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Episode 382: Shooter Jennings' 'Shooter'; In Conversation with Wheeler Walker Jr.

Episode 382: Shooter Jennings' 'Shooter'; In Conversation with Wheeler Walker Jr.

Shooter Jennings is a man of many moods and talents, but on his new album Shooter, he's returning to his Country roots. A celebration of the Hank Williams Jr, and all of the troublemakers and rabble-rousers that came before and after, Shooter is bursting with debauchery, heartache, and something sorely missing from today's Country music: fun.

PLUS! We're sitting down with the true savior of Country music - Wheeler Walker, Jr. - to discuss his upcoming album and tour, why the Nashville machine continues to give one of it's own the cold shoulder, and much, much more.


Episode 289: Seán Barna Returns

Episode 289: Seán Barna Returns

On his first full length Pictures Of An Exhibitionist, singer/songwriter (and, full disclosure, one of our brodawg's) Seán Barna is getting in touch with his feelings and delivering a savagely raw set of songs that chronicle his adventures in LA and Washington, DC over the past few years. Kevin and Marcus (Dowling) are sitting down with the "dark lord" of folk to talk the ins and outs of Exhibitionist, life after DC, and more.

PLUS! Instead of giving up on being a musician after suffering a crippling health crisis, Kaeley Pruitt-Hamm poured her experiences into her new EP, Hi From Pillows (out NOW on Local Woman Records). Part art, part activism, Pillows tackles important issues that affect us all, exploring them through a slightly-honeyed indie-folk lens. Check out the single "Thorns" from this gem of an EP.


Episode 288: Miles Mosley

Episode 288: Miles Mosley

Besides being one of the founding members of the mighty West Coast Get Down, bassist Miles Mosley's resume (Kamasi Washington, Kendrick Lamar, Lauryn Hill...) reads like a who's who of the biggest names in music. Earlier this year we reviewed his stellar debut solo LP, Uprising, and recently we had the chance to sit down with the master innovator before his ground shaking show at Songbyrd Music House right here in Washington, DC. Join us and get delivered some TRUTH about music, life, and existential excellence from one of modern music's most electric voices.

PLUS!  Cameron Graves (also a founding member of the West Coast Get Down) is one of the most innovative keyboard players on the modern jazz (or any) scene. On his new album Planetary Prince, he's pulling out all the stops and taking the listener on an intensely cosmic jazz odyssey...that also happens to be one of the best albums of 2017. Tune in, and drop out with the lead off track from this funk and soul infused triumph, "Satania In Our Solar System."


Episode 279: Tenderheart - Sam Outlaw

Episode 279: Tenderheart - Sam Outlaw

"The Best of xyz..." lists always kinda suck, but recently the Fader published a list that hit close to home...and was way off base. Marcus (Dowling) and Eduardo join Kevin in the basement to shed some light on the "DC scene" in 2017, and spread some tough love for the city that we love and call home.

Sam Outlaw had a solid career in advertising, but after turning 30 decided to throw it all away and take up music. With his second full-length Tenderheart under his belt, the "California country" singer is spreading tender vibes to listeners across the world. Is it the real deal, or is it just LA artifice? We're digging in to find out.

PLUS! Saxophonist supreme Colin Stetson is back with a wild new album, and we've got it's latest single for you to get weird with.


"Shelter" - darkDARK 

"Shelter" - darkDARK 

Sounds like:

Something straight out of the Upside Down

Why you should care:

Because you’re still a bit obsessed with the 80s, admit it

Production duo darkDARK is set to make their debut with the EP Heathered, which they’re releasing independently on February 24. But to tide us over, the group has released “Shelter”, a song that comes from the dark electronic depths that also brought us musicians like S U R V I V E and Zola Jesus.


Episode 240: Kadhja Bonet - The Visitor

Episode 240: Kadhja Bonet - The Visitor

What does it take to be a music journalist in 2016? Marcus J. Moore (Bandcamp), Marcus K. Dowling (Pitchfork), and Kevin discuss.

On The Visitor, Kadhja Bonet is mining the past and creating a soulful new sound that feels more than necessary in the crazy year that is 2016. Is it one of the years best, or does this hyper-talented artist from LA still have a little ways to go? Tune in and find out.

PLUS: DC's renewed soul scene continues to grow and thrive. April + Vista are leading the charge. Any questions? Get em answered with their track "Beasts". 


Jungle Fire - "Firewalker"

Jungle Fire - "Firewalker"

Sounds Like:

The Budos Band scoring a Quentin Tarantino film.

Why You Should Care:  

No current band is exploring Afro-Cuban rhythms with the talent and precision of L.A.’s Jungle Fire, who released their first LP, Tropicoso, a few short weeks ago.  Formed in 2011 as a one-off, Jungle Fire built its reputation through well-received club dates and as an opening act for the likes of Shuggie Otis and Lee Fields. On its website, the band describes its sound as a "melting pot of Afro-Cuban rhythms, breakbeats, and 70s inspired funk." “Firewalker” demonstrates that an Afro-Cuban funk track can succeed as a dance club single. You cannot resist this beat.


Episode 61: Sean Barna

Episode 61: Sean Barna

If you live in the District (of Columbia) and have even barely waded into the burgeoning local music scene, then you probably already know the name Sean Barna. Best known for his work behind the drum kit for a multitude of bands, last year Barna packed up and moved to California to pursue other dreams. But, it’s always, always been about the music for him and so eventually he found himself pursuing a new role, that of singer songwriter, with everything he’s got...