ShowlistDC Music Notes: Thursday 07-26-12


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].

Live Reviews

• Reviews of Iceage, Dirty Beaches, and Give at the Black Cat, 7/24/12: by Patrick Foster [Washington Post] and by We Love DC.

• 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).

Ticket Giveaway: St Vincent & David Byrne at Strathmore, 9/30

St Vincent and David Byrne have collaborated on an album together and are touring to Strathmore in Bethesda, MD, on Sunday 9/30/12, and ShowlistDC is giving away tickets before they go on sale to the general public this Friday morning! All you have to do to enter is leave a comment on this post telling me which song from either of their discographies (or a cover!) you’d like to hear them play together, and I’ll pick the winners at random (using on Thursday, 28 June 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.

Just in case you don’t know anything about these artists or their collaboration, here’s some more information: St Vincent is the stage name of Annie Clark, who got her start playing with the Polyphonic Spree and Sufjan Stevens before starting her own solo career with the album Marry Me in 2007. David Byrne definitely doesn’t need an introduction, but here’s a brief summary anyway: he was in the Talking Heads from 1975-1991 and has had an extensive solo career (including several collaborations with Brian Eno) that has included work in theatre and film. (For those interested in Byrne’s writing, he writes lengthy (if infrequent) blog posts on his web site as well.)

Their collaborative album is called Love This Giant and is due to be released on 9/11 via 4AD/Toto Mundo. It includes 10 collaborative tracks and two written by each musician individually, with vocal duties split in half. Antibalas and the Dap-Kings appear on one track as well. Pitchfork recently interviewed Clark about the collaboration, and you can download one of the songs on their web site, or watch it on the video below. The tour will feature songs from the collaboration as well as songs from their individual discographies, and they’ve lined up a band that includes eight brass players(!), a keyboardist, and a drummer, according to Byrne.

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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 $55, $75, or $125 (depending on location), plus service fees, via Ticketfly here, starting at 10 AM on Friday, 29 June.

Contest is now closed and the winner has been notified! Thanks for entering!