5 Acts: October 2007

Wednesday, October 31, 2007

ghost post: Happy Halloween!

Rondo Brothers - Still Your Ghost

Erlend Oye - Ghost Trains

National Skyline - Ghosts

Jatun - Ghost And Grey

The Unicorns - Tuff Ghost

Wolf Parade - Dear Sons And Daughters Of Hungry Ghosts

Owls - Holy Fucking Ghost

The Deadly Syndrome - I Hope I Become A Ghost

Slaraffenland - Ghosts

Ra Ra Riot - Ghost Under Rocks

Voxtrot - Ghost

Spoon - The Ghost Of You Lingers

As Tall As Lions - Ghosts Of York

The Panda Band - Ghosts Have The Best Time

International Falls - Ghouls 'n' Ghosts

The Ettes - Ghosts

Pretty Girls Make Graves - Ghosts In The Radio

Sparklehorse - Ghost In The Sky

Idlewild - A Ghost In The Arcade

I Love You But I've Chosen Darkness - The Ghost

A Sunny Day In Glasgow - Ghost In The Graveyard

Explosions In The Sky - Welcome Ghosts

Jeniferever - A Ghost In The Corner Of Your Eye

The Standard - Ghosts For Hire

Tegan And Sara - Walking With A Ghost

Venice Is Sinking - To Your Ghost

Stars - The Ghost Of Genova Heights

Paul Michel - Ghost

Regina Spektor - Ghost Of Corporate Future

Owen - The Ghost Of What Should've Been

Kristin Hersh - Your Ghost

Band Of Horses - Is There A Ghost

Neutral Milk Hotel - Ghost

Songs: Ohia - I've Been Riding With The Ghost

Heartless Bastards - Searching For The Ghost

Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Say Hi

Seattle, WA

Formerly known as Say Hi To Your Mom, here's an act that seems to keep getting better with each album. I have to admit - The Wishes And The Glitch really sneaked up on me this year because I was still riding high on tunes from last year's Impeccable Blahs (and because it's not officially out til February '08). With Eric Elbogen as the backbone of Say Hi, the band will play Black Cat tonight. The A-Sides and The Velvet Teen are opening bands, and it all starts after 9pm.

"Toil And Trouble"

Say Hi on MySpace

Say Hi on The Hype Machine

Murder Mystery

New York, NY

Here's a great band name for the Halloween season. According to their MySpace page, Murder Mystery will be playing here in DC tomorrow night with The Bravery at 9:30 (including a costume contest!). Then they'll make it back for a show with Girl Talk at Hoya Court on Saturday, November 17.

"Love Astronaut"

Murder Mystery on MySpace

Murder Mystery on The Hype Machine


Brooklyn, NY

For those of you who dig the musical styles of bands like Animal Collective.


Yeasayer on MySpace

Yeasayer on The Hype Machine

Wooden Shjips

San Francisco, CA

...heavily influenced by the creativity of psychedelia, 70's dub music, and garage rock excess.

"We Ask You To Ride"

Wooden Shjips on MySpace

Wooden Shjips on The Hype Machine

Tied + Tickled Trio

Monday, October 29, 2007

Róisín Murphy

Sheffield, England

Just look at that picture. Out of her mind... and we love it! Apparently Róisín hit her head and broke a bone above her eye while performing in Moscow on Saturday night. I'm sure she'll be fine. I just hope it didn't knock any of the crazy out of her. The new disc Overpowered is on repeat for me at the moment. I think I even like it better than her first solo effort.

"You Know Me Better"

Róisín Murphy on MySpace

Róisín Murphy on The Hype Machine

Small Sins

Toronto, ON

I didn't have time to see Small Sins at Black Cat last night, but it's definitely not because I don't love these guys. I'm totally infatuated with Mood Swings right now, and this is one of my favorite songs on that album.

"It Keeps Me On My Toes"

Small Sins on MySpace

Small Sins on The Hype Machine

Ravens And Chimes

New York, NY

Sadly I didn't have time to catch this band (at The Red & The Black) last night either. Hopefully they'll make it back around soon.

"General Lafayette! You Are Not Alone!"

Ravens And Chimes on MySpace

Ravens And Chimes on The Hype Machine


Minneapolis, MN

Fog is touring right now. Dates below.

10/29 - Pops, Sauget IL

10/30 - Bottleneck, Lawrence KS
11/02 - Dusty Bookshelf, Manhattan KS
11/03 - Rubber Gloves, Denton TX
11/04 - Proletariat, Houston TX
11/06 - The Mohawk, Austin TX
11/08 - Modified Arts, Phoenix AZ
11/09 - Spaceland, Los Angeles CA
11/10 - Steynberg Gallery, San Luis Obispo CA
11/11 - Cafe Du Nord, San Fransisco CA
11/13 - Holocene, Portland OR
11/14 - Crocodile Cafe, Seattle WA
11/15 - Neurolux, Boise ID
11/16 - Urban Lounge, Salt Lake City UT
11/17 - Trilogy Winebar, Boulder CO
12/07 - Turf Club, St. Paul MN

"The Last I Knew Of You"

Fog on MySpace

Fog on The Hype Machine

Robert Plant & Alison Krauss

Burlington, MA

Unlikely pair makes for a really nice outcome in this case.


Robert Plant & Alison Krauss on MySpace

Robert Plant & Alison Krauss on The Hype Machine

Sunday, October 28, 2007

tonight: Pash

One of the toughest things about living in a great area like DC is trying to decide which shows to attend on any given evening. Tonight I have at least four options, so I'm going to try to hit all I possibly can. Pash is playing a cozy show at The Red & The Black with Ben Britten and Ravens And Chimes. As you can see from the flyer above, this one is 21+ and begins around 9pm.

Pash on MySpace

Pash on The Hype Machine

tonight: Annuals

Taking the stage tonight at one of my favorite places in DC is Annuals. They'll be at Rock & Roll Hotel with Manchester Orchestra and fellow North Carolina band The Never. This show is kind of an early one. Doors are 7pm.

The Never, 7:30 - 8:15

Manchester Orchestra, 8:30 - 9:30
Annuals, 9:45 - 10:45

Annuals on MySpace

Annuals on The Hype Machine

early show tonight: The Weakerthans

If you're looking for a good show tonight but don't want to be out late because it's a school night, look no further. The Weakerthans are playing an early set at 9:30 Club this evening with openers The Last Town Chorus. Doors are at 5pm.

Video for "Civil Twilight"

The Weakerthans on MySpace

The Weakerthans on The Hype Machine

Friday, October 26, 2007

set list: Tori Amos

Here's the set list from Tori's concert tonight at DAR Constitution Hall.

Yo George

In The Springtime Of His Voodoo
Devils And Gods
Almost Rosey
Scarlet's Walk

Big Wheel
Cornflake Girl
A House Divided
Bells For Her
Spring Haze
Jackie's Strength
1,000 Oceans
Code Red

Precious Things

ouncing Off Clouds
Hey Jupiter

tonight: Tori Amos

If you're like me and attending the Tori Amos concert tonight at DAR Constitution Hall, you should be informed that the show has been moved up about half an hour. Opening act Yoav will be going on at 7:35 and Tori will take the stage around 8:15. I can't believe it's been almost five years since I last saw Tori live - at The Chicago Theater the day after Thanksgiving 2002. Needless to say, I'm pretty excited! Should be a great way to start the weekend.

Tori Amos on MySpace

Tori Amos on The Hype Machine

Thursday, October 25, 2007

tonight: Jens Lekman

Most people know how much I adore the Swedish flavor, so I'm happy to report that I'll be attending the Jens Lekman show tonight at Black Cat. Doors are 8pm and the show starts sometime after that. Opening up for Jens is New Yorker Patrick Cleandenim and closing out the night will be a set from Viktor Sjoberg. Hot!

Jens Lekman on The Hype Machine

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Shocking Pinks

Lewis And Clarke

Baby Champion


Black Kids

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

múm - Rhubarbidoo

Tomorrow is the start of múm's first tour in three years! If you'd like a pair of tickets for the show here in DC at the 6th & I Historic Synagogue on November 7, let me know and I might be able to hook you up.

24 Oct - Los Angeles - Orpheum Theatre
25 Oct - San Francisco - Palace Of Fine Arts
26 Oct - Portland - Crystal Ballroom
27 Oct - Seattle - Neumo's
30 Oct - Denver - Gothic Theatre
31 Oct - Lawrence - Granada Theatre
01 Nov - Chicago - Logan Square Auditorium
02 Nov - Toronto - Opera House
03 Nov - Montreal - Theatre National
04 Nov - Boston - Somerville Theatre
06 Nov - Atlanta - Roxy Theatre
07 Nov - Washington DC - 6th & I Historic Synagogue
08 Nov - Philadelphia - Theatre of Living Arts
09 Nov - NYC - Wordless Music Series @ St. Paul the Apostle
10 Nov - NYC - Wordless Music Series @ Society for Ethical Culture

múm on MySpace

múm on The Hype Machine

Oh, LC!

This isn't music related, but I still had to share...

Monday, October 22, 2007


Milwaukee, WI

Heresy And The Hotel Choir from Maritime came out last week and I can't stop listening! The guys have a few days off right now before a November 2 show in their hometown. Then they'll start touring again on the 15th. Dates and cities below.

11.02.07 Milwaukee, WI - Cactus Club

11.15.07 Chicago, IL - Subterranean
11.16.07 Lawrence, KS - Replay Lounge
11.17.07 Tulsa, OK - Continental
11.18.07 Austin, TX - The Mohawk
11.23.07 Chapel Hill, NC - Local 506
11.24.07 Washington, DC - Rock & Roll Hotel
11.25.07 Philadelphia, PA - Johnny Brenda's
11.26.07 Wallingford, CT - Wallingford American Legion
11.27.07 New York City, NY - Mercury Lounge
11.28.07 Boston, MA - Middle East Upstairs
12.01.07 Pontiac, MI - The Pike Room

"For Science Fiction"

Maritime on MySpace

Maritime on The Hype Machine

Red Collar

The Dreadful Yawns


Brian Buta

Sunday, October 21, 2007

LoveLikeFire at Galaxy Hut

I had the great fortune of checking out the super sexy San Francisco band LoveLikeFire at Galaxy Hut last night. The band played for a packed house and the set was about as perfect as I could imagine. To any of my Chicago friends reading this - please head out to Schubas tonight to support LoveLikeFire. Last night after the show here they were driving 14 hours to get there!

LoveLikeFire on MySpace

LoveLikeFire on The Hype Machine

Here's the cool new video for "From A Tower," which is on the band's latest EP, An Ocean In The Air.

Saturday, October 20, 2007

Tunng - Bullets

Arthur & Yu - Afterglow

Patrick Wolf - Bluebells

Plastic Operator - Folder

Socalled - You Are Never Alone

Friday, October 19, 2007

Gingerbread Patriots


New Decade

The Red Button

The Nobility

Thursday, October 18, 2007

Hari And Aino


Stereo Image

The Glass

Gertrude's Storm

Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Tiny Masters Of Today

Parts & Labor

Do Make Say Think

The Cave Singers

Band Of Horses

Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Local DJ Remixes The Hourly Radio

Will Eastman is one of our favorite DC deejays, and he's now contributed a remix for the latest offering from The Hourly Radio. Using the link below you can download the new single "Gun In Hand" from the band's Web site plus eight remixes of other tracks all for free!!!

The Hourly Radio - Gun In Hand

The Hourly Radio on MySpace

The Hourly Radio on The Hype Machine

Bloc Party - Flux

Just in case you missed them performing their new track "Flux" on Conan O'Brien. I love it!

BOAT presents 'A Month Of Covers'

BOAT is seeking bandsand individuals to cover their songs. All entries will be accepted/posted/celebrated on BOAT's website over the next month. There is nowrong way to cover BOAT. Use instruments, don't use instruments. Use your voice, use your friend's voice. Use your friend's wife's voice. Use a taperecorder/iPod memo recorder/4track/Garage band/your friend's computer. No entry will be turned away.

Then take your cover and a picture of yourself and e-mail it as a yousendit file to (boat at ohnodisaster dot com).

The deadline will be November 15. All the entries will be posted with a picture of the person/persons responsible for the cover on BOAT's site throughout the next month. At the end of the month BOAT will be making a limited edition handmade compilation CD of all the entries that will include homemade comic artwork made by the band. Just by entering, you guarantee yourself a free copy of the compilation CD.

So get started. Choose any song from BOAT's back catalog. Not familiar with BOAT's back catalog you say? Who is BOAT? Why do they believe you would be willing to cover their songs? You can check out BOAT's site at www.ohnodisaster.com/boat or www.myspace.com/boatmusic. Then e-mail the band at (boat at ohnodisaster dot com) and they will send you a specific song to learn and cover. Any questions should be sent to (boat at ohnodisaster dot com). Get your microphone and go!

BOAT on The Hype Machine

Monday, October 15, 2007

Lounge Acts on WOXY.com Today

The first of two Lounge Acts today on WOXY.com will be Coyote Bones. This is one of my favorite new bands for 2007. The breathy female/male vocals are just too good to resist. Check 'em out at 1:00 pm ET.

Coyote Bones on MySpace

Coyote Bones on The Hype Machine

Next up at 3:00 pm ET will be LoveLikeFire, a band I've been loving since '06. They stopped by the WOXY.com studio over the weekend for a special sexy session. If you enjoy what you hear and you're in the DC area, please stop by Galaxy Hut on Saturday night and check out LoveLikeFire.

LoveLikeFire on MySpace

LoveLikeFire on The Hype Machine

Sunday, October 14, 2007

Lisa D'Amato - Ace Of Spades

You should remember Lisa as the ultra fun girl from Cycle 5 of ANTM, but I bet you didn't know she was such the musical gem. Here's her first video, "Ace Of Spades." This is not the finished version, but I couldn't wait to share. The lyrics could use some work, but I really do enjoy the music and the vocals. You can judge for yourself.

tonight: The Alphabetical Order

Please come out to Black Cat tonight and support the CD release show for my friends in The Alphabetical Order. Red Racer will be opening and it all starts after 9:00. Backstage event, only $5.

The Alphabetical Order on MySpace

The Alphabetical Order on The Hype Machine

Saturday, October 13, 2007


Thursday, October 11, 2007

The Deadly Syndrome - Eucalyptus

Wednesday, October 10, 2007


Lightning Dust

Angels Of Light