Monday, October 31, 2016

Newsflash!: Win Tickets to James Vincent McMorrow @ 9:30 Club, 11/9/16

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.

James Vincent McMorrow, the platinum-selling, Dublin-bred gent possessed of an angelic, silken voice and enviable upper register, is going to be taking possession of the 9:30 Club stage on November 9th. The discerning music fan might wish to be present for said show. If you've got McMorrow fever and want to see what JVM can do live, I might be able to help. 

To win a pair of tickets to the 11/9 show, just email me and do your darndest to convince me that you should be the winner. Contest closes at noon Eastern time on Monday, 11/7. Winner will be notified by email. Best of luck to one and all.   



[posted 10.31.16]

Happy Halloween, Y'all!

It's time once again for my most favorite of holidays: Halloween. I hope you've all got plans to dress up in all manner of costumes and have a spooky, kooky time all weekend long in celebration of the magic wonderfulness of this particular holiday. 

For some reason I'm feeling rather witchy this year, so below is an assortment of witch-centric jams - classics and covers. Enjoy, and happy haunting you dear ghouls and dolls. 















[posted 10.31.16]

Singles Club: Bloody Death Skull

As with books and their covers, we've all been taught not to judge a band by its name. 

That being said, it's completely and totally understandable if you saw the name Bloody Death Skull and started to expect black/doom/stoner metal. That is not, however, what you'll hear from the LA art-surf outfit. 

In "Betsy's Back" you're going to get an earful of kooky, playful, catchy as all get-out, 60s girl group meets surf scuzz shenanigans. And if you're like me, you'll take one listen to this little nugget and keep going back for more. 



[posted 10.31.16]

Video of The Day #188 - Halloween Edition: Lily & Madeleine

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's Halloween, so what better time to scope out Lily & Madeleine's video for "Westfield"? The video's teen slasher flick feel is even more shiveringly acute when paired with the dreamy, honeyed vocals of the ladies and the slow, steady burn of the song.  Oh, and be ready for a heck of a twist at the end. Trick or treat, indeed.  



[posted 10.31.16]

Saturday, October 29, 2016

Video of The Day #187: Hope and Social

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.

Give me a video with cats, origami cranes, sharks, and wacky, tripped-out visuals, and you can bet your sweet mama I'm going to watch it and probably love it to pieces. Hope and Social's lively, galivanting "The View From Above" requires a video that can keep up with it, and this one certainly does. This tantalizing technicolor daydream is more than fit for a song that's sure to get some hips a-wiggling.   





[posted 10.29.16]

The Week In Shows: 10/31-11/6

The Saturday morning kicking off Halloweekend 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 time to start really celebrating the best of all holidays. Of course, I speak of Halloween. I hope you've got your costume (or costumes, as the case may be). So here we go, a look at some of the shows I happen to recommend for the coming week. I won't be out and about next week, but anytime you see an asterisk, yours truly may just be making an appearance. 

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, 10/31/16

-Ghosts of Sailors at Sea + Numbers Station + Gordon Withers (Galaxy Hut)
-Aurora + Dan Croll (9:30 Club)

TUESDAY, 11/1/16

-The Orwells + The Symposium + Shirt/Pants (DC9 - SOLD OUT)
-Mr Little Jeans + Trace + Color Palette (U Street Music Hall)

WEDNESDAY, 11/2/16

-Girlpool + Yohuna + Snail Mail (Rock & Roll Hotel)
-Fred Armisen + Ana Fabrega (9:30 Club)

THURSDAY, 11/3/16

-Foals + Bear Hands + Kiev (Echostage - win tix!!)
-El Ten Eleven + Bayonne (Black Cat)
-Elvis Costello & The Imposters (Warner Theatre)

FRIDAY, 11/4/16

-The Veils + Celebration (DC9)
-We Were Black Clouds + Flavor Waster + Wanted Man + Sunndrug (Rock & Roll Hotel)
-El Mansouris + Shana Falana + Pree + Undercover Dream Lovers (OTHERFEELS)
-Flock of Dimes + Harkin (U Street Music Hall)
-L├ąpsley + Aquilo (9:30 Club)

SATURDAY, 11/5/16

-The White Buffalo + The Deltaz (Black Cat)
-Bad Suns + Coin (Rock & Roll Hotel - SOLD OUT)

SUNDAY, 11/6/16

-Silver Apples + Bernardino Femminielli + Paperhaus (Rock & Roll Hotel)
-The Fem Doms + Menage a Garage + Dalton Deschain & The Traveling Show + The Lonely Ocean (Velvet Lounge)
-Tegan & Sara + Torres (9:30 Club - SOLD OUT)

[posted 10.29.16]

Friday, October 28, 2016

Video of The Day #186: Weaves

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's about time to really pay some attention to Weaves, my friends. The video for the pretty grunge of "Shithole" stars frontlady Jasmyn Burke in a variety of visual personas, giving her a star turn along with her fierce, though vulnerable, vocals, while also acutely tapping into the song's inherent isolation. A driving beat and some scuzzed guitar antics add that extra something. 





[posted 10.28.16]

Singles Club: Nicole Atkins

The lovely Nicole Atkins has a voice that could fill a room a thousand times over. Her heavenly pipes hearken back to a time long since gone, of big voices that really entertained. 

On "A Little Crazy," written with Chris Isaak, Atkins once again shows the kids how it's done, calling to mind the power of heartbroken leading ladies like Dusty Springfield and Patsy Cline as she transitions from softly lovelorn to full-on heartache. Strings and a mournful slide guitar add plenty of dramatic moments, accentuating that can't-resist voice.   



[posted 10.28.16]

Thursday, October 27, 2016

Good Cover Version: Katy Goodman & Greta Morgan Do Gun Club

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've already gushed a little about how lovely I think the combined talents of Katy Goodman and Greta Morgan are, but why stop there? I've fallen head over heels for their cover of the diabolical "Sex Beat" by Gun Club. The duo turned this skittering, overstimulated machismo song into something pretty, though perhaps sexier than the original. Now the song positively smolders, and who doesn't like a little simmering, come hither smolder?   





[posted 10.27.16]

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Video of The Day #185: BOYTOY

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 iconic seediness of Las Vegas makes it an ideal video locale, as proven once again by Brookynites BOYTOY in their clip for "Wild One." The bright lights, casinos, and convenience stores serve as a nice counterbalance to the pretty, lush Lush-esque melodies of the song's vocals and the perfectly gritty, velvet fuzzery. Basically, jackpot. 





[posted 10.26.16]

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Remix Fix: Rogue Wave/Dan Deacon

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

This one was an interesting proposition from the word go. I think Dan Deacon's treatment of Rogue Wave's "What Is Left To Solve" is sheer sensory magic. This overstimulated rush of a remix incorporates existing elements (and only existing elements, thank you very much) of the song into a dizzy, irregular heartbeat that races and skips of its own accord. RW's own Zach Rogue decreed Deacon's reworking to be like a "beautiful exploding flower," a sentiment I can definitely get behind.      



[posted 10.25.16]

Video of The Day #184: Flasher

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.

A slight touch of tongue-in-cheek. Giddy, jangling, slightly unraveled punkishness. And RFK Stadium. All of the above can be found in the rather delightful video for DC outfit Flasher's irrepressible jangler "Destroy," taken from their self-titled EP. Feast your eyes and be prepared to be totally and utterly smitten.   





[posted 10.25.16]

Singles Club: Wild Fur

Oh my, the dappled, golden glow of a yesterday, or perhaps of a tomorrow without the pain of that yesterday. Durham duo Wild Fur has created a moment in time, suspended somewhere between the past and right now, crystalline memories of love and loss wrapped in the beautifully packaged harmony of two rich voices. 

Prettily bittersweet introspection such as "I didn't see you in the way that you wanted/and I don't think you've ever really seen me" is sure to resonate with just about anyone, and the warm, throwback AM radio woebegone strains make this one a dandy little number indeed.   



[posted 10.25.16]

Monday, October 24, 2016

Otherwise Engaged: POND

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.

Local fans of wild, wooly, and wonderfully weird psychedelic shenanigans had better think about heading over to the Rock & Roll Hotel this very evening to see Aussies POND do what they do. And that would be to make a whole lot of hallucinatory sonic hijinks. Go forth and trip out, friends.  



[posted 10.24.16]

Newsflash!: Win Tickets to Foals @ Echostage, 11/3/16

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.

Y'all, if you haven't seen Foals yet, you really need to. This Oxford outfit puts on one of the most engaging, all-consuming live shows you're likely to see. Their shows are intense. I don't know about you, but I like intense. If you're into the idea of winning a pair of tickets to see the burning, blue flame intensity of Foals up close and in person at their November 3rd show here at the Echostage, keep reading. 

To win these here tickets, drop an email to your girl and tell me what makes you deserving of these tickets. Have you never seen Foals before? Have you seen them 99 times? Did you experience something amazing whilst listening to Foals? Let me know. You've got until noon Eastern time on Tuesday, 11/1. Make it count. Winner will be notified via email. As always, lots of luck to one and all.  



[posted 10.24.16]

Video of The Day #183: INXS

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 had something else planned for today, but then I heard this song while I was out and about and realized that the best way to visually start the week was with the gloriously moody and brooding INXS song "Never Tear Us Apart," shot during a gloriously moody and brooding time of year in the gloriously moody and brooding city of Prague. The song, and the city, are dear to my heart, and I have no reservations whatsoever about calling this song an absolute classic. As the kids today say, it gets me right in the feels. And then some. 



[posted 10.24.16]

Sunday, October 23, 2016

Video of The Day #182: Justice

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 mid-September, the dashing duo Justice went to London to cause some wonderful trouble. With video footage from a few dozen revelers, the clip for the devilish "Alakazam!" was concocted. The frenzy of the set is captured perfectly, saturated by the triumphantly decadent, playful sensuality of the song itself. The rich, velvet beats and sparkling champagne shimmy of the song might just make you bust a move like this here packed house in London. 





[posted 10.23.16]

Good Cover Version: Tashaki Miyaki Does The Flamingos

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'm still fixated on The Flamingos, so I tracked down another gorgeous cover of "I Only Have Eyes for You." Tashaki Miyaki's rendition is all sorts of breathy beautifulness. The gossamer girl group quotient is high in this ultra slow motion, slow song daydream. It almost sounds like this version could be straight out of 1959, right alongside The Flamingos.     



[10.23.16]

Saturday, October 22, 2016

Video of The Day #181: HEATERS

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.

What do you get when you put some sweet Hollywood dance moves with some seriously sweet Michigan magic scuzz psych? You get HEATERS, of course, and their video for the b-side "Levitate Thigh." Cameos by a metronome, a pommel horse, and a duet with a coatrack are all perfectly edited to go along with the ravishingly rowdy noise. You might just find yourself trying to pull a Fred Astaire or Gene Kelly as you watch this one over and over and then some.  





[posted 10.22.16]

The Week In Shows: 10/24-10/30

The Saturday morning in the best month of the year that actually feels like October 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 a beautiful day, y'all, so make sure you get out there and enjoy that glorious weather. The good shows just keep rolling in, meaning there's never a dull moment here in the DC metro. So here we go, a look at some of the shows I happen to recommend 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, 10/24/16

-POND + Machete Western (Rock & Roll Hotel)
-LANY + Transviolet (9:30 Club)
-Vasudeva + Drop Electric + This City Called Earth (DC9)
-Trails and Ways + Yum (Black Cat)
-Krobopl + Pagan Reagan (Galaxy Hut)
-Ian Hunter & The Rant Band + Dot Dash (The Hamilton)

TUESDAY, 10/25/16

-Jaye Jayle + Creature People (DC9)
-Har Mar Superstar + Sweet Spirit (Black Cat)

WEDNESDAY, 10/26/16

-Ryley Walker + Circuit des Yeux + Louis Weeks (DC9)
-Shellac + Shannon Wright (Black Cat)
-Cut Copy (DJs) + Ben Browning (U Street Music Hall)
-Mexrrissey + Zakke (State Theatre)

THURSDAY, 10/27/16

-Temples + Vinyl Williams (Rock & Roll Hotel)
-St. Lucia + Balo (9:30 Club - SOLD OUT)
-No Parents + White Fang + Birth Defects (DC9)
-Black Dog Prowl + Atlas Bloom + The Great Heights Band (Velvet Lounge)

FRIDAY, 10/28/16

-Pujol + The Grey A + Rom (Comet Ping Pong)
-St. Lucia + Balo (9:30 Club - SOLD OUT)

SATURDAY, 10/29/16

-Hinds + Cold Fronts (9:30 Club)
-Black Masala + Bastard Bearded Irishman + The Fuss (DC9)

SUNDAY, 10/30/16

-Garrett Klahn + Flowerbomb (Black Cat)
-GWAR + Darkest Hour + Mutoid Man (9:30 Club)

[posted 10.22.16]

Friday, October 21, 2016

Video of The Day #180: Lust for Youth

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 those of us who haven't yet been to Tokyo, there is an air of mystique about the place. Daydreams of the city packed with life and secrets, and constant feeling that anything and everything could happen. In Lust For Youth's pretty clip for "Tokyo," that electric hyper-alive feeling is captured to perfection, backed by the band's sheerly delightful dreampop, joyful strains for joyful futures.  






[posted 10.21.16]

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Good Cover Version: Ohnomooon Does The Flamingos

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.

Ever since I heard it over the weekend, I've been in serious swoon mode over "I Only Have Eyes for You," as made legendary by The Flamingos in 1959. I've come across a version of the song by NYC outfit ohnomoon that I think does a lot of justice to the impossible dreaminess of the song, adding in some stargazing shoegazery and some breathy lady vocals that breathe new life into this heavenly classic. This little piece of sonic ambrosia is well worth many a listen.   



[posted 10.19.16]

Singles Club: NVDES

If you're in the mood for some seriously smutty electropop, you need to give a listen to this little number from LA's NVDES.

As far as "8 AM" is concerned, it's a case of serious beats colliding with tongue-in-cheek vocals, providing an cherry bomb of wound-up combustion. It's glossy, and it's smutty, and it sure does sound a little bit naughty. I don't know about y'all, but I'm in favor of all of the above.    



[posted 10.19.16]

Sunday, October 16, 2016

Video of The Day #179: Minihorse

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.

Oh, the sweet sounds of some rumbling, scuzzy fuzzy hijinks. Michiganians Minihorse hit many a sweet spot with their nuanced slacker pop weighted down by so much sludge. The video is a perfect aural fix, and carries the cautionary "watch your phones" lesson to boot. Seriously good stuff. 





[posted 10.16.16]

Otherwise Engaged: Preoccupations + Methyl Ethel

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.

If you're within an hour or two of the DC area, you might want to consider heading to ye olde District of Columbia and making your way to the Rock & Roll Hotel this evening. You see, there's a killer show on the books: Preoccupations (formerly known as Viet Cong) headlines and Methyl Ethel warms things up, and I'm pretty crazy about both of them. Get your fill of smoldering post punk from Preoccupations and blisteringly sunburnt noise from Methyl Ethel. This one's destined to be a special show.  





[posted 10.16.16]

Good Cover Version: All Our Exes Live In Texas Does Tame Impala

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.

With one of the best band names I've heard in a while, All Our Exes Live In Texas got my attention right away. This foursome of lovely ladies from Sydney have a sound steeped in the American past, and they offer glorious girl group-esque harmonies (and even an accordion). Gamely, they took on a song by the wonderfully kaleidoscopic Tame Impala, and replaced the silken slink with their on-point harmonizing and irrepressible charm.   



[posted 10.16.16]
[amazing Scooby-fied illustration by Robert Kabbas]

Saturday, October 15, 2016

Video of The Day #178: Mutual Benefit

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 think of this video as an attempt to visualize some sort of vague nostalgia," Jordan Lee has said about his Mutual Benefit's clip for "Getting Gone." That's pretty dead on, as visual memories float by to the tune of Mutual Benefit's delicate, placid reverie. It's pure loveliness all around.   





[posted 10.15.16]

The Week in Shows: 10/17-10/23

The middle Saturday of the best month of the year 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!

As I'm sure you'll agree, October is still bringing some serious goodness as far as live music goes. Fall is the season to allow oneself to be spoiled by all the touring bands are inclined to do at this time of year. I'm in favor of being spoiled! 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, 10/17/16

-Local Natives + Charlotte Day Wilson (9:30 Club)
-CHVRCHES + Potty Mouth (Echostage - SOLD OUT)
-Adam Torres + Thor & Friends (DC9)
-Governess + Bad Moves (Black Cat)
-Two Inch Astronaut + Shahman + Worst Gift + Dove Lady (Songbyrd Music House)
-Fuzz Queen + Joshua Powell and The Great Train Robbery (Galaxy Hut)

TUESDAY, 10/18/16

-CHVRCHES + Potty Mouth (Echostage - win tix!)
-Jack Garratt + Brasstracks (9:30 Club)
-Omni + Us and Us Only + Deeper (Songbyrd Music House)
-Still Corners + Dougie Poole + Cigarette (DC9)

WEDNESDAY, 10/19/16

-*repeat repeat + Lighting Fires + Fall Seattle (DC9)
-Foy Vance + Trevor Sensor (9:30 Club)

THURSDAY, 10/20/16

-Seratones + The Milestones (DC9)
-La Sera + Springtime Carnivore + Lilac Daze (Songbyrd Music House)
-Sun Club + And The Kids + Palm (Black Cat)
-Saint Motel + Hippo Campus + Weathers (9:30 Club)

FRIDAY, 10/21/16

-Shovels & Rope + Matthew Logan Vasquez (9:30 Club)

SATURDAY, 10/22/16

-Caspian + The Appleseed Cast (Rock & Roll Hotel)
-Catfish and The Bottlemen + The Worn Flints (9:30 Club - SOLD OUT)
-The Head and The Heart + Declan McKenna (Constitution Hall)
-Green River Ordinance + The Roosevelts + Castro (U Street Music Hall)
-Caustic Casanova + Free Children of Earth + Fuzz Queen (16th Street Music House)
-Fresh to Death Dance Party (Black Cat)

SUNDAY, 10/23/16

-Die Antwoord (Echostage)
-Deadeyes + Alarms & Controls (Galaxy Hut)

[posted 10.15.16]

Friday, October 14, 2016

Video of The Day #177: Teenage Fanclub

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.

Seeing as the impeccable, delightful, and altogether splendiferous Scots Teenage Fanclub are in town tonight, it seems just right to share their clip for "Thin Air." A great video for a great song. 



[posted 10.14.16]

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Video of The Day #176: Justice

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.

When it comes to the video medium as live-action art installation, Justice's "Randy" might not be the most serious art, but it's still pretty darned good. 25 television screens show not only song lyrics (learn the words to the song you'll be dancing to for months!) but space and nature scenes too. The song itself comes from the French outfit's soon-to-be released long player Woman, out in November. Sounding like a sonic contemporary of the TV sets used in the video (c. 1987), the beats are popsicle cool and easy to shimmy to. Rather enjoyable visually and sonically.   



[posted 10.11.16]

Sunday, October 9, 2016

Newsflash!: Win Tickets to CHVRCHES @ Echostage, 10/18/16

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.

I've been lucky enough to see CHVRCHES live, and I can therefore emphatically attest to the fact that this is a band you should probably (as in definitely) experience live. Happily, the Scottish trio is heading our way, and will be doing a two-night stand at the Echostage. The first night is all sold out, however, yours truly has a pair of tickets for the second night (10/18), and they can be yours all yours. 

To win the chance to dance the night away in a state of blissed-out abandon, simply send me an email telling me why you should be my lucky winner. Easy as pie! Contest will close at noon Eastern time on 10/16, so please make sure I get your entry in a timely fashion. Best of luck to one and all!   



[posted 10.9.16]

Friday, October 7, 2016

Singles Club: Animal House

I am completely in favor of moving to the UK, as native Aussies Animal House have done. Based on what I'm hearing, the move to Blighty suits these gents, in my humble opinion. 

"Domino," the lead single from the forthcoming EP Sorry, feels a little like Van Morrison's own "Domino" flirting with the breathy lightning in a bottle jangle of the first Strokes long player. Throaty morning-after vocals and an overall irrepressible appeal make this one rather tough to resist.     



[posted 10.7.16]

Newsflash!: Win Tickets to Teenage Fanclub @ 9:30 Club, 10/14/16

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.

I've been listening to Teenage Fanclub for who even knows how long. These legendary Scots are on US shores to play lovely songs for us, some from newest record Here (out now on Merge!) and certainly some from the band's hefty back catalogue. For fellow Fanclub fans, I just so happen to have a pair of tickets to see the band's wonderful lightness of being wonderful happen at the 9:30 Club on 10/14. 

To win, email me your favorite Teenage Fanclub song and perhaps a few words about why you'd be the best winner of said pair of tickets. Contest closes at high noon (Eastern time) on Wednesday, 10/12, so be sure to get your entries to me sooner rather than later. To inspire you, here's one of my favorite Fannies jams.       



[posted 10.7.16]

The Week in Shows: 10/10-10/16

An early Friday 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 October, but it's still stormy out there, as illustrated by Hurricane Matthew. Perhaps it's a sobering reminder to gather ye rosebuds while ye may, and to get out there and see the bands you love when you can see them. Happily, there are lots of bands coming to town you'll want to see. 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, 10/10/16

-Sales + Chaos Chaos (Rock & Roll Hotel)

TUESDAY, 10/11/16

-Squeeze + The English Beat (9:30 Club - SOLD OUT)
-Beach Slang + Bleached + Hunny (Black Cat)
-Sturgill Simpson + Valerie June (Constitution Hall)
-Caroline Smith + Callie (Jammin Java)

WEDNESDAY, 10/12/16

-Greys + Big Ups + Thaylobleu (Comet Ping Pong)
-Patti Smith in conversation with Seth Hurwitz (Lincoln Theatre)
-Shura + Den-Mate (Black Cat)

THURSDAY, 10/13/16

-Merchandise + Public Memory + Flasher (DC9)
-The Seshen + Space Captain + Margot MacDonald (Black Cat)
-Blonde Redhead (Howard Theatre)
-DJ Shadow (9:30 Club)

FRIDAY, 10/14/16

-Teenage Fanclub + Skylar Gudasz (9:30 Club - win tix!)
-Fantastic Negrito + Caleb Stine (Rock & Roll Hotel)
-The Effects + Cinemechanica (DC9)
-Crywolf + She Keeps Bees + Crushnpain (Black Cat)

SATURDAY, 10/15/16

-Eric Johnson (solo/acoustic) - The Hamilton
-Yonder Mountain String Band + Billy Strings (9:30 Club)
-From Indian Lakes + Made Violent + Wild Wild Horses (DC9)
-The NRIs (IOTA)
-Wume + Richard Pinhas + Boat Burning (Comet Ping Pong)
-Justin Jones + Alex Tebeleff (Songbyrd Music House)

SUNDAY, 10/16/16

-Preoccupations + Methyl Ethel + Peeling (Rock & Roll Hotel)
-Elemental Canyon + Get a Tan (Galaxy Hut)
-The Whigs + The Barons (State Theatre)
-Local Natives + Charlotte Day Wilson (9:30 Club - SOLD OUT)

[posted 10.7.16]