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Israel Nash @ DC9 - 1/21/15

Israel Nash @ DC9 - 1/21/15

The US may finally be catching on to Israel Nash.  For an artist so thoroughly steeped in Americana – born and raised in the heartland of Missouri and now living in Dripping Springs, Texas (a small town which proudly bills itself as the “Gateway to Hill Country”) – success in Europe has proven easier to find.  His second album, Barn Doors and Concrete Floors, took the number one spot on the Euro Americana Chart in 2011, and his third (and current) album, Rain Plans, was released overseas nearly a year before getting an American release.

In fact, as he noted early in the performance, Wednesday’s show at DC9 was his first headlining show in Washington, DC. 


TRACKING: Dead Professional - "Downtown At Sundown"

TRACKING: Dead Professional - "Downtown At Sundown"

SOUNDS LIKE: The Cars, ELO, Elvis Costello, Nick Lowe….New Wave cool.
WHY YOU SHOULD CARE: Power pop ain’t dead, not by a longshot…in fact if you live in DC it’s being made in your own back yard.

Singer-songwriter John Harouf has pulled off one hell of a trick with his single “Downtown At Sundown.” Usually when you hear the words “DIY” there’s a 98% chance that the terms “Lo-fi” or “Garage” can’t be far behind. But “Downtown,” its engine fueled by simple drum machines, a punchy guitar, and a razor sharp sense of cool, escapes the pitfalls that those labels imply, and instead steers straight towards the days when “Eldorado” ruled the airwaves. Much like ChunkyGlasses favorites Hundred Visions, Harouf mines an era where having an image was all good and fine, but all the cool kids wrote simple, simply great, songs.

You can catch Dead Professional laying down the cool this Saturday (October 12th) at Iota in Arlington, VA.