Saturday, May 27, 2017

Newsflash!: Win Tickets to The Avalanches @ 9:30 Club, 6/5/17

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.


It's been a long (and I do really mean long) time coming, but The Avalanches is coming to the US. Finally. Touring last year's release Wildflower, the Aussies will be calling at the 9:30 Club on June 5. This is one of only a smattering of North American dates, so if you're into what The Avalanches are putting down you won't want to miss this show.

Luckily, I have a pair of tickets up for grabs. To be eligible to win said tickets, here's what you need to do. Send me a message, and tell me something you thought would happen before you'd ever get to see The Avalanches in person. Best entry wins the tickets. Piece of cake! 

Fine print: Contest is for two (2) tickets to this show. Contest closes at noon Eastern on Saturday, 6/3/17.

Best of luck, my lovely friends!



[posted 5.27.17]

Live Review: Skating Polly @ DC9, 5/21/17

Intrepid mysterious Special Guest Star The Paper went in search of good live sounds, and the following is what transpired when he took in Skating Polly at DC9.

"Ooo it's loud." Kelli had just switched with Peyton and was tuning the guitar. "That's good."

Actually, it's not good. It's fantastic. I have a habit of leaving my earplugs slightly loose at the onset of sets to partake more fully in the sonic assault. I would push them in deeper later on to protect my hearing. I waited until the last song to push them in for Skating Polly.

I would be lying if I said I wouldn't regret going deaf over the Washington trio, but there's immense solace, even joy, in knowing that that's the last thing I will ever hear. By "that" I mean a kaleidoscope of all sounds, the holy grail of music I have been seeking my entire existence. As a lover of many genres, I often have to settle for a single flavor with any given band. With Skating Polly, I get to scoop mint choco chips, root beer, and cookie dough all at once!

One hand cradling the mic, Kelli cooed with a tenderness on "Perfume for Now" that beguiled the angsty shouts which followed moments later. Her arms were extended outwards and ended with her palms facing downwards. She looked and sounded ready to rocket into the sky like Supergirl. Peyton, in contrast, was too cool for school. While almost expressionless, her voice carried an authority and strength that could move planets. The amalgam of the two voices swinging wildly from saccharine to sharp left me breathless and virtually on my knees.


And we have yet to add the magic wands both wielded. The guitar twinkled with magnificence and twirled with purpose. The bass thumped at all the right times and throbbed at all the right places, plus some I didn't even know I had. The drums drove unrelentingly towards the inevitable bliss.

Putting everything together resulted in fireworks. The exhilarating manner in which Kelli high kicked the air in tandem with each crash of the cymbal imbued me with a satisfaction I will likely never experience again. Then there's that euphoric moment in "Hail Mary" when the beat paused and Peyton slid her pick along the string. Anyone struck by that note is sure to reach nirvana like I did.


Now as I sit here, still feeling residual pain in my ears, all I can think about is when I can do it all over again.



[words and photos of Skating Polly by The Paper]

[posted 5.27.17]

Good Cover Version: The Raveonettes Does Stone Roses

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.

One of the best, baggiest Stone Roses songs of all time is "I Wanna Be Adored." It's really not up for debate. I recently stumbled upon a startling cover of said song, startling only because I had no idea it existed until now. The Raveonettes covering the Stone Roses is as magical as I could possibly have hoped, the band wrapping the baggy beats up into their patented luscious fuzz and come hither web. They keep true to the original vibe of the song while managing to make their own strong impression on this legendary nugget.    



[posted 5.27.17]

The Week In Shows: 5/29/17-6/4/17

A Saturday morning at the start of a long weekend 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, it's Memorial Day weekend. I don't know about you, but I've got a lot of sleep inked into my schedule. I'm resting up for the good stuff ahead. Including what I anticipate to be an influx of good shows. And now, without further ado, here's a look at some of those very shows I happen to recommend for the coming week in the greater DC metro area.

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, 5/29/17

-Mystery Friends + H A U N T E R + Broke Royals + Silo Mentality (DC9)


TUESDAY, 5/30/17

-Moonchild (Songbyrd Music House - SOLD OUT)


WEDNESDAY, 5/31/17

-Frightened Rabbit + Torres + Kevin Devine (9:30 Club)
-Tim Kasher + John Bradley + Campdogzz (DC9)
-The Radiographers + Antarcticats + The Pellys + XK Scenario (Velvet Lounge)


THURSDAY, 6/1/17

-Richard Lloyd + Dot Dash (Black Cat)
-Pallbearer + Inter Arma + Gatecreeper (Rock & Roll Hotel)
-Amy Shark + Surf Rock Is Dead (DC9)
-Burnt Seeds + The Red Fens + No Dead Monsters + Meatbot (Velvet Lounge)


FRIDAY, 6/2/17

-(Sandy) Alex G + Japanese Breakfast + Cende (Rock & Roll Hotel)
-Tuxedo + Gavin Turek (U Street Music Hall)
-The James Badfellows + Ear + Speculative Friction (Slash Run)


SATURDAY, 6/3/17

-Blossoms + Wilderado (Songbyrd Music House)
-Tall Friend + Dove Lady + Rat Pack (Comet Ping Pong)
-Red Light Distraction + Venn + Copes (Black Cat)
-Lulu (Birchmere)


SUNDAY, 6/4/17

-Daughters + Dälek + Odonis Odonis (DC9 - SOLD OUT)
-Camp Howard + Julian + Baby Grill (Black Cat)


[posted 5.27.17]

Video of The Day #277: Onesie

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.

Power poppers Onesie found themselves an interesting star for the video for "This Minstrel" - an FAO Schwarz Jim Henson puppet. She's the perfect star for this chirpy yet grounded ditty, with her unchanging facial expression and endless wanderings through Brooklyn. Highly metaphoric, no doubt. And highly enjoyable.   





[posted 5.27.17]

Friday, May 26, 2017

Live Review: Perfume Genius @ 9:30 Club, 5/15/17

Intrepid mysterious Special Guest Star The Paper went in search of good live sounds, and the following is what transpired when he took in Perfume Genius at the 9:30 Club.

I have seen over a hundred bands every year for five out of the last six years. Not once was the headliner scheduled to go on as early as half past seven. Besides, the overwhelming majority of the time, sets never start on time. I am dismayed to report that I missed the first three songs of Perfume Genius. Thankfully, many did not make the mistake I did given the mostly filled venue. In fact, Mike remarked that this was the biggest DC crowd yet.

"DC loves you!" someone shouted.

"I love you too!" replied Mike.

That simple exchange encapsulates the spirit of the show. There was a tender intimacy throughout the band's hour long set. Even the louder dance numbers induced more swaying than they did headbanging. Actually, there was none of the latter, just mere nods. Aside from applause, the audience was eerily silent. Usually this might convey displeasure or disinterest, except in this case everyone was transfixed by Mike's performance. He saunterd about the stage, gyrating his body with grace as he sang. Combined with the soft melodies floating in the air, it mesmerized everyone.

The effect grew moreso for the twenty minute encore. Starting solo at the keyboard, he was then joined by Allen who shared the same seat. The four hands proceeded to dance across the keys, to my awe. Finally, Tom and Irving reappeared on stage on bass and drums respectively to end on a loud note in which we saw Mike curtsey off the stage while the band carried on.

[words and photos of Perfume Genius by The Paper]

[posted 5.26.17]

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Video of The Day #276: Foliage

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

I'm head over heels for this new Foliage single, my friends. This "dreamy jangly surfy 'gaze" captures an It moment - youthful sweetness with wistful what-ifs. It's a song that's as easy to swoon over as it is to dance to (which i find pretty easy on both counts), in the vein of Beach Fossils and The Pains of Being Pure at Heart. The enchanting "Dare" features a video that's full of the agony and ecstasy of young love. Stay tuned for more Foliage to come on the super rad Spirit Goth Records.  






[posted 5.25.17]

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Video of The Day #275: Manchester

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

I'm still processing (or, more accurately, trying to process) what happened in Manchester yesterday, as I imagine you are too. While I'm still at a loss for words, I'll go ahead and let the videos of some of my favorite Manchester musicians do the talking and try to bring as much joy to you in the aftermath as they've brought me countless times over the years. 

Hug your loved ones, tell the people who matter to you how much you care, and go live your life. Love to you all. 























[posted 5.23.17]

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Video of The Day #274: Cartoon Lizard

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 an idyllic sweetness to Cartoon Lizard's "All In The Cards," a feeling that carries over into the claymation video for the song. The buoyant, sun-dappled psych pop bounds and gently jangles along in dreamy waves, with this Canadian outfit sounding just a smidge Laurel Canyon.  


All In The Cards from Cartoon Lizard on Vimeo.



[posted 5.21.17]

Remix Fix: British Sea Power/Dutch Uncles

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.

What's better than a remix, you might ask? Reciprocal remixes, of course! For example, the recipro-remix swap between British Sea Power and Dutch Uncles. You're hearing a lot of the 80s in both retooled efforts, with the remixes coming across both grandiose and a little bit flash. Says Martin Noble of BSP, who performed the remix on the Dutch Uncles song "Big Balloon;" "Mine's a bit moody and brooding while Robin's has got a bit of that classic 80s champagne glitz. I'd hope that Patrick Bateman would approve."   





[posted 5.21.17]

On The Road Again: Washed Out

Well, well, well. Look who's taking their show on the road?

This one gives me the shivers, y'all. I'm thinking it's going to be time for a drive on down to Norfolk to see the kickoff show of this dainty string of Washed Out dates in July. Everyone's favorite dreamweaver is a must-see live, so consider a roadtrip to catch him on this here run of shows.   

WASHED OUT TOUR DATES

7/8 - Norfolk, VA @ The Norva
7/9 - Carrboro, NC @ Cat's Cradle
7/10 - Charlotte, NC @ The Underground
7/11 - Charleston, SC @ Music Farm
7/13 - Orlando, FL @ Plaza Live
7/14 - Jacksonville, FL @ Mavericks Live
7/15 - Tampa, FL @ Orpheum
7/17 - Atlanta, GA @ Variety Playhouse





[posted 5.21.17]

Singles Club: Wild Cub + The Legends + Siberian Traps

Consider Singles Club your musical matchmaker. I do hope you'll give all these ready to mingle bachelors and bachelorettes your ear as you listen to some new favorite tunes. Read on in the hopes of finding your musical love connection.

I'm feeling the beginnings of summertime sass, so in the interest of bringing a little shimmy to your Sunday, all three songs below are wonderfully danceable. 

Wild Cub has been keeping a little bit of a low profile for the past few years, but that's likely to change with "Somewhere." Lovesick and glossy, this is synthpop meant for meaningful, stolen glances and quite possibly dancefloor singalongs.  



Meanwhile, The Legends (AKA Johan Angergård of Labrador Records) takes a slinky, slightly nerdy 80s approach to his synth machinations. "Summer In The City" is glitchy and fabulous, masking the undercurrent of gloominess with vocoders and video game flourish.



A move from Nashville to Ft. Worth has agreed with Siberian Traps, it would seem. Their "Outtasight" is pretty much outtasight itself, with an enthusiastic clamor building throughout their vintage rock racket. Perfectly warbling vocals, some rad shredding, and a hint of the past add to this little nugget's appeal. Oh, and it's probably going to make you cut a rug a little bit of a rug at some point.



[posted 5.21.17]

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Video of The Day #273: Gringo Star + Shantih Shantih

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.

Let's do a little something special today, y'all. Since a) two members of Gringo Star are married to two members of Shantih Shantih, and b) because both bands are in DC tomorrow night, it felt like the right time to share a video from each outfit. 

Starting with the ladies (as should always be the way), Shantih Shantih's clip for "Winter in September" feels just a touch campy, which y'all know I dig. The song's feisty for days, and has a heck of a demon beat. And may I just say, the retro, spooky surf shenanigans these ladies throw down will get your foot tapping right quick. 

As for the fellas, it's more of that irrepressible sunshine psych scuzz from my favorite Gringos. "Get Closer" is a dynamite ditty, with a video that nods and winks to the quality of retro film reels. 

Don't be scared to come out and have a good time tomorrow night, y'all. The Black Cat is for sure the place to be, as I think you'll agree after checking out these two smoochin' bands.    









[posted 5.20.17]

The Week In Shows: 5/22/17-5/28/17

An overcast and somewhat humid Saturday 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!

Between the cicadas and this icky sticky faux summer outside, May is kind of being a pain. There is only one kind of sweat I don't hate, and it's got nothing to do with above 90 degree temperatures and one thousand percent humidity. Just a reminder that summer is coming and it's going to be yucky. What isn't yucky is the volume of good shows to choose from this week. And now, without further ado, here's a look at some of the shows I happen to recommend for the coming week in the greater DC metro area. 

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, 5/22/17

-Animal Collective + Circuit des Yeux (9:30 Club - SOLD OUT)


TUESDAY, 5/23/17

-Kevin Morby + John Andrews & The Yawns (Rock & Roll Hotel)
-Mac DeMarco + Tonstartsbandht (9:30 Club - SOLD OUT)
-Lincoln Durham + Will Varley (DC9)
-Venn + Fleece + Slight (Comet Ping Pong)


WEDNESDAY, 5/24/17

-Mac DeMarco + Tonstartsbandht (9:30 Club - SOLD OUT)
-Bon Iver + Hiss Golden Messenger (Merriweather Post Pavilion) 
-Br'er + Odetta Hartman + Nappy Nappa (DC9)
-The Good Side + The Dolly Rockers + No Hugs + Never Elected (Velvet Lounge)
-Christopher Paul Stelling (Gypsy Sally's)
-RVIVR + Max Levine Ensemble + Hemlines + Anti-Androgen (Comet Ping Pong)
-Drunk Education (Black Cat)


THURSDAY, 5/25/17

-Marian Hill + Opia (9:30 Club)
-Sigur Ros (Merriweather Post Pavilion)
-Thomas Wynn & The Believers + Rent Party (DC9)
-Joe Strummer Foundation Benefit f/ Stone Driver + Classified Frequency + Derek Evry (Black Cat)


FRIDAY, 5/26/17

-Vancouver Sleep Clinic + Venn (Rock & Roll Hotel)
-Urban Cone + Nightly (DC9)
-Box Era + Surprise Attack + Urban Shaman Attack (Velvet Lounge)
-Elf Power + We Capillaries (Songbyrd Music House)
-Life on Mars: A Tribute to David Bowie (Songbyrd Music House)
-Told Slant + Hello Shark + Anna McClellan (Comet Ping Pong)
-John Mayall + Bill Carter (The Hamilton)
-Elizabeth Croydon (Black Cat)


SATURDAY, 5/27/17

-Sylvan Esso + Lucy Dacus (9:30 Club - SOLD OUT)
-The Orwells + The Walters (Black Cat)
-Mousetrap Dance Party (Black Cat)
-Jeff Buckley Tribute (IOTA Club & Cafe)


SUNDAY, 5/28/17

-LP + Josiah and The Bonnevilles + Lauren Ruth Ward (U Street Music Hall - SOLD OUT)
-Sylvan Esso + Lucy Dacus (9:30 Club - SOLD OUT)


[posted 5.20.17]

Friday, May 19, 2017

Video of The Day #272: Cloud Control

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.

Like so much good pop music, Cloud Control's "Rainbow City" is a whole lot less joyful than the raucous psych pop clamor might initially indicate. Yet there's a beautiful catharsis in this song about loss. The video takes a lighter note, with the band members taking center stage amongst stark white set pieces and super saturated hues of blushing rose and vibrant cerulean backgrounds. 



[posted 5.19.17]

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Video of The Day #271: Phoenix

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

Sometimes you need a particular sound to save the day. Sometimes nothing sounds better than a sweet, synthy pop treat - something like Phoenix's new jam "J-Boy." The effervescent jangle fits perfectly in the video setting of an Italian tv special, complete with canned applause and snazzy lighting. Totally and utterly charming, as per usual. Day saved.   




[posted 5.17.17]

Monday, May 15, 2017

Video of The Day #270: Strand of Oaks

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'll keep it short and sweet: I love Strand of Oaks, and you should too. Case in point being this video. This here video for "Everything" is rad because a) it reminds me of the so-wrong-it's-right, not-for-kids kid show Wondershowzen, and b) it was animated by the very awesome Chad VanGaalen. It's a little bit icky, but with the crunchy bombast of Tim Showalter's delicious noise hitting all the right notes it's hard not to get sucked in. 





[posted 5.15.17]

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Good Cover Version: Amandla Stenberg Does Mac Demarco

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.

Oh sure, I like Mac Demarco's "Let My Baby Stay" just fine. But there's something irrepressible and irresistible about Amandla Stenberg's interpretation that really breathes new life into the song. Stenberg's voice coos with the sugar of 60s girl group chanteuses of old, and the icy cool undulations of the song add more than a little come hither.    



[posted 5.14.17]

Video of The Day #269: PLGRMS

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 mesmeric quality of Aussie duo PLGRMS' "Dream You Up" is intense and masterful, all smoky synths and sultry, midnight beats. The song captures the catapulting heartbeat of seeing the object of your affection, that certain tingle down the spine. The video for the song is hard to ignore in its own right, graphic animation enacting a heck of an out-there dream sequence. Both incredibly swoon-worthy, the song and video are very worthy of much attention.  





[posted 5.14.17]

Live Review: Beauty Pill @ Black Cat, 4/29/17

Intrepid mysterious Special Guest Star The Paper went in search of good live sounds, and the following is what transpired when he took in Beauty Pill at the Black Cat.

"Trust me, in twenty minutes you will be happy."

That was Chad's response to the unison of disappointed groans after he announced the band's last song. The soft-spoken frontman of Beauty Pill left an impression on me even if I am still unclear of its shape or depth. As a longtime resident of the DC suburbs, I felt remiss at having never seen the local outfit live before, or even really listening to their music. I finally corrected my oversight on the last Saturday of April. I should have done it sooner.


Chad and the other seasoned members constructed a wholly unique sound that reminded me of my first exposure to Sigur Ros. It took me years to appreciate the Icelandic post-rock band because I severely lacked true concepts of music at the time. Or art for that matter. I think of it like dressage, where the subtle finess and talent exhibited so beautifully is lost on those unfamiliar with the techniques of the sport. Fortunately, I know much more about music than dressage, and by now know enough to understand that the world is richer with Chad's experimental creations in it.

This is most evident when Chad shared the background on a particular song. He spent years writing the ending, wanting it to be tragic and dark because it's a Beauty Pill song, but he finally realized that it wanted a happy ending. His expression conveyed the delight of someone making an unexpected discovery. "There's a ray of hope," he added after a pause.


Indeed, I hope to discover more bands like Beauty Pill. Expanding my musical horizons is important to me, and ought to be important to us all.  

[words and photos of Beauty Pill by The Paper]

[posted 5.14.17]

The Week In Shows: 5/15/17-5/21/17

An absolutely gorgeous Mother's Day afternoon 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!

There's a heatwave a-comin' y'all, and good shows aplenty. I'm excited about half of those things. You know which half. And now, without further ado, here's a look at some of the shows I happen to recommend for the coming week in the greater DC metro area. Catch me at the asterisked shows! 

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, 5/15/17

-Mystic Braves + The Creation Factory + DJ Dan McNabb (Black Cat)
-Holy Fuck + Light Beams (DC9)
-Perfume Genius + serpentwithfeet (9:30 Club)


TUESDAY, 5/16/17

-DC Air Sex Championships (Rock & Roll Hotel)
-Pixies + Cymbals Eat Guitars (Lincoln Theatre)
-Real Estate + Frankie Cosmos (9:30 Club - SOLD OUT)
-The Wind & The Wave + Justin Kawika Young + The Native Sibling (DC9)
-Alex Napping + Citris + Poppy Patica (Songbyrd Music House)


WEDNESDAY, 5/17/17

-Pixies + Cymbals Eat Guitars (Lincoln Theatre)


THURSDAY, 5/18/17

-Jack On Fire (Farewell Show) + Nice Breeze + Literals (Black Cat)


FRIDAY, 5/19/17

-The Make-Up + Permanent Waves + Tyvek (Black Cat)
-Com Truise + Clark (U Street Music Hall)
-Matt Tarka (Gypsy Sally's)


SATURDAY, 5/20/17

-Whitney + Natalie Prass (9:30 Club) (early)
-Cloud Nothings + Daniel Bachman (9:30 Club) (late)
-Collider + Wild Honey + Big Hush (Black Cat)
-Lewis Watson (U Street Music Hall)
-VENN + Older Notes + Retroglyphs + Jesse Magenta (Velvet Lounge)
-Annual Depeche Mode Dance Party (Black Cat)
-Holly Macve + Tom McBridge (Songbyrd Music House)


SUNDAY, 5/21/17

-Gringo Star + Shantih Shantih + Kit & The Chardonnay Boys (Black Cat)*
-Skating Polly + Canker Blossom (DC9)
-Laura Marling + Valley Queen (9:30 Club)
-The North Country + Tony Kill + Dangers (Dew Drop Inn)
-Retroglyphs + VENN (Galaxy Hut)


[posted 5.14.17]

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Video of The Day #268: Tei Shi

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.

Did you catch Tei Shi's DC show last night? If you did, this here video for "Keep Running" should be a sultry little flashback to the action. If you weren't there, just kick back and enjoy Valerie's slinky vocals and a video made for bedtime (spiders optional). And make sure you catch her next time she's in town.   





[posted 5.13.17]

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Video of The Day #267: The Black Angels

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.

CAUTION: SERIOUSLY DIZZYING VISUALS. WATCH WITH CAUTION. 

A friend of mine recently posted a query on Facebook about what songs we his friends find emblematic of the scary times in which we live. I made a few suggestions, but thinking more about it, I nominate pretty much all of The Black Angels' body of work. "Currency," from new album Death Song, features another scathing psychedelic assault on the greed-driven machinations of the powers that be. The visualizer for the song is a great companion piece, all disorienting swirls and flashes. 

But seriously, don't watch it if you've got any serious conditions that are set off by intense visuals.   



[posted 5.10.17]

Newsflash!: Win Tickets to Whitney + Natalie Prass @ 9:30 Club, 5/20/17

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.

I love it when there's a good double bill, and that's precisely the situation with this here Whitney/Natalie Prass show. The throwback sounds of the excellent Chicago outfit pair perfectly with the vintage songbird vibes of Ms. Prass, making this show a don't-wanna-miss-it kind of happening. 

Here's the thing, y'all. I have a pair of tickets to give away for the 5/20 show at the 9:30 Club that could be yours, all yours. To win the tickets, simply email me and tell me who your favorite duo is - dastardly, dynamic, or otherwise. To the winner goes the spoils. 

Fine print: Contest is for two (2) tickets to the show in question. Contest closes at noon Eastern time on Thursday, 5/18/17. 

Best of luck to one and all!
   






[posted 5.10.17]

Saturday, May 6, 2017

The Week In Shows: 5/8/17-5/14/17

The first Saturday of May 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!

The weather is wacky, and the good shows keep coming. That's really what it's all about. I'm sure some of you are whinging about the cool spell we've got going on, but some of us are pretty stoked about it. And some of us are pretty stoked about all the good shows rolling through DC. And now, without further ado, here's a look at some of the shows I happen to recommend for the coming week in the greater DC metro area.

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, 5/8/17


-Park Snakes + -electra- + DJ Meg (Galaxy Hut)


TUESDAY, 5/9/17


-Twin Peaks + Chrome Pony + Post Animal (9:30 Club)
-The Family Crest + Wylder (Rock & Roll Hotel)
-Run River North + Arkells + Cobi (U Street Music Hall)
-Savoy Motel + Escape-Ism (DC9)
-Eli Lev + Radiator King + Scott Thorn and Freedom Road (Velvet Lounge)
-Midnight Oil (Fillmore Silver Spring - SOLD OUT)


WEDNESDAY, 5/10/17


-San Fermin + Low Roar (9:30 Club)
-Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes + Royal Republic + Witch Coast (Rock & Roll Hotel)
-Robyn Hitchcock (Jammin Java)
-The Artificats (Comet Ping Pong)


THURSDAY, 5/11/17


-Robyn Hitchcock (Jammin Java)
-Kris Kristofferson (Warner Theatre)
-Dwight Yoakam + Elliot Root (Lincoln Theatre)
-Sun Club + Straw Hats (Rock & Roll Hotel)
-ADULT. + Ritual Howls + Void Vision (DC9)
-Humble Fire + Sean Barna + Crushnpain (Black Cat)


FRIDAY, 5/12/17


-Tei Shi + Salt Cathedral (Songbyrd Music House)
-Pond + Kirin J. Callinan (Black Cat)
-Ryan Adams + Jenny Lewis (Merriweather Post Pavilion) 
-Run Come See + Anchorlot + Olivia Mancini (Rock & Roll Hotel)
-The Palms + Me Not You (DC9)
-Demetri Martin (Lincoln Theatre)


SATURDAY, 5/13/17


-Broke Royals + Color Palette + Exnations (Rock & Roll Hotel)
-Wavves (U Street Music Hall)
-Crown Larks + Time Is Fire + The Messthetics (Comet Ping Pong)
-RDGLDGRN + Dizzy Wright (Fillmore Silver Spring)


SUNDAY, 5/14/17


-Meat Puppets and Mike Watt + The Jom and Terry Show (U Street Music Hall)
-Bad on Purpose + Young Hands (Galaxy Hut)


[posted 5.6.17]