Monthly Archives: August 2013

Video Vixens: Soup Dragons

Source: Fuzzy Logic

Oh, the 90s. What a decade you were. Full of good music and rather questionable fashion choices. But today, we’ll focus on the good music.

I’ve loved the Soup Dragons song “Divine Thing” since the 90s, though only recently noticed the band was Scottish (it’s no wonder I loved this song so much). A little ditty about a bad, bad girl, given a jangly, hip-shakin’ production that pretty much makes it impossible to ignore. It’s a touch on the baggy side, nodding to the trendy Madchester scene, though it’s definitely a bit too fluffy to be real baggy.

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Live Review: Elephant Stone @ Black Cat, 8/11/13

Source: Fuzzy Logic

How shall I put this? To say I was excited to see Montreal’s Elephant Stone at the Black Cat would be one heck of a massive understatement. They’d managed to elude me, but thankfully the stars finally aligned, and I can now contentedly report that it was well worth the wait.

I was sold pretty much as soon as the band took the stage, strolling out to recorded sitar grooves and a visual display of undulating orange, purple, and green circles. But it wasn’t just a dizzying swirl that got my attention. Over the course of their set, the band ...

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Album Review: The Snowy Owls – Summer EP

Source: Fuzzy Logic

O, the love I have for those Snowy Owls. Undoubtedly some of the finest musician-types in Richmond’s ridiculously fertile scene, the dudes recently unleashed a four-song EP dedicated to summer. Let’s just say that was a good move on their part. The four songs collectively embody the steamy haze of deepest summer, and I expect once fall and winter roll around they’ll sound just as pretty.

Summer, of all seasons, can be the most magical, the rarest of days, but by the same token feels the most like catching lightning in a bottle. It’s here, and it’s gone. To ...

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Who the Heck Is … Empire of the Sun

Source: Express » Music

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Nick Littlemore’s through-the-clouds synths perfectly complement Luke Steele’s falsetto vocals on Empire of the Sun’s second album, “Ice on a Dune,” which dropped in June. Since the release of the Australian electro-pop duo’s hit debut “Walking on a Dream” five years ago, Littlemore, left, and Steele, right, have been on a nonstop world tour.

Synth We Met
The two met in 2000 at a bar in Sydney, which led to collaborations on Littlemore’s rock project Teenager and Steele’s alt-rock band The Sleepy Jackson. The two reunited to work on songs for the dance act Pnau before forming Empire of the ...

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On the Spot: Tom Goss

Source: Express » Music

"Bears” (that’s Goss, above center)  puts D.C. bears in their natural habitats: at barbecues, on Slip ’N Slides and at Town Danceboutique.

“Bears” (that’s Goss, above center) puts D.C. bears in their natural habitats: at barbecues, on Slip ’N Slides and at Town Danceboutique.


D.C. musician Tom Goss was in seminary, studying to become a priest. Then, he discovered bears. The human kind. The burly kind. The gay, male kind. Goss’ EP “Bears” (his seventh disc), released in July, features an ode to the hunky species. The video for the title track went viral, with more than 225,000 views on YouTube so far. Goss performs Saturday at the free closing street party for the NAGAAA Softball World Series; he’ll also play Sept. ...

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Old Time Rock and Woe

Source: Express » Music

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Single-tracking, sequestration, Syria: There’s plenty to be blue about here in the nation’s capital. Check out these acts at the D.C. Blues Festival on Saturday in Rock Creek Park and at least you won’t be cryin’ alone.

1. If you like George ‘Buddy’ Guy, go see Albert Castiglia.
Though salsa-tinged beats occasionally sneak into the mix, Cuban-American axman Albert Castiglia generally sticks to what he does best: straight-ahead electric blues with vocals that are sometimes tortured, sometimes arch.
Sample lyric: “The road to riches is playing guitar / That’s why I’m living inside my car.”(From 2012’s “Living the Dream”)

2. If you like ...

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Modern Girls

Source: Mobtown Studios

listen & download

1 When We’re Dead [Among Wolves]
2 All I Know
3 Shoot
4 Guessing Room
5 Steelhead

A resurrection of 90’s hip-hop and down tempo with melodies reminiscent of 120 Minutes, Modern Girls create a sound that’s both fresh and familiar. Unabashedly wearing their influences on their sleeves, Modern Girls drop beats that make your head nod as thick synths and reverb drenched guitars create layers of sonic bliss.

Eric Bloodsworth – Vocals, Guitar, Keyboards
Micah Huerta – Synths
David Rosario – Drums, Vocals

Produced and mixed by Mat Leffler-Schulman
Engineered by Sean Mercer
Filmed and Edited ...

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We Love Music: The Return of the 80s Dance Party (@ Black Whiskey — 8/31/13)

Source: We Love DC » Music

For many years, the toast of Adams Morgan was a video dance party playing music generally from the 1980s at Heaven and Hell on Thursday nights. The 80s Dance Party eventually came under the management of DJ Neal Keller, calling himself “The Angel,” and promoter Steve Donahoe, who kept it going strong for all that time.

For various reasons, that team eventually parted ways with the club and pursued different nightlife opportunities. But now, they have reunited to bring back the 80s Dance Party as a monthly party on Saturday ...

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*HAPPY KURT VILE DAY* August 28th, 2013! Live @ City Hall #CityHallPresents

Source: Philly Girl About Town

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HAPPY KURT VILE DAY!  Today, August 28th, 2013, Kurt Vile will be handed a token of the city – a Liberty Bell.  The fun begins at 5:15 p.m. for the actual ceremony, and then the performance begins at 5:30 p.m., going until 6:30 p.m., approximately.  The live show and ceremony will both be taking place in the City Hall Courtyard, and the space is limited (first-come, first-serve), and RSVPs are not necessary.  The event this evening is slated to happen rain, or shine, so make sure you bring an umbrella if you still plan to attend.  Kurt Vile's latest album, ...

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It Makes Me Wonder

Source: DC Rocks

Who was Jack the Ripper? What makes Taos hum? Amelia, why did your plane go down? Jimmy Hoffa, where the heck are you? 


Led Zeppelin, did you play the Wheaton Youth Center in 1969? 

Only intrepid film maker Jeff Krulik would dare to try and solve this outstanding mystery of  local rock n roll.  See for yourselves this Friday night at the AFI theater in Silver Spring at the screening of “Led Zeppelin Played Here.” 

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The Winning Ticket: Tommy Keene @ 9:30 Club, 9/13/13

Source: We Love DC » Music

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As a way to say thanks to our loyal readers, We Love DC will be giving away a pair of tickets to a 9:30 Club concert to one lucky reader periodically. Keep your eyes open for opportunities to find out what tickets we’re giving away, and leave a comment for your chance to be the lucky winner!

Today, we are giving away a pair of tickets to see Tommy Keene at the 9:30 Club on Friday, Sept. 13.

The prolific Keene, a DC-area native, has returned with a new album, Excitement at Your Feet, on Second Motion Records. His return ...

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Celebrated Summer Records’ 7 Year Anniversary Show @ Ottobar Tonight

Source: The Baltimore Chop

Tony Pence, we salute you. Aside from being an excellent friend, an outstanding hardcore/punk singer, and an all around admirable human being you are also a top-notch record merchant. We’re stoked to see it’s been seven years now, and we’d show up for any show you booked to celebrate. But as it turns out you’re […]

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Raindeer – Tattoo

Source: Mobtown Studios

Raindeer - Tattoo

Raindeer’s full length debut, Tattoo (Friends Records), is one of the brightest local debut’s in recent memory. While the group, led by Charlie Hughes, had lots of great sounds and textures on their two EPs, now collected as one self-titled album, Tattoo represents a huge step forward in the quality and quantity of hooks. These songs will get stuck in your head in the best way possible.

Stylistically Raindeer seem to possess two distinct personalities. There’s the quirky pop side and there’s the sunny dance side. The sonic textures don’t change that much, synths and guitars make up ...

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Outputmessage – “Heisenberg (Magic Power Mix)” (Official Video)

Source: Blisspop » DC Music

Local artist Outputmessage has been kind enough to share with us the new video for his infectiously melodic track “Heisenberg (Magic Power Mix),” shot right here in the District. The stunning video is directed, filmed and edited by the artist himself and proves that the man is one of multiple talents. You can find the track on Outputmessage’s recent Look at All the Possibilities EP, available at all fine digital music retailers.

 

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Curious?

Source: DC Rocks

 U Street Music Hall is a rock club that you might walk right by if you didn’t know it was there. (I’m not even sure it has a sign.) The club itself is in the basement and has the feel of the dark old 9:30, but it’s bigger with a better space and sound.  Here’s another twist: The U Street folks and the 9:30 crew partnered up a while back to swap spaces now and then. Bands that are bigger than Black Cat, but aren’t quite big enough for the 9:30 Club are a better fit here where the capacity is 500.

Local rockers US ...

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Brandywine Folk Festival begins TODAY! August 23 – 25

Source: One Fan at a Time

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The 2nd annual Brandywine Folk Festival begins today. The festival runs from Friday, August 23rd through Sunday, August 25, 2013. The Brandywine Folk Festival will be held at Anson B. Nixon Park in Kennett Square, PA. The festival s presented by the Brandywine Folk Collective.

This years event will be held at the beautiful Anson B. Nixon Park in Kennett Square, PA. Featuring over 30 national and international acts, dozens of vendors, beer-gardens, and games/activities for kids. The Brandywine Folk Festival aims to unite the unique stylings of many different musicians while creating a family friendly atmosphere, giving back to ...

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Hollywood, Hard Dads @ Windup Space Tonight

Source: The Baltimore Chop

Perhaps the highest compliment that we can pay to HOLLYWOOD is to say that they’ve always been an underrated band. Sure, we could call them a ‘great’ band and say that they ‘totally rock’ and play an ‘awesome live set.’ That’s all true. But it’s also true of half the bands that played at Merriweather […]

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Interview with Dead Fame: DC Deli’s Band of the Month (August)

Source: The Deli Magazine

We need more coverage of Richmond here on DC’s Deli, hands down. I mean, with bands like Dead Fame killing it down there, we know that Richmond continues to reign as one of VA’s best music cities. Dead Fame’s dark wave post-punk sound has been perfected and showcased on their first EP Frontiers (2011,) and a single released early 2013 that you can check out below. Oh, and as mentioned- they are our band of the month with major support from their growing fanbase. We wanted to learn more about the bunch comprised of KC Byrnes (guitar,) Eric Klemen (drums,) ...

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Words by Carrie HooverCherry Poppin’ Daddies crept out like…

Source: DC Decibel

Words by Carrie Hoover

Cherry Poppin’ Daddies crept out like shadows on the Hamilton stage Saturday night.  They weren’t sporting any zoot suits this tour but they were aiming for a riot.  On their first US tour in many years, the Daddies didn’t waste any time rousting the crowd with boogie tunes “Dr. Bones” and “No Mercy for Swine”.  A dedicated group of jitter bugging dancers kept the dance floor hoppin.  Frontman, Steve Perry, was solid and wowed with a strong voice and fancy footwork.  The band almost out shone him, blasting a smokin’ hot brass section, drums, and two guitars.

Through two long sets, ...

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The Winning Ticket: Toad the Wet Sprocket @ 9:30 Club, 11/7/13

Source: We Love DC » Music

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As a way to say thanks to our loyal readers, We Love DC will be giving away a pair of tickets to a 9:30 Club concert to one lucky reader periodically. Keep your eyes open for opportunities to find out what tickets we’re giving away, and leave a comment for your chance to be the lucky winner!

Today, we are giving away a pair of tickets to see Toad the Wet Sprocket at the 9:30 Club on Thursday, Nov. 7.

The California jangle-pop quartet have reformed as a full-time band, put out a single, and vowed to release a ...

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Fort Reno Fans Unite

Source: DC Rocks

What’s the first Fort Reno Concert you remember? A lot of people might say Fugazi, but long before that Fort Reno was happening. For Mark Noone, it was seeing Grin:


I remember seeing Grin at Ft Reno, it might have been 1969 or 1970. I loved Grin. It was late and dark, with possibly 1,000 people there; what a scene. The stage was at the opposite end of the park close to the foot of the hill by the tower. Hippies everywhere. That night I wondered if I would ever play there….”


He did play there- about ten years ...

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Pleasure Curses Latest Video “PNKLKR”

Source: The Deli Magazine

 

DC’s post-punk eletro duo Pleasure Curses have recently released a cleverly creative video from Parisian director Guillaume Thuillier for their synth-wave track "PNKLKR." PC lays down a chill-pop score while life moves in reverse around the actress. Check it out…

See Pleasure Curses live Aug 24 at Comet Ping Pong and Sept 5 at DC9.

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