Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Video of The Day #200: The xx

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 return of The xx makes yours truly a very happy lady, my friends. Dig into this here clip for "On Hold," starring not only The xx but the small town of Marfa, Texas (though no Marfa Lights, sadly). The drama of high school teens, shot sublimely, is just right to go with the moody, broody synthery and boy-girl vocals of the song. Love, love, and love some more. 




[posted 11.30.16]

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Xmas Gift Guide 2016: MusicIQ

It's beginning to look a lot like the time of year that requires a lot of gift giving. We all know that not everyone is easy to shop for, so I'm racking my brain to help you help yourself and find a great gift for the music snob that maybe already has everything...but maybe not this.

When I lived in Richmond, going to music trivia night every week was a high point - and a point of pride. One of my teams was a frequent winner, and who doesn't love being able to show off their music knowledge and drink delicious adult beverages at the same time? With MusicIQ, you can bring the music trivia to your place, which means you can throw on your snuggie, cuddle up with your pet or your inner circle or your significant other and wow them all with your music-loving brain. A great gift for any music nerd/snob. 

[posted 11.29.16]

Video of The Day #199: Temples

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.

My swooning over Temples continues, with a little gushing in order for the band's colorful, kooky clip for "Certainty." Naturally, the video is the antithesis of certainty, making it a splendidly abstract visual feast for the Kool-Aid kaleidoscope of the song. 





[posted 11.29.16]

Sunday, November 27, 2016

Singles Club: ATTU

Don't let the deceptive naive romanticism of ATTU's "Staying Together" fool you. As sweetly jangling as the song is, the North Londoner's bittersweet bedroom pop tart is an ode to the "feeling you're trying to make things work but you keep getting in your own way." 

It's a sentiment I know I can relate to, and I know you can, too. With "Staying Together," ATTU hits a nerve, in a rather prettily poignant way. 





[posted 11.27.16]

On The Road Again: EZTV

After a brief Thanksgiving break, New York's EZTV is kicking off the last leg of their pretty darned thorough fall tour. 

Their tour, in support of new record High In Place, has already seen the band take their jangling, somewhat isolationist brooding pop racket to cities both home and abroad, and the last clutch of dates can be found below. Given that the dates below also feature Ultimate Painting, this is probably something to consider making time for, ladies and gents. 

EZTV TOUR DATES

November 27 - New Orleans, LA - Saturn Bar
November 28 - Austin, TX - Barracuda
November 29 - Dallas TX - Double Wide Bar
November 30 - Memphis, TN - Bar DKDC
December 01 - Columbia, MO - Café Berlin
December 02 - Chicago, IL - The Hideout
December 03 - Detroit, MI - El Club
December 04 - Toronto, ON - Horseshoe Tavern
December 05 - Montreal, QC - Casa del Popolo
December 06 - Cambridge, MA - Middle East Upstairs
December 07 - New York, NY - Bowery Ballroom



[posted 11.27.16]

Singles Club: Shana Falana

There is a certain magic about some songs. A certain way of transporting you to a special place of sheer happy abandon. For me, Shana Falana's "Cool Kids" is one such song.

The enchanting technicolor bubblegum dreampop of the song is both uplifting and inspiring. A song for the misfits, the outsiders, and "the ones you forgot," "Cool Kids" flies the flag for otherness in the most gloriously lovely way. By far one of my favorite songs of the year. 





[posted 11.27.16]

Video of The Day #198: Young Mammals

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.

Sun, surf, and sassy dance moves. What else do you need on a Sunday? I don't need much else. Mind you, the excellence of the song for which the video was made certainly doesn't hurt. With "Jaguar," from the newly-released long player of the same name, Houston-ites Young Mammals crystallize a heck of a heavy pop surf nugget, self-aware and real and impossibly catchy. The lighthearted video takes the edge off, though the song's still a doozy.   





[posted 11.27.16]

Saturday, November 26, 2016

Video of The Day #197: Feel Freeze

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.

So, true confession: I haven't seen Stranger Things. But if you have, Feel Freeze's nostalgic penchant for 80s vibes in the icy kiss of "Wet My Tongue" might be right up your alley. For me, the video appeals from both an aesthetic and sonic sensibility. Brooding, shimmering twilight synthery is well done indeed by these Danes, and feels both ethereal and haunting. The song makes for a great listen, and the bonus is an interesting video accompaniment. 

  




[posted 11.26.16]

Friday, November 25, 2016

The Week In Shows: 11/28-12/4

The Friday afternoon after a somewhat gluttonous and delightful Thanksgiving 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!

Many of you are probably still in a turkey-induced haze, what with all that tryptophan floating around in your system. Between naps and second/third helpings, why not think about what shows you'll go to over the next week? Say farewell to November and hello to December with these suggested shows. Without further ado, I present a look at some of the shows I happen to recommend for the coming week. Things are starting to pick up now that we're past Thanksgiving, and there's a lot of good shows to be had. 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, 11/28/16


-Homeshake + Brushes + Today Junior (Songbyrd Music House)
-The Sounds + Zipper Club + My Jerusalem (9:30 Club)
-Calm & Crisis + Menage A Garage + Lanternfish (Black Cat)
-Nice Breeze + The Literals (Galaxy Hut)

TUESDAY, 11/29/16


-A People's Choir DC Sing-Along (DC9)
-David Dondero + Sean Barna + Loi Loi (Black Cat)

WEDNESDAY, 11/30/16


-STRFKR + Gigamesh + Psychic Twin (9:30 Club - win tix!)
-Xylouris White + Marisa Anderson (DC9)
-PBR: Art and Soul Art Show (Songbyrd Music House - 21+)

THURSDAY, 12/1/16


-Greenland + Kid Claws + More Humans (Songbyrd Music House)
-Red Fang + Torche + Whores (Rock & Roll Hotel)
-Windhand + Ilsa (Black Cat)
-Des Demoanas + Homosuperior + Chill Parents (MLK Library)
-Diana + Mozart's Sister (DC9)

FRIDAY, 12/2/16


-Dark Star Orchestra (9:30 Club)
-SLØTFACE + Kid Brother (DC9)
-The Soil & The Sun + Owel + Wes Swing (Songbyrd Music House)
-Drop Electric + The Last Rewind + Slow Lights (Gypsy Sally's)

SATURDAY, 12/3/16


-The Riverbreaks + Wylder + Bearcat Wildcat (Gypsy Sally's)
-Dark Star Orchestra (9:30 Club)
-The Districts + Tangiers (DC9 - SOLD OUT)
-Andie Case + Wild Coast (Songbyrd Music House)
-Time Is Fire + E + Insect Factory (Black Cat)
-Rapture New Wave Dance Party (Songbyrd Music House)
-An Evening with BJ Barham (Jammin Java)

SUNDAY, 12/4/16


-Thank You Scientist + Moon Tooth + The Tea Club + Megosh (DC9)
-Emmylou Harris (The Hamilton)
-Bad Moves + The Afterglows + Bless (Black Cat)

[posted 11.25.16]

Thursday, November 24, 2016

Xmas Gift Guide 2016: Light In The Attic's Lee Hazlewood Tee

It's beginning to look a lot like the time of year that requires a lot of gift giving. We all know that not everyone is easy to shop for, so I'm racking my brain to help you help yourself and find a great gift for the music snob that maybe already has everything...but maybe not this.

You really can't go wrong giving anything from Light In The Attic as a gift. These folks put out some of the best music from artists old and new (lest we forget, LITA released the first Black Angels long player). But I'm pretty smitten with this Lee Hazlewood tee, myself. For any fan of the late great Lee's mustache, buttered gravel tones, and just plain delightful songs, this tee is sure to be a hit at the holidays (or any other time of year). 


[posted 11.24.16]

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Xmas Gift Guide 2016: Eddie Argos Artwork

It's beginning to look a lot like the time of year that requires a lot of gift giving. We all know that not everyone is easy to shop for, so I'm racking my brain to help you help yourself and find a great gift for the music snob that maybe already has everything...but maybe not this.

I'm sure many of you remember the sardonic, self-deprecating and somewhat sarcastic cheek of Art Brut's irrepressible front fellow Eddie Argos. Not only is Argos a talent with a mic, he's a talent with a paintbrush to boot. Right about now, Eddie is doing custom artwork to warm the heart of any music fan - album cover art. To make this even better, you might just find a little review of the record in question on the back, penned by Argos. Not only that, but he's pledged to listen to the record as he paints. Honestly, there are few more awesomely music nerd-appropriate gifts out there. Also, I'll just put it forth that an Eddie Argos painting of the Super Furry Animals record Fuzzy Logic would be an excellent gift for your favorite blogette.


  
[posted 11.23.16]

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Xmas Gift Guide 2016: Concert Ticket Floor Mat

It's beginning to look a lot like the time of year that requires a lot of gift giving. We all know that not everyone is easy to shop for, so I'm racking my brain to help you help yourself and find a great gift for the music snob that maybe already has everything...but maybe not this.

I actually have an album of old ticket stubs, but this is such a great idea that I might have to liberate one to make this happen. Thanks to Lakeside Camera Photoworks, it's now possible to have a welcome mat that is a blown up image of the ticket stub from any of your favorite concerts. Your boots can walk all over your chosen ticket every day! 

If a floor mat isn't your thing, you can also turn that stub into a blanket or scale it down and slap it on a mug. Or, if you're feeling extravagant, order up a blanket/mat/mug combo to fully relive the glory of your favorite show. Sounds like a pretty darned good gift to me in any iteration.

       
[posted 11.22.16]

Video of The Day #196: DZ Deathrays

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've all got a little devil on our shoulders, of course, but Shane and Simon of DZ Deathrays have a full-blown Satan situation on their hands. At least, in their "Blood on My Leather" video, that is. General chaos and bad decisions follow the lads through their day with the Devil himself (played diabolically well by Arj Barker), and the heavy, full frontal snarls of riffage of the song feels at home here. 







[posted 11.22.16]

Sunday, November 20, 2016

Singles Club: We Leave At Midnight

Y'all know that if a song ambles and rambles and ventures around the bend into wild and wonderful places I'll probably be all over it. Such is the case with San Antonio outfit We Leave At Midnight's stellar little space pop nugget "Dover Dog."

From their forthcoming long player The Holy Roller Flower Band (out 12/9 on Texas Is Funny), "Dover Dog" recalls a bit of this and a bit of that, but what is this and what is that? Starting off in the guise of a jaunty, 70s-infused swamp pop, the song soon proves a changeling, taking their own lyric "I know you can't go back" to heart and moving into other realms before going out with a heck of a bang. Consider this another great example of Texas psych (among other things).   



[posted 11.20.16]

Otherwise Engaged: DZ Deathrays

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 I wasn't incubating a nice little late fall cold right about now, I'd more than likely head over to the U Street Music Hall to see DZ Deathrays. The duo from Down Under's ever-changing brand of noise ping pong back and forth between brash, snarling scuzz and a taut, tuneful ruckus. Basically, they're loud and it's going to be an awesome show. Also on the bill tonight: Dune Rats and Polyon.  





[posted 11.20.16]

Newsflash!: Win Tickets to STRFKR @ 9:30 Club, 11/30/16

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.

In the spirit of Thanksgiving, it makes me incredibly thankful to be able to offer y'all a chance to win tickets to this particular show. Portland's STRFKR will be in town on 11/30, at the 9:30 Club, and if you want to go shake your tail off to their quixotic blend of celestial electro-funk-psych shimmy, you're in luck.

To be eligible to win the pair of tickets I have on offer, send me an email no later than noon on Monday, 11/28. Tell me why you'd like to go to this here show. Put a smile on my face with your entry, and I might just put a smile on your face with the tickets. 

Good luck, my little pilgrims.   





[posted 11.20.16]

Video of The Day #195: Jarina De Marco

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.

Jarina De Marco's tantalizing "Tigre" sounds like a kind of sonic wonderland in which both MIA and Alison Goldfrapp tumble into a Carmen Miranda rabbithole. The video for this sassy ode to a "lip licking, habitual line stepping, cat-calling pendejo none of us have time for" is outstanding, a full-on too-much-is-never-enough style assault on the senses. You probably won't be able to watch this one just once.  





[posted 11.20.16]

A Tribute to Leon Russell (1942-2016)

It's been a week already. The world has gone on, but there's still a heck of a hole. In losing Leon Russell, the music-loving world lost an impactful force, greater than perhaps many even knew. 

My experience with Leon began just under a decade ago, when I first began to get my hands on his excellent solo records. With his mischievous, warbling howl and mercurial, ever-changing sound, I was fascinated by the man with the wild white hair and beard. I was fortunate enough to see Leon live several years ago, and was happy to see a large crowd still paying tribute. But Leon's fanbase extends to his fellow legends, like Joe Cocker, Elton John, and the Beach Boys, though that's just a small sample size of the bands he played with and/or wrote for. 

Leon Russell was truly one of a kind, and thankfully he left us plenty of reminders to attest to that.   



[posted 11.20.16]

Singles Club: Permit

If you're feeling a bit groggy this morning, don't fret. Bloomington, Indiana's two-headed wakeup call Permit will make sure you're wide awake in no time.

The second song to be released from their song title-averse Vol. 1 EP (out December 2 on Fat Possum), "Track #6" is a skittering, controlled but calamitous high-speed demon. Fuzz, power pop, and an unrelenting beat make this song a heck of a firecracker. This, friends, is a track that will drag you out of bed and then some.  



[posted 11.20.16]

On The Road Again: The Griswolds

Seeing as the year is winding down, it's about time to start paying attention to who's going to be on tour in the early part of 2017.

February and March will see the American invasion of Aussie party gents The Griswolds, who will be doing a proper, in-depth US tour spreading their infectious, catchy as heck noise. Dates below.   

THE GRISWOLDS TOUR DATES

February 8 Seattle, WA @ Chop Suey
February 9 Portland, OR @ Hawthorne Theatre
February 11 Los Angeles, CA @ Teragram Ballroom
February 12 San Diego, CA @ The Casbah
February 14 Phoenix, AZ @ Valley Bar
February 17 Austin, TX @ Mohawk
February 18 Houston, TX @ White Oak Music Hall
February 19 Dallas, TX @ HOB Cambridge Room
February 22 Atlanta, GA @ Masquerade - Hell Stage
February 23 Carrboro, NC @ Cat's Cradle Back Room
February 24 Washington, DC @ U Street Music Hall
February 25 Philadelphia, PA @ Foundry Room at the Fillmore
February 26 Cambridge, MA @ The Sinclair
February 28 New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom
March 2 Toronto, ON @ Velvet Underground
March 3 Buffalo, NY @ Waiting Room
March 4 South Burlington, VT @ Higher Ground
March 7 Columbus, OH @ The A&R Music Bar
March 9 Detroit, MI @ El Club
March 10 Chicago, IL @ Double Door
March 11 Madison, WI @ The Frequency
March 12 Minneapolis, MN @ Triple Rock
March 14 Kansas City, MO @ Record Bar
March 16 Denver, CO @ Marquis Theater





[posted 11.20.16]

Saturday, November 19, 2016

The Week In Shows: 11/21-11/27

The Saturday afternoon before Thanksgiving 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 that for many of us it's hard to be positive right now. Between the election and the late fall deaths of many, much-loved musicians, things look as bleak and as gray as the sky can be here in late November. But it's the weekend before Thanksgiving, so I want to give thanks for the wonderful music that is around and the wonderful bands who make it. So get out there and let those musician types know how thankful you are. Without further ado, I present a look at some of the shows I happen to recommend for the coming week. It's a little thin this week, but there's still goodness to be had. 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, 11/21/16

-The King Khan & BBQ Show + The Gartrells (Black Cat)
-PWR BTTM + Bellows + Lisa Prank + Alain Ginsberg (Rock & Roll Hotel - SOLD OUT)

WEDNESDAY, 11/23/16

-Peter Hook & The Light (Howard Theatre)
-RDGLDGRN (U Street Music Hall)
-Sound of Ceres + Brothertiger (Black Cat)

FRIDAY, 11/25/16

-Keller Williams' Thanksforgrassgiving (9:30 Club)
-The Japanse House + The Big Moon (DC9 - SOLD OUT)
-Mousetrap Dance Party (Black Cat)

SUNDAY, 11/27/16

-The Godz + The Lime Twigs (Galaxy Hut)
-The Cowards Choir (Kennedy Center Millennium Stage - presented by Hometown Sounds)

[posted 11.19.16]

Video of The Day #194: Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings

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.

Woke up to the sad news about the gorgeous Sharon Jones, who left this world after battling that evil asshole cancer. In tribute to this powerhouse singer, here's a clip of Sharon with her Dap-Kings playing live on Jools Holland's show over in the UK several years back. The gifted Jones is in rare form, soulful and sultry and impossible to ignore. When she gets halfway in and slows it down, she's got the eye of the tigress. A heck of a showwoman, and a true diamond.  

Safe travels to the next plane, Sharon, and thank you for sharing your voice with us.   



[posted 11.19.16]

Friday, November 18, 2016

Video of The Day #193: Hiss Golden Messenger

There’s a bunch of videos out there. Some of them are good. Some of them are a cut above. I like to think my picks for Video Of The Day are a cut (or two) above.

There's such a sublime, sultry magnetism to Hiss Golden Messenger's "Like A Mirror Loves A Hammer" that a simple video really does the trick. With closeup shots of lead fellow M. C. Taylor and golden-lit undulations by a lady dancer in kaleidoscope duplication, Taylor's simmering soulfulness and the haunted energy rule the show. 





[posted 11.18.16]

Sunday, November 13, 2016

Video of The Day #192: David Bazan

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 the wake of this horrible election, David Bazan's "Trouble With Boys" video feels excruciatingly on point. To see Bazan's eyes welling with tears as he delivers the lyrics while his darling young daughter runs and runs by herself down the street. And then there is her smile, at the end, a smile of love and hope and happiness. Maybe when she's older, the world won't feel nearly as sexist as it does and is now. Regardless, the video is beautiful, the song is incredibly poignant, and it's hard to get to the end of it with dry eyes. 





[posted 11.13.16]

Good Cover Version: The Last Shadow Puppets Does Leonard Cohen

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.

Over time, "Is This What You Wanted" has become one of my very favorite Leonard Cohen songs. No one will better Cohen, of course, but I'm in favor of this cover done by The Last Shadow Puppets. Their polished, almost lounge lizard treatment does indeed give a new skin to the classic, breathing a different life into it altogether. Not bad indeed.    



[posted 11.13.16]

Saturday, November 12, 2016

A Tribute to Leonard Cohen (1934-2016)

2016 has been an incredibly rough year from a personal, political, and musical standpoint. As the months wind down in this difficult year, a bit of heartbreak was devoted to mourning this week's loss of Leonard Cohen. As I did when we lost David Bowie at the start of the year, I wanted to say just a few words about what Mr. Cohen has meant to me over the years, as I'm sure he has meant something to many of you.

As with many of my musical learnings, I first learned of Leonard Cohen while poring over the imported British music rags I obsessively hoarded. There was always reverence when it came to Leonard. Deservedly so, of course. This beautiful, imperfect man made beautiful, pretty much perfect songs about a life that was full of regret, bittersweetness, honesty, and something a bit holy. It's really not a surprise that Cohen also had a gift for writing poetry; so many of his songs are essentially poems set to music. And his voice. Oh, heavens. What a voice. Who among us hasn't shed tears as the truth of Leonard Cohen's voice washed over us? His voice and his words could connect to so many, could connect to me in so many ways. To call his songs moving doesn't really do them justice, it just begins to scratch the surface, but it's true nonetheless.  

In losing Leonard Cohen, the music-loving world has truly lost some of its collective soul. But what a privilege to have been alive at the same time, as with all of our lost legends, to breathe the same air and feel some amazing things because of the genius that lived inside this person. Thank you, Leonard, for what you shared with us for so many years. You are missed, and you and your music will always be loved. 


[posted 11.12.16]

Video of The Day #191: King Cayman

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 cinematic tension in King Cayman's new video for "There Will Be Blood" plays diabolically well against the Madrid noisemaker's brash brand of demon fuzz. Bottom line here is not to mess with someone driving around with Death in the backseat, or with such earsplitting yet catchy tunes.  






[posted 11.12.16]

Friday, November 11, 2016

The Week In Shows: 11/14-11/20

The first Friday night after that depressing as hell presidential election 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!

In all seriousness, I'm really dismayed and gloomy about the next four years. We're about to be under the thumb of a man (men, including his Cabinet picks) who has no love of anything but power and money, and that's not really cool. Now more than ever, we're going to have to stick together, be supportive of one another, and stand strong behind the good things. Which, of course, includes music. There's a lot of music to help numb the pain, so get out there and soak in some solace and solidarity. 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, 11/14/16

-Stevie Nicks + The Pretenders (Verizon Center)

TUESDAY, 11/15/16

-The Naked & Famous + XYLO + The Chain Gang of 1974 (Lincoln Theatre)

WEDNESDAY, 11/16/16

-Bernie Sanders (!!!) (Lisner Auditorium - SOLD OUT)
-CRX + Streets of Laredo + The Gloomies (U Street Music Hall)
-REIGHNBEAU + Stronger Sex + CrushnPain (DC9)
-Ian Sweet + Go Cozy + Hellrazor + Two Inch Astronaut (Songbyrd Music House)
-The Southern Belles + The Mallett Brothers (Gypsy Sally's)
-Eric Burdon & The Animals (Wolf Trap)
-Exit Vehicles + Boat Burning + Technicians (Black Cat)
-Dave Mason (Birchmere)

THURSDAY, 11/17/16

-Hiss Golden Messenger + Phil Cook (Rock & Roll Hotel)
-Wet + Demo Taped (9:30 Club - win tix!)
-DIIV + Moon King (9:30 Club - win tix!)
-Two Door Cinema Club + Broods (Echostage - win tix!)
-The Paper Kites + Horse Thief (U Street Music Hall)
-Andrew W.K. (Black Cat)
-Eric Burdon & The Animals (Wolf Trap)

FRIDAY, 11/18/16

-Body Language + bearstronaut (DC9)
-Mitski + Fear of Men + Weaves (Black Cat - SOLD OUT)
-Sloan (Rock & Roll Hotel)
-Title Tracks + Light Beams (Comet Ping Pong)
-Sad13 + Vagabon + Sam Evian (Songbyrd Music House)

SATURDAY, 11/19/16

-Loretta Lynn (Lincoln Theatre)
-The Life & Times + Warm Sun (DC9)
-Kingsley Flood + Fellow Creatures + Louis Weeks (Rock & Roll Hotel)
-Jim James (Warner Theatre)

SUNDAY, 11/20/16

-DZ Deathrays + Dune Rats + Polyon (U Street Music Hall)
-Herman's Hermits (Birchmere)

[posted 11.11.16]

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Newsflash!: Win Tickets to DIIV @ 9:30 Club, 11/17/16

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.

It brings me much joy to be able to offer up a pair of tickets to see DIIV at the 9:30 Club on 11/17. Touring the excellent long player Is The Is Are, our now on Captured Tracks, the band is sure to cause some swooning with their dreamy swells of wonderful noise.

Want to win said pair of tickets? Of course you do. Email me and tell me why you need to go to the show. That's it. Just make sure I get your entry no later than high noon on Thursday, 11/15. And please be advised: this is a late show (doors scheduled to open at 10). Please plan accordingly. 
   



[posted 11.9.16]

Newsflash!: Win Tickets to Wet @ 9:30 Club, 11/17/16

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.

After the events of this week, we all need some loveliness in our lives. Enter Wet. The New York trio's pretty chill soothes the soul in these troubled times. You can see them up close and personal when they play the 9:30 Club on 11/17, because I've got a pair of tickets to give away. 

Send me an email no later than noon on Tuesday, 11/15, and tell me you'd like to go to the show. Easy as pie! Best of luck, little loves. 



[posted 11.9.16]

Singles Club - Election Edition: The Walkmen

You'll have to pardon me, I'm running on little sleep and I think I might be in shock. I'm trying to come to terms with the fact that my fellow Americans voted for a man with no political experience who is a demonstrated racist, bigot, misogynist, and bully to run our country for the next four years. 

Sure, the man's keen sense of tapping in to the fear and not-so-secret dislikes of a gross portion of the populace gets a lot of the blame. But I think the media has had a big hand in creating this over-tanned monster. By giving him so much airtime they gave him a voice, which gave him free entree into the minds of so many people. In short, I feel like we've been had. 

And so, in honor of this joke of a presidential election, I'm throwing it back to the first Walkmen song I ever heard. Because it's called "We've Been Had." 

And because, sadly, we've all been had. Every single one of us. 



[posted 11.9.16]

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Newsflash!: Win Tickets to Two Door Cinema Club @ Echostage, 11/17/16

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.

They call themselves "alteronica," but I'm sure their hordes of fans would probably just go with fucking awesome. Dynamite Irish trio Two Door Cinema Club is coming to town on 11/17, and you can win a pair of tickets to see them cavort, carouse, and straight up entertain with their clever, catchy aural escapades over at the Echostage.

To win said pair of tickets, your task is quite easy. Shoot me an email and plead your case. That's it. Just make sure you do your best cajoling by noon (Eastern time) on Tuesday, 11/15. Now then, fill your ears with some TDCC and feel the inspiration come.   



[posted 11.8.16]

Video of The Day #190: JERK

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.

Perhaps it's because it's Election Day and there's a jerk (probably many jerks) running for office, it feels like the right day to talk about Houstonians JERK and their video for "Accidents." Makeup mishaps and the pulling of funny faces happen alongside the sinuous slink of the band's darkly disco-inspired gloompop.  





[posted 11.8.16]

Sunday, November 6, 2016

Singles Club: Vitalic

When it came to my attention that French electro vet Vitalic was being described as "fuzzy disco," I couldn't resist checking out new jam "Waiting for The Stars." 

I've got to say, I think fuzzy disco is pretty much right on the money. 

The song has some grandiose, high-drama dancefloor moments, staying just the right side of over the top. The beats affectionately straddle the line, cozying up to vibes both vintage and right now, while the vocals are perfectly and dramatically sweeping. Subtle it's not. And that's quite alright by me.    



[posted 11.6.16]

The Week In Shows: 11/7-11/13

The first Sunday night of November 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!

In addition to Election Day (heaven help us all), November means an onslaught of serious holiday pressures. Y'all know what I mean. I think we should all pay less attention to buying and more attention to seeing good music. Fortunately, that's in abundance around these parts. 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, 11/7/16

-Tegan & Sara + Torres (9:30 Club - SOLD OUT)
-Tony Molina + Wildhoney + Pure Disgust (DC9)

TUESDAY, 11/8/16

-Election Day. Vote. 

WEDNESDAY, 11/9/16

-James Vincent McMorrow + Dan Mangan (9:30 Club - win tix!!)
-BRONCHO + Sports (Black Cat)
-Grouplove + Muna + Dilly Dally (Echostage)
-Paper Route + Halfnoise (DC9)
-Damien Jurado + Doug Keith (Rock & Roll Hotel)
-The 1975 (GMU Patriot Center)

THURSDAY, 11/10/16

-El Perro del Mar + Den-Mate (Rock & Roll Hotel)
-Sister Sparrow & The Dirty Birds + KOLARS (The Hamilton)
-Accidental Ghost + Fruit & Flowers + Kid Brother + They'll Have Dreams (Velvet Lounge)
-FIDLAR + SWMRS + The Frights (Howard Theatre)

FRIDAY, 11/11/16

-Death From Above 1979 + Black Rebel Motorcycle Club (The Fillmore)
-Wild Beasts + Porcelain Raft (Black Cat)
-St. Paul & The Broken Bones + Diane Coffee (9:30 Club - SOLD OUT)
-Hoots and Hellmouth + Will Overman Band + The Vegabonds (Gypsy Sally's)

SATURDAY, 11/12/16

-Sunflower Bean + The Lemon Twigs + Kissing Is a Crime (Rock & Roll Hotel)
-St. Paul & The Broken Bones + Diane Coffee (9:30 Club - SOLD OUT)
-Mewithoutyou + Yoni Wolf + Needle Points (Black Cat)
-Benjamin Francis Leftwich + Brolly (U Street Music Hall)
-Last Waltz Tribute (The Hamilton)

SUNDAY, 11/13/16

-Lydia Loveless + Aaron Lee Tasjan (Rock & Roll Hotel)
-Savoy Motel + Escape-Ism (Songbyrd Music House)

[posted 11.6.16]