Today’s New Releases (with locally-penned reviews)
• Apache Dropout: Bubblegum Graveyard. Reviewed by Aaron Leitko [Pitchfork].
• David Archuleta: Begin. Reviewed by Andrew Leahey [Washington Times].
• Sir Richard Bishop: Intermezzo. Reviewed by Marc Masters [Pitchfork].
• Colt Ford: Declaration of Independence. Reviewed by Allison Stewart [Washington Post].
• Niki and the Dove: Instinct. Reviewed by Bill Friskics-Warren [Washington Post].
• Sixpence None the Richer: Lost in Translation. Reviewed by Andrew Leahey [Washington Times].
• Elle Varner: Perfectly Imperfect. Reviewed by Sarah Godfrey [Washington Post].
• Planning Guides: DC Music Download’s Weekday Hits and Free Things To Do in DC This Week.
• CapitalBop’s excellent DC Jazz Loft series will be at Hole in the Sky this Sunday and Montserrat House in the future, after a problem with Columbia Heights venue The Dunes [Washington CityPaper]. CapitalBop previews this Sunday’s show.
• Interview: Joe Warminsky talks to DMV hip-hop producer Timothy “Judah” Matthews about Wale, the decline of go-go, and working smarter [Washington CityPaper].
• Interview: David Hintz talks to Alexz Johnson [DC Rock Live].
• Interview: Mike Shomaker talks to Troy Harley [DC Music Live].
• Preview/Interview: Emily Cary on Il Divo [Washington Examiner]. Thursday at Wolf Trap.
• Hometown Sounds DC’s local music video of the day is Kindness & Trouble Funk, “That’s Alright”.
• DCist’s music video of the day is Ava Luna, “Water Duct”.
• Sierra Leonean vocalist Janka Nabay wrote an Olympic anthem “Nar London” [Washington CityPaper].
• Listen: Orchard Wall‘s new EP, Orchard Wall [DC Music Download].
• Beth Orton stopped by NPR’s DC office for a Tiny Desk Concert.
• DC Music Live’s music mix of the week: Incwell.
• Scott Galupo on Chuck Mead and the Grassy Knoll Boys at Jammin’ Java, 8/5/12 [Washington Post].
• Mark Jenkins on Bollywood singer/composer Bappi Lahiri at the High Point High School auditorium in Beltsville [Washington Post].
• Stephanie Williams’ photos of Run for Cover at the Black Cat, 8/4/12 [DC Music Download].
• ChunkyGlasses.com on Jackson Browne and Sara Watkins at Wolf Trap, 7/23/12.
• The Vinyl District is giving away a copy of Big Tree, Augury on vinyl. Winner must have a North American mailing address (contest ends today ).
• ShowlistDC (that’s us!) is giving away a pair of tickets to see Lyle Lovett at Wolf Trap on 8/14 (contest ends Thursday 8/9 at 5 PM).
• The Vinyl District is giving away a copy of Civil Twilight‘s Holy Weather on vinyl (contest ends Friday, 8/10).
• DC101 is giving away a pair of tickets to see Gotye at Merriweather Post Pavilion on 9/30 (no indication of when this contest ends).