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Not very often do DC Hip Hop artists, the district’s finest in fashion, and the city’s entrepreneur community collaborate for an event.
Yet this Saturday, July 19th from 1pm-6pm all three of these collectives are coming together for Independence Day, presented by Empire of Kings Music Group.
Call it a networking event, a celebration of the DC’s finest young minds, a music show, or whatever makes sense to ya’ll, it’s going to be DOPE and if you can make it out to Renaissance Square in Hyattsville, MD (4307 Jefferson St. right across from the Hyattsville Bus Boys and Poets), well than yo..be there!!
Performances by DC’s own Hand$um Robb, Flex Kartel, Dugee F. Buller, Jamaal & Amber Lamaaj Monae and appearances by Caitlin Martin, Alex Byrd, and the Bucktown native who “cultivates greatness“, Mental Supreme.
Last Saturday I had the pleasure of catching Philly native and bedroom pop extraordinaire Alex G in Brooklyn with a whole bunch of great bands, courtesy of a day long festival put on by Exploding in Sound Records and Impose Magazine. Playing near the end of the day, Alex burned through a 30 minute set with enough raw and visceral energy to impress America’s hippest and harshest critics, while still delivering his simple, thoughtful, blend of indie rock. Read the rest of this entry
Going to shows at The Black Cat backstage in the middle of June is a commitment; what you sacrifice in sweat and personal space, you usually make up for with kick ass lineups and dedicated fans. Tomorrow’s bill, featuring the Atlanta bluesy psych band Gringo Star and the seemingly omnipresent, constantly touring NYC band Ski Lodge is no exception, and will no doubt deliver just the right amount of grit and perspiration every good summer concert needs. Read the rest of this entry
One October, a few years ago, I was bored in my home town of Vancouver, Canada. So I decided to see a random show with a friend, it was a fundraiser for Women Against Violence Against Women (photos of the show here). Three bands that I had no idea what they were like – Thee Ahs, Artinair, and the Oh Wells. Though all three bands were pretty good (Thee Ahs were killer the next time I saw them), I was particularly impressed by the Oh Wells and notably their front-woman, Sarah Jickling. She ran up to the stage from the back of the Biltmore Cabaret and gave one of the more charming energetic shows of my 2011. Ms Jickling was selling cupcakes for $3 at the show. Read the rest of this entry
With summer upon us, many are looking for great summer jams and upbeat tones. For those who like breezy pop with a hints of blues, folk, and classic rockabilly, I’d strongly suggest checking out Toy Soldiers and Quiet Life. After hearing Toy Soldiers at CMJ last October, I’ve gotten to know Ron Gallo a bit better, preparing me for the sort of on-stage antics which make a Toy Soldiers show about more than the music. Catching these bands on a Tuesday at Mercury Lounge, the crowd was amicable and so were the bands, bringing fun to the whole room.
Black Cat was graced with a potentially killer lineup last Tuesday when Said the Whale and Geographer opened for indie powerhouse Tokyo Police Club at a show that could’ve been labeled “Bring Your Canadian Friend to this Concert.” Did the big names live up to the hype of this sold out show? Well, for the most part, yes.
TONIGHT — Miracles of Modern Science, Margot MacDonald, and Us and Us Only will join forces at Tropicalia (14th and U NW) for a uniquely awesome DC show. Combining different genres, instruments, and styles, each band pushes the boundaries of pop and rock while putting on a kick-ass live show. Don’t miss out on this one!
Tickets can be purchased on Rabbl here: https://www.rabbl.com/events/1000678.
This Friday, The Walking Sticks (DC) will grace the WRGW studios in the basement of the Marvin Center for a very special in-studio performance, before they head over the The Rock and Roll Hotel to headline a kick-ass local bill with The Sea Life and Brenda.
The performance will air on DC Live with Jordan Grobe at 3 PM, and can be streamed at http://www.gwradio.com/, through the TuneIn app/website, and on iTunes.
After speaking with lead vocalist Leah Wellbaum and listening to their new album, Of Course You Do, we feel confident in recommending that you listen to Slothrust. Slothrust is a three-piece band that met while attending Sarah Lawrence College with Leah on vocals, Kyle Bann on bass and organ, and Will Gorin on percussion. The name Slothrust originated from Leah’s obsession with sloths and the band’s heavier, rustier music. Their sound is grungy with rebellious lyrics and vocals and they have a lot of personality and spunk. Check out the interview below!
–Liz Goodwin & Grace Farnan
Nashville band Diarrhea Planet has had a hell of a year, with the release of their second LP, I’m Rich Beyond Your Wildest Dreams, and a constant touring schedule across the country. Their live shows (I’ve had the pleasure of seeing them twice at The Rock and Roll Hotel) are exhilarating – I mean, with four guitarists, how could they not be? Add in great lyrics, stage dives, a vague nostalgia for your dad’s Ramones records, and you’ve got a refreshing but familiar punk show. For first-timers, I recommend this video of them performing Born To Run with Titus Andronicus’ Patrick Stickles.
What makes Diarrhea Planet (often referred to as “DP” for convenience and when discussing them in front of your mom) stand out from the legions of punk bands that always seem to be floating around isn’t just their talent. They’re genuinely good guys who smile on stage, talk back to crowd, and don’t take what they do too seriously. For example, at each of their DC shows I’ve attended, one of their local friends has come on stage in a hot dog costume to play tambourine (and in February, eat a banana).
So when I watched the video for “Babyhead” released today, I can’t say I was surprised to see the adult heads of the band members attached to babies bodies from their old home videos. Alarmed? Perhaps. But given DP’s propensity for being the goofy, loveable musicians who sweat a lot, this rather literal video concept seems to make a lot of sense. (Except for the last five seconds featuring well…you’ll see). Here’s the video, and warning, it’s weirdly NSFW.
Sometimes a band can be defined by a dynamic, polarizing, beautiful music video. This isn’t any of those things – but it will make people laugh and (hopefully) convert them to the Church of DP…or at least get them a step closer to a Wikipedia page.