• Planning guides: DCist’s This Week in Jazz. DC Music Download’s Weekend Hits.
• Local band news: DC metalcore band Darkest Hour have added Aaron Deal (ex-Salome) as a permanent bass player. Deal has been the band’s touring bassist for about a year now, and the band’s former bass player, Paul Burnette, is now with Iron Reagan. MetalSucks profiled Iron Reagan earlier this year.
• Preview: Luke Stewart on saxophonist Jonah Parzen-Johnson [CapitalBop]. Tonight at the Dunes in Columbia Heights.
• Interview: Marc Cary [CapitalBop], who’s performing on Saturday at the DC Jazz Loft MegaFest.
• Leor Galil on new music from Long Walks on the Beach [Washington CityPaper]. There’s a song to listen to at that link.
• Local bloggers Now Seitan Makes Your Rules on Black Clouds.
• Stereogum highlights Baltimore’s Ed Schrader’s Music Beat as a Band To Watch (with two song downloads).
• Michelle Obama talks about her workout jams [NPR].
• We don’t usually post about Capital Bikeshare here, but apparently former MTV VJ Kennedy is working on an expose about Capital Bikeshare for Reason magazine [DCist].
• Rohan Mahadevan’s song of the day is Grizzly Bear‘s “Sleeping Ute” [DCist].
• Hometown Sounds DC’s DC music video of the day is Is And Of The, “How We Used To Drift”.
• DC Music Download has published the June edition of its local podcast DC Music Recall. This month’s podcast features a song review of “Dreamer” by the Technicians and an interview with Adrian Krygowski.
• Heavy Uber Alles on Danzig with Doyle at the Fillmore and ZZ Top in Fredericksburg.
• NEW The Vinyl District is giving away a pair of tickets to see Gotye at Merriweather Post Pavilion on 9/30 (contest ends today at noon).
• Brightest Young Things is giving away a pair of tickets to see Gotye at Merriweather Post Pavilion on 9/30 (contest ends today).
• NEW DC Music Live is giving away two tickets to see John Scofield at the Hamilton on 6/10 as part of the DC Jazz Festival (contest ends Friday 6/8 at 6am).
• NEW The Vinyl District is giving away a pair of pavilion tickets to the Kooks with Foster the People and Kimbra at Merriweather Post Pavilion on 6/10 (contest ends Friday 6/8 at noon).
• NEW The Vinyl District is giving away a copy of The Temper Trap‘s “Need Your Love” picture disc 7″. Winner must have a North American mailing address (contest ends Wednesday 6/13).
• NEW DC101 is giving away a pair of tickets to The Great American Festival featuring Eve 6, Ozomatli, and more, at the National Harbor on 6/30 (no indication of when this contest ends).
• NEW DC101 is giving away tickets to see Everclear, Sugar Ray, the Gin Blossoms, Lit, and Marcy Playground at Wolf Trap on 7/25 (no indication of when this contest ends).
• Metal Injection is giving away tickets to the Rockstar Mayhem Fest featuring Slipknot, Slayer, and Motorhead at Jiffy Lube Live on 7/29 (contest ends “randomly” as the concert date approaches).
• DC101 is giving away a pair of tickets to see 311 and Slightly Stoopid at Jiffy Lube Live on 7/28 (contest ends Sunday 7/22).
• NEW DC101 is giving away a pair of tickets to see System of a Down with the Deftones at the Verizon Center on 8/7 (contest ends Sunday 7/29).
• DC101 is giving away a pair of tickets to see OAR at Merriweather Post Pavilion on 8/10 (contest ends Sunday 7/29).
• NEW DC101 is giving away a pair of tickets to see Linkin Park and Mutemath at Jiffy Lube Live on 8/11 (contest ends 8/5).
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