• Planning Guides: DCist’s This Week in Jazz. DC Music Download’s August/September Local Show Preview.
• Leesburg is getting a new music venue: the Tally Ho Theatre will re-open as a music venue [Washington Post]. Its owner Don Devine hopes to have the renovations done and the venue re-opened by Thanksgiving.
• RIP: Officials have pulled the plug on Baltimore’s Starscape Festival, after 14 years [Washington Post / Baltimore Sun].
• Hard Rock Cafe and Pink Jams are planning a 40-hour music marathon in late September. If you’re a musician, read this and apply! [DC Music Download].
• Hometown Sounds DC’s local music video of the day is E.U., “Da Butt”.
• DCist’s song of the day is Lit, “Miss You Gone”.
• Listen: St Vincent and Shudder To Think‘s Craig Wedren covered Fleetwood Mac‘s “Sisters of the Moon” [Washington CityPaper].
• David Hintz on Greg Ginn & the Royal We and Cinema Cinema at Paperhaus, 7/24/12 [DC Rock Live].
• Marie Eff on Deleted Scenes, Spinto Band, and Pree at the Red Palace [Brightest Young Things].
• Alan Pyke on Frank Ocean at the 9:30 Club [Brightest Young Things].
• The Vinyl District is giving away tickets to Kishi Bashi at U St Music Hall on 7/27 (contest ends today).
• 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 today at noon).
• 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).