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This is a thread where all DC residents past and present can post information about the music scene in the city and any interesting or important upcoming events. Anyone who has lived here knows that there is a) a lot going on and b) not enough coverage to prevent a lot of frustration from missing shows that nobody knew about. Hopefully this thread will become valuable.

Aaron Grossman (aajjgg), Tuesday, 10 February 2004 21:19 (11 years ago) Permalink

I can get everything rolling with a few contributions:
anyone wanting to get into the free improv scene here should sign up with the DC Improv yahoo group, which has listings for a lot of events in the area. They bring in a lot of good artists like Sabeer Mateen, Susie Ibarra and the Ethnic Heritage Ensemble.

The only electronic night i have ever been to is called Matter and it is held at the Blue Room on 18th street. I am not sure if it still exists, as i havent seen it listed for a while. The Djs played a lot of techno, including all the requisite hip german stuff, but whenever i went, there were 20 people there, and everything was being played at lounge volumes. it was a bit sad really, though the bar has a good beer selection.

Aaron Grossman (aajjgg), Tuesday, 10 February 2004 21:26 (11 years ago) Permalink

At Recessions (18th and L St) on Fridays and Saturdays, sometimes local rappers come and rap over karaoke. I saw it once, and they were really good, considering.

Chris H. (chrisherbert), Tuesday, 10 February 2004 22:10 (11 years ago) Permalink

cool. keep em coming.

Aaron Grossman (aajjgg), Wednesday, 11 February 2004 04:22 (11 years ago) Permalink

I grew up in DC, but I don't live there anymore. I'm visiting in mid-March with my friend. She wants to see live music. Any suggestions? I was thinking of seeing British Sea Power at the Black Cat, but that's kind of boring. Anything more local to recommend?

Debito (Debito), Wednesday, 11 February 2004 04:32 (11 years ago) Permalink

Matter at the Blue Room ended a couple of months ago. In its place there's a rotating cast of weekly Sunday nights. I'm listing them with some of the other less club oriented regular DJ events around town:

SALT (listed first, because it's my night, dammit)
synthfunk, indiepop, dancehall, grime, electropunk, hip hop, industrial, hits
DJ's Sad and Lonely
1st Wednesday monthly
Cafe Saint-Ex

indiedisco and beyond
DJ Will Eastman
generally 3rd Saturday monthly
the Black Cat

disco, new wave, funk, postpunk, hiphop
DJ's Serpico, William Alberque, Cullen Stalin, Sad
generally 4th Saturday monthly
the Black Cat

Yellow Fever
reggae, groove, soul, hip-hop, dub
DJ's Yellow Fever
Tuesdays biweekly
Cafe Saint-Ex

Spilt Milk
rock, disco, funk, mod, punk, soul
Tuesdays biweekly

indie house?
DJ's Bob Mould and Richard Morel
9:30 Club

Taking the Piss
jingle-jangle indie pop & psychedelic
occasional Fridays
Marx Cafe

We Fought the Big One
UK post punk, shoegaze, guitar pop, indie dance
DJ's Brandon Grover and Rick Taylor
1st Friday monthly
Marx Cafe

The Wag
60's garage soul & trash
DJ Mark Zimin
1st Saturday monthly
the Black Cat

The Mousetrap
brit pop, indie
DJ Mark Zimin
generally 2nd Saturday monthly
the Black Cat

coldwave, darkwave
2nd Sunday monthly
the Blue Room

post punk, UK indie, dream pop
3rd Sunday monthly
the Blue Room

The Melting Pot
everything, 1964-1980
DJ Neville Chamberlain
Thursday biweekly
Cafe Saint-Ex

rock and roll
DJ Johnny
Cafe Saint-Ex

soul, mod, garage
DJ Beat Neat-O
Thursdays biweekly
Cafe Saint-Ex

I'll work on a whole separate list of the club/hip hop/EDM events...

Brian Miller, Wednesday, 11 February 2004 14:55 (11 years ago) Permalink

and here's what counds like a good upcoming special event:

24 Hour Access: 24 Hour Psycho

February 28, 2004 at 5:30 p.m.
A first for the Hirshhorn---the Museum will open the Douglas Gordon exhibition for twenty-four consecutive hours. 24 Hour Psycho (1993), the artist's video installation that stretches the Hitchcock classic into a twenty-four-hour experience, is the inspiration for this all-night happening. Launch the leap year with this unique, drop-in event, which will also include music, gallery discussions, and a "Meet the Artist" interview with Douglas Gordon conducted by Hirshhorn Director of Art and Programs and Chief Curator Kerry Brougher on Sunday at 3 p.m. in the Ring Auditorium. "24 Hour Access: 24 Hour Psycho" is made possible through the generosity of Aaron and Barbara Levine.

The following music (presented by Signal 66) will be played:
5:30 ˆ 7:00pm DJ Sandwich Man
7:00 ˆ 8:00pm Band Chessie
8:00 ˆ 8:30pm DJ Debut
8:30 ˆ 9:15pm Band The Hipnotix
9:15 ˆ 9:45pm DJ Beat Neat-o of Groove
9:45 ˆ 10:30pm Band Rose
10:30 ˆ 11:00pm DJ Neville Chamberlain
11:00 ˆ 11:45pm Band The Phobes
11:45 ˆ 12:15am DJ Neville Chamberlain
12:15 ˆ 1:00am Band Sounds of Kaleidoscope
1:00 ˆ 1:30am DJ Happy Family
1:30 ˆ 2:15am Band Sons of Disobedience
2:15 ˆ 2:45am DJ Neville Chamberlain (tentative)
2:45 ˆ 3:30am Band Gully Jimson

Brian Miller, Wednesday, 11 February 2004 14:57 (11 years ago) Permalink

Wed. 2-11

Habib Koite from Mali at the National Geographic Grosvenor
Hall--Habib's got a nice live cd out--He trys to meld styles from
different parts of Mali, and while he's not a big fave of mine he's
definately not bad

Bobby Sanabria & Quarteto Ache at the K. Ctr. Eisenhower Theater--A
wonderful percussionist, bandleader, and sideman (not to mention a
college professor) who is very charismatic and entertaining with his band

Los Hombres Calientes from New Orleans at the Clarice Smith Center-An
interesting bunch from New Orleans who blend that city's jazz with
flavors from throughout the Caribbean. I believe WPFW's Jim Byers is
hosting and leading a chat with them as well.

Muzsikas at the Freer-Hungarian vocal combo

Sat. 2-14

Sanchez and Richie Stephens at the Crossroads-Jamaican lovers rock for
Valentines Day
Sun. 2-15

Haj Youness, Casablanca, Moroccan oud player and the Voice of Wisdom
Orchestra at 2 p.m. at the Smithsonian S. Dillon Ripley Center
Lecture Hall

La India and Sonora Caruseles at the Washington Hilton, 1919
Connecticut Ave. NW salsa
Tues. 2-17

Peru Negro at the Kenn. Ctr- Excellent Afro-Peruvian veteran combo--if
you like Eva Aylon or Susanna Baca this outfit's blend of soaring
melodies, strumming, and funky drumming (on instruments including
wooden boxes and donkey jawbones) will be up your alley
Other cool stuff:2-11-Super Furry Animals
from Wales at 930;2-12( & 2-13) jazz singer Jane Monheit at the
Birchmere; 2-13-Atmosphere at 930;2-14 Black Dice at Ottobar;Jazz
singer Dee Dee Bridgewater at K. Ctr.;Carmaig De Forest at Roots Cafe;

To get on my DC African/Latin/World whatever events ocassional e-mail thing, contact me at The above comes from that...

Steve Kiviat (Steve K), Wednesday, 11 February 2004 16:05 (11 years ago) Permalink

For more DC events there's an improv jazz e-mail list, a few salsa ones, the Take Me Out to the Go-Go website,, a few dc dancehall only sites, a zydeco/cajun e-mail list and website, and the Taking the Piss djs listed in Brian's post also do a reggae dub and more dj night.

Steve Kiviat (Steve K), Wednesday, 11 February 2004 16:16 (11 years ago) Permalink

this is getting even better...!
are there any TechnoTechno nights out there?

Aaron Grossman (aajjgg), Wednesday, 11 February 2004 20:08 (11 years ago) Permalink

Since the demise of Filler/Matter there aren't any techno techno nights that I know of - house owns DC. You may want to check for special events being put on by the 'DC Skillz' crew. Cubik (nu-Buzz) has been getting in a few techno-oriented DJ's, including Green Velvet a couple months ago, but now that they're compressing their lineups into the main room they haven't been as thematically strong as before.

Brian Miller, Wednesday, 11 February 2004 21:08 (11 years ago) Permalink

DJ Neville Chamberlain

Which reminds me...any news regarding a new location for the Metro Cafe? (, Wednesday, 11 February 2004 21:10 (11 years ago) Permalink

They were working on a location in the old MetaTrack studios, behind the 7-11 on Rhode Island Ave at 14th St, to be a bar/upstairs small theater. No live music, though, and not to be called Metro. Originally supposed to open in October but it slid Then Cherry Red, who was supposed to be the theater tenant, disbanded. Since then nobody seems to be able to get any answers about what's going on.

Brian Miller, Wednesday, 11 February 2004 21:28 (11 years ago) Permalink

So are Mathew Dear, Michael Mayer, Soundmurder or Dizzee coming to town and/or where could you hear their music?

Steve Kiviat (Steve K), Thursday, 12 February 2004 05:39 (11 years ago) Permalink

you can get e-mails about DC area events from:


Steve Kiviat (Steve K), Thursday, 12 February 2004 05:47 (11 years ago) Permalink

We've played plenty of Matthew Dear and Michael Mayer at my night, SALT, and we did a listening party for the Dizzee album last week. Haven't tried to play Soundmurderer, though - got a sort of cease and desist after playing Venetian Snares a couple months ago. We're doing a listening party for the new Telefon Tel Aviv and Neubauten at our next night.

Dizzee's supposedly coming back for a bigger tour in the summer, but I'm not sure if he'll hit DC or not. I don't know of anything regarding Dear or Mayer, but if they came I imagine it would be at 5ive, unless it was a one-off somewhere else.

Brian Miller, Thursday, 12 February 2004 14:49 (11 years ago) Permalink

why is the electronic dance scene here so seemingly mediocre? I used to be proud that there were all of these famous artists from the area (deep dish, BT, Saeed and Palash, etc.) but they all seem to only sleep here. i guess i just have different ideals. I like the fact that Danny Tenaglia travels 'round the world and still has a weekly in NYC (or at least used to... i dont know what he is up to now)playing everything from Basic Channel to Salsoul. When was the last time Deep Dish played here?

Aaron Grossman (aajjgg), Thursday, 12 February 2004 14:59 (11 years ago) Permalink

Deep Dish is around every once in a while at Nation, but it seems like just another stop on the tour. And I guess they have even less incentive to be around since the end of the Yoshitoshi store. Saeed and Palash pop up from time to time, but not as much as a few years ago. I can understand that maybe it's not seen as the most exciting place to have a weekly or monthly, but you'd think there'd be some more visibility. Thievery Corporation have achieved a similar level of success, and you can't swing a Gucci belt without hitting something they're involved with around town. They enjoy playing to thousands on tour and then to a hundred people in a small room.

What's odd it that it seems to be only the EDM scene that really tries to escape the city - the most successful go-go and indie artists are, if anything, too tied to DC.

Is it odd that the most interesting and boosterish electronic dance DJ in DC over the last year has been Bob Mould?

Brian Miller, Thursday, 12 February 2004 15:33 (11 years ago) Permalink

im confused... the Bob Mould? I didnt know he was living in DC.

Aaron Grossman (aajjgg), Thursday, 12 February 2004 15:39 (11 years ago) Permalink

Yes, Bob Mould. He and Richard Morel started a DJ night called Blowoff as a monthly at the Velvet Lounge last year, now it's weekly at the 9:30 Club backbar. It falls somewhere between esoteric electronic lounge and shirtless gay dance party, usually within the same night.

Brian Miller, Thursday, 12 February 2004 16:20 (11 years ago) Permalink

Yea, Bob has his own blog and either there or at a separate website he posts his playlists. He used to do his thing at the Velvet Lounge and moved it to the 930 Club. There was a feature article about him in the City Paper and in the Post weekend section. Brian, your choice of music sounds more interesting to me.

The DC go-go artists have seemingly given up on being national and international acts (go-go hasn't crossed over) although Chuck Brown gets flown to Japan periodically to play.

Dischord indie rockers are always playing worldwide but such gigs just never get much local press here. Q and Not U are also booked to play that big fest coming up in California over the summer(Coachatella or something). Black Eyes toured Europe awhile back.

Steve Kiviat (Steve K), Thursday, 12 February 2004 17:19 (11 years ago) Permalink

I'm really looking forward to the Black Eyes show coming up, March 26th. The whole last half of March is pretty sharp at the Black Cat, hopefully we'll be able to get some of the acts playing to come DJ afterwards at Saint-Ex.

Brian Miller, Thursday, 12 February 2004 17:53 (11 years ago) Permalink

And I guess they have even less incentive to be around since the end of the Yoshitoshi store.

Why did they locate it in Georgetown? You can only make so much money from selling prog to white hats from GW. Better to be on U st with a big deep house section. They never seemed to have their shit together anyways. They cheated me out of $40 once but totally inadvertantly. I had my revenge during their clearance sale I guess.

As for Q and not U, I tried to see their last show at the Black Cat and ended up waiting in line for an hour by myself. As I was waiting, the show sold out. That is all. They need to play here more often.

Aaron Grossman (aajjgg), Thursday, 12 February 2004 18:55 (11 years ago) Permalink

According to their website Q and Not U are laying low and recording a new cd now. Black Eyes are playing the Warehouse Next Door near the new Convention Center Friday February 20th. Solomon Burke and Anthony Hamilton are offering different generation takes on soul that night at the sit down and keep your mouth closed Birchmere.

I always wanted to check out the Grits & Gravy dj night at Bar Nun... Years ago I saw DC rappers Opus Okuben playing with a live band at the now defunct Metro Cafe. Wow, they were great. Now they just mostly play Europe, sometimes with Ny jazz guy Steve Coleman. They were at Black Cat around New Years Eve but I missed them.

Steve Kiviat (Steve K), Friday, 13 February 2004 04:38 (11 years ago) Permalink

I like going to out-of-the way places like Chick Hall's Surf Club in Bladensburg (Chick Hall plays awesome honky tonk and surf guitar!) or Lamonts in Pomonkey, MD. Jim Bennett and Lady Mary sing Malaco records style bluesy soul there.

Steve Kiviat (Steve K), Friday, 13 February 2004 04:42 (11 years ago) Permalink

Anybody know anything about DC 9, a live music/DJ venue at 1940 9th st nw that looks to be replacing Metro Cafe in the club ecosystem? It's opening tonight, and their website is at, but doesn't say anything about who's behind it.

Brian Miller, Friday, 13 February 2004 22:59 (11 years ago) Permalink

For those complaining about lack of real techno in DC -- a freak occurance has Titonton Duvante playing this Thursday at Mantis on Columbia Road. I'm pretty sure there is no cover.

Michael Minnich, Wednesday, 18 February 2004 23:16 (11 years ago) Permalink

fuck how did i miss this post!!! Tombot (another techno techno fan) and I were sitting in a bar two blocks away bitching! damn! Is Mantis generally cool or is it usually the Wallpaper models I see inside (heh not that that is a bad thing I am just too ugly)?

anyways, wednesday night P Brotzmann is playing with Hamid Drake and William Parker. Its at Twins on U st (btw 13th and 14th?) at 8pm.

Aaron Grossman (aajjgg), Monday, 1 March 2004 18:31 (11 years ago) Permalink

I received an e-mail about DC/9 which I think I deleted! It's run by some guy who did a one-off indie-rock dj thing at a sports bar in Chinatown I think. It was called Exit something i think. I'm not sure whether it will cover the same variety of entertainment that Metro Cafe did. My question is isn't the location of DC/9 where a mostly African-American house dance club used to be. Maybe I'm wrong and this isn't a new sign of gentrification--indie-rock replacing house.

Steve Kiviat (Steve K), Monday, 1 March 2004 19:40 (11 years ago) Permalink

Anybody been to the dj nights at Bar Nun? Their ad lists a hiphop/r'n'b night and a "grits n gravy" night. The latter was the subject of a Washington City Paper article many years back.

Steve Kiviat (Steve K), Monday, 1 March 2004 19:43 (11 years ago) Permalink

I went to Mantis to check out their new basement DJ space this past Friday, and it's very impressive. Holds maybe 100 people, good soundsystem, DJ near the entrance, bar down part of one side and some low sofas in the back past the bar. Dark, a little blue light, and a disco ball. Sort of a mini-Red. They're open Wednesdays - Saturdays, but I can't find a schedule online. It's grabbing the expected upscale house crowd, but they're definitely serious about booking talent.

DC 9 is in the original Asylum space, I'm not sure what it was between then and now. Half the music I've heard played there has been great indie/hip hop/disco, the other half has been too much midrange compressed guitar and singers that sound like they're in beer commercials. Which is a better hit rate than most places, but the DJs seriously can't mix or sequence their tracks.

Brian Miller, Monday, 1 March 2004 20:06 (11 years ago) Permalink

were people dancing? it sounds like a good space if a little small (meaning i would prefer 250 people, not 500). how is the list of EDM events coming? ;-)

Aaron Grossman (aajjgg), Monday, 1 March 2004 23:32 (11 years ago) Permalink

There were only a few people dancing, but I left pretty early. The flow of the space is a little screwy, so I can imagine it not working too well when packed. Then again, few places do.

List of EDM events is not so good. Seems like no place is doing well with regular nights and lineups are changing like crazy. And Cubik is filling the main room at Nation with the level of talent that would have played the front room at Buzz.

Brian Miller, Tuesday, 2 March 2004 03:09 (11 years ago) Permalink

ugh. i feel like there needs to be a fucking organization or something. can we negotiate a lease for a K St office for the new headquarters of Futurists Against Crappy Techno?

how long have you been in DC? what is the reason for the instability?

Aaron Grossman (aajjgg), Tuesday, 2 March 2004 03:47 (11 years ago) Permalink

WPFW djs and others formed a group that brings avante-jazz and other improv music to town, so Aaron you'll have to put together a group to do the same for techno and other electronic-based sounds!

Steve Kiviat (Steve K), Tuesday, 2 March 2004 14:24 (11 years ago) Permalink

How come the Ottobar in Baltimore books more hiphop than DC clubs?

Is the below show which is at the Ottobar coming to DC?

Thursday March 25th
The Perceptionists
(Feat. Mr. Lif, Akrobatik, DJ Fakts One)
RJD2, C Rayz Walz
Hangar 18, SA Smash and more
Doorsat 8pm/ Show at 9pm- ALL AGES

Steve Kiviat (Steve K), Tuesday, 2 March 2004 15:43 (11 years ago) Permalink

One more thing. Last summer the DC govt Commission on the Arts sponsored an event called Fete del la musique in which they had free music all over town. The selection of genres involved wasn't wide enough. I want to try to find out how to widen the selection for this summer.

Steve Kiviat (Steve K), Tuesday, 2 March 2004 15:46 (11 years ago) Permalink

get a new Commission? ;-) Steve is the WPFW crew = Transparent productions? I would love to promote again. I did it in college. I need to get to know all the venues around town first though. Its going to take a long time. In about 3 years, start looking for flyers with Kevin Saunderson's name on them.

Aaron Grossman (aajjgg), Tuesday, 2 March 2004 17:15 (11 years ago) Permalink

Transparent Productions is the improv crew. Not all of 'em are WPFW djs though some are--Bobby Hill and Larry Appelbaum, others?...

3 years! I want stuff NOW ;)

I've been complaining to friends for 2 or so years that I wish someone would book all of the Afropop and Latin acts that play for free in Central Park in NY each summer, in DC... So I'll have to form my own group to do this...

Steve Kiviat (Steve K), Tuesday, 2 March 2004 18:53 (11 years ago) Permalink

I asked excellent local DJ Milo (Filler, Matter) about nights, and he said the DJ at the Mantis basement on Wednesdays plays tech house, but that's about the closest - no BANGIN TECHNO nights.

There's the once.twice festival coming up in Baltimore next month-

April 15th - 17th, 2004
Baltimore's 4th Annual
once.twice:festival of sound and video art feat.

once.twice also runs the occasional Treatment night at Sonar, the last one in November featured Magda and Sammy Dee.

Brian Miller, Wednesday, 3 March 2004 20:22 (11 years ago) Permalink

milo is nice. i have talked to him a couple of times. that fest sounds fun. why does baltimore seem to have a better scene than DC?

Aaron Grossman (aajjgg), Thursday, 4 March 2004 04:26 (11 years ago) Permalink

Baltimore: city in decay + large warehouse/manufacturing base = cheap venues. Cheap venues + art students + laissez faire police/health/fire department = good scene.

Brian Miller (Brian Miller), Thursday, 4 March 2004 06:53 (11 years ago) Permalink

So is Nation (Buzz people) afraid to book some of those folks coming to Baltimore, and is 5 too small, and is the 930 too booked up with bands to consider those artists (and also unwilling to face police/fire dept. scrutiny)?

On a different note, any musicians (d.j.'s?) who wanna perform for free outdoors or maybe at Carter Barron or other locations during the June 18-21st 2nd annual Fete de la Musique DC should call 202-724-5614 or e-mail . There will also be meetings at the DC Arts Commission, 410 8th St. NW , 5th Fl. on Mon. 3-15 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 and on Thurs. 3-18 from noon to 1.

I'm trying to encourage them to expand the musical horizons of this event...

Steve Kiviat (Steve K), Thursday, 4 March 2004 16:52 (11 years ago) Permalink

Nation needs to take in a huge amount of money at the door just to break even for a night, so they don't have a lot of incentive to book artists that won't appeal to their existing crowd. There would have been a better shot there in the Buzz days when they would let a different promoter/collective take over the patio, but now they're really only booking the main room.

Five is a great venue, nearly perfect, but the different promoters that do nights there only really book house, d+b, and reggae. There was the electroclash/breaks night there, too, but that's over and has turned into a retro night.

9:30 Club, as you mentioned, is a live music venue. They'll have the occasional DJ, but it always comes off as a bit out of place.

It costs a lot of money to run a club in DC due to the scarcity of suitable spaces. In a town with 8-foot ceilings in 95% of all buildings, there’s going to be a lot of competition for the remaining few with large open spaces. Permitting, safety codes, and accessibility standards are pretty tightly enforced, which means you have to sink a lot of money into a space before you can do anything with it. This goes for bars, dance clubs, live music clubs, and pretty much everything. And don't even get me started on ANC's and "voluntary agreements".

Brian Miller (Brian Miller), Thursday, 4 March 2004 18:24 (11 years ago) Permalink

Ghostly International showcase at Warehouse Next Door, April 1. Not sure who's playing.

Brian Miller (Brian Miller), Friday, 5 March 2004 00:56 (11 years ago) Permalink

The indie-rock stores keep dropping one by one. What's left? The below is from an e-mail from Now...

"After over 4 years in business, the owners of Now! Music and Fashion
have decided to close permanently, so we can move on and pursue
other opportunities. We've had a blast talking to you about music,
putting on instore performances, and participating in the local
community. But the best thing about running a record store has been
the opportunity to meet you. Many thanks to our loyal customers and
friends we've made along the way.

We will be having a going-out-of-business sale beginning this
weekend. All clothing and music (except consignments and bargain bin
stuff) will be on sale for 30% off the regular price."

Steve Kiviat (Steve K), Tuesday, 9 March 2004 05:45 (11 years ago) Permalink

CD Warehouse in Georgetown (M and 30th), despite its location and hideous clientele, is really outstanding. This weekend I picked up Books' Lemon of Pink, Ghost's Hypnotic Underworld, Arthur Russell's Calling Out of Context, and M83's Dead Cities, Red Seas & Lost Ghosts.

So I don't think DC's gone utterly down the pan. Close, but not gone yet.

paul c (paul c), Tuesday, 9 March 2004 15:42 (11 years ago) Permalink

You found those "used" or "new" in Georgetown? The one time I was there I didn't see much in there. Wow, that's quite a haul. I'm actually as guilty as anybody in buying stuff online rather then local stores. The last time I tried to go to Now (in early january), it was closed despite its hours being listed as open.

Steve Kiviat (Steve K), Tuesday, 9 March 2004 17:35 (11 years ago) Permalink

They were new. But not outrageously priced. Between 14.99-18.99 (Ghost - M83).

They're also stocking the Ellen Allien album and remixes, Coloma's Finery. I think I even saw that Damon Album demo double 10" there, too!

paul c (paul c), Tuesday, 9 March 2004 17:40 (11 years ago) Permalink

Hey, I was the one that got Coloma and Ellen Allien in there! I walk by it on my way home from work, so I stop in every couple of days. They're stupendously nice and will go as far as setting up new accounts with distributors to get special orders. I email them a list of upcoming releases I want and they'll have them for me the day they're released. They can be a little slow on imports, but they usually track them down.

Melody on Conn. Ave. is very underrated - I always thought they were better than DCCD for keeping up with current releases and pointing customers in the right direction. Good international and classical sections, too.

Brian Miller (Brian Miller), Tuesday, 9 March 2004 18:27 (11 years ago) Permalink

Nice list but no Reesa Renee or Elikeh, makes me sad

curmudgeon, Thursday, 17 December 2015 16:22 (1 month ago) Permalink

I feel like Elikeh's energetic old-school African dance music could win over some more DC folks with the right bookings-- a punk bill; a U hall show; Fort Dupont and Fort Reno...But for now they've just got older émigrés; Peace Corps and jamband types; plus some hardcore African music nerds

curmudgeon, Friday, 18 December 2015 15:38 (1 month ago) Permalink

City Paper's freelance music crits weigh in on top 2015 local music releases

curmudgeon, Wednesday, 23 December 2015 15:38 (1 month ago) Permalink

Reesa Renee and Akua Allrich made the CP list, plus lots of rock and some rap. But no Elikeh, alas.

curmudgeon, Wednesday, 23 December 2015 15:40 (1 month ago) Permalink

So anyone can vote for the Bounce Beat Awards? Ceremony/event tonight at the Howard Theatre

curmudgeon, Tuesday, 29 December 2015 16:06 (1 month ago) Permalink

Backyard Band and BelaDona both do go-go covers of Adele's "Hello"...probably others do as well

curmudgeon, Wednesday, 30 December 2015 17:29 (1 month ago) Permalink

Got together with old friends and missed the bounce beat awards. Saw pics on Instagram and twitter. The Howard Theatre looked very crowded.

curmudgeon, Thursday, 31 December 2015 16:57 (1 month ago) Permalink

i really like max levine ensemble, but i seem to be in the minority among my friends

― BIG HOOS aka the steendriver, Saturday, June 23, 2012

Nice enough pop-punk I guess

curmudgeon, Thursday, 31 December 2015 17:01 (1 month ago) Permalink

DC musicians look back at their 2015

and below, writer Michael West on his fave jazz musicians in 2015

curmudgeon, Thursday, 31 December 2015 20:07 (1 month ago) Permalink

Oh yeah, posted the jazz thing already. Oh well

curmudgeon, Thursday, 31 December 2015 20:08 (1 month ago) Permalink


In Wash CP Bells Of article, writer asserts Dag Nasty were part of "Revolution Summer." Sorry, not true. That rev summer bands were the punky ones who went kinda arty a bit. Brian Baker of Dag wanted to go rock and pop

In Express article reprinted in W Post Weekend section writer suggests punk/go-go double bills eventually became routine at 930 Club. Eh, more occasional than routine, and they started at rented halls not the 930.

curmudgeon, Wednesday, 6 January 2016 16:37 (1 month ago) Permalink

Went to opening of 930 35th anniversary thing last night. Lots of collage like stuff on walls, too many videos of recent 930 shows (Leon Bridges...) , old postcards and "Volume" newsletter/flyers and more. Enjoyed more catching up with folks than trying to look at stuff with so many people there. Mayor Bowser and a 12 person entourage made an appearance, plus lots of old musicians, writers, photographers, etc.

curmudgeon, Wednesday, 6 January 2016 16:39 (1 month ago) Permalink

CD Cellar in Arlington is closing and merging with fellow CD Cellar store in Falls Church that is going to new nearby location. Farewell Arlington events Friday and Saturday with lots of rock and noise bands.

Friday night also offers old-school 1966 movie the Big T.N.T. Show at the 64 seat Library of Congress Pickford theatre if you want to see 35 mm footage of the Byrds, Ronettes, Ray Charles, Lovin Spoonful, Ike & Tina and more; instead of hunting for excerpts on youtube

curmudgeon, Wednesday, 6 January 2016 19:37 (1 month ago) Permalink

Been reading the backlash comments to the 930 exhibit/fair thing online...About what was left out

curmudgeon, Thursday, 7 January 2016 14:46 (1 month ago) Permalink

I saw Chris Richards posted a link to that thread of the woman saying the 9:30 event was a total whitewash - did it seem that way to you?
I definitely saw a handful of rap shows at the F Street location in the early 90s. I never actually saw go-go there, but I know they certainly had shows.

Your Ribs are My Ladder, Thursday, 7 January 2016 15:30 (1 month ago) Permalink

It was very crowded when I went there and I moved through much of the exhibit space more quickly than I would have liked, so its hard for me to be definitive. But let's see-- there was a Public Enemy setlist, a Chuck Brown cardboard standup, a Big Tony bass, and uh downstairs way too much showing of Leon Bridges (retro black soul singer popular with mostly white npr types) footage at the club on repeat along with, was that Marilyn Manson? I think there might have been a brief video clip of r'n'b act Mint Condition in the exhibit. I saw Curtis Mayfield at the old club and some rap shows and reggae dub poet Mutabaruka. They had some go-go shows but not many. The late black dj Tom Terrell used to spin lots of black music there as did other djs.

But yeah, I don't recall seeing pics in the exhibit of early 80s black punks like guitarist Dave Byers, punk-funkers like the Psychotics, funk-rockers like Brian Tate of Brickhouse Buring (who also worked and dj'ed at the old club), mention of EU playing the club in 86 and Spike Lee seeing them there and choosing them to do Da Butt for his movie, 80s through the present reggae and international acts; dc rap poets, national r'n'b and funk acts (Jill Scott and Funkadelic and others).

curmudgeon, Thursday, 7 January 2016 16:21 (1 month ago) Permalink

Seth used to manage Tony Perkins and the Psychotics but they then had a falling out.

Roger Gastman (who did the Corcoran punk/ go-go/graffiti exhibit and the Cool Disco Dan movie) was the main editor for the book I think along with the 930 Club ownership.

curmudgeon, Thursday, 7 January 2016 16:24 (1 month ago) Permalink

I missed a James Brown with Chuck Brown poster; an Israel Vibrations one; a tribute to early 90s metal-funk act Lucy Brown; and apparently there are some photos of some other stars like Al Green in the collages, but just showing that Leon Bridges and that rock act video from recently, on repeat on the video cube on the main floor doesn't make much sense to me.

curmudgeon, Thursday, 7 January 2016 19:01 (1 month ago) Permalink

fact-checking error in 930 book ---Mark Noone of Slickee Boys mistakenly remembers Troublefunk/Minor Threat gig as being an IMP show at 930 Club, when it was a Dogbite & Blush show at the Lansburgh's Hall

curmudgeon, Saturday, 9 January 2016 17:49 (4 weeks ago) Permalink

Thanks for the description, btw. Skipped this, thinking it was likely to annoy me, but I'm still interested in hearing about it.

dc, Saturday, 9 January 2016 18:16 (4 weeks ago) Permalink

Backyard Band were performing on Fox 5 TV morning show this morning. I missed it, video online I think.

Those 2 closing night live music gigs at the Arlington CD Cellar looked good. Protect-U, Cigarette and many more

curmudgeon, Monday, 11 January 2016 15:30 (4 weeks ago) Permalink

Am guessing Backyard Band will not be the surprise guest tonight at the NPR All Music Considered (but only Anglo pop acts performing )Sweet 16 celebration at the 930 Club.

curmudgeon, Wednesday, 13 January 2016 19:56 (3 weeks ago) Permalink

There was one African-American woman singing with an all white retro soul band, an Asian-American and lots of white people. If Tiny Desk guy just ran his own personal blog, I would be cool with that, but this gig was supposed to represent all of National Public Radio's ALL music considered website (which does have writing about Latino music, r'n'b, rap and more)...


cranky man shaking fist at clouds after telling kids to get off of his lawn

curmudgeon, Friday, 15 January 2016 15:27 (3 weeks ago) Permalink

soul singer with the Winstons and the Legendary Orioles for free Saturday at 2 pm

Woodridge Neighborhood Library
1790 Douglas St. NE

Casual Dots are back tonight, ten years later it seems, with punk veterans Christina Billotte, Kathi Wilcox, and Steve Dore. At Comet Ping Pong

curmudgeon, Friday, 15 January 2016 17:40 (3 weeks ago) Permalink

Aww man, missed Casual Dots (in DC & Baltimore) and soulman Royal Height,oh well, can't see 'em all.

curmudgeon, Sunday, 17 January 2016 16:46 (3 weeks ago) Permalink

Luke Stewart is booking some of Fringe library gigs now=more jazz

curmudgeon, Sunday, 17 January 2016 16:52 (3 weeks ago) Permalink

Too bad about the knuckleheads at the end of that Scarface, Northeast Groovers gig the other night.

curmudgeon, Tuesday, 19 January 2016 15:11 (2 weeks ago) Permalink

Saw Chuck Brown's guitar and a bit of other music-related stuff in the "1963 to 1975" exhibit about Washington D.C. at the Anacostia Museum, yesterday. Worth checking out. It's there till October 23rd. Sadly, nowhere near as many folks there as I saw later in the day at the Renwick.

curmudgeon, Tuesday, 19 January 2016 15:15 (2 weeks ago) Permalink

An Eddie Dean piece, of course. That's a good thing

curmudgeon, Tuesday, 19 January 2016 17:58 (2 weeks ago) Permalink

BYB, Beladona and others including bouncebeat bands covering this

curmudgeon, Tuesday, 19 January 2016 23:32 (2 weeks ago) Permalink

PJ Harvey spent some time in DC in preparing her next record. The songs referenced in this live review are on her new album (haven't heard it yet)

"River Anacostia" "Near the Memorials to Vietnam and Lincoln" and "Community of Hope"

curmudgeon, Thursday, 21 January 2016 17:53 (2 weeks ago) Permalink

Hyped for the PJ record.

I do some volunteer work w/ teenagers, and tonight I asked a couple about what music they're into. Did not expect their immediate answer to be Jazmine Sullivan. The youth of DC know what's up.

And speaking of r&b, KING is at U St in a couple weeks and people should go to that.

dc, Friday, 22 January 2016 03:53 (2 weeks ago) Permalink

Go-go vocalist and old-school r'n'b dj James Funk made it over to the WPFW 89.3 (and online) studio (now at K and 20th Sts NW) and has been on all day spinning great tunes. I wonder if anyone will make it over there to replace him?

curmudgeon, Saturday, 23 January 2016 21:24 (2 weeks ago) Permalink

James Jas Funk ended up being on the air from 7 to 7 Saturday.


1 dogwalking business and 2 other jobs; all 3 play in rock bands

curmudgeon, Monday, 25 January 2016 16:53 (2 weeks ago) Permalink

Mon Feb. 1 zoning hearing at Office of Zoning in Judiciary Square on Union Arts Building (411 NY Ave) new owners plan to convert building into a "luxury boutique arts hotel".

curmudgeon, Wednesday, 27 January 2016 16:05 (1 week ago) Permalink

curmudgeon, Wednesday, 27 January 2016 17:59 (1 week ago) Permalink

an inevitable bummer

dc, Wednesday, 27 January 2016 18:43 (1 week ago) Permalink

Thursday night January 28 events that I just discovered or I had forgotten about because of ‪#‎snowzilla‬ :

Electronic music pioneer Morton Subotnck (of Silver Apples of the Moon fame) is performing at American University's Katzen Arts Center for free at 7:30 with Jenny Lin and others; also

Ed Hamilton author of “Legends of the Chelsea Hotel” will read from his new book, his first fictional one, “The Chintz Age: Tales of Love and Loss for a New New York” (Cervena Barva Press 11/2/15) at 7:00 pm at Upshur Street Books, 827 Upshur Street, Washington DC. The Chintz Age focuses on artists and their response to gentrification, but it’s also a book about real estate and the urban housing crisis. While the stories are set in NYC, the themes they deal with, according to the pr, are equally relevant to any rapidly changing urban environment.

Coup Savage & garage punkers Foul Swoops are Capital Fringe;

Old-school rapper Slick Rick is at the Howard;

Backyard Band are at Capitale

Garland Jeffreys at Rams Head Tavern Annapolis

Kelly Willis at the Birchmere

Grant Lee Philips at Jammin Java

curmudgeon, Thursday, 28 January 2016 03:55 (1 week ago) Permalink

Gonna be away and have to miss King at U Hall. Oh well...

curmudgeon, Thursday, 28 January 2016 16:39 (1 week ago) Permalink

wait King as in the r&b group who have an album coming out this year?

BIG HOOS aka the steendriver, Thursday, 28 January 2016 18:54 (1 week ago) Permalink

Yes sir... I think the album is streaming now on npr or it may already be available. King on Sat Feb 6 all ages at U Hall

curmudgeon, Thursday, 28 January 2016 19:12 (1 week ago) Permalink

Got mine last week!

Heez, Thursday, 28 January 2016 21:25 (1 week ago) Permalink

Borderline-unfathomable that Dawn Richard is still playing a room as small as dc9. Seems like she's gotten 930-sized love and then some (deservedly).

dc, Friday, 29 January 2016 03:32 (1 week ago) Permalink

Wow. In March.... I saw her at the Howard last year and the crowd was small, but that is a big room. There were probably around 150 to 200 there.

curmudgeon, Friday, 29 January 2016 05:35 (1 week ago) Permalink

more details here. Boutique hotel will contain a few artists spaces, but likely no performance diy space

curmudgeon, Friday, 29 January 2016 21:51 (1 week ago) Permalink

Playing Sunday night at Bethesda blues and jazz

curmudgeon, Friday, 29 January 2016 22:00 (1 week ago) Permalink

Union Arts zoning hearing tonight


This opens Feb. 11th

curmudgeon, Monday, 1 February 2016 21:34 (1 week ago) Permalink

More music stuff at the Library of Congress:

2/9: Nicholas Brown of the Music Division discussing "boy-band sheet music and memorabilia in the Library's collections" (Noon, Whittall Pavilion)

2/11: Ted Gioia presenting "Love Songs: The Hidden History" (7pm, Montpelier Room, Madison Building; free but tix req'd)

dc, Thursday, 4 February 2016 21:47 (4 days ago) Permalink

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