5 Acts: September 2009

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

tonight at DC9: The Antlers

The Antlers seem to be playing everywhere these days. This evening they'll be at DC9 with Shapiro and Holly Miranda. Doors open at 8:30 and the show starts at 9:00.

The Antlers on MySpace

The Antlers on The Hype Machine

tonight at Black Cat:
Cymbals Eat Guitars
The Depreciation Guild
The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart

Great lineup tonight for the mainstage at Black Cat with Cymbals Eat Guitars, The Depreciation Guild, and The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart. Doors open at 8pm and tickets are $13.

Cymbals Eat Guitars on MySpace

Cymbals Eat Guitars on The Hype Machine

The Depreciation Guild on MySpace

The Depreciation Guild on The Hype Machine

The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart on MySpace

The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart on The Hype Machine

Sunday, September 27, 2009

The Dodos - Fables

Glass Ghost - Like A Diamond

Lightning Dust - Never Seen

The Sky Drops - Truth Is

Tim Williams - I Hit Another Wall

Thursday, September 24, 2009

guest DJ set today on WOXY: Ra Ra Riot

After three Lounge Act performances over the past three years on WOXY.com, Ra Ra Riot will now be taking over as guest DJs for the station. Tune in today at 4:30 pm ET to hear what they pick to play. I'm thinking there may be at least one Kate Bush track in the mix.

Ra Ra Riot on MySpace

Ra Ra Riot on The Hype Machine

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Simian Mobile Disco

Amanda Blank


The Intelligence

Wet Paint

Monday, September 21, 2009

The Lonely Forest

The Clientele

The Shaky Hands

God Help The Girl

Magnolia Electric Co.

Sunday, September 20, 2009

Throw Me The Statue - Hi-Fi Goon

Owen - Good Friends, Bad Habits

Wye Oak - Sight, Flight

Vivian Girls - When I'm Gone

A Place To Bury Strangers - In Your Heart

Saturday, September 19, 2009

The xx - Basic Space

Black Mold - Metal Spiderwebs

Silversun Pickups - Substitution

Sally Shapiro - Miracle

First Aid Kit - Hard Believer

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

The xx

Taken By Trees

Hatcham Social

As Tall As Lions

Yo La Tengo

Monday, September 14, 2009

vinyl giveaway: The Very Best

Warm Heart Of Africa from The Very Best became available digitally on August 25 bItalicut won't be out in physical form until October 6. To start the celebration a bit early, I have some vinyl to give away. If you'd like a shot at winning one, email me by Thursday, September 17 with "Warm Heart Of Africa" as the subject. Tracklisting is below.

01. Yalira
02. Chalo
03. Warm Heart Of Africa (Ft. Ezra Koenig)
04. Mwazi
05. Nsokoto
06. Angonde
07. Julia
08. Mfumu
09. Ntende Uli
10. Rain Dance (Ft. M.I.A.)
11. Kamphopo
12. Kada Manja
13. Zan'dziko

The Very Best on MySpace

The Very Best on The Hype Machine

tonight at DC9: Pomegranates

It's a night full of P bands at DC9 - Power Pirate, Phantogram, and Pomegranates. Doors open at 8:30 and the show starts at 9:00. Tickets $8.

Power Pirate on MySpace

Power Pirate on The Hype Machine

Phantogram on MySpace

Phantogram on The Hype Machine

Pomegranates on MySpace

Pomegranates on The Hype Machine

Sunday, September 13, 2009

Editors - Papillon

Princeton - Martina And Clive Krantz

Grizzly Bear - While You Wait For The Others

Micachu & The Shapes - Turn Me Well

Sunset Rubdown - Black Swan

Saturday, September 12, 2009

The Phenomenal Handclap Band - 15 To 20

Fever Ray - Seven

Los Campesinos! - The Sea Is A Good Place To Think Of The Future

Black Moth Super Rainbow - Tooth Decay

The Joy Formidable - Whirring

Wednesday, September 09, 2009

tomorrow at Rock & Roll Hotel: AA Bondy

AA Bondy rolls through DC again tomorrow night in support of his latest album, When The Devil's Loose, which was released last week thanks to Fat Possum. The show is at Rock & Roll Hotel and has Dave Godowsky kicking the evening off. Doors open at 8:00 and the music starts at 8:30.

AA Bondy on MySpace

AA Bondy on The Hype Machine

tour dates: Choir Of Young Believers

Denmark's Choir Of Young Believers will be here in North America for the first time in just over a month. Led by Jannis Noya Makrigiannis (guitar and vocals), the four-piece touring band also consists of Cæcilie Trier (cello and backing vocals), Jakob Millung (bass) and Casper Henning Hansen (drums).

10/17 - Vancouver, BC - Media Club
10/18 - Seattle, WA - The Tractor Tavern
10/19 - Portland, OR - Holocene
10/20 - San Francisco, CA - Rickshaw Shop
10/21 - Los Angeles, CA - Spaceland
10/22 - New York, NY - Pianos
10/24 - New York, NY (TBA)
10/24 - New York, NY - Le Poisson Rouge
10/25 - Toronto, ON - Horseshoe Tavern
10/26 - Chicago, IL - Schuba's

Choir Of Young Believers on MySpace

Choir Of Young Believers on The Hype Machine

Tuesday, September 08, 2009

Children Collide


Circulatory System

The Big Pink

Mika Miko

Monday, September 07, 2009

tonight at Black Cat: Chairlift

There's no better way to end your long weekend than with a show at Black Cat. Tonight the DC venue welcomes Chairlift to the backstage with openers John Maus and Pash. Doors open at 8:00 and tickets are $12.

Chairlift on MySpace

Chairlift on The Hype Machine

Sunday, September 06, 2009

HEALTH - Die Slow

Wildbirds & Peacedrums - My Heart

Miike Snow - Animal

Amanda Blank - Might Like You Better

Florence + The Machine - Drumming Song

Friday, September 04, 2009

tonight at Rock & Roll Hotel:
Throw Me The Statue

What a hot hot lineup at Rock & Roll Hotel this evening! Doors open at 8:30 (supposedly) and...
Nurses at 9:30
The Brunettes at 10:30
Throw Me The Statue at 11:30

Tour Dates:
09/05 - Durham, NC - Duke Coffee House
09/07 - Atlanta, GA - Drunken Unicorn
09/08 - Tallahassee, FL - Club Down Under
09/09 - Baton Rouge, LA - Spanish Moon
09/10 - Houston, TX - Rudyards
09/11 - Austin, TX - Mohawk
09/12 - Dallas, TX - Cavern
09/14 - Phoenix, AZ - Modified Arts
09/15 - Los Angeles, CA - Echo
09/16 - San Diego, CA - The Loft
09/17 - San Francisco, CA - Rickshaw
09/18 - Sacramento, CA - Luigi's Fun Garden

Nurses on MySpace

Nurses on The Hype Machine

The Brunettes on MySpace

The Brunettes on The Hype Machine

Throw Me The Statue on MySpace

Throw Me The Statue on The Hype Machine

tonight tonight:
The New Up at The Red & The Black

Check out The New Up tonight at The Red & The Black with Billy Woodward & The Senders and Nunchucks. Doors open at 9:00 and the show starts around 9:30.

The New Up Tour Dates:
09/05 - Trash Bar - Brooklyn, NY
09/06 - Cedar’s Lounge - Youngstown, OH
09/07 - Now That’s Class - Cleveland, OH
09/11 - The Dark Room - Chicago, IL
09/12 - Cactus Club - Milwaukee, WI
09/13 - 7th Street Entry - Minneapolis, MN
09/15 - Nutty’s - Sioux Falls, SD
09/16 - Lion’s Lair - Denver, CO
09/17 - Zebra Lounge Bozeman, MT
09/18 - Black Forest - Eugene, OR
09/19 - Tonic Lounge - Portland, OR
09/20 - Nectar - Seattle, WA

The New Up on MySpace

The New Up on The Hype Machine

Thursday, September 03, 2009


Leicester, England

I've got an unhealthy obsession with Minnaars right now. Reminds me a lot of Foals and I can't get enough!

"Busy Hands"

Minnaars on MySpace

Minnaars on The Hype Machine

May 68

Manchester, England

Highly recommended for fans of early Ladytron.

"The Duke Is Dead"

May 68 on MySpace

May 68 on The Hype Machine


Chicago, IL

I'm adoring this EP from Ohvaur as much as these late Summer nights we're currently having. Cool and breezy and everything in its right place.

"A Once And Future World Citizen"

Ohvaur on MySpace

Ohvaur on The Hype Machine

Wildbirds & Peacedrums


Wildbirds & Peacedrums were one of my favorite live acts this year at SXSW in Austin. I went ahead and snatched myself a copy of The Snake on import, but it's now available here in the States from The Control Group. The Swedish duo has three dates in NYC/Brooklyn, but sadly I won't get to make it to any of them.

Dates in the States:
09/15 - Le Poisson Rouge - New York City, NY (with Deehoof)
09/21 - Bowery Ballroom - New York City, NY (with Fanfarlo)
09/22 - The Bell House - Brooklyn, NY (with Fanfarlo)

"There Is No Light"

Wildbirds & Peacedrums on MySpace

Wildbirds & Peacedrums on The Hype Machine

The Entrance Band

Los Angeles, CA

"Still Be There" is one of my favorite tracks of the year. Great retro rock appeal! Their self-titled album is out now from Ecstatic Peace, and The Entrance Band begins their Fall tour next week with Amazing Baby.

Tour Dates:
09/10 – Pontiac, MI – Pike Room
09/11 – Chicago, IL – Schubas
09/12 – Minneapolis, MN – 7th Street Entry
09/15 – Seattle, WA – Crocodile
09/17 – Portland, OR – Holocene
09/19 – San Francisco, CA – Bottom of the Hill
09/20 – Santa Cruz, CA – Crepe Place
09/22 – San Diego, CA – Casbah
09/23 – Los Angeles, CA – Troubadour
09/25 – Salt Lake City, UT – Kilby Court
09/26 – Denver, CO – Larimer Lounge
09/27 – Omaha, NE – The Slowdown
09/29 – Indianapolis, IN – Radio Radio
09/30 – Cleveland, OH – Beachland Tavern
10/01 – Washington, DC – DC9
10/02 – Philadelphia, PA – Johnny Brenda’s
10/03 – New York, NY – Bowery Ballroom

"Still Be There"

The Entrance Band on MySpace

The Entrance Band on The Hype Machine

Wednesday, September 02, 2009

Love In October

Dark Room Notes

The Drums

Chris Garneau