Last June, Toronto musician MorMor (aka Seth Nyquist) released his debut EP, the self-written, self-produced Heaven’s Only Wishful. At a packed Songbyrd in DC, he played nearly, if not all, of his released discography and more.
Eighteen months since their last show in the U.S. Capital, the boys of Bad Suns made their long-awaited return to Washington D.C. to play a sold-out show at the 9:30 Club.
Over the course of his over 25-year career, Bruce Hornsby has been a pop star, avant-garde provocateur and jazz titan, folk hero, member of the Grateful Dead and more.
On his new album Absolute Zero, Hornsby is tapping into all of these facets of his talent and more and result is a complex, dense, and immensely satisfying collection of songs that speak to the state of our world, and where we are going to go from here. Joining us to talk about Absolute Zero is Brokedown Pod host and Bruce Hornsby enthusiast Jonathan Hart. So kick back and open up your mind as we press play on a brand new episode of Discologist.
Three-time Latin Grammy winner Vicente Garcia returned to the DMV with songs from his upcoming third album Candela in tow. At his Fillmore Silver Spring show, he explained how this project is a return to his Dominican roots and that it explores the traditional music of his motherland. He’s received lots of musical accolades for a good reason - the beauty of his music lies in the blend between the sophistication and complexity of his compositions and the delicacy of his lyrics.
"I don't like talking loudly, it hurts my voice," Duffy proclaimed shortly after the start of her set. Instead, she let her guitar and loop pedal do the talking at her packed-out Songbyrd show.
Luz Mendoza dedicated Y La Bamba’s DC show at Songbyrd to her late abuelita in an Instagram post that read, “Your heart and love shines through our blood.” Known for an indie-folk sound heavily influenced by pride in her Mexican heritage, Y La Bamba’s performance highlighted the expanding diversity of Mendoza’s skills as a songwriter and performer; from a Latin dancehall groove on “Boca Llena” to shimmering dream pop on “Cuatro Crazy” to an emotional solo performance of “Ojos Del Sol” to a percussive, rousing vocal chant on “Mujeres.”
In anticipation of her third record Designer, Harding’s setlist comprised mostly of the as-of-yet unreleased album. And the DC9 crowd was utterly silent and captivated through it all.
On the latest episode of Discologist, we’re talking about Damien Jurado’s latest album “In The Shape Of A Storm,” a simultaneously heartbreaking and uplifting collection of songs that get to the very heart of what makes Jurado one of the greatest songwriters of the modern age.
The captivating José González brought the Berlin and Gothenburg-based String Theory, an experimental chamber orchestra, to turn his prolific musical output into an unforgettable experience at the Lincoln Theatre.
Robert Ellis, once regarded as a canny Texas troubadour in Country and winsome rock, has adopted a fully formed persona in his current record as the “Texas Piano Man,” resplendent in an all-white tuxedo tinkling the ivories. He and his four-piece band, dressed stoically in all black suits, took their Texas Piano Man tour to the packed basement of the Songbyrd Music House and Record Café.
21 years ago and four albums into their career, Richmond, Virginia Hardcore legends Avail released what many consider to be their masterpiece, Over The James. The album was a love letter to the band’s hometown, and more importantly set the bar for an entire generation of musicians to follow. On this episode of Discologist, we’re discussing Avail’s legacy, their eye for a great cover, and more. So tune in and turn it up as we celebrate 21 years of Avail’s Over The James !
“We finally fucking sold it out!” Tom McFarland yells halfway through Jungle’s groove-filled set in DC on Thursday night. And with good reason. Despite a chilly and drizzly night in DC, Jungle transformed 9:30 Club into a heated and hazy 70’s club.
On this episode of Discologist, we’re celebrating 25 years of Pink Floyd’s swan song, The Division Bell. No matter what side of the Gilmour/Waters divide you find yourself on, The Division Bell’s return to form for the band has…ahem…divided fans of the band for decades. So we’re here to set the record straight on why this album stands alongside some of the bands’ best work, no matter who was at the helm.
Lucy Dacus’s Black Cat performance (and her US tour closer) was an impressive display as her parents and family watched from the side of the stage. And what better way to end a tour than that?
On their second full length, Natural Facts, New Jersey’s Garcia Peoples are doubling down on everything that made 2018’s Cosmic Cash such a blast. Double the fuzz. Double the vibes. And, most importantly, double the fun, Natural Facts is the sound of a band cashing the advance on their future as rock and roll legends.
PLUS! Phil Cook released a surprise collection of unreleased/out-of-print sonic vignettes that gets not just to the heart of the music he has made, but the roots and inspiration behind it. As Far As I Can See: Instrumental Recordings 2009-2019 is a record you need in your life, and we’re spinning a track off of it to make sure you know why.
The meteoric rise of Maggie Rogers can’t be ignored. Once again, she danced her way into people’s hearts on night two of her sold-out two-night run at 9:30 Club.