Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Video Of The Day #234: Dude York

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.

Seattle's Dude York has a kind of irresistible charm, especially when it comes to "Love Is." The trio showcases their feisty, sweetly 90s-esque rock racket with aplomb, and the video lands the band smack dab into a timewarp of a set that feels like the middle ground between high school prom and late night public access channel. Seriously, what's not to love?  






[posted 2.28.17]

Sounds of Savannah Stopover 2017 #1: Kane Strang

The start of festival season is once again upon us, and one of the first fests of the season has turned into one of the finest. Capitalizing on its location in the path of many SXSW-bound bands, Savannah Stopover's 2017 lineup looks incredibly tempting. If I was going down there myself, these are the bands I'd just about move heaven and earth to try to see. And if you're free between March 9-11, why not head on down to Savannah and see what all the fuss is about for yourself?

First up, a look at the Stopover act very probably traveling the furthest to get to Savannah, New Zealand's Kane Strang. Kane and co. concoct weird and wonderful, ever so slightly aloof psych nuggets that at times cruise along with the unflinching certainty of heavy 90s riffs, while other songs are wonderfully wintry and taut. The Strang gang should very definitely be on the to-see list of festivalgoers.      




[posted 2.28.17]

Monday, February 27, 2017

Video Of The Day #233: Gabriella Cohen

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.

Take a moment to check out this video for Gabriella Cohen's "Beaches," won't you? The song hits so many deliciously fuzzed, wanderlustful psych pop notes, and the video is rather scenic too. Cohen's jangling hints at Velvet Underground Sunday Mornings, and the song is so very daydreamy. Sweet dance moves, too, y'all. Keep your eye out for the reissue of Cohen's Full Closure and No Details, released by Captured Tracks on March 3.   






[posted 2.27.17]

Sunday, February 26, 2017

On The Road Again: Beach House

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

I feel pretty confident saying that Beach House puts on one of the best live shows around. The Baltimore dreamers put an emphasis on entertaining, and being able to see them live is a treat indeed. If you have yet to see them, you can thank your lucky stars (see what I did there?) because the duo has recently announced a clutch of dates here and abroad. You never know, perhaps you'll even hear some new tunes. If you're in their trajectory, consider going. Trust me.

BEACH HOUSE LIVE DATES

Mar. 29 - Wilmington, DE - World Cafe Live
Mar. 30 - Lancaster, PA - Chameleon Club
Apr. 01 - Mexico City, MX - Ceremonia Festival
May 24 - Charlotte, NC - Neighborhood Theatre
May 26 - Orlando, FL - Beacham Theatre
May 27 - Ft. Lauderdale, FL - The Revolution
May 28 - Ponte Vedra, FL - Ponte Vedra Concert Hall
May 30 - Athens, GA - Georgia Theatre
May 31 - Knoxville, TN - Mill & Mine
Jun. 02 - New York, NY - Governor's Ball
Aug. 11 - Copenhagen, DK - Haven
Aug. 18 - Parades de Coura, PT - Parades de Coura Festival





[posted 2.26.17]

The Week In Shows: 2/27/17-3/5/17

A Sunday in late winter that feels like Sunday in late winter 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!

Ah, the joys of global warming. I'm sure we've all enjoyed that little burst of spring, but winter is back (at least, for a day or so). Don't tell the cherry blossoms, though, they're already starting to pop up. And now, without further ado, here's a look at some of the shows I happen to recommend for the coming week in the DC metro.

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, 2/27/17

-Japandroids + Craig Finn & The Uptown Controllers (9:30 Club - SOLD OUT)
-Frontier Ruckus + Cabin Creek (DC9)
-The Superweaks + No Thank You + Cokestar (Comet Ping Pong)
-The Body + Technophobia + Radiator Greys + Mr. Ranier (Black Cat - a portion of the proceeds to benefit Planned Parenthood)
-Lenclair + The Baker's Basement (Galaxy Hut)
-Airpark + The Dawn Drapes (Jammin Java)

TUESDAY, 2/28/17

-Japandroids + Craig Finn & The Uptown Controllers (9:30 Club)
-William Matheny & The Strange Constellations + The Paranoid Style + Wylder (DC9)

WEDNESDAY, 3/1/17

-Moving Units + Viktor Fiction + Soviet (DC9)
-The English Beat (9:30 Club)

THURSDAY, 3/2/17

-Jesca Hoop + Bailen (Jammin Java)
-Mako + Color Palette (U Street Music Hall)

FRIDAY, 3/3/17

-Turtle Recall + Run Come See + The North Country (Black Cat)

SATURDAY, 3/4/17

-Bellows + Foozle + Palette (Comet Ping Pong)
-Ben Sollee + Happy Abandon (Rock & Roll Hotel)

SUNDAY, 3/5/17

-The Flaming Lips + clipping. (9:30 Club - SOLD OUT)
-POTTY MOUTH + PARTYBABY + Tennis System (DC9)
-The Dig + Communist Daughter (Black Cat)


[posted 2.26.17]

Good Cover Version: Beach Slang does Jesus & Mary Chain

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.

There's an anticipatory air coursing through Beach Slang's cover of the Jesus & Mary Chain classic "Sometimes Always." Expectant, almost. An open-ended answer to a question. The Philly band stays fairly true to the original's blueprint of girl-boy vocals and scuffed jangle, adding their own winsome, honeyed charms to this early 1990s nugget.   




[posted 2.26.17]

Video Of The Day #232: The Datsuns

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 hard to believe this video is 15 years old, because it still resonates as loudly as it did back in 2002. With "Harmonic Generator" New Zealand's The Datsuns flexed their retro rock muscle, all big riffs and swagger and vocal  machismo. Guest vocals were courtesy the ladies of Detroit's The Von Bondies. The video for the song is an assault on the eyes with bold, bright color and beer goggle effects. All told, as far as I'm concerned this video is a modern classic. 





[posted 2.26.17]

Friday, February 24, 2017

Video Of The Day #231: The Rakes

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

For some reason, I've been sentimentally remembering bands of old. Bands that are no longer with us, and bands that for a brief, shining moment were the apples of my eye. Before they dropped off into the music ether, that is. The Rakes, for example, were massive favorites of mine in the early Naughties. 

The electric jolt of "Strasbourg" really demonstrates just what made The Rakes so magnetic to yours truly. Put front fellow Alan Donohoe's alternating shoutiness/smooth velvetiness alongside those relentless, buzzing guitars and the end result is just over two and a half minutes of magic. I listened to this song more times that I could ever possibly count. Those were the days, my friends. Those were the days.    





[posted 2.24.17]

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Video Of The Day #230: Tashaki Miyaki

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.

Directed by James Franco, the video for Tashaki Miyaki's breathless, swaggering "Girls On T.V." takes the idea of a midnight neon cowgirl and runs with it. The mesmeric, mockingly narcissistic ("I didn't hear a word you said/but I love Kurt Cobain" etc.) vocals and down and dirty strumming are right at home against the dizzying light effects. And really, who hasn't wanted to stroll down the LA streets wearing a psuedo-Nudie suit and strands of lights? Get in the mood for the band's upcoming release (The Dream is out April 7) with repeated listening/viewing.   






[posted 2.23.17]

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Video Of The Day #229: Gurr

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've talked about a Gurr video before, and this video for "#1985" deserves some attention as well. These Berlin-based babes pull together some taut, wiry, rough around the edges jangle with some impeccable pop undertones, making this an altogether irresistible listen. But the video, with its sarcastic look at our collective selfish social-media over-sharing, is pretty dynamite too.    






[posted 2.19.17]

Newsflash!: Win Tickets to Japandroids @ 9:30 Club, 2/28/17

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.

Everyone's favorite French girl French-kissers from Vancouver, Japandroids, are touring their latest record, Near to The Wild Heart of Life, and are stopping in DC for not one but two shows at the 9:30 Club. The first night, 2/27, is sold out. But don't despair, my little rays of sunshine.  

I've got a pair of tickets to their 2/28 show at the 9:30 Club, and they can be all yours! To win, tell me your favorite Japandroids song and the why behind this favoritism. 

Fine print: Contest is for two (2) tickets to this show. Contest closes at noon Eastern on Sunday, 2/26/17.

Best of luck to you, my little loves!




[posted 2.19.17]

The Week In Shows: 2/20/17-2/26/17

A faux spring kind of Sunday morning seems as good a time as any to plot ones weekly live music schedule, I think. Let's take a look at what's happening in the greater DC metro this week, shall we? Hot diggity!

It was a rough week, friends, but the appearance of a fake spring for a few days does wonders. It also makes for excellent show-going weather! And now, without further ado, here's a look at some of the shows I happen to recommend for the coming week in the DC metro.

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, 2/20/17

-Woodgrove + Nevin Kight (Galaxy Hut)

TUESDAY, 2/21/17

-Black Joe Lewis & The Honeybears + Dams of The West (9:30 Club)
-Death by Unga Bunga + Plastic Nancy (DC9)
-Foster Carrots + Sun Organ + Clasp + Aerial View (Comet Ping Pong)
-John Doe (X) (Jammin Java)

WEDNESDAY, 2/22/17

-Hamilton Leithauser + Lucy Dacus (Rock & Roll Hotel - SOLD OUT)
-River Whyless + Mail the Horse (DC9)
-PALM + Horse Lords + Dove Lady (Songbyrd Music House)

THURSDAY, 2/23/17

-Vallis Alps + Matt Maeson (DC9 - SOLD OUT)
-Pissed Jeans + Hand Grenade Job (Black Cat)
-George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic (Howard Theatre)
-No Joy + Raindeer + Shinji (Metro Gallery, Baltimore - Worth the Drive)

FRIDAY, 2/24/17

-The Griswolds + Dreamers + Wylder (U Street Music Hall - SOLD OUT)
-Tove Lo + Phoebe Ryan (9:30 Club - SOLD OUT)
-Julie Byrne + Baby Bry Bry (Songbyrd Music House)
-BOAT BURNING's "Music for Hallways" (MLK Library)

SATURDAY, 2/25/17

-Cryfest Cure vs. Smiths Dance Party (Black Cat)

SUNDAY, 2/26/17

-MUNA + Lo Moon (DC9 - SOLD OUT)
-Leopold and His Fiction + Wanted Man + Kid Brother (Black Cat)
-Greenland + Two Inch Astronaut (Galaxy Hut)
-David Duchovny (Birchmere)


[posted 2.19.17]

Friday, February 17, 2017

Singles Club: RAAVE TAPES + French Vanilla + Imaginary People

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.

In the brash vein of Death From Above 1979, Aussies RAAVE TAPES wreak more than a little havoc in their "2 U xoxo." A diabolically perfect storm that's perfect for blasting through your speakers.  



From the land of movie stars comes French Vanilla, fiery and tempestuous art punk with a much-needed feminist edge. "Anti-Aging Global Warming" is full of dissonant art punk, with a lean, off-kilter rhythm and insolent lady vocals.  



There's a definite theatrical quality to Imaginary People's "Fresh Kill," not to mention a bit of macabre brazenness. With scene-stealing vocals and a sense of impending doom, this is quite a spine-chillingly good show from these New Yorkers.  




[posted 2.17.17]

Video Of The Day #228: Tempesst

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.

Get inspired for your weekend with the seriously sassy dance moves in this cheeky little clip from Tempesst. Channeling vibes from both the 70s and 80s, the band's self-directed video boasts a solid sense of humor. As for the song itself, the psych pop "Sunflower Lady" is one of those "notice me, o beautiful one" efforts, an outlandish ode to a modern day Helen.   







[posted 2.17.17]

Good Cover Version: Yumi Zouma Does Oasis

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.

(What's The Story) Morning Glory? was one of my most favorite records as a starry-eyed teenage girl. It's safe to say I was infatuated with Oasis, and infatuated with those songs. Naturally, my ears perked up when it came to my attention that New Zealand's Yumi Zouma was going to be covering this classic in its entirety for SOUNDS DELICIOUS. Their treatment of "She's Electric" takes the song from the cheeky chappie, almost nursery rhyme puppy love shenanigans to smoldering shoegaze pop with incandescent lady vocals. Very well done indeed.     




[posted 2.17.17]

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Video Of The Day #227: Lea Porcelain

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.

If "Bones" is any indication, Lea Porcelain's debut record (due out this summer) is going to be fantastic. Reminiscent of the softer edges of early New Order, the song's cinematic synth machinations find a fitting visual home in the gorgeously shot video. 






[posted 2.16.17]

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Video Of The Day #226: Honeyblood

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.

"Babes Never Die" is the kind of song that, had it existed back when yours truly was an undergrad, would totally have been one of my life anthems, soundtracking those endless late nights when I should have been hitting the books and too often ended up having some kind of adventure with friends. Glasgow gals Honeyblood light a firecracker with this one, an effervescent yet defiant effort, and the video captures not only the dizzying rush of the song itself but the whirlwind of touring as well. Really rather recommended.   





[posted 2.15.17]

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Singles Club - Valentine's Day Edition: Magnetic Fields + Beach Boys + Daniel Johnston

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.

When you get right down to it, your humble blogstress is a little bit of a softie. I am not immune to love, despite the best efforts of my cold black heart. In celebration of that crazy little thing called love, I wanted to share with you three of my most favorite love songs from The Magnetic Fields, The Beach Boys, and Daniel Johnston. I find these songs to be so poignant that they've all been known to bring a tear to my eye. They all capture the whirlwind that is love - from all-consuming passion to the occasional awkwardness. As with the best music, these three call to mind memories and a cavalcade of feelings. Enjoy, and make sure you've got a hanky handy.
  






[posted 2.14.17]

Monday, February 13, 2017

Video Of The Day #225: Misty Coast

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 dreamy, gossamer psych pop of Norway's Misty Coast is rather hard to resist. Ethereal and delicate, "Heavy Head on A Body" is quite the little charmer. The video for the song sees the duo adventuring through an unidentified Asian city (Tokyo, perhaps). Crowded urban scenes and countless neon signs prove a counterbalance to the spun sugar kiss of the song. Simply lovely.   





[posted 2.13.17]

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Singles Club: Strand of Oaks + Jesus & Mary Chain + Ela Minus

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.

Y'all know how smitten I am with Strand of Oaks, and with "Rest of It" Mr. Showalter lets loose on some good old, hard to resist Americana-infused honest rock and roll. A nice little jam to kick out, if I do say so myself.
  


Just in case you haven't heard, the legendary Scots that launched hundreds of bands, The Jesus & Mary Chain, will be releasing a new record in March. "Always Sad" continues their string of perfectly fuzzed 60s pop noise and serves as a lovely little appetizer to get you ready for what's to come.




Gabriela Jimeno, AKA Ela Minus, describes her "Ceremony" as being "about getting bored of the unceremonious world we live in." While I would agree with her that her inspiration is right on, it's hard to be bored with this delightfully fizzy, sweetly synthy nugget.



[posted 2.12.17]

Newsworthy: 2/12/17

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

It's a big day for Prince fans, as Warner Brothers has (finally) allowed his music from the WB era to be shared via streaming services. Everything should be available by 5 PM Pacific Time today. From Chairman & CEO Cameron Strang: 


"Prince recorded his most influential and popular music during his time with Warner Bros. and we are deeply aware of our responsibility to safeguard and nurture his incredible legacy. Warner Bros. is thrilled to be able to bring Prince's music to his millions of fans around the world via streaming services, fittingly on music's biggest night. We'd like to thank Prince's estate, Universal Music Publishing, the Grammy Awards and all of the streaming services for their great collaboration in making this landmark event possible.

"We're also pleased to announce our plan to release the remaster of Prince's most iconic album,
Purple Rain, along with two incredible albums of previously unreleased Prince music and two complete concert films from the Paisley Park vault on June 9.

"When we make any of Prince's music available to fans - from the hits to unreleased gems - we are committed to upholding Prince's high creative standards and we know fans will be thrilled when they hear these albums and see these films."



Vancouver vixens The Courtneys announced they'll be extending their North American tour (with Jay Som), which is pretty good news. These ladies are the first non-New Zealand act signed to Flying Nun, meaning they're pretty special indeed. Full dates listed here.

3/14: Vancouver, BC @ The Biltmore
3/16: Calgary, AB @ Broken City
3/17: Edmonton, AB @ Brixx Bar & Grill
3/18: Saskatoon, SK @ Amigos Cantina
3/19: Winnipeg, CA @ The Good Will
3/20: Fargo, ND @ The Aquarium
3/21: Madison, WI @ The Frequency ^
3/22: Minneapolis, MN @ 7th St Entry ^
3/23: Milwaukee, WI @ Cactus Club ^
3/24: Chicago, IL @ Schubas ^
3/25: Cleveland, OH @ Mahall's ^
3/27: Montreal, QC @ Bar le Ritz
3/26: Toronto, ON @ The Garrison ^
3/28: Allston, MA @ The Great Scott ^
3/29: Brooklyn, NY @ Baby's All Right ^
3/31: Philadelphia, PA @ Boot & Saddle ^
4/1: Washington, DC @ DC9 ^
4/2: Pittsburgh, PA @ Cattivo
4/4: Omaha, NE @ Milk Run
4/6: Denver, CO @ Lost Lake City ^
4/7: Salt Lake City, UT @ Kilby Court ^
4/8: Boise, ID @ Neurolux ^
4/10: Portland, OR @ Doug Fir ^
4/11: Vancouver, BC @ The Cobalt ^
4/12: Seattle, WA @ The Crocodile ^
4/14: San Francisco, CA @ Brick & Mortar
4/15: Los Angeles, CA @ Resident

^ - w/ Jay Som



And finally, with political vultures circling all over the place pretty much all the time, Boston's Run for Cover Records is pledging to continue their good works with their Rally for Change initiative. Having raised over $30,000 for crucial organizations like Planned Parenthood and the ACLU last year, the label is going to donate 25 cents from each purchase through their RFC webstore to a charity, giving to a different group each month to spread the love. Head on over and peruse the shop to help do good and make your ears happy while you do it.



[posted 2.12.17]

Singles Club: Oak House + Saw Black + GEMS

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.

From that musical hotbed of Athens, Georgia, Oak House's "Esque" is a study in musical magpie-ism. But it's definitely a focused, controlled chaos. Listen many times, as you'll hear something new each time.
  


Richmond's Saw Black bears a distinct similarity to Neil Young, both in terms of vocal tone and that feeling of listening to a treasured, dusty classic. "Azalea Days" is a beauty, torn and frayed and coming apart at the seams just so.  



With breakup wounds still fresh, the GEMS twosome takes on the rawness of a Valentine's Day without your former amor. Inspired by the heartbreak of finding old Valentines and other love tokens, the back and forth of the hers & his delivery is backed by tension and a bevy of buoyant beats.



[posted 2.12.17]

On The Road Again: The Black Angels + A Place To Bury Strangers

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

You really can't go wrong seeing The Black Angels and A Place To Bury Strangers live. But having these two excellent bands on the same bill? My compliments to whoever made it happen. If you've got a hankering for some incredibly loud, hypnotic psych rock with bite and some incredibly loud, shambolic noise rock, I encourage you to see this dynamic duo on their impending tour. Both bands will undoubtedly have new material to unleash, which means can't-miss shows. 

Just don't forget to bring at least one pair of earplugs. Trust me. 

THE BLACK ANGELS + A PLACE TO BURY STRANGERS TOUR DATES 

Wed., 4/26 – Nashville, TN @ Basement East
Thu., 4/27 – Knoxville, TN @ The Mill & Mine
Fri., 4/28 – Atlanta, GA @ Variety Playhouse
Sat., 4/29 – Asheville, NC @ The Orange Peel
Sun., 4/30 – Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club
Tue., 5/2 – Brooklyn, NY @ Brooklyn Steel
Thu., 5/4 – Philadelphia, PA @ Union Transfer
Fri., 5/5 – Boston, MA @ Paradise Rock Club
Sat., 5/6 – Toronto, CA @ Danforth Music Hall
Sun., 5/7 – Detroit, MI @ St. Andrew’s Hall
Tue., 5/9 – Cincinnati, OH @ The Woodward Theater
Wed., 5/10 – Columbus, OH @ Newport Music Hall
Thu., 5/11 – Chicago, IL @ Thalia Hall
Fri., 5/12 – Minneapolis, MN @ First Avenue
Sat., 5/13 – Madison, WI @ Majestic Theatre
Mon., 5/15 – St. Louis, MI @ Delmar Hall
Tue., 5/16 – Kansas City, KS @ Madrid Theatre
Thu., 5/18 – Houston, TX @ White Oak Music Hall
Fri., 5/19 – Dallas, TX @ Granada Theater
Sat., 5/20 – Austin, TX @ Stubb’s BBQ





[posted 2.12.17]

Video Of The Day #224: Fufanu

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.

Given that "Liability" comes from an album called Sports, the snarky sporting-themed video isn't necessarily a surprise. Be that as it may, I was pleasantly surprised by Iceland's Fufanu themselves, both in terms of their deadpan delivery in the video but primarily in the magnetic attraction of their sounds. In "Liability," a dark, slinking electropop crackles along under the sinuous tension of the controlled guitar jangling, and it's a heck of a winning combination.
     




[posted 2.12.17]

The Week In Shows: 2/13/17-2/19/17

Yet another overcast, blah kind of Sunday 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!

Life is giving us plenty of lemons these days, my friends. We must all do what we need to do in terms of keeping our sanity. May I suggest venturing out to see some live music? Perhaps some of these very shows? Seeing as it's Valentine's Day this week, why not take your sweetheart to see a show? And now, without further ado, here's a look at some of the shows I happen to recommend for the coming week in the DC metro.

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, 2/13/17

-Parquet Courts + Mary Lattimore (9:30 Club)
-July Talk + Mona + Little Junior (DC9 - SOLD OUT)

TUESDAY, 2/14/17

-Chad America's 18th Annual Rock & Roll Dance Party (Black Cat)
-Rick Astley (9:30 Club - SOLD OUT)

WEDNESDAY, 2/15/17

-Foxhall Stacks + Dot Dash (DC9)
-The Radio Dept + Germans (Black Cat)

THURSDAY, 2/16/17

-Soft Fangs + The Colorines + Keeper (Comet Ping Pong)
-Names + The Red Fetish (DC9)

FRIDAY, 2/17/17

-Cashmere Cat (9:30 Club)
-Sean Barna + Paperhaus + Redline Graffiti (Rock & Roll Hotel)
-Big Gigantic + Keys N Krates + Brasstracks (Echostage)
-Mickey Avalon (U Street Music Hall)
-Open City + Teenage Halloween + Mallwalkers + Fauna (Comet Ping Pong)
-Arlo Guthrie (The Birchmere)

SATURDAY, 2/18/17

-Hand Habits (Songbyrd Music House)
-Lee Fields & The Expressions + The Shacks (Rock & Roll Hotel)
-Meat Wave + Collider + Chill Parents (Comet Ping Pong)
-Arlo Guthrie (The Birchmere)

SUNDAY, 2/19/17

-The Deadmen + Special Guest (Benefit for No One Left Behind) (9:30 Club)
-Lemuria + Cayetana + Mikey Erg (Black Cat)
-The Delarcos + Spidercake (Galaxy Hut)


[posted 2.12.17]

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Live Review: Austra @ Black Cat, 1/28/17

Intrepid mysterious special guest star The Paper went in search of good sounds at the Austra show, and the following is what transpired.

White tape in the shape of letters was placed on the sides of Ela Minus' keyboard and synths. They read "Bright music for dark times." Much to my dismay, I only caught the tail end of her set due to circumstances outside of my control. Her chill music and those auspicious words foreshadowed things to come.

Austra's performance was literally bright. Various types of lights adorned the stage. The diverse colors and dance-inducing intensities complemented the electropop music in perfect tandem. Such production was a treat given most shows I frequent that incorporate lighting usually consists of hanging Christmas lights or the occasional lighted candle.

On tour in support of their new record, the band introduced the new songs to an enthusiastic crowd. In fact, a couple in the front row would shriek happily each time they recognized a song and sang along to each other while holding hands. Their gestures added a much needed sweetness to the show's ambience. Halfway into the hour-long set, the band launched into older songs and the already boisterous crowd responded rapturously. There is certainly comfort in nostalgia. The same goes for music as well. The electric bass drum shaped like a disc sounded exactly like its acoustic counterpart and achieved its mission in driving all heads to nod. Thanks to Mitski, my favorite part was the bass line. Gutteral and steady, it compelled one to fall deeper into its tender embrace with each passing beat.

For over an hour, Austra offered a welcoming and upbeat refuge from the darkness outside. It reminded me of the saying that for there to be light, there must be darkness.



[words and photo of Austra by The Paper]

[posted 2.9.17]

Video Of The Day #223: Goldfrapp

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've loved Goldfrapp for well over a decade now, so a new video of theirs will always make me happy. Ahead of the March release of their seventh long player Silver Eye the band has unleashed this video for "Anymore." Filmed on a volcanic island, the cinematography is gorgeous. The choreography is quite interesting. And the elastic slink of the song itself is true Goldfrapp: impossibly catchy and inherently, undeniably sexy.     



[posted 2.9.17]

Sunday, February 5, 2017

Singles Club: Flora Cash + Roadkill Ghost Choir + Loose Buttons

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.

Scandi sweethearts Flora Cash take a dreamy, gossamer-vocaled stance with their music with a message. "Nothing Lasts Forever (And It's Fine)" endeavors to celebrate the here and now, prettily reminding us to stop and smell the roses. Listening to their slow motion moment, it's easy to spend a few minutes smiling.



The same shades that haunt The War on Drugs seem to also follow the Roadkill Ghost Choir, whose earnest swells of synth-kissed noise shimmer with a muted kaleidoscope of memories. In "Classics (Die Young)," the Floridians unleash the bittersweetest of catchy songs, a hybrid of the stark inescapability of the best 80s synthpop gems with an underlying honest Americana. A fantastic listen.



New Yorkers Loose Buttons take a page out of the Arctic Monkeys at their peak with the introspectively gloomy post-breakup ditty "Between Brick Walls." Between the liquid lounge melt of the vocals to the jaunty bounding of the rhythm section, there's a certain undeniable electricity about this song.



[posted 2.5.17]

Video Of The Day #222: Warhaus

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 wry, wrong side of dawn vibes of the Warhaus song "Machinery" provide fodder for both the optimistic and the downtrodden. The video, directed by Willy Vanderperre, is a stylish half-full/half-empty scene, one wonders whether Maarten Devoldere sings with promise or with resignation. Either way, it's a perfect watch as we wind the weekend down to the inevitability of another Monday morning.  





[posted 2.5.17]