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Newsflash!: Win Tickets to Chicano Batman @ 9:30 Club, 10/4/17

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Newsflash!: Win Tickets to Chicano Batman @ 9:30 Club, 10/4/17

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 the following upcoming 9:30/IMP show.

The self-professed psych/soul/tropicalia outfit Chicano Batman sounds like a party and a half, even when their fantastic noise is getting more than a little political. “While we ...

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Newsflash!: Win Tickets to Crystal Castles @ 9:30 Club, 9/30/17

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Newsflash!: Win Tickets to Crystal Castles @ 9:30 Club, 9/30/17

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 the following upcoming 9:30/IMP show.

For some dark, almost malevolent beats, look no further than Crystal Castles. Ethan Kath’s diabolic 80s Atari murk sounds are hard to resist, and are enhanced ...

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Video of The Day #339: No Kill

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Video of The Day #339: No Kill

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.

Today just so happens to be my dearest friend’s birthday, and she’s a huge Pearl Jam fan. Which makes this here video from No Kill so very apropos. “Eddie Vedder” palpitates with sumptuous extravagance, frosted with breathy vocals and an ever-present smoky jangle. The accompanying video is a dreamy, crystalline confection, filled with found footage and tripped-out kaleidoscopic double visions. The sugared colors and ...

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Good Cover Version: Slothrust does Marcy Playground

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Good Cover Version: Slothrust does Marcy Playground

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.

Some of you may be too young to remember, but there was a time (circa 1997) that the Marcy Playground song “Sex and Candy” was everywhere. Seriously, everywhere, to the point that at one moment in time it was vexatiously inescapable. I’ll be honest, I haven’t missed hearing it. 

However, along ...

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Singles Club: LORD WILLING + Ski Lodge + Teen Ravine

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Singles Club: LORD WILLING + Ski Lodge + Teen Ravine

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.

Much has happened to Justin Long (aka LORD WILLING) since he made the cross country trek from DC to LA. Arrest warrants, near-death experiences, and being left for a drug dealer all make for some bountiful songwriting material, and Long has made the most of his tumult. “Green Doesn’t Look Good on You” is a kind of eccentric lounge ...

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Video of The Day #338: FACIAL

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Video of The Day #338: FACIAL

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 all starts innocuously enough, with some Playmobil figures and a handmade cityscape in bright, kid-friendly colors. But then FACIAL enters the scene, and things in the video for “Black Noise” go a bit haywire. As the LA trio’s grimy snarls rumble along, the band gets their dance on and gets a rude awakening from some young ladies. An interesting clip to go along ...

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The Week In Shows: 9/18/17-9/24/17

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The Week In Shows: 9/18/17-9/24/17

Another beautiful Saturday morning in September 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!

Some of us are going to spend a great deal of time this weekend tearing their hair out trying to pack two week’s worth of crap into a suitcase. Yes, your hostess is preparing to go out of town for a couple weeks, and to say I am horrible at packing is the understatement of the day. Sadly, I won’t ...

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Newsflash!: Win Tickets to Saint Etienne @ U Street Music Hall, 9/27/17

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Newsflash!: Win Tickets to Saint Etienne @ U Street Music Hall, 9/27/17

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.

It’s been a few years since slinky Saint Etienne was over on US shores, but thankfully the release of newest record Home Counties has the band coming back this way. The English dance pop trio is anchored by chanteuse Sarah Cracknell, and their show is sure to provide any discerning fan with a grand time indeed.

Saint Etienne breezes through DC on 9/27, and you could be there when they take the stage ...

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Video of The Day #337: Alvvays

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Video of The Day #337: 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.

Yes, I know I’ve turned into a total Alvvays fangirl, but with good reason. With “Dreams Tonite,” the band’s sweetly poignant, wistful fuzz pop reaches new heights of absolutely wonderful. Addictive as ever and immediately swoon-worthy, this isn’t a song that you’ll soon forget. The video itself is a sparkler, and puts the band smack dab in the middle of the 1967 Montreal Expo, a perfect ...

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On The Road Again: Black Rebel Motorcycle Club

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On The Road Again: Black Rebel Motorcycle Club

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

I’ve been lucky enough to see Black Rebel Motorcycle Club a good number of times over the past decade and a half or so. As such, I feel perfectly justified in calling them one of the best live bands I’ve ever had the privilege to see up close and in person. 

After what’s felt like forever, BRMC is readying a new record for release (Wrong Creatures, to be released in January 2018), and is fixing to take their stellar show out on a pretty extensive tour to play ...

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Newsflash!: Win Tickets to The Cribs @ U Street Music Hall, 9/23/17

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Newsflash!: Win Tickets to The Cribs @ U Street Music Hall, 9/23/17

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.

It seems like only yesterday that The Cribs first blipped on my radar, but that yesterday was over a decade ago. This band of brothers has been making their fantastic noise since 2002, and is so cool that Johnny Marr was a member back in the late 2000s. 

The band is touring new record 24-7 Rock Star Shit, and one of their US stops just so happens to be the U Street ...

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Video of The Day #336: Those Darlins

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Video of The Day #336: Those Darlins

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.

What a huge bummer this is, my friends. If you haven’t heard, Jessi Zazu (aka Jessi Darlin), founding member of sassy Nashville outfit Those Darlins, lost her fight with cervical cancer on Tuesday, September 12th. She was just 28 years old. In honor of this bright light, here’s a clip of Those Darlins on tour in the early days, in my favorite number “Wild One.” ...

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Singles Club: Church Girls + Cones + Weird Owl

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Singles Club: Church Girls + Cones + Weird Owl

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.

Church Girls of Philly takes on that special kind of party-specific social awkwardness in their catchy little number “Glass.” “It’s about feeling a bit out of place at a party, hoping you can break through the small talk into something deeper, and failing,” says frontgal Mariel Beaumont. The crunchy shake of the song and Beaumont’s steady, true vocals make this one a ...

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Video of The Day #335: The Babe Rainbow

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Video of The Day #335: 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 hard not to smile like a mad person when watching The Babe Rainbow video for “Johny Says Stay Cool.” As the band’s good time, vibrantly techicolor vintage party psych galavants in the background, a gent with some serious 60s surf flick moves does his thing. It’s simple, but effective. It’s a dynamite combination, and both song and video are highly recommended. 

[posted 9.10.17]

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Video of The Day #334: Demure for Sure

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Video of The Day #334: Demure for Sure

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.

There is absolutely nothing demure whatsoever about the video for Demure for Sure‘s “French Kiss.” With a vibe that calls to mind vintage horror flicks mixed with some sort of trippy Warholian fever dream, the brightness of the video boldly visualizes the flamboyant, theatrical scuzz.  

[posted 9.9.17]

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The Week In Shows: 9/11/17-9/17/17

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The Week In Shows: 9/11/17-9/17/17

A beautiful Saturday morning in September 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!

The days keep clicking by, don’t they? We’re already a week into September, and what a week it’s been. In all seriousness, if any of you loves are in the path of any serious weather events, please keep yourselves safe. Mother Nature does not mess around. And now, without further ado, here’s a look at some of the shows I ...

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Newsflash!: Win Tickets to Nicole Atkins @ The Hamilton, 9/12/17

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Newsflash!: Win Tickets to Nicole Atkins @ The Hamilton, 9/12/17

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 smitten with Nicole Atkins for quite some time now, and still remember being just about bowled over the first time I heard her voice. Hers is a voice that was made to be heard by the masses, friends. This gal was made for the stage. In turn powerful and tender, Nicole’s pipes often hint at eras long gone by, and are pretty much pure golden perfection. 

If you’re a fellow fan ...

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Remix Fix: alt-J/Lea Porcelain

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Remix Fix: alt-J/Lea Porcelain

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.

Berlin’s Lea Porcelain has done wonderful things to alt-J’s “Deadcrush.” Their reworking of the song takes a turn down a dark, fog-covered fork in the road, with velvet synths lending an almost overpowering intensity to ...

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Video of The Day #333: Mu

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Video of The Day #333: Mu

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.

There’s no shortage of Western wanderlust in the video for Mu‘s “Easy,” itself a hauntingly lovely wisp of a song. With Francesca and Brittney’s voices joined together in this sonic knockout, a chill or ten might just run down your spine, and the urge to immediately jump into the car on a spontaneous roadtrip may be a side effect of watching the video. ...

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Good Cover Version: Placebo Does Kate Bush

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Good Cover Version: Placebo Does Kate Bush

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’ve been a Placebo fan for quite a long time, but have somehow only just stumbled across this particular Kate Bush cover of theirs. I think this is probably one of my favorite vocal performances from mouthpiece Brian Molko, his typically acerbic, snarling vocals take a more serious and almost plaintive tone here, ...

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Video of The Day #332: A Giant Dog

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Video of The Day #332: A Giant Dog

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.

In honor of their stop in DC tonight (at DC9, don’t miss it), let’s give a nod to A Giant Dog and their video for “Bendover.” A parody of the ridiculousness that music videos can be, this clip pokes all sorts of fun. It’s definitely in keeping with the defiance that’s found all over the band’s music. A little humor, some pyrotechnics, and a lot ...

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The Week In Shows: 9/4/17-9/10/17

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The Week In Shows: 9/4/17-9/10/17

The first Saturday of September 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!

September is here, and yours truly is pretty excited about it. Not only is the best season of the year coming in a few weeks, but your hostess has a big trip coming up as well. In the meantime, there are good shows to go to. And now, without further ado, here’s a look at some of the shows I happen ...

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Video of The Day #331: Altered Images

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Video of The Day #331: Altered Images

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.

Brief though their run may have been, Scotland’s Altered Images left a few gems in their brief back catalogue. “I Could Be Happy” is probably my favorite, with Clare Grogan’s coquettish pout in perfect harmony with the effervescent, rambunctious jangle that hallmarks the song. It’s sunlight peaking through the rainclouds, this one. The video (and let’s be honest, the song) is the kind of arty ...

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Singles Club: Lean Year + The Max Tribe + Kelsey Kerrigan

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Singles Club: Lean Year + The Max Tribe + Kelsey Kerrigan

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.

Ethereal city folk, that’s how I like to think of Lean Year. This Richmond outfit keeps it on the quiet side, but their quiet is definitely powerful. Intricately-worked and beautifully nuanced, magic is definitely in the air with “Come and See.” 

Boston’s The Max Tribe takes a long look at the past with their trippy, towering nugget “Yellow Pages.” ...

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Remix Fix: Elephant Stone/Young Galaxy

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Remix Fix: Elephant Stone/Young Galaxy

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.

If you’re not already familiar with them (and if you’re not, get to it!), Montreal-based Elephant Stone makes some rather dreamy psych rock. The trio of daytrippers is fixing to release a remix EP, Remix ...

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