5 Acts: July 2007

Tuesday, July 31, 2007


Berlin, Germany

Walls is available now. This track will appeal to people who enjoyed Thom Yorke's solo disc.


Apparat on MySpace

Apparat on The Hype Machine

Boom Bip

Echo Park, CA

The new Boom Bip EP is way more upbeat than the previous release. This track features Ali Lee.

"Coogi Sweater"

Boom Bip on MySpace

Boom Bip on The Hype Machine

Kate Nash

London, England

Yet another London girl the blog world can't seem to get enough of.


Kate Nash on MySpace

Kate Nash on The Hype Machine

We All Have Hooks For Hands

Sioux Falls, SD

Odd band name but great sound. Suggested for fans of Page France.

"Jumpin Jean-Luc"

We All Have Hooks For Hands on MySpace

We All Have Hooks For Hands on The Hype Machine

Taken By Trees

Stockholm, Sweden

The solo work of the former lead singer of The Concretes...


Taken By Trees on MySpace

Taken By Trees on The Hype Machine

Monday, July 30, 2007


Reykjavik, Iceland

This one's for Chip...


Seabear on MySpace

Seabear on The Hype Machine


The Sharp Things


Surf City

Sunday, July 29, 2007

sunday shuffle

Saturday, July 28, 2007

saturday shuffle

Friday, July 27, 2007

Chewy Chocolate Cookies



Kathy Diamond


Thursday, July 26, 2007

tonight: Great Northern

DC folk: Make sure to stop by Black Cat tonight and support Great Northern, opening up for The Comas. Not only are these great acts to see live, but I'm sponsoring the show. Doors are 9pm and cover is $10.

Great Northern on MySpace
Great Northern on The Hype Machine

The Comas on MySpace
The Comas on The Hype Machine

Wednesday, July 25, 2007

Lounge Act: Ra Ra Riot

Make sure to check out Ra Ra Riot today at 4pm ET on WOXY.com for their second Lounge Act session.

Ra Ra Riot - Lounge Act 09/12/06

Ra Ra Riot on MySpace

Ra Ra Riot on The Hype Machine

Tuesday, July 24, 2007

White Rabbits on Letterman

Monday, July 23, 2007

They Shoot Horses Don't They

John Vanderslice

The Virgins

Nurse & Soldier

Gravy Train!!!!

Sunday, July 22, 2007

sunday shuffle

Saturday, July 21, 2007

saturday shuffle

Friday, July 20, 2007

Trembling Blue Stars

London, England

My favorite track at this very moment...


Trembling Blue Stars on MySpace

Trembling Blue Stars on The Hype Machine

Get Cape. Wear Cape. Fly


Glasgow, Scotland

1990s will please anyone who is a fan of Gang of Four.


1990s on MySpace

1990s on The Hype Machine

Dizzee Rascal

London, England

No, this track is not a Spice Girls cover, but it does feature Lily Allen.

"Wanna Be"

Dizzee Rascal on MySpace

Dizzee Rascal on The Hype Machine

Lotus Tribe

Wednesday, July 18, 2007

The High Strung



The Teddysexuals

The Teenagers

Tuesday, July 17, 2007

tonight: Dirty On Purpose

You should go see my buddies Dirty On Purpose tonight at Black Cat. I chose Hallelujah Sirens as my #3 favorite album for 2006. This evening they'll be opening up for The Besnard Lakes. If you aren't in DC, here are a few more DOP dates.

07-18 Blend, Chapel Hill NC
07-20 WOXY.com, Cincinnati OH
07-20 Wexner Center for the Arts, Columbus OH
07-21 Uncle Fester's, Bloomington IN
08-03 Studio B, Brooklyn NY
08/16 Logan Square Auditorium, Chicago IL

Dirty On Purpose on MySpace

Dirty On Purpose on The Hype Machine

Monday, July 16, 2007

The Cribs

Wakefield, England

The Cribs are loving the late night talk shows these days - Conan O'Brien tomorrow and Craig Ferguson on the 24th. They'll be at Black Cat on August 11 with one of my favorite bands right now, White Rabbits.

"Men's Needs"

The Cribs on MySpace

The Cribs on The Hype Machine

Immaculate Machine

Savath & Savalas

New York, NY

Here's a song featuring everyone's favorite Swedish guest vocalist, Jose Gonzalez.

"Estrella De Dos Caras"

Savath & Savalas on MySpace

Savath & Savalas on The Hype Machine


Reykjavík, Iceland

These ladies have toured with Sigur Ros in the past. Now they're beginning their own U.S. tour on September 4 at the 6th & I Synagogue here in DC. Keep checking 5 Acts for your chance to win tickets to the show!


Amiina on MySpace

Amiina on The Hype Machine


Montreal, QC / New York, NY

Compared to the last disc, I haven't heard as much hype about Chromeo's Fancy Footwork. I'm really loving this track though.


Chromeo on MySpace

Chromeo on The Hype Machine

Sunday, July 15, 2007

sunday shuffle

Saturday, July 14, 2007

saturday shuffle

Friday, July 13, 2007

Thing One

Hoboken, NJ

Meet my new favorite band. I got turned on to them through another snazzy group, Ra Ra Riot. Thing One creates a sound representing the perfect union between dance and rock. Keep your eyes open for a new single, "Move It," coming to their MySpace page soon. Joey from Thing One tells me that he feels it's their strongest song yet. The band has already put out a couple discs and the track I'm featuring today is from their latest EP.

"Pointy Shoes"

Thing One on MySpace

Thing One on The Hype Machine


Copenhagen, Denmark

If you're feeling a little let down over the latest album from Billy Corgan and company, check out this track from EPO-555. It reminds me of a path I wish SP would have continued with. This Danish crew was just in Boston and NYC for a little tour celebrating their signing to Rykodisc. Hopefully they'll be back soon and make a stop in DC! Highly recommended if you enjoy bands like Mew.


EPO-555 on MySpace

EPO-555 on The Hype Machine

Sean Wilde

Denver, CO

I love the paragraph before Sean Wilde's bio on his MySpace page. "Pop music today is a colostomy bag, and Sean Wilde would like to burp it for you. God forbid it explodes all over your leggings, you wry thing." I like to imagine it being read by Stewie from Family Guy. With that being said, I am obsessed with the four songs I have from this mysterious man. Note to Mr. Wilde: I need more.

"Still Hear The Train"

Sean Wilde on MySpace

Sean Wilde on The Hype Machine



You'll definitely like Ladybirds if the bouncy electronic genre with male/female vocals is your thing. I've also included their new video below - "The Brown And The Red Divide" is from their debut full length album, Regional Community Theater, which will be released August 21 via Creep Records.

"Oh No! The Unicorns Are Knife Fighting Again"

Ladybirds on MySpace

Ladybirds on The Hype Machine

The Seedy Seeds

Cincinnati, OH

The Seedy Seeds are having a hot CD release party for Change States on Saturday, July 21 at Decibel Lounge. Go out and support them if you're in Cincinnati! And if you're not, you can get their music online at Amie St.

"Changes Less The Moon"

The Seedy Seeds on MySpace

The Seedy Seeds on The Hype Machine

Thursday, July 12, 2007

NYPC - Fantastic Playroom

Fantastic Playroom from New Young Pony Club out August 28 on Modular Recordings.

"The Bomb"

New Young Pony Club on MySpace

New Young Pony Club on The Hype Machine

call your senators and reps today

(originally posted by Bryan Jay at WOXY.com)

Grim news from the SaveNetRadio coalition today:

Yesterday, the U.S. Court of Appeals DENIED the emergency stay sought on behalf of webcasters, millions of listeners and the artists and music they support.

UNLESS CONGRESS ACTS BY JULY 15th, it's going to be the end of the road for Internet radio as you know it.

We are appealing to the millions of Internet radio listeners out there, the webcasters they support and the artists and labels to rise up and make your voices heard before this vibrant medium is silenced.

This situation is grave, but that makes the message all the simpler and most serious. CALL YOUR SENATORS AND REPRESENTATIVES TODAY and urge them to support the "Internet Radio Equality Act." If they've already co-sponsored, thank them and tell them to fight to bring it to the floor for an immediate vote. If the line is busy, call back. Call until you know your voice has been heard. Your voices are what have gotten us this far -- Congress has listened. Now, they are the only hope.

Click here to get contact info for your Congressional representatives.

We are outmatched by lobbying power and money but we are NOT outmatched by facts and passion and the power of our voices.

FADER - Issue 47

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Daft Punk - Harder Better Faster Stronger
Kavinsky - Wayfarer
Bonde do Role - Solta O Frango
MIA - Boyz
The Aliens - Setting Sun
Collie Buddz - Blind To You
Trae - Smile
Lil Wayne - I Feel Like Dying
Kanye West - Can't Tell Me Nothing
The Dirty Projectors - No More
The Fixxers - Can U Werk Wit Dat
The Dirty Projectors "No More"
Blitzen Trapper - Wild Mountain Nation
Jason Isbell - Dress Blues

Wednesday, July 11, 2007

Two If By Sea

Baltimore, MD

DC folk: check out the regional band Two If By Sea tonight at Black Cat. They're opening up for another favorite group of mine, Pela.

"Summer Borne For Sleep"

Two If By Sea on MySpace

Two If By Sea on The Hype Machine


Denver, CO

Shortly after I started this blog I raved about the EP from the Denver outfit Cat-A-Tac. Now a year later I'm equally as happy with their full-length, Past Lies And Former Lives. And I'm lucky enough to be seeing them play tomorrow night at DC9.

"Needles And Pins"

Cat-A-Tac on MySpace

Cat-A-Tac on The Hype Machine


Seattle, WA

BOAT impressed the hell out of me last year with Songs You Might Not Like, reminding me a lot of the Spencer Krug genre. They're back already with a new disc entitled Let's Drag Our Feet! It's out now on one of my favorite labels, Magic Marker. Check out some live dates below. East coast any time soon, guys?

07-13 The Towne Lounge, Portland OR
07-14 Neurolux, Boise ID

07-15 Monk's, Salt Lake City UT
07-16 The Appaloosa Grill, Denver CO
07-17 Knickerbocker's, Lincoln NE

07-18 Vaudeville Mews, Des Moines, IA
07-20 Schubas, Chicago IL
07-21 The Turf Club, Minneapolis, MN
07-23 Missoula Public Library, Missoula, MT
07-23 The Badlander, Missoula, MT
07-24 KUOI, Moscow, ID
07-24 Brooklyn Nights, Spokane WA
07-28 The Capitol Hill Block Party, Seattle WA
08-10 Chop Suey, Seattle WA
08-25 Easy Street Records, Seattle WA

"The Ferocious Sounds Of Lobsters And Snakes -- Mom, Dad, You, Me"

BOAT on MySpace

BOAT on The Hype Machine

Roddy Woomble

Edinburgh, Scotland

Dan and all other Idlewild lovers rejoice! Roddy Woomble has shared some solo material with the world. How great is that name of his? Just rolls off the tongue. My Secret Is My Silence wasn't going to see a release dates in the States, but the good people over at 7-10 Music decided we need to hear it too. Be glad they did. This record has more of a country kick than most of the Idlewild stuff, but fans will still appreciate its sincerity.

"Every Line Of A Long Moment"

Roddy Woomble on MySpace

Roddy Woomble on The Hype Machine


Göteborg, Sweden

If you're in England in August or September, seek out Liechtenstein playing live on the following dates.

08-16 The Horse & Groom, London
08-18 Port Mahon, Oxford
09-14 Buffalo Bar, London


Liechtenstein on MySpace

Liechtenstein on The Hype Machine