Tuesday, September 30, 2014

{PLAYLIST} best of september 2014

Fall has fallen, but before we move into a month of pumpkins and pumpkin spice lattes, we must take the time to appreciate the lovely month of September. In September, we:
And in September, we were listening to:

"Morning Light" - The Dirty Guv'nahs
This is the happiest morning song -- I can't get enough.
"i" - Kendrick Lamar
Kendrick Lamar came dancing back on to our radar with this super catchy new jam.
"Every Breath You Take" - Denmark + Winter
Thank you, Pretty Little Liars, for bringing me a summer of entertainment and this beautiful cover.
"Say My Name (feat. Zyra)" - ODESZA
We had fun playing compare and contrast and featuring singer Zyra over this awesome track. 
"You Make Me" - Cory Branan
I love love love that Cory paired up with Jason Isbell for this song.
"Stay Together" - Madi Diaz
We've been listening to this jam on repeat ever since we got a chance to interview Madi.
"Make It Last" - Shaky Knees
Move over, Jason Mraz -- Shaky Knees is the new fedora-wearing kid on the block.
"Every Little Word" - MNEK
MNEK has been our favorite singer this month with this retro R&B turned dance hall jams.
"Weekend" - Sun & Heir
Unique, acoustic alternative folk rock at its finest.
"Tin Man" - Future Islands
We finally got to see Future Islands live this month and this older jam was a favorite (and soundtracked our recap video!)

some "happiness" from chris malinchak and MNEK

Sometimes you just need to take a break and remember to be happy. "Happiness" from Chris Malinchak featuring new favorite MNEK is just the stuff to help put a smile on your face.

Smile, be grateful, dance a little, and repeat. You got this.

roundup: our favorite "shake it off" covers

Stacey may disown me for posting this, but I don't hate Taylor Swift's latest hit "Shake It Off" and I'm betting that you don't either. That said, I'm really enjoying all of the covers/remixes of the jam. Here are some my favorites:

Meghan Trainor's acoustic cover:

Anthem Lights' goofy cover (they are all too cute for words):

D.A.R.E.'s Remix: 

Labrinth's sexy take on the pop tune:

Monday, September 29, 2014


It's Monday and we're guessing you may need a little motivation to make it through this week. Enter, Terror Pigeon's latest jam "BYOYOLO." Aside from the majesty that is the mashup of two of our most favorite abbrevs, the main message to "go and fuck the shit of our your dreams" of this song is nothing short of inspirational.

Listen, dance, and then seriously go and fuck the shit out of your dreams today, guys.

Related: More poetic lyrics from Terror Pigeon

sun & heir is my jam

When a band aims for their music to have "unique, acoustic, and alternative folk" sound, there's a good chance I'm going to like them -- especially when they're likened to The Lumineers and The Head and the Heart. This is Sun & Heir in a nutshell, and these Indianans are filling a gap in my heart left by the two aforementioned bands as well as Milo Greene as they've all been off recording. Sun & Heir, though -- they're the perfect replacement.

"Weekend" makes me so ready for Thanksgiving, even though I technically only live 20 minutes from home.

And "Breathe My Mind" is perfect for this transition into fall.

Get a sampler from these lovely humans on Noisetrade while you can!!

{GIVEAWAY} yelle @ 9:30 club

We’re expanding our cultural horizons with this weeks giveaway featuring French pop group Yelle. Yelle’s been cranking out hits for years and the hits coming off their third album are glorious. Check out the totally crazy and weekend-ready first release "Complètement Fou" below.

Enter via Raffelcopter below!

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Hedge your bets and buy tickets here!

Saturday, September 27, 2014

{WATCH} spark: a burning man story

Full confession, I did not have a real grasp on what Burning Man was a few weeks ago, besides that quick mention of it in Just Friends (don't judge). However, after watching the documentary on this much-discussed festival, I have a much better understanding and appreciation for this week of free spirit, art, and community.

The documentary is available on Netflix and I definitely recommend watching on a lazy weekend morning such a this.

Also, the song in the trailer by Rudimental is SO.GOOD.

Friday, September 26, 2014

weekend thoughts...

Happy weekend, TIOJ land! We hope you have an incredible and restful weekend planned. Even though fall has officially fallen, we hope that you enjoy the final burst of sunshine and warm weather!

Your Weekend Jam: OBSESSED with Golden Pony’s remix of Alt-J’s latest single “Hunger of the Pine.” Even more obsessed that it’s available for free download!

TIOJ Thoughts: 

Printing this out for my kitchen…

Sooo my brother started a White House petition to keep PBR an American-owned company…

What country music cliche are you?

Guys, LC is finally married!! (And her dress is beautiful.)

Free! To celebrate autumn’s official start, Music for Ants is giving out their 2014 Autumn Mix for free featuring First Aid Kit, The Paper Kites, Sylvan Esso and more!

More Free! Our boy DOSVEC is back with an ass-tastic remix to J.Lo and Iggy Azela’s “Booty.” 

DC Happenings: While technically not a DC happening, Flying Dog brewery in MD is hosting Real Estate at their brewery for an awesome evening of music and amazing beers on Saturday night!

Also! All Things Go and No Kings Collective are throwing a (FREE!) party and art show over at the Wonder Bread factory in Shaw on Saturday night featuring DJ sets from Cherub and Ghost Beach. Go there. 

And in case you missed it: Have you entered to win a pair of tickets to Barcelona at Rock & Roll Hotel on 10/3? Get clicking now!!

a CHVRCHES cover from zhu

We didn't realize how much we missed CHVRCHES until we discovered this cover of their hit "Gun" from ZHU. The well produced track is a great take on the original and is the perfect song to get you ready for the weekend.

{PLAYLIST} married musicians

As the official wedding season winds down, we'd like to celebrate one more 2014 wedding that is near and dear to TIOJ's heart with a compilation of songs by married musicians. We think nothing is cuter than when a husband and wife share the stage. And so, in honor of Hannah and Chad tying the knot and too many #channahnigans to count, we present some of our favorite lovey songs by lovely and musical couples.


Thursday, September 25, 2014

new music roundup!

A new season is upon us and with it comes a season of new tunes! This week we're jamming to the following new releases -- what other new music have you been jamming to?

"i" - Kendrick Lamar
Confession: Kendrick's latest release is the only song I have listened to this afternoon. I regret nothing. It's awesome. Give us historically influenced beats and positive messages every day, please.

"When You Were Mine (feat. Tegan and Sara)" - Night Terrors of 1927
Interview alums NTO 1927 are back with a tune full of magnificent synth pop featuring the vocals of Tegan and Sara who dominated last week's playlist. This ish is indie pop perfection that should be in a movie trailer.

"In Your Clouds" - MNEK
Ugh can MNEK just come to DC to me and serenade me all the time? His latest jam is just the R&B I want all of the time.

"One More"- Elliphant and
Danish singer MØ and Swedish chick Elliphant make the perfect, super cool pair in "One More." I am intimidated and entranced by them.

Don't forget -- Elliphant will be opening for Charli XCX, you can win tix to see them both here!!

{THROWBACK} "every breath you take"

If you talked to me at all over the summer, then you'd know that I was pretty much consumed in watching all five seasons of Pretty Little Liars on Netflix/ABC Family. And when I finally was in the most recent season on ABC Fam, I heard Demark + Winter's beautiful cover of The Police's "Every Breath You Take."

It made me think fondly of Puff Daddy's version, "I'll Be Missing You." (This video is so '90s. I love it.) Pre-Diddy days.

And of course, the original by Sting and The Police.

{GIVEAWAY} barcelona, bel heir @ rock & roll hotel

We've decided that one giveaway is just not enough this week and so we're throwing another one at ya! Through Tuesday, we're giving you the chance to win tickets to see Barcelona and Bel Heir at Rock & Roll Hotel next Friday, October 3.

RNR's bio of Barcelona perfectly sums up their music saying, "The Seattle-based trio Barcelona makes soulfully sultry rock seeped in synth wash and falsetto that could score the soundtrack to late night necking seshs and uncouth after-hours adventures." We definitely agree between the lushly sexy "Fall In Love" and "Please Don't Go" (which would have been perfect for this playlist), we're quickly becoming super fans of this group.

And to get your blood pumping before Barcelona, opener Bel Heir is sure to do the trick with their complementary synth pop and pleadingly sexy vocals.

Enter to win via Rafflecopter below!

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If you're already ready to jump into bed, er, stage, with Barcelona, grab tickets now here!

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

{INTERVIEW} madi diaz

Just when we were complaining about needing more female indie pop vocalists in our lives, we stumbled upon Madi Diaz. We had the chance to chat with this LA-based singer about her musical career, her guilty pleasures, her upcoming tour (with a DC stop) with X Ambassadors, and get probably the best answer we've ever received about being a female in the music industry!

Listen while you read:

Tell us about yourself! How long have you been making music and how did you get started?
I've been making music for a good while now and am lucky enough to have been making my living in music for six years! Every time I say it I still can't believe it!

How would you describe your music to someone who’s never heard it before? What song would you suggest they start with?
That question never gets any easier for me to answer. I make lush indie pop with a foundation of Americana. Chronologically, I would start with “Down We Go” from Plastic Moon, “Burn” from my last record, or “Tomorrow” from my new record! Phew, okay. Hard part is over.

Where do you find inspiration for your music?
Inspiration always comes about in a different way every time. It's always a surprise. I’m rarely ready for it, and that is kind of the best part.

You’re kicking off a pretty epic tour with X Ambassadors then Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. -- do you have a particular stop you're most excited for?
I’m the most excited for the long drives. I’ve been cooped up in California for a while finishing Phantom so I’m ready for highways again. I always love stopping through San Francisco and Portland. Chicago is going to be fantastic as well. Nashville is going to be epic; it's been far too long since I’ve played there and I STILL call it one of my homes. Philly and Boston will be lovely and nostalgic… NYC is our release kick off. I am SO excited.

Click ahead for more from Madi!

shaky knees is my jam

With a style reminiscent of Jason Mraz -- both musiclly and fashionably -- Shaky Knees has a fun name and equally fun music that is sure to put a smile on your face. Listening to his music makes me want to bask in the autumn sunshine and go apple picking. "Make It Last" is my favorite.

And good news -- a sampler from Shaky Knees' upcoming album is available on Noisetrade! Get it now while you can!

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

{RECAP} phox and paolo nutini

If you clicked this link expecting anything other than a rave review, you might want to turn back now. On the eve of the historic Scottish independence vote (RIP, #indyref), I could think of no better way to acknowledge the occasion than by heading over to the Lincoln Theatre to see my favorite Scotsman in the flesh. And let me just tell you: Paolo Nutini did not disappoint. It seems I wasn't the only person in DC who was beside themselves with excitement over Paolo's show. The line to get into the Lincoln Theatre snaked all the way through the alley next to the venue and around the building.

Once inside, I quickly found myself a good seat and settled in. Opening band Phox was phenomenal. This Wisconsin-bred sextet had charm, humility, and harmonies that would knock your socks off. Their newly released single "Slow Motion" is my personal favorite. You know I can't resist whistling.

Paolo wasted no time in dazzling us. Almost as soon as he ascended to the stage, accompanied by resounding bass lines, jazzy horn players, and a grooving backup singer, he launched into "Scream (Funk My Life Up)." So sassy.

He transitioned pretty effortlessly between songs, rifling through some of his older hits (the "Jenny" and "New Shoes" mashup was particularly noteworthy) and peppering in his newer, grittier songs as well.

My favorite moment, though, was the unexpected inclusion of "Someone Like You," a song I'd actually never heard before. Paolo eschewed the big band on this one, and treated the audience to a stripped down, soulful rendition accompanied only by the acoustic guitar strung across his shoulders. I'll remember this one for a long time.

If you haven't listened to Paolo's latest release, Caustic Love, you're doing yourself a disservice!

mansions on the moon are my jam

Have you guys been listening to the new stuff from Mansions On The Moon? Each new song put out by this LA band is better than the next! Their latest release off their forthcoming self-titled album is addicting with Bon Iver-esque auto-tune layered on top of enchanting electronic melodies.

Plus, the happy synth pop in "Don't Tell" that reminds me of DC faves Brett. Add their youthful lyrics and energy and you're bound to start desk dancing in no time.

To slow things down a bit, and honor this, the first day of Autumn, check out their older hit that first hit our radar "Leaves Fall."

Monday, September 22, 2014

{GIVEAWAY} charli xcx @ 9:30 club

British darling Charli XCX has been blowing up the airwaves this summer with "Fancy" and "Boom Clap" and since we never want summer to end, we're giving away a pair of tickets to her upcoming show in DC! Mark your calendars for October 2 and enter below!

Enter via Rafflecopter below!

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And, just in cases, you can buy tickets here!

happy birthday krista!!!!

Happy birthday to the one and only Krista!! We are so glad you have finally joined us as true mid-20 year olds and hope that a great birthday weekend leads to an even better year!vAnd in true TIOJ fashion, we would be incredibly remiss if we didn't celebrate your birthday with gifs and youtube videos.

Friday, September 19, 2014

weekend thoughts...

Happy Friday, loves! Whether you plan to spend the weekend rekindling your dying fling with Summer or you're jumping into your new relationship with Fall in your freshest pair of boots, we hope you have fun! Kick off a hopefully relaxing weekend with some jams and linky links below. 

Your Weekend Jam: We’re continuing to plead with summer to get back together with us one more time with HOLYCHILD’s “Happy With Me.” Be sure to catch them live at 9:30 Club on Monday!

TIOJ Thoughts:

Beautiful images soundtracked to Clean Bandit’s “Rather Be” -- we’re in heaven.

ZZ Ward is a curator for Piperlime! Our wallets may be in danger…

Yoga as an x-ray is so weird and creepy and cool.

Janelle Monae on Sesame Street!

Since it’s Krista’s birthday weekend, we’re going to use Wikipedia’s list of Top 100 songs from every year and make a birth-year playlist! (pretty sure we’re going to get Rick Rolled in the process...oh well)

Free! Mapei's gorgeous electro R&B hit "Don't Wait" that killed the Hype Machine charts is available for free this week on iTunes! Check out the remix feat. Chance the Rapper below.

DC Happenings: How To Dress Well is at U Street Music Hall on Saturday night and and HOLYCHILD are at 9:30 Club on Monday!

And in case you missed it: We played "compare and contrast" with songstress Odessa and producer extraordinaires Odesza.

And! We put out our third festival recap video from All Thing Go's Fall Classic!!

{PLAYLIST} remember what we had, summer!

It's that inevitable time of year where summer slowly and sadly departs us. Because we're not quite ready for fall weather and boots and crunchy leaves despite the official start of autumn next Tuesday, we always feel like summer is breaking our hearts by leaving us rather abruptly. (Speaking of abrupt, how have you all been dealing with the 55 degree mornings this week??)

Ugh, summer. We miss you already.

{RECAP} all things go fall classic: the video

We're still riding a high this week from the awesome time we had last weekend at All Things Go's Fall Classic. Relive the experience of seeing Future Islands live with this stellar recap video from AV Director Caleb!!

Related: firefly festival: the video // trillectro: the video

Thursday, September 18, 2014

{THROWBACK} "let me love you"

We've got a new Australian singer to put on your radar on this #tbt. Meet Wafia whose cover of Mario's classic "Let Me Love You" is impossible not to desk dance to. If you're a fan of Lorde, you'll love Wafia's cover.

And Mario's 2004 hit, which is making me want to re-watch Step Up.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

odessa vs. odesza

In today's game of compare and contrast, we've got two rising talents to discuss songstress Odessa and production duo ODESZA.

First up is Odessa whose calming and beautiful first release "I Will Be There" took our breath away at first listen. This California singer just has a four-song EP out but if this single is any indication, we're expecting to hear much more of Odessa's gorgeous and heartfelt lyrics in the future.

Switch out just one letter (and hit caps lock) and we've got our next group ODESZA whose music makes us want to get up and dance rather than snuggle deeper into our blankets/man friends. The single off their debut album "Say My Name" warranted a glowing feat. feature last week and has gotten so much hype that they've already sold out their upcoming show at U Street Music Hall.

Now, since ODESZA is a production duo that enjoys featuring female vocalists and Odessa has the voice of an angel, let's all pray for collaboration between these two parties, shall we?

new music from sons of bill!

If you're a long-time reader of TIOJ, you know that I have a very normal and not at all creeperish love of Charlottesville's Sons of Bill. And if you're a fan of Sons of Bill, you know that their fourth album Love & Logic is coming out SO SOON on September 30. And if you're anything like me, you've been relishing the releases of each song -- and "Road to Canaan" is no different. This is the most beautiful love song about long distance romance and the difficult life of a touring musician -- read the entire story behind it here.

AND! Catch Sons of Bill at The Hamilton on October 3 -- you won't regret it!

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

cory branan is my jam

Although Tennessean Cory Branan is a recently featured artist on World Cafe Live's Cafe Next, he is not new to the country music scene... but I'm so glad he's new to me. From his funny lyrics to his easy-on-the-ears tunes, he's pretty much just perfect. Add in that his song "You Make Me" is with Jason Isbell, and that's an automatic plus in my book.

holy holy is my bearded australian jam

They say you shouldn't judge a book by it's cover and shows like The Voice teach us that music should be about the voice and not how a person looks. But, let's be honest here, how could I not click "play" when I was sent a song by these two bearded AUSTRALIAN fellows.

So not only are these fellows easy on the eyes, they're also so easy on the ears. Their blend of folk/rock/pop brings to mind favorites like Milo Greene and Death Cab for Cutie. Plus, major bonus points must be awarded to any song that references TIOJ's favorite Netflix original show.

One more jam because we need an excuse to stare at these beards for another 3:52. Stream their latest single "History" below.

p.s. Kristen texted me the other day saying that there is a name for people like me. See: Pogonophile.

Monday, September 15, 2014

{RECAP} all things go's fall classic

On Saturday, TIOJ visited one of our most favorite places in all of the city, Union Market, for a lovely day of music, fall weather, and all the bagels we could eat for All Thing Go's inaugural Fall Classic. As we've come to expect from the folks over at All Things Go, this event went off without a hitch and was made memorable by the killer lineup, delicious food and drink selections, genius free photo booth, and the surprisingly incident-less atmosphere.

We caught Bear Hands first who got us in to the festival mood with their energetic indie rock and seemed to wake everyone up as the rain stopped falling and the sun came up.  Next up were favorites Haerts. Like the last time we saw them, they were a perfect blend of modern sensual jams with classic '80s Fleetwood Mac vibes. My favorite jam of their set was "Tonight (Gone Forever)" which would be oh so perfect for a slow dance. 

haerts // bear hands (via @allthingsgo)
Unfortunately we missed Tove Lo's set because we ran down to Buffalo & Bergen to get bagels. I would be disappointed if not for the fact that B&B gave us a baker's dozen of bagels to take home with us for free. We are nothing if not suckers for free food. PLUS, energized from carbo loading, we got to play around with the AMAZING gif photo booth where we tried (unsuccessfully) to spell out TIOJ DC. Better luck next time.

if only you could see my kicky foot pop for the "J"...
Finally was the most anticipated band of the night: Future Islands. After a DJ set full of remixed guilty pleasures including "Call Me Al" and "No Scrubs" by B-Roc of The Knocks, the crowd was more than ready for Future Islands. Lead singer Samuel Herring quickly lived up his reputation of being an incredible singer and freaking crazy awesome dancer.

Favorites of Future Island's set included "Back In The Tall Grass" and oldie but goodie "Tin Man." Herring's stage presence was unlike anything we've ever witnessed live. He didn't just sing his songs, he performed them with palpable emotion. You really must see this band live if you ever get the chance. (Editors note: You may be able to relive it because there was a real life DRONE filming their set. TIOJ after a few beers was a little too fascinated by it...)

MAJOR LOVE to All Things Go for putting on such a perfect fall festival. Fingers crossed this becomes a tradition. Now please excuse me while I patent a workout routine inspired by the squats and leg kicks of Future Islands and the booty popping of Beyonce.

{GIVEAWAY} shovels and rope @ 9:30 club

If you've seen Shovels and Rope in concert before, you know that it's one of the most incredible experiences you can have with folk music these days. If you haven't, we have a giveaway that you must enter. This week, we're giving away a pair of tickets to see Cary Ann and Michael at the 9:30 Club on September 21 in what is guaranteed to be a rollickin' and rockin' evening. If you don't believe us, listen to their always-wonderful "Birmingham."

If that hasn't convinced you (or even if it has!), take a listen to their set at Newport Folk Festival this past summer, and enter via Rafflecopter below!

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And if you JUST CAN'T WAIT, you can always buy your tickets here

Saturday, September 13, 2014

{WATCH} smokey robinson on all songs considered

Okay teccchnically this is a listen rather than a watch, but we must recommend a recent All Songs Considered episode in which host Bob Boilen pairs up with the infamous Motown legend Smokey Robinson as a guest DJ. The pair discuss Smokey's childhood growing up in Detroit, his influence on Motown, and his new album of incredible duets with greats like Elton John, Mary J. Blige, and more!

And check out one of his the duets off his upcoming album featuring James Taylor!

And if you DO want to watch something, I most highly recommend watching this White House Motown Special from a few years back. It's wonderful.

Friday, September 12, 2014

weekend thoughts...

It's finally Friday!! We hope you survived the first full week of September and have a restful (and exciting!) weekend lined up -- especially if you're headed to All Things Go's first annual Fall Classic! 

Your Weekend Jam: Reigniting our love of Great Good Fine Ok with this Slinger remix of their hit “You’re The One For Me”!

TIOJ Thoughts: 

To prep for ATG Fall Classic, Bear Hands shares a playlist of their favorite DC jams.

Every Mumford and Sons song.

Speaking of Fall Classic, we’re memorizing this gif guide to dancing like Future Islands!

Describing yourself in five words. 

The economics of indie music.

Free! TIOJ faves Body Language are giving away their latest EP Infinite Sunshine for free on Bandcamp. Download and enjoy before they come to DC on September 19!

DC Happenings: All Things Go’s inaugural Fall Classic is this Saturday! Dance and eat your weight in Dolcezza gelato with TIOJ!! Get your last minute tickets here.

And in case you missed it: Fans of Red Hot Chili Peppers (and let’s be real, that’s just about anyone), you’ll love DC band Motorcade -- check them out now!

{PLAYLIST} azztastic

A few weeks ago, we paid extra attention to the tatas in honor of Krista's three day breast cancer walk. As a corollary to that wonderful playlist, we're turning our attention to those other lady lumps -- dat ass, which is so so prevalent in music.

more epic gifs from niki minaj's "anaconda" video here

Shake your money maker and press play below:

For more ass-tastic music videos, Nicki Minaj's "Anaconda" and J. Lo and Iggy Azalea's "Booty."

Thursday, September 11, 2014

{IF YOU LIKE} red hot chili peppers

(via 1/2)
If you're an eternal fan of Red Hot Chili Peppers or other similar 90s rock music, then you must check out DC's own Motorcade. We got the pulse on Motorcade from a TIOJ tipster who was so impressed by this band live. The band, formed on the seemingly epic date of New Years 2010, has been touring around the DC area since that fateful day and we're ever so grateful. If you need to relive the days of jamming to RHCP, Nirvana, or Pearl Jam, then definitely take a listen to these guys!

{THROWBACK} "fast car"

Live Lounge kills it again with this amazing cover of Tracy Chapman's legendary hit "Fast Car" by Sam Smith.

And the gosh darn beautiful original from Miss Tracy Chapman circa 1988, which I gotta say is better.

Related: Sam Smith covers Whitney Houston.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

put MNEK on your radar!

Move over Sam Smith, there's another London-based R&B singer capturing our attention and hearts. 19-year-old MNEK has got us desk dancing like fools lately with his gorgeous voice and his perfect R&B/pop combo that's sure to lead him to numerous Top 40 hits in the future.

We fell in love with "Wrote A Song About You" that sounds like it should be sung to and for Whitney Houston. I dare you not to dance a little to this jam.

I want to dance to a remix of "Every Little Word" in the basement of U Street Music Hall SOOOOO bad.

And one more because we would be remiss not to share a cover, and a beautiful Coldplay cover at that.

hop on robert schwartzman's tour bus!!

We are suckers for intimate performances on TIOJ. Look at the number of live sessions we post or how giddy we get when a band unplugs during a live performance and its evident how important moments like this are to experiencing music. Robert Schwartzman, who you may remember from Rooney or from his piano-playing role in The Princess Diaries, echoes our love for intimate performances and is attempting to turn the concept of touring on its head for his California Roll Tour. On this tour, instead of playing at venues, fans can buy seats on Robert's tour bus and be treated to two hours of live performance and chatting with this talented musician in a venue unlike any other.

If his latest release "It's You," which will be featured in the upcoming film Palo Alto starring Emma Roberts and James Franco, is any indication, this experience is not to be missed.

Robert Schwartzman: It’s You on Nowness.com

Robert will be literally rolling through DC on September 23rd. Get your tickets here and check out other tour dates below!

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Tuesday, September 9, 2014


We've got a new featured artist to put on your radar! Meet Zyra -- we know nothing about where she is from, what her background is, or what she likes to eat for breakfast. BUT what we do know is that she's featured on Odesza's amazing electronic track "Say My Name" in which her vocals are captivating when paired with Odesza's production. We also know that she met the producer pair through social media and will be featured on another track "It's Only" off their upcoming album.

While we continue to do "research" (aka Soundcloud surfing) to discover more about Zyra, jam out to "Say My Name" below:

Join us in keeping tabs on Zyra's Soundcloud page for more releases!

"it's easy to fall in love with you"

'Nuf said. Listen and fall in love to Little Green Cars as they perform "The John Wayne" live for La Blogothèque in Dublin below.

Monday, September 8, 2014

gossling covers vance joy

We love Gossling. We love Vance Joy. We love this cover of "Riptide". That is all.

p.s. DC,  Gossling is coming to DC9 on 10/26 AND Vance Joy is coming to the 9:30 Club on 10/25 -- grab tickets here!

{GIVEAWAY} slow club @ 9:30 club

Happy Monday, friends! To start your week off right, we're giving away a pair of tickets to see the fantastic British duo Slow Club at Rock & Roll Hotel on September 18. This live performance of the band singing "Tears of Joy" should be more than enough to convince you of just how charming and talented this pair is.

Enter to win via Rafflecopter below:

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Can't wait to win? Snag your tickets here!

some "morning light" from the dirty guv'nahs!

Monday mornings are rough, no doubt. But "Morning Light" by The Dirty Guv'nahs will change your morning around with its infectious upbeat sound. I promise you'll be bopping your head along as you drive/walk/metro to work and blearily sip your coffee. Plus you'll get a healthy dose of optimism from these cutie Tennesseans.

Bonus! The Dirty Guv'nahs are giving away their latest album Hearts on Fire on Noisetrade for a limited time only -- click here now!!

AND! These fellas will be gracing U Hall with their presence on November 7 -- join us??

Sunday, September 7, 2014

happy birthday kristen!!!

TIOJ Birthday Season is officially underway today because it is Kristen's 27th birthday!!! Happy birthday to the most lovely lady around -- we hope your birthday celebrations are a little something like this:

And like this:
Keep celebrating Kristen with plenty of birthday jams here!

Friday, September 5, 2014

weekend thoughts...

Happy Friday, kiddos!! Whether you're planning to hit up the Dupont Circle farmers market, catch up on homework, or spend a night out in Adams Morgan, we hope you have a fabulous weekend and that these jams and interwebby links start that weekend off right!

Your Weekend Jam: A Hood Internet remix of Beyonce? YES PUHLEASE.

And! We’re obsessed with Jessie Ware’s latest “Say You Love Me” and are so pleased that Shura remixed it with just enough spice for your weekend!

TIOJ Thoughts:

Taylor Swift song or positive integer?

A Beyonce-inspired workout class?!? SIGN ME UP.

This pregnancy announcement from Carrie Underwood and hockey player Mike Fisher is the cutest.

Wait, doing the crossword puzzle isn’t cool? 

Free! Our latest jam “Say My Name feat. Zyra” by Odesza is the free single of the week on iTunes!

More Free! Canadian faves Stars are giving away their latest release “Turn It Up” here!

DC Happenings: Mark your calendars for Tuesday to celebrate All Things Local's Anniversary Kickoff at Gypsy Sally's!! Live music, craft beer, and benefiting local organizations -- what more can you ask for? Tix here!

And in case you missed it: It’s the last day to win tickets to see Clean Bandit AND Lizzo -- good luck!!

{RECAP} misterwives, bleachers

On Tuesday night we caught Misterwives and Bleachers at 9:30 Club. Misterwives has been a favorite on the blog for a while and this five-piece featuring lead singer Mandy Lee and her so-called band of mister wives (get it?!) were too much fun. First off, the band features everything that we love live: a trumpet, saxophone, tambourine, and a romper to boot.

Mandy's voice was so amazing and powerful live (as it is in this hilarious insta video) and it was a treat to see the band proudly singing "Reflections" after hearing it on the radio earlier this week. The best song live was definitely "Kings and Queens" that called for lots of boogieing and a glorious dueling trumpet and saxophone solos. Be still my heart.

Next up was Bleachers fronted by fun's Jack Antonoff wearing the shortest of shorts. To be honest, I had only planned to stay for the first few songs of their set, but with an epic introduction to the 9:30 Club, I was quickly convinced that this was a set that could not be missed.

From their incredibly hip outfits to the captivating light show to the easy-to-sing lyrics to songs like "Shadow," Bleachers killed it from the start. The band's sound, seemingly influenced by '80s pop and '90s power ballads was easy to listen and dance to and had all the makings of a pop group on the rise. We were further enchanted by a cover of The Mountain Goats' "This Year" and an aptly-played (if a bit of a spoiler) joke about House of Cards. Besides their hit "I Wanna Get Better" we loved hearing "Wild Hearts" and "Rollercoaster" live.

All in all, this was one of the most enjoyable shows we've been to in a while (with a 9:30 birthday cupcake to top it off!) and we HIGHLY you recommend adding both bands to your iTunes rotation.

Editors note: Concert Correspondent Jurg went to the sequel show the night after us and would agree that it was wonderful. She would have wrote more but she was busy with "too mugh boogieing." Word, Jurg.

{PLAYLIST} back to school!

Back to school, back to school! With 2/3 of TIOJ getting back to school as teachers and students this year, we're definitely in the school groove. If you went back to school some time in the last few weeks, we feel your pain of early mornings, late nights, and all the extra work -- press play below, and this playlist will be the perfect song to help you along.


And for more back to school jams, click here!

Thursday, September 4, 2014

{THROWBACK} "a change is gonna come"

Speaking of St. Paul & The Broken Bones, let's say a prayer of thanks for this video of Lizzo and St. Paul & The Broken Bones belting out Sam Cooke's hit "A Change Is Gonna Come."

Listen to the original from 1963 below:

AND! Don't forget to enter to win tix to see Lizzo live!!

{THROWBACK} "ironic"

While the first CD I ever bought was Spiceworld, I reaped the benefits of my older brother's music collection for a few years before I had any money to buy my own music. His first CD was Alanis Morissette's Jagged Little Pill, which just never gets old.

Over the last few days, I've seen some references to "Ironic" on Twitter, and I just always laugh at the misnomer of irony (#englishmajorproblems). Be honest: how angst-y does this make you feel?

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

a takeaway show from st. paul and the broken bones

Leave it to La Blogothèque to make an already incredible band like St. Paul and the Broken Bones sound even more impossibly amazing. This recent take away show is best described by the original post on La Blogothèque, which describes lead singer Paul Janeway as possessing "une bienveillance ineffable." The author goes on to describe how the performance below by this Alabama band moved him tears because that was the only response his body could have to that voice.  "Oui, j’ai pleuré parce que c’était la seule réponse que mon corps pouvait donner à cette voix..."

Take a listen and see for your yourself: 

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

rock out with the districts

This live Buzzsession with The Districts is just what the doctor ordered today. While we're slightly disappointed that these guys aren't our neighbors in The District, we will forgive them because their rock music is great and brings to mind favorites like Kings of Leon, Black Keys, and Harmonic Blue.

Rock out with The Districts below!

{GIVEAWAY} clean bandit, lizzo @ 9:30 club

Holy smokes. If there ever was a giveaway we're dying to win ourselves, this one is it. Between Clean Bandit, whose hit "Rather Be" will forever be our weekend jam, and Lizzo, who was our hands-down favorite at SXSW, this is an amazingly fun lineup.

Enough talking -- start dancing to these amazing acts and enter to win tickets to their show on September 18.

And cross your fingers Lizzo will make a cameo for this song!

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Can't wait to win? Do yourself a favor and buy your tickets now here.

Monday, September 1, 2014

misun bids goodbye to summer

While summer never truly ends after Labor Day in DC, we had to share Misun's latest track "Goodbye Summer" that is so wonderfully fitting for this holiday. Bonus points for the oldies influence on this track -- it totally enhances our melancholy at saying goodbye to movies in the park, Jazz in the gardens, and sunshine all day long.

Bring it on, boot season.
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