Friday, September 30, 2016

Singles Club: Jagwar Ma

It's been so very gray and so very gloomy these last few days here in metro DC, it makes a song like this one sound even more technicolor. I was just thinking about Jagwar Ma, actually, and here they are with some new timewarped, tripped-out, sideways and upside down electro-psych. "Slipping" is a romp grounded in reality ("don't you know forever never lasts"), but with a good time heart.

Turn this one up nice and loud, and make the weekend your own personal dancefloor. 



[posted 9.30.16]

Thursday, September 29, 2016

Newsflash!: Win Tickets + Meet & Greet to The Temper Trap @ 9:30 Club, 10/6/16

You love going to shows. I love giving you tickets to shows. It's a match made in heaven. Read on for how you can win some tickets.

I've been going to shows at the legendary 9:30 Club since I was a teenager, and have seen some of the best of the best grace that venerable stage. It is a pleasure to be offering a pair of tickets to several upcoming 9:30/IMP shows over the next few months.

Fans of Aussies The Temper Trap, have I got news for you. Not only do I have a pair of tickets to give you to the band's 10/6 show at the 9:30 Club, but a chance to get in on a meet + greet as well. Yes, that's right. Get up close and personal with the Melbourne fellows and see them do their thing live to boot. 

So how do you win, you're probably wondering? Just drop me a line and tell me what makes you a fan of The Temper Trap. Make it short, sweet, long, poignant, whatever you feel will be most convincing. I must receive your entry by noon on Tuesday, 10/4. Winner will be notified by email. Now get to it! 



[posted 9.29.16]

Video of The Day #172: Tacocat

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 shall begin by saying that I love everything about this here Tacocat video for "The Internet." It will stir memories of internet days gone by. It will make you feel some serious nostalgia. You will probably agree that it's pretty great. The song, too, is pretty great, filled with scuffed to heck, casually badass noise. Turn those gray skies blue with a daily dose of Tacocat, y'all.   





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Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Good Cover Version: Katy Goodman & Greta Morgan do The Buzzcocks

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.

Seeing as the Buzzcocks are in town tomorrow night, it felt like a rather good time to talk about this gorgeous cover version of "Ever Fallen In Love," one of pretty much everyone's favorite Buzzcocks songs. Dynamic duo Katy Goodman (La Sera) and Greta Morgan (Springtime Carnivore) take the classic punk abruptness and turn the song into a languid, lovelorn ballad. The perfect harmonies alone are worth many a listen.     



[posted 9.27.16]

Video of The Day #171: New Order

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.

New Order. Breakdancing. Together. If you ask me, that's a simple recipe for success if ever there was one. New video for "People on The High Line" features a lady (B-Gyrl Lyra) and gent (Hakim Saber) breaker, doing their rather impressive moves to the backdrop of this joyous piece of top-form New Order. Naturally, there's a bit of intrigue. The 7" picture disc comes out on vinyl on 10/21 on Mute. Preorder yours now.   





[posted 9.27.16]

Singles Club - Premiere Edition: Weird Pennies (of Raleigh)

"Remember that you do not have to freak out." Sage advice, though perhaps a bit of an eyebrow-raiser when the line isn't coming from a well-meaning advice-giver but being sung amidst a clamor of chaotic aural contortions. It's as if Weird Pennies (of Raleigh) is more than a little down with contradictions. And that's a good thing. 

"Freak Out," the song in question premiering right here, can be found on the Pennies' forthcoming EP Popular Wisdom (out October 2nd). When working on the song, singer Thomas McNeely was "trying to write a song that was based around a hypnotic rhythm and didn't rely on too many words." And "Freak Out" is just that - exhilarating and hypnotic right off the bat. Absorbing some of the sounds the band listened to at the time, the cutting riffage takes some cues from Television and The Soft Boys, while the softer, curvier synthiness is a nod to Animal Collective and (yes) Simon & Garfunkel.

All in all, the EP is full of mercurial maneuvering, letting shine the band's self-proclaimed sonic ethos of planting "pop seeds into some bizarre rock soil and let the fruits rot" in all manner of ways. You'll definitely want to get your hands on this on release day, y'all.      



[posted 9.27.16]

Monday, September 26, 2016

Newsflash!: Win Tickets to Warpaint @ 9:30 Club, 10/4/16

You love going to shows. I love giving you tickets to shows. It's a match made in heaven. Read on for how you can win some tickets.

I've been going to shows at the legendary 9:30 Club since I was a teenager, and have seen some of the best of the best grace that venerable stage. It is a pleasure to be offering a pair of tickets to several upcoming 9:30/IMP shows over the next few months.

The ladies of Warpaint are at it again, y'all, touring the pants off latest long player Heads Up, newly released on Rough Trade. The NY Times calls the record's songs "both brooding and frisky," which pretty much means you certainly don't want to miss hearing them up close and in person. 

I can help you achieve your dream of seeing Warpaint live, since I happen to have a pair of tickets up for grabs to see this feisty outfit here in DC for their 10/4 show. To win, in honor of the first presidential debate tonight, give me your best campaign-ese for why you should win the tickets to the show. Email me your propaganda no later than noon on Sunday, 10/2. Winner will be notified by email. Good luck! 




[posted 9.26.16]

Sunday, September 25, 2016

Video of The Day #170: Get Inuit

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 you think you're experiencing deja vu when checking out Get Inuit's video for "Teriyaki," it's not just your imagination. Those matching striped shirts and VW bus are the band's homage to the one and only Beach Boys. Besides the nod to the good vibrations legends, the band displays an affinity for tuneful, tongue-in-cheek jangle (not to mention hamming it up for the camera). Just brash enough, the song is a good antidote for the Sunday-night blues.  





[posted 9.25.16]

On The Road Again: Foals

I can't actually believe it's been so long, but all the way back in 2010, when I had the pleasure of seeing them up close and in person, I said that to see Foals was "unfathomably, splendidly, amazingly glorious." I haven't seen the Oxford lads since, however I have unwavering confidence in their ability to melt faces with their fantastically powerful, full-throttle noise.

As it happens, the band is popping over to the US (among other destinations) for a long string of dates. If you've never seen Foals before, do yourself a favor and go see them. If you've seen them before, do yourself another favor and see them again. And if you're in DC, stay tuned for a rather pertinent announcement. 

FOALS TOUR DATES

27 September | Los Angeles, CA | The Palladium
30 September | Austin, TX | ACL
1 October | Monterrey, MX | Live Out Festival
3 October | Dallas, TX | Granada
4 October | Houston, TX | White Oak Music Hall
6 October | Austin, TX | Austin City Limits Taping
7 October | Austin, TX | ACL
8 October | San Antonio, TX | Aztec Theatre
12 October | Santiago, Chile | La Cupula
14 October | Lima, Peru | CC Barranco Arena
16 October | Bogota, Columbia | Carmel Club City Hall
19 October | Sao Paolo, Brazil | Cine Joia
22 October | Buenos Aires, Argentina | Grove
25 October | Ft. Lauderdale, FL | Revolution
26 October | Tampa, FL | The Ritz Ybor
28 October | New Orleans, LA | Voodoo Festival
31 October | Philadelphia, PA | Electric Factory
1 November | Boston, MA | House of Blues
3 November | Washington, DC | Echostage
4 November | New York, NY | United Palace Theatre
5 November | New Haven, CT | College Street Music Hall
7 November | Toronto, ON | Sound Academy
9 November | Chicago, IL | Riviera Theatre



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Saturday, September 24, 2016

The Week In Shows: 9/26-10/2

The first Saturday of the best season 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!

Hallelujah and then some, it's fall! My most favorite of seasons is full of goodness, from sweaters to Halloween to non-sweltering temperatures. It's also a pretty good season when it comes to bands being out there on the road. Much to be excited about in the fall, y'all. So here we go, a look at some recommended shows for the coming week. And if you happen to see an asterisk by a show, I'll be there. You should too. 

And as an aside, if you've got a show coming up you'd like me to consider including in my weekly calendar, just shoot me an email with "Calendar" somewhere in the subject line. Thanks y'all!


MONDAY, 9/26/16

-Beaty Heart + Beach Baby (DC9)
-JEFF The Brotherhood + Music Band (Black Cat)
-The Del Arcos + Mimi Loco & The Drama Queens (Galaxy Hut)

TUESDAY, 9/27/16

-Kid Congo Powers & The Pink Monkey Birds + Escape-ism (Comet Ping Pong)
-Billy Bragg + Joe Henry (Birchmere)
-The Dandy Warhols + Savoy Motel (Ram's Head Live Baltimore - worth the drive)
-Ages and Ages + Cereus Bright + Wylder (DC9)

WEDNESDAY, 9/28/16

-Buzzcocks + Residuels (9:30 Club - win tix!!)
-Big Black Wolves + Mundy + Stonewalled (Velvet Lounge)
-Big Hush + Snail Mail (Black Cat)
-Elliott Moss + Yoke Lore + FLASH FREQUENCY (DC9)

THURSDAY, 9/29/16

-The Suffers + Jakubi (Rock & Roll Hotel)
-Luna w/ Britta Phillips (Birchmere)
-The Bird & The Bee + The Sweet Hurt (Black Cat)
-Matt Tarka (Gypsy Sally's)

FRIDAY, 9/30/16

-Kaleo + Bishop Briggs + The Wind & The Wave (9:30 Club - SOLD OUT)
-Iska Dhaaf + Aerial View + Airospace (Velvet Lounge)

SATURDAY, 10/1/16

-Death Valley Girls + Cinema Hearts + Madeira + DJ Ian Svenonius (Comet Ping Pong)
-The Growlers (9:30 Club)
-Forlorn Strangers + Two Ton Twig (IOTA)
-The Shondes + Hemlines (Black Cat)
-James Blake + Moses Sumney (Lincoln Theatre - SOLD OUT)

SUNDAY, 10/2/16

-Kula Shaker + The Beginner's Mynd (U Street Music Hall)*
-Electric Six + In The Whale (Black Cat)
-Pygmy Lush + Slow Mass + Two Inch Astronaut (Comet Ping Pong)

[posted 9.24.16]

Video of The Day #169: MV & EE

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.

It feels like a lovely, languid Saturday, so what better music to listen to than lovely, languid tunes? Such as "Feel Alright" from MV & EE. The video is so very pretty, following Mr. V and Ms. E and a dear little lass as they spend a day wandering in a glorious lakeside locale. All the while the magical meanderings of the song provide bucolic escapism. Happy Saturday, indeed. 



[posted 9.24.16]

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Sounds of Liverpool Psych Fest 2016 #15: Tau

Of all the festivals in all the world that I have yet to experience for myself, the one I most want to go to is the Liverpool International Festival of Psychedelia, otherwise known as Liverpool Psych Fest. The braintrust behind this upstart event continually brings together some of the absolute best bands in the UK and Euro psych scenes, and the lineup is always a treat. This year is no different, and there's no shortage of bands you should check out. These are my top picks from this year's bumper crop. Liverpool Psych Fest is going down September 23 & 24. (And as an aside, fingers crossed for yours truly finally making the LPF dream come true in 2017)

If you're into psychedelic, 60s pop Western-tinted Krautrock, Tau should be right up your street. This is ageless, placeless, timeless music - a wickedly strange, potent potion that's just perfect for the ears of wanderers and wonderers.  



[posted 9.22.16]

Sounds of Liverpool Psych Fest 2016 #14: Minami Deutsch

Of all the festivals in all the world that I have yet to experience for myself, the one I most want to go to is the Liverpool International Festival of Psychedelia, otherwise known as Liverpool Psych Fest. The braintrust behind this upstart event continually brings together some of the absolute best bands in the UK and Euro psych scenes, and the lineup is always a treat. This year is no different, and there's no shortage of bands you should check out. These are my top picks from this year's bumper crop. Liverpool Psych Fest is going down September 23 & 24. (And as an aside, fingers crossed for yours truly finally making the LPF dream come true in 2017)

Japanese Krautrock. That's the short version when it comes to the excellence that is Tokyo's Minami Deutsch. Fans of dark, driving, muscle riffage and a pervading sense of sonic destruction should find quite a home with this band. This is some potent stuff, y'all.   



[posted 9.22.16]

Sounds of Liverpool Psych Fest 2016 #13: Pure Joy

Of all the festivals in all the world that I have yet to experience for myself, the one I most want to go to is the Liverpool International Festival of Psychedelia, otherwise known as Liverpool Psych Fest. The braintrust behind this upstart event continually brings together some of the absolute best bands in the UK and Euro psych scenes, and the lineup is always a treat. This year is no different, and there's no shortage of bands you should check out. These are my top picks from this year's bumper crop. Liverpool Psych Fest is going down September 23 & 24. (And as an aside, fingers crossed for yours truly finally making the LPF dream come true in 2017)

At times coming across as sonic kin to the wonderful whirlwind that is Tame Impala, Liverpool's Pure Joy does some rather wacky things with their interpretation of psych rock. Their Merseyside psych brings together the out-there with days gone by for a quirky, good time sound. They'll be sure to get the home fires burning at this year's LPF. 



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Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Good Cover Version: Oldermost does Graham Nash

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.

Don't mind me, y'all. I'm just sitting here swooning like crazy over this here dreamy piece of cover goodness from Oldermost. Taking on Graham Nash's majestic piece of self-reflection "I Used to Be A King," the Philadelphians tenderly update Nash's looking glass frankness, adding languid layers of their earnest folk ramble while themselves sounding like contemporaries of their cover subject.     



[posted 9.21.16]

Sounds of Liverpool Psych Fest 2016 #12: Saddar Bazaar

Of all the festivals in all the world that I have yet to experience for myself, the one I most want to go to is the Liverpool International Festival of Psychedelia, otherwise known as Liverpool Psych Fest. The braintrust behind this upstart event continually brings together some of the absolute best bands in the UK and Euro psych scenes, and the lineup is always a treat. This year is no different, and there's no shortage of bands you should check out. These are my top picks from this year's bumper crop. Liverpool Psych Fest is going down September 23 & 24. (And as an aside, fingers crossed for yours truly finally making the LPF dream come true in 2017)

If you're craving some sticky, sultry drone delirium, look no further than Bristol's Saddar Bazaar. Their luxuriantly expansive creations frequently seem to call for swirling tendrils of smoke and dimly-lit dens of sen. No doubt this here is a band that's captivating live and in person.  



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Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Sounds of Liverpool Psych Fest 2016 #11: Man of Moon

Of all the festivals in all the world that I have yet to experience for myself, the one I most want to go to is the Liverpool International Festival of Psychedelia, otherwise known as Liverpool Psych Fest. The braintrust behind this upstart event continually brings together some of the absolute best bands in the UK and Euro psych scenes, and the lineup is always a treat. This year is no different, and there's no shortage of bands you should check out. These are my top picks from this year's bumper crop. Liverpool Psych Fest is going down September 23 & 24. (And as an aside, fingers crossed for yours truly finally making the LPF dream come true in 2017)

The aural equivalent of that sharp intake of breath when your heart skips a beat, Edinburgh's Man of Moon is nothing if not startling. "I will burn this city down," they proclaim in "The Road," and for some reason I get the impression that sentiment could very well apply to their live show. Deliberately churning, hefty nuggets of noise, these songs are incredibly vibrant and irresistible.    



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Monday, September 19, 2016

Sounds of Liverpool Psych Fest 2016 #10: Cellar Doors

Of all the festivals in all the world that I have yet to experience for myself, the one I most want to go to is the Liverpool International Festival of Psychedelia, otherwise known as Liverpool Psych Fest. The braintrust behind this upstart event continually brings together some of the absolute best bands in the UK and Euro psych scenes, and the lineup is always a treat. This year is no different, and there's no shortage of bands you should check out. These are my top picks from this year's bumper crop. Liverpool Psych Fest is going down September 23 & 24. (And as an aside, fingers crossed for yours truly finally making the LPF dream come true in 2017)

When Alex Maas of The Black Angels cops to liking you, as a psych band there can be few higher compliments. Such is true of San Francisco's Cellar Doors, whose noise features cavalcades of delicious darkness and may cause more than a few folks to become weak in the knees. This is one of the LPF bands I most wish I could see up close and in person. 



[posted 9.19.16]

Otherwise Engaged: Mystic Braves

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.

So here's the thing. If you're anywhere close to DC tonight and dig psych rock, you need to go to DC9. Some of the very best shinny shake psych around will be there to treat your ears, made by the dandies of Mystic Braves. These California guys make some seriously sweet technicolor desert surf psych, steeped in powerfully good 60s vibes. Show yourself a heck of a Monday night and go to this show.  



[posted 9.19.16]

Sounds of Liverpool Psych Fest 2016 #9: Has a Shadow

Of all the festivals in all the world that I have yet to experience for myself, the one I most want to go to is the Liverpool International Festival of Psychedelia, otherwise known as Liverpool Psych Fest. The braintrust behind this upstart event continually brings together some of the absolute best bands in the UK and Euro psych scenes, and the lineup is always a treat. This year is no different, and there's no shortage of bands you should check out. These are my top picks from this year's bumper crop. Liverpool Psych Fest is going down September 23 & 24. (And as an aside, fingers crossed for yours truly finally making the LPF dream come true in 2017)

From Mexico comes psychgaze outfit Has a Shadow, whose murky, simmering sounds slowly but surely overwhelm the senses. There's plenty of fuzz and grime in their songs, and haunted, plaintive vocals smolder as the songs catch fire.  




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Sunday, September 18, 2016

Good Cover Version: Nick Waterhouse does Sade

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.

Somehow, "Smooth Operator" is 32 years old. To celebrate that, Nick Waterhouse covered Sade's classic piece of smoothness, adding a throwback jazz club daddy-o style. With his inner Chet Baker coming through, Waterhouse takes Sade's 80s gem and takes it even further back. And in my humble opinion, it works very well indeed.  



[posted 9.18.16]

Sounds of Liverpool Psych Fest 2016 #8: Flavor Crystals

Of all the festivals in all the world that I have yet to experience for myself, the one I most want to go to is the Liverpool International Festival of Psychedelia, otherwise known as Liverpool Psych Fest. The braintrust behind this upstart event continually brings together some of the absolute best bands in the UK and Euro psych scenes, and the lineup is always a treat. This year is no different, and there's no shortage of bands you should check out. These are my top picks from this year's bumper crop. Liverpool Psych Fest is going down September 23 & 24. (And as an aside, fingers crossed for yours truly finally making the LPF dream come true in 2017)

Another of the US contingent heading to Liverpool for LPF this year is Flavor Crystals. This Twin Cities outfit occupies a devilishly good space in the darker reaches of psych, with their serpentine coils of heady noise able to induce an almost opiate level of blissed-out delirium. High marks indeed, and that's without even seeing them live.  



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Sounds of Liverpool Psych Fest 2016 #7: Electric Eye

Of all the festivals in all the world that I have yet to experience for myself, the one I most want to go to is the Liverpool International Festival of Psychedelia, otherwise known as Liverpool Psych Fest. The braintrust behind this upstart event continually brings together some of the absolute best bands in the UK and Euro psych scenes, and the lineup is always a treat. This year is no different, and there's no shortage of bands you should check out. These are my top picks from this year's bumper crop. Liverpool Psych Fest is going down September 23 & 24. (And as an aside, fingers crossed for yours truly finally making the LPF dream come true in 2017)

Putting some glam in Scandi psych rock, Norway's Electric Eye should be on your radar for sure. Their song "Mercury Rise" tastes like a reworked T. Rex classic, and their throwback vibes are strong. A very promising psych sound to please any ear.    



[posted 9.18.16]

Sounds of Liverpool Psych Fest 2016 #6: New Candys

Of all the festivals in all the world that I have yet to experience for myself, the one I most want to go to is the Liverpool International Festival of Psychedelia, otherwise known as Liverpool Psych Fest. The braintrust behind this upstart event continually brings together some of the absolute best bands in the UK and Euro psych scenes, and the lineup is always a treat. This year is no different, and there's no shortage of bands you should check out. These are my top picks from this year's bumper crop. Liverpool Psych Fest is going down September 23 & 24. (And as an aside, fingers crossed for yours truly finally making the LPF dream come true in 2017)

From Venice (and no, we're not talking California) comes the stellar, 60s-infused, drone-heavy psych contortions of New Candys. Their sexy psych undulates with a certain swagger and casts spells you won't want broken at every turn. One of my favorite finds from an impressive lineup. 



[posted 9.18.16]

Newsflash!: Win Tickets to Buzzcocks @ 9:30 Club, 9/28/16

You love going to shows. I love giving you tickets to shows. It's a match made in heaven. Read on for how you can win some tickets.

I've been going to shows at the legendary 9:30 Club since I was a teenager, and have seen some of the best of the best grace that venerable stage. It is a pleasure to be offering a pair of tickets to several upcoming 9:30/IMP shows over the next few months.

Really, the one and only Buzzcocks need no introduction. These Northern lads are on the road to celebrate the big 4-0, as in 40 years of banddom (currently featuring half the original lineup, Mssrs. Shelley and Diggle).  Trust me, this is a band you need to see live. And 40th band birthdays don't roll around all that often these days. 

So, what do you need to do to win this pair of Buzzcocks tickets? It's rather easy, friends. Send me an email with the name of your very favorite Buzzcocks song, and a few words about why you'd love to see the band live. You have until noon Eastern time on Monday, 9/26, so step on it. Winner will be notified via email. 

To inspire you, here's the Buzzcock boys on TOTP in the late 1970s. The word "classic" definitely comes to mind.  



[posted 9.18.16]

Video of The Day #168: Merchandise

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 always-engaging Merchandise has unleashed a new clip for their song "Lonesome Sound," and it's worth lavishing a little attention on. Showcasing a new, dreamlike and dark synthpop-infused direction, the band hands over video direction to frontman Carson Cox, who provides those heavenly black velvet vocals. I'm partial to the spotlit Stetson shots myself, but the whole video is a dandy. And be ready to splash out on the band's new record, A Corpse Wired for Sound, out on 9/23 on 4AD.  



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Sounds of Liverpool Psych Fest 2016 #5: Brain Washington

Of all the festivals in all the world that I have yet to experience for myself, the one I most want to go to is the Liverpool International Festival of Psychedelia, otherwise known as Liverpool Psych Fest. The braintrust behind this upstart event continually brings together some of the absolute best bands in the UK and Euro psych scenes, and the lineup is always a treat. This year is no different, and there's no shortage of bands you should check out. These are my top picks from this year's bumper crop. Liverpool Psych Fest is going down September 23 & 24. (And as an aside, fingers crossed for yours truly finally making the LPF dream come true in 2017)

There's something about Brain Washington. These Londoners make some seriously wacky sounds, with the tongue-in-cheek camp of a good 60s b-movie cozying up next to Detroit Rock City (and that's just for starters). It's a strange, heady brew that makes up their noise, and you may just find yourself going back for more. 






[posted 9.18.16]

Sounds of Liverpool Psych Fest 2016 #4: In Zaire

Of all the festivals in all the world that I have yet to experience for myself, the one I most want to go to is the Liverpool International Festival of Psychedelia, otherwise known as Liverpool Psych Fest. The braintrust behind this upstart event continually brings together some of the absolute best bands in the UK and Euro psych scenes, and the lineup is always a treat. This year is no different, and there's no shortage of bands you should check out. These are my top picks from this year's bumper crop. Liverpool Psych Fest is going down September 23 & 24. (And as an aside, fingers crossed for yours truly finally making the LPF dream come true in 2017)

The In Zaire sound is hard to pin down, and I don't think they'd have it any other way. They call themselves "psych space rock," but that's not even half of the story. Theirs is thundering psychedelic noise with influences from more countries than you can count. This Italian-German outfit can be electrifying on record, and can no doubt light quite a fire on stage. 



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Sounds of Liverpool Psych Fest 2016 #3: Muscle and Marrow

Of all the festivals in all the world that I have yet to experience for myself, the one I most want to go to is the Liverpool International Festival of Psychedelia, otherwise known as Liverpool Psych Fest. The braintrust behind this upstart event continually brings together some of the absolute best bands in the UK and Euro psych scenes, and the lineup is always a treat. This year is no different, and there's no shortage of bands you should check out. These are my top picks from this year's bumper crop. Liverpool Psych Fest is going down September 23 & 24. (And as an aside, fingers crossed for yours truly finally making the LPF dream come true in 2017)

Portland (as in Oregon) duo Muscle and Marrow is making a heck of a long journey to be a part of LPF 2016. Theirs is the music of "otherness," fitting on the more experimental end of the kaleidoscopic psych rock spectrum. Driving noise and otherworldly vocals provide the listener with quite an engaging experience, and I'd hazard a guess that their live presence is powerful indeed.  



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Sounds of Liverpool Psych Fest 2016 #2: Helicon

Of all the festivals in all the world that I have yet to experience for myself, the one I most want to go to is the Liverpool International Festival of Psychedelia, otherwise known as Liverpool Psych Fest. The braintrust behind this upstart event continually brings together some of the absolute best bands in the UK and Euro psych scenes, and the lineup is always a treat. This year is no different, and there's no shortage of bands you should check out. These are my top picks from this year's bumper crop. Liverpool Psych Fest is going down September 23 & 24. (And as an aside, fingers crossed for yours truly finally making the LPF dream come true in 2017)

Who am I to resist the powerful black magic of self-proclaimed "doom-mongering behemoths of psychedelic rock" Helicon? These Scots bring out the delightful delirium of the dark side of psych, incorporating shamanic beats and plenty of transfixing, mesmeric noise. No doubt the live Helicon experience is something to behold.  



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Saturday, September 17, 2016

The Week in Shows: 9/19-9/25

The last Saturday in summer 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 know the weather doesn't totally make it believable, but summer is almost out the door. My favorite season is right around the corner, as are cooler nights and the best holiday ever. This is a bit of a tame week, after the bumper crop of great shows last week, but there's still plenty to see. So here we go, a look at some recommended shows for the coming week.

And as an aside, if you've got a show coming up you'd like me to consider including in my weekly calendar, just shoot me an email with "Calendar" somewhere in the subject line. Thanks y'all!


MONDAY, 9/19/16

-Mystic Braves + The Dream Ride + The Radiographers (DC9)
-Okkervil River + Landlady (9:30 Club)

TUESDAY, 9/20/16

-Morgan Delt + Mass Gothic (DC9)

WEDNESDAY, 9/21/16

-Lush + Tamaryn (9:30 Club - win tix!)
-Adam Green + Outer Spaces (Black Cat)
-Lee "Scratch" Perry (State Theatre)

THURSDAY, 9/22/16

-Humble Fire + Fellow Creatures + Shining Blade Theory (Black Cat)
-Pylon + Dressy Bessy (IOTA)
-The Deslondes + Mechanical River (DC9)

FRIDAY, 9/23/16

-Blind Pilots + River Whyless (9:30 Club)
-Ava Luna + Sitcom + Klauss (Comet Ping Pong)
-Goblin Cock + Jail Solidarity (DC9)
-Aztec Sun + Alanna Royale (Black Cat)

SATURDAY, 9/24/16

-Peter Bjorn & John + City of the Sun + Cleopold (Lincoln Theatre)
-Death + Rough Francis (Black Cat)
-American Electric + Electric Grandmother + Loi Loi (Velvet Lounge)
-George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic (9:30 Club)

SUNDAY, 9/25/16

-Signals Midwest + Oklahoma Car Crash + Kid Claws (DC9)
-Tom Jones (Warner Theatre)
-Glass Animals + Pumarosa (Echo Stage)
-The Renderers + Insect Factory (Galaxy Hut)
-Upstart Fest (Songbyrd Music House)
-DC Record Fair (Howard Theatre)

[posted 9.17.16]

Video of The Day #167: Gurr

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 Gurr's song "Walnuts." From the ever-so-slightly fuzzed jangle of their Euro surf rock to the Susanna Hoffs-esque vocals, the song is a perfect adieu to summer. The video sees the Gurr gals driving through German roads on the way to play a show, frolicking along the way. The clip definitely captures the vibe of the song, and both are well worth cozying up to. 





[posted 9.17.16]

Otherwise Engaged: Farm Aid 2016

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.

Most of the time, I think we all go to shows that offer us a good time. Occasionally, there are shows that offer us a good time AND a chance to do something good unto others. Such as, for example, Farm Aid. The 2016 version of the big Farm Aid concert is down the road apiece at Jiffy Lube Live (someone please change that name ASAP), and judging by the lineup it looks like it's going to be a heck of a day. In addition to Farm Aid board members Willie Nelson, Neil Young, John Mellencamp, and Dave Matthews, you've got the Alabama Shakes, Sturgill Simpson, and Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats. And that's not even everyone. I hope many of you will be making the drive down to Bristow to support the music and to support Farm Aid.    




[posted 9.17.16]

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Sounds of Liverpool Psych Fest 2016 #1: Flamingods

Of all the festivals in all the world that I have yet to experience for myself, the one I most want to go to is the Liverpool International Festival of Psychedelia, otherwise known as Liverpool Psych Fest. The braintrust behind this upstart event continually brings together some of the absolute best bands in the UK and Euro psych scenes, and the lineup is always a treat. This year is no different, and there's no shortage of bands you should check out. These are my top picks from this year's bumper crop. Liverpool Psych Fest is going down September 23 & 24. (And as an aside, fingers crossed for yours truly finally making the LPF dream come true in 2017) 

I can't help but find Flamingods terrifically exciting. Their self-proclaimed "exotic psychedelia" exhibits a chilled out varietal of some of the tribal, tropicalia noise you might find in the headspace of Goat, but these Londoners don't just cavort in rhythms. Their sound diverges this way and that, always unexpected and always excellent.   



[posted 9.14.16]

Sunday, September 11, 2016

On The Road Again: Elephant Stone

If for some reason you've not yet seen Montreal's super fantastic, dynamite psychsmiths Elephant Stone yet, you're in luck. The Canadian trio has just announced an autumnal run of dates, and if they come to your city I strongly suggest you check them out. Touring new long player Ship of Fools, I've no doubt the shows will be quite special.

ELEPHANT STONE TOUR DATES

10/16 - Small's - Detroit, MI
10/17 - Schubas - Chicago, IL
10/18 - Big Room Bar - Columbus, OH
10/19 - MOTR Pub (Free show) - Cincinnati, OH
10/20 - Howler's - Pittsburgh, PA
10/21 - Kung-Fu Necktie - Philadelphia, PA
10/22 - Trans Pecos - Brooklyn, NY
11/3 - Satellite - Los Angeles, CA
11/4 - Milk Bar - San Francisco, CA
11/7 - Bunk Bar - Portland, OR
11/8 - Cobalt - Vancouver, BC
11/10 - The Aviary - Edmonton, AB
11/11 - Palomino - Calgary, AB
11/13 - Lo-Fi - Seattle, WA
11/16 - Continental Room (Free show) - Fullerton, CA



[posted 9.11.16]

Video of The Day #166: Happyness

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.

We can all use a little happiness, so why not a little Happyness? In the clip for "Anna, Lisa Calls," the band hooks up a sprinkle-dusted cake to a mic and proceeds to bound along to their oh so catchy, Orange Juice-esque floating fuzz. The band playing in a cozy barnlike setting is simple but more than a little effective.   





[posted 9.11.16]