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Video of The Day #391: Monster Rally

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Video of The Day #391: Monster Rally

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 love a good plot twist, and the video for Monster Rally‘s “Tropico” certainly fits the bill. Starring Phil Augusta Jackson and Veronica Osorio, the video stars Jackson as a smitten fella who finds his crush in a festive party film reel.

While the song’s vintage tropicalia floats along dreamily, Jackson chases his lady around the house, until things take an even more ...

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THE WEEK IN SHOWS: 12/18/17-12/24/17

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THE WEEK IN SHOWS: 12/18/17-12/24/17

A truly lovely Saturday morning in December 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’s hard to imagine that there are only two more weeks left in 2017. Are you working on your resolutions yet? What about your holiday shopping, all done with that? If you’re not, consider coming to Rock N Shop at the Black Cat tomorrow! Your blogstress is a vendor this year, and will be selling all things wonderful (vintage, ...

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Singles Club: The Drafts + John Hufford + Sunflower Bean

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Singles Club: The Drafts + John Hufford + Sunflower Bean

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.

Chicago’s The Drafts have hit upon quite a winning sound in their song “Morning Culture.” The band, who modestly describe themselves as making “rock jams,” exhibit a knack for a modified type of 90s-influenced college radio/slacker rock. They do get a little wacky towards the end of the song, demonstrating that this “noisy rock quartet” can freak out with the ...

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CROSSING THE POND: Bubble People + Phalcons + Rental Wives

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CROSSING THE POND: Bubble People + Phalcons + Rental Wives

Much great music is made on the other side of the Atlantic. Here your hostess indulges her love of all things Brit to bring you some songs you should be listening to from the British Isles.

Typically, when one sees the word “demo” in relation to a song, one does not necessarily expect something polished (let alone in tune). But that’s just what’s happened with “Submerge,” a demo from new London psychedelic electro krautgazers Bubble People. The song is a confident, well-formed piece of expansive noise, and it rather knocked my socks off.

If this is a demo, there’s ...

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Live Review: Maxïmo Park @ U Street Music Hall, 11/28/17

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Live Review: Maxïmo Park @ U Street Music Hall, 11/28/17

Somehow, I’d managed to forget just how much I adore seeing Maxïmo Park live. Believe me, after this most recent DC show it’s something I shan’t forget again. In my humble opinion, they’re one of the best live bands around.

Gracing the U Street Music Hall stage once again, the Newcastle outfit played a lengthy set to an enthusiastic mid-week crowd. The 20-song set struck a balance between the band’s newest material (from latest record Risk to Exist) to some of the oldest (from the divine A Certain Trigger).

It was clear from the outset that this was ...

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Video of The Day #390: NVDES

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Video of The Day #390: NVDES

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.

As far as I’m concerned, NVDES can do no wrong. The Josh Ocean-led project has just unleashed their newest EP, Vol. 2, and from that group of songs comes the unfairly addictive hip-shaker “Everyday.”

With its throwback, 80s-esque beats and slick lyrics, this one is nigh on impossible to resist. Which, when you get down to it, pretty much makes it just like ...

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Good Cover Version: Duncan Lloyd Does Bob Dylan/THEM

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Good Cover Version: Duncan Lloyd Does Bob Dylan/THEM

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.

I know this one technically belongs to Bob Dylan, but to me this song was truly made perfect by Van Morrison’s THEM. With Morrison’s raw, resolute vocals and that famous Beck-sampled jangle, “It’s All Over Now, Baby Blue” is one of my favorite songs. As such, I’ve got ...

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A Visit to The British Music Experience

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A Visit to The British Music Experience

It’s hard to think of Liverpool without thinking about music, and the music of a certain fab foursome in particular. There’s a lot more to the music of this city than just the Beatles, of course, but those bowl cuts have cast long shadows. They’ve also helped cement Liverpool’s reputation as a music-loving city.

After all, music is what brought me back to Liverpool this past fall, for the weekend of psychedelic bliss known as Liverpool Psych Fest. And it so happened that one blustery, late September morning I found myself with some time to kill before the various festival ...

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Video of The Day #389: The Babe Rainbow

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Video of The Day #389: The Babe Rainbow

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 (yet another) really shit news day, so I doubt I’m alone in needing a bit of a pick-me-up. All I can say is thank the music-making heavens above for The Babe Rainbow.

Their video for “Monky Disco” is everything I needed to cleanse my mental palate: crazy wonderful dance moves, saturated 70s colors, and a psychedelic dance party song with a ...

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Video of The Day #388: Methyl Ethel

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Video of The Day #388: Methyl Ethel

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.

Lately I am constantly finding my day invaded by Methyl Ethel‘s “Ubu” popping into my head – which isn’t a bad thing, mind you. It’s one of my favorite songs of the entire year, hands down. Hence, since I’m pretty much obsessed with this particular song, I thought I’d do my best to make sure you were, too.

The song’s video is oooh-missus ...

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Remix Fix: Boy Azooga/Hookworms

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Remix Fix: Boy Azooga/Hookworms

In theory I like the idea of the remix: taking someone else’s song and tweaking it the way you want it done. It’s a great means for completely redoing something, and for reinterpretation. Sometimes remixes go awry, and sometimes they’re better than the original. Remix Fix is all about the happy medium when a remix totally nails it and makes a song that much better.

Not all that long ago at all, I spent some time loving up on Boy Azooga‘s “Face Behind Her Cigarette,” basically because it’s a ridiculously awesome song. Go ahead and listen to it now ...

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Singles Club: DRÆMINGS + DZ Deathrays + Monster Rally

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Singles Club: DRÆMINGS + DZ Deathrays + Monster Rally

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.

What started life as a solo outlet for Kimi Recor has become a full-fledged band, a foursome that as DRÆMINGS creates some rather majestic industrial and architectural synthpop. “Loveless” draws inspiration from our strangely isolated while overly accessible social condition, with Recor explaining; “I do think loneliness is a part of the human condition, but it seems the more ‘connected’ ...

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Live Review: Methyl Ethel @ Black Cat, 11/16/17

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Live Review: Methyl Ethel @ Black Cat, 11/16/17

I’d been dying to see Methyl Ethel for quite some time before it finally happened. And it almost didn’t happen. I was afraid, thanks to the joys of DC street parking, that I’d miss the entire set as I circled endlessly, hunting for a spot.

As I made my way up the stairs to the Black Cat’s mainstage, I was greeted by the sweet sounds of the Aussies I was there to see. Immediately taken by their vibrant, kooky noise, I silently thanked the parking gods.

They’re not as overtly psychedelic as some of their countrymen, but the Methyl Ethel ...

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On The Road Again: Kevin Morby

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On The Road Again: Kevin Morby

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

Kevin Morby released City Music earlier this year (Dead Oceans), but thankfully he’s not resting on his critically-acclaimed laurels and retiring into some artistic hiatus.

Oh no. No sir. Not a chance.

April 2018 will see Morby hit the road on a fairly extensive US tour, taking him from Portland (OR) to Kansas City (MO), and a whole lot of places in between. He was born a rambling man, perhaps. Dates below, this is a strongly suggested tour to add to your gig-going calendar for 2018.

KEVIN MORBY TOUR ...

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Video of The Day #387: Line & Circle

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Video of The Day #387: Line & Circle

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 everyday you see a video starring Socrates (or a dude dressed up in Socratic finery). But Line & Circle‘s video for “Vicious Folly” goes all out in Ancient Rome, robes, ruins and all.

Don’t be fooled by the impeccable jangling dreaminess of the song, mind you. According to the band, the inspiration for the Vicious Folly EP is down to the ...

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Crossing The Pond: Cavalry + Laminate Pet Animal + Wylderness

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Crossing The Pond: Cavalry + Laminate Pet Animal + Wylderness

Much great music is made on the other side of the Atlantic. Here your hostess indulges her love of all things Brit to bring you some songs you should be listening to from the British Isles.

The Cavalry is riding in from Liverpool, my friends. “Black” begins with a transcendent, hallowed lightness. But this song, “about trying to validate the simple wars you have within yourself against the backdrop of everyday life,” is weightier than it is weightless, and soon expands into a lushness that is both enveloping and totally engaging. High drama, in the very best way.  

“Solace” ...

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Singles Club: The Gloomies + M.Craft + Paul Cherry

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Singles Club: The Gloomies + M.Craft + Paul Cherry

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.

How do you make a dreamy little song even dreamier? You could do what California twosome The Gloomies did and bring in Madeline Follin (Cults) to add her breathy coos and heart-melting vocals. The enchantment of “SPACE” lies not only with its guest star, of course, but in the quiet storm of the dusky bedroom beats and things left between ...

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Singles Club: CB3 + Goon + Peace on Earth

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Singles Club: CB3 + Goon + Peace on Earth

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 Nothing to Eternity” is not for the faint of heart. Clocking in at nearly 13 minutes, this epic from CB3 is a mythical beast of an instrumental psych song. This is a heavy song, full of twists and turns, and shrouded in all things mysterious and marvelous.

Elementary school memories propelled the writing of Goon‘s “Ten Tables,” a ...

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Video of The Day #386: Duncan Lloyd

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Video of The Day #386: Duncan Lloyd

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 very recently had the pleasure of seeing Duncan Lloyd perform with his band Maximo Park, which is always a highly-recommended endeavor.

So too is checking out this video for Lloyd’s “Painters,” from his 2017 solo record I O U O M E. While Lloyd’s brand of lovely, warm lo-fi pop streams along in golden waves, the video highlights artists at work. The ...

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Crossing The Pond: Cave Suns + Makeness + Tempesst

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Crossing The Pond: Cave Suns + Makeness + Tempesst

Much great music is made on the other side of the Atlantic. Here your hostess indulges her love of all things Brit to bring you some songs you should be listening to from the British Isles.

I’m currently watching Newcastle FC, so it feels only right to talk about Newcastle “deer-slaying astral psyche rave-up” outfit Cave Suns. They’ve shared a stage with bands like Dead Meadow and White Hills, which should tell you that this is a band that can make the right kind of noise. Their Canned Howl EP is just under 20 minutes of dark, dastardly howl-at-the-moon ...

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THE WEEK IN SHOWS: 12/11/17-12/17/17

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THE WEEK IN SHOWS: 12/11/17-12/17/17

The first kinda sorta snowy Saturday in December 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!

As I write this, friends, there’s some white stuff falling out of the sky. The official start of winter is still a week and a half or so away, but I think we can all agree that with these cold temps and tiny bit of snow that winter has arrived. I have a love-hate relationship with snow, it’s ...

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Good Cover Version: Mark Erelli Does Neko Case

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Good Cover Version: Mark Erelli Does Neko Case

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.

A man after my own heart, Mark Erelli has an appreciation for mixtapes. He also has a thing for covers. Erelli is releasing his own Mixtape in January, a record full of covers of artists both old and new. Included in this collection is a version of Neko Case’s gorgeous “Deep ...

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Video of The Day #385: Airpark

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Video of The Day #385: Airpark

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.

Snakes, spiders, and (fencing) swords. You’ll see all of the above in Airpark‘s heavily 70s-inspired video for “Le Tigre.” Feeling both roughly jagged and elegantly indulgent, the Nashville duo’s sound is certainly no retiring violet. 

And, to quote the song, “I don’t see it as a problem.”  

[posted 12.8.17]

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Newsworthy: 12/7/17

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Newsworthy: 12/7/17

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

I’ve got major wanderlust on the brain these days, and there really is no better thing than to combine travel with music. As in, a music festival. Two fests I’ve been dying to check out have just let the cat out of the bag regarding some of their scheduled performers, and it’s good news all over the place. 

First up, the 10th anniversary of Levitation (formerly known as Austin Psych Fest), the brainchild of The Black Angels and the pinnacle of psych festivus. ...

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Video of The Day #384: Adam Ostrar

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Video of The Day #384: Adam Ostrar

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.

Adam Ostrar‘s “Warlock” is a quiet stunner, a song that isn’t in your face but one that demands attention all the same. With the same tender thoughtfulness that hallmarks artists like Cat Stevens and Tim Buckley, Ostrar’s song is quietly magnetic. The video picks up on the solitude and melancholic mood just so, and both song and video are quite satisfying indeed.  

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