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).

ShowlistDC Music Notes: Wednesday 02-15-12

Things to Read:
• When you think about musicians that embody black history, do you think about the Rolling Stones? We don’t either, but apparently Mick Jagger– along with BB King, Buddy Guy, Keb Mo, Gary Clarke Jr., Trombone Shorty, and the Yardbirds’ Jeff Beck (seriously, what is up with this lineup?!)– will be performing at the White House to celebrate Black History Month, according to the NY Times. “Directed by Booker T. Jones of Booker T and the MGs, next week’s event will be taped and then broadcast by PBS on Feb. 27. The president will deliver remarks at the event. The ‘In Performance at the White House’ series goes back to 1978.”
Fort Reno is now accepting demos for local bands interested in playing the venue this summer.
• We Love DC offers this Q & A with Justin Trawick about his solo work and the 9 Songwriter Series that he curates. The 9 is at the Hamilton tonight (2/15), and Trawick is at the Black Cat on February 24.
• Capital Bop has an interview with saxophonist Tim Berne, who’s playing with his new ensemble Snakeoil at Bohemian Caverns on Sunday night as part of Transparent Productions’ winter/spring season.
• DCist’s this week in hip-hop.
• Heavy Uber Alles brings you six heavy tunes every week. This week’s installment comes courtesy of Scott O’Dowd, guitarist of Massachusetts stoner rock bands Black Thai and Cortez.
NPR’s Tom Moon on Dr. Dog. The band will be at the 9:30 Club on March 16.
• Photos: Erica Bruce captures Sharon van Etten at the Black Cat [Washington CityPaper]. Last Sunday’s DC Record Fair at the Riot Act Comedy Theater [the Vinyl District].
• Live Reviews: Allison Grossman on the Grey Area at Strathmore [the Vinyl District].

Things to listen to and/or watch:
Wale on Conan, earlier this week [DCist].
• Video of Foul Swoops live at CD Cellar last week [All Our Noise].

Free stuff:
• The Vinyl District has tickets to Zola Jesus at U Street Music Hall on 2/16 (contest ends today at noon)
• Tittsworth has tickets to Moombahton Massive XII at U-Hall on 2/15 (contest ends today)
• The Rogers Revue has tickets to Disney On Ice at the Verizon Center on 2/18 (contest ends 2/17).

ShowlistDC Music Notes: Thursday 02-09-12

Things to read:
• The Vinyl District bids farewell to Gold Leaf Studios, the Chinatown space that closed at the beginning of February. TVD will be looking back at the bands that called this space home (and looking at other DIY spaces in the area).
• Bob Dylan’s “Judas!” moment will be preserved at the National Museum of American History– no, not with his controversial electric guitar, but with the black leather jacket he wore at that infamous 1965 Newport Folk Festival concert, writes the Washington Post.
• We told you that Sharon van Etten (and her new album Tramp) were gonna be all over the news this week: Express‘s Rudi Greenberg talks to van Etten, and she gives some insight behind two of the tracks on Tramp. We do still recommend that you attend her show on Saturday at the Black Cat, but note that it is now sold out.
• Stephen Deusner on Die Antwoord [Express]. Note: show at the 9:30 Club is sold out.
• If you’re looking for a show that’s not sold out, go no farther than Strathmore‘s Friday Night Eclectic. We Love DC brings us a nice interview with The Grey Area, who are headlining this week.
• Get to know Metal Chris, the guy behind [Washington CityPaper]
• Got some extra cash burning a hole in your pocket? The Washington CityPaper summarizes three local Kickstarter campaigns (Listen Local First, HighBrau, and Ad Hoc).
• DC record label Crank Automotive is now available on SoundCloud (thanks to Crank brother TriggerCut for the tip!).
• This week in jazz [DCist].
• Not directly DC-related, but DC writer (and ShowlistDC curator) Catherine Lewis has made available an archive of Low articles, interviews, and record reviews from 1995 through 2002.

Free stuff:
• has tickets to Opeth/Mastodon/Ghost (5/9) and Meshuggah/Baroness/Decapitated (5/22), both at the Fillmore in Silver Spring (contest ends Friday 2/10 at 4 PM).
• ShowlistDC has tickets to Mos Def at the 9:30 Club on 2/20 (contest ends Friday 2/10 at 5 PM).
• Heavy Uber Alles has tickets to Iced Earth at the 9:30 Club on 3/13 (contest ends Monday 2/13 at noon)
• The Vinyl District has a copy of Of Montreal‘s Paralytic Stalks on yellow vinyl. Winner must have a North American mailing address. (contest ends Tuesday 2/14)