Episode 449: In Conversation with Kim Ware (The Good Graces) about her new LP 'Prose and Consciousness'

Episode 449: In Conversation with Kim Ware (The Good Graces) about her new LP 'Prose and Consciousness'

On The Good Graces new LP Prose and Consciousness, Kim Ware’s trademark wonder and wit are front and center. Tempered by love, loss, and a love of songwriting, this collection of songs is the strongest of Ware’s career and establishes her as an essential voice in the southern songwriting community and beyond. Tune in as we chat with Kim about storytelling, making it in the music industry, and much more.


MEUTE @ U Street Music Hall [DC] - 10/2/2019

MEUTE @ U Street Music Hall [DC] - 10/2/2019

Here's a phrase you probably haven't heard before: "German techno marching band." Enter MEUTE.

MEUTE in a nutshell: they take songs that exist firmly in the world of EDM and bring them to life as an 11-piece marching band. Marimbas, saxophones, trumpets, bass drums, even matching red jackets. The works. The group has gained an impressive following in Europe over the last few years, starting out in public city squares and eventually graduating to massive headlining shows and massive festival crowds. With their performance at U Street Music Hall, the Hamburg-based group continued their worldwide conquest with their first-ever concert in North America.


Jade Bird @ 9:30 Club [DC] - 9/28/2019

Jade Bird @ 9:30 Club [DC] - 9/28/2019

Jade Bird, who has been a supporting act for Hozier and Brandi Carlisle, and is finally back on a headlining tour of her own. Returning to the nation’s capital roughly one year after her knockout show at the Rock & Roll Hotel, the 22-year-old English Americana singer-songwriter has graduated to the “big room” and delivered an equally thrilling set at an early show at one of the nations most lauded venues, the 9:30 Club.


Episode 448: Lower Dens' 'The Competition'

Episode 448: Lower Dens' 'The Competition'

Part razor-sharp condemnation of our modern world, and part journey through Jana Hunter’s recent reidentification as “they/he,” Lower Dens’ The Competition utilizes the power of the dance floor to make a case for love and acceptance not just in dangerous times, but as the law of the land. It’s a powerful and ultimately uplifting statement from this revered Baltimore-based band and not just the best album of their careers, but one of the most essential listens of 2019.


K. Flay @ 9:30 Club [DC] - 9/29/2019

K. Flay @ 9:30 Club [DC] - 9/29/2019

K. Flay took the stage at The 9:30 club crouched in the dark on top of layered rectangular platforms that illuminated as she launched into her hit "Not in California." Her setlist, which featured every song off of this year's Solutions, plus her biggest hits from 2017's Every Where Is Somewhere and 2014's Life as a Dog, mixed elements of rock, pop, and hip hop, highlighted the multifaceted nature of her career.


Episode 447: Wilco's 'Ode To Joy'

Episode 447: Wilco's 'Ode To Joy'

2015’s Star Wars and its 2016 follow up Schmilco delivered a shot in the arm to one of indie-rock’s most lauded and revered acts: Wilco. Both were shaggier affairs then what had come before — 2011’s The Whole Love, while it had its moments, was a more near-miss-than-hit power-pop extravaganza. And both showed that, at least for Wilco, smaller albums necessarily meant better albums as the band pushed into its second decade with the current, and most stable lineup in Wilco’s history.

Enter Ode To Joy.


J Balvin @ EagleBank Arena [DC] - 9/26/2019

J Balvin @ EagleBank Arena [DC] - 9/26/2019

Colombian artist/reggaeton superstar J Balvin brought his Arcoiris Tour to EagleBank Arena in Fairfax, VA in support of his two latest albums Vibras (2018) and Oasis (2018). On a stage that was almost cartoonish — vibrant colors, animated clouds, DANCING MUSHROOMS, a rainbow stairway to...somewhere, and even giant dancing dolls — costumed dancers thrashed about to the backing tracks provided by DJ Pope.


Episode 446: Jay Blakesberg and the Secret Space of Dreams

Episode 446: Jay Blakesberg and the Secret Space of Dreams

Over 40 years ago, photographer and filmmaker Jay Blakesberg embarked on a long, strange trip that would find his lens in front of some of the most legendary acts in rock ‘n’ roll history. In his new book Jerry Garcia: Secret Space Of Dreams, Jay — a life-long, and self-avowed Deadhead — is taking a journey through his history with the band, and in the process capturing the deep humanity of one of music’s most revered artists. Special guest photographer/musician PJ Sykes joins in the fun as we discuss Jay’s new book, his lifelong love of music photography, and more.


Episode 445: In Conversation with Broke Royals

Episode 445: In Conversation with Broke Royals

Washington D.C.’s Broke Royals have worked HARD for their success and with their new LP Saint Luxury, they’re taking one step closer to being the superstars they were born to be. We’re sitting down with one of America’s best-dressed bands to talk about the importance of searching for answers, the rising pop scene in the nation’s capital, and much more.


Maxwell and the National Symphony Orchestra @ The Kennedy Center [DC] - 9/18/2019

Maxwell and the National Symphony Orchestra @ The Kennedy Center [DC] - 9/18/2019

Spanning just over two decades, Maxwell has warmed the hearts of R&B soul connoisseurs, releasing timeless albums and redefining the genre in the process. His Kennedy Center performance, backed by the National Symphony Orchestra, was no less unforgettable.


Twin Peaks @ Turner Hall [MKE] - 9/19/19

Twin Peaks @ Turner Hall [MKE] - 9/19/19

For their new album Lookout Low, Chicago DIY heroes enlisted a producer - Ethan Johns (Kings Of Leon, White Denim, Ryan Adams) no less, for the first time in the career. The results are a shaggy, but not ragged, take on the garage rock this five-piece has spent the past nine years perfecting, that owes as much to 70's-era Rolling Stones as it does to Them or 13th Floor Elevators. If these songs are a more polished version of Twin Peaks than we've heard before, there's an undeniable energy crackling just under the surface of them. At Turner Hall in Milwaukee last week, that energy burst from the stage like lightning from a bottle onto a crowd who were there to give it right back in equal measure.


Episode 444: Hiss Golden Messenger's 'Terms Of Surrender'

Episode 444: Hiss Golden Messenger's 'Terms Of Surrender'

On his 12th studio album under the moniker Hiss Golden Messenger southern soul-poet MC Taylor is singing as if it’s his last song. Terms Of Surrender is an intimate and vulnerable look inward that finds Taylor grappling with the smaller fears that creep into our relationships, parenthood, and day-to-day life in this 21st century. Special guests J.M. Hart (Brokedown Podcast) and Wes Covey (The Ten Thousand Things) join us to discuss the latest from one of today’s most respected songwriters.