Thursday, March 31, 2016

{THROWBACK} "centerfold"

I've been watching a lot of CNN lately (nerd alert), and they're promo-ing a special on the 1980s -- and not going to lie, it looks pretty interesting. I think this may be in part because "Centerfold" is in the commercial. And full disclosure, I had no idea who sang this song before now...

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

jesse sheppard is my jam

Need some fresh country jams for your spring? Take a listen to Jesse Sheppard for some upbeat jams that are perfect for windows down driving. It will make any road trip playlist better, I promise.

Monday, March 28, 2016

{GIVEAWAY} thao and the get down stay down

We've never been shy about our love for Thao and the Get Down Stay Down here on TIOJ. This girl is an unstoppable force, and just so happens to have attended our Alma Mater (go Tribe!) so of course our love for her runs deep.

For these reasons and for many more, we're so excited to give away two tickets to see Thao live at the 9:30 Club on 4/15!

via 9:30 Club
What are you waiting for? Enter now now now!

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If you can't leave it up to chance (and hey, I don't blame you) get your tickets here!

Friday, March 25, 2016

weekend thoughts...

Happy Friday, friends!! Whether you're looking forward to a weekend of Easter egg hunts or relishing in the last few hours of spring break, we hope you have a great one!

Your Weekend Jam: Cannot get enough of Bipolar Sunshine on DJ Snake’s latest “The Middle”:

TIOJ Thoughts:

Is this new series for real?

Help make D.C.’s anthem!


March jams from Wit & Delight!

Free! If you’re digging our weekend jam as much as we are -- GOOD NEWS! -- you can download a remix of it for free!

DC Happenings: PSA: Rooftop DJ parties are back at Rock & Roll Hotel on Friday and Saturday nights!!

And in case you missed it: If you like Walk the Moon or Two Door Cinema Club, check out Finish Ticket!

{PLAYLIST} welcome, spring!!

Spriiiiiing is in the air! Cherry blossoms are blooming, temperatures are rising, and we are sneezing our heads off. We are so stoked that it's officially spring (even if the weather didn't totally believe it with the nasty cold earlier this week), because you know what that means: rooftop happy hours.

signs of spring via healthfully ever after

Press play below and join us in celebrating the feeling of sunshine on your face!

Thursday, March 24, 2016

{RECAP} the suffers

Trusty Concert Correspondents Sarah and Sara headed to the 9:30 Club earlier this week to see The Suffers -- check out their review!!

It was 8:45 pm, the 9:30 Club was packed, and every eye was focused on The Suffers' phenomenal frontwoman Kam Franklin. The Suffers, one of the best lives shows to come out of Houston, define themselves as a mix of blues, soul, country, caribbean, cajun styles, and hip hop. With nine members in the band, there is easily enough musical talent to accommodate such variety, and throughout their set each of their styles was on display. The members of the band created an all-encompassing experience, each instrument playing off the other, enhanced by Franklin's unparalleled vocal performance. A voice for the ages, Franklin anchors the horns, the percussion, and the guitars with elegance, grace, and a feisty flare. She's a modern day diva with a voice worthy of the anointment.

It would be easy for any vocal performance to be lost within the sound of eight powerful instruments on stage. Her voice was competing with an entire horn section (!), but Franklin sang as if effortlessly one-upping her band mates, playfully challenging them to keep up. Her voice, energy, and charisma on stage render her the perfect leader for such a charge. Her energy is contagious - by the end of the show her repeated call and response of "What's the name of the band!" ("The Suffers!") "Where are we from!" ("Houston!") was met with joyful enthusiasm from the packed house. It was as if Franklin was challenging the audience to join in the band's playful battle to see if they could keep up, too. 

Seeing The Suffers live is a singular and special musical experience that you won't want to miss when they come your way.

Thanks ladies! Up next: Krista checks out RUFUS DU SOL at U Hall on next Saturday!

{THROWBACK} "baby"

The other day, I realized that the best spring break in history was SIX years ago. Then I started thinking about the playlists that Krista and I had on repeat, and one of the key songs was the Biebs' "Baby." That also means that this gem of a song has been in our lives for six years.

Take it away, baby Justin. And of course, Luda.

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

{IF YOU LIKE} two door cinema club, walk the moon

(via 1/2/3)

If you like the electro pop sounds of Two Door Cinema Club or literally anything sung by Walk the Moon's Nicholas Petricca, you're sure to be pretty damn smitten with San Fran rockers Finish Ticket. Though frontman Brendan Hoye could be Nick's vocal doppelganger, he's got an earnest, soulful aura all to himself. This quintet, featuring two (!) sets of brothers is destined for great things.

Finish Ticket will be at one of our fave festivals, Firefly, this year! Who's going??

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

{RECAP} jimkata

On St. Patrick's Day Concert Correspondent Alix headed over to Georgetown joint Gypsy Sally's to check out Jimkata! Read ahead for her recap of this new-to-us band (as well as some hard-pass openers)!

I knew virtually nothing about Jimkata when I arrived for their Saint Patrick’s Day show at Gypsy Sallys in Georgetown. The band, which hails from New York, was preceded by two openers, Swift Technique and Heart Racer. Swift Technique’s performance was a bit jumbled – they had a crowded stage with seven or eight people playing instruments or singing, and the jazzy rock music didn’t quite fit the soul-esque style of the singer’s voice. While the instrumentals and vocals weren’t a perfect match, Swift Technique put on an overall fun show, and they were clearly having a great time during their set. The second opener, Heart Racer, was painful. The instrumentals were actually really good, sort of synth-pop-rock with an 80s flair, but the singer was, straight up, terrible. It was a relief when they left the stage.

Finally it was Jimkata’s turn, and they were well worth waiting through the sub-par openers. Jimkata’s music is a mix of pop, rock, and synth, like the openers, but they had a more developed and deep sound. Also unlike the openers, the singer’s voice perfectly complemented the music and instrumentals. The three-man band, made up of a drummer, singer/guitarist, and synthesizer/guitarist, mostly played songs off their new album, In Motion. In Motion is full of upbeat and energetic tracks with “tap your feet” beats --  "Build Me Up" was particularly good. I really enjoyed watching them play – they were so clearly into the music. Gypsy Sally's wasn’t that crowded, but Jimkata put their hearts into their performance, ensuring that those of us who were there had a great time. It was cool to get to see them play in such an intimate venue.

Another part of Jimkata’s show I enjoyed was how they interjected long instrument-only passages into their songs, something I’m unused to hearing at a live show but which worked really well. Their sound is so layered and interesting that it was great to lose myself in those instrumental segments. Their music put me in a really good mood – the show somehow made me feel simultaneously energized and relaxed. I highly recommend checking out their music, and In Motion is a great place to start.

Monday, March 21, 2016

{GIVEAWAY} magic man, the griswolds, & panama wedding @ 9:30 club

It's officially spring, and it's officially giveaway time! Kick off your spring by winning tickets to one of the happiest, danciest concerts of the season -- Magic Man, The Griswolds, AND Panama Wedding at the 9:30 Club on April 10.

Take a listen to Magic Man's "Out of Mind" if you need any convincing at all, and then enter below.

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Friday, March 18, 2016

weekend thoughts...

Another Friday, another chance to sit back, relax and sip wine with our BFFs. We hope you have lots of fun plans this weekend, TIOJers! 

Your Weekend Jam: Color us OBSESSED with the latest collab from The Knocks and Carly Rae Jepsen (shocking, we know…).

TIOJ Thoughts: 

Kiefer Sutherland is releasing an album?

John Legend adds lyrics to the Downton Abbey theme...

Michelle Obama is pretty fly.

If you're as into reality TV as we are, you might enjoy this flashback.

Free! NPR has released a pretty stellar mixtape in honor of SXSW. You don't have to be down in Austin to appreciate this free (!) mix!

And in case you missed it: TIOJ correspondent (and Krista's bro!) John hit up Savannah Stopover last weekend and regaled us with all the things he learned down south!


The cream of the crop of music festivals is once again upon us this weekend. That's right, SXSW is back, baby. Unfortunately, the three of us won't be repping TIOJ down in Austin this year, but you better believe that we wish we were there.

If you, too, want to get into the SXSW spirit with us, press play!

Thursday, March 17, 2016

{THROWBACK} "crazy"

Hold on to your cowboy hats -- Kacey Musgraves has covered Gnarls Barkley's "Crazy," and it is, put simply, amazing. Who knew that fiddles fit so well in this song?

And of course, the original:

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

{RECAP} savannah stopover 2016

This week the eyes of the music world are on Austin, but as all of the other music bloggers were RSVP'ing to parties and packing their bags our advance team (a.k.a. Krista’s brother) was in Savannah catching a few of this year’s most buzz worthy acts. Here are his reactions this year’s festivities at Savannah Stopover.

Things I Learned about Savannah: The weather is perfect, the people are friendly, you can drink beer on the street, and a lot of people go there for bachelorette parties. Also, they know how to put together an excellent festival.
[For reference: Things John Didn't Know about Savannah]

Here are a few bands to look for on blogs and summer tours after SXSW, and a few other favorite things from my weekend in Georgia.

Bands to Watch:

Best quiet song played loud live: Your Friend -- “Bangs”

Best loud song played loud live: All Dogs -- “Farm”
Runner Up: Diet Cig -- “Harvard”

Best pop song screamed in unison under a giant sheet: Terror Pigeon -- “Ride Friendship”

Best music to listen to on a porch: Dear Tracks
Runner Up: Porches

Best music to go to bed sad to/ignore while studying: Hospital Ships

Best solo artist to book for your sorority party: Mobley

Best beverages: Coastal Empire’s Coco Pina Gose

Runner Up: Wet Willie’s boozy slushies

Thanks so much to John for escaping Chicago for a week to spend some time down south enjoying some great music! Now on to stalking everyone's social media for SXSW updates!

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

DNCE (+ rihanna!) is my jam

I, like many individuals, was a lot skeptical of Joe Jonas's foray into funk pop, but I really have to admit that DNCE's recent hit "Cake By the Ocean" is my jam. Because of this, I was less surprised to discover that I unabashedly enjoy the band's offbeat cover of Rihanna's "Work" which heavily features the use of office supplies as a backing track.

Serious question, though: How do you pronounce the band's name? I'm not sure I can get behind enunciating every letter in DNCE.

Monday, March 14, 2016

{RECAP} okeechobee music festival 2016

As you might have seen, we had the awesome opportunity to cover the first ever Okeechobee Music Festival in Florida last weekend and had an incredible time! The festival, in the heart of Florida, featured a wide range of electronic, hip hop, and pop performances over four days. Overall, though we saw many more butt cheeks and men wearing metallic flash tattoos in a typical weekend, we had an awesome time. For its first time out of the gate, the festival was extremely well organized, easy to navigate, and had a great mix of additional festival features (beach parties, ferris wheels, tequila, oh my!).

Most Fun: Big Grams
Big Grams (also known as the brilliant pairing of Big Boi from Outkast and electronic duo Phantogram) was the set we were most intrigued for and they did not disappoint. The pairing of these two groups was so creative and the result -- synth pop + hip hop -- was too dreamy for words. The highlight of the set though was definitely when the band's mashed up their hits like Outkast's "Miss Jackson" and Phantogram's "Mouthful of Diamonds."

Best In (and out of) Bed: Miguel
Contrary to what the women next of us was hoping for, Miguel, in fact, did not rap in Spanish but instead put on an awesome show. Known and loved for his sexy R&B, Miguel's set was in fact rocking. He remixed most of his songs to accommodate more head banging and less headboard banging and the result was so much more fun than we could have anticipated. (Bonus points for his mash up of Kendrick's "Swimming Pools" with his hit "How Many Drinks.")

everything's better with palm trees, right?
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Friday, March 11, 2016

weekend thoughts...

Happy Friday, kiddos! We hope you've been able to enjoy the beautiful weather this week and that you have an equally beautiful weekend!!

Your Weekend Jam: With its wonderfully distinctive '80s vibe, Caveman's "Human" is helping us desk-dance our way to the weekend.

TIOJ Thoughts: 

Loved this Women Who Rock feature on DC Music Download!

Workout playlist suggestions. 

Flavor Flav as a weatherman? 

Farewell, Downton Abbey.

Free! This FryeDays mixtape is so on point. Can we make last minute plans for SXSW now?

DC Happenings: ShamRock Fest is at RFK this weekend! Before you go, prep for it with this mixtape.

{RECAP} okeechobee music festival: the video

As you might have noticed, AV Director Caleb and I were off soaking up the sun in Florida last weekend at the first ever Okeechoee Music Festival. We had an awesome time at the well-organized and well-curated festival and can't wait to tell you all about it! The full written recap is still in the works BUT the even cooler recap video is here and ready for your viewing pleasure.

Press play and enjoy!!

Bands in Order of Appearance: Youth Lagoon, Givers, Future, Shabazz Palaces, Mac Miller, Big Grams
Song: Youth Lagoon - Afternoon
Song: Mac Miller - Loud

{PLAYLIST} savannah stopover 2016

It's time for one of our most favorite festivals of the year -- Savannah Stopover! We love Savannah, we love oh so many of these bands, and the combination of those two is spot on. And even better, we're sending our Chicago correspondent John to Savannah this year, and we can't wait for his thoughts on this festival.

Pretend DC has open container laws with us, okay?

Thursday, March 10, 2016

{THROWBACK} "livin' it up"

Last week at Okeechobee music festival I found myself happily rapping along to Ja Rule's 2001 hit "Livin' It Up" in between sets only to discover that NO.ONE. around me knew the song. Seriously. Not a one of the Kylie Jenner wannabees around me were even so much as nodding along to this hip hop classic. I was appalled.

So if any of you out there are reading this and do not know Ja Rule's "Livin' It Up," please rectify the situation immediately.

Continue your Ja Rule education here.

Tuesday, March 8, 2016

ground. breaking. post.

Mark this day down in history as the first day in TIOJ history that I write anything even close to laudatory to Taylor Swift. But don't get too excited, Swifties -- it's not pure Taylor. But I am digging this mashup from Imagine Dragons. It could be because I've become immune to "Bad Blood" since it's been on in my classroom at least once a day since September.

Monday, March 7, 2016

tim mcnary is my jam

Do you have a case of the mellow Mondays? Then do yourself a favor and start listening to Tim McNary as soon as you can. Not only are you getting a sneak peek at his upcoming album, you're also getting your daily dose of Americana (doctor recommended, of course).

Friday, March 4, 2016

weekend thoughts...

It's FRIIIIIIDAY and you know what that means -- sleeping in, running fun errands, WINE, and catching up on Netflix will be at your fingertips in just a few short hours. Let the countdown begin!

Your Weekend Jam: Because Krista is in Florida this week AND it’s Friday, the new jam from Flo Rida “Hello Friday” only seems fitting…

TIOJ Thoughts:

Jack White’s best partner yet.

Behind the scenes of a Tiny Desk Concert.

Capitals Brooks Laich and TJ Oshie went to see Carrie Underwood. Of course.

Best spring break playlist ever. (We're not biased or anything)

Free! A killer remix to Smallpool's "Dreaming" for your weekend dance party from Taylor Wise!

DC Happenings: Check out the first ever Breakin’ Even Fest this weekend in Adams Morgan!

And in case you missed it: We can't get enough of this "Ring of Fire" cover!

{PLAYLIST} okeechobee festival 2016

It's just about Spring Break, and what better time to check out a new festival? Okeechobee Festival is premiering this weekend in Florida, and we just couldn't pass this one up -- so we sent Krista and Caleb down to check. it. out. Stay tuned for live updates!

Put on your sunscreen and press play below!

Thursday, March 3, 2016

{THROWBACK} "ring of fire"

It's pretty hard to top classic Johnny Cash let alone reinterpret it. Somehow, however, up and comer Devon Baldwin has done just that. Her take on "Ring of Fire" is everything we love -- electronic beats, interesting production, and powerful female vocals. More, please.

And, of course, Mr. Cash's original. Here's to singing either version of this jam in the shower for the rest of the week.

Seriously though guys, keep listening to Devon Baldwin -- especially "Let's Get Lost" with G-Eazy and "Knock You Down" featuring Skizzy Mars.

Wednesday, March 2, 2016

{RECAP} ezra furman

Sarah and Sara recently checked out Ezra Furman -- check out their recap below!

In today's world, we're all on a constant search for authenticity. Authentic friends to swap music with, authentic artists to listen to, and authentic concert experiences to attend. Ezra Furman's intimate performance at Rock & Roll Hotel was the perfect combo of all of these things -- all at once.

 This Chicago artist is on the rise, and the live performance lives up to the hype. The audience watched in awe as the set continued, engaged through the last song. There was something sincerely honest about the performance -- the singer, the band -- something that is hard to find with modern day acts that often try too hard to fit a certain bill or sector of the music industry. Ezra and the band sell such the opposite, that it's freeing.

The Guardian said it best, that "Ezra Furman has made an album of classicist rock’n’roll that never feels like an exercise, but a living, breathing piece of self expression." As music lovers, we're lucky to get to peek inside and explore this piece of self expression.

Thanks, gals! Next up -- Krista and Caleb are off at the FIRST ever Okeechobee Festival this weekend! Stay tuned on Instagram and Twitter for frequent updates!! 

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

maren morris is my jam

I know that Maren Morris is one of our 2016 Artists to Watch, but that was nearly two months ago -- AKA high time to revisit this lovely lady. I may be partial because her name is so close to mine, but I just love this girl. I'll be having her on repeat, especially as the weather gets warmer and I roll my windows down.

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