Friday, July 21, 2017

Video of The Day #310: Nine Inch Nails

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 been a difficult week, shall we say, so new Nine Inch Nails music today is making my week get a whole lot better. New EP ADD VIOLENCE is out today, and in honor of the new tunes here's a gander at some live footage from last week in Bakersfield. Two blistering, maniacally magnificent songs are featured here: "Branches/Bones" and "Copy of A." It captures the frantic, beautiful chaos (and epic strobe action) that one might encounter seeing NIN live and in person. Divine work by Mr. Reznor and his cohorts.    



[posted 7.21.17]

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Video of The Day #309: Morrissey

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 majority of this week week can already kiss my bumper, so I'm feeling like being vintage Morrissey levels of petulant. Here's the Moz visual ode to James Dean, one pompadoured gent's tribute to the life of a pompadoured gent gone far too soon. Also, it's hard to believe this classic gem is pushing 30. 



[posted 7.18.17]

Monday, July 17, 2017

The Week In Shows: 7/17/17-7/23/17

A hot and steamy Monday afternoon in July 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 was getting my beach on this weekend, y'all, and it sure is hard to get back to the daily grind after a lazy, riverside weekend. Mondays can be so cruel. But at least there's some good shows to look forward to. 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 you just might see me at any show with an asterisk...

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, 7/17/17

-The Zombies + Don DiLego (The Birchmere)*
-Gorillaz + Vince Staples + Danny Brown (Merriweather Post Pavilion) 
-Teen Mortgage + Dissonance + Tubefreeks (Fort Reno)

TUESDAY, 7/18/17

-The Who (The Theatre at MGM National Harbor)
-Count Vaseline + Two Inch Astronaut + Western Star (Black Cat)
-Stranger In The Alps (Kennedy Center Millennium Stage Presented by Hometown Sounds)
-Steve Earle & The Dukes + The Mastersons (The Birchmere)

WEDNESDAY, 7/19/17

-Ultimate Painting + Dot Dash (DC9)
-Rod Stewart + Cyndi Lauper (Jiffy Lube Live)

THURSDAY, 7/20/17

-Wylder + Skout (Black Cat)
-The Van Pelt + Positive No + Washers (DC9)
-The Hip Abduction + Black Masala (U Street Music Hall)
-Bitter Medicine + The Southern Ocean + Data Recovery Project (Fort Reno)

FRIDAY, 7/21/17

-Venn + Bottled Up + Melting Death Vapors + Hello Nurse (Black Cat)
-Tank and The Bangas + Sweet Crude (Songbyrd Music House - SOLD OUT)
-Frank Iero + The Homeless Gospel Choir (U Street Music Hall)
-Roxplosion Presents Caustic Casanova + The Meer + Red Feather (Comet Ping Pong)
-This Wild Life + Dryjacket+ A Will Away (Rock & Roll Hotel)
-Hoots & Hellmouth + Devon Gilfillian + LuxDeluxe (Gypsy Sally's)

SATURDAY, 7/22/17

-Chris Stapleton + Ansderson East + Brent Cobb (Jiffy Lube Live)
-Aztec Sun + Big Mama Shakes + Bencoolen (Rock & Roll Hotel)
-Ezra Mae & The Gypsy Moon + Mirrorsigns + Loi Loi (Velvet Lounge)
-Uhh Yeah Dude (9:30 Club)

SUNDAY, 7/23/17

-Ride + Froth (6th & I Synagogue)
-Thurston Moore Group + The Effects (Rock & Roll Hotel)
-The Max Levine Ensemble + Good Shade + Cherry + Psychic Subcreatures (Comet Ping Pong)


[posted 7.17.17]

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Video of The Day #308: Pinact

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.

With explosive bits of fuzz and a hint of 90s nostalgia to their shout insouciance, Scotland's Pinact brings a smile to the face. With "Seams," the trio offers listeners a breathless rush of impetuous energy, while the accompanying video hints at what the band gets up to when they're on stage. Not bad, not bad indeed.

The band is doing a clutch of US dates in a couple weeks, with dates smattered across the Northeast, so get out there and see them up close and personal.     





[posted 7.13.17]

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Video of The Day #307: Julia Jacklin

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.

After seeing her with Mitski this past weekend, I'm now singing the praises of Julia Jacklin. "Eastwick" is some modern day Blue Hawaii blues, with Jacklin drowning out the world with her guitar (and a Blue Hawaiian). Really, I couldn't ask for more.   



[posted 7.11.17]

Monday, July 10, 2017

Video of The Day #306: Protomartyr

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 a good news day for those of us who dig Protomartyr. The Detroit outfit has newly signed to the excellent Domino Records, is releasing a new record in September, is going out on tour in the fall, and if that isn't enough...there's this video. "A Private Understanding" is brilliant and brutal, full of palpable anxiety, blistering disdain, and isolation. The video touches many of the same nerves, and is almost as engrossing as the complicated and wonderful song itself.      



[posted 7.10.17]

Sunday, July 9, 2017

Newsflash!: Win Tickets to Conor Oberst @ 9:30 Club, 7/26/17

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.

Really, Conor Oberst needs no introduction. This Omaha native has been wearing his heart on his musical sleeve for ages now, through various projects. These days, he'll stop by the 9:30 Club as he tours Salutations.

If you'd like to see Conor when he swings by the DC area on July 26, you're in luck. I'm giving away a pair of tickets to the show. To be considered, just send me an email and tell me why you'd like to see Conor live and in person. Make it good!

Fine print: Contest is for two (2) tickets to this show. Contest closes at noon Eastern on Monday, 7/24/17.



[posted 7.9.17]

Singles Club: Shout Out Louds + Future Generations + Kitty, Daisy & Lewis

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.

New music from Shout Out Louds is reason for much rejoicing. Not only that, but the Merge stalwarts are coming over from Sweden to do some US dates in late fall. "Jumbo Jet" is thoughtful, effortless Scandipop perfection for troubled times and I've already fallen head over heels for it.  



The dizzying whirlwind of this here new Future Generations ditty is just what the doctor ordered for a late Sunday afternoon. The NYC outfit keeps it super catchy but with depth on "One More Problem," the song proving to be more than just a pretty face. Though it sure it pretty, and rather hard to stop listening to.   



London-based Kitty, Daisy & Lewis just so happen to be keeping it all in the family, literally. On b-side "You're So Fine," these siblings cook up a vintage soul/pop vibe that hits all the right spots with all that wanton shimmy. Mighty fine indeed.   



[posted 7.9.17]

On The Road Again: Cults

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

It's been four long years since Cults last released a record, and to celebrate the impending Offering long player (out October 6 on Sinderlyn), the (mainly) duo is heading out on a rather extended US tour. The new songs feature plenty of vintage synths, and sound pretty dreamy to me. Consider going to see this delightful outfit when they roll through your burgh.

CULTS TOUR DATES

10.24.17 - Johnny Brenda's - Philadelphia, PA
10.15.17 - Rock & Roll Hotel - Washington, DC
10.17.17 - Music Hall of Williamsburg - Brooklyn, NY
10.18.17 - Brighton Music Hall - Boston, MA
10.19.17 - The Hollow - Albany, NY
10.20.17 - Lee's Palace - Toronto, ON
10.21.17 - Marble - Detroit, MI
10.22.17 - Lincoln Hall - Chicago, IL
10.24.17 - Fine Line - Minneapolis, MN
10.25.17 - High Noon Saloon - Madison, WI
10.27.17 - Riot Room - Kansas City, MO
10.28.17 - Globe Hall - Denver, CO
10.29.17 - Urban Lounge - Salt Lake City, UT
10.31.17 - Neumos - Seattle, WA
11.1.17 - Star Theater - Portland, OR
11.3.17 - The Chapel - San Francisco, CA
11.4.17 - Pappy and Harriet's - Pioneertown, CA
11.5.17 - The Irenic - San Diego, CA
11.6.17 - Constellation Room - Santa Ana, CA
11.7.17 - Teragram Ballroom - Los Angeles, CA
11.9.17 - Crescent Ballroom - Phoenix Arizona
11.11.17 - Dada - Dallas, TX
11.12.17 - Antone's - Austin, TX
11.13.17 - White Oak Music Hall - Houston, TX
11.14.17 - One Eyed Jacks - New Orleans, LA
11.15.17 - Saturn - Birmingham, AL
11.16.17 - Exit/In - Nashville, TN
11.17.17 - Aisle 5 - Atlanta, GA
11.18.17 - Cat's Cradle - Carrboro, NC
11.19.17 - Ottobar - Baltimore, MD



[posted 7.9.17]

Video of The Day #305: Spencer Radcliffe & Everyone Else

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 tricky thing, trust. Some people give it too easily, some never feel it. In the video for "Trust," Spencer Radcliffe & Everyone Else examines some basic tenets of trust under a gorgeous, tough Wild Western backdrop. Cinematic in its own right, the song itself ambles along a dusty, ramshackle road of its own hard truths.    





[posted 7.9.17]

Saturday, July 8, 2017

The Week In Shows: 7/10/17-7/16/17

The second hot and humid Saturday morning of July 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 hope y'all had a wonderful longish weekend, friends. Now it's back to business as usual, which thankfully includes a lot 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, 7/10/17

-BRONCHO + Billy Changer + Raindeer (DC9)
-Signal 30 + Apollo 66 + The Dupont Circles (Fort Reno)

TUESDAY, 7/11/17

-The Flatliners + Pkew Pkew Pkew + Garrett Dale (Black Cat)

WEDNESDAY, 7/12/17

-Sir Sly + Shaed (Rock & Roll Hotel)
-The Meer + Glen Echo + Rail City (DC9)
-Beth Ditto + U.S. Girls (U Street Music Hall)

THURSDAY, 7/13/17

-Woods + John Andrews & The Yawns (Rock & Roll Hotel)
-Sam OB (Songbyrd Music House)
-Lunamvtic + Tempercrush + Furniteur (Fort Reno)

FRIDAY, 7/14/17

-Royal Headache + The Rememberables + Wildhoney (Black Cat)
-My Morning Jacket + Gary Clark, Jr. (Merriweather Post Pavilion) 

SATURDAY, 7/15/17

-Rent Party + The Radiographers + Cool Baby (Black Cat)
-Night Birds + The Love Songs + Psychic Subcreatures (DC9)
-Nassau + Louis Weeks + Keeper (Songbyrd Music House)
-Merriweather 50th Anniversary Concert (Merriweather Post Pavilion)

SUNDAY, 7/16/17

-The Movies + Weston Smith + Jesse Magenta (Velvet Lounge)
-The Kickback (Black Cat)


[posted 7.8.17]

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Video of The Day #304: The Horrors

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 was really in the mood to talk about The Horrors today, friends. "Still Life" has to be one of my favorite songs of the last decade, and the video is as dizzying and dazzling as the mercurial, magical song for which it was made. Simply breathtaking.  



[posted 7.5.17]

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Newsflash!: Win Tickets to Okkervil River @ The Hamilton, 7/25/17

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.

Okkervil River has been making beautiful music in one iteration or another for just a whisker under 20 years. After a few years of quiet, with ringleader Will Sheff going through some heavy times, the band last year released a new record, and is now hitting the road on a brief jaunt. This "Rarities & Requests" tour will see the band in an acoustic trio format, which will surely lead to some special moments as the band plays songs old and new.

This tour just so happens to be coming through DC on July 25, at the Hamilton. Yours truly just so happens to have a pair of tickets to give away to one lucky person. To win said pair of tickets, email me and tell me why you want to see this very special show. The most moving/touching/inspiring/tear-inducing entry will be my winner. Tickets are going fast for this one, friends, so get your skates on! 

Fine print: Contest is for two (2) tickets to this show. Contest closes at noon Eastern on Friday, 7/21/17. 

For some inspiration, my favorite Okkervil River song. Good luck lads and lasses!     



[posted 7.4.17]

Sunday, July 2, 2017

Singles Club: L.A. Witch + The Lovebirds + Dakota

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.

There really is no end to my love for L.A. Witch. These wonderfully witchy women bring some serious slink to their gritty, feisty racket. "Kill My Baby Tonight" plays up their purringly vintage, blackest midnight beach party vibe, proving to be as incredibly infectious as it is teeth-baringly menacing.   



From L.A. to San Francisco, where The Lovebirds perch. Instantly, "Filled With Hate" calls to mind the undeniable appeal of vintage Teenage Fanclub, with some mighty fine fuzz keeping things from being overly twee. Catchy enough to get your foot tapping in no time.     



Dutch damsels Dakota come across mercurial in their ethereal new concoction "Silver Tongue." Dream pop with an underlying urgency lurking underneath all that pretty languidity, the song is lush and layered, with breathy vocals and complexity the order of the day. 



[posted 7.2.17]

Interview: Flowerbomb

We love to sit down for a good chin wag. Here, The Paper had a post-show chat with some lovely locals. 

Interviewing Flowerbomb was a real treat. The camaraderie of the band was contagious and conversation flowed freely. Best of all, Dan revealed his extensive musicianship while trying to explain the difference between the band's recorded music and the stripped down set they had just played at Comet Ping Pong. [Note: Flowerbomb's Nat is currently in England, so the band held two practices earlier that day to prepare for the unique show.] Interview has been edited for brevity.



Fuzzy Logic: What are you currently listening to?

Dan: Japanese Breakfast and Third Eye Blind. Oh, and Sorority Noise. [Dan was wearing a TEB tank and declared them the greatest band of all time.]

Charles: Fall Out Boy, the new record.

Rachel: Margaret Glaspy and Angel Olsen.

FL: All great choices. How did you come up with the name Flowerbomb?

Rachel: We wanted something delicate, yet conjured destruction at the same time with the aim of destroying the norm of femininity.

FL: Why do you want to destroy that?

Rachel: It's a product of personal experiences. I wanted to destroy the idea of femininity in society.

FL: On the Castathetic podcast, you mentioned telling inside jokes on tour. Would you like to share one?

Dan: Oh geeze, didn't think that will ever be brought up again. We're an incredibly funny band. We've known each other for years and when you're in a relationship with four people, it's natural that we will have inside jokes.

FL: What would be a good thing for a band to throw on stage?
[Flowerbomb was taken aback a bit so I had to clarify that I meant it in a good way.]

Dan: Just coming to the show really.

Charles: I agree.

Rachel: Just for fans to come out to support us is enough.

FL: Spotify or Bandcamp?

Dan: Spotify is better for phone and more popular bands. Bandcamp is better for more local stuff or if I want to search a specific tag or genre.

Rachel: Bandcamp. The money goes directly to the artist.

Charles: Bandcamp is better for phone. [He gives a wry smile to Dan who expressed mock blasphemy in return.] When someone makes a purchase, the music is saved on their phone so they can play it whenever without streaming. Even when the artist takes the music down, you still keep it.

FL: A question for Rachel please. You used to book bands. Do you still do that?

Rachel: I am on a hiatus now. I have been doing it solo and it'a a lot of work. I want to make it more of a communal thing. Bring it more diversity.

FL: Thank you for sitting down with me.

Rachel: Thank you so much.



Flowerbomb plays on July 24 at DC9 with Bike Thiefs.



[Words and photos of Flowerbomb by The Paper]

[posted 7.2.17]

Video of The Day #303: Humble Fire

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.

Humble Fire's "Builder" could be considered the five-and-a-half minute equivalent of the most penetrating, burning smolder of a stare humanly possible. Between Nefra's vocals, which alternate between kittenish coquette-ing and impassioned embers to the deep, dark dream pop that envelops from the first notes, this is a song to indulge in again and again. The video is well-suited, focused yet colorful, simple but artfully meaningful. If you're not yet familiar with this DC outfit, please say hello. 





[posted 7.2.17]

Saturday, July 1, 2017

Video of The Day #302: Blur

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 was a time, quite a long time ago, when yours truly knew every single word to this song. A quintessential piece of the Britpop era, "Girls and Boys" is Blur to the max. It's sarcastic, it's camp, and it's a heck of a great song to dance to. The video is pretty silly, and while I don't think you could say it's aged terribly well I think it still fits the song to a t. And so, ladies and gents, I present to you Blur's homage to the meat market that was hooking up in the 90s. 



[posted 7.1.17]

The Week In Shows: 7/3/17-7/9/17

The first Saturday morning of July 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!

After a weekend of wonderful out of town hedonism, it's back to business as usual around these parts. Half the year has gone, friends, but the next six months are sure to be full of great music to see. 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. It's America's birthday week, so be careful if you're planning on setting off your own fireworks, y'all. And look for your homegirl at anything with an asterisk. 

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, 7/3/17

-John Mellencamp + Emmylou Harris + Carlene Carter (Wolf Trap)

TUESDAY, 7/4/17

-Hemlines + No Men + Femme Flag (Black Cat)
-Happy America Day!

WEDNESDAY, 7/5/17

-Sitcom + IJI + Small Dad + Francie Cool + Deer Scout (Comet Ping Pong)
-T-Rextasy + Foul Swoops + Bacchae (Black Cat)

THURSDAY, 7/6/17

-Cayetana + Worriers + Camp Cope (Songbyrd Music House)
-Weird Babies + TK Echo + Mock Identity (Fort Reno)

FRIDAY, 7/7/17

-Wolf Alice + Lavender (Rock & Roll Hotel - SOLD OUT)
-La Neve + Antonia + Palette (Comet Ping Pong)
-The IndepenDANCE - A Pro-Choice Prom (Black Cat)
-Flavor Waster + Dumb Waiter + Ruckzuck + Herschel Hoover (Slash Run)

SATURDAY, 7/8/17

-Mitski + Julia Jacklin + Half Waif (9:30 Club - SOLD OUT)*
-Oh He Dead (DC9)
-Rooney + Run River North (Rock & Roll Hotel)
-Hyetension + Thirsty Curses + Odd Mojo + Like The River (Velvet Lounge)
-Justin Jones + Long Arms (IOTA Club & Cafe)

SUNDAY, 7/9/17

-Violent Femmes (9:30 Club - SOLD OUT)
-The Artisinals (Black Cat)


[posted 7.1.17]

Friday, June 30, 2017

Video of The Day #301: Hollow Everdaze

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.

Not only is the Hollow Everdaze ditty "Cartoons" a heck of an infectious song, but the video for said song is darned hard to tear your eyes away from. The constantly shifting, collage work images represent a punchy pastiche of vintage photos and art, hitting just the right visual note for this dandy of a jangling, fuzzy mess. This is a song of infinite possibility, and it proves to be an excellent way to kick off the weekend, indeed.   





[posted 6.30.17]

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Video of The Day #300: Alex Napping

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

This isn't the Barbie dream house, y'all. In Alex Napping's "You've Got Me," it's an entirely different dollhouse altogether. As the Austin band's robust, sludgy noise churns along, capped by Alex Cohen's breathy bite, the band acts out as dolls gone bad (though these are some dolls who sure know how to cut loose). This "personal account of the frenzied and overwhelming nature of sexual tension" is not only incredibly relatable, but it's incredibly addictive. Watch now, listen often.  





[posted 6.29.17]

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Video of The Day #299: The Away Days

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 is it about the idea of a white whale? Thankfully, this "White Whale" is nothing like Ahab's persistent nemesis. Instead, Turkish dreampoppers/dreamweavers The Away Days showcase gossamer guitar play, ethereal vocals, and a pervasive sense of being haunted, perhaps chased. The video is as lovely as the song, live shots of the band cut into scenic views of the dazzling lights of London and the scenic shores of Brighton.  



[posted 6.28.17]

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Video of The Day #298: Eli Raybon

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 a dream that I lost my mind," sings Eli Raybon in the synth-sational noir pop ditty "30 Cents." In the catchy as all get out song, the 19 year-old already demonstrates an assuredness well beyond his tender years, not to mention a voice made for these times. The video is quite a gem, espionage in reverse. Song and video are well worth a spin or ten.   





[posted 6.27.17]

Monday, June 26, 2017

Video of The Day #297: Cool Ghouls

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.

You may not have started out the day thinking that a video with a slow-mo clown gang hang (with a twist) was what you needed to see, but this could very well be what was missing from your day. To go along with the perfection of the dulcet, sun-dappled tones of "(If I Can't Be) The Man," Cool Ghouls have gone comical. And I dig it.   





[posted 6.26.17]

Live Review: Chastity Belt @ Songbyrd Music House, 6/23/17

Intrepid mysterious Special Guest Star The Paper went in search of good live sounds, and the following is what transpired when he took in Chastity Belt at Songbyrd Music House.

Admittedly, I am a Chastity Belt neophyte, though I have wanted to see them for a while now. The four piece, on tour to support their third record, I Used to Spend So Much Time Alone, have built a lot of hype so I figured so many people can't be wrong. This sentiment was further confirmed Friday night when I ran into Ahmad. His taste and knowledge in bands is second to none. However, much like Animal Collective, another band that I decided to check out due to their popularity among the scene, I did not understand the appeal of forced celibacy.


There was nothing inherently bad about the sounds that pierced into the sold out crowd. In fact, the intricate manner in which all sixteen steel strings on stage intertwined with each other was a work of art. This is especially true of the guitars. Julia and Lydia strummed with astronomical precision, sending each vibration at all the right frequencies and intervals. Annie and Gretchen were not far behind, carving contagious cadence into space and time. Everything was moving in thundering tandem towards the promised land but we never arrived. I felt myself on the precipice of release but never going over.


It was very frustrating. I silently urged the band to speed up. They never did. Instead, they slowed down and one by one they dropped out until only Julia remained playing. Then she, too, trailed off like the sunset. At the conclusion, she took off her hat, tussled her hair then replaced it. The unconcerned, mundane manner of that action sparked something in me. There's no rush. There might not even be a destination. 

Simply focus on the present.




[words and photos of Chastity Belt by The Paper]

[posted 6.26.17]

Friday, June 23, 2017

The Week In Shows: 6/26/17-7/2/17

A Friday morning in late June 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!

Yours truly will be off galavanting this weekend, my friends, and I hope you'll be having similar fun yourselves. In case of overdoing it this weekend, why not get your plans for the week ahead made now? It looks a little light for next week, given the 4th is around the corner, but still good sounds to be had. 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, 6/26/17

-Lindsey Buckingham & Christine McVie (Wolf Trap)
-Daryl Hall & John Oates + Tears for Fears (Verizon Center)

TUESDAY, 6/27/17

-The Shandies + Don Fredrick + Menage a Garage + Ryland Wilkins (Velvet Lounge)

WEDNESDAY, 6/28/17

-Lincoln Summer Movie Series: Jaws (Lincoln Theatre)
-Goshdang + Church Girls + Curse Words (Velvet Lounge)

THURSDAY, 6/29/17

-Pronoun + Us and Us Only (Songbyrd Music House)
-Flowerbomb + Turtlenecked + Cool American (Comet Ping Pong)

FRIDAY, 6/30/17

-Des Demonas + Mr. Airplane Man (Comet Ping Pong)
-Ruse de Guerre + Cold Beaches + The Firnats + More AM Than FM (Rock & Roll Hotel)
-Jason Isbell & The 400 Unit + The Mountain Goats (Merriweather Post Pavilion) 

SATURDAY, 7/1/17

-The Pains of Being Pure at Heart + Beverly + Ablebody (Rock & Roll Hotel)
-Boogarins (Songbyrd Music House)
-Girls Rock! DC 2017 Showcase (9:30 Club)

SUNDAY, 7/2/17

-Big Business (DC9)
-Birdcloud + Abby Rasheed (Comet Ping Pong)
-Sam Kogon + Wes Charlton (Black Cat)
-Sean Barna + Ghost Lit Kingdom (Songbyrd Music House)


[posted 6.23.17]