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