5 Acts: May 2009

Sunday, May 31, 2009

preview: EOTS - Standing On The Shore

Here's a trailer for the latest video from Empire Of The Sun...

Saturday, May 30, 2009

Metric - Sick Muse

School Of Seven Bells - My Cabal

Bat For Lashes - Pearl's Dream

Yeah Yeah Yeahs - Heads Will Roll

The Gossip - Heavy Cross

Friday, May 29, 2009


New Orleans, LA

Con Law is definitely my favorite album right now. It's out July 21 from Park The Van, and I can't wait to see Generationals live!

"Angry Charlie"

Generationals on MySpace

Generationals on The Hype Machine

Jenny Owen Youngs

Brooklyn, NY

I've been enjoying this new Jenny Owen Youngs disc so much more than the previous. Does that make me a lesbian?

"Led To The Sea"

Jenny Owen Youngs on MySpace

Jenny Owen Youngs on The Hype Machine

A Camp

Malmo, Sweden

A Camp is led by Nina Persson from The Cardigans.

"Stronger Than Jesus"

A Camp on MySpace

A Camp on The Hype Machine


Royal City

Toronto, ON

Royal City's self-titled record will be released on Asthmatic Kitty on June 23.

"A Belly Was Made For Wine"

Royal City on MySpace

Royal City on The Hype Machine

Thursday, May 28, 2009

tonight at Black Cat:
Title Tracks / Cymbals Eat Guitars

Since Title Tracks joined Cymbals Eat Guitars in Brooklyn a few weeks back, it's only proper that they make their way down to DC. Tonight these two will be together again with Sinta kicking off the evening. It's a backstage show at Black Cat, doors open at 8:30, and tickets are only $10.

Title Tracks on MySpace

Title Tracks on The Hype Machine

Cymbals Eat Guitars on MySpace

Cymbals Eat Guitars on The Hype Machine

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

update on Thrushes

New demo below. So exciting! Here's an e-mail I just got from Casey of Thrushes...

Hi friends,

Just wanted to update everybody on some exciting developments in the Thrushes nest!

1. Original drummer, Matt Davis, has rejoined the band and we are hard at work on the follow up to "Sun Come Undone." The new album will be called "Night Falls" and is expected to be released in the fall.

2. Our good friends at the Metro Gallery in Baltimore are throwing their first outdoor festival to celebrate their second anniversary and it's a doozie! Rufustival is June 6th and features good friends and sonic terrorists, A Place to Bury Strangers, Dirty Projectors, Chairlift, and many more. A portion of the proceeds will benefit BARCS (Baltimore Animal Rescue and Care Shelter) and their Franky Fund. This is a fantastic organization doing great work for our furred and feathered friends. If there is any way that you can help spread the world, we would be forever grateful. To celebrate Thrushes will be playing our entire new album months before it's released!! Tickets are $25 here.

3. We're one of five finalists in Artscape's SoundOff! Competition. We'd really love to play America's largest free arts festival so please vote as often as you can before May 31st.

Sonic Hearts,

"Trees (demo)"

Thrushes on MySpace

Thrushes on The Hype Machine

tonight at Rock & Roll Hotel: Crocodiles

Crocodiles have been one of my favorite discoveries in 2009 and tonight they're opening up for Holy Fuck at Rock & Roll Hotel. Doors 8:00, show 8:30, tickets $12.

Crocodiles on MySpace

Crocodiles on The Hype Machine

new tune: The Radio Dept.- David

"David" will be released June 24 as the first single from the much anticipated new album from The Radio Dept.


The Radio Dept. on MySpace

The Radio Dept. on The Hype Machine

Monday, May 25, 2009

Cats On Fire - Tears In Your Cup

Suckers - Easy Chairs

Florence And The Machine - Rabbit Heart

Tiny Masters Of Today - Pop Chart

The Warlocks - Red Camera

Sunday, May 24, 2009

Phoenix - 1901

Cage - I Never Knew

Solid Gold - Bible Thumper

Jenny Owen Youngs - Clean Break

Sara Lov - A Thousand Bees

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

DC9 ticket giveaway:
Prabir And The Substitutes

Prabir And The Substitutes are opening up a show for Malbec and Tally Hall on Thursday night at DC9. If you'd like a chance to win a pair of tickets, email me at 5actsblog at gmail dot com and use the title of the new EP from Prabir And The Substitutes as the subject.

Prabir And The Substitutes on MySpace

Prabir And The Substitutes on The Hype Machine

White Rabbits on Letterman 05/18/2009

album release show tonight:
Tereu Tereu at DC9

Monday, May 18, 2009

Passion Pit

Cambridge, MA

The wait for Manners is finally over.

"Moth's Wings"

Passion Pit on MySpace

Passion Pit on The Hype Machine

Gentleman Reg

Toronto, ON

Upcoming tour dates for Gentleman Reg below.

05/26 - New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom
05/27 - Cambridge, MA @ Middle East
05/28 - Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club
05/30 - Philadelphia, PA @ Johnny Brenda's
05/31 - Montreal, PQ @ Les Saints
06/01 - Toronto, ON @ Mod Club
06/03 - Chicago, IL @ Double Door
06/04 - Minneapolis, MN @ Fine Line Café
06/05 - Kansas City, MO @ Record Bar
06/06 - Denver, CO @ Bluebird Theatre
06/08 - Salt Lake City, UT @ Kilby Court
06/10 - Vancouver, BC @ Richard's On Richards
06/11 - Seattle, WA @ The Crocodile
06/12 - Portland, OR @ Doug Fir Lounge
06/14 - San Francisco, CA @ Independent
06/15 - Los Angeles, CA @ Troubadour
06/27 - Toronto, ON @ PRIDE Toronto – South Stage, 9pm
07/10 to 07/11 - Winnipeg, MB @ Winnipeg Folk Festival

"To Some It Comes Easy"

Gentleman Reg on MySpace

Gentleman Reg on The Hype Machine

Joan Of Arc

Chicago, IL

Flowers is out June 9 from Polyvinyl, and it very well may be my favorite Joan Of Arc album since The Gap back in 2000.

"Explain Yourselves #2"

Joan Of Arc on MySpace

Joan Of Arc on The Hype Machine

Anni Rossi

Chicago, IL

Who doesn't love anyone who covers Ace Of Base??? Anni Rossi is at IOTA tonight with Ben Sollee.

"Living In Danger"

Anni Rossi on MySpace

Anni Rossi on The Hype Machine

Sunday, May 17, 2009

The Dig: tomorrow night at
The Red & The Black

Most recently NYC's The Dig has received attention after opening up for The Rakes last month at Bowery Ballroom. Tomorrow night DC gets them at The Red & The Black. Doors open at 8:30 and tickets are just $6.

The Dig on MySpace

The Dig on The Hype Machine

Saturday, May 16, 2009

Telekinesis - Awkward Kisser

Jarvis Cocker - Angela

Cass McCombs - Dreams Come True Girl

Little Joy - The Next Time Around

Jeniferever - Green Meadow Island

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

WOXY.com Lounge Act: The Walkmen

Monday, May 11, 2009

tonight at Black Cat:
Pomegranates / Wye Oak

This photo is so great! I think we should all have animals mounted on our walls.

Tonight Wye Oak will be on the backstage at Black Cat with openers Pomegranates, whose latest record hasn't been praised as much as it deserves to be. Doors open at 9:00, tickets $10.

Wye Oak on MySpace

Wye Oak on The Hype Machine

Pomegranates on MySpace

Pomegranates on The Hype Machine

Sunday, May 10, 2009

Immaculate Machine - Sound The Alarms

A Camp - Stronger Than Jesus

White Rabbits - Percussion Gun

Venice Is Sinking - Ryan's Song

LoveLikeFire - William

Friday, May 08, 2009

tonight at Black Cat: These United States

Black Cat is always there to help the DC folk start the weekend right. Tonight is These United States headlining with openers Greenland and The Spinto Band! Doors open at 9:00, tickets only $12.

These United States on MySpace

These United States on The Hype Machine

Thursday, May 07, 2009

tonight at Black Cat:
Eulogies / Great Northern / The Dears

Three hot bands tonight at Black Cat on the mainstage - Eulogies, Great Northern, and The Dears. Doors open at 8:00 and tickets are $15.

Eulogies on MySpace

Eulogies on The Hype Machine

Great Northern on MySpace

Great Northern on The Hype Machine

The Dears on MySpace

The Dears on The Hype Machine

And if you're not able to catch these bands during this tour, you can hear two out of three tomorrow live in the Lounge on WOXY.com. The Dears will be on at 2:00 pm ET and Eulogies will play at 4:15 pm ET.

Tuesday, May 05, 2009

tonight at Black Cat:
Max Tundra / Junior Boys

Mainstage show this evening at Black Cat with Max Tundra and Junior Boys. Doors open at 8:00 and tickets are $15.

Max Tundra on MySpace

Max Tundra on The Hype Machine

Junior Boys on MySpace

Junio Boys on The Hype Machine

Monday, May 04, 2009

Dag For Dag

Stockholm, Sweden

Shooting From The Shadows EP out today from Saddle Creek Europe.

"Pirate Sea"

Dag For Dag on MySpace

Dag For Dag on The Hype Machine

Kittens Ablaze

Brooklyn, NY

Do not ignore a band with a cello, violin, bass, guitars, keys, and a drumming lead singer. The strings are sensational on this song.


Kittens Ablaze on MySpace

Kittens Ablaze on The Hype Machine

Anthem In

Brooklyn, NY

Anthem In has completely taken this classic Kate Bush track and made it their own. It's from the band's latest release, The Cloudbusting EP.


Anthem In on MySpace

Anthem In on The Hype Machine

An Horse

Brisbane, Australia

Love it! Reminds me of the last Tegan And Sarah record.


An Horse on MySpace

An Horse on The Hype Machine

First Aid Kit

Stockholm, Sweden

"Even though you're not alone, he's never there to be with you."

"You're Not Coming Home Tonight"

First Aid Kit on MySpace

First Aid Kit on The Hype Machine

Sunday, May 03, 2009

The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart - Young Adult Friction

Polly Scattergood - Please Don't Touch

Little Boots - New In Town

Tiny Masters Of Today - Skeletons

Matt And Kim - Lessons Learned

Saturday, May 02, 2009

tonight at Black Cat: Noah And The Whale

Mainstage show tonight at Black Cat - Anni Rossi, Ferraby Lionheart, and Noah And The Whale. Doors open at 9:00, tickets $12.

Noah And The Whale on MySpace

Noah And The Whale on The Hype Machine

Friday, May 01, 2009

free mp3, video, & ringtone:
Tori Amos - Maybe California

Early Mother's Day gift from Tori Amos - free mp3, ringtone, and video for "Maybe California" from her new album, Abnormally Attracted To Sin (out May 19)...