Backyard Hang#TBT, Cassiel, Electronic, Folk / Rock / Alt, Hip-Hop, Julia, Paige, Pop, R&B / Soul, Toby Banff, Canada in the 1950s (4)

Backyard Hang

Spring has sprung and summer is near. The Ruckus fam put together over four hours of tunes to chill to outdoors. We’ll keep adding to it if you keep following.


Young Fathers – ShameElectronic, Folk / Rock / Alt, Hip-Hop, Pop, R&B / Soul, Toby Young Fathers

Young Fathers – Shame

From YOUNG FATHERS’ new album WHITE MEN ARE BLACK MEN TOO, released April 6th on BIG DADA Records. These dudes have been rumored to put on an incredible live show, with the video to prove it. NYC fam’, go see them on April 10th at Music Hall of Williamsburg. DC kids, catch them at Rock & Roll Hotel on April 12th.


Richard Swift – Would YouFolk / Rock / Alt, Toby richard

Richard Swift – Would You

This guy is talented. He has produced songs for acts like Foxygen, Guster and The Shins, played bass and sang back up vocals with the Black Keys, and most importantly; created his own sound.

On his production style, Swift said: “Most of my recording techniques come from looking at photos on the inside of Sly & The Family Stone or Beatles LPs, or from watching ‘Sympathy for the Devil’ and thinking, ‘Oh! That’s where they put the mic!”


P L A Y L U S T – M A R C HElectronic, Folk / Rock / Alt, Hip-Hop, Paige, Pop, R&B / Soul, Toby records

P L A Y L U S T – M A R C H

We missed February, but March needed a P L A Y L U S T, enjoy:

Toby & Paige

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.


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.


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.




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.