Monthly Archives: July 2013

Catching Summer Before It Slips Away

Source: DC Rocks

Here I was feeling safely ensconced in the middle of summer, thinking July would never end, and what happens? Someone on the radio starts talking about back to school already,  and the malaise of incomplete reading assignments creeps in. O and it’s almost August- as in tomorrow. That leaves just a little more than 3 weeks of vacation for DC kids and only three Fort Reno concerts left in the season including tomorrow night. The bands are: Stop Worrying and Learn to Love the Bomb, The Sniffs and Nervous Impulse.  Never heard of them? That might be because  Fort Reno ...

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Getting to Know Obeyah

Source: Blisspop » DC Music

Reed Griffith is a man of many talents. He’s a visual artist and member of Urban Artisty, a DJ and producer, and even an instructor on the finer points of electronic music at the Beat Refinery. In the past couple of years, he has consistently been making  both the city and its dance floors move with his high energy blends of Dancehall and Moombahton. This Friday, Reed, who DJs under the name Obeyah, will be manning the decks at the U Street Music Hall tent at the Mad Decent Block Party for what is easily going to be one of the year’s ...

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U Hall BBQ Stage at 9:32/Mad Decent Block Party

Source: Blisspop » DC Music

This Friday, August 2, U Street Music Hall hosts a stage of some of the finest DJs in town at Merriweather Post Pavilion’s Mad Decent Block Party. Be sure to stop by the U Hall BBQ Stage at the 9:32 Bar for local Moombahton, Trap, Bass and, of course, delicious BBQ! Lineup includes BILLY THE GENT of Gent & Jawns, NACEY of Misun, STEVE STARKS, OBEYAH, HYX & HOUSTON, RANSOM, WEII, LEMZ, REZ, NATURE RAGE and JON KWEST. Get to know the artists and check out a few of their mini-mixes below!

NACEY (Misun) 
https://soundcloud.com/nacey
Baltimore native Nacey began writing and producing music as a teenager, eventually relocating to Washington, ...

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Show Review: Black Horse Motel, New Sweden, The Gallerist at Milkboy Coffee (7/27)

Source: One Fan at a Time

Black Horse Motel

Saturday night must have been folk rock night at Milkboy Coffee (Ardmore) because all three bands on the bill seemed to embody that genre in some way.  The Gallerist–I had never seen that band before that night but I really enjoyed their set.  It was great music and the night was off to a great start.  Then New Sweden played and somehow this band too had managed to dodge my music seeking radar.  Man, I often feel cheated when I think that I’m discovering a band late.  I also feel that someone should have told me how good New ...

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Trillectro: “A Sweet Spot Where Cultures Converge”

Source: Blisspop » DC Music

Ready for fall? Let’s end DC’s summer with a bang, together, as cultures converge. The second annual Trillectro festival will be held on August 17th right here in the Nation’s capital, bringing ladies and gents of all walks of life together to celebrate rhythm in all its forms–from old-school Hip-Hop to high-energy Electro. With this lineup, who knows what’s in store.

The diverse roster includes DC’s very own Moombahton ambassadors Nadastrom, Trap master Carnage, Frite Nite label boss Salva, DC & VA-based DJs and producers Gent & Jawns, LA’s chillwave viber Goldroom, DJ, Producer and food adventurist  ...

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Mad Decent Block Party Ticket Giveaway!

Source: DC Decibel

We have 2 tickets up for grabs for the Mad Decent Block Party at Merriweather Post Pavilion this Friday! This year’s lineup is crazy, with Major Lazer and Zeds Dead headlining and personal favorites Anamanaguchi, Skream, SBTRKT, and Griz supporting (full lineup below).Attendees should be sure to pack their camelbacks, shutter shades, and firm grasps on reality before heading to this day-long grime-fest.

Email tickets@citydecibel.com or enter in the giveaways portion of DCDECIBEL for your chance to win! Winners will be announced Tuesday at 5.  In the meantime, here’s a Spotify Playlist to get you pumped.

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Shows This Week: Jul 29 – Aug 4, 2013

Source: One Fan at a Time

Shows

Shows This Week: Jul 29 – Aug 4, 2013

07/31/13: Kwesi Kankam – Gunners Run (Philadelphia, PA)
07/31/13: Our Griffins – Johnny Brenda’s (Philadelphia, PA)
07/31/13: Psalmships, Brad Hinton – Mermaid Inn (Chestnut Hill, PA)
07/31/13: Toy Soldiers – Anson B Nixon Park (Kennett Square, PA)

08/01/13: The Doublewides – Dawson Street Pub (Philadelphia, PA) | CD Release Party!
08/01/13: The Barren Wells, Manatawny Creek Ramblers – Steal Your Fest (Shartlesville, PA)
08/01/13: Illinois, Crow vs Lion – Puck Live (Doylestown, PA)
08/01/13: Psalmships, Brad Hinton – Random Tea Room (Philadelphia, PA)

08/02/13: Illinois – Hard ...

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Show Review: Ben Arnold, Tom Gillam, Scott Bricklin at Gorgas Park (7/25)

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GorgasPark_07-25-13

Gorgas Park has a beautiful gazebo that makes an excellent stage for a summer concert.  For the past few summers I’ve been enjoying the Ben Arnold night of the Gorgas Park Summer Concert Series.  Seeing Ben Arnold play Gorgas Park has become a summer tradition, and this past Thursday night (July 25, 2013) the tradition continued.

I’m a fan of Ben Arnold’s music which is why I’ve been going to his Gorgas Park shows.  And sitting in a park on a picture perfect summer evening listening to live music is awfully enticing.  So, if you ever have a chance ...

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The Lumineers played their biggest crowd yet at Merriweather…

Source: DC Decibel

The Lumineers played their biggest crowd yet at Merriweather Post Pavilion Friday night in Columbia MD. They kicked off with Submarines and closed with Big Parade. During their radio hit Ho Hey, they felt the glow of all the cellphone cameras popping up and asked everyone to put their phones away and actually just enjoy it live.

The whole band left the stage and came up to the alley between the seats and the lawn and performed a few quick numbers amongst the people.

It was a terrific show and the crowd ate up every minute of it.
Andy ...

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BLISS w/ Tiga, Daniel Avery, Nautiluss & Pentamon

Source: Blisspop » DC Music

This Saturday evening promises to be chock full of groove as BLISS hosts its Turbo Recordings night at U Street Music Hall. Featuring Turbo founder Tiga, labelmates Daniel Avery & Nautiluss, and DC’s very own Pentamon, the event is guaranteed to please. Rugs will be cut, floors will be torn and hands shall find themselves amiss in the air as one of dance music’s finest crews brings the raucous to the District.

TIGA
http://www.tiga.ca/
Prior to founding Turbo Recordings and embarking on a successful solo career, Tiga was a key figure in establishing the Montreal rave scene in the early 90s. ...

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DC Rocks’ Garden Report and Dad’s Summer Sandwich

Source: DC Rocks

I heard about this sandwich on the radio. It’s a finalist in NPR’s “Taste of Summer Contest,” and the description sounded so good I had to give it a try.  Thanks to buckets of rain in July, my garden here in Washington is holding its own this year, so I had cucumbers and tomatoes ready to go on the counter, and an onion and cheese nearby. And peanut butter. Yes, crunchy peanut butter to be exact. That threw me I have to admit, but I followed the recipe exactly, having heard the stacking order makes all the difference, and yes, ...

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The Cream Channel

Source: DC Rocks

Hey Gigahertz ! Where have you been? I hear through the grapevine (i.e. Dan Hovey) that you are making a new CD. Hope it’s as good as the last one. I remember driving around Ward Circle, and Mark Noone thought I was playing a Clapton CD. (True story) Go see for yourself: Gigahertz will be alive and kicking at Rio Center this Friday 6-9 p.m. in Gaithersburg. (think 270 )

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We Love Music: YES @ Warner Theatre – 7/24/13

Source: We Love DC » Music

Progressive rock band Yes stopped at the Warner Theatre Wednesday night, taking the very crowded hall on a journey through mystical rock symphonies that usually ended with a roaring standing ovation from their admirers.

Seriously, there was so much energy among the audience, which largely behaved and listened attentively while Yes revisited three classic albums — Close to the Edge, Going for the One and The Yes Album (in that order). But particularly toward the end of the show for the classic “I’ve Seen All Good People,” the audience could no longer contain itself and broke out into dancing ...

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To WIn or Not to Win?

Source: DC Rocks

You could get a couple of lawn tickets to the O.A.R. show at Merriweather Post for  about $70 plus all those annoying service charges, or you could show up at the box office, drop your name, and get in for free. How?  Send an email and to enter DC ROCKS’ contest hat. Just write to:  dcrocksblog@gmail.com. Put “OAR tix” in the subject and say howdy in the message. Your chances to win are astronomically good. Contest ends July 26.

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GIVEAWAY :: Shark Week :: Baby Maybe video + Show at 9 ::30 Club w/ Black Clouds, Warchild, Typefighter

Source: Newdust » DC

Local DC band Shark Week is appearing at the 9:30 Club on 7/27 as part of a larger show that also features Black Clouds, Warchild, Typefighter, True Head, Highway Cross, and Blackout Djs. Tickets are $15 (brag ’em HERE), but could also be FREE if you win our giveaway! In honor of the band’s homage… View Article

GIVEAWAY :: Shark Week :: Baby Maybe video + Show at 9 ::30 Club w/ Black Clouds, Warchild, Typefighter

Source: Newdust » DC

Local DC band Shark Week is appearing at the 9:30 Club on 7/27 as part of a larger show that also features Black Clouds, Warchild, Typefighter, True Head, Highway Cross, and Blackout Djs. Tickets are $15 (brag ’em HERE), but could also be FREE if you win our giveaway! In honor of the band’s homage… View Article

Hot Ticket: YES @ Warner Theatre, 7/24/13

Source: We Love DC » Music

Yes (Photo by Rob Shanahan)

Yes (Photo by Rob Shanahan)

Progressive rock band YES is on an ambitious tour of the United States, performing three classic albums in their entirety in a number of shows, including a stop tonight at the Warner Theatre in DC.

In one concert, the band will perform their highly regarded albums, The Yes Album, Close to the Edge and Going for the One. The band is hitting the road with much of its classic lineup, including bassist Chris Squire, guitarist Steve Howe, drummer Alan White, and keyboardist Geoff Downes. Joined by new singer Jon Davison, they have been selling out ...

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Yippee It’s Free

Source: DC Rocks

My last posting lauded the smaller club as my favorite venue, but a close second is the great outdoors. Here in DC we have the eclectic little rock concerts at Fort Reno and the bigger shows at Carter Barron, but there are free concerts all over the place including this humdinger: Troublefunk at Strathmore coming up this Wednesday.

And speaking of things al fresco, I’ve got two lawn tickets to give away to the O.A.R. concert at Merriweather Post Pavillion on the first of August. I have no idea what this band is about, but they started off in Rockville ...

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New Order Ticket Giveaway!

Source: DC Decibel

New Order is coming to Merriweather Post Pavilion July 28th and we have two tickets up for grabs! Not only that, but DFA Records sweethearts Holy Ghost! are opening! 

For a chance at the tickets, send a link of your favorite Joy Division/New Order or Holy Ghost! song to tickets@citydecibel.com.

May the best fan win!

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Beer Me

Source: DC Rocks



I often tell people I write about small clubs and local bands because I don’t like paying a forkload of money to watch a big act on an even bigger screen in a cavernous venue where I can barely see the musicians on stage. In smaller places you just might find yourself eye to eye with the performers, and most of the musicians I know would be thrilled if you went so far as to buy them a beer or say thank you for playing their asses off for an audience of three, which would be you and those two gear ...

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