5 Acts: September 2008

Tuesday, September 30, 2008

ticket giveaway: Jukebox The Ghost

DC favorites Jukebox The Ghost will be playing a sultry show on Saturday night at Black Cat with Say Hi and Junior League Band. If you're a big fan like I am and would like to join in on the fun for free, email me the title of your favorite song by Jukebox The Ghost. I'll pick a winner randomly for a pair of tickets on Thursday.

Jukebox The Ghost on MySpace

Jukebox The Ghost on The Hype Machine

Monday, September 29, 2008

ticket giveaway: Hot Lava at Black Cat

I've been loving Hot Lava since the beginning of the year, and their spectuacular CD is finally getting a proper release from Bar/None on October 7. Tomorrow night they'll be at Black Cat with Dressy Bessy and Squaaks, and I got a pair of tickets for a lucky Lava lover. If you'd like to catch this one, email me and use the the title of their debut disc as the subject.

Hot Lava on MySpace

Hot Lava on The Hype Machine

Saturday, September 27, 2008

TV On The Radio - Dancing Choose

Deerhoof - Fresh Born

Vivian Girls - Tell The World

Okkervil River - Lost Coastlines

Stereophonics - You're My Star

Thursday, September 25, 2008

Shugo Tokumaru

I Heart Hiroshima

Underground Railroad

My First Days On Junk

White Denim

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

ticket giveaway: Takka Takka at Black Cat

What's everyone think about the new record from Takka Takka? I like it sooooo much better than the last. If you'd like to win a pair of tickets to see these guys tomororw night at Black Cat with Oxford Collapse, email me a picture of yourself listening to the Takka Takka. It's a backstage show and doors open at 9:00.

Takka Takka on MySpace

Takka Takka on The Hype Machine

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Stars And Sons


Captain Of Industry

Secret Alphabet

Golden Animals

Monday, September 22, 2008

tonight at 9:30: Darker My Love

I haven't had much of a chance to check out the entire new disc from Darker My Love, but I love what I've heard so far. Tonight these guys will be opening up for an older band that I recently rediscovered - The Dandy Warhols. The show is at 9:30 Club and doors open at 7:00.

Darker My Love on MySpace

Darker My Love on The Hype Machine

Saturday, September 20, 2008

31Knots - Compass Commands

Dead Confederate - The Rat

The Stills - Being Here

Rachael Yamagata - Elephants

These United States - Get Yourself Home

Thursday, September 18, 2008


Late Of The Pier



Son Ambulance

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

The Gorgeous Colours

Dublin, Ireland

Thanks to Kevin over at mp3hugger.com for turning me on to the satisfying sounds of The Gorgeous Colours.

Dressy Bessy

Denver, CO

Dressy Bessy continues to please us with their latest effort. Hollerandstomp is pure powerpop fun!


Dressy Bessy on MySpace

Dressy Bessy on The Hype Machine

Mother Mother

Vancouver, BC

About three years have passed since I was introduced to Mother Mother (then they were just Mother). Last Gang released their sophomore full-length yesterday, and it's growing on me more and more with every listen.

"Body Of Years"

Mother Mother on MySpace

Mother Mother on The Hype Machine


Tucson, AZ

Carried To Dust
is the sixth album from Calexico. It's my favorite from these guys so far, and "Two Silver Trees" is for sure one of the best songs the year.

"Two Silver Trees"

Calexico on MySpace

Calexico on The Hype Machine


San Antonio, TX

Hacienda is touring pretty much nonstep for the next month to celebrate their debut disc, Loud Is The Night. Get dates/locations here.

"Shake Ya"

Hacienda on MySpace

Hacienda on The Hype Machine

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

CD giveaway: Fuck Buttons

Fuck Buttons is currently on tour with Mogwai. They'll be here in DC tomorrow night at 9:30 Club and to help celebrate I'm giving away a copy of their debut full-length, Street Horrrsing. If you haven't grabbed this one up yet, send me an email and I'll try to take pity on you.

Fuck Buttons on MySpace

Fuck Buttons on The Hype Machine

tonight: Title Tracks at Black Cat

Title Tracks will be playing their second official show tonight at Black Cat, snuggled in between Meredith Bragg and Miracle Fortress. It's a backstage event and doors open at 9:00.

Title Tracks on MySpace

Title Tracks on The Hype Machine

Monday, September 15, 2008

ticket giveaway: Oppenheimer at DC9

Wow, those are some mighty big headphones! If you'd like a chance to see Oppenheimer for free, email me and tell me how much you love these two Irish lads. They'll be at DC9 tomorrow night. Doors open at 8:30 and the show starts around 9:00 with two opening acts - My Brother The Welder and Tim Be Told.

Oppenheimer on MySpace

Oppenheimer on The Hype Machine

Sunday, September 14, 2008


I never really thought I'd be adding "Wedding DJ" to my musical resume, but that's just what I did this weekend. Congratulations to Evan and Beth. It was a perfect evening!

Post Ceremony
01. The Beta Band – Squares
02. Chairlift – Bruises
03. Yo La Tengo – You Can Have It All
04. James Yuill – This Sweet Love
05. Marlena Shaw – California Soul (Diplo / Mad Decent Remix)
06. Mylo – In My Arms
07. Sam Sparro - Black And Gold
08. Walter Meego – Forever

Post Thanks / First Course
09. Psapp – Hi
10. Datarock – The Most Beautiful Girl
11. Matthew Dear – Deserter (Four Tet Remix)
12. Her Space Holiday – Tech Romance
13. Pinback – Good To Sea
14. Eberg – Inside Your Head
15. Architecture In Helsinki – Like A Call (Buy Me Now I’m Cheap Remix)
16. Shout Out Louds – Impossible (Possible Version by Studio)

Post Toast / Main Course
17. The Submarines – You Me And The Bourgeoisie
18. South – Better Things
19. Takka Takka – Silence
20. Snow Patrol – Ask Me How I Am
21. Air France – Collapsing At Your Door
22. Ashby – Horizon
23. Radiohead – Idioteque
24. Lykke Li – Little Bit (CSS Remix)

Bride and Father Dance
25. The Beatles – In My life

Groom and Mother Dance
26. Cast of Fiddler On The Roof – Sunrise, Sunset

27. Zero 7 – You’re My Flame
28. The Postal Service – Be Still My Heart
29. The Album Leaf – Always For You
30. New Young Pony Club – Ice Cream
31. Santogold – Lights Out
32. Kajagoogoo – Too Shy
33. Vampire Weekend – Oxford Comma
34. The Virgins – Rich Girls
35. The Verve – Love Is Noise

Bride and Groom Dance
36. Duffy – Syrup & Honey

Dance Dance Dance
37. Kool & The Gang – Jungle Boogie
38. Michael Jackson – Wanna Be Startin’ Somethin’
39. Prince – I Would Die 4 U
40. Technotronic – Get Up
41. Rihanna – Disturbia
42. Estelle – American Boy (Kill The Noise Remix)
43. Kanye West – Flashing Lights (Diplo Remix)

Cutting of the Cake
44. Coldplay – Lost?
45. Elvis Presley – Burning Love
46. Stardust – Music Sounds Better With You
47. Nadia Oh – Got Your Number
48. Lady GaGa – Just Dance (Matt Price Remix)

Bouquet Toss
49. Madonna – Get Together
50. Feist – 1234 (Van She Remix)
51. Britney Spears – Break The Ice (Kaskade Remix)
52. Timbaland – The Way I Are
53. Snoop Dogg – Signs
54. The Ting Tings – Shut Up And Let Me Go

Saturday, September 13, 2008

Marching Band - Make Up Artist

Cassettes Won't Listen - Freeze And Explode

Chairlift - Planet Health

The Submarines - You Me And The Bourgeoisie

El Perro Del Mar - Glory To The World

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

ticket giveaway: The Ettes at Black Cat

The Ettes will be playing here in DC tomorrow night at Black Cat, and I've got a pair of tickets to give away. If you'd like a shot at winning them, send me an email at 5actsblog at gmail dot com. For the subject of the message, please use the title of the band's sophomore album that just came out yesterday. Good luck!

The Ettes on MySpace

The Ettes on The Hype Machine

Tuesday, September 09, 2008


Yorkshire, UK

I've been pretty obsessed with these Yorkies for several months now. Why aren't they signed yet???

"Five Bedrooms Two Lounges"

ultCult on MySpace

ultCult on The Hype Machine

Feral Children

Seattle, WA

This is the closing track on Second To The Last Frontier, and it's my favorite by far.


Feral Children on MySpace

Feral Children on The Hype Machine

The Broken West

Los Angeles, CA

Now Or Heaven is out today from Merge, and it's every bit as good as the first full-length from The Broken West. I can't stop listening to it, so I may like it even better!


The Broken West on MySpace

The Broken West on The Hype Machine

The Pack A.D.

Vancouver, BC

These two have been compared to the likes of Janis Joplin and The White Stripes. Funeral Mixtape is available now from Mint Records.

"Making Gestures"

The Pack A.D. on MySpace

The Pack A.D. on The Hype Machine

Apollo Sunshine

Boston, MA

Two words for this song from Apollo Sunshine: psychadelic delightful.


Apollo Sunshine on MySpace

Apollo Sunshine on The Hype Machine

Monday, September 08, 2008

tonight at 9:30 Club: Illinois / The Kooks

Hope you got your tickets for this one 'cause it's sold out! Doors open at 7:00, Illinois plays at 8:00, and The Kooks take the stage at 9:15.

Illinois on MySpace

Illinois on The Hype Machine

The Kooks on MySpace

The Kooks on The Hype Machine

Sunday, September 07, 2008

Bellman Barker tours with Mugison

DC favorites Bellman Barker is gearing up to tour with Icelandic artist Mugison in a couple weeks. Included in these dates is a show at DC9 on September 23.

09/20 - New York, NY - Mercury Lounge
09/21 - Brooklyn, NY - Union Pool
09/22 - Philadelphia, PA - North Star Bar
09/23 - Washington, DC - DC9
09/24 - Charleston, SC - Village Tavern
09/25 - Atlanta, GA - The Earl

Bellman Barker on MySpace

Bellman Barker on The Hype Machine

Thing-One CD Release:
September 13 at Mercury Lounge

Hotness! Thing-One celebrates the release of their new CD, You'll Be Fine, this Saturday night at Mercury Lounge in NYC.

"Mop Yards"

Thing-One on MySpace

Thing-One on The Hype Machine

Saturday, September 06, 2008

saturday shuffle: september

Friday, September 05, 2008

Ra Ra Riot - Ghost Under Rocks

Wild Beasts - Brave Bulging Buoyant Clairvoyants

CSS - Move

Chad VanGaalen - Molten Light

Uh Huh Her - Not A Love Song

Thursday, September 04, 2008

Ra Ra Riot on Conan O'Brien

In case you forgot to watch, VCR, or DVR Ra Ra Riot doing "Ghost Under Rocks" on Conan Tuesday night, here it is...

tomorrow night at DC9:
Does It Offend You, Yeah?

Does It Offend You, Yeah? will be here in town at DC9 tomorrow night. Doors open at 9 and the show starts at 10. And there's open bar from 9 to 10:30!!!

Does It Offend You, Yeah? on MySpace

Does It Offend You, Yeah? on The Hype Machine

Tuesday, September 02, 2008

tonight on Conan O'Brien: Ra Ra Riot

Make sure to check out Ra Ra Riot on Conan O'Brien tonight.

Also, here's Lykke Li performing "Breaking It Up" on Conan last week in case you missed it...