Sunday, November 30, 2014

{PLAYLIST} best of november 2014

Thanksgiving is officially behind us, which means that it's time for Christmas music to fill the air and our hearts. But before we make the shift into the holiday season, we want to take a hot second to reflect on the quick little month that was November.

In November we...
And in November, we were listening to:

"Growing Younger" - Wilhelm Tell Me
This German band provides the happiest morning wake up.
"Stuck In My Teeth" - Circa Waves
Can't get this soundtrack to our CMJ recap video out of my head.
"Isaac" - Bear's Den
Ugh, Bear's Den. These bearded Brits just make me want to curl up by a fire. 
"Jackie and Wilson" - Hozier
Loved seeing Hozier this month and dancing to this ditty.
"Tightrope" - Walk the Moon
I didn't realize how much I missed Walk the Moon until I started playing them on repeat again.
"Lost" - Scavenger Hunt
 This poppy Kendall Jenner-approved jam has been the perfect antidote to freezing fall days.
"Tell Her You Love Her" - Echosmith
Working on being as cool as these teenaged cool kids.
"Yoko" - Pegasus Bridge
I've been humming this song about someone famous all month. 
"Virginia Calling" - Sons of Bill
Nothing makes me happier or feel more at home than this beautiful song from my beautiful favorites.
"Classic  (Power Sunset Version)" - The Knocks
Love this chilled out version of the latest track from The Knocks. 

Saturday, November 29, 2014

{WATCH} cut copy presents: "oceans apart"

It is no secret that TIOJ loves pretty much all music that comes out of Australia. So it is with great pleasure that we present a new documentary Oceans Apart put together by Cut Copy. The short documentary follows four Melbourne musical acts as they discuss how they came to make the music they do and their thoughts on the dance music culture in Melbourne.

As if you needed one more thing to fuel your wanderlust, this is it.

Friday, November 28, 2014

weekend thoughts...

Happy Black Friday! Whether you're still stuffed full of turkey or have been up since 5AM standing in line at Best Buy, we hope you have a wonderful weekend full of leftovers and holiday decorating!

Your Weekend Jam: We're almost embarrassed to make this cheesy new Christmas ditty from Kristen Bell and Straight No Chaser our weekend jam, but we're too excited that it's finally Christmas music season to care.

TIOJ Thoughts:

Scoping out stocking stuffers on this blackest of Fridays? Look no further than these HAIM or Nicki Minaj nail decals.

A fascinating article on appropriate behavior at concerts.

Jaden Smith, Willow Smith, or William Blake?

Some hip hop-inspired gift ideas. I’d like #4 and 10, please.

Soundtrack your Black Friday shopping with our Black Friday Jams!

Free! Attention, everyone: Jaden Smith has released an EP, and you can download it here.

More Free! Get in the Christmas spirit with a free download of "Silent Night" from Pentatonix on iTunes.

And in case you missed it: If you like Bon Iver or Chet Faker, take a listen to Fractures!

{PLAYLIST} wanderlust jams, part iv

Okay, time for some serious talk here. You've made it through Thanksgiving and puh-lenty of family time. Are you ready to get away yet? We don't blame you. And we won't tell anyone that you're spending some time today looking up plane tickets to anywhere-but-here. As you're doing that, let these wanderlustful jams inspire you!

frostbite via
Grab your sunglasses or snowshoes and press play below!

For more wanderlust jams, check here and here and here.

And if you're wandering to the mall, we have some Black Friday jams for you!!

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

"home" is my pre-thanksgiving jam

Dan Croll's "Home" is no stranger to TIOJ and playlists of Thanksgivings past. Nonetheless, it has been all I've been craving this week, along with homemade gravy and Cyber Monday sales. So let's take a moment to be thankful and enjoy this song before the familial chaos of the holiday begins, shall we?

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

mystikal is baaaaack

The newest hit "Feel Right" from Mark Ronson featuring Mystikal and Bruno Mars delights me to no end. It's the perfect updated version of motown that would make James Brown proud and brings a fresh perspective to Mystikal's repertoire. Who would have thunk that Bruno Mars would be singing back up for Mystikal?

{IF YOU LIKE} bon iver, chet faker

(via 1/2/3)

If you swoon over Chet Faker's sexy Australian vibes or crave the chill falsetto of Bon Iver, then take a listen to up-and-comer Fractures. We caught Fractures at CMJ and were immediately taken by his sound. It's brooding, dark, and sensual. Seriously, what is in the water in Australia that makes all of their music so good?

Depending on what you like, "Twisted" is a little more Chet Faker...

...and "Embers" is a little more Bon Iver.

Monday, November 24, 2014

{RECAP} allah-las

Today we've got Concert Correspondent Lily recapping her coverage of Allah-Las on Friday night!

I did not understand a word that Allah-Las lead singer Miles Michaud said during the show at Rock and Roll Hotel. Did it matter? I guess not. The poetry was in their psychedelic, let’s-chill-by-the-beach essence. The four-member group from L.A. swept the audience into a retro trip, but left us grasping for connection to their all-encompassing sound.

Fusing iterations of Brian Wilson, the Rolling Stones and the nonchalance of the 1960’s, an ocean-side patio would have better served their sound than the low ceilings and mirrored walls of Rock and Roll Hotel.

Actually, it was as if the H Street concert hall had been transformed into an aquarium; the jewel-toned lighting, cockleshell’ed bongos and the muffled microphone made it seem like the band was jamming out underwater. So much so that it was difficult to connect with the music. What were they trying to say and why did they sound so distant? Did they even want to incorporate the audience into their groove, or was our role to just hum together, isolated by own thoughts and interpretations? With only one shout out to the crowd, they did not seem to care.

I distinguish the Allah-las from other surfer bands with only a few defining items: that one song with the maracas, the dominating bass, and the guitarist’s tall hat. Otherwise, their power was in absorbing all individual noises to churn out one, unified sound. At one point, I even thought that maybe the feedback from the microphones was part of the set.

The audience responded in two ways: we found the Jumpy Bunnies who bounced along with the quick snare drum. And then we had the Swayers, those who incorporated the melancholy chords and shifted side to side. I’ve seen a lot of these Swayers at other D.C. shows following a work day, and it can be difficult to tell whether it is boredom, insecurity or enchantment that prevents people from really getting down on the dance floor. I’m usually a big dancer, but I joined the Swayer camp this time. Frankly, the undulating melodies made me sleepy.

It was certainly nice to step out from this new November winter and into a dreamy, seashore wonderland. But it was just that: nice. Maybe it was the long week behind me, maybe it was the echoing acoustics: by the end of the show, I was ready for bed.

Next Up: Taking a turkey break then we're back at it seeing The Head and the Heart at DAR on December 9!

Saturday, November 22, 2014

{WATCH} high maintenance

Since we still have to wait until January for the latest season of Girls, the newest Vimeo series High Maintenance is filling the Brooklyn hipster-sized void in our hearts. The series centers around a drug dealer in Brooklyn as he serves his smattering of clients and hilarity ensues. Plus, the music in the series is unsurprisingly awesome. We devoured all of the free episodes in a day (they're short!) and dare you to not do the same.

The newest season is available for download on Vimeo and all past episodes are available for free!

Friday, November 21, 2014

weekend thoughts...

Happy weekend, TIOJ!! You're SO CLOSE to an extra long weekend -- you can make it to Thursday! Whether you're headed home early or getting a head start on holiday shopping, we hope you have a wonderfully lovely fall weekend.

Your Weekend Jam: Groove your way into the weekend with Mark Ronson’s “Uptown Funk,” featuring Bruno Mars! We promise, you won’t be able to keep yourself from dancing wherever you are.

TIOJ Thoughts: 

Have you all been listening to Serial? We're obsessed.

You’ll soon be able to stream all of our TIOJ Spotify playlists while you Uber

You and me both, Steve. 

Shirts that accurately reflect our feelings on winter (#s 6 and 14 are especially appropriate today for TIOJ’s Frozen watching date!!)

Crafting the ultimate Thanksgiving dinner playlist.

Free! Download The Hood Internet’s latest mash up featuring T Swift’s “Shake It Off” and Kendrick Lamar’s “Backseat Freestyle” on Soundcloud here.

DC Happenings: Head to P.O.V. Live on the rooftop of the W to catch a FREE DJ set from Pains of Being Pure At Heart after their sold-out show at the 9:30 Club. RSVP for admission here.

And in case you missed it: We're so excited for the latest Hunger Games soundtrack. SO excited.

{PLAYLIST} thanksgiving jams 2014

Every year, it seems that Thanksgiving sneaks up on us -- as does the cold (HELLO, WINTER. WE DID NOT MISS YOU.). But even though the end of 2014 is zooming toward us, we're looking forward to plenty of family time, days off, and so many food comas coming up next week.

thanksgiving pants via
Pass the mashed potatoes and press play below.

Celebrate SO many years of Thanksgiving playlists past, with 2013, 2012, and 2011!

Thursday, November 20, 2014

{THROWBACK} "celebrate"

With Thanksgiving just around the corner, let's get ready to be home for the holidays with Kenny Loggins' classic "Celebrate Me Home."

And if you're looking to impress your cool cousins, check out this inspired rework of the classic by Saint Pepsi.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

wilhelm tell me is my jam

I've found a band from a country outside of TIOJ's foreign comfort zone (read: Canadians, Australians, and all Scandinavians), and I'm more than okay with it. Germany's Wilhelm Tell Me is the perfect band to get you moving this cold, almost-wintery week. Their witty name helps with my infatuation. First, check out "Let Me Take You Away" and dream of someone... taking you away.

Once you listen to "Growing Younger," I promise you'll have a new birthday anthem (two months until mine, nbd not counting or anything) and well as a morning pump up song.

lorde tries out hip hop

Lorde gives Jeremih and YG a run for their money with her cover of their hip hop hit "Dont Tell 'Em." I'm totally digging this younger care-free version of Lorde and her interpretation of the song.

Related: More Live Lounge favorites

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

holy collaboration, batman!

This Mockingjay soundtrack is shaping up to be one to beat. The standout of the album for us is this star-studded collaboration on Stromae's "Meltdown" featuring Lorde, Pusha T, Haim, and Q-Tip. It's distracting us almost enough that we're about to lay down our swords bows in the eternal Peeta vs. Gale debate.

Related: The Hunger Games x Lana Del Rey

to kill a king is my jam

I went down a glorious back hole watching live sessions from Sofar Sounds over the weekend and this live performance of "Choices" by To Kill A King stuck with me. It's bittersweet and beautiful.

Monday, November 17, 2014

{RECAP} dale earnhardt jr. jr.

TIOJ Concert Correspondent Danielle kicked off her weekend by seeing long time favorites -- and interview alumni! -- Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. Check out her thoughts below!

The giant white globe in the middle of the stage was a precursor for what was to come, and the electro funk, indie pop darlings of Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. sure didn’t disappoint. Opening with high energy, they immediately got the crowd clapping to the beat of “Morning Thought” off their first album It’s A Corporate World. Detroit natives Daniel Zott and Joshua Epstein, along with their band, delivered a fun, eclectic mix of their old and new songs, which all shared an equally catchy, lighthearted tone that you couldn’t avoid dancing along to.

Songs like “Run” off their second and latest album, The Speed of Things, had a funky, electronic feel reminiscent of '70s disco, which came alive with a cartoon face and dancing objects projected on the towering, illuminated globe on stage.

Other songs off that same album, like “Don’t Tell Me,” had a dream pop, beachy feeling, adding the perfect warmth to a blustery November night. The psychedelic atmosphere continued through the night with bubbles swirling and uncontrollable head bobbing. The best moment had to be when I looked up and, inches from my face, Daniel Zott was crowd surfing!

Beyond being extremely engaging performers, these guys were humble and gracious, saying, “You have been the best city for us” and that the 9:30 Club is “the best venue in America.” It was one of those experiences you just didn’t want to end. Or to put it in their own words, “In every way, you know I just want you to stay.”

Click ahead for more pictures from Danielle and Drew!

{GIVEAWAY} streets of laredo @ dc9

What do you get when you combine a family from New Zealand and some Brooklyn influences? Streets of Laredo, that's what! And because we love this group so, we're giving away a pair of tickets to their show on November 24 at DC9! Take a listen to "Girlfriend" below, fall in love with them, and enter to win!

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Don't want to wait? You can always buy your tickets here

Sunday, November 16, 2014

{AS SEEN ON TV} kendall jenner for estée lauder

If you're like us and can't help but to keep tabs on the latest comings and goings of the Kardashian/Jenner clan, then you may have heard that Kendall Jenner is the newest face of Estée Lauder. Her intro video for the makeup giant features "Lost" by LA quartet Scavenger Hunt and is the perfect carefree soundtrack to the video.

Listen to the full song by Scavenger Hunt on repeat below!

Friday, November 14, 2014

weekend thoughts...

Happy Friday, snuggle bugs! After an unseasonably warm week, the first polar vortex of the season is upon us. We recommend dancing to some of the weekend-ready jams to stay warm.

Your Weekend Jam: Ghost Beach takes on Fickle Friends’ latest “For You” and it’s just the song to get you in the weekend mood.

TIOJ Thoughts:

Once upon a time, we Skype'd with Houndmouth when they only had five shows under their belt... now they're the talk of NPR. So proud.

Hold the phone. There may one day be a Wes Anderson theme park.

An explanation of emojis.

Play a rock themed version of F***/Marry/Kill (we do love us a game of Do/Dump/Marry).

NPR's Pop Culture Happy Hour discusses Taylor Swift's new album.

Free! The impossibly catchy single "Shut Up And Dance" from Walk The Moon's upcoming album is this weeks iTunes Free Download!

More Free! Head over to Tennis’ crazy cool website to do a little online spray painting to snag a free download of their single “Never Work For Free”!

DC Happenings: Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. is playing the 9:30 Club tonight! Our band of concert correspondents will be there and you should be too!

And! If you haven't yet participated in FotoWeek, head to BYT's FotoBazaar opening party tonight!

And in case you missed it: We premiered our latest recap video of our time at CMJ!

And! If you like Michael Jackson or Robin Thicke, check out Johnny Stimson!

{PLAYLIST} odes to famous people: the sequel

In this latest ode to our favorite celebrities, we're paying extra special attention to notable people of the past -- we're talking Fred Astaire, Marilyn Monroe, and James Dean. But, of course, this type of playlist wouldn't be complete without some love for more modern celebs like the one and only Kanye and, of course, the fictional ones like Charlie Brown.

fred astaire via
Press play below to imagine you're in Hollywood, hanging with the stars.

For a double dose of celebs, be sure to check out our original odes to famous people!

Thursday, November 13, 2014

{THROWBACK} "nothing compares 2 u"

This is a completely unexpected but absolutely perfect cover. Capital Cities' take on Sinead O'Connor's "Nothing Compares 2 U" has the right amount of their synthy, dancey beats while maintaining the authenticity and sweetness of the original.

Be sure to check out Sinead's 1990 version too:

{THROWBACK} "1 thing"

Guys. I can't get over how surprising and successful Hozier's cover of Amerie's "1 Thing" was when we caught it live the other night. I loved it so much that I figured it warranted its very own throwback post. So without further ado...

...And the original, with the less brooding and more booty.

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

{IF YOU LIKE} robin thicke, michael jackson

(via 1/2/3)
If you like the moonwalk-ready beats of MJ or the sexy R&B vibe of Robin Thicke (minus the crazy), then take a listen to Johnny Stimson. We first discovered Johnny when he was taking a more Grandma-approved singer-songwriter route, but he's since added a bit more spice to his music. Hits like "Sugar" prove that Johnny's not afraid to flirt and seduce you just a lil with his tunes.

And how fun does this live performance of "SO. GOOD." look?!

And because we like you -- download a free remix of the jam from our boy Caleb L'Etoile here!

highs vs. high highs

In today's game of compare and contrast, we will discover if saying your name twice makes a band twice as good with HIGHS and High Highs. Funnily enough we discovered both of these bands at showcases put on by The Wild Honey Pie at CMJ and SXSW, respectively. I would say the folks over at Wild Honey Pie have a type for "high" bands, but as we'll see, they also have a type for good music because both of these bands are awesome.

First up is HIGHS who kicked off Wild Honey Pie's showcase at CMJ a few weeks back. This five-piece from Toronto are just the type of band that is set to become an instant TIOJ favorite across the board. They've got all of our musical weaknesses (coed members, beards, and an overall aura of happiness) -- think Milo Greene and Hey Rosetta! -- are are just delightful live.

High Highs in contrast takes things down a little bit with their music, which I suppose makes sense since they don't have the ALL CAPS excitement built into them. That said, their music is astonishingly beautiful. "Open Season" has been a sleepy time favorite of ours for a long time and we've found ourselves gravitating towards their music as the days get shorter.

So, moment of truth -- who are you feeling: HIGHS or High Highs?

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

{RECAP} lightwaves, ploy, panama wedding

Concert Correspondent Morgan checked out three of TIOJ's favorite bands on Saturday night at Rock & Roll Hotel -- Lightwaves, PLOY, and Panama Wedding! Check out her thoughts on some very happy music.

As the crowd started to filter out of the Rock & Roll Hotel at the end of the night, I overheard someone next to me say, “Panama Wedding -- their songs just make you so very happy.” I don't think I could've said it any better myself. Panama Wedding delivered a joyful, summer-y, fun set that had all of the Rock & Roll Hotel dancing.

Indeed, the happiness was the theme of Saturday night. Lightwaves opened the first set. They had a fantastically-happy-big-scene-in-a-movie sound that I enjoyed and was a great way to open the evening. Up next was PLOY, a local D.C. band. PLOY has a sizable local following [editor's note: including TIOJ!!]  and it was great to see so many of their fans out on Saturday night. The energy of the fans added to the overall fun of their performance.

lightwaves via @teganandmorgan
Then Panama Wedding came to headline the set. The lead singer, Peter Kirk, told the crowd that this was the third live show that they headlined and was psyched that there was a huge crowd at the Rock & Roll Hotel. (I can attest to this -- being super short, I rarely get good pictures at shows, but my normal-sized friend could also not snap a picture of anything other than the back’s of people’s heads. The house was packed!)

Panama Wedding featured several songs from their EP Parallel Play. As much as I enjoy the EP, I can’t say enough about how great the band is live. Peter, is tremendously talented and his energy is contagious. I dare you to try not to dance during "All of the People."

"All of the People" has a playful, upbeat sound that characterizes what Panama Wedding does so well. There was a joy and an energy to their performance that spread through the whole audience. Everyone was dancing, singing along, and as the random guy next to me said, "So very happy." 

During the show, Peter said that he was so impressed with the crowd and he loved DC -- I hope that means the band will be back soon. I’ll be there.

Up next: Nick sees Lake Street Dive's sold out show on Wednesday night at 9:30 Club!

the castle walls are my jam

"Pushing Daisies" by The Castle Walls (a brother-sister duo from Connecticut!!) is a perfectly sweet song, and its sound is pretty perfect for the impending polar vortex this week. All I want to do right now is listen to this song in front of a fireplace.

{RECAP} cmj music marathon 2014: the video

I am beside myself with excitement to share our latest video recap from our ever so talented A/V Director Caleb Hargett. Press play below to get a glimpse of our time in New York at CMJ.

Bands In Order of Appearance: Mainland, Protomartyr, Iska Dhaaf, Salt Cathedral, HIGHS, RAC (feat. Body Language), Aurora, Circa Waves
Song: Circa Waves - Stuck In My Teeth

Check out the full written recap of the festival here! And if you're in the mood for more videos, check out our video recaps of Fall Classic, Trillectro, and Firefly 2013!

Monday, November 10, 2014

feed your wanderlust with BØRNS

I don't know about you guys, but this time of year, when I'm not happily snuggled up watching Netflix and drinking tea, I get a serious bout of wanderlust and a craving for warm weather. The debut single from up-and-comer (and CMJ discovery!) BØRNS has been just the cure I need to, at least temporarily, cure this case of wanderlust.

Good news! BØRNS debut EP Candy drops today!

{GIVEAWAY} bear's den @ rock & roll hotel

HAPPY MONDAY, kiddos! Because we love you and beautiful bearded Brits with perfect voices and banjos, we're giving away a pair of tickets to see Bear's Den. The London trio will be playing at Rock & Roll Hotel on November 19 and their beautiful blend of folk and alt-country is going to be the perfect recipe for a chilly fall evening. (Especially if they play their PERFECT cover of this Drake song.)

Enter via Rafflecopter below!

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Can't take any chances missing these guys? Grab your tickets here!

Friday, November 7, 2014

weekend thoughts...

Happy weekend!! Whether you're figuring out what time it is after falling back last week or you have a jam-packed weekend plan, we hope it's a great one!

Your Weekend Jam: Misun’s latest jam “Penny” makes us miss this former DC band so much -- but it will definitely provide the perfect edge to your weekend!

TIOJ Thoughts: 

Shakespeare’s work emails. 

Please take me to the Sour Patch Kids House (Tame Impala and Deer Tick got to go!!)!

The top 20 catchiest songs of all time.

Sad -- we’ll miss Duffy’s chicken fingers before shows at 9:30!!

BREAKING NEWS: There will be a Toy Story 4.

Free! In need of another sleepy DST song? Check out Saint Saviour’s “Let It Go” (no, not that one) fo free on iTunes this week!

DC Happenings: Like The Postal Service? (of course you do.) Then check out a feature-length documentary on the band for a one-night-only screening at AMC Georgetown! Get the tickets for the show next Friday here.

And! BYT is throwing their FotoWeek opening party tonight featuring music from Haerts and Pleasure Curses!

But Wait, There’s More! Mark your calendars for the Concert for Valor to be held on Veteran’s Day (Tuesday) on the National Mall. It’s FREE and features performances by The Black Keys, Eminem, Rihanna, and SO many more!

Last But Not Least: Jamestown Revival plays Gypsy Sally’s tonight! Catch their latest interview via DSCVR here!

{PLAYLIST} daylight saving time 2014

Daylight Saving Time, my eternal nemesis. We hope that you've adjusted to regular time this week after falling back last weekend and are enjoying seeing sunlight in the morning, even if it is gone by the time you leave work. I would like to put on the record, though, that DST is completely pointless (evidence: here).

If you're as sleepy as we've been this week after this shift in time (what time does my body think it is? Jury's still out on that one...), these jams will keep you in a wonderfully sleepy mood.

{RECAP} james bay, hozier

While Walk the Moon was rocking out with Drew down the street, I grabbed Danielle and headed to catch James Bay and Hozier at the 9:30 Club on Tuesday night. I was so delighted to see James Bay again after his last show at 9:30 Club (evidence of our friendship here) and the release of his recent EP Let It Go and he did not disappoint.

legs for days via @modernjam
His genuine voice and the simplicity of James' performance was just what we needed to start the night. "If You Ever Want To Be In Love" and "Let It Go" had us forgetting where we were as we fell into the stories James was singing. James solidified his genuine and heartfelt personality as he told the story about the two year process of writing the song "Scars" inspired by the departure and then reunion of his girlfriend. It was one of the best collective "awwwwws" we've heard in some time. 

Hozier was up next and let me just take a moment to say how impressed I am at the success he has seen in the past six months. Ever since his performance at Sweetlife, Hozier has been the name buzzing on people's lips in the area and his quickly sold out show at 9:30 plus his already sold out show at Lincoln Theatre in March is a testament to his talent. I can safely say that this hype is with good reason. From the moment Hozier opened his lips to sing "Like Real People Do," the audience was swept away.

irish goodness via @okkstupid
Hozier's set, comprised of a full band, was a varied and entertaining one with peaks and valleys throughout the performance. With more upbeat full band numbers like "Jackie and Wilson" and "Something New," Hozier got the crowd moving and had me having to remind myself that this guy is from Ireland and not straight out of Nashville.

The highlight of Hozier's performance for me was not the big band numbers nor his hit "Take Me To Church," but his poetic duet "In A Week" with fellow Irish singer Alana Henderson. Hozier prefaced the song explaining that it was about a valley in his town of Ireland where dead bodies happen to turn up, surprisingly making the song less morbid and much more beautiful.

Hozier closed out his set with an unexpected cover of Amerie's hit "1 Thing," which took me aback and then had me practically shaking with excitement. I'll have more to say on that later... He finally closed the night with "From Eden" that proved to be the perfect end to the night.

From his incredibly entertaining set of full band jams, acoustic solos, and hip hop covers, Hozier's set kept us on our toes and never had us doubting where he was taking us next. Tickets to his shows are proving to be quite the hot commodity and I recommend if you can't snag tickets in time, browsing around his live YouTube sessions for a taste.

Next Up: We're checking out Panama Wedding at Rock & Roll Hotel on Saturday night! Stay tuned!

Thursday, November 6, 2014

{RECAP} walk the moon

Concert Correspondent Drew is back with a recap of arguably TIOJ's all-time favorite band Walk the Moon!

Walk the Moon raised some eyebrows when they announced that they would be coming back to DC by playing the 500-person capacity U Street Music Hall, especially coming off back-to-back sold out shows at 9:30 Club last summer. I thought their performance last year was easily one of the better ones I saw all year, and clearly I was not alone in my praise as the show at U Street sold out within a matter of minutes. Luckily I was able to snag a ticket, but it left many disappointed fans on the outside looking in with prices on Craigslist going for as high as $150 earlier in the week! Those fans that were quick enough with their keyboards and able to get a ticket were treated to a very fun, high energy performance, and the band showed why they are a can't-miss live act.

shut up and dance with me via @sam2.o
Coming off their very successful self-titled debut album, I have to admit I wasn't thrilled when I saw Walk the Moon was going on tour to open for Panic! at the Disco this past summer. I understand why bands would want to open for a larger name like that to get their name out there, but simply put I think the group is miles better than opening for a band that I (perhaps unfairly) associate with screaming teenage girls. If last night's performance is any indication though, it's only a matter of time before bands start lining up to open for Walk the Moon.

The group started off the night playing their popular single "Tightrope" and had the crowd absolutely hooked from the onset. The reason I love Walk the Moon shows is that they never quit bringing the energy with their blend of dance and alt rock, and this one was no different as they only slowed it down with slower songs twice throughout the whole night.

The show featured around a 60/40 split of old and new material, with the performances of the aptly named "Shut Up and Dance" and "Down in the Dumps" being the standouts from their upcoming new album Talking is Hard. Performing new material can always be risky in terms of taking the crowd out of it, but they were able to keep everyone dancing and singing along with hits from their old album, including "Quesadilla" and "Shiver Shiver." "I Can Lift a Car" was another very fun song live, with frontman Nicholas Petricca getting the whole crowd to join him in raising the roof. The group concluded a very fun night by playing "Iscariot" and "Jenny" in the encore.

The crowd at the show was diverse in terms of age, but everyone had a great time, from the face-painted kids to the older couples. As great as it was to see the group play in an intimate venue, hopefully they decide to switch back to 9:30 Club the next time they're back in town. I will definitely not be missing that one.

Next Up: Stay tuned for Krista's recap from the Hozier show just down the street!

{THROWBACK} "time after time"

I posted a throwback cover from She & Him last week so it only feels right to carry on the tradition this week. Today, we've got a lovely cover of Frank Sinatra's classic "Time After Time":

And the original from Ol' Blue Eyes:

Related: Aloe Blacc covers Frank Sinatra

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

this remixed knocks track is my jam

I never thought I'd say that a song from The Knocks was calming, but this remix by Powers Sunset of the Knocks' latest weekend-ready jam "Classic" is nothing short of soothing. Press play and de-stress a little this afternoon.

t-pain without auto-tune is GLORIOUS

We all know T-Pain for his affinity with auto-tune and love for boats, but did you know that he can actually sing?! Well, this tiny desk concert featuring an auto-tune-less T-Pain proves that he's he got some real R&B chops. This may be one of my favorite tiny desk concerts of the year... almost.

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

echosmith is my jam

I've been jamming to Echosmith since the beginning of the school year, just as I'm sure you have -- their "Cool Kids" is just so infectious. Also, if you take a look at the video, the sister of this sibling band (!!) looks strikingly like Anna Kendrick. Also times two, they are teenagers (just in case you weren't aware.)

Then I heard "Tell Her You Love Her," which I loved even more. Listen and melt just a little bit.

a new album's a-coming from father john misty

Our favorite kooky singer (and one of the best shows on 2013) Father John Misty has just announced a new album! I would go into more detail about the forthcoming album I Love You, Honeybear, but I think it's most appropriate (and entertaining) to let FJM do it for himself:

I Love You, Honeybear was recorded all through 2013 to 2014 in Los Angeles with producer Jonathan Wilson, who I also recorded and produced 2012’s Fairly Fun with. There’s a case to be made that it sounds and acts a bit like solo-era John Lennon, Scott Walker, Randy Newman, Harry Nilsson, and Dory Previn, while taking more than a few cues from Woody Allen, Kurt Vonnegut, Alejandro Jodorowsky and Muhammad Ali. It has a decidedly more soulful presence than Fear Fun, due in no small part to the fact that I am truly singing my ass off all over this motherfucker. The album is really characterized by the scope and ambition of the arrangements. Nearly every tune is augmented by something special, be it orchestral strings, a mariachi band, questionable electronic drum solos, ragtime jazz combos, soul singers, or what have you. I’m pretty sure there’s a sitar in there somewhere. Blammo.

...The album progresses, sometimes chronologically, sometimes not, between two polarities: the first of which is the belief that the best love can be is finding someone who is miserable in the same way you are and the end point being that love isn't for anyone who isn't interested in finding a companion to undertake total transformation with. I won't give away the ending, but sex, violence, profanity and excavations of the male psyche abound."

Listen to the first release off the album "Bored in the USA" below:

And, DC, mark your calendars for March 28 for a sure-to-be-entertaining show at the 9:30 Club!

Monday, November 3, 2014

bey AND tay for your mashup monday

What's that you say? You're craving a mashup of Beyonce's "XO" and Taylor Swift's "Out of the Woods" this morning? Well then, here you go:

{GIVEAWAY} stars & hey rosetta! @ 9:30 club

Do you like Canadians? Do you like coed bands? Do you like good music? Then this giveaway is for you! We're giving away a pair of tickets to see perennial favorite indie pop band Stars at the 9:30 Club on November 13. But wait, there's more! Bearded cuties and fellow Canadians Hey Rosetta! will also be there kicking off the show.

Both bands have awesome new music out. Jam to some of our new favorites and enter via Rafflecopter below!

This song should be everyone's life anthem...

Good luck!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Can't wait?? Grab tickets here.

Saturday, November 1, 2014

{WATCH} fka twigs makes google glass cool

Regardless of your thoughts on Google Glass and what it means for the future, there is no denying that this concept video directed by and featuring FKA Twigs is creative, compelling, and makes a pretty f'ing cool case for technology's latest accessory. Plus, as bloggers enchanted by dance, the movement in this video is gorgeous.

Familiarize yourself with more from rising star FKA Twigs and the super sexy "Water Me" below.

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