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There’s a bunch of videos out there. Some of them are good. Some of them are a cut above. I like to think my picks for Video of The Day are a cut (or two) above.

For some, a wicked girl-scorned ditty makes for the ultimate anti-Valentine. Given the video for "Payback Is A Bitch & So Am I" was released today, it's no stretch to imagine Marcelyn is not here for the day's prescribed doses of hearts and flowers. With a voice that drips menacingly stabby lyrics in the most velvet venom tones, this Philly hellcat gives a delicious twist to the traditional woman scorned oeuvre.

As for the video itself, woe betide the wifebeater-wearing muppet that gives Marcelyn the 50s housewife treatment. Let's just say it doesn't end well for him.

Payback Is A Bitch & So Am I (Official Music Video) - YouTube


Payback is a Bitch & So Am I - SoundCloud
(127 secs long, 26 plays)Play in SoundCloud

[posted 2.14.19]
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With so much coming through DC on a regular basis, how will you ever decide what to go see? Let's shine a light on the cream of the crop.

LA outfit Cherry Glazerr is back in town tomorrow night, making the rounds in support of newly-released album Stuffed and Ready (out now on Secretly Canadian). Head to the U Street Music Hall to revel in some angular, angry noise - just the thing if you're not exactly feeling the Valentine spirit (let alone if you're one of the many having trouble with the country's general state of affairs).

A night spent in the presence of Clementine Creevy and co. might well be the cure for what ails you, even if the fix is temporary.

Cherry Glazerr - Daddi - YouTube


Cherry Glazerr - Wasted Nun - YouTube

[posted 2.12.19]
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Pulp gave the world the song "Bad Cover Version." But seeing as I'm a sonic optimist, I'm of the belief that there's more likely than not more good cover versions floating around than bad ones. Good Cover Version celebrates the good, and leaves all that bad and ugly stuff alone.

Cindy Wilson's vocal turn in the B-52s classic "Give Me Back My Man" has to be one of my favorite performances of all-time. No question. Wilson's ability to go from soft, kittenish tones to near pleading is nothing short of magnificent. And the song is catchy as hell, as you'd expect from those wonderful Georgia oddballs.

Chicago duo OHMME recently did their own version of the song, channeling the powerhouse Wilson vocals into their own raw, electric live party starter. Sima and Macie love the song, and it shows in their faces as they offer up a fitting tribute to Cindy and her B-52s cohorts.

Ohmme - Give Me Back My Man (Official Video) - YouTube

[posted 2.10.19]
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A sunny, brr kind of Sunday morning seems as good a time as any to plot ones weekly show schedule, I think. Let's take a look at what's happening in the greater DC metro this coming week, shall we? Hot diggity!

It's cold, it's February, and it's all sorts of blah. Oh, and Valentine's Day, everyone's favorite corporate holiday. Thankfully, there's music to turn to in times of meh. Some of that is live music, and happily there's plenty of that. Without further ado, here's a look at some of the shows I happen to recommend for the coming week in the greater DC metro area. Bonus: catch yours truly at any show with an asterisk next to it.

And as an aside, if you've got a show coming up you'd like me to consider including in my weekly calendar, just shoot me an email with "Calendar" somewhere in the subject line. Thanks y'all!

MONDAY, 2/11/19

-Panda Bear + Home Blitz (9:30 Club)
-Eyelids + BRNDA (Comet Ping Pong)

TUESDAY, 2/12/19

-Dorothy + Spirit Animal (9:30 Club)
-Novo + Azure Vox (Songbyrd Music House)
-Steve Earle's Annual Winter Residency + Shannon McNally (City Winery)
-Story District Presents Worst Date Ever (2 shows - Black Cat)

WEDNESDAY, 2/13/19

-DC9 15th Anniversary! (DC9)
-Cherry Glazerr + Mannequin Pussy (U Street Music Hall)
-Sarah Shook & The Disarmers + National Reserve (Pearl Street Warehouse)
-Current Joys + Gap Girls + Cigarette (Black Cat)
-Justin Trawick + Louisa Hall (DC9)
-Steve Earle's Annual Winter Residency + Shannon McNally (City Winery)

THURSDAY, 2/14/19

-Chad America's 20th Annual Valentine's Day Rock & Roll Dance Party (Black Cat)
-Beirut + Helado Negro (The Anthem)
-Bob Mould Band + Titus Andronicus (9:30 Club)
-The Parrots + Mozes and The Firstborn + Colourtheory (DC9)
-Frend + Laurel Rose + Annie Stokes Duo (Dew Drop Inn)
-Valley Queen + Foxtrot & The Get Down (Songbyrd Music House)
-Dan Lipton Trio + Lauren Calve Trio (Gypsy Sally's)
-Two Ton Twig (Pie Shop)
-Story District's Sucker for Love (Lincoln Theatre)
-1964 The Tribute (Wolf Trap)

FRIDAY, 2/15/19

-Interpol + Sunflower Bean (The Anthem - WIN TIX!)
-Bottled Up + Dove Lady + Clear Channel (Pie Shop)
-Ruse De Guerre + Cinema Hearts + Soul Meets Body (Rock & Roll Hotel)
-The Mayors of Marble Falls + The Feed + Ménage À Garage (DC9)
-1964 The Tribute (Wolf Trap)

SATURDAY, 2/16/19

-The OSYX + Sheila + Teen Mortgage + Wanted Man (Pie Shop)
-Vista + Miss, Understand Me + Elizabeth II (Velvet Lounge)

SUNDAY, 2/17/19

-Daughters + Wolf Eyes + Hide (Black Cat)
-Deerhoof + Speedy Ortiz + Pygmy Lush (Union Stage)
-Justin Jones (full band) + Glenmont Popes + Jimmy Swope (Pie Shop)
-Dante Elephante + Frass Green + Smith Gardens (DC9)
-The Knocks + Young & Sick + Blu DeTiger (9:30 Club)
-Don Zientara + Joshua Palace (Galaxy Hut)

[posted 2.10.19]
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There’s a bunch of videos out there. Some of them are good. Some of them are a cut above. I like to think my picks for Video of The Day are a cut (or two) above.

There must be something of the dark arts to "The Last Beat of The Last Elk Heart." This visceral, compelling song from Austin's The Black Drumset is spellbinding almost immediately, an urgent and intense pyre of unrelenting instrumentation. You'd be forgiven for expecting to hear some kind of spoken-in-tongues incantations over the bursts of tribal drumbeats, though the only words you'll hear are at the song's death, when the song's intensity eases and melts away like mist.

The video for the song creates a hell of a tripped-out audiovisual experience, with a rotating fake elk taking the central role and lighting/camera effects doing the rest. It's simple but incredibly effective at hypnotically creating a nearly out of body listening experience. Utter dynamite.  

The Last Beat of the Last Elk Heart (Official Video) - YouTube

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With so much coming through DC on a regular basis, how will you ever decide what to go see? Let's shine a light on the cream of the crop.

In 2018, they shared stages with Liam Gallagher, The Dandy Warhols, and Night Beats, spreading the songs from their 2017 self-titled debut to audiences far, wide, and everywhere in between. This year, they're back on the road and are currently deep in the midst of touring their latest EP Propaganda.

LA's Warbly Jets rolls in to DC tomorrow night. You can spend your Hump Day getting up close and personal with the band's swaggering Anglophilia-inspired, psych-kissed noise at the Songbyrd Music House. Taking cues from touchstones like Primal Scream and Kasabian, these songs are as danceable as can be, so get ready to cut a rug or two. Attendance at this one is strongly recommended.

Propaganda - SoundCloud
(207 secs long, 24719 plays)Play in SoundCloud

[posted 2.5.19]
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There’s a bunch of videos out there. Some of them are good. Some of them are a cut above. I like to think my picks for Video of The Day are a cut (or two) above.

I've got one particular song stuck in my head these days, and I have to say I'm more than ok with that. The song in question? That would be Methyl Ethel's delicious new ditty "Trip the Mains."

The song comes from Methyl Ethel's forthcoming third record Triage (out on 4AD this very February 15!), and while still obviously the work of ME mastermind Jake Webb, the song's weird and wonderful dream-shimmy-pop is overlaid with an unexpected gray gloom of pure, furrowed brow pining. The weight of reality does nothing to stem the pop sensibilities of the song, of course; diabolical slink like this is pretty hard to keep under wraps. It's a divine song, and one that's so ridiculously catchy that it's nigh on impossible to listen to just once. Which is just fine by me.

The video for the song is all Webb, all the time, spending a lot of time falling onto his back in various speeds of motion and sitting broodingly in a chair on a hell of an angle. Basically, like previous Methyl Ethel videos it's a thinkpiece in video format. And I love it.

Methyl Ethel - Trip the Mains - YouTube



[posted 2.4.19]

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A sunny Super Bowl Sunday afternoon seems as good a time as any to plot ones weekly show schedule, I think. Let's take a look at what's happening in the greater DC metro this coming week, shall we? Hot diggity!

Oh hello, February. And hello Super Bowl Sunday. Thanks to the egregiousness of NFL officiating, I'm only interested in the game as a means to see someone beat the team from the greater Boston area. But I won't be watching (I think I'll be washing my hair). In any event, the week ahead is a great week to go and see some live music. Without further ado, here's a look at some of the shows I happen to recommend for the coming week in the greater DC metro area. Bonus: catch yours truly at any show with an asterisk next to it.

And as an aside, if you've got a show coming up you'd like me to consider including in my weekly calendar, just shoot me an email with "Calendar" somewhere in the subject line. Thanks y'all!

TUESDAY, 2/5/19

-The Band Camino + Hardcastle (Rock & Roll Hotel - SOLD OUT)
-Oppo (Songbyrd Music House)

WEDNESDAY, 2/6/19

-Sharon Van Etten + Nilüfer Yanya (9:30 Club - SOLD OUT)
-Warbly Jets + The Colonies (Songbyrd Music House)
-Drew & Ellie Holcomb (Birchmere - SOLD OUT)
-Castlecomer + Weathers (DC9)

THURSDAY, 2/7/19

-Mandolin Orange + Mapache (9:30 Club - SOLD OUT)
-A Shrewdness of Apes + Heavy Wire + Fix Your Hearts (DC9)
-Reaches + Pearie Sol + Cool People (Dew Drop Inn)

FRIDAY, 2/8/19

-Grand Opening of The (New) Red Room (Black Cat)
-Fred Armisen (Lincoln Theatre - SOLD OUT)
-Drive-By Truckers + Lucinda Williams + Erika Wennerstrom (The Anthem)
-Arlo Guthrie's Alice's Restaurant Tour f/ Sarah Lee Guthrie (Birchmere)

SATURDAY, 2/9/19

-Brother Moses + Mandancing + Easy Sleeper (Songbyrd Music House)
-Makeup Girl + Outcalls + Deep Sea Peach Tree + Jeff Draco (Songbyrd Music House)
-Piramid Scheme + Jasmine Gillison + MASLO + Erin Frisby (Dew Drop Inn)
-Arlo Guthrie's Alice's Restaurant Tour f/ Sarah Lee Guthrie (Birchmere - SOLD OUT)

SUNDAY, 2/10/19

-SRSQ + Aertex (Songbyrd Music House)
-Open City + Truth Cult (Comet Ping Pong)
-The Silence Kit + VVOVVEE (Galaxy Hut)
-SCR (Songbyrd Music House)
-DC9 Punk Flea Market (DC9)

[posted 2.3.19]
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Well, well, well. Look who's taking their show on the road?

As I'm sure y'all already know, the legendary and most majestic Teenage Fanclub is coming back to our side of the world in a few weeks. They'll be here for nearly a month, traversing North America all the way from British Columbia to good ole North Carolina. If you're not excited about this, please check your pulse.

Full dates below. Go see! And DC folks, I expect to see you on March 16.

TEENAGE FANCLUB TOUR DATES

Feb 21 Vancouver, BC – Commodore Ballroom
Feb 22 Seattle, WA – Neptune
Feb 23 Portland, OR – Wonder Ballroom
Feb 25 San Francisco, CA – The Fillmore
Feb 26 Los Angeles, CA – Teragram Ballroom
Feb 27 Los Angeles, CA – Teragram Ballroom
Mar 02 Denver, CO – Bluebird
Mar 04 Minneapolis, MN – Varsity Theater
Mar 05 Madison, WI – Majestic Theatre
Mar 06 Chicago, IL – Metro
Mar 07 Detroit, MI – El Club
Mar 08 Toronto, ON – Phoenix Concert Theatre
Mar 09 Montreal, QC – Petit Campus
Mar 11 Boston, MA – Paradise Theatre
Mar 13 New York, NY – Bowery Ballroom
Mar 14 Brooklyn, NY – Music Hall of Williamsburg
Mar 15 Philadelphia, PA – Union Transfer
Mar 16 Washington, DC – 9:30 Club
Mar 18 Saxapahaw, NC – Haw River Ballroom

Teenage Fanclub - Mount Everest - YouTube

[posted 2.2.19]
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There’s a bunch of videos out there. Some of them are good. Some of them are a cut above. I like to think my picks for Video of The Day are a cut (or two) above.

It's easy to get lost in the warm embrace of Okey Dokey's "Whose Heart." The prismatic psych-soul ditty feels comfortable and enveloping thanks to its solid vintage vibes, the song floating along on some mighty fine, languid golden grooves.

What's not so easy is looking away from the song's video, created by the voice of Okey Dokey, Aaron Martin. Martin's dizzying reel of constantly changing imagery picks up on the song's inspiration - says Martin; "It’s sort of a depiction of the moment when you get stuck in a stare. I’m looking at my feet, now I’m day dreaming, now I’m gone. In a single day dream you can be in a million places, worrying about or enjoying a million different things. The song is about feeling like you have given yourself a lonely future, but the video focuses on how hard it can be to feel a specific emotion when every action and every thought comes with whatever happens to be around you or on your phone. There are so many other people that you can’t really just be alone to feel things. It’s loud in our heads because we are used to it being that way." Why not take a few minutes to clear some space in your head (and then fill it with Okey Dokey)?

Whose Heart - YouTube

[posted 2.1.19]
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