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TONIGHT @ 700 H Street NE – Submerge 2012


All Things Go, Listen Local First and DC to BC are hosting the final Submerge 2012 show tonight. The event will be “taking over the space (700 H St. NE) on Saturday, November 17th for a night of programming which will feature live sets from Turning Violet Violet, Dance For The Dying, Young Rapids, BRETT and ATG’s favorite party starters Body Language. The night will also feature DJ sets from Nacey of Nouveau Riche and DJ Spicoli. The event will start at 7PM and go until around 2AM.”

This is a ticketed event ($12) is worth the price to see Young Rapids alone.


New Tunes Tuesday – Ásgeir Trausti


Checking out Iceland Airwaves artists (and wishing I was at the festival!) was the perfect pastime for the last few days chilly, cloudy weather. They featured an amazing mix of folk, avant garde  pop, electronic and even Icelandic reggae, and most seem to be a great accompaniment for the changing weather. This 20-year-old singer-songwriter from Rekyjavik was the main standout. I’m digging his Bon Iver-esque falsetto, and simple, folksy intro, and synthy chorus.

So far he has no tour dates beyond his shows in Reykjavik this past weekend, but hopefully he’ll make his way to the states very soon.

Chad Valley at Schubas in Chicago

After listening to the new Chad Valley album over and over on Friday and Saturday I saw that he was playing a small show in Chicago. I wasn’t originally planning to go considering the drive is between 2-2.5 hours, but the show was a late one (he went on a bit after 11) and I didn’t have any other plans, but was still unsure. I then watched DC United come from behind twice to beat the Columbus Crew 3-2 at the home finale at RFK to clinch their first playoff spot since 2007. In celebration I decided to head up to the show in Chicago and it was totally worth it.

Schubas‘ capacity is in between Rock & Roll and DC9, about 150-200 people. I walked right in, grabbed a drink and watched the end of the opener who played some semi-decent dubstep. Once Hugo, aka Chad Valley, got on stage the smiles went around the room and everyone got ready to dance. It was a pretty short set, probably about 45 minutes, but thoroughly enjoyable. The set consisted of about half of the new album and half of old hits with “Up and Down” falling into both categories. Even without a backing band the sound was fantastic and the dance party broke out about five minutes into the set. The new album, Young Hunger, features a lot of contributing artists so it was interesting to hear those songs sung solo. There was no drop-off in quality though and the show turned out to be one of my favorites of this year. Hopefully Chad Valley will have a full tour next year with a backing band or set-up that will allow the audience to fully appreciate the new album.

Friday Dance Party Song

So I have an advance copy of the new Chad Valley album and I just have to share this song that I’ve listened to over and over “My Girl”. It will be the dance party anthem for the next few weeks and hopefully you enjoy it as much as I do!

Chad Valley – My Girl (Feat. Jack Goldstein)

Bloc Party at The Riviera in Chicago

I got to see Bloc Party at The Riviera in Chicago a few weeks ago and thoroughly enjoyed it. It was the first time I was able to see them since 2009 or so when they played DAR Constitution Hall in DC. I was much closer this time being only 5 or 6 rows of people from stage on the left side and got some great pictures (as good as you can get with a point and shoot) which you can see below. As seems to be their modus operandi, they played a main set just under an hour with a 5 song encore and 2 song second encore. I think every song but one was played from Four, including my favorites “The Healing”, “Real Talk” and “Day Four”. Old favorites included “This Modern Love” were also played giving old and new fans alike just what they wanted. I left smiling ear to ear and can’t wait to catch them again.

I am planning on catching Blitzen Trapper here in Champaign on Thursday and have tickets to see Divine Fits in Indy at the end of the month and Crystal Castles in Chicago the following weekend. I am also holding out hope that I can see Tame Impala, The Faint, and/or Japandroids in December, but only time will tell. Until then, enjoy some of these shots of Bloc Party.

View the full set: Here

Another New Mix!

This is one of the most enjoyable mixes I’ve made in a long time mixing some of my favorite new releases with some of my favorite songs released in the last 5-10 years or so. Hope you enjoy it as much as I did making it.

Grouplove – Tongue Tied
Deep Sea Arcade – Steam
Kings of Leon – Fans
Tame Impala – Mind Mischief
Surfer Blood – Slow Jabroni
Oberhaufer – I Could Go
Pinback – Sediment
Bloc Party – This Modern Love
The Epochs – Opposite Sides
Joseph Arthur – Even Tho
Lord Huron – I Will Be Back One Day
Jonathan Boulet – This Song Is Called Raggard
Spoon – Eddie’s Ragga
Langhorne Slim – The Way We Move
Plants & Animals – Lightshow
The Black Angels – Deer Ree Shee
tUnE-yArDs – Powa
Japandroids – Jack the Ripper

TONIGHT @ Black Cat – Menomena

Portland indie rockers Menomena are in town tonight, touring on their fifth studio album Moms, which was released last month. The now duo should bring plenty of hand clapping, catchy riffs, raw lyrics, and baritone sax solos. Doors are at 8:00, and Australia’s PVT will be on first. See you there!