Episode 358: Port Saint Joe - Brothers Osborne

Episode 358: Port Saint Joe - Brothers Osborne

On their sophomore LP Port Saint Joe, Brothers Osborne has pulled off the rare feat of being EXACTLY as good as the hype makes them out to be. Good times, sick jams, with copious amounts of whiskey, weed, and Willie all make this "country" album one of the years best releases whether you believe in Nashville or not. 

PLUS! We've got some thoughts on the current state of Country Music journalism, Kendrick's Pulitzer, and Washington state's The Moondoggies are back from the cosmos with a new album and a new single to go along with it!


"Turn It Up" — Penguin Prison

"Turn It Up" — Penguin Prison

Sounds Like:

#mondaymotivation doused in catchy guitar riffs

Why You Should Care:

Chris Glover has been one of the most reliably fun musicians to grace the synth-pop landscape in the last few years. In the time since his 2015 sophomore album Lost in New York, he’s been DJing venues worldwide and putting out remixes for artists like Freedom Fry, A R I Z O N A, and DC-area band Broke Royals. But he’s also recently put out the four-song EP Turn It Up. The title track is quintessential Penguin Prison - there are four-on-the-floor drums, and poppy guitar riffs abound - but it’s also one of positive reinforcement, encouraging you to push through regardless of the obstacles.


Live Review: Franz Ferdinand @ 9:30 Club - 4/11/2018

Live Review: Franz Ferdinand @ 9:30 Club - 4/11/2018

Scottish indie rockers Franz Ferdinand released their fifth album, Always Ascending, in February, fourteen years to the day after the release of their self-titled debut album and nearly five years after their previous record, 2013’s Right Thoughts, Right Words, Right Action. The album represents the band’s first recordings after two significant changes to their long-time lineup – the departure of founding guitarist Nick McCarthy, and the addition of keyboardist Julian Corrie (another new member, guitarist Dino Bardot, was added to the band after the recording was completed). Despite these significant changes, the album doesn’t seem like a jarring shift in direction so much as an evolution – the synths are a bit more prominent than in the past, but it still sounds unmistakably like a Franz Ferdinand record.


Episode 357: Loma - Loma

Episode 357: Loma - Loma

The best art happens when like-minded creatives get together with the simple goal of sharing and exploring a moment or feeling. For their debut album, Loma - the band made up of Shearwater's Jonathan Meiburg and Cross Record's Emily Cross and Dan Duszynski - headed to the Texas countryside to craft their shared vision and returned with one of the best albums of 2018 to date. Intimate, but sonically sprawling, Loma depends as much on the sounds of the locale where it was created as it does the grandiose soundscapes of Peter Gabriel and exacting folk of Fairport Convention.

We're here for it, and you should be too, so let's hang out for a few and talk about this remarkable first step for a band we hope will be around for years to come. 

PLUS! Motorcade loves that 80's sound ERGO we love Motorcade and have got a track to turn you on to them too!


Episode 356: Stain - Living Colour [Discologist]

Episode 356: Stain - Living Colour [Discologist]

Living Colour is one of the most important bands in music history. On their third release Stain, the black rock innovators dug deep into the history of their culture, the dysfunction of America, and the sounds of underground rock and roll and came back with violent, high-volume exploration of love, hate, identity, and deep humanity that resonates maybe even stronger in 2018 then it did twenty-five years ago.

Join Kevin and Marcus along with special guest Timothy Anne Burnside as they work through this intense, complicated masterpiece, it's legacy, the questions AND answers it poses,  much, much more. 


Episode 355: The Louder I Call, The Faster It Runs - Wye Oak

Episode 355: The Louder I Call, The Faster It Runs - Wye Oak

Over twelve years and six albums, Wye Oak's Jenn Wasner and Andy Stack have proven time and again that their talents know no boundaries. Their new LP The Louder I Call, The Faster It Runs, finds the experimentation that the duo has been pursuing over the past few years - both within the constraints of Wye Oak and through various solo projects (Flock of Dimes, El Vey, Dungeonesse)  - coalescing into a real evolution of the band that isn't just their strongest release to date, but one of the best albums of 2018. Join us as we try to suppress our fanaticism and explore what makes this record so singular, and such a milestone for one of indie rocks greatest bands.

PLUS! Phil Cook is BACK and here to help you through this life with the first track off of his upcoming LP,  People Are My Drug.


Episode 354: Ryan Walsh, author of 'Astral Weeks: A Secret History of 1968'

Episode 354: Ryan Walsh, author of 'Astral Weeks: A Secret History of 1968'

Creation doesn't happen in a vacuum, and in Astral Weeks: A Secret History of 1968, author (and Hallelujah The Hills frontman) Ryan Walsh explores every weird, fantastical nook and cranny of Boston that surrounded and seeped into Van Morrison's soul-bending masterpiece. We're sitting down with Walsh to discuss how he brought this story to life, the eternal value of having your mind blown, and a history of his hometown that has remained largely untold until now.

Tune in, drop out, and slip into the slipstream for a fascinating conversation about one of the all-time-great books about rock and roll and the forces that shape it.


Rogue Wave @ Black Cat - 3/31/2018

Rogue Wave @ Black Cat - 3/31/2018

Oakland, California-based Rogue Wave have been making their melodic indie rock for a decade and a half now, having released six albums of original songs and, most recently, an album of covers last year. But if only one record of their extensive output were destined to be considered a classic, it would almost certainly be their third release, 2007’s Asleep at Heaven’s Gate. It, and in particular the song “Lake Michigan,” was the record which brought the band to a wider audience and cemented their position as an important band in the indie rock scene of the last decade. But it was almost destined to become a lost classic, as the album went out of print and has been unavailable for several years. A new, remastered and expanded vinyl edition released by Slow Down Sounds in March corrects that. The band’s tour in support of that release brought them to the Black Cat on Saturday night.


Live Review: Lucius @ Lincoln Theatre - 3/31/2018

Live Review: Lucius @ Lincoln Theatre - 3/31/2018

The acoustic tour is almost an inevitability. Serving as a retrospective (see: Alanis Morrissette’s Jagged Little Pill Acoustic tour and Peter Frampton’s Acoustic Classics tour), artists will take it on after a one-off performance garners rave reviews (see: crowd demand to see an old favorite, or T-Pain post-Tiny Desk Concert). But still, the question begs, “Why go on an acoustic tour after only two albums?” Lucius’s live show has always featured an acoustic element, but only for one song before going back to their usual setup. Their debut album Wildewoman also toyed with Americana-tinged singer-songwriter music, like “Two of Us on the Run.” But after two albums, vocalists Jess Wolfe and Holly Laessig have decided to take that fan favorite moment of their show and expand on it. Their third album Nudes features acoustic versions of select Lucius tracks from previous albums as well as a few covers, including a collaboration with Pink Floyd’s Roger Waters. It’s Lucius as fans have only received a sample of up to now, but at their sold-out Lincoln Theatre stop, they performed a fully-acoustic set that was nothing short of captivating from start to finish.


Episode 353: Golden Hour - Kacey Musgraves

Episode 353: Golden Hour - Kacey Musgraves

On Golden Hour, Kacey Musgraves is dialing back the humor and turning up the heart to deliver what many are saying is her best work to date. Is this latest collection of genre-defying, lane-shifting "country" songs the future of Musgraves, or just a stepping stone on the way to something better? We've assembled a panel of Musgraves superfans to find out.

PLUS! Jazz Bassist songwriter Nicole Saphos is classing up the #DCMusic joint and we've got a taste of her groovin' new EP Buzz and Bloom to get you hip.


Live Review: Son Lux @ Black Cat - 3/21/2018

Live Review: Son Lux @ Black Cat - 3/21/2018

Ryan Lott and company weren't going to let a bit of snow ruin the kick-off to their North American tour. Son Lux, comprised of Lott on keys/vocals, Rafiq Bhattia on guitars, and Ian Chang on drums, released their fourth album (and second as an official trio) Brighter Wounds in 2018. The album is an amalgamation of emotions and genres - fear, joy, and anguish all shine through their complicated, contemplative, and anthemic tracks. The snow caused other cancellations around town that night, but Son Lux insisted that the show would go on. Though opener Hanna Benn had to cancel, Son Lux alongside openers Sinkane provided a compelling night of music for those that stuck it out.


Episode 352: Everything's Fine - Jean Grae and Quelle Chris

Episode 352: Everything's Fine - Jean Grae and Quelle Chris

Jean Grae and Qeulle Chris are both musical forces to be reckoned with in their own rights. Put em together, and you get what is sure to be one of the best albums of 2018. A heady shot of high-concept outrage, hip-hop, and heart, Everything's Fine is an unmitigated masterpiece that will serve as a lightning rod for anyone who rages against the insanity of modern existence for years to come.

Marcus J. Moore, Senior Editor at Bandcamp and author of the upcoming book The Butterfly Effect: How Kendrick Lamar Ignited the Soul of Black America, joins us as we dive into this pièce de résist to find out if everything is, in fact, fine, and if it isn't, how are we gonna make it better?


Yamantaka // Sonic Titan @ Union Stage - 3/20/1018

Yamantaka // Sonic Titan @ Union Stage - 3/20/1018

It’s been a few years since we’ve heard from Canadian art rock collective Yamantaka // Sonic Titan, but that doesn’t mean that they haven’t been busy. After touring ended for their 2013 Polaris Music Prize-shortlisted album Uzu, the band holed up for a different kind of project, writing the score for the video game Severed in collaboration with another Canadian band, Pantayo. Only after that was it time to work on the next album. Dirt was finally released last Friday, and the band stopped in DC at Union Stage a few nights before to present it to a small crowd of people who braved the threat of bad weather to see the band play.


Episode 351: The Sounds of Washington, DC, Part 3

Episode 351: The Sounds of Washington, DC, Part 3

Known to most of the world as a political playground, Washington, D.C. is a city where decisions that shape the course of, not just American, but HUMAN history, are made every day. More than that though, D.C. is a city where cultures collide resulting in a creative class that produces some of the most compelling and diverse art in the world. Built on the legacy of jazz and go-go, D.C. is on the cusp of a creative explosion and bringing everything from hip-hop to indie rock into the fold.

In part three of our Sounds of Washington, DC series, we're joined by Blight Records label-head Benjamin Schurr and Mystery Friends guitarist Dave Mohl for a synth-heavy hang with some serious discussion about the DC scene thrown in for good measure.


Tiny Reviews: New Releases 3/23/18

Tiny Reviews: New Releases 3/23/18

First impressions are often the best, so each week we bring you a brief rundown of what is, and isn't, worth your precious damn time after spending oh-so-little time with the latest in music

Delivered with a heavy dose of snark, here come this week's picks.


Astral Weeks: A Secret History of 1968 [Reading THIS Friday at Right Proper Brewery!]

Astral Weeks: A Secret History of 1968 [Reading THIS Friday at Right Proper Brewery!]

Sounds Like:

Nothing. It's a book. A damn GOOD book at that. 

Why You Should Care:

Born out of curiosity and fascination with one of the greatest albums of all time, Hallelujah The Hills frontman Ryan H. Walsh has crafted a modern classic of rock and roll biography in Astral Weeks: A Secret History of 1968. All but abandoning the usual behind-the-scenes insights we've come to expect from your standard music bio, Walsh's profile plunges the reader into a deeply weird, and awesomely psychedelic, exploration of the late-sixties Boston outside legendary singer/poet Van Morrison that ultimately seeped into the creation of his undisputed masterpiece.

Melding equal parts Hunter S. Thompson with the exacting, humanistic eye of Ken Burns, Walsh, through his at times unbelievable cast of "characters," events, and general far-outness achieves that rare feat of bringing history to Technicolor life by putting the reader in the room with the weirdos, heavies, and music legends that drift through this true story's landscape.

You can get lost in the slipstream yourself THIS FRIDAY when Walsh kicks off his book tour for Astral Weeks: A Secret History of 1968 right here in Washington, DC Right Proper Brewery in Brookland (920 Girard St NE, Washington, DC, 2001) from 7pm-9pm. The event is free (you can RSVP HERE) and will be Co-Hosted by David Malitz, of the Washington Post.

Whether you're a fan of Van the man, weird history, or just like great beer, this isn't an event you're going to want to miss. 


Live Review: Soft Glas @ Songbyrd - 3/17/2018

Live Review: Soft Glas @ Songbyrd - 3/17/2018

While St. Patrick's Day revelers roamed about from bar to bar around Adams Morgan, Songbyrd alongside local music site Capitol Sound DC took concertgoers to beachier, more care-free locales, courtesy of multi-instrumentalist Soft Glas (AKA Joao Gonzalez). He recently completed a tour with Overcoats as their backing drummer, but his musical ability goes much further than that - his album Orange Earth is a textbook example of nostalgia as a mission statement. His upbringing isn't hard to discern in his music: he grew up in the South Florida suburb of Coral Springs and his father is a Grammy Award-winning Cuban jazz pianist. The album brims with sunny nostalgia and little flourishes of flutes and saxophone throughout. Gonzalez plays most of the instruments heard on the album, and his attention to detail in crafting a singular vision of dreamy, sunset-soaked music is a treat for the ears.


Episode 350: Neil F$^ing Diamond

Episode 350: Neil F$^ing Diamond

After a recent diagnosis of Parkinson's Disease, legendary singer/songwriter Neil Diamond announced that after Fifty Years of sold-out crowds all over the world he was retiring from the road. But NEVER from creating music.

Andrew Wright (Blankus Larry) and Marcus K. Dowling (Iconoclasm) are joining Kevin in the basement to celebrate the career of this living legend, how his music shattered boundaries to become benevolently ubiquitous, and some awkward truths about Diamond's finest hour, the 1980 film The Jazz Singer.