"Shelter" - darkDARK 

"Shelter" - darkDARK 

What it 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 257: Prisoner - Ryan Adams

Episode 257: Prisoner - Ryan Adams

This year, the Grammy's made it clear that they may have some...issues to work through. Kevin and Marcus Dowling (Bandcamp/Pitchfork) try to clear the air on how the esteemed organization really functions, and what you, YES YOU, might be able to do to change that.

Ryan Adams is one of the most prolific, and most successful singer/songwriters of the past 20 years. On Prisoner, his 16th LP, he's mining the pain of his recent divorce and the glory of 80's rock n' roll in equal measure? Is it another hit for the man with all the feelz, or is Adams just treading water? Tune in and find out.

PLUS! Ibibo Sound Machine is coming soon to a stereo near you. Get to know them and their single "Give Me A Reason" so you can get hype like us. 


The Radio Dept. @ Black Cat - 2/15/2017

The Radio Dept. @ Black Cat - 2/15/2017

Swedish dream pop band The Radio Dept. like to take their time between albums. The band released their fourth full-length, Running Out of Love, last October, their first since 2010’s Clinging to a Scheme. The band refers to the album as “dystopian” in nature, being “about the impatience that turns into anger, hate and ultimately withdrawal and apathy when love for the world and our existence begins to falter.” These sentiments may have only grown more fitting in the time since the record was recorded. The new songs take the band further into the synthpop direction than they have ever ventured before, mostly leaving behind the guitars that were previously a staple of the band’s sound. Still present, however, are singer Johan Duncanson’s hushed, understated vocals.


Episode 256: The El Mansouris - The El Mansouris

Episode 256: The El Mansouris - The El Mansouris

First there were whispers. Then there was a video. And finally, after years of waiting there was a debut album. And just like that, Washington, DC "supergroup" The El Mansouris were gone.

Tune in as we dive deep into a minor masterpiece by a band that barely existed, but left a hell of a mark in the short time they had. 

PLUS! Tidal Talk is BACK, and now living in our darkest timeline where Net Neutrality is on its last legs and Justin Bieber is the only state approved music for the masses.

OK. That last part isn't true YET, but seriously guys...it's starting to look bleak out there.

PS. We've also got seven minutes of fresh PAIN from our friend Seán Barna for ya.


Justin Hayward @ Rams Head On Stage (Annapolis) - 2/12/2017

Justin Hayward @ Rams Head On Stage (Annapolis) - 2/12/2017

As one of the primary singers and songwriters of prog rock legends The Moody Blues, Justin Hayward has had a five-decade long career performing some of the most memorable songs in popular music. Though their recorded output has dropped off in recent years, the band is still very active today, performing around 50 shows a year and currently planning a 50th anniversary tour for their landmark 1967 album Days of Future Passed.


“Empty Room (feat. Yuna)” - Big Wild

“Empty Room (feat. Yuna)” - Big Wild

Sounds Like:

ODESZA on the beach; an electronic dance jam you don’t feel guilty listening to.

Why you should care:

Jackson Stell, producer and DJ behind the groovy, electronic dance project Big Wild, dropped the second single off his upcoming EP Invincible yesterday and it promises to make waves.


White Lies @ 9:30 Club - 2/1/2017

White Lies @ 9:30 Club - 2/1/2017

White Lies entered the scene in the mid-2000s post-punk revival that also brought us bands like Editors, Interpol, and Bloc Party. Though their somewhat darker, melancholy sound and frontman Herry McVeigh’s baritone vocals led to them being dismissed by some as a Joy Division wannabes (despite their protests that they didn’t even like Joy Division), the London-based trio has found a dedicated international following over their decade-long career. They put out their fourth album, Friends, back in October of last year, and returned to the US this month for the first time since 2014 for a brief round of dates supporting its release. The band started their tour in DC at the 9:30 Club.


Sampha @ 9:30 Club - 2/8/2017

Sampha @ 9:30 Club - 2/8/2017

Stop me if you’ve heard this one...Three sad boi’s and Olivia Pope walk into a bar…

THAT was the the scene last Wednesday night at the 9:30 Club when Sampha returned to play his second sold out show in the space of a few months in the nation’s capital. On his latest LP, Process, the British singer/producer deftly mixes old soul with a cold, machine elegance that demands a certain level of sophistication to go with your feels. On stage the multitudes of subtle urbanities served as both an asset and a hindrance to this rising star.


Episode 255: Faith - George Michael [Discologist]

Episode 255: Faith - George Michael [Discologist]

By the late 80's, Georgios Kyriacos Panayiotou, known to the majority of the world as George Michael, had already seen the heights of fame with his group Wham. He had experienced the power that artists could achieve by uniting their voices with We Are The World, and played an integral part in the video revolution that was MTV.  

But the best was yet to come.

In 1987, Faith, his debut solo album dropped and changed the face of pop music forever. Unabashedly open in matters of the heart, sexuality, and reverence for the rich history of American R&B, George Michael's masterpiece didn't just top the charts, it changed them immeasurably for the better.

Join us as we dive deep into this musical milestone with the help of our friends Sarah Godfrey and Marcus Dowling,

It's a celebration. It's a memorial. It's George Michael's Faith


Austra @ Black Cat - 1/28/2017

Austra @ Black Cat - 1/28/2017

Austra released their third album, Future Politics, in January. On it, Canadian musician Katie Stelmanis takes on a dystopian vision that seems almost prescient given all that has occurred in the time since she wrote and recorded the record. But far from simply being a bleak vision, the songs seek to offer a way forward. “I’m looking for something to rise up above,” she sings in the title track, and that sense of hopefulness pervades even some of the starkest moments. The band’s recent tour brought them to the Black Cat in Washington, DC, where Stelmanis and her band presented much of the album live to a packed crowd


Great Good Fine OK @ DC9 - 1/30/2017

Great Good Fine OK @ DC9 - 1/30/2017

Some bands like to take time before releasing their music. Great Good Fine Ok is not one of those bands. As one of the more prolific synth-pop bands in recent years, they have been steadily chugging onwards, releasing six singles over the past year and culminating with a January EP release, III. If a sold-out DC9 is any indicator, the steady stream of singles has helped keep the duo in the forefront of people’s minds and playlists, but the live show itself is the real reason that fans should stick around.


Episode 254: False Youth Etcetera, Vol 1 - Roadkill Ghost Choir

Episode 254: False Youth Etcetera, Vol 1 - Roadkill Ghost Choir

In 2014 Athens, GA's Roadkill Ghost Choir released their masterful full-length debut, In Tongues. With miles on the road behind them and a years worth of waiting, their follow up, False Youth Etcetera, Volume 1 is finally here and we're bringing back a blast-from-the-past to talk through their finest, and poppiest song-cycle yet.

PLUS! Singer/songwriter Lincoln Barr makes some mighty fine "weird folk" music and we've got a taste for you from his new LP, Trembling Frames


"Blackened Cities" - Mélanie De Biasio

"Blackened Cities" - Mélanie De Biasio

Sounds Like

The undercurrent of dread that permeates your every waking moment; late period Talk Talk; a jazz-ambient cover of the “It Follows” soundtrack.

Why You Should Care

At this point in 2017, do you have much choice? The answer, of course, is no, because free will is an illusion, joy is but a fleeting gif, and the only way out of the pain is through it. Which is why Mélanie De Biasio’s Blackened Cities, released last May, is such a revelation.


Moon Hooch @ U Street Music Hall - 2/1/17

Moon Hooch @ U Street Music Hall - 2/1/17

Forget what you know about the saxophone, because Moon Hooch breaks all expectations of what it can do. From their subway busking days in New York City to their breakout Tiny Desk Concert performance in 2014 to now, Moon Hooch has continued to wow larger and larger crowds with their mix of rock, jazz, and EDM - ‘cave music’, in their words. In support of their third album Red Sky and the surprise free EP release Joshua Tree, the trio of Mike Wilbur, Wenzl McGowen, and James Muschler brought their intense saxophone sounds to a sold-out U Street Music Hall. (And yes, they brought the giant traffic cone.)


Cold Cave @ Rock and Roll Hotel - 1/25/2017

Cold Cave @ Rock and Roll Hotel - 1/25/2017

Cold Cave, the darkwave brainchild of musician Wesley Eisold, sounds like a throwback, combining the influences of the heyday of Factory Records with the synth industrial of bands like Nine Inch Nails. The band released its most recent proper album, Cherish the Light Years, on Matador Records in 2011, but since that time has been fairly reclusive, releasing only a handful of singles (as well as a compilation album, Full Cold Moon, in 2014). Despite this, the band recently embarked on a tour, which included a stop in DC at the Rock and Roll Hotel last week.


Episode 253: Process - Sampha

Episode 253: Process - Sampha

Sampha Sisay has spent the bulk of his career on the sidelines, singing and producing for the likes of Drake, Kanye West, Solange, and many more. On Process, his first full-length, the multi-talented soul phenom is finally stepping fully into the spotlight, and the results are stunning. Marcus Dowling (Decades, Pitchfork) and Marcus Moore (Bandcamp) join Kevin this week to work through their multitude of feels. 

PLUS! Everybody needs more jazz in their life, and we've got a taste of pianist Noah Haidu's upcoming LP Infinite Distances for you to get cultured to.


Episode 252: Life Without Sound - Cloud Nothings

Episode 252: Life Without Sound - Cloud Nothings

In 2009, Cloud Nothings leader Dylan Baldi dropped out of college to pursue his rock n' roll dreams, and he did so with a vengeance. With their fourth album, Life Without Sound, Baldi and crew have polished their sound, without sacrificing any of the angst and ferocity that made the world fall in love with them in the first place.  

We discuss, while Paul relives the 90's. 

PLUS! We're setting the wayback machine for a trip back to 1972 and the new-to-us soul of Howard Tate!


Phox @ 9:30 Club - 1/27/17

Phox @ 9:30 Club - 1/27/17

It’s not often that a buzzed-about band will call it quits and embark on a farewell tour after only one album. But it seems that the small band from the 12,000-strong town of Baraboo, WI, have bigger things in mind than the music of their debut album that they've furiously toured on for the last two years. For their devoted fans and those just getting on board the PHOX train, this was the ideal send-off, complete with witty banter, impromptu covers, and a charming performance from singer Monica Martin that was a sign of things to come.


"Aphasia" (Live) - Pinegrove

"Aphasia" (Live) - Pinegrove

Sounds Like

Acoustic seeds of revolution; alternative rock under the guise of folk.

Why You Should Care

This socially conscious New Jersey band released their sophomore studio album Cardinal in June 2016, and the polite, energetic alternative rock was quickly ranked one of the best albums of the year by Pitchfork, NPR, and Stereogum.


Episode 251: Nothing Feels Natural - Priests

Episode 251: Nothing Feels Natural - Priests

After a string of EP's and years of anticipation, Washington DC neü-punk provocateurs, Priests, have finally delivered their debut full length, Nothing Feels Natural. On our latest podcast, Kevin, Paul, Eduardo and Marcus Dowling (Pitchfork, Bandcamp) are hanging out in the basement, getting to the bottom of this raucous new album. Is it the right protest album at the right time, or just another "punk" album for the masses? Tune in to find out.

PLUS! R&B jams from the underground! Sonder's new EP Into is laying down the bedroom vibes, and we've got it's lead track for you to sink your teeth into.