By Jason Williams, DC Music Live
The Congress rocked Gypsy Sally’s recently.
Photo by Jason Williams
If the first time you were smitten by music happen before the dawn of the digital age there is likely a physical tape, vinyl record or dare I say it an 8 track cartridge that reminds you of that moment when everything else was muted and you only heard the music.
Despite my relative youth (32) one of my earliest musical memories is rummaging through my father’s 8 tracks. There I was introduced to supergroups and superstars of yesteryear. There were The Delfonics, Mahalia Jackson and dozens of others. No fancy album artwork on 8 tracks there were two staples on most, a picture of the group and the common title was, Meet The (insert name of the artist). Liner notes, artist thank you’s and lyrics would come into the music buying experience at a later time and that point what they looked like and how they sounded was enough.
By: Keiana Smith-McDowell, DC Music Live
Photo by Taylor Foiles
Ballyhoo! the punk-rock-reggae band who hails from Aberdeen, Maryland, welcomed the month of March with an electrifying performance Saturday night at Looney’s Pub in College Park. The house was packed with fans – old and new – who waited a year to see the band perform again at this venue. We got the chance to catch up with lead vocalist Howi Spangler and keyboardist Scott Vandrey before the show to talk about the band’s record label, relationships, and of course, the music.
By Brian Ossip, DC Music Live
Mittenfields are playing Black Cat TONIGHT!
Local group Mittenfields will be taking the stage at Black Cat tonight on the Backstage, playing with Two Cow Garage, a killer group out of Columbus, OH. If you haven’t heard of either of these groups, get on it! Check out Mittenfields here, and Two Cow Garage here.
For more info on the show, head over to either the Black Cat’s website, or Mittenfields’ Facebook event page. And for even MORE music goodness, make sure to give Mittenfields a listen on their Bandcamp page.
Doors are at 8:00pm, and tickets are $10. Get out to the Black Cat and catch this show tonight!
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By Sara Spangler, DC Music Live
Photo Courtesy of Delta Rae
Storytelling, powerful vocals and high energy live shows describe the soulful North Carolina-based sextet Delta Rae. Delta Rae returns to the DC area to kick off their tour at a sold-out show at 9:30 Club on February 15. We got the chance to sit down with drummer Mike McKee to talk about the band’s growing popularity and what it was like to meet Conan O’Brien and Jay Leno.
DC Music Live: Are you excited about the upcoming tour, and having the first show at 9:30 Club?
Mike McKee: Yeah, it’s one of those ideal places to start the tour. DC’s been so good to us, and the club is amazing. It has great history, and for good reason it’s one of the top clubs in the country.
By Erin Coulehan
Hearts are certain to be set aflutter this Valentine’s weekend by Kodaline and LP at U Street Music Hall. After releasing debut album, In A Perfect World, in the fall, Kodaline set out on their first headlining tour before returning home to Ireland for the holidays.
Now, the band is excited to be back on the road visiting familiar faces and expanding their fan base in the states.
“We had a good break and are all rested up now,” says drummer Vinny May. “We’re excited to pick up with touring again and to be back in the states.”
By: Keiana Smith-McDowell
musx launches tonight at midnight!
Music lovers everywhere: get excited, there’s a new mobile app available especially for you! At midnight, musx – pronounced myo͞oziks – pulled a Beyonce and launched its new social sharing and music exploration app “musx.”
Available for free in the iTunes app store, the service is focused heavily on the social component by creating a simple way to communicate and share music with friends, artists, venues, and blogs without those songs getting lost in someone’s social media feed.
By Brian Ossip, DC Music Live
Brendon Urie of Panic! At The Disco on 01/28/14
Photo by Brian Ossip, DC Music Live
With an album and tour name like Too Weird To Live, Too Rare To Die, you’re setting the expectations pretty high for what should be a killer show. For anyone who has actually seen Panic! At The Disco live before, there was no doubt, though, there was no need to worry.
A decade after their debut release A Fever You Can’t Sweat Out, featuring the absolutely huge mega-hit “I Write Sins Not Tragedies,” Panic! released its fourth full-length album, the aforementioned Too Weird To Live, To Rare To Die!, in 2013 to mixed reviews. It was obvious that the group’s sound has changed; the new tracks have a dancier, electronic vibe to them.