Petite Noir – ChessElectronic, Folk / Rock / Alt, Pop, Toby petite

Petite Noir – Chess

All the way from Cape Town, Petit Noir lets the beat build like a pro. This track is off of his recently released “King of Anxiety” EP.


Lia Ices – WavesElectronic, Folk / Rock / Alt, Pop, Toby Processed with VSCOcam with f2 preset

Lia Ices – Waves

Lia Ices played at DC9 last week and really surprised me. It was a typical DC9 show: about 70 people, a few couples doing the spooning dance, and a couple NPR music interns dancing harder than most of the crowd. Family members of the opening act SEOUL (also great) were showing some love too. Ices closed with this track.

Mello Music Group – Requiem (feat. Oddisee & Phonte)Hip-Hop Mello

Mello Music Group – Requiem (feat. Oddisee & Phonte)

This track takes me back to the Little Brother days. Phonte and Oddisee are back and with a nice beat to boot. This track, produced by Oddisee, is off of DC-based Mello Music Group’s forthcoming album “Persona” dropping on 3/10.


P L A Y L U S T – J A N U A R YElectronic, Folk / Rock / Alt, Hip-Hop, Pop, R&B / Soul, Toby january image

P L A Y L U S T – J A N U A R Y

We missed December, but thought we’d put together a special 40 minute Playlust for January. From some of our consistent favorites like St. South, to new acts like FOYNES, it’s all here.



Hanni El Khatib x Freddie Gibbs – “Satin Black”Folk / Rock / Alt, Hip-Hop, Toby CONS

Hanni El Khatib x Freddie Gibbs – “Satin Black”

Unlikely duo Hanni El Khatib and Freddie Gibbs collaborated on the new Converse CONS EP, and it rules. Khatib made the beat, and he and Gibbs wrote the song together. I’m looking forward to the rest of the CONS EP vol. 3 being released this spring. Free track download here.


Truly Madly Mixtape // 0115Cassiel, Julia, Paige, Toby TrulyMadly1

Truly Madly Mixtape // 0115

Is it better to burn out than to fade away? We aren’t trying to do either. Fresh batch of mixtapes from the gang, plus a bonus collabo from Julia and Cassiel on some January Disco vibes. Enjoy fools!!!!!!!!!!!



Link Wray – La De DaFolk / Rock / Alt, Toby link wray

Link Wray – La De Da

This North Carolina native knows how to combine a rad bass line with some funky guitar licks. Peter Townshend, Iggy Pop, and Jimmy Page all site Link Wray as a major innfluence.


BRONCHO – Class HistorianFolk / Rock / Alt, Toby BRONCHO

BRONCHO – Class Historian

Oklahoma band BRONCHO channels 80′s rock bands like The Cars and Cheap Trick. Their sound, according to the dudes themselves, is “arguably best played loudly over a car stereo with the windows down and your long hair blowing in the breeze.” I agree.



Deers – BambooFolk / Rock / Alt, Toby Deers

Deers – Bamboo

Based in Madrid, these babes have the harmony game of a 60s girl group. Watch out for Deers.


Pascäal – HunnaElectronic, Hip-Hop, Toby Hunna

Pascäal – Hunna

My good buddy Jeremy Daly just put together a music video for Pascäal. (They both used to make music in Ann Arbor, MI.) Keep your eyes peeled for Pascaal’s new track “Holo” dropping on Ghostly Internationals’ Ghostly Swim Compilation 2 on December 23rd.


D.R.A.M. – Cha ChaCassiel, Electronic, Hip-Hop, R&B / Soul imgres

D.R.A.M. – Cha Cha

I’ve been playing this song on the regular since I first heard it a couple months ago. It’s suuuuper silly! And I love it. A true testament to how to make a video game sample WERK. Gets me dancing every time. So imagine my surprise when at the Gold Link show at U Hall last night, who makes a guest appearance but D.R.A.M. himself to perform my jam! The show ruled, and was studded with “up & coming” DMV artists.

Anyway, cha cha.


The Allah-Las – No Voodoo (Live on KEXP)Folk / Rock / Alt, Toby Allah-Las-008

The Allah-Las – No Voodoo (Live on KEXP)

These LA dudes are playing Rock & Roll Hotel tonight in DC. Tickets are $14 and still up for grabs. Oh yeah, and they’re awesome.


Deerhoof – Paradise GirlsFolk / Rock / Alt, Julia, Pop dh

Deerhoof – Paradise Girls

West coast band Deerhoof is a band that can be hard to put your finger on, veering between punk rock and noise pop in a way that small-time music nerds like me can only dream of.  La Isla Bonita may be their TWELFTH album, but they’re not showing any signs of slowing. If you can catch these guys on tour, DO IT.  I sure will.


Useless Eaters – Out In The NightFolk / Rock / Alt, Julia useless eaters2

Useless Eaters – Out In The Night

Useless Eaters was founded by the late great Jay Reatard and fellow Memphis native Seth Sutton back in 2008. In the years following Jay’s passing, Sutton has put out a pretty impressive series of garage punk records under the duo’s moniker, and moved the act out West. He’s since collaborated with the likes of Ty Segall, which definitely carried some influence on this Bleeding Moon LP, released just last month.


P L A Y L U S T – N O V E M B E R#TBT, Electronic, Folk / Rock / Alt, Hip-Hop, Pop, Toby November Playlust Logo-page1

P L A Y L U S T – N O V E M B E R

It’s been a bit since the last Playlust, so here’s a strong set of our latest favorites to make up for it.


Cold Specks – Bodies At BayFolk / Rock / Alt, R&B / Soul, Toby Field_light

Cold Specks – Bodies At Bay

I first heard about Cold Specks when she came out with “Blank Maps” a couple years ago. I lucked out and finally saw her and her band live at DC’s Rock & Roll Hotel last weekend. If you ever get the chance, go see her live. Her voice is so unique and with a band backing her she’s unstoppable. This track is off of her new album Neuroplasticitypick it up here.


Misun InterviewElectronic, Folk / Rock / Alt, Hip-Hop, Pop, Toby misun-superstitions

Misun Interview

We were lucky enough to interview Misun just in time for their debut album release! Check it all out here.




St. South – Hold (Produced by Infinitefreefall)Electronic, Folk / Rock / Alt, Pop, R&B / Soul, Toby hold

St. South – Hold (Produced by Infinitefreefall)

Ruckus favorite, St. South, just put out this track on Halloween. She teamed up again with producer Infinitefreefall again to make this new track.


Leon Bridges – Coming HomeR&B / Soul, Toby Leon Bridges

Leon Bridges – Coming Home

This Texan’s soulful crooning has caught our attention, taking us right back to the motown era. Grab someone and hold ‘em tight when this tune comes on. He’s also got a pretty great Instagram account.


P L A Y L U S T – S E P T E M B E RCassiel, Electronic, Folk / Rock / Alt, Hip-Hop, Julia, Paige, Pop, R&B / Soul, Toby Panther

P L A Y L U S T – S E P T E M B E R

Summer is winding down, so we have Misun starting this Playlust off slow with a goodbye to warm nights, but it picks up quick. Download it, stream it, do whatever the fuck you want with it. It’s the new Playlust, damnit.