5 Acts: August 2008

Sunday, August 31, 2008

Throw Me The Statue - Yucatan Gold

Air France - Collapsing At Your Doorstep

Birdmonster - The Iditarod

The Walkmen - In The New Year

Bowerbirds - In Our Talons

Friday, August 29, 2008

tonight at 9:30 Club:
Tittsworth Record Release Party

Blisspop presents:
Tittsworth record release party
DJ Assault (Detroit)
Dave Nada
Will Eastman
Gavin Holland (Nouveau Riche)
and a special live performance by The Roll Wit Us All Stars

Doors 9:00
All ages

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

tonight at Black Cat: The Silent Years

Tonight The Silent Years will be playing the backstage at Black Cat. Doors open around 9pm and the opener for the show is Don't Be Glib.

The Silent Years on MySpace

The Silent Years on The Hype Machine

Monday, August 25, 2008


San Francisco, CA

"Can't You Wait" is the opening track on Geographer's Innocent Ghosts and it defines everything I love about good music. Bouncy and bold. Highly recommended for fans of Wolf Parade and CYHSY.

"Can't You Wait"

Geographer on MySpace

Geographer on The Hype Machine


Joy Of Sex


Sunday, August 24, 2008

The Virgins - Rich Girls

SSLYBY - Modern Mystery

Fujiya & Miyagi - Knickerbocker

The Drones - The Minotaur

Jennifer O'Connor - Always In Your Mind

Saturday, August 23, 2008

Indiecater Volume 2

Indiecater Volume 2 is now available courtesy of mp3hugger. Tracklisting below.

01. Montag - Going Places
02. Ned Collette - The Country With A Smile
03. The Spook of the Thirteenth Lock - In Country Dark
04. Mumblin' Deaf Ro - What's To Be Done With El Salvador
05. AM Syndicate - To The Peasants Of The Emperor
06. Eagle Seagull - I'm Sorry But I'm Beginning To Hate Your Face
07. The Van Allen Belt - The Status Quo (A Line Dance)
08. The Very Most - Good Fight Fighting
09. Venice Is Sinking - Pulaski Heights
10. The Ruby Suns - There Are Birds

saturday shuffle

tonight at Black Cat:
Bliss Anniversary Party

Bliss Dance Party
Special 8 Year Anniversary
Saturday, August 23
Black Cat Mainstage
1811 14th Street (@ S Street)
9:30 pm to 2:00 am
All Ages $10

Visuals by Kylos

Guest DJ Pogo (Panic!/Chicago):
You might remember
Pogo as 1/3 of team Panic!. While violating every DC code for capacity, Panic! enjoyed a healthy run at Metro Cafe until the closing of the venue, and Pogo's subsequent excommunication to Chicago. There, Panic! has been living on as a massively successful monthly event, and Pogo has somehow managed to expand on his radio career by weasling his way onto Chicago television. His newest job is on ABC-7, and so far he's been able to avoid their threat of making him get a "nice" haircut. And as long as the good folks of Washington/Baltimore welcome him, he jumps at any opportunity to return to spin!

Special live performance by Wallpaper (Oakland, CA), 10:00 pm:
Wallpaper is the enigmatic onstage existence of Oakland music addict Eric Frederic. The Wallpaper project began in early 2005 as tweaked satire, Frederic funneling his earliest influences (P-Funk, New Jack, East Bay rap) into two EPs of diced, digital beats and lyrics caricaturing the pop vernacular. But as the Hyphy hip-hop movement crested in Frederic's backyard, something changed. "I saw that classic Bay Area sound resurfacing," he says, "that same psychedelic, drippy, care-free, funky approach that reigned from Sly Stone to Digital Underground." He needed to pay tribute, and in a hail of house parties and homemade discs, Wallpaper was reborn as Ricky Reed, Frederic's disco-smashing doppelganger. This glitz 'n' grit champion of the groove has since become a gilded name in the underground, wooing crowds with a computerized croon, live reinventions of R&B classics, and tales of excess in the Information Age. They have blown spots alongside such notables as Subtle, Darondo, LA Riots, Electric Soft Parade, and Nino Moschella.

Thursday, August 21, 2008

Kitty Hawk

Washington, DC

Kitty Hawk is a local DC band that I just recently started to truly appreciate. I apologize for the sound quality on the track, but all I have is some rough demos from these guys. Still, if this one doesn't get you in the good spot, I don't know what will.

"Bear In The Morning"

Kitty Hawk on MySpace

Kitty Hawk on The Hype Machine

Gentleman Auction House

St. Louis, MO

Sad about the summer coming to an end and need a hearty musical pick-me-up? Check out Alphabet Graveyard from Gentleman Auction House. The band just recently got added to regular rotation on WOXY.com, so hopefully they'll be getting them in for a Lounge Act soon!

"Call It Casual"

Gentleman Auction House on MySpace

Gentleman Auction House on The Hype Machine


Vancouver, BC

Vancougar makes me happy on multiple levels, but mostly I think it's because it reminds me of stuff I used to love so much like Velocity Girl.

"Phone Calls"

Vancougar on MySpace

Brad Laner

Granada Hills, CA

Recommended for those of you who love other male artists like Kevin Drew or Brendan Canning.

"Find Out"

Brad Laner on MySpace

Brad Laner on The Hype Machine

Ra Ra Riot

Syracuse, NY

Finally we have a full-length from Ra Ra Riot. The Rhumb Line came out earlier this week on the Barsuk label and although I already had most of these songs as demos, I still think it's one of the best albums in 2008. Also, congratulations to the band on getting a great review from Rolling Stone!

"Dying Is Fine"

Ra Ra Riot on MySpace

Ra Ra Riot on The Hype Machine

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Bodies Of Water

The Red Romance

The Airborne Toxic Event

The Walkmen

Ed Harcourt

Monday, August 18, 2008

Ida Maria

Bark Hide And Horn

Delta Spirit

Human Highway

What Laura Says

Sunday, August 17, 2008

The XYZ Affair - Evening Life

Takka Takka - Silence

Gentleman Auction House - The Book Of Matches

Johnny Foreigner - Eyes Wide Terrified

Black Kids - Look At Me

Saturday, August 16, 2008

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Friday, August 15, 2008

WOXY.com Lounge Act: Pomegranates

Please tune in to WOXY.com today at 3:00 pm ET to hear Pomegranates, one of my favorite bands for the year!

Pomegranates on MySpace

Pomegranates on The Hype Machine

Thursday, August 14, 2008

tonight: Title Tracks at Fort Reno

Here's your first chance to catch new tunes from John Davis. His latest project is called Title Tracks and he'll be performing tonight at Fort Reno. The live lineup will include the multi-talented Merideth Munoz (of Pash) and some other people name Michael Cotterman and Andrew Black (who also helped Georgie James out for live shows). It starts at 7:15, and Yell County and The Jet Age will be playing after Title Tracks.

Title Tracks on MySpace

WOXY.com Lounge Act: Bound Stems

Check out the Lounge Act performance from Bound Stems today on WOXY.com at 4:30 pm ET.

Bound Stems on MySpace

Bound Stems on The Hype Machine

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Friday at Mercury Lounge:
Bridges And Powerlines

Bridges and Powerlines is performing this Friday, August 15, at NYC's Mercury Lounge with +/-, Hymns, and Loud Est Boom Bah Yeah. Tickets are $10 in advance and $12 the day of the show. You can buy them online directly from Mercury Lounge. I hear that an "interesting surprise" awaits those who attend. Sadly I won't be in NYC this weekend, so please let me know what it is for those of you who are able to make it.

Bridges And Powerlines on MySpace

Bridges And Powerlines on The Hype Machine

tonight at DC9:
Crystal Stilts / Vivian Girls

Tonight at DC9 you can enjoy the New York sounds of Crystal Stilts and Vivian Girls. Opening up the show will be DC band Six O'Clock Saints. Doors open at 8:30 and the music starts at 9:00.

Six O'Clock Saints on MySpace

Six O'Clock Saints on The Hype Machine

Crystal Stilts on MySpace

Crystal Stilts on The Hype Machine

Vivian Girls on MySpace

Vivian Girls on The Hype Machine

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Azeda Booth

Fuck Dress

Tu Fawning

Vanilla Swingers


Monday, August 11, 2008

tonight: These United States at Fort Reno

Before they head off on tour, These United States are playing a free show tonight at Fort Reno with Jukebox The Ghost

08/13 - The Gypsy Hut - Cincinnati, OH
08/14 - The Hideout - Chicago, IL
08/15 - The Slowdown - Omaha, NE
08/16 - Hi-Dive - Denver, CO

08/17 - Kilby Court - Salt Lake City, UT
08/18 - The Record Exchange -Boise, ID
08/19 - Caterina Winery - Spokane, WA

08/21 - WhAAM - Bellingham, WA
08/22 - Department of Safety - Anacortes, WA
08/23 - Sunset Tavern - Seattle, WA
08/24 - Holocene - Portland, OR
08/26 - Bottom of the Hill - San Francisco, CA
08/27 - Echo Curio - Los Angeles, CA
08/28 - Plush - Tucson, AZ
09/03 - Billiken Club - St. Louis, MO
09/04 - The Rudyard Kipling - Louisville, KY
09/05 - Uncle Fester’s - Bloomington, IN
09/06 - The Magic Bag - Ferndale, MI

09/07 - The Brass Rail - Ft. Wayne, IN
09/08 - Al’s Bar - Lexington, KY
09/22 - Bug Jar - Rochester, NY
09/24 - Sneaky Dee’s - Toronto, ON
09/27 - Colby College - Waterville, ME
09/28 - PA’s Lounge - Somerville, MA
09/29 - Cake Shop - New York, NY
09/30 - Union Hall - Brooklyn, NY
10/02 - Johnny Brenda’s - Philadelphia, PA
10/04 - Rock & Roll Hotel - Washington, DC
11/21 - Swarthmore College - Swarthmore, PA

These United States on MySpace

These United States on The Hype Machine

Sunday, August 10, 2008

ticket giveaway:
Margot & The Nuclear So And So's

Margot & The Nuclear So And So's are gearing up to put out not one but two new albums on October 7. Animal! will be released on vinyl and Not Animal will be available digitally and as a CD. It's been over two years since I've had a chance to catch these guys live and they're playing at 9:30 Club on Wednesday night. For a chance to win a pair of tickets to this one, email me at 5actsblog at gmail dot com with the title of their last full-length as the subject line.

Margot & The Nuclear So And So's on MySpace

Margot & The Nuclear So And So's on The Hype Machine

Saturday, August 09, 2008

Those Dancing Days - Those Dancing Days

Ladytron - Runaway

Spiritualized - You Live You Cheat

Sunfold - Oregon

No Age - Keechie

Thursday, August 07, 2008

Uh Huh Her

Los Angeles, CA

Leisha Hailey and Camila Grey are hot and their tunes are catchy as hell. Common Reaction is out August 19 from Nettwerk and highly recommended if you love anything reminiscent of 90s electro pop.


Uh Huh Her on MySpace

Uh Huh Her on The Hype Machine


My Milky Way Arms

Oxford Collapse

Brooklyn, NY

Tour Dates:
08/07 - Varsity Theater - Minneapolis, MN
08/08 - The Abbey Pub - Chicago, IL
08/09 - Grog Shop - Cleveland, OH
08/10 - Southgate House - Newport, KY
08/11 - Diesel - Pittsburgh, PA
08/17 - Sound Fix - Brooklyn, NY
08/21 - Glasslands - Brooklyn, NY
08/22 - Talking Head - Baltimore, MD
08/23 - Local 506 - Carrboro, NC
08/24 - Drunken Unicorn - Atlanta, GA
08/25 - Bottletree - Birmingham, AL
08/26 - Spanish Moon - Baton Rouge, LA
08/27 - The Mohawk - Austin, TX
08/29 - Solar Culture Gallery - Tucson, AZ
08/30 - Spaceland - Los Angeles, CA
08/31 - Biko Co-Op Garage - Isla Vista, CA
09/02 - Rickshaw Shop - San Francisco, CA
09/04 - Holocene - Portland, OR
09/05 - Sunset Tavern - Seattle, WA
09/06 - Media Club - Vancouver, BC
09/08 - Marquee Room Calgary, AB
09/09 - The Velvet Underground - Edmonton, AB
09/10 - Amigo’s - Saskatoon, SK
09/12 - The Aquarium - Fargo, ND
09/13 - Maintenence Shop - Ames, IA
09/14 - Replay Lounge - Lawrence, KS
09/16 - The Bluebird - St. Louis, MO
09/18 - Krannert Center - Champaign, IL
09/20 - Sneaky Dee’s - Toronto, ON
09/27 - Mercury Lounge - New York, NY

"The Birthday Wars"

Oxford Collapse on MySpace

Oxford Collapse on The Hype Machine

Noah And The Whale

London, England

You are familiar with Noah And The Whale whether you realize or not.

"5 Years Time"

Noah And The Whale on MySpace

Noah And The Whale on The Hype Machine

Tuesday, August 05, 2008

Dent May & His Magnificent Ukelele

Voodoo Economics

Grand Pocket Orchestra

The Radio Dept.

The Interiors

Sunday, August 03, 2008

Lykke Li - Breaking It Up

Post War Years - Black Morning

The Hectors - Carol And Sanford

Zeigeist - The Lake

Wild Beasts - The Devil's Crayon

Saturday, August 02, 2008

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