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.


SNAKEHIPS – On & OnElectronic, Hip-Hop, Pop, R&B / Soul, Toby snakehips stwo


We know, we know, this song has been out for a bit, but it rules. And Snakehips is playing DC at U St Music Hall tonight (10/22)! Tickets are $10, get ‘em here and meet me there. I’ll be the dude dancing alone to the right of the stage.


P L A Y L U S T – O C T O B E RCassiel, Electronic, Folk / Rock / Alt, Hip-Hop, Paige, Pop, Toby playlust october

P L A Y L U S T – O C T O B E R

Whether you’re counting down the hours to a long weekend, or to the start of your work week, you’re still going to need some new damn tunes. Behold, the new P L A Y L U S T is here.


The Si-Berians – “This is the Ending of Our Love”#TBT, Julia, Pop, R&B / Soul 1234

The Si-Berians – “This is the Ending of Our Love”

A nice crooner for your Thursday.

Found this one on the latest volume of South Side Story, a compilation series by Numero Group, an archival record label out of Chicago, IL. From the source: “For the lowriders, the souleros, and for any armchair drag racer who still has a record player within reach, South Side Story pays tribute to the aftermarket sounds of soul music, inspired by the record industry’s metric trunkload of cruising compilations, legitimate and otherwise, that soundtracked an entire subculture.” Fucking PERfect.


Helado Negro – Invisible HeartbeatElectronic, Folk / Rock / Alt, Pop, Toby helaldo

Helado Negro – Invisible Heartbeat

Helado Negro is opening for Sinkane tonight at DC9, and tix are just $15. Get tickets here. Should be a great show!


Foxygen – Cosmic VibrationsFolk / Rock / Alt, Toby foxygen

Foxygen – Cosmic Vibrations

The first time I saw these guys, they were opening for Unknown Mortal Orchestra and absolutely killed it, blending the sounds of the Stones and the Kinks. And they keep putting out good tunes – “Cosmic Vibrations” is the new single off their upcoming album “…And Star Power,” out on the 14th. Wait for the breakdown at the 4-minute marker for a good toe-tapper.


Trance Farmers Interview#TBT, Folk / Rock / Alt, R&B / Soul, Toby trance farmers

Trance Farmers Interview

One of our new favorites, Trance Farmers 愛, answered some questions for us, shared tales of Ruckus, and gives us a playlist of throwback gems. Check it all out here.

The Acid – “Fame”Electronic, Julia, Pop, R&B / Soul liminal

The Acid – “Fame”

So in love with this stunning video for The Acid‘s “Fame,” directed by Dugan O’Neal and band frontman Ry X. The three-piece hails individually from LA, England, and Australia, and the combination of their sounds makes for some seriously ethereal electro-soul. “Fame” is the first single for their most recent effort The Liminal, released earlier this year on Infectious Records.


Ouici – The FarewellElectronic, Hip-Hop, Pop, Toby ouici

Ouici – The Farewell

Here’s the title track off the forthcoming EP from Toronto based musician, Ouici. Free Download here.


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.