Wednesday, April 30, 2014

{PLAYLIST} best of april 2014

2014 keeps on flying by, and April was a very typically jam-packed month for TIOJ. In addition to frolicking in the out of doors as much as humanly possible (and as the weather allowed), we:
And in April, Kristen, Stacey, and Krista were listening to:

"Un-Thinkable (I'm Ready)" - City & Colour
This song is unthinkably sexy.
"Whiskey Sunsets" - Moon Taxi
A song that references my liquor of choice and the most beautiful time of day -- plus a live version that samples Bruce Springsteen? Uh, duh.
"Cavalier" - James Vincent McMorrow
Seeing JVM live was the highlight of our YEAR and this song stood out as the goddamn sexiest song ever.
"Warranted Queen" - Arum Rae
All hail the queen!
"Marching Through Georgia" - Old Crow Medicine Show
I always like learning something from songs -- thanks for the history lesson, OCMS!
"Maway" - Dan Croll
Dan Croll's show was such a delight; I haven't been able to get this song out of my head since.
"Cold Front" - Laura Welsh
So hypnotizing and soothing -- can't get enough.
"Fever" - The Black Keys
Can. Not. Wait. for the new album from the Black Keys after all the teasers they've been releasing!
"Back In The Tall Grass" - Future Islands
Future Islands was certainly my most played album this month and this song was my perfect cut to listen to and user in warmer weather.
"Nevermind the End" - Tei Shi
This stunner reminds me of a quirkier Adele -- a great combo.
"Baby Missiles" - The War on Drugs
Such a fan of The War on Drugs after listening to their interview on NPR!
"Brother" - Mac DeMarco
After a little prodding, I am now completely on the Mac DeMarco bandwagon.
"Mirrors" - Andrew Ripp
Sometimes covers are just as good as originals--this is one of those times.
"Bayhouse" - Save the Arcadian
Such a summery fun song from some of my new favorite Virginians.
"It's Time To Wake Up 2023"- La Femme
This has been my favorite song to wake up to all month (bonus points for getting to practice my French while listening!)

{FEAT. FEATURE} jess glynne

Clean Bandit's "Rather Be" has been the #1 song on my workout/party/bored at work playlist for the past few weeks and has been quickly gaining notoriety across the pond. According to my trust-worthy friend Wikipedia, the song has been the fastest selling single in the UK in 2014!

Jess Glynne is the soulful voice featured on this hit song so we figured it was time to dive a little bit deeper into her personal music. Check out her first single "Home" that illustrates her powerful and soulful voice that certainly warrants her own solid spot on the pop charts.

And because we cannot get enough of "Rather Be," check out this live performance of the song on Jools Holland.

Stayed tuned for more from Jess on Soundcloud and Facebook!

{WE LOVE} oh hi, tei shi!

Tei Shi is adorable, you guys. Even though this video for "Nevermind The End" is ostensibly creeptastic, she's still just so cute, peppy, and offbeat, like a female Ezra Koenig.

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

save the arcadian is my jam

You know I'm a sucker for any band that describes themselves as "folk-pop" and who lists the Avett Brothers and/or Guster as inspiration. If they also hail from the commonwealth of Virginia, I am 100% sold.

Enter Fredericksburg's Save the Arcadian, who easily check off all of these criteria for the way into my heart. These fellas recently released their sophomore album That Bright Tide, and its songs have  already made their way onto my warm weather playlists (I highly recommend walkingbopping around to "Bayhouse"... I do it often).

Check these guys out on Bandcamp or Noisetrade as soon as you possibly can. And if you're looking to travel around Virginia this spring, be sure to check out their schedule -- they play all around often!!

{GIVEAWAY} ben kweller @ rock & roll hotel

If you're anything like me and spent your high school years listening to Ben Kweller ("Wasted and Ready," anyone???), you'll be insanely happy to know that we're giving away two tickets to a lucky winner for his upcoming show at Rock & Roll Hotel on May 9!

If you've never seen this quirky charmer perform live, you're really missing out. Make sure not to miss out on this opportunity by entering before Friday at midnight!

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If you don't want to take your chances, you can buy tickets here

Monday, April 28, 2014

john mayer takes on "xo"

John Mayer + harmonica + Beyonce cover = stunning. Yep, you read all of those things correctly -- John Mayer covered the queen, and he did a pretty darn good job with it.

And in case this makes you want to watch the original video again:

city and colour + covers

Is it just me, or is City and Colour's cover of "Unthinkable" unbearably sexy? It can't possibly be just me, right? I could listen to this bespectacled Canadian crooner serenade me with this slow jam all day.

I'm always a little charmed by C&C's oft-performed covers, but I'm just so enthralled with this one, originally made famous by Alicia Keys.

a mutually beneficial monday

I can seriously think of no better way for you to start your Monday than with this extremely beneficial Mutual Benefit take away show from La Blogotheque. Their mellow and humble folk performance is just magnificent and is guaranteed to lift your spirit.

The video gets wonderful after the first song as the large band goes outside, continuing to play through the streets of Paris to an awestruck crowd.

Saturday, April 26, 2014

{WATCH} justin peck's "everywhere" scored by sufjan stevens

While we adore living in DC, we find ourselves pining for the Big Apple this weekend and a chance to catch New York City Ballet's newest ballet "Everywhere" choreographed by Justin Peck and scored by the endlessly creative Sufjan Stevens.

The ballet is running through May and if this preview is any indication, it's sure to be astounding.

Now please excuse us while we watch Center Stage and have Stacey teach us the difference between first position and second position. 

Friday, April 25, 2014

weekend thoughts...

The perfect sunny, springy weekend us upon us, TIOJers. Sit back, press play, and read all about some fun things, why don't you?

Your Weekend Jam: As if MØ’s “Don’t Wanna Dance” wasn’t already weekend-ready enough, remix pros Goldroom put their spin on this track for an awesome way to start your sunshine-y weekend!

TIOJ Thoughts:

Loved this recent RadioLab episode discussing the evolution of hip hop.

A much needed introspective on Brian Williams’ sporadic rap career.

This Buzzfeed quiz re: brunch speaks to our souls. Are you a brunch superstar?

Music journalist Linda Robinson has had such a fascinating life… this NPR interview only scratches the surface.

Free! It’s like RAC knew we couldn’t get enough of Panama Wedding’s “All Of The People” -- he just released a free, subdued version of this hit for free!

DC Happenings: Come play outside, kayak, drink beer, and dance around with us for Kingman Island Bluegrass & Folk Festival on Saturday! Get your tickets here!

And in case you missed it: Are you a fan of the upbeat, indie poppy tunes of Walk the Moon or Foster the People? Then we’re pretty sure you’ll love Strange Talk just as much!

And! We chatted it up with DC/Baltimore natives Harmonic Blue at Cove -- be sure to check out the boys’ self portrait!

{PLAYLIST} favorite covers, part ii

It is well documented that we love us a good cover (or thousand) around the TIOJ offices. Original songs are always great, but often, we're just in the mood for another take on a great song. Because let's face it. If we have the musical brainpower of not one but TWO of our favorite artists on the same song, that is guaranteed to be incredible.

things that are our jam: real penguins and cover penguins (via)
Press play below for some of our most favorite covers!

Want more covers? Check out our first playlist of faves!

Thursday, April 24, 2014

warm up with "cold front"

Laura Welsh's "Cold Front" is the most weirdly hypnotizing song I've heard in a while. I can't stop listening.

If you're lucky enough to live in the UK, you can check out some of this songstress's "forthcoming" shows here.

{THROWBACK} "the times they are a-changin'"

I was watching the Parenthood season finale last week when Richie Havens' beautiful rendition of the Bob Dylan classic "The Times They Are a-Changin'" came on. It was the perfect accompaniment to the Braverman clan end-of-season montage (and, no shocker to anyone, it took place during a big family dinner in the backyard) -- and it made me anxious for next season because, really, I just need to know if Julia and Joel get back together.

YouTube has also informed me that this version of the song was in the episode of The West Wing when President Bartlet is reelected. It's a winner all the way around.

{THROWBACK} "the humpty dance"

Oh boy have we got a fun throwback today -- Digital Underground's 1990 hit "The Humpty Dance." Fun Fact: this song was listed as one of the 1001 Songs You Must Hear Before You Die. So just in case you haven't heard this gem yet...

Bonus -- The Hood Internet recently modernized this hip hop classic by mashing it up with St. Vincent's brilliant new release "Digital Witness."

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

{RECAP} panama wedding, dan croll

On Monday night, I started the week off right by catching Panama Wedding and Dan Croll at Rock ‘N Roll Hotel. After discovering Panama Wedding at SXSW, it was so happily nostalgic to see them again. The lead singer still sounded like Phil Collins – so much so that my roomie turned to me during the concert and said “This makes me want to watch Tarzan…” – it was lovely.

The New York band’s music was the perfect complement to a beautiful day as their music feels like it should be played during a summertime pool party. “All Of The People” continues to be a wonderfully infectious earworm for me and I only wish the rest of their songs were available on the interwebs so that I could diversify my Panama Wedding listening.

Dan Croll was next and to say I was excited for his set would be an understatement. Dan Croll was my most favorite discovery at the end of 2013 and having the chance to see this Brit live was wonderful. Just as I would have hoped, Dan was as effortless, engaging, and bespectacled as I had dream. Bonus points for the merry band of Brits that made up his band – I’m currently scheming ways to adopt them as my own.

dan croll and his merry band of brits
Dan performed a great range of songs from the tambourine-filled “In/Out” (a favorite of mine, obviously) to “Maway” that had notes of a traditional spiritual. My friend noted that some songs like “Always Like This” were reminiscent of Vampire Weekend, so fans of Ezra & co should definitely check Dan out!

One of the crowd favorites and most beautiful songs performed was “Home.” The band then finished their encore with an incredibly beautiful performance of the title track off Dan Croll’s album Sweet Disarray. Watch this interview as Dan explains that “Sweet Disarray” is an ode to his grandmother with dementia, which makes this track that more beautiful.

I highly recommend that you keep jamming to Dan Croll's album on Spotify; I know I will.

Next Up: TIOJ will be playing outside and enjoying a wonderful lineup of folk and bluegrass music for the Kingman Island Bluegrass & Folk Festival on Saturday!

{WE LOVE} the war on drugs

I am so belated in getting into The War on Drugs. Everyone has been raving about them for months/years/ever, but I just haven't taken the time to listen and get into them (#gradschoolproblems). That all changed when I listened to lead singer's Adam Granduciel's interview on NPR's World Cafe -- Adam is so earnest and honest and passionate, and that bleeds through to their music. Plus I like that they're from Philadelphia.

Don't be like me, and start listening to these guys right now. The interview is pretty awesome too, as Adam gets really personal about being in a band and his relationship with former band member Kurt Vile, drinking and the tour lifestyle, education, and so much more.

{WE LOVE} haerts

Haerts has been a illusive band that has been quietly floating on my radar for the past few months. My brother sent me their album and I listened to a song here or there, but it's been just this week that I've really gotten into the electro-pop band. This New York-based four piece was the talk of the town at SXSW (seriously, we tried and failed to see them like three times) so we're so glad that they're finally coming through the DC area!

Whet your appetite for Haerts with my favorite jam "Wings" -- produced by St. Lucia's Jean-Phillip Grobler!

I highly recommend watching their entire KEXP session -- it's the perfect accompaniment to a slow-moving work day.

DC! If you're like us and forgot to buy Sweetlife Festival tickets -- NEVER FEAR! Haerts will be playing at U Street Musical Hall on Thursday, May 8 for the Official Sweetlife Festival Kickoff. Get your tickets here!

{INTERVIEW} harmonic blue

TIOJ recently had the chance to chat with Anthony, Gabe, and Zach of DC/Baltimore's own Harmonic Blue. We met up at Cove on 14th Street, which was the perfect location to chat about musical inspiration, the DMV's music scene, and, of course, for the boys to draw their self portrait.

Listen while you read!

Tell us about yourselves and how Harmonic Blue came to be!
Zach: We’re Harmonic Blue and we’ve been playing together as a band for about two years now. We all met at [the University of] Maryland. I started playing some music with Gabe earlier on but we had one gig and it was a disaster.
Anthony: I was witness. I actually wasn’t a part of the show, but I witnessed the disaster. I met [our drummer] Sam on the first day of kindergarten. So he’s like my oldest friend.

How did you come up with the name Harmonic Blue?
Z: To be honest, we had gone through various monikers and of course when Sam came on board we decided to naturally change it. So we went through names one night -- we were in Boston, where I’m from -- playing a show and doing some demoing. I was like “Oh, I got it!” And I was just playing around with words and was like “Harmonic Blue.” I don’t know why exactly, it just aesthetically sounded cool.

Click ahead for more from Zach, Anthony, and Gabe -- plus the first ever TIOJ-sponsored band self-portrait!

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

{IF YOU LIKE} foster the people, walk the moon

(via 1/2/3)
If you like the pop vocal stylings of Foster the People or the hip-shaking synths and beats of Walk the Moon, then we bet you'll love Australia's Strange Talk. Their music is addictive and dance-ready, and, after seeing them at SXSW, we're convinced that they're going to be the next big thing in indie pop music. It's no surprise that they remind us of our favorite bands since their debut album Cast Away has been produced by production teams that have also worked with M83, Phoenix, Bloc Party, and Two Door Cinema Club. These dudes are on their way.

Check out synthpop happiness in "Climbing Walls"...

and the falsetto goodness in "Cast Away":

Jam to their self-titled EP on Spotify while you wait for their album to drop on April 29 -- it's the perfect soundtrack to sunnier days!

Monday, April 21, 2014

this "cups" remix is my jam

It's no secret that Anna Kendrick's "Cups" is a guilty pleasure of ours. Thankfully, some random Soundcloud surfing led us this incredible chill trap remix by Jellosea. It's amazing.

an easy, breezy start to your week from the black keys

With their next album due out in just a few weeks, the Black Keys have been releasing tracks one at a time. If these little appetizers are any indication, we're all in for a treat when Turn Blue drops in May.

The title track from this album is the latest release, and it the perfect mellow and jazzy way to get you in a great mood for your week.

{GIVEAWAY} wye oak @ 9:30 club

We are excited to announce that one lucky TIOJ reader has a chance to win two tickets to see Wye Oak perform at the 9:30 Club on May 6! This charming, mellow duo's live set packs an electronic punch and they are sure to stun you with their earnest, ambient vibe .

Make sure to enter by Thursday evening so you don't miss out!

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If you don't want to take your chances, you can buy tickets here!

Saturday, April 19, 2014

{WATCH} over/under

As a lover of Pitchfork's Over/Under series, I feel it my duty to share with you all the latest videos published by the Pitchfork series.

In case you didn't know, rapper Action Bronson loves antique furniture:

Saint Vincent thinks that elderly women should wink at people all the time:

I would share Riff Raff's interview but that silly goose was in quite the sour mood during his interview.

Friday, April 18, 2014

weekend thoughts...

Happy Friday, TIOJ! We hope you have a very exciting weekend planned -- and this playlist of upbeat, wakeup songs will certainly keep you energized all weekend long.

Your Weekend Jam: As if NONONO’s “Pumpkin Blood” were not weekend-ready enough, Varsity Team remixed this jam to be the ULTIMATE 2:30 Friday desk-dancing tune!

TIOJ Thoughts: 

BYT put together an extremely awesome and comprehensive list of concert etiquette.

Getting inspired (or rather, envious) by the awesome moves in the A-Z of Dance video soundtracked by Le1f!

A Guide to Love with Ezra Koenig and Chromeo? Yes, please.

Did you spot Jónsi while watching Game of Thrones last Sunday?

It may seem like I have an unhealthy love of The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon… and it may be true. Have you seen Jimmy dancing with Bill Cosby??

Free! Celebrate 20 years of G. Love and Special Sauce with this sampler courtesy of Noisetrade.

DC Happenings: Saturday is Record Store Day! Check out DC Music Download's awesome guide to Record Store Day in DC!

And in case you missed it: We compiled the latest roundup of new music from so many our favorite artists, including Vacationer, Trampled by Turtles, and more!

{RECAP} moon taxi, the revivalists

I celebrated it being the elementary school where I work's spring break by taking in a weeknight concert the other day, and I headed down the street to World Cafe Live to catch Moon Taxi and The Revivalists -- two bands that have been peripherally on my radar for a while.

Moon Taxi was up first, and they have quite the following... that was very different than I expected after listening to them on Spotify. Many fans were in fact super-fans who looked like they had gotten lost between Coachella weekends. They definitely kept the band energized, though, which made for a very enthusiastic set.

I particularly liked "River Water," which was a nice change of pace from the up-tempo, almost psychedelic and grunge set (seriously, so much bass and so many strobe lights), as well as "Whiskey Sunsets" -- especially because they sampled "Blinded by the Light" during that one.

Up next were The Revivalists, who took the energy level to a whole new level. The lead singer kind of reminded me of Andy Sandberg, and his infectious energy led to a huge dance party both on stage and in the crowd. They put out such a fun vibe, and you could tell that they were all so excited to be there (especially the saxophone player).

Starting their set with "Appreciate Me," the Revivalists' only went up from there... and the Philly crowd sure did appreciate them.

DC! You still have a chance to hit up this show!! Moon Taxi and The Revivalists are playing at the 9:30 Club TOMORROW night, and tickets are still available here!

Up Next: Checking out Dan Croll -- one of our 2014 Artists to Watch -- on Monday, April 21 at Rock & Roll Hotel! 

{PLAYLIST} waking up jams, part ii

The sun is coming up earlier, the weather is warming up, we're spending all of our days outside (well, aside from this brief and unfortunate return to winter this past week) -- all of these combine for an easier time waking up each morning. Those things and these jams, of course.

Press play below for your new waking up playlist that will keep you energized throughout the day (they sound even better with iced coffee, promise):


Thursday, April 17, 2014

"hit me" is my jam

Guys. I cannot stop listening to "Hit Me" - the latest release from The Whigs. I hadn't really listened to the band before, but this jam off their forthcoming album Modern Creation is indie rock at its best.

"I know what I want, I know I need"

DC! Catch The Whigs at Rock & Roll Hotel on May 2nd!

{THROWBACK} "ride wit me"

There is no better throwback to middle school than Nelly's "Ride Wit Me." Viceroy's remix adds a little pizzazz to the song while keeping much of the original in tact, which, in my opinion, is the perfect way to remix such a classic.

And to make this a true throwback, the original:

ALSO -- how was that song out when we were in MIDDLE SCHOOL? Lawd.

{THROWBACK} "are you that somebody"

Up and coming sultry songstress BANKS just pulled ahead of the pack with her incredible cover of Aaliyah's "Are You That Somebody." The acoustic guitar on this track and BANKS' controlled, beautiful voice are making us swoon.

And the original from her majesty Aaliyah:

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

{WE LOVE} mac demarco

I seek out music suggestions from friends all the time and the one name that keeps popping up among the coolest of my guy friends is Mac DeMarco. Three of my most hip friends talk about Mac like he's a brother and seem sheepishly enamored with his music. So, obviously, I had to finally listen to see what all the hype was about.

I have to say that after listening to Mac's latest album Salad Days on repeat, I am wholeheartedly on this band wagon. It probably helps that I dove into his music just as the weather was getting gorgeous and this latest album just screams lazy summer days. "Brother" has quickly become my go to lounging/bored at work jam:

"Let Her Go" is another favorite off the album:

Listen to Salad Days in full on Spotify!

new music roundup!

Just as flowers are seeming to pop up everywhere, so is new music! Sorry, that was lame... anyway -- let's dive right into this edition of new music roundup.

"The Wild Life" - Vacationer
TIOJ's most favorite interview alums are back with a catchy and anthemic jam that has the token laid back vibe of Vacationer.

"Boom Clap" - Charli XCX
As part of the recently announced soundtrack to The Fault In Our Stars, Charli XCX has released this surprisingly happy song for such a depressing book turned movie. (Seriously though, read the book!)

"Sing" - Ed Sheeran
TIOJ's favorite ginge is at it again with a wonderful new jam that highlights his amazing voice and guitar playing abilities. We dare you not to sing along to "Sing."

"Are You Behind The Shining Star" - Trampled by Turtles
Just when we were complaining about not enough banjo in our lives, Trampled by Turtles has answered our call.

What other new jams are you listening to??

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

{RECAP} white hinterland, s. carey

On Sunday night, I capped off a wonderful weekend of sunshine and cherry blossoms with a show from White Hinterland and S. Carey at Rock & Roll Hotel. White Hinterland, aka Casey Dienel kicked off the night and I automatically loved her simply for her sequin top and the fact that she played sitting and without shoes. If I actually had musical abilities, that is the type of performer I would hope to be.

With her impressive layered vocals and instrumentation, White Hinterland reminded me of a female complement to Kishi Bashi. I was just as taken, however, with her more subdued ballads like "David" that highlighted her extremely beautiful and soulful voice.

Overall her performance was wonderful and boosted by her likable and humble demeanor. Her last song "Live With You" that included an acoustic call and response was the perfect way to end her set.

Next up was S. Carey. Sean Carey is the drummer of Bon Iver (swoon) who just released his second album Range of Light. Given his connection to Bon Iver, I was expecting a dreamy, soft Sunday show and while I got that half the time, the other half was a raucous and maginificent drum solo.

Unlike the one woman show that was White Hinterland, S. Carey was supported by four very tall band members and a whole host of instruments (including two xylophones!). It was impossible not to draw connections between S. Carey and Bon Iver from the set design reminiscent of Bon Iver's cave setting from their last tour to the succinctly titled songs. Yet, S. Carey still managed to set themselves apart with a unique sound and passionate musicianship.

From some of the incredible two-person drum sessions to the softer ballads like "Fire-scene," it was an incredible concert to attend live. My favorite song from their performance and on the new album is "Aplenglow" -- if anyone out there is looking for the perfect proposal song -- This.Is It.

Next Up: Stacey's checking out the Revivalists in Philly tomorrow and us DC folk are catching Dan Croll at Rock & Roll Hotel -- have you entered to win tix to this show??

holy cow. this cover.

It's been a while since we've shared a good Miley cover, and the Dixie Chicks certainly sensed that hole on the blog. There are many high points of this cover, but I think my favorite has to be the violin at approximately 2:45. You'll get goosebumps.

In fact, I think I'd like for the Dixie Chicks to team up with Ms. Cyrus herself for a duet on this. Natalie Maines' incredibly powerful voice would pair well with Miley's in belting out this jam, in my very non-expert musical opinion. That level of lady badassness on one stage may be too much for the world to handle.

roo panes is my jam (again and again)

Roo Panes, he of the husky voice, chiseled cheekbones, and quiet English charm is back at it again, this time with "Tiger Striped Sky," a track from his upcoming debut album. It's so easy to swoon to Roo's easy style.

All of Roo's upcoming tour dates take place in the British Isles but here's to hoping his travels take him through little ol' DC soon. 

photo credit: alexander rhind


Monday, April 14, 2014

mashup monday: future x future islands

The latest Future Islands album has been on repeat on my iPod for the past few weeks, so this latest mashup from the Hood Internet featuring Future Islands and rapper Future is most definitely my jam.

Check the well paired mashup and download via Soundcloud below!

{RECAP} james vincent mcmorrow

Warning: there is a rave review ahead. Because, oh man. When Krista, Jurg, and I descended on the Historic 6th & I Synagogue last Tuesday night for the James Vincent McMorrow show, we had no idea what we were in for. The unique venue set the stage for what would prove to be a transcendent show. Never have I seen such a quiet, reverent crowd or a peaceful, awe-struck TIOJ.

JVM is a man of few words, but he more than makes up for that by giving his performances everything he's got. We were hypnotized by his voice and enthralled with his set decor. The stage was set with bright lights and a big sound for such seemingly mellow music, which was made especially apparent during some of JVM's more uneasy, sinister tracks like "From The Woods" and "Down the Burning Ropes."

musical brilliance via @dmjurg
The end of JVM's show was like a one-two-and-three punch to our musical gut. His performance of "We Don't Eat" gave us goosebumps, then his latest hit "Cavalier" left us starry-eyed at its undeniable sexiness. And for the knock out punch, James treated the adoring crowd to his incredible cover of "Higher Love" -- we quite literally almost knocked each other out as we bonked heads to lean over and whisper our excitement about witnessing this cover live.

JVM's show was hands down one the best performance we've seen this year. His intimate music, gorgeous voice, and sincerely entertaining live show more than lived up to what we had expected from one of our most favorite musicians.

Next Up: Stacey's checking out The Revivalists and Moon Taxi in Philly on Wednesday!!

{GIVEAWAY} dan croll @ rock & roll hotel -- closed

We are beyond excited to share our most recent giveaway for TIOJ fave and 2014 musician to watch: Dan Croll! Between his clever videos, relatable lyrics, British charm, and hipster glasses, he's one of our favorite singers right now and is guaranteed to put on a great show.

Enter by Thursday night to win a pair of tickets to see Dan Croll at Rock & Roll Hotel next Monday, April 21!


You can also buy tickets to the show here!

Saturday, April 12, 2014

{WATCH} #bandvan sessions

We're pining for festivals this weekend. We've already pined for Coachella, so today we'll relive South by Southwest with the amazing Band Van sessions that were put out by our favorites La Blogotheque in collaboration with Taco Bell's Feed the Beat.

There are six sessions featuring amazing bands -- some already TIOJ favorites and some new to us. They include Caught A Ghost, Wild Moccasins, Sylvan Esso, Pure Bathing Culture, PAPA, and Hospitality.

Watch the trailer below and start the playlist of awesome sessions with the fabulous session from Caught a Ghost below.

Friday, April 11, 2014

weekend thoughts...

Happy Friday, pretty people! It's finally the weekend and it's definitively springtime by the sheer amount of tissues scattered throughout our apartments and purses (thank you, allergies!). Kick off your weekend in style with these jams and thoughts.

Your Weekend Jams (you get an extra this week because we like you!):
Start your weekend partying with the latest from Icona Pop and Ty Dolla $ign (quite possibly our favorite rapper name of the moment, for the record):

The Chainsmokers kill it with their thumping remix of fellow TIOJ alum Foxes’ “Holding On To Heaven”:

TIOJ Thoughts:

Yep, definitely an Evian drinker after this commercial.

The Killers had the right question in mind: are we humans or are we dancers?

I scored 100% on Bob Boilen's Sole of a Band quiz this week -- week = made.

A breakdown of everyone’s least-favorite girl..the basic bitch.

Free! Eeeeek!! Our lovely ladyfriend Betty Who (at least in this picture and in our minds) is the free download on iTunes this week! Add “Somebody Loves You,” which is a current staple on TIOJ playlists, to your music library NOW! 

DC Happenings: Looking for a reason to dance Saturday night? Of course you are. Luckily, All Things Go is hosting a FREE DJ Set at Little Miss Whiskey’s by party pros Ghost Beach. RSVP on Facebook!

And in case you missed it: A fan of Bon Iver or James Blake? Then you’ll definitely enjoy the sweet sounds of Vancouver Sleep Clinic.

And! We chatted it up with the boys of Junior Prom about mashups, proms, and so much more!

{PLAYLIST} coachella 2014

Since Savannah Stopover and South by Southwest in early March, it seems like we've been dreaming for the rest of festival season to just hurry up and get here already. Now that it's finally the first weekend of Coachella, we're pretty sure we can officially say that it's 100% spring. Nothing like faux flower headbands, celebrity sightings, and copious amounts of Free People clothing to welcome in music festivals nearly every weekend for the rest of the summer!

music festival dreamin' via @coachella
If we were lucky enough to go to Coachella (we'll get there one of these years.... I mean, their Bad Dancing Competition is calling our names), these are the artists we'd be sure to go see:

Don't forget that you can stream Coachella live on YouTube for the first weekend and on AXS TV next weekend!

Thursday, April 10, 2014

{THROWBACK} "groove me"

I was watching Scandal the other night and I had to pause, rewind, and Shazam when I heard what I thought must be Chuck Brown (you know, one of those go-go riffs that plays whenever Huck hacks into a computer system, Abby and Harrison figure out something geniusly, and Olivia is a badass).

Turns out it was not the godfather of go go but rather King Floyd's "Groove Me" -- a song that is pretty perfect for strutting your stuff around the city.

{THROWBACK} "i can't go for that"

I feel like I've been throwing back to Hall & Oates a lot lately (Exhibit A; Exhibit B) and I'm doing it again. Today, New York duo Junior Prom is getting us into the throwback spirit with their cover of the Hall & Oates classic "I Can't Go For That." (Fingers crossed they play it at their show at U Hall tonight with the Hood Internet!)

And the original in all its hazy, saxophone-filled glory:

If you're digging that cover, be sure to catch Junior Prom opening for The Hood Internet tonight at U St. Music Hall!

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

{IF YOU LIKE} bon iver, james blake

(via 1/2/3)
If you like the falsetto and calming and emotive vibes of Bon Iver or the transcendent beats of James Blake, then you must check out Vancouver Sleep Clinic. This Australian band (whose lead singer is only 17!) blew us away at SXSW, completely mesmerizing us with their beautifully calm yet complex music.

Listen to their EP Winter on Spotify!

{WE LOVE} band of the day

I have a new favorite app -- Band of the Day. Perfect to scroll through while you're waiting for Metro (or procrastinating reading and papers), this app brings you a new band each day, complete with song demos, biographic information, and a ton more. You can also search recently featured artists for even more musical love.

If you can't tell, I'm obsessed. And it's only been on my phone for about five minutes.

Some TIOJ favorites have been featured on the app, including French Horn Rebellion and, just yesterday, PawnShop kings. And if nothing else, I will be forever grateful to this app for bringing be "Stephen," a 50s-esque and eternally happy tune from the ladies of PEP.

{WE LOVE} side saddle

NEW BAND ALERT! Ian McGuiness, better known as Side Saddle is putting out some wonderfully happy music. Expertly blending folk, pop, and tambourine -- Side Saddle's music puts a smile on your face, gets your fingers tapping, and leaves you pressing repeat. I've been listening to the band's first single "Reverie" on repeat for the past week.

With only four songs available on Side Saddle's debut EP Postcard, I can't get enough. The music is reminiscent of TIOJ favorites like The Head and the Heart or Noah and the Whale with a unique quality that keeps it all his own.

Listen to Side Saddle's full EP on Spotify!

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

{INTERVIEW} junior prom

To get all of DC psyched for their show this Thursday at U Street Music Hall, we had the chance to chat with Mark Solomich and Erik Ratensperger of NYC duo Junior Prom. Read ahead as we chat with these fellows about their dream mashup, dream collaborations, and (back up) dream of being a Subway sandwich artist.

Listen while you read:

Tell us about yourselves! How and when did Junior Prom start?
Mark: Erik and I met the night I moved to New York. We started playing music pretty much right away with some other friends and after a while we just decided to do our own thing. We both dreamed of one day being in a "power duo" and we're happy to say dreams do come true.

junior prom via elektra records
How would you describe your music to someone who has never heard it before? 
M: PunkDubDancePop music. It's a regular spring mix of all kinds of music, if food references are your thing.

How did you come up with the name Junior Prom? (Follow up: Did you go to your junior prom?) 
M: An old man in a bar overheard us spitballing names and suggested it. It was either that or Dust Cloud. Hopefully, we made the right choice. I didn't go to junior prom or senior prom. I did however go to a high school dance on a riverboat though. But that was a long time ago, at least six months.

Erik: I didn't go to mine, either. I did however crash someone else’s... I had a crush on this girl Tiffany who lived a couple towns away. I went to hers, but it was just awkward. We ended up in a Jacuzzi somewhere, but (pause) nothing happened.

Click ahead for more!

lone is my breezy commuting jam

It seems that I've become a fan of wordless songs lately and I'm completely okay with it. My latest obsession is Lone's "2 Is 8." The song has a wonderfully addictive hook with layers of synths to keep you on your toes. It's so breezy and happy that I can't help but imagine Joseph Gordon-Levitt strutting down a busy city street with a shit-eating grin on his face while this song plays in the background.

I dare you to listen to this song while commuting and not have an extra pep in your step. (For the record, I dared this of myself and failed miserably.)

Monday, April 7, 2014

{ALBUM REVIEW} architecture in helsinki "now + 4eva"

After three years since their last album, Australia's Architecture in Helsinki is back with their fifth album Now + 4eva. As the title and picture below might suggest, this album is full of color and fun with a clear, smile-inducing aesthetic. We highly recommend checking out the album of this long-time favorite band who proves with this release that they have the maturity and ingenuity to put out such an imaginative and entertaining album.

photo by michelle tran
Come For: "Dream A Little Crazy"
The lead solo off the album and the accompanying imaginative music video is the perfect segue into their colorful album. Bonus points for the trumpet solo.

Click ahead for the rest!

a history lesson from old crow medicine show

When I first heard the very beginning of Old Crow Medicine Show's take on "Marching Through Georgia," I immediately fell for the soothing song (that I later learned through some googling is an old Union Civil War song about capturing Savannah and the rest of Georgia -- I should've known).

A little over a minute in, everything changes. The song picks up incredibly and becomes a very frantic and rushed description of the march through Georgia. I would expect no less from Old Crow.

pretend it's still sunday with andy grammer

It's Monday morning. I wish it was still Sunday morning. Luckily, I've got this impossibly happy cover of my most favorite Maroon 5 song "Sunday Morning" by Andy Grammer to get me through the week.

Props to the "trumpet" solo at 2:20.

Related: More Sidewalk Sessions with St. Lucia and Lake Street Dive

Saturday, April 5, 2014

{WATCH} chance the rapper "acid rap (behind the scenes)"

There's nothing like some voyeurism to start off a lazy weekend... Check out this behind the scenes feature of Chicago's Chance the Rapper as he put together his incredible Acid Rap mixtape. It's a well shot sneak peek into what it's like to have rap beats in constantly soundtracking your days in the studio and includes a required discussion about how much better Chicago is than New York ;)

Props to Caleb for the find!

Friday, April 4, 2014

weekend thoughts...

Don't fret, TIOJers, Friday is finally, finally, here again! Enjoy the impending April showers as you recover from your work week!

Your Weekend Jam: We’ve been lonely girls in the last few years without new music from The Black Keys -- there’s been such a hole in our hearts and playlists! We can’t get enough of their first release from their upcoming album, “Fever”:

TIOJ Thoughts:

A new venue in the works from 9:30 club owner? Color us intrigued.

O-Town is reuniting… our teenage selves are not quite sure how to react.

Best in-flight entertainment ever.

SO excited to count Mr. Deacon Claiborne has a member of the Tribe.

Just in time for festival season, some pro tips for Coachella (and keep these in mind for Firefly come June!).

Free! Download RAC’s latest jam featuring Matthew Koma “Cheap Sunglasses” for free on iTunes-- it’s the perfect song to welcome in this warmer weather!

And in case you missed it: We reflected on the very-much-like-a-lion-and-not-at-all-like-a-lamb month of March in our Best of March playlist.

{RECAP} yellow ostrich

After a snow day tried to prevent our third Yellow Ostrich show in DC, Jurg and I were finally able to catch the band on their rescheduled date on Wednesday night at DC9.

yellow ostrich up close and personal c/o @algreiwe
The band we saw on Wednesday had definitely taken steps to cultivate their sound since we saw them last (in 2012!). There a disturbing absence of the band's old saxophone player (never fear, he's playing in Edward Sharpe and The Magnetic Zeros now!) and in his place were two guitarists and an electronic keyboard. The band started off on a much more energetic note than we had been ready for and proceeded to rock out to songs off their recently released sophomore album Cosmos.

We were a little taken aback by the addition of synths and electronic drum pads that peppered the new songs in the bands set. It's not that we don't love synths (it's a well-document fact that we LOVE them), but they aren't what drew us to Yellow Ostrich years ago, so their presence left us a bit confused. Thankfully, the band turned back at the end of their set to the songs that made us love them in the first place like "Whale" and "Mary."

Keep jamming to Yellow Ostrich's Cosmos on Spotify.

Next Up: James Vincent McMorrow at Sixth & I on Tuesday!

{PLAYLIST} songs about boys

In the words of the brilliant Britney Spears, "Boys, boys, boys" (see: first song, below). Just like there are plenty of songs about girls, we've amassed quite the collection of songs about boys. Although these songs aren't always quite as upbeat as songs about the ladies, these fellas have quite the way of endearing themselves to our ears and our hearts.

Press play below and jam along to some of our favorite tunes about dudes:

Thursday, April 3, 2014

{THROWBACK} "dreams"

Blair Waldorf Leighton Meester is further convincing me that my childhood hatred of Fleetwood Mac was certainly unwarranted. Her cover of Fleetwood Mac's "Dreams" with Dana Williams is gorgeous.

And the original in all its Stevie Nicks imbued glory!

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

{WE LOVE} the revivalists

The Revivalists first came onto our radar during last year's Craft Brewers Conference at The Hamilton, in which their show was paired with some beers from New Orleans' Abita Brewery. We were instantly charmed by this big band's interestingly unique sound, which fuses a few different genres of rock -- with a very New Orleans feel.

I'm so glad I've kept my ears perked for these seven fellas, because they're coming back to DC in just a few weeks. And if their show is anything like this video, we are all in for quite a treat.

DC -- The Revivalists are playing with Moon Taxi at the 9:30 Club on April 19! Buy your tickets here ASAP. I'll be seeing them in Philadelphia just a few days before, so be sure you see them in DC so we can talk about it.

{WE LOVE} anamanaguchi

During a wine tasting, I was once advised to never completely write off a certain type of wine. The sommelier noted that every now and then there will be aspects or notes to certain wines that will change your original opinion of one certain type of grape. I think the same theory holds true for music. Sure, in general you know what you like and dislike, but tastes always change and adapt just as music does. I mean, I don't consider myself a country music fanatic but I'll be damned if I don't love this Kacey Musgrave song.

That said, Anamanaguchi is the Riesling of my music collection. I generally do not refer lyric-less music with video game samples but I have to say that this track is my jam. I found myself doing some rather epic car dancing to this over the weekend. With a song that builds this impressively and has just the right amount of complexity and spunk, it's impossible not to.

I'm dying to see these guys perform at U St. Music Hall...

Props to All Songs Considered's SXSW recap for this find!

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

arum rae is the queen

You'd be a fool not to love Arum Rae (an April fool, as the case may be!) because this seductive lady is the real deal. Edgy, bass-driven tunes like "2001" are super fun, but Arum truly shines on softer, simpler songs like "Warranted Queen" when her voice has the chance to soar and soothe.

stop what you're doing and watch this johnny cash tribute

To celebrate the release of Johnny Cash's lost studio album Out Among the Stars our favorite video blog La Blogotheque has put together an incredible three-part video featuring some of the songs featured on the album.

The video features performances and musings from Brandon Flowers of the Killers, Dawes, Father John Misty, and Local Natives. It is beautiful and poignant and will no doubt have you going back to listen to Johnny Cash records all day today.

southerner is my jam

In anticipation of relaxing and baking in the sun this summer (and willing spring and summer to come along much sooner rather than later), I'm listening to lazy music that is perfect for poolside lounging. So far, Southerner's "A Song for Old Songs" has made the cut -- even the title invites a peacefully relaxing mood.

"Kingdom Come" and "Write the Rest," two other songs from this Nashville band's debut EP have equally summer-worthy vibes -- check them out on Noisetrade while you can!!

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