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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 (seventeen years ago) link

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 (seventeen years ago) link

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 (seventeen years ago) link

cool. keep em coming.

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

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 (seventeen years ago) link

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 (seventeen years ago) link

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 (seventeen years ago) link

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 (seventeen years ago) link

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 (seventeen years ago) link

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

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

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 (seventeen years ago) link

DJ Neville Chamberlain

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

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 (seventeen years ago) link

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 (seventeen years ago) link

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


Steve Kiviat (Steve K), Thursday, 12 February 2004 05:47 (seventeen years ago) link

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 (seventeen years ago) link

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 (seventeen years ago) link

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 (seventeen years ago) link

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

Aaron Grossman (aajjgg), Thursday, 12 February 2004 15:39 (seventeen years ago) link

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 (seventeen years ago) link

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 (seventeen years ago) link

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 (seventeen years ago) link

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 (seventeen years ago) link

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 (seventeen years ago) link

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 (seventeen years ago) link

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 (seventeen years ago) link

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 (seventeen years ago) link

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 (seventeen years ago) link

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 (seventeen years ago) link

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 (seventeen years ago) link

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 (seventeen years ago) link

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 (seventeen years ago) link

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 (seventeen years ago) link

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 (seventeen years ago) link

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 (seventeen years ago) link

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 (seventeen years ago) link

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 (seventeen years ago) link

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 (seventeen years ago) link

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 (seventeen years ago) link

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 (seventeen years ago) link

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 (seventeen years ago) link

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 (seventeen years ago) link

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 (seventeen years ago) link

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 (seventeen years ago) link

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

Brian Miller (Brian Miller), Friday, 5 March 2004 00:56 (seventeen years ago) link

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 (seventeen years ago) link

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 (seventeen years ago) link

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 (seventeen years ago) link

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 (seventeen years ago) link

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 (seventeen years ago) link


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So the Punk the Capital doc is worth seeing, and there’s an online screening Friday May 14 too. This doc’s 1976 to 1983 focus covers an earlier period than the other doc Salad Days. Though they both overlap in coverage a bit. Some great home movie super 8 footage in this one

curmudgeon, Tuesday, 4 May 2021 16:16 (three months ago) link

Earlier bio of Amha Eshete covering his years as a pioneering Ethiopian producer and label owner, plus touching on his later years after he fled to Washington DC and started the Blue Nile and the Ibex restaurant/ clubs. In a French website obit for Eshete it noted that Nina Simone visited and ate at Blue Nile.

The Ibex club had Ethiopian bands playing on one floor and go-go and old school r’n’b on another. Rip Amha Eshete

curmudgeon, Tuesday, 4 May 2021 16:19 (three months ago) link

You know about Inner Ear likely closing, yes?

Frumious Cumberbatch (Ye Mad Puffin), Tuesday, 4 May 2021 16:59 (three months ago) link

Inner Ear may be coming back in same location in the new building but as a nonprofit educational studio; or it may move. Arlington Arts folks got grief about the impact on Inner Ear, and so while they’re going ahead with new arts nonprofit building there, they are at least sort of giving lip service or more to the future of Inner Ear.

curmudgeon, Tuesday, 4 May 2021 18:16 (three months ago) link

It is kind of LOLz that Arlington, in order to create a cultural district, may be displacing a genuine example of Arlington culture. Though it’s been a long time since Arlington was a hotbed of homegrown indie rock.

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Speaking of Arlington, wera Arlington community radio vinyl vault show is interviewing Ian about records and stuff Thursday May 6 at 8 et online etc

curmudgeon, Wednesday, 5 May 2021 15:36 (two months ago) link

Ian Mackaye not the notorious Ian S who has moved to Los Angeles

curmudgeon, Wednesday, 5 May 2021 15:38 (two months ago) link

Here’s the nice video Kumera did with footage in Colombia and in the District of Columbia’s Malcolm X park among other locales

curmudgeon, Thursday, 6 May 2021 14:15 (two months ago) link

Funk Parade panels are free online today, but they’re charging for their virtual “parade” which I see has gotten smaller ( 3 acts dropped off the bill).

Later in May there’s a DC Music Summit conference with performances. R’n’b, some rap, jazz , but no go-go or street rap

curmudgeon, Saturday, 8 May 2021 14:24 (two months ago) link

New 3rd album by postpunk trio Nice Breeze on Bandcamp and Spotify

curmudgeon, Monday, 10 May 2021 15:16 (two months ago) link

Live Q&A: Punk the Capital
Join the film's director, James Schenider, co-director Paul Bishow, and other surprise guests on Thursday, May 20 at 7 PM ET via Facebook Live. No Facebook account necessary! Hosted by George Myers from Amherst Cinema.

curmudgeon, Thursday, 13 May 2021 03:39 (two months ago) link

. DC Music Summit online-- Friday May 21 through Sunday May 23
Sat. May 22 --
Fly Zah Performance
*9:40AM-10:40AM Carolyn Malachai KEYNOTE ADDRESS*

10:40AM - 10:55AM Cecily - Guided Meditation;
12:00PM - 1:00PM Tools & Programs to Empower Youth During the Pandemic by
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3: :00 PM - 3:30PM Performances : Carly Harvey & Asha Santee

Sunday 5-23- 5:30PM - 6:30PM Closing Event and Performances

***Natalie Brooke, The Cruddy Crankerz, and Dior Ashley Brown & F.L.O.T.U.S.

curmudgeon, Thursday, 13 May 2021 03:40 (two months ago) link

Heavy Metal Parking Lot 35th Anniversary Party webinar
Join directors John Heyn and Jeff Krulik for a virtual screening of the seminal 1986 documentary on 35th anniversary of that fateful Judas Priest concert at the Capital Centre. Hosted by Joe and Nick from the Found Footage Festival and featuring:
-Rarely seen footage from the 35-year history of the cult classic film
-Krulik and Heyn's follow-up movie, "Neil Diamond Parking Lot"
-Highlights from Krulik's collection of public access weirdness from Maryland
-A live Heavy Metal Parking Lot alumni reunion featuring the stars from the movie
Sign up and trip Jack Daniels with us!
May 31, 2021 09:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

curmudgeon, Thursday, 13 May 2021 03:40 (two months ago) link

Mt Pleasant uprising anniversary community concert 4 to 9 today Saturday May 15 Lamont St & Mt Pleasant street

Leonardo Rua at 5 ; Kumera Zekarias at 5:30 are only performers I have gotten word that are playing

curmudgeon, Saturday, 15 May 2021 19:37 (two months ago) link

Former zine editor and now director of Salad Days dc punk doc and Creem doc Scott Crawford has a new podcast called Spoke. He talks to Jim Saah in episode 1. Saah is a longtime punk show photographer, had a zine I wrote for called Uno Mas, and helped Crawford on Salad Days.

curmudgeon, Sunday, 16 May 2021 20:40 (two months ago) link

Photos up through May in Mount Pleasant alley near Elle. Friday talk. Streetscapes plus Chuck Brown, Sharon Jones, Laughing Man band ( Luke Stewart), jazz musicians at Cafe Toulouse

curmudgeon, Tuesday, 25 May 2021 13:13 (two months ago) link

Cambodian garage rock and the evil Khmer Rouge movie doc “Don’t Think I’ve Forgotten “ is screening on Reach tonight. Plus first Les the DJ spinning Filipino rock vinyl

Some interesting Reach / k Ctr mill stage weekends this summer

curmudgeon, Thursday, 27 May 2021 15:08 (two months ago) link

Jeff Krulik films Bill McKenzie talking about growing tomatoes and how he got into the DC punk scene circa the late 1970s

curmudgeon, Thursday, 27 May 2021 19:35 (two months ago) link

Punk the Capital is screening at Charles Theatre in Baltimore tonight Wednesday. Jeff Nelson will be there

GoGo City doc that is about gentrification as much as go-go is screening online as part of Filmfest DC June 4 to 13 I think

Scott Crawford podcast mentioned above is now up to 3 episodes. Lyle Presler of Minor Threat in 2 sessions

A dc hiphop movie doc is coming soon. I forget what it’s called

curmudgeon, Wednesday, 2 June 2021 21:13 (two months ago) link

Juneteenth go-go weekend gigs coming

curmudgeon, Tuesday, 8 June 2021 04:56 (one month ago) link

June 19 deadline for DMV musicians to submit music for consideration to be selected to play Fort Reno later this summer.

Details at link

curmudgeon, Tuesday, 8 June 2021 16:26 (one month ago) link

Juneteenth Moechella- Friday night Bouncebeat bands and exercise workout @ Audi Field; Saturday March for equity & Justice w/ bands from BLM plaza to U Street; Sunday Moechella Unity Fest at Gateway Pavilion, MLK Ave Se with EU, Junkyard, TOB, ABM, Ambition Band, MTM plus guest rappers , a kids haven for little kids and lots of vendors

All free

curmudgeon, Tuesday, 15 June 2021 04:13 (one month ago) link

DMV has too many rappers for old guys like me to keep up with

curmudgeon, Wednesday, 16 June 2021 22:32 (one month ago) link

NPS has announced that Fort Dupont park concert series will be online only again this summer. They say it will include soul, funk, hiphop, jazz.” No specific dates or acts announced yet

curmudgeon, Thursday, 17 June 2021 13:26 (one month ago) link

Don Zientara made an announcement on his Facebook that the legendary Inner Ear Studios is closing 10/1 which is a goddamned shame.

Loud guitars shit all over "Bette Davis Eyes" (NYCNative), Sunday, 20 June 2021 01:21 (one month ago) link

Yeah, sucks. Don is a truly fine person in addition to running a great studio. He did something with my drum sound that will never be equaled.

Champagne Heathernova (Ye Mad Puffin), Sunday, 20 June 2021 01:46 (one month ago) link

But it sounds like he will be producing elsewhere

curmudgeon, Monday, 21 June 2021 16:00 (one month ago) link

Zientara said only the location won’t stay the same.

“Inner Ear is not going away — it will be set up somewhere else. I’m still gonna be working. I’m not finished. I haven’t bought a fishing pole, or worms or flies yet.

curmudgeon, Monday, 21 June 2021 16:02 (one month ago) link

Rhizome is doing 4 outdoors shows July 1 to 4. They now also say they don’t have to move until early next year.

Black Cat is reopening Friday July 9 with a free dj night with Baby Alcatraz and Mark Cisneros spinning the tunes. Live music coming after that soon

curmudgeon, Monday, 21 June 2021 16:06 (one month ago) link

Good news about Rhizome, was just there last night for a concert.

Van Halen dot Senate dot flashlight (Boring, Maryland), Monday, 21 June 2021 17:13 (one month ago) link

Cool that Rhizome can get acclaimed jazz guitarists like Mary Halvorsen

curmudgeon, Monday, 21 June 2021 17:20 (one month ago) link

.@BearFamilyRec Announces Release of ‘R&B in D.C. 1940-1960’ CD box set tells the story of DC r’n’b in 16 cds and a 252 page book put together by Jay Bruder

Looks awesome

curmudgeon, Tuesday, 22 June 2021 19:56 (one month ago) link

oh man that does.

Heez, Tuesday, 22 June 2021 21:23 (one month ago) link

16 CDs! I didn’t think they were making those big boxes anymore.

Van Halen dot Senate dot flashlight (Boring, Maryland), Tuesday, 22 June 2021 22:20 (one month ago) link

Lots of go-go shows happening; plus a big Caribbean dj thing at Bliss July 3rd; the second African Cookout with a bunch of djs is alo on the 3rd at Balkonie Bar & grill on Greenbelt Rd; jazz here and there; a fair amount of experimental; Lamont's 30th anniversary July 10; Palestinian oud player Huda Asfour is back sorta (now living in Baltimore); Colombian Leo Rua but not seeing much rock of the kind I am interested in live yet (although I missed that fest The Caribbean did)-- no Des Demonas, Bacchae, Coriky, although the below could be good

July 16 at Black Cat-- Exotiq Int'l is a new band from GL Jaguar (Priests), Laura Harris (Ex Hex), Niko Rao (Bottled Up), and Dajando Smith. Radical optimism and ecstatic energies sourced from Purple Music's outer reaches.

They're playing with Too Free and DJ Anno .

curmudgeon, Tuesday, 29 June 2021 04:47 (one month ago) link

Amanda of Fort Reno concerts is looking to document the whole history of the concerts there since 1968.

I think she’s also waiting on a permit from National PRk Service for later this summer 2021 shows.

Meanwhile Fort Dupont Park’s online only 2021 series is still tba

curmudgeon, Wednesday, 30 June 2021 21:28 (one month ago) link

rapper IDK is busy

curmudgeon, Thursday, 1 July 2021 17:04 (one month ago) link

Lamont’s club 30th anniversary show today in Pomonkey md. No website. Owner once snail mailed me a schedule. It’s an outdoor event today with Sons of Soul; and O’Jays tribute band; Hardway Connection; Jim Bennett

Nellie Travis of “Hey Mr Sexy Man” fame is at the Pomonkey American Legion July 17

There’s go-go at Lamont’s July 31

Black Cat reopened w/ DJ Baby Alcatraz

curmudgeon, Saturday, 10 July 2021 13:28 (three weeks ago) link

DMV rap and go-go together Wednesday at Hanger's in Camp Springs , MD

rappers Big Flock and 30H Black plus go-go bands CCB, XIB, Ambition Band, Drastic Measures Band

curmudgeon, Wednesday, 14 July 2021 04:00 (three weeks ago) link

La Manplesa movie doc about 1991 Mt Pleasant uprising debuts tonight at Gala Hispanic; then for free Thursday at Kennedy Center Reach. Movie focuses a lot on DC Latinx activists & musicians

curmudgeon, Wednesday, 21 July 2021 14:11 (two weeks ago) link

Songbyrd will take over Coconut Club’s former location on Penn Street NE …The exact date of its grand opening in Northeast is still to be determined, but in the meantime, Edmonson and Lapan will reopen Songbyrd’s original location on Aug. 16

curmudgeon, Sunday, 25 July 2021 04:07 (one week ago) link

Velvet Lounge and Dodge City permanently closing

curmudgeon, Sunday, 25 July 2021 04:08 (one week ago) link

Fast Eddie's in Maryland got in trouble for having live go-go music before they were legally allowed to have live music under Covid rules. Prince George's County is not allowing them to have live music for now, but is letting them be open as a bar.

curmudgeon, Sunday, 25 July 2021 04:11 (one week ago) link

Jazz singer Aaron Myers has a song called “The New Jim Crow” on his new album. He’s at the Eaton Hotel Friday July 30

curmudgeon, Friday, 30 July 2021 03:30 (five days ago) link

Six August Fort Reno gigs starting Monday with Clear Channel, Nice Breeze, & Black Rails

Also , virtual online only Fort Dupont starts this weekend . I forget who

Sirius Company & Jo-go Project Saturday August 7 online

curmudgeon, Friday, 30 July 2021 14:23 (five days ago) link

Mask up if you're going I guess--

Thurs. Aug. 5 – Feedel Band at Bossa
Raga at the Reach 5:30 p.m. DJ set with DJ Anandroid
8:30 p.m.-Raga: A Film Journey to the Soul of India film screening on the Video Wall

Fort Reno

Fri. August 6 –
Raga at the Reach 5 & 7 p.m.-DJ sets with Shuno Re!
6 p.m.-Performance by Rini
7:15 p.m.- Performance by Deepak Ram

Kundalika ( global jugalbandi- inspired by traditional Indian ragas plus jazz, bluegrass, Western drums, and Latin rhythm.) @ Rhizome

Sunstoney and Sir EU @ DC9

8:00 pm La Marvela (women, African-rooted Columbian/Caribbean @ Lubber Run Amphitheater, N.2nd &
Columbus Sts., Arlington,VA 22203; free

Rafael Ponde samba band @ Bossa DC @ 8; Alfredo Mojica salsa group @ 10:30pm

Sat. August 7- Sirius Company & Jo-go Project virtual show @ Fort Dupont Park

Ethiopian music fundraiser for city of Ataye, Ethiopia @12 noon in Barcroft Park, 4200 S. 4 Mile Run, Arlington, Va

Crazy Doberman (free jazz) , Model Home (DC rapped voice & electronics), Lazuli (DC noise) @ Rhizome

Raga at the reach 5 & 7 p.m. DJ sets with Shuno Re!

6 p.m. Performance by Deepak Ram
7:15 p.m.Performance by Rini

August 13, Friday Curley Taylor & Zydeco Trouble @Peerless Rens Club, 406 Chester Ave, Annapolis, MD 21403 FFIC:


75th India Independence Day Celebration w/ Sukhbir Singh is a Bhangra singer. He is often referred to as the "Prince of Bhangra" plus Kajal Aggarwal is an Indian film actress and model.
Sun, Aug 15 3:00 PM Bull Run Regional Park, 7700 Bull Run Dr, Centreville, VA 20121

OUTDOOR CONCERT: Vivien Goldman / Dunia & Aram
Aug 19, 2021 6:30 PM – 9:00 PM
Thursday August 19 * doors at 630pm * outside at Rhizome * TICKETS

curmudgeon, Monday, 2 August 2021 03:21 (two days ago) link

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