Sunday, July 31, 2016

Sounds of Secret Stages 2016 #5: Greater Pyrenees

It's sweltering out there, which can only mean it's getting to be about time for the 2016 installment of Alabama's awesome little music festival, Secret Stages. In a mere few days, a bunch of great local/regional/further afield bands will descend on Birmingham for what promises to be a heck of a good time. (Once again) I won't be there, dangit, but here's who I think is really worth checking out from the excellent lineup.

There's a whole lot to like about Mississippians Greater Pyrenees. The brainchild of Sean Kirkpatrick, the Pyrenees sound is like stumbling across memories and finding yourself in a strangely familiar place. Perhaps it's a place you hadn't been in a long time, a place you might have forgotten about. But it's a wonderful place to go back to. These songs carry a weight and a warmth that really resonates, and they're just plain lovely.   



[posted 7.31.16]

Otherwise Engaged: Boogarins

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.

Brazil's Boogarins makes some of the best psych rock around, regardless of the hemisphere. The Austin Psych Fest/Levitation alums are in DC tonight over at DC9, and if you're at all inclined to hear some modern psychedelia you'll probably want to be in attendance. These road warriors are constantly touring, but who knows when they'll be back in our part of the world. Get out there and make your night, and theirs, a really beautiful one.  



[posted 7.31.16]

Sounds of Secret Stages 2016 #4: Wieuca

It's sweltering out there, which can only mean it's getting to be about time for the 2016 installment of Alabama's awesome little music festival, Secret Stages. In a mere few days, a bunch of great local/regional/further afield bands will descend on Birmingham for what promises to be a heck of a good time. (Once again) I won't be there, dangit, but here's who I think is really worth checking out from the excellent lineup.

I'm pretty sure Wieuca (pronounced why-you-ku) is the first band I've come across that self-identifies as "Post-sensual Trap Metal." These Athens-by-way-of-Atlanta boys aren't really metal, mind you, instead their sound comes across as a playful, eccentric breed of college rock intermingling with trippy Southern psych. You'll hear anything from lots of chugging guitars, slightly off kilter beats, gleeful 80s synths, and a pervasive (and persuasive) sense of humor. 



[posted 7.31.16]

Sounds of Secret Stages 2016 #3: Ona

It's sweltering out there, which can only mean it's getting to be about time for the 2016 installment of Alabama's awesome little music festival, Secret Stages. In a mere few days, a bunch of great local/regional/further afield bands will descend on Birmingham for what promises to be a heck of a good time. (Once again) I won't be there, dangit, but here's who I think is really worth checking out from the excellent lineup.

From the wild and wonderful place known as West Virginia comes Ona. Named for one of those small WV country hamlets, the band combines sounds that are both salt of the earth and dreamily polished. Something about them feels more than a little bit throwback, maybe it's something about their earnest delivery. These handsome fellas are well worth lending an ear to.   




[posted 7.31.16]

Video Of The Day #150: Ancient Cities

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.

There's something amusing but a little scary about the Ancient Cities video for "Marmalade." After all, a world where music is illegal isn't a world I care to think too much about. Premise aside, the all-lady cast does a hilariously great job acting out both a band up to no good and the cops that are antagonizing them. As for the song itself, well, it's a sweet little honeycomb of a song, with big riffs and sultry scuzz and all the right heavy psych-infused noise. 





[posted 7.31.16]

On The Road Again: Teenage Fanclub

This bit of news brings me much joy, and I hope it'll do the same for you. The one and only Teenage Fanclub, purveyors of the dreamiest Scots jangle for many years now, will be heading back to the States for their first US shows since 2014. 

Check the dates below. And also be sure you check out their clip for the delightfully lovely "I'm In Love," which is the first Fannies video since 2001 that actually features the band. Happy days! 


TEENAGE FANCLUB TOUR DATES

Oct 12 Toronto, ON – Opera House

Oct 14 Washington, DC – 9:30 Club

Oct 15 New York, NY – Bowery Ballroom

Oct 16 Brooklyn, NY – Music Hall of Williamsburg

Oct 17 Boston, MA – The Sinclair

Oct 18 Philadelphia, PA – World CafĂ© Live

Oct 20 Cleveland, OH – Beachland Ballroom

Oct 21 Chicago, IL – Bottom Lounge

Oct 22 Minneapolis, MN – Fine Line

Oct 23 Madison, WI – High Noon

Oct 25 Ferndale, MI – Loving Touch



[posted 7.31.16]

Saturday, July 30, 2016

Singles Club: The Donkeys

Sometimes it feels as though this oppressive, sweltering summer will be here always and forever. There are ways to combat the sweat, of course, such as cranking your air conditioning down to 60, installing a misting tent in your office...or having a listen to this here little gem.

A cover of the theme song to the classic surf flick The Endless Summer, let The Donkeys and their pastoral San Diego swoon transport you from a humid swampland to the tranquil, sun drenched beaches of 1960s California. Works every time.  




[posted 7.30.16]

Thursday, July 28, 2016

Video of The Day #149: Twin Fires

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 what a fan I am of The Verve's video for "Bittersweet Symphony," and Aussie outfit Twin Fires has just released their version of the sidewalk-strolling, havoc-wreaking character for their jam "Let Me Be Your Man." Against their mighty fine, potent, sludgy Down Under bluesed-up twang, a sassy miss struts around in the sunshine, and of course it all works wonderfully. This one's catchy as all get out, y'all, so don't say I didn't warn you when it's stuck in your head all day long.  






[posted 7.28.16]

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Singles Club: Total Slacker

Good heavens, it's been a heck of a long while since I talked about Total Slacker, so let me atone by spending a little time on new song "Olympus Hills."

The NY outfit takes on 80s Brit sounds with all the requisite components: jaunty guitars, airy boy-girl harmonies, and of course a hearty dose of just-try-to-get-this-out-of-your-head catchiness. The song about "turning faith into taking action" makes for quite a listen. And for you Sunflower Bean fans, Nick Kivlen guest stars. 



[posted 7.27.16]

Sounds of Secret Stages 2016 #2: Little Big Bangs

It's sweltering out there, which can only mean it's getting to be about time for the 2016 installment of Alabama's awesome little music festival, Secret Stages. In a mere few days, a bunch of great local/regional/further afield bands will descend on Birmingham for what promises to be a heck of a good time. (Once again) I won't be there, dangit, but here's who I think is really worth checking out from the excellent lineup.

Ah, the sweet sound of dissatisfaction. Little Big Bangs, of the Show Me State, is showing me all sorts of wonderful things. Abrasive, bratty punk with a serious snarl, arty tendencies, and an undercurrent of "fuck off" emanates from their songs, along with a perfect ratio of grit to angst. Their noise is definitely worth checking out. As in right now. 






[posted 7.27.16]

On The Road Again: The Growlers

It's that time once again my pretties. And a very happy time it is indeed. 

You see, it's time for California's nostalgic and rambunctiously scuzzed out rockers The Growlers to head on out there and play some shows. Not only that, but the band has recently signed to Cult Records and is readying a new record. Double the fun, y'all! 

Many dates to choose from, culminating in the fabulously-named Beach Goth festival. Tickets go on sale this Friday at 10 AM (per time zone), so definitely get out there and check these dudes out. 

THE GROWLERS TOUR DATES


Friday, September 16th @ Hard Rock Hotel, Las Vegas, NV
Saturday, September 17th @ The Fox Theatre, Boulder, CO
Sunday, September 18th @ Waiting Room, Omaha, NE
Monday, September 19th @ Riot Room, Kansas City, MO
Wednesday, September 21st @ Thalia Hall, Chicago IL
Thursday, September 22nd @ Majestic Theatre, Detroit, MI
Friday, September 23rd @ Opera House, Toronto, ON
Saturday, September 24th @ Tralf Music Hall, Buffalo, NY
Sunday, September 25th @ The Basement, Columbus, OH
Tuesday, September 27th @ Union Transfer, Philadelphia, PA
Wednesday, September 28th @ The Paradise, Boston, MA
Thursday, September 29th @ Music Hall of Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NY
Friday, September 30th @ Webster Hall, New York, NY
Saturday, October 1st @ 9:30 Club, Washington, DC
Monday, October 3rd @ Terminal West, Atlanta, GA
Tuesday, October 4th @ Music Farm, Charleston, SC
Wednesday, October 5th @ Orange Peel, Asheville, NC
Thursday, October 6th @ Exit/In, Nashville, TN
Friday, October 7th @ Headliners Music Hall, Louisville, MO
Saturday, October 8th @ Off Broadway, St. Louis, MO
Saturday, October 22nd @ Beach Goth, Orange County, CA
Sunday, October 23rd @ Beach Goth, Orange County, CA



[posted 7.27.16]

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Good Cover Version: Shearwater does Bauhaus

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.

I seriously can't stop listening to this one y'all. Shearwater's cover of this Bauhaus gem is so very gloomy and sexy and diabolically listenable. Their version of "Kick In The Eye" sounds rapturous to mine ears, all badass bassline and heavenly devilish vocals. Plus that light show in this clip for A.V. Club is ridiculously rad. I all sorts of approve of this cover.  




[posted 7.26.16]

Sounds of Secret Stages 2016 #1: BUNCH

It's sweltering out there, which can only mean it's getting to be about time for the 2016 installment of Alabama's awesome little music festival, Secret Stages. In a mere few days, a bunch of great local/regional/further afield bands will descend on Birmingham for what promises to be a heck of a good time. (Once again) I won't be there, dangit, but here's who I think is really worth checking out from the excellent lineup.

What better band to kick off with than Mobile band BUNCH? The Heath Underwood-led outfit really captures the sultry dreaminess of coastal Alabama, twangy and silky and with the irresistibility of classic rock forebears. I have no doubt the BUNCH live show is a doozy.

Hear the charming "Cheri and Brian" over at the band's website.

[posted 7.26.16]      

Singles Club: Communions

Sounding just as cool as you'd imagine a Copenhagen-via-Seattle band would/should, here comes the super chilled, ice crystalline noise of Communions to slink into your headphones. 

These new Fat Possum signees show off a gleaming, glossy sunnyside up 80s synth pop with new song "Don't Hold Anything Back." I don't know about you, but I'm looking forward to their debut record, due out next year (not to mention their 7" that's out in September). And Euro friends, check these folks out on tour with Sunflower Bean in the very near future. 




[posted 7.26.16]

Video Of The Day #148: Cairobi

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.

For these days which melt more than just ones mind, why not check out a melted mind video? Here's Cairobi's clip for "Lupo," a meandering downtempo psych nugget given visuals by decidedly lo-tech but really trippy vibes. I must say, I think my favorite bit is the mermaid/shark combo.  





[posted 7.26.16]

Monday, July 25, 2016

Singles Club: Future Generations

Ladies and gentlemen, ignore the fact that it is Monday and go forth and continue your weekend (with the help of the following little gem). 

With the daydreamy sonic spires of Future Generations and their pretty little ditty "Thunder In The City" in your ears even the most wilting heat will be but an afterthought. These four Fordham fellows have created a frolicsome, effervescent song with an icy cool sugar coating, and it's well worth it should this song end up on repeat for extended periods of time.   



[posted 7.25.16]

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)



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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. 






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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.  





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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)



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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. 





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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



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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]