ShowlistDC Music Notes: Monday 07-23-12


Planning Guides: DC Music Live’s Weekly Roundup. DC Music Download’s Weekday Hits.

• Interview: Alex Baca talked to Dan Didier, drummer for the Promise Ring [Washington CityPaper].

• Interview: Marcus Dowling talked to Sharam about his latest release and current dance trends [Brightest Young Things].

• Interview: Philip Runco talked to Deleted Scenes [Brightest Young Things].

• Locals I’m a Circle have a song about the Metro called “Redline” [Washington Post Express].

• Anne Midgette writes more about the William Kapell Competition at University of Maryland [Washington Post].

• Another best of 2012 so far list from

• The show was over the weekend, but here’s Catherine McCarthy’s interview with Lower Dens [DCist].

• The show was over the weekend, but here’s Marcus Dowling’s interview with Cassy [Brightest Young Things].

Artscape in Baltimore was over this past weekend, but here’s Mark Jenkins’ article about the festival [Washington Post].

• CANCELLED: the Foggy Bottom Music Festival on 8/25 (featuring Maps & Atlases and tons of local bands) has been cancelled [DC Music Download via Facebook].


• Hometown Sounds DC’s local music video of the day is the Grey Area, “Sugar, From You”.

• DCist’s song of the day is Prince, “Batdance”.

Janet Feder stopped by NPR’s DC office for a Tiny Desk Concert.

• Listen: Brandon Butler, “Bears and Mules” [DC Music Download].

Bop Alloy (aka the hip-hop duo of PG County native Substantial and Seattle producer Marcus D)’s song “Save the Day” was featured on a Vogue playlist [Washington CityPaper].

Live Reviews

• David Malitz on Nicki Minaj at DAR Constitution Hall [Washington Post].

• David Hintz on the Riverbreaks, Megaphone Barons, and Kalob Griffin Band at the Red Palace, 7/20/12 [DC Music Live].

• Anne Midgette on Richard Egarr at UMD’s Clarice Smith Center, 7/19/12 [Washington Post]. Part of the William Kapell Competition.

• Robert Battey on Jeremy Denk at the Clarice Smith Center [Washington Post].

• the 9:30 Club’s Tumblr account posted a live review of the Gaslight Anthem at the U Street Music Hall, a concert that was put on by the 9:30 Club [].

• Ginnee Thomas on Orchestre Poly-Rythmo de Cotonou at the Hamilton [Brightest Young Things].

• Brightest Young Things on Hank and Cupcakes at Jammin’ Java.

• Marie Eff on Wilco and Lee Ranaldo Band at Wolf Trap [Brightest Young Things].

• Marie Eff on the Honeydogs and the Grownup Noise at the Hamilton [Brightest Young Things].

• Rachel Eisley on Nona Hendryx at U St Music Hall [Brightest Young Things].

• Brian Werner on Anders Osborne at the Hamilton [Brightest Young Things].

• Logan Donaldson on Refused with OFF! at the Fillmore Silver Spring [Brightest Young Things].

• Robb S on Girl in a Coma at the Red Palace [Brightest Young Things].

• Marie Eff on DJ Rekha at the Black Cat [Brightest Young Things].

• Farrah Skeiky on Best Coast with Those Darlins at the 9:30 Club [Brightest Young Things].

• Alan Pyke on El-P, Killer Mike, & Mr. Mothaf*ckin’ eXquire at the Rock & Roll Hotel [Brightest Young Things].


• The Vinyl District is giving away a copy of Anywhere‘s self-titled album on vinyl. Winner must have a North America mailing address (contest ends Tuesday 7/24).
NEW DC Music Download is giving away tickets to Bunny Gang (featuring Nathan Maxwell of Flogging Molly), Outlaw Nation, and Kill Lincoln at the Rock & Roll Hotel, Sunday 7/29 (contest ends Thursday 7/26 at noon).
NEW The Vinyl District is giving away a copy of Michael Kiwanuka‘s “I’m Getting Ready” 7″. Winner must have a North American mailing address (contest ends Friday 7/27).
• 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).
• 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).
• 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).
• 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).

Ticket Giveaway: Wilco and the Lee Ranaldo Band at Wolf Trap, 17 July 2012

Wilco and the Lee Ranaldo Band are coming to Wolf Trap this month, and ShowlistDC is giving away a pair of front orchestra tickets to the show on Tuesday, 17 July! All you have to do to enter is leave a comment on this post telling me which song from either band you’d most like to hear live, and I’ll pick the winners at random (using on Thursday, 12 July at 5 PM Eastern. Be sure to use a valid email address when you enter, so I can contact you if you win (and don’t worry: your email address won’t be posted publicly when you comment on this entry and won’t be added to any sort of mailing list). If you’re a hotmail user, please add to your address book or no-spam list, as other hotmail users have had problems with emails from us not getting through.

In case you don’t know anything about these bands, here’s a little history: Wilco is a rock band from Chicago that formed in 1994 when the alt-country band Uncle Tupelo broke up. They’ve released a ton of albums over their career, and each one seems to have its own story: By far, its most famous album is 2002′s Yankee Hotel Foxtrot, which Wilco streamed for months on its web site before releasing it officially on Nonesuch (the album was rejected by Wilco’s previous label, Reprise Records, who then dropped the band but gave it the rights to the album). Wilco also collaborated with Billy Bragg on two albums of unreleased Woody Guthrie songs, 1998′s Mermaid Avenue and 2000′s Mermaid Avenue II. More recently, Wilco added avant-garde guitarist Nels Cline to its lineup; he’s been with the band since 2007′s Sky Blue Sky and also appears on their most recent album The Whole Love, which came out last year. We’ve got the video for “Born Alone” from The Whole Love below, so check it out if you haven’t heard it yet!

We love it when shows have awesome openers, and this show is a great example: kicking off the show is the Lee Ranaldo Band, which is fronted by Sonic Youth co-founder Lee Ranaldo. Ranaldo has had a long history of experimental projects away from Sonic Youth, but his latest solo album, Between the Times and the Tides, is a song-based, very straightforward rock album. He’s joined on the album by guitarists Nels Cline and Alan Licht, Sonic Youth drummer Steve Shelley, and keyboardist John Medeski. (Seems fairly perfect that Nels Cline would perform with both bands at this show!)

All in all, this is shaping up to be an awesome show, so check out some videos from the bands below, and let us know what song you’d like to hear either group perform live! And hey, if you’re new to ShowlistDC and wondering what this site is all about, check out our extensive calendar of upcoming events in the greater DC area (including Northern VA and Baltimore). We also make concert recommendations and post a daily round-up of DC-area music news and reviews. You can also follow us on twitter @showlistdc or like us on Facebook!

If you come across this post after the contest has closed, or if you’re not the lucky winner, then you can pick up tickets for $45 (orchestra) or $35 (lawn), plus service fees, via You can also check out a video preview of other July performances at Wolf Trap here (which includes some cool footage of Wilco as well!).

Contest is now closed and the winner has been notified!