Friday, July 28, 2017

Video of The Day #314: Paul Draper

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 goodness, it's wonderful to be talking about new music from Paul Draper. Draper, the former frontman of one of my most favorite 90s bands Mansun, has finally taken dipped his toe into the solar artist waters, and his return is a happy one indeed for loyal Mansun acolytes. His voice is much the same, still incredibly distinctive and full of bite. "Things People Want" touches on the commercial-centric culture of today with Draper's usual wit and panache, the video making a point right along with the song. Welcome back, Paul. Welcome back.   





[posted 7.28.17]

Sounds of Secret Stages 2017 #12: River Kittens

Alabama in August is a pretty hot place, and it's not just because of the heat (and the humidity). Secret Stages has been keeping things hot in Birmingham for years, staying true to their mission of showcasing musical talent from across the South (and beyond). This year is no different. If you're free August 4-5, you might just take a jaunt down to Bham to check out this Dixie dandy.

Feisty as all get out, the River Kittens of St. Louis and their self-proclaimed "raunch folk"/"smartass bluegrass" are tough to resist. The three core ladies harmonize, sass, and coo their way through their songs, and while there's no doubt these kittens have claws, they'll give you a nod and a wink while they scratch. "If you don't want no trouble/don't you mess around with me," indeed.   



[posted 7.28.17]

Sounds of Secret Stages 2017 #11: Omni

Alabama in August is a pretty hot place, and it's not just because of the heat (and the humidity). Secret Stages has been keeping things hot in Birmingham for years, staying true to their mission of showcasing musical talent from across the South (and beyond). This year is no different. If you're free August 4-5, you might just take a jaunt down to Bham to check out this Dixie dandy.

Basically, I'm in love with Omni. These Atlanta dudes make a dazzling, dizzying noise, with skittering guitars cavorting all over creation. These lo-fi jitters are sure to hit the right spot up close and in person and cause even the most stoic of scenesters to shimmy.  



[posted 7.28.17]

Newsworthy: 7/28/17

Have you heard the word? Here's a few items of interest you may want to know about.

I'm particularly pleased to share the news that day tickets are now on sale for the one and only Liverpool Psych Fest, friends. Not only that, but the day splits are out...and A Place to Bury Strangers has been added to an already swoonworthy lineup. To say I'm excited about going to the festival this year is probably to make the understatement of the year. If you've been considering going to this one, why not make this the year? Join me in continuous swooning over excellent music for an entire weekend.    



There's some Gary Numan news of late, with a new video out for the ominous slink of "My Name is Ruin." Not only that, but there's a record coming out on September 15 AND a US tour in the works to boot. Dates are as follows, and I suggest you get your tickets soon:

Gary Numan - Savage North American Tour Dates:
Nov 15 - The Observatory North Park; San Diego, CA
Nov 16 - Teragram Ballroom; Los Angeles, CA
Nov 17 - The Observatory; Santa Ana, CA
Nov 19 - The Fillmore; San Francisco, CA
Nov 21 - Wonder Ballroom; Portland, OR
Nov 22 - Neptune; Seattle, OR
Nov 23 - The Rickshaw Theatre; Vancouver
Nov 24 - Commonwealth; Calgary
Nov 26 - Pyramid Cabaret; Winnipeg
Nov 28 - First Avenue; Minneapolis, MN
Nov 29 - Thalia Hall; Chicago, IL
Nov 30 - St Andrews Hall; Detroit, IL
Dec 01 - Opera House; Toronto
Dec 04 - Paradise Rock Club; Boston, MA
Dec 06 - Union Transfer; Philadelphia, PA
Dec 07 - Brooklyn Street; Brooklyn, NY
Dec 09 - 9:30 Club; Washington, DC
Dec 11 - The Masquerade - Heaven Stage; Atlanta, GA
Dec 12 - Exit / In; Nashville, TN
Dec 14 - Trees; Dallas, TX
Dec 15 - Warehouse Live Studio; Houston, TX
Dec 16 - The Mohawk; Austin, TX



And speaking of touring, those fabulous Frenchmen Phoenix have announced some additional dates for their forthcoming world jaunt. One of these dates is of particular interest to yours truly, because it's HERE! All dates below.

8/11-12/17 Bali, Indonesia @ Sunny Side Up Festival
8/11-13/17 Jakarta, Indonesia @ We The Fest
8/15/17 Manila, Philippines @ Araneta Coliseum
8/18-20/17 Osaka / Tokyo, Japan @ Summer Sonic Festival
9/2/17 Dublin, Ireland @ Electric Picnic
9/29/17 Paris, France @ AccorHotels Area
9/30/17 London, UK @ Alexandra Palace
10/10/17 Columbus, OH - Express Live!
10/11/17 Detroit, MI - Fillmore Detroit
10/13/17 Montreal, QC - Metropolis
10/15/17 New Haven, CT - College Street Music Hall
10/16/17 Washington, DC - Anthem
10/18/17 Providence, RI - Lupo's Heartbreak Hotel
10/20/17 Guadalajara, MX - Coordenada Festival
10/21/17 Monterrey, MX - Live Out Festival
11/9/17 Lima, PE - Explanada Parque De La Exposición
11/11/17 Santiago, CL - Fauna Primavera
11/15/17 Sao Paulo, BR - Popload Festival
11/17/17 Bogota, CO - Soma
11/19/17 Mexico City, MX - Corona Capital



[posted 7.28.17]

Sounds of Secret Stages 2017 #10: Nossiens

Alabama in August is a pretty hot place, and it's not just because of the heat (and the humidity). Secret Stages has been keeping things hot in Birmingham for years, staying true to their mission of showcasing musical talent from across the South (and beyond). This year is no different. If you're free August 4-5, you might just take a jaunt down to Bham to check out this Dixie dandy.

Southern Mississippi is a swampy, spooky kind of place, so it follows that music from that area might just feel that way. Take for example the heady post punk machinations of Hattiesburg outfit Nossiens. There's a lot going on in these songs, they're rambling and layered and somewhat chaotic. I'm sure that live they let things get out of hand, which in this case is more than likely a very good thing indeed.    



[posted 7.28.17]

Sounds of Secret Stages 2017 #9: Molly Parden

Alabama in August is a pretty hot place, and it's not just because of the heat (and the humidity). Secret Stages has been keeping things hot in Birmingham for years, staying true to their mission of showcasing musical talent from across the South (and beyond). This year is no different. If you're free August 4-5, you might just take a jaunt down to Bham to check out this Dixie dandy.

In a music city like Nashville, a lot of people have great voices. But Molly Parden has more than just a great voice. Her voice, warm and winsome and a little wild just under the surface, is a treasure. Parden's take on Americana is straightforward and straight to the heart, and pretty hard to resist.   




[posted 7.28.17]

The Week In Shows: 7/31/17-8/6/17

A Friday morning in late 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'm on a brief vacation (yes, again) as of this morning, so my show suggestions are coming out early friends. It's hard to process the arrival of August, but at least it's bringing in another slew 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, 7/31/17

-Numbers Station + Bacchae + Makeup Girl (Fort Reno)
-A People's Choir DC (DC9)
-Grace Mitchell + Surf Rock Is Dead + Nah. (Songbyrd Music House)


TUESDAY, 8/1/17

-Foster Carrots + Secret Nudist Friends + Aerial View (Black Cat)
-Rozwell Kid + Chris Farren & Great Grandpa (Songbyrd Music House)

WEDNESDAY, 8/2/17

-Future Generations + Private Island + Harts (DC9)
-Lincoln Summer Movie Series - The Big Lebowski (Lincoln Theatre)

THURSDAY, 8/3/17

-Blondie + Garbage + Deap Vally (Wolf Trap) 
-Weird Babies + Aaron Leitko + Herschel Hoover (Fort Reno)
-The Hollows + The Duskwhales (DC9)

FRIDAY, 8/4/17

-Trace Mountains + Slight + Keeper + Baby Grill (Comet Ping Pong)
-Sub-Radio + Unring The Bell + Fuzzqueen + Goose Club (Rock & Roll Hotel)
-Gordon Lightfoot (The Birchmere)
-Andy Suzuki & The Method + Sunbathers (Songbyrd Music House)
-Sports + YEEK (DC9)

SATURDAY, 8/5/17

-Mew + Monakr (9:30 Club - win tix!)
-US Air Guitar National Finals (Black Cat)

SUNDAY, 8/6/17

-Nah. + Del Florida + Demille Music (Black Cat)
-Slaughter Beach, Dog + Shannen Moser + Bleary Eyed (Songbyrd Music House)


[posted 7.28.17]

Sounds of Secret Stages 2017 #8: Lowland Hum

Alabama in August is a pretty hot place, and it's not just because of the heat (and the humidity). Secret Stages has been keeping things hot in Birmingham for years, staying true to their mission of showcasing musical talent from across the South (and beyond). This year is no different. If you're free August 4-5, you might just take a jaunt down to Bham to check out this Dixie dandy.

Delicate, deliberate, and just lovely. That's Lowland Hum. This Charlottesville duo is married not just in music but in life, and their intimacy and knowledge of one another's every breath becomes quickly apparent. Everything comes together with these two, their voices mingle to perfection and each note is worth hanging on. 



[posted 7.28.17]

Sounds of Secret Stages 2017 #7: Jabee

Alabama in August is a pretty hot place, and it's not just because of the heat (and the humidity). Secret Stages has been keeping things hot in Birmingham for years, staying true to their mission of showcasing musical talent from across the South (and beyond). This year is no different. If you're free August 4-5, you might just take a jaunt down to Bham to check out this Dixie dandy.

When Chuck D says your music "has the potential to change the world," it's no small thing. It may even be tough to live up to that level of expectation. But listening to Jabee for the first time, I'm inclined to believe the hype. There's a purity in his voice, but beyond that there's sheer power. It's not in your face, necessarily, but in his voice and in his rhymes there's something that's going to grab your attention and not let go. Until he's good and ready, that is. Beats that nod to the old school are an added bonus.   



[posted 7.28.17]

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Sounds of Secret Stages 2017 #6: Della Ray

Alabama in August is a pretty hot place, and it's not just because of the heat (and the humidity). Secret Stages has been keeping things hot in Birmingham for years, staying true to their mission of showcasing musical talent from across the South (and beyond). This year is no different. If you're free August 4-5, you might just take a jaunt down to Bham to check out this Dixie dandy.

As y'all know, I've got a soft spot for Tuscaloosa. Della Ray came about in Tuscaloosa, and as I listen to them I can picture certain things about that city along the Black Warrior River, places that don't exist anymore and people who have long since left town. There's a certain nostalgia to the music of this duo, a certain bittersweetness that feels particularly poignant. Give their folk jangle a listen and feel it for yourself.  



[posted 7.26.17]

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Video of The Day #313: Mt. Joy

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

Seeing as Mt. Joy is in town tonight (at DC9), it feels appropriate to love up on their video for "Sheep." The song is an indie folked reflection of the troubled times in which we are living in every single day, and the video attempts to find humor by incorporating a piñata of everyone's least favorite villain. In a way, it's a song of solidarity, a sentiment that is very much appreciated. 





[posted 7.25.17]

Sounds of Secret Stages 2017 #5: Dasher

Alabama in August is a pretty hot place, and it's not just because of the heat (and the humidity). Secret Stages has been keeping things hot in Birmingham for years, staying true to their mission of showcasing musical talent from across the South (and beyond). This year is no different. If you're free August 4-5, you might just take a jaunt down to Bham to check out this Dixie dandy.

Sometimes a change of scenery can make all the difference. For Dasher's Kylee Kimbrough, moving from Atlanta to the greater Bloomington area was difficult but necessary. Her firebrand outfit Dasher is now kicking up a heck of a ruckus, driven by her preternatural, at times guttural shouts and raw lyrics. This Jagjaguwar signing is not to be missed.     



[posted 7.25.17]

Sunday, July 23, 2017

Good Cover Version: The Saint James Society does Bauhaus

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.

It's not a surprise that The Saint James Society chose to cover a Bauhaus song for their new covers EP. After all, the LA darkwavers inhabit the same kinds of sonic shadows. The Saint James Society rendition of "All We Ever Wanted Was Everything" builds upon the ghosts of the original, adding an impatient rush to the song, as though they just couldn't wait. It's deliciously dark, perfect for the latest of late, restless nights.  



[posted 7.23.17]

Sounds of Secret Stages 2017 #4: Caleb Elliott

Alabama in August is a pretty hot place, and it's not just because of the heat (and the humidity). Secret Stages has been keeping things hot in Birmingham for years, staying true to their mission of showcasing musical talent from across the South (and beyond). This year is no different. If you're free August 4-5, you might just take a jaunt down to Bham to check out this Dixie dandy.

Caleb Elliott is a Louisiana boy recording music in the legendary Muscle Shoals area of Alabama. His aim is true, his vibe a kind of vintage swamp pop. Elliott's is a voice that's not only full of an easygoing appeal, but is rooted in the past yet moving onward into the future.   



[posted 7.23.17]

Video of The Day #312: Shock Machine

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 a pretty big fan of the noisy partymaking Klaxons, so seeing James Righton making music under a new guise is pretty great news as far as I'm concerned. With "Unlimited Love," his Shock Machine is easily as catchy as peak Klaxons, with a less aggressive slant. The video shows Righton doing his best lounge lizard act, complete with slightly louche suits and a heck of a morning after look in his eyes. 



[posted 7.23.17]

Sounds of Secret Stages 2017 #3: Blunt Bangs

Alabama in August is a pretty hot place, and it's not just because of the heat (and the humidity). Secret Stages has been keeping things hot in Birmingham for years, staying true to their mission of showcasing musical talent from across the South (and beyond). This year is no different. If you're free August 4-5, you might just take a jaunt down to Bham to check out this Dixie dandy.

Blunt Bangs happened with Reggie from Florida outfit Black Kids hitched a ride to Athens and got together with some dudes to make some killer fuzzy power pop. This jangle's plenty effervescent and electric enough for sleepless summer nights, this is a project to keep an eye on, and one that's got enough promise to turn into a little something more. 



[posted 7.23.17]

Newsflash!: Win Tickets to Mew @ 9:30 Club, 8/5/17

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.


Even after seven records, Mew still keeps it interesting. The Danish noisemakers are coming back to the US to play songs from new record Visuals (and probably a whole lot more). Their big, multi-layered songs will sound just wonderful at the 9:30 Club - and that's just where you can see them, if you win this pair of tickets I've got to give away.

To win the tickets for Mew's 8/5 show here in DC, tell me the name of your favorite Mew song (from any record) and why you'd like to see them live. Make it good, and get me those entries no later than high noon (Eastern time) on Thursday, 8/3. 

Fine print: Contest is for two (2) tickets to this show. Contest closes at noon Eastern on Thursday, 8/3/17.

Good luck to one and all. 





[posted 7.23.17]

The Week In Shows: 7/24/17-7/30/17

A sultry Sunday afternoon in late 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'm going out of town next weekend (yes, again) so the week is sure to move at the pace of a geriatric snail. Which is about the pace I want to move when it's this hot and humid out. 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 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, 7/24/17

-Algiers + Moon Diagrams (Black Cat)
-Billy Bragg + SONiA (The Birchmere)
-Flowerbomb + Bike Thiefs (DC9)
-Ear + Fuzzqueen + Mimi Loco and The Drama Queens (Fort Reno)

TUESDAY, 7/25/17

-Okkervil River + Jesse Hale Moore (The Hamilton)
-Diana Ross (Wolf Trap)
Mt. Joy + Trevor Sensor (DC9)

WEDNESDAY, 7/26/17

-Conor Oberst + Hop Along (9:30 Club)
-Palm + Palberta + Dove Lady (DC9)
-Ben Gibbard + Jon Glaser (Lincoln Theatre - SOLD OUT)
-Regina Spektor + Ben Folds (Wolf Trap)
-Stereoriots + Good Fight + Smantx (Velvet Lounge)

THURSDAY, 7/27/17

-Jagwar Ma + My French Roommate (Rock & Roll Hotel)
-Cymbals Eat Guitars + Active Bird Community (Black Cat)
-No Dead Monsters + Bottled Up + Scanners (Fort Reno)
-Tristen + Crys Matthews + Reuben Bidez (DC9)

FRIDAY, 7/28/17

-Cryfest Dance Party (Black Cat)
-Joseph & The Beasts + Sweepstakes + Honest Haloway + Incredible Change (9:30 Club)
-Bellows + Fraternal Twin + Stolen Jars (Songbyrd Music House)
-C.W. Stoneking + Crooks and Crows (DC9)
-In Your Memory + Fadest + Eternal Boy + Better Homes (Rock & Roll Hotel)

SATURDAY, 7/29/17

-Fleet Foxes + Animal Collective (Merriweather Post Pavilion)
-Aretha Franklin (Wolf Trap)
-Nite Jewel + Geneva Jacuzzi + Harriet Brown (Rock & Roll Hotel)
-Roxplosion Presents More AM Than FM + Company Calls + Thaylobleu (Comet Ping Pong)

SUNDAY, 7/30/17

-Lee Bains III & The Glory Fires + The Sniffs + Priors (DC9)
-Belle & Sebastian + Spoon + Andrew Bird + Ex Hex (Merriweather Post Pavilion)
-Jaymes Young + Matt Maeson (Rock & Roll Hotel)


[posted 7.23.17]

Sounds of Secret Stages 2017 #2: Anwar Sadat

Alabama in August is a pretty hot place, and it's not just because of the heat (and the humidity). Secret Stages has been keeping things hot in Birmingham for years, staying true to their mission of showcasing musical talent from across the South (and beyond). This year is no different. If you're free August 4-5, you might just take a jaunt down to Bham to check out this Dixie dandy.

With a maelstrom of ferocious, excoriating fury, Anwar Sadat is more than likely one of the loudest bands to invade Birmingham this year. The Louisville paint peelers keep it nice and chaotic, and more than likely go even further off the rails onstage with their ungodly sonic death rattles. Should be at the top of anyone's list for this year's Secret Stages.  



[posted 7.23.17]

Sounds of Secret Stages 2017 #1: Adam Torres

Alabama in August is a pretty hot place, and it's not just because of the heat (and the humidity). Secret Stages has been keeping things hot in Birmingham for years, staying true to their mission of showcasing musical talent from across the South (and beyond). This year is no different. If you're free August 4-5, you might just take a jaunt down to Bham to check out this Dixie dandy.

First up, the dreamy vocals of Austin's Adam Torres. With falsetto flourishes hither and yon, Torres and his voice carry transformative properties, along with dreams of soft midnight skies and many things remembered. His is a voice that is sure to captivate up close and in person, every face hanging on every note.     



[posted 7.23.17]

Saturday, July 22, 2017

Video of The Day #311: Alvvays

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 not been out all that long, but "In Undertow" is already one of my favorite songs of the year. Admittedly, that makes me a little predisposed to love the video. But in my humble opinion there's nothing like some Alvvays to add some goodness to one's day. Revel in the delightfully wistful, yet ebullient poppy jangle, my friends. And get into the vintage 70s vibes of the video, replete with some saturated colorscapes and visual effects. You may find yourself inspired to pre-order the new record, Antisocialites, which would be a very smart move indeed.   





[posted 7.22.17]

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.



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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.   



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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



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