Thursday, March 31, 2016

Video of The Day #122: DMA's

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.

In honor of their show at the Black Cat tonight, I'm giving today's nod to DMA's, and their nostalgic 90s vibes in "Too Soon." It's three and a half minutes of good times, and who doesn't need that on a Thursday. 





[posted 3.31.16]

Monday, March 28, 2016

Otherwise Engaged: Twin Limb

It is an unfortunate reality for the serious concertgoer that on occasion, there will be more than one show on any given night that you really, really, REALLY wanna go to. Since the vast majority of us don't own a time machine, nor have the ability to either clone ourselves or split ourselves in half (or thirds or quarters depending on the night in question), this tends to present a problem. Difficult decisions are made based on a variety of variables (perhaps some of you even make lists of pros and cons), and ultimately, a show is chosen. But those other shows are still gonna be killer, and I'd like to give a little face time to the shows that, while I can't go myself, are still highly recommended.

It is with much sadness that I am missing Louisville's ethereally magic makers Twin Limb at their Tuesday DC show. The band is out there on their most ambitious tour thus far, spreading their golden dream woven noise all over the land. And if you're free tomorrow night, I strongly suggest you venture out to the Rock & Roll Hotel to check these folks out. 



[posted 3.28.16]

Sunday, March 27, 2016

On The Road Again: The Rebel Light

If it's infectious you're looking for, may I nudge you in the direction of LA sunshine supermen The Rebel Light? With enough saccharine, kaleidoscopic shimmer to please any fan of 60s surf side up beach pop, the band is sure to make new friends in every port of call. Seeing as this is their first national tour, I'll forgive them the lack of a DC date. For now.

THE REBEL LIGHT TOUR DATES

04.03.16 - Albuquerque, NM The Launchpad
04.07.16 - Birmingham, AL Workplay Theatre
04.08.16 - Pensacola, FL Vinyl Music Hall
04.09.16 - Columbia, SC New Brookland Tavern
04.12.16 - Wilmington, DE World Cafe Live
04.13.16 - Providence, RI The Met Cafe
04.14.16 - Buffalo, NY The Waiting Room
04.15.16 - Albany, NY The Hollow
04.17.16 - Northampton, MA Pearl Street
04.19.16 - Burlington, VT Higher Ground
04.20.16 - Hamden, CT The Space
04.24.16 - Columbus, OH The Basement
04.26.16 - Kansas City, MO The Riot Room
04.28.16 - Colorado Springs, CO Rawkus
04.30.16 - Phoenix, AZ Crescent Ballroom

w/ The Mowgli's



[posted 3.27.16]

Video of The Day #121: Sextile

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 really deep in some pretty major smit with dark and stormy LA industrial post punk gaze creatures Sextile. Their clip for "Visions of You" fits hand in glove with the song, the saturated colors and distorted images in line with the salacious scuzz and brooding quality of the song. All around delicious. 





[posted 3.27.16]

Sounds of Treefort 2016 #22: Holly Macve

The way things are going, I can't help but feel that I enjoy the smaller, more boutique festivals more than those bigger, big name events. One of the fests I have on my radar for getting to one of these days (hopefully) is Treefort, a five-day festival of multitudinous good times in scenic downtown Boise. Maybe one of the festival circuit's best-kept secrets for now, I'd imagine it's not long before the great state of Idaho is on many festival-goer's radars. I've been perusing the lineup of this year's installment and have plenty of great bands to bring to your attention.

Be warned, friends. Once you hear Holly Macve's voice you probably won't be able to get it out of your head. I have no idea how a voice like hers comes out of a lady so young, but her haunted honey tones and hypnotic, slightly nostalgic siren delivery make her one to keep an eye on.  



[posted 3.27.16]

Sounds of Treefort 2016 #21: Porlolo

The way things are going, I can't help but feel that I enjoy the smaller, more boutique festivals more than those bigger, big name events. One of the fests I have on my radar for getting to one of these days (hopefully) is Treefort, a five-day festival of multitudinous good times in scenic downtown Boise. Maybe one of the festival circuit's best-kept secrets for now, I'd imagine it's not long before the great state of Idaho is on many festival-goer's radars. I've been perusing the lineup of this year's installment and have plenty of great bands to bring to your attention.

Don't let Porlolo's self-descriptor of "soft rock" perplex you. This here is music with bite, albeit a lovely one. The Mile High outfit makes a pretty little noise that's quite possibly going to tug on some heartstrings, and not in a dainty way either. 



[posted 3.27.16]

The Week in Shows: 3/28-4/3

Easter 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!

I must admit, I'm so excited about this week! I'll be making my semi-regular visit out to Harrisonburg for Macrock this weekend, and I can't wait to be amongst the mountains and some really fine music. In the meantime, there's some local shows out there worth your time. Be sure to get out and partake. As a reminder, you might catch me at any show with an asterisk. 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, 3/28/16

-Haelos (U Street Music Hall)
-Computer Class + Railsplitter (Galaxy Hut)

TUESDAY, 3/29/16

-Basia Bulat + Twin Limb (Rock & Roll Hotel)
-The Last Year + Collider + Kid Claws (DC9)
-Junior Boys + Jessy Lanza + Borys (Black Cat)

WEDNESDAY, 3/30/16

-Chad Valley + Blackbird Blackbird + Brett (Black Cat)
-Living Colour (Howard Theatre)

THURSDAY, 3/31/16

-DMA's + Cold Fronts (Black Cat - win tix here!)*

FRIDAY, 4/1/16

-Macrock (Harrisonburg, VA)*
-Chad & Jeremy (Wolf Trap)
-The Felice Brothers (AMP)
-Autolux + Eureka the Butcher (Rock + Roll Hotel)
-Tijuana Panthers + Shirt/Pants + Wydyde (Comet Ping Pong)
-Citizen Cope (Lincoln Theatre)
-Bob Schneider + Karen Jonas (Birchmere)

SATURDAY, 4/2/16

-Macrock (Harrisonburg, VA)*
-Tobacco + Lord Raja (U Street Music Hall)
-The Naked & Famous + The Rubens (Rock & Roll Hotel - SOLD OUT)
-Fresh to Death Dance Party (Black Cat)


SUNDAY, 4/3/16

-Frankie Cosmos + Eskimeaux + Anna McClellan (DC9)
-Young Fathers + HXLT + Laughing Man (Rock & Roll Hotel)
-Laura Stevenson + Crying + Chris Farren (Black Cat)
-Ben Harper & The Innocent Criminals + Christopher Paul Stelling (9:30 Club - SOLD OUT)
-Plattenbau + Mundy + ORO (Comet Ping Pong)


[posted 3.27.16]

Saturday, March 26, 2016

Video of The Day #120: Ashley Shadow

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.

The video for Ashley Shadow's "Tonight" is one of those perfect fit clips. The (mostly) black and white video of some woodland frolicking looks great, and the song itself, with the haze and the shivering spine guitar moments and the golden honey vocals, sounds even better. It's a beautiful song, and a very aesthetically pleasing view.  





[posted 3.26.16]

Friday, March 25, 2016

Sounds of Treefort 2016 #20: Ghost Tours

The way things are going, I can't help but feel that I enjoy the smaller, more boutique festivals more than those bigger, big name events. One of the fests I have on my radar for getting to one of these days (hopefully) is Treefort, a five-day festival of multitudinous good times in scenic downtown Boise. Maybe one of the festival circuit's best-kept secrets for now, I'd imagine it's not long before the great state of Idaho is on many festival-goer's radars. I've been perusing the lineup of this year's installment and have plenty of great bands to bring to your attention.

Maybe it's easy to say there's something haunting about Ghost Tours. But to be fair, it's true. Behind the swells of swirling sonic strife and the crash of cavernous crescendoes lurk the shades of the past, just out of reach but always there. 



[posted 3.25.16]

Sounds of Treefort 2016 #19: Hollow Wood

The way things are going, I can't help but feel that I enjoy the smaller, more boutique festivals more than those bigger, big name events. One of the fests I have on my radar for getting to one of these days (hopefully) is Treefort, a five-day festival of multitudinous good times in scenic downtown Boise. Maybe one of the festival circuit's best-kept secrets for now, I'd imagine it's not long before the great state of Idaho is on many festival-goer's radars. I've been perusing the lineup of this year's installment and have plenty of great bands to bring to your attention.

People often claim to put their heart into something. Boise outfit Hollow Wood purports to make "music with heart." Impressively, unlike many such claims, with these guys you can actually hear it. Their impassioned, earnest folk is at times transcendent, and is surely breathtaking when experienced live.  



[posted 3.25.16]

Sounds of Treefort 2016 #18: Transistor Send

The way things are going, I can't help but feel that I enjoy the smaller, more boutique festivals more than those bigger, big name events. One of the fests I have on my radar for getting to one of these days (hopefully) is Treefort, a five-day festival of multitudinous good times in scenic downtown Boise. Maybe one of the festival circuit's best-kept secrets for now, I'd imagine it's not long before the great state of Idaho is on many festival-goer's radars. I've been perusing the lineup of this year's installment and have plenty of great bands to bring to your attention.

There's something captivating about Boise outfit Transistor Send. Flawless fragility, a delightful duality between darkness and light, and a spot-on sense of timing make this atmospheric trio a band that effortlessly captures your attention and won't let go.   



[posted 3.25.16]

Sounds of Treefort 2016 #17: Frankie and The Witch Fingers

The way things are going, I can't help but feel that I enjoy the smaller, more boutique festivals more than those bigger, big name events. One of the fests I have on my radar for getting to one of these days (hopefully) is Treefort, a five-day festival of multitudinous good times in scenic downtown Boise. Maybe one of the festival circuit's best-kept secrets for now, I'd imagine it's not long before the great state of Idaho is on many festival-goer's radars. I've been perusing the lineup of this year's installment and have plenty of great bands to bring to your attention.

It took me all of about a split second to fall for Frankie and The Witch Fingers. These LA transplants can do a spooky, fuzzed up shimmy with the best of them, and their songs are so catchy that resistance truly is futile. And land sakes that's alright with me. Excuse me whilst I swoon. 




[posted 3.25.16]

Thursday, March 24, 2016

Video of The Day #119: Field Music

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 pretty much love everything about the song/video for Field Music's new ditty "Disappointed." It sounds like a long lost treasure from the endless pipeline of 80s gold from English shores, and the video is a perfect visualization of the wry poppy gem. A classic in the making.  





[posted 3.24.16]

Newsflash!: Win Tickets To DMA's @ Black Cat 3/31

They say 'tis better to give than to receive, and you're gonna love what yours truly has to give to YOU. 

I'm thrilled to pieces to be able to offer up a pair of tickets to see super buzzed and super awesome Brit-loving Aussies DMA's take over the Black Cat next Thursday evening (3/31). You definitely want to see this band, they've really managed to hit a sweet spot between the tuneful anthems of bands like Inspiral Carpets and The Las and newer movers and shakers (as it happens, the one and only Dave Rowntree likened them to a mix betwixt Oasis and Arctic Monkeys). I'll be there, too, so we'll take them in together. Guaranteed good times! 

To enter, all you need do is email me and tell me why you'd like to go to the show. That's it. Just make sure you do it by high noon Wednesday 3/30. 



[posted 3.24.16]

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

On The Road Again: Brass Bed

Irrepressible Louisianans Brass Bed are going to make plenty of folks (including yours truly) very happy with this news of an impending US tour. Not only that, but fourth long player In The Yellow Leaf is nearly upon us, slated for release on April 15th. So get your tickets, and get ready for a heck of a tour (and record). 

BRASS BED TOUR DATES


03.30.16 – Florence, AL @ 116 E. Mobile
03.31.16 – Athens, GA @ The Caledonia Lounge
04.01.16 – Wilmington, NC @ Gravity Records
04.02.16 – Wilmington, DE @ 1984
04.03.16 – Baltimore, MD Holy Underground
04.04.16 – Manhattan, NY @ Cake Shop
04.05.16 – Asbury Park, NJ @ The Saint
04.06.16 – Brooklyn, NY @ Indie Shuffle Showcase at Our Wicked Lady
04.07.16 – Washington, DC @ Songbyrd
04.08.16 – Louisville, KY @ The New Vintage
04.14.16 – New Orleans, LA @ Gasa Gasa (Album Release Party)
04.15.16 – Lafayette, LA @ Feed N Seed (Album Release Party)
04.21.16 – Austin, TX @ Historic Scoot Inn w/ Moving Panoramas




[posted 3.23.16]

Sounds of Treefort 2016 #16: HiHazel

The way things are going, I can't help but feel that I enjoy the smaller, more boutique festivals more than those bigger, big name events. One of the fests I have on my radar for getting to one of these days (hopefully) is Treefort, a five-day festival of multitudinous good times in scenic downtown Boise. Maybe one of the festival circuit's best-kept secrets for now, I'd imagine it's not long before the great state of Idaho is on many festival-goer's radars. I've been perusing the lineup of this year's installment and have plenty of great bands to bring to your attention.

Big sky psych, that's what you get from Boiseites HiHazel. Referencing several glory points (from the noisy kerfuffle of Spacemen 3 to the perennial favorite Brian Jonestown Massacre, to name a couple touchstones), the band kicks out drone, instrumental wanderings, and an undercurrent of poppiness. Plenty of promise here, that's for sure.   




[posted 3.23.16]

Sounds of Treefort 2016 #15: Roselit Bone

The way things are going, I can't help but feel that I enjoy the smaller, more boutique festivals more than those bigger, big name events. One of the fests I have on my radar for getting to one of these days (hopefully) is Treefort, a five-day festival of multitudinous good times in scenic downtown Boise. Maybe one of the festival circuit's best-kept secrets for now, I'd imagine it's not long before the great state of Idaho is on many festival-goer's radars. I've been perusing the lineup of this year's installment and have plenty of great bands to bring to your attention.

Another of the herd of really good bands I'm sad not to be seeing over this Treefort week is Portland's Roselit Bone. Self-described "apocalyptic western death country Americana," this outfit serves up both rollicking, Morricone-coated foot stompers and slightly morose, ghostly desert slow dancers. Very much worth your time. 




[posted 3.23.16]

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Video of The Day #118: Supergrass

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.

In honor of the spectacularly-sideburned Gaz Coombes and his show tonight at Jammin Java, I'm throwing it back to the era of the excellent second Supergrass record, In It For the Money. "Late in The Day" happens to be one of my most favorite 'grass songs, and the video is full of everything lovable about the band. Black and white, the unexpected, and, above all, humor. Enjoy, y'all.  




[posted 3.22.16]

Sounds of Treefort 2016 #14: And And And

The way things are going, I can't help but feel that I enjoy the smaller, more boutique festivals more than those bigger, big name events. One of the fests I have on my radar for getting to one of these days (hopefully) is Treefort, a five-day festival of multitudinous good times in scenic downtown Boise. Maybe one of the festival circuit's best-kept secrets for now, I'd imagine it's not long before the great state of Idaho is on many festival-goer's radars. I've been perusing the lineup of this year's installment and have plenty of great bands to bring to your attention.

While the music of And And And may have been born of dark times, it certainly isn't going to send you into the depths of despair. Nay, friends, this Pacific Northwesterly noise is appealingly fragile and engaging, rocking hard and sometimes not-quite-as-hard with equal skill. Consider it aural catharsis.




[posted 3.22.16]

Sounds of Treefort 2016 #13: Adult Books

The way things are going, I can't help but feel that I enjoy the smaller, more boutique festivals more than those bigger, big name events. One of the fests I have on my radar for getting to one of these days (hopefully) is Treefort, a five-day festival of multitudinous good times in scenic downtown Boise. Maybe one of the festival circuit's best-kept secrets for now, I'd imagine it's not long before the great state of Idaho is on many festival-goer's radars. I've been perusing the lineup of this year's installment and have plenty of great bands to bring to your attention.

Left Coasters Adult Books really need to be on your radar. Crafting a sound that fits comfortably in that great big ether between golden California surf pop with glimmers of Flying Nun and grizzled, fuzzed out shambles, these three dudes are effortlessly and instantly a-ok.  



[posted 3.22.16]

Sunday, March 20, 2016

Sounds of Treefort 2016 #12: Flaural

The way things are going, I can't help but feel that I enjoy the smaller, more boutique festivals more than those bigger, big name events. One of the fests I have on my radar for getting to one of these days (hopefully) is Treefort, a five-day festival of multitudinous good times in scenic downtown Boise. Maybe one of the festival circuit's best-kept secrets for now, I'd imagine it's not long before the great state of Idaho is on many festival-goer's radars. I've been perusing the lineup of this year's installment and have plenty of great bands to bring to your attention.

It's a heck of a sound, the music of Flaural. Highly nuanced, dreamily shimmering psych pop with traces of folks like the divine kookiness of Tame Impala and a little of Hooray for Earth's slick appeal, these Colorado gents hit all the right notes as far as I'm concerned.   



[posted 3.20.16]

Sounds of Treefort 2016 #11: Naked Giants

The way things are going, I can't help but feel that I enjoy the smaller, more boutique festivals more than those bigger, big name events. One of the fests I have on my radar for getting to one of these days (hopefully) is Treefort, a five-day festival of multitudinous good times in scenic downtown Boise. Maybe one of the festival circuit's best-kept secrets for now, I'd imagine it's not long before the great state of Idaho is on many festival-goer's radars. I've been perusing the lineup of this year's installment and have plenty of great bands to bring to your attention.

If ever there's been a band slogan to get behind, it's Naked Giants's: "We get good and nasty so you don't have to." They walk the walk, y'all, it's not just wit from these Seattle dudes. Speaker-busting, scuzzy rock and roll good times are what you can expect, and listening to them leaves the impression that the live show is going to get even dirtier. 



[posted 3.20.16]

Singles Club: Dignitary

Listening to Dignitary's latest single, "Quite Like You," I can't help but have images of Edward Gorey and Gothic Englishness flit before my eyes, interspersed by palm trees and the Sunset Strip. 

The LA outfit has clearly been influenced by the voluminous excellence of 80s synth and new romantic bands, while adding their own sulky spin on California dreaming. There's much to like about these folks, and I don't know about y'all but I'll be keeping an eye on them. 





[posted 3.20.16]

Sounds of Treefort 2016 #10: Foster Body

The way things are going, I can't help but feel that I enjoy the smaller, more boutique festivals more than those bigger, big name events. One of the fests I have on my radar for getting to one of these days (hopefully) is Treefort, a five-day festival of multitudinous good times in scenic downtown Boise. Maybe one of the festival circuit's best-kept secrets for now, I'd imagine it's not long before the great state of Idaho is on many festival-goer's radars. I've been perusing the lineup of this year's installment and have plenty of great bands to bring to your attention.

It's pretty hard not to be immediately drawn to the jittery, frenetic art punk of Salt Lake City misfits Foster Body. Aggressively wired, these folks don't mince notes. Their songs are taut and terse, and completely impossible not to fall for. 



[posted 3.20.16]

Sounds of Treefort 2016 #9: VOWWS

The way things are going, I can't help but feel that I enjoy the smaller, more boutique festivals more than those bigger, big name events. One of the fests I have on my radar for getting to one of these days (hopefully) is Treefort, a five-day festival of multitudinous good times in scenic downtown Boise. Maybe one of the festival circuit's best-kept secrets for now, I'd imagine it's not long before the great state of Idaho is on many festival-goer's radars. I've been perusing the lineup of this year's installment and have plenty of great bands to bring to your attention.

There's a distinct sound to VOWWS, you've probably heard ghosts of it before. This duo puts forth a delicious mix of synths and industrial maneuvering, black-clad and moody and spine-chilling and wonderful. That sonic forefather Gary Numan guest stars doesn't hurt the cause one bit.  



[posted 3.20.16]

On The Road Again: Summer Cannibals

Portland's raucous, crunchy scuzz rockers Summer Cannibals has done a bit of wham-bam-thank-you-ma'am unleashing of news lately, between announcing the release of their 3rd long player on May 27 and announcing a nice, lengthy US tour with The Thermals. And who can argue with good news in such volume?! Not this gal.  

SUMMER CANNIBALS TOUR DATES


4/16: Spokane, WA @ The Bartlett
4/19: Minneapolis, MN @ Turf Club
4/20: Chicago, IL @ Lincoln Hall
4/21: Ann Arbor, MI @ Blind Pig
4/22: Cleveland, OH @ Grog Shop
4/24: New York, NY @ Bowery
4/25: Boston, MA @ The Sinclair
4/26: Providence, RI @ Columbus Theater
4/28: Brooklyn, NY @ Market Hotel
4/29: Philadelphia, PA @ Union Transfer
4/30: Washington, DC @ Black Cat
5/1: Pittsburgh, PA @ Club Cafe
5/3: Indianapolis, IN @ Hi-Fi
5/4: Paducah, KY @ Maiden Alley Cinema
5/5: St. Louis, MO @ The Firebird
5/6: Omaha, NE @ Slowdown
5/7: Denver, CO @ Lost Lake
5/8: Salt Lake City, UT @ Urban Lounge
5/13: Portland, OR @ Wonder Ballroom
5/14: Eugene, OR @ HiFi Music Hall
5/15: Arcata, CA @ Richard's Goat
5/17: San Francisco, CA @ The Chapel
5/19: Los Angeles, A @ Teragram Ballroom
5/20: San Diego, CA @ Soda Bar




[posted 3.20.16]

Video of The Day #117: Massive Attack

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.

Sometimes a song benefits from an involved, artistic, elaborate video. And sometimes, as is the case with the always amazing Massive Attack's "Ritual Spirit," all you need is Kate Moss in a bodysuit swinging an Edison bulb against an inky black backdrop. The simplicity allows all the more focus on the sinewy, deliberate coil of the song, in the way certain Massive Attack songs can smolder so well. Yet another impeccable one from the triumphant return of these legends.   



[posted 3.20.16]

Sounds of Treefort 2016 #8: Methyl Ethel

The way things are going, I can't help but feel that I enjoy the smaller, more boutique festivals more than those bigger, big name events. One of the fests I have on my radar for getting to one of these days (hopefully) is Treefort, a five-day festival of multitudinous good times in scenic downtown Boise. Maybe one of the festival circuit's best-kept secrets for now, I'd imagine it's not long before the great state of Idaho is on many festival-goer's radars. I've been perusing the lineup of this year's installment and have plenty of great bands to bring to your attention.

There's quite a buzz surrounding Aussies Methyl Ethel, and from what I've heard it's well deserved. Another former one-man bedroom project, the band is now building up steam into one heck of a kaleidoscopic psych-pop outfit. Currently down in Austin for SXSW, look for these lads to do big things in the coming months.   



[posted 3.20.16]

Sounds of Treefort 2016 #7: Marshall Poole

The way things are going, I can't help but feel that I enjoy the smaller, more boutique festivals more than those bigger, big name events. One of the fests I have on my radar for getting to one of these days (hopefully) is Treefort, a five-day festival of multitudinous good times in scenic downtown Boise. Maybe one of the festival circuit's best-kept secrets for now, I'd imagine it's not long before the great state of Idaho is on many festival-goer's radars. I've been perusing the lineup of this year's installment and have plenty of great bands to bring to your attention.

That Idaho's Marshall Poole refers to themself as "loud, noisy rock'n'roll" is endearing, though in truth just scratches the surface. The outfit calls to mind the imported stadium rock of the 70s, while integrating heavier riffs and not so subtle psychedelic flourishes.  




[posted 3.20.16]

Sounds of Treefort 2016 #6: Spiritual Warfare

The way things are going, I can't help but feel that I enjoy the smaller, more boutique festivals more than those bigger, big name events. One of the fests I have on my radar for getting to one of these days (hopefully) is Treefort, a five-day festival of multitudinous good times in scenic downtown Boise. Maybe one of the festival circuit's best-kept secrets for now, I'd imagine it's not long before the great state of Idaho is on many festival-goer's radars. I've been perusing the lineup of this year's installment and have plenty of great bands to bring to your attention.

If it's unique you want, Spiritual Warfare might be up your street. This one-man show weaves together native rhythms with wry croons, making for a heck of an interesting sound. 




[posted 3.20.16]

Good Cover Version: John Joseph Brill does Smashing Pumpkins

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.

"1979" was such a huge song when I was a wee teenager, and I'll always feel warm fuzzies about it. This here cover by John Joseph Brill totally changes the tone, Brill's burly, rich baritone adding layers of bittersweetness to Corgan's vocals while the piano accompaniment adding a tender nostalgia. 




[posted 3.20.16]

The Week In Shows: 3/21-3/27

The first Sunday morning of Spring 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!

Spring has sprung, in theory. It's chilly out there today, but I guess proper show-going temps will be here eventually. In the meantime, there's still some shows out there worth your time. Be sure to get out and partake. As a reminder, you might catch me at any show with an asterisk. 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, 3/21/16

-Idiot Glee + Murals (Galaxy Hut)
-Ben Ottewell (ex-Gomez) + David McMillin (Jammin Java)
-Mangchi + Kid Koala (DC9)

TUESDAY, 3/22/16

-Gaz Coombes (ex-Supergrass) + Piney Gir (Jammin Java)

WEDNESDAY, 3/23/16

-Slothrust + Yung + Flavor Waster (Comet Ping Pong)
-Mal Blum + Hothead + Bad Moves (Black Cat)
-Shovels & Rope (Birchmere)

THURSDAY, 3/24/16

-The Who + Tal Wilkenfeld (Verizon Center)
-Field Music + The Effects (DC9)
-Mellow Diamond + Roz & The Rice Cakes + Pree (Songbyrd)
-Dreamers + Arkells + Karma Killers (Black Cat)

FRIDAY, 3/25/16

-Wildhoney + Big Hush + Expert Alterations (Comet Ping Pong)
-Astronauts Etc. + Harriet Brown + Baby Bry Bry (Songbyrd)
-Kitten + Keeps + Color Palette (Rock & Roll Hotel)

SATURDAY, 3/26/16

-Jose Gonzalez + yMusic (Lisner Auditorium)
-Derek Evry + The WeatherVanes + Dear Creek (DC9)
-Bells & Hunters + Chess Club Romeos + Oh He Dead (IOTA)

SUNDAY, 3/27/16

-Gin Wigmore (U Street Music Hall)


[posted 3.20.16]

Friday, March 18, 2016

Sounds of Treefort 2016 #5: Freak Heat Waves

The way things are going, I can't help but feel that I enjoy the smaller, more boutique festivals more than those bigger, big name events. One of the fests I have on my radar for getting to one of these days (hopefully) is Treefort, a five-day festival of multitudinous good times in scenic downtown Boise. Maybe one of the festival circuit's best-kept secrets for now, I'd imagine it's not long before the great state of Idaho is on many festival-goer's radars. I've been perusing the lineup of this year's installment and have plenty of great bands to bring to your attention.

Straight up Canadian Kraut weirdness, that's what you get with Victoria's Freak Heat Waves. Offkilter beats, flatly droll vocal delivery, and swirling synthiness make this outfit well worth your while.   




[posted 3.18.16]

Sounds of Treefort 2016 #4: Religious Girls

The way things are going, I can't help but feel that I enjoy the smaller, more boutique festivals more than those bigger, big name events. One of the fests I have on my radar for getting to one of these days (hopefully) is Treefort, a five-day festival of multitudinous good times in scenic downtown Boise. Maybe one of the festival circuit's best-kept secrets for now, I'd imagine it's not long before the great state of Idaho is on many festival-goer's radars. I've been perusing the lineup of this year's installment and have plenty of great bands to bring to your attention.

If you're into being bowled over by great big swells of carousing, unapologetic noise with a simmering mathy undercurrent, you might just find yourself intrigued by kooky Oakland trio Religious Girls. I'm sure they're definitely worth catching live, too.  




[posted 3.18.16]

Thursday, March 17, 2016

Singles Club: BRONCHO

Rejoice, o ye fellow fans of BRONCHO! The Oklahoman dynamos are gearing up to release new long player Double Vanity (out May 27 on Dine Alone), and have dropped "Fantasy Boys" to give the world a taste of what they've been getting up to.

A little bit sweet and a little bit sexy, the swoon-worthy jam is a veering away from the fuzzed out muscle you might have grown accustomed to. There's still fuzz to be had, but they've gone and slowed things down to a slink, the aural equivalent of burning, lovelorn glances across a crowded room.   




[posted 3.17.16]