here's another sneak peek at Lateness of Dancers, the more rollicking little ditty "Saturday's Song." 
 



[posted 7.18.14]

Monday, July 7, 2014

Live Review: Merchandise @ Metro Gallery, Baltimore, 6/27/14

I am really, really not at all keen on the drive up 95 to Charm City, so when I make the trip, especially on a Friday, it's got to be for something pretty dang special. To see that band of Floridians doing a killer vintage Brit impression, Merchandise, I have to say I'd make that trip any day of the week. And it'd be worth it every time. 

From the start, the band had a very cagey, slinky vibe to them. The sinewy rhythms sounded just a bit primal at times, and I liked it. And anytime there's a guitarist who maniacally cavorts and contorts his way through a set, making me both fear for his safety as well as want to be his new best friend, it's going to be a great set. 

Touring new, soon-to-be-released record After The End, the Tampa five did nothing but impress me all set long. They've got a certain something live, that's for dang sure. Despite moments of seeming a little off their collective rocker, the band's penchant for the offbeat only added to the overall awesomeness of the set. Each song was given quite a warm-blooded, somewhat raw delivery, adding just a touch of rough live appeal to their recorded perfection. There's so much going on in each song, so many layers, and the band made it all seem so very effortless. 

The one thing they might want to work on a shade might be the banter ("my name is Shit Fuck Ass Fuck Shit" being one of the more memorable lines the Metro Gallery crowd was treated to), but that's about the only thing that's not perfect about the band. This is a band that should be huge. They've got stage posturing for days, the swagger of a band who thinks they're it, and, well, they're pretty much it. There was never a dull moment, and the undercurrent of feeling like the show might go off the rails only added to the fun. 

When I left the Metro Gallery, I was even more of a devotee than I was before the show. This band, friends, should be destined for big things indeed. Until the stadiums beckon, get out there and see them whenever and wherever you can. This is a band you'll definitely want to say you saw them when. 







[photo copyright Megan Petty]

[posted 7.7.14]

Video Of The Day #10: La Bête Blooms

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 like to go one of either two ways musically-speaking on Monday mornings, tending to listen to things that are either excessively loud and snarly or somewhat on the pretty, mellow side. La Bete Blooms falls more towards the latter end of the spectrum with their latest single "Wishing I Could Kill," with taut, perfectly-plucked guitars and perfectly wistful vocals. The video itself is shot in lovely shades of pale, highlighting the band as they play said single in the gray English sunlight. To my ears, the song has an effortless, classic appeal, playing up sentiment and nostalgia while also coming off as  breath of fresh air. I suspect this shan't be the last time I talk about this Hull collective. 

As an added bonus, you can nab the track as a free download today, so make sure you snap to it.









[posted 7.7.14]

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Singles Club: Dirty Lungs

Oh dang, y'all, look what we have here. My favorite rock and roll ruffians from the one and only Magic City, Dirty Lungs, have returned after a little time off and unleashed a filthy, fabulously frenetic little ditty, hithertofore known as "I Suck in Bed." 

It's got what you need, with some serious surf rock muscle going on, along with all that deliciously dirty scuzz I fell for a few years back. Whether or not the song is autobiographical is a matter of speculation, but the sheer badassness of the song simply isn't up for debate. It's a heck of a rock song, and needs to be part of your required summer listening. 

mp3: I Suck in Bed (Dirty Lungs from their forthcoming LP)
   

Live Review: Washed Out @ 9:30 Club, 6/5/14

It took a heck of a long time, y'all, but I finally got to see Washed Out. And it was pretty much everything a girl could hope for. 

With a casual "how's it going, guys," Ernest Greene took to the stage with his four friends, disarmingly approachable and perhaps not at all who you'd expect to be making songs of such powerful, towering gorgeousness. Greene and co. kicked things off with the rich, lovely iced over jangle of "It All Feels Right," a sentiment that fit the set and then some, and it was clear immediately how the songs benefitted live from extra hands. The entire set was nigh on divine, between Greene's easy likability and the perfect delivery of each song. "We're Washed Out and we're excited to be here with you all," Greene said at one point, and I have to say the feeling was definitely mutual. 

Greene pulled from all over the place, getting raucous cheers with the starting and ending of each beautifully-played song. I loved the whole set, but of course, special praise must be given to favorites like "Far Away," "All I Know," "You And I," and "Falling Back" were all exceptionally sublime, and pretty much took my breath away. The various washes of light effects helped the cause, really elevating the songs that much more with bold purples, reds, and blues (among others) as the band floated triumphantly along. The whole show knocked me over, and actually almost literally did (the bass at times was a tad heavy, shall we say, but it only added to the experience). 

I knew going in that I wouldn't be disappointed, and still my expectations were met, and subsequently surpassed. What a fucking show. Washed Out, friends, is simply not to be missed. End of discussion.




[photo copyright Megan Petty]
[posted 7.6.14]

The Week In Shows: 7/7-7/13

An impossibly lovely Sunday morning at the end of a long holiday weekend is 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, with the added bonus of filling you in on what I may or may not be taking in over the course of this abbreviated week. Hot diggity!

As you probably noticed, there were no show calendars last month. It was my birthday month and I'll slack if I want to. But now, it's time to resume our regularly-scheduled show planning. These are my suggestions for your upcoming week, friends, which although a slow week in the good show department, I strongly suggest you brave the heat (and your America Day hangovers) and check some of these shows out. And you never know, I just might see you out and about during the week. As always, anything that's starred has a high forecast of yours truly being there.

MONDAY, 7/7/14

-Captivators + Malatese (Fort Reno)
-Andrew Grimm + Matt Hopper + Peter Piek (Galaxy Hut)

TUESDAY, 7/8/14

-Noun + Modern Hut + Derive + Two Inch Astronaut + Jack Lazovick (CD Cellar)
-Glass Animals + Tei Shi + Vedas (U Street Music Hall)
-Streets of Laredo + The Hunts (DC9)
-Hudson K + The Night Kitchen + Showpony + Precious Child (Tree House Lounge)

WEDNESDAY, 7/9/13

-Viet Cong + TV Ghost (DC9)
-Made in Heights (Black Cat)
-Avers + Pree + Wanted Man (Rock & Roll Hotel)

THURSDAY, 7/10/14

-Eyehategod + Iron Reagan + Vektor + Strong Intention (The Pinch)
-Swampcandy (Hill Country)
-The Stray Birds + Peyton Tochterman (Gypsy Sally's)

FRIDAY, 7/11/14

-Derek Evry & His Band of Misanthropes + Galvanize + Toxic Moxie + Harpo (Velvet Lounge) 

SATURDAY, 7/12/14

-Dance For The Dying + Dead Fame + Company Calls + Light Arms (Rock & Roll Hotel)
-Snowmine + Go Cozy (DC9)
-Bang Data (Comet Ping Pong)
-Wild Beasts + Mutual Benefit (9:30 Club)

SUNDAY, 7/13/14

-Hamilton Leithauser + Torres (The Hamilton)
-Incredible Change + Pleasure Curses + AAA (DC9)
-Bombadil + The Weathervanes (6th & I)


[posted 7.6.14]

[calendar image courtesy SarahHearts]