Tuesday, May 31, 2016

{RECAP} cheerleader and paperwhite

On Thursday night we spent a long overdue night revisiting Black Cat Backstage to catch up-and-coming bands Cheerleader and Paperwhite.

Philadelphia-based Cheerleader started off the night with a perfect-for-summer set full of indie rock that Seth Cohen would have loved (and I mean that in the best way possible). The quintet seemed to be having a great time on stage together, making me wish they were around DC all summer to play on the porches of NE and have a beer with us.



Next up, was our #1 band to watch of 2016 -- Paperwhite! The band started their set off with new-to-me song "On My Own" and the combination of the happiness of lead singer Katie Marshall's performance coupled with the upbeat electronic melody of the song was the perfect way to start off the set. The Brooklyn band continued to play on to an amazingly energetic crowd who were high on the first day of sunshine in a month and Paperwhite's delightful blend of music.



Paperwhite has come a long way since we first discovered them last year; no longer do they only have three songs for me to listen to on repeat, but they now have a clear albums worth of jams to perform. Listening to their breadth of music had me stop trying to compare them to bands I already liked (for the record, the answer would be the grandchild of CHVRCHES and Whitney Houston) and appreciating their music uniquely.



It was truly a delight to see this band live and I can't recommend them more for your summer playlists!

Friday, May 27, 2016

weekend thoughts...

Happy Memorial Day weekend, pretty people! The sun is finally out, the Nats are in town, and the pools are open -- it's going to be an awesome long weekend!!

Your Weekend Jam: It’s Memorial Day, which means it’s officially (ish) summer!! Celebrate the beginning of country music season with this Sir Mashalot mashup of six country songs that blend seamlessly.



TIOJ Thoughts:

IT’S BACK!!

A Lemonade coloring book and a Coloring Book coloring book..

Colbert’s take on Kanye being Kanye.

The beginning of the end of Suri’s Burn Book… I’m devastated.

DC Happenings (and FREE!): Jazz in the Garden and a bunch of other free outdoor concerts start today and more!!

And in case you missed it: We recapped our most recent trip to Echostage to see Bloc Party and more!

{PLAYLIST} memorial day happy hour

If you're wondering why we're posting a happy hour-inspired playlist today, you clearly haven't looked outside recently. D.C. has finally pulled itself out of the moist, rainy hellhole it's been stuck in for the past few years months weeks. The temperature is high and so are our spirits. Venture out into the great outdoors during this lovely long weekend and soak up the Vitamin D.

day drinking goals (via)
Grab a cold one and press play!

Thursday, May 26, 2016

{THROWBACK} "PYT"

We were giggling with anticipation when we heard the name of DC rapper Wale's latest hit "My PYT." Just as we anticipated, this new track pays respect to one of our most favorite Michael Jackson classics (and Glee covers + bonus Mike Chang dance off). Cannot wait to blast this on repeat as the weather finally starts to get nice again. Although, we gotta wonder why Wale is scheming for an "NY PYT" and not a "DC PYT"...

Roll down the windows and press play.



And if you're in need of the real thing, the classic:

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

chloe x halle are my jam

Chloe and Halle Bailey are only teenagers. They're on a first name basis with Beyonce and were featured on "Lemonade." They count Michelle Obama as a fan. And if that wasn't enough, their debut single "Drop" is so amazing. I am inferior.



If you want to check out more from these badass sisters, their debut EP is available on Spotify!

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

{RECAP} oscar, the vaccines, and bloc party

Last Thursday, Caleb and I ventured back to Echostage to catch the all-British lineup of Oscar, The Vaccines, and Bloc Party. Unlike the last time we went to Echostage, the typical bootie short clad high schoolers were thankfully absent from the crowd and were instead replaced with like-minded twenty-somethings wearing sensible clothing, which was sign two for a great evening. (Sign one being the prevalence of Brits performing, of course.)

The band we were most anxious to hear was opener Oscar. Unfortunately, in that inevitable twist of fate when you're trying to make it over to NE after a long day of work, we missed Oscar's set by just seconds. To account for this unfortunate timing, I've been consoling myself with Oscar videos on YouTube. His most recent video for "Good Things" has been just the cure to help me stay positive in light of missing his set coupled with the fact that DC has decided to turn into Seattle this month.



Next up were more Londoners The Vaccines. While their name sounded familiar to me, seeing The Vaccines was a classic case of coming in with zero expectations and being quickly surprised and impressed. The band immediately got the crowd going with their indie rock music, reminiscent of the pseudo punk rock music that was popular about 10 years ago, and kept the crowd engaged with their relentless energy mixed with a dash of impossible "cool."

the vaccines

Click ahead for more!

Monday, May 23, 2016

{GIVEAWAY} charles bradley and his extraordinaires @ 9:30 club

Hold on to your hats -- the Black Swan himself is back in DC and is guaranteed to put on quite the show for you as Charles Bradley and his Extraordinaires come to the 9:30 Club on June 2. We first met Charles Bradley at Firefly Festival way back in 2012, and his hips certainly do not lie. Two different bedazzled vests/jackets, and we were sold.

charles bradley circa 2012
Take a listen if you don't believe us, and then enter below!




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Friday, May 20, 2016

weekend thoughts...

Bonjour, Friday. Where have you been my whole life? This weekend is ushering in more rain (surprise, surprise) but also two whole days of rest, relaxation, riveting brunch plans and hopefully, rosé. Enjoy it, TIOJers.

Your Weekend Jam: The jury is in and we're 100% guilty of loving Selena's latest jam "Hands To Myself" and this remix from KANDY is the perfect shift into the weekend.



TIOJ Thoughts:

How Metro’s changes will impact DC music venues.

Father John Misty’s take on a Prius commercial jingle.

When Aerosmith and Run D.M.C. met in 1986.

NEW SONG FROM DASHBOARD CONFESSIONAL. THIS IS NOT A TEST.

Let's reminisce with Britney, shall we?

Free! Firefly Music Festival (a personal TIOJ fave) is coming up right around the corner, and to celebrate Noisetrade has released a pretty epic mixtape! Check it out here!

DC Happenings: Boyz II Men is performing at the Kennedy Center twice this weekend. If you weren't lucky enough to score tickets to tonight's sold out show, there is still time to score ticket's for tomorrow's!


{PLAYLIST} hangout festival 2016

Hangout Music Fest isn't as well known as Lolla or as free-wheelin' as Coachella, but this little southern festival--inaugurated in 2010--is so amazing. Settled on the beaches of Gulf Shores, Alabama, Hangout is going to see some truly amazing acts this year, ranging from the Weeknd to Jason Isbell to the Griswolds. There's a little something for everyone.


If you're heading down to the Deep South this weekend, we're totally jealous. This sold out festival has us sitting at our desks and wishing we were sipping some (spiked) sweet tea and jamming out. Press play and pretend with us!


Thursday, May 19, 2016

{THROWBACK} "grenade"

As we were celebrating TIOJ's fifth birthday last week, I had quite the trip down memory lane as we listened to some of 2011's best. Among the hits that didn't make it onto our playlist was Bruno Mars' "Grenade," which features of one of my favorite lines in recent musical history -- "tell the devil I said hey when you get back to where you're from." ZING.

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

CRUISR is ready for spring

With this never-ending cover of clouds, it seems like Spring is never going to come. Thankfully though we've got a new ditty from CRUISR that is helping to part the clouds, figuratively at least.

Press play and get ready for a Passion Pit-esque intro and some sunshine-y indie pop.

Monday, May 16, 2016

{RECAP} woods

Last week concert correspondent Alix hopped over to H St to check out Woods at Rock & Roll Hotel. Check out her recap below!

I had a fun time at the Woods show, due in part to their great opener, Ultimate Painting. Both groups play easy-to-listen-to folk/rock music, and Ultimate Painting started off the night with songs that were full of energy while being chill at the same time. “Central Park Blues” was a particularly enjoyable, “tap your toes to the beat” type of song, and I liked “Ten Street” a lot, too. Ultimate Painting was a really polished opener – I’d happily see them headline their own show.



When Woods came on, it took me a few songs to warm up to them. They started with some songs from their new album, City Sun Eater in the River of Light. The songs could best be described as trippy – the lead singer adopted a falsetto style (not my favorite), and his lyrics were interspersed with long sections of repetitive instrumentals that sounded more like static noise than music. From their new album, I thought that "Morning Light” was pretty good.

After playing material from their latest album, they went on to play a few songs from older albums. I much preferred the older songs – they had a stronger beat and were much more energizing, I really enjoyed “Shepherd” from their 2014 album, With Light and With Love. This part of their show was really enjoyable; I had fun listening to the more lively songs from their previous albums. While I prefer their older albums to their newest one, the band members were definitely good performers and put on a good show.



Thanks so much to Alix for reviewing and stay tuned for more!

feeling mellow with leisure and goldlink

If your band name is Leisure, you better be good at making some goddamn chill music. Thankfully, this is 100% true and this Kiwi band somehow convinced DC rapper GoldLink to get in on the vibes.

Dim the lights and take a listen to this gorgeous chill and incredibly sexy song. It is seriously everything that's been missing in our lives.

Friday, May 13, 2016

weekend thoughts...

Happy Friday, everyone! It's the weekend, it's still our birthday week, AND THE SUN MAY FINALLY COME OUT. PRAISE.


Your Weekend Jam: Rock out to this remix whether or not all of your friends are wasted this weekend. (Plus, Chance the Rapper!)

 

TIOJ Thoughts: 

I want this for my office desperately.

How to get a song out of your head.

Hip hop dance crazes of the 2000s.

RIP iTunes Store?!?!? 

Free! Have you seen NEEDTOBREATHE’s 2016 Compadre compilation? Get it from Noisetrade now!

DC Happenings: Can’t wait to check out the new “Hustle 2.0” art exhibition put on by No Kings Collective!

And in case you missed it: Check out our flash giveaway for a pair of tickets to see Yeasayer on MONDAY at the 9:30 Club! Enter right now!!

{PLAYLIST} tioj's 5th birthday

As we mentioned the other day, we are officially FIVE. Ho-ly cow. We have come so far since three roommates who decided to make a little bloggie on a whim, and we couldn't be happier with TIOJ. But while we're reminiscing on the good ol' days, we're also throwing back to our OG jams. Yes, those jams that we listened to nonstop when This Is Our Jam came into fruition.

party rock all day every day via


Press play and journey back to 2011 with us!

 

Thursday, May 12, 2016

{THROWBACK} "fast car"

We loved the emotional original version of "Fast Car" performed by Tracy Chapman. We also loved it when Sam Smith put his crooning take on the classic. And now, we're digging it even more as Jonas Blue puts their electronic spin on this jam.

Buckle up and press play!




Wednesday, May 11, 2016

{GIVEAWAY} yeasayer @ 9:30 club

Has this never-ending gloomy weather got you down? Well, never fear -- we're giving away a pair of tickets to see Yeasayer at the 9:30 Club on Monday!! Keep reading to forget about the depressing lack of sunshine in your life and discover more details on this FLASH giveaway!


If you haven't yet heard of Yeasayer -- first, we're sorry you've been missing out on something this good for so long. Second, start your educational experience with their classic feel good jam "Ambling Alp":



Enter via Rafflecopter below and be sure to keep your eyes peeled on your email/social media on Saturday to find out if you're the winner!

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If you can't wait, snag tickets to the Monday show here!

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

BREAKING NEWS: TIOJ IS 5

Stop the presses, hold the phones. Today is a magical day in our lives, because this little bloggy of ours is officially FIVE YEARS OLD. That's right, people -- we're past the days of the terrible twos and threes, we've learned to share, and we are ready for kindergarten. We never in a million years thought that our blog would make it to this day, so we will be celebrating by doing this all day long:

entertainment 720 style

Continue the celebration with our birthdays past in 2015, 2014, 2013, and 2012!!

Friday, May 6, 2016

weekend thoughts...

Man oh man! It's Friday AND the rain finally looks like it will subside AND it's Derby weekend AND Funk Parade weekend -- you can't really get better than that. Have a good one, y'all!

Your Weekend Jam: STOP EVERYTHING! NEW JT! Just dance dance dance dance, friends!



TIOJ Thoughts:

Don't forget Mother's Day this weekend!

Oldchella.

Best. Prom date. Ever.

A guide to rosé.

The Prince episode of New Girl.

Free! Grab some free tunes from our fave discovery at Bluegrass Fest -- Bearcat Wildcat here!

DC Happenings: FUNK PARADE is Saturday!

And! Adams Morgan Summer Concert Series starts this Saturday!!

And in case you missed it: Our video recap of Kingman Island Bluegrass & Folk Festival.

{PLAYLIST} a beginner's guide to bluegrass

Fresh off Kingman Island Bluegrass festival and gearing up for the 142nd Kentucky Derby this weekend, we can't seem to get enough bluegrass in our lives. It only felt right to let you guys in on the fun with this Beginner's Guide to Bluegrass featuring some classic and modern bluegrass staples. (A tip of our Derby hats to our Kentuckian friends and family for their input!)


Pour yourself a class of bourbon and press play below!

Thursday, May 5, 2016

{THROWBACK} "are you that somebody"

Good R&B covers are pretty much my kyrptonite. So it's no surprise that I literally stopped everything I was doing when Lynn Olsen's cover of Aaliyah's "Are You That Somebody" came through my earbuds. I suggest you do the same.



Craving more? Vibe to Banks' cover of this track as well.

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

{IF YOU LIKE} ed sheeran, justin bieber

(via 1/2/3)
If Justin Bieber's meandering, effortless, self-confident vocals merged with Ed Sheeran's mellow, acoustic sarcasm, you'd get Marc E. Bassy. It's as simple as that. When we listen to Marc's jam, "Wool," we swoon, we sway, and we get lost in this Californian's vibes. We know--we can't believe he's not British either.



If you're into Marc--and you should be--check out more of his music here and let's all keep our fingers crossed that he goes on tour soon!

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

{RECAP} darlingside

Concert Correspondent Morgan jaunted over to The Hamilton last week to catch folk group Darlingside. Check out her recap below!

I realized recently that most of the shows that I saw in 2015 fell pretty solidly in the electro-pop category. While I still enjoyed almost all of them, I decided that I should start to mix it up a bit in 2016. As usual, Bob Boilen and the good people at NPR Music had me covered. A couple of weeks ago, Bob Boilen recommended the video for Darlingside’s “God of Loss.”



The video is hauntingly beautiful and its imagery stuck with me for days. When I heard that Darlingside would be playing at the Hamilton, I jumped at the chance to go and see the band live. Hailing from Massachusetts, Harris Paseltiner, Don Mitchell, Auyon Mukharji, and Dave Senft, specialize in some of the most beautiful and innovative arrangements that I have heard in years. Often their sound evokes folk or the rock of the 1960s, but according to the band’s bio on their webpage they don’t emphasize genre (beyond “no jazz”) when composing.

Their innovation and genre-bending sound is evident on their most recent album, Birds Say. While I love the album, seeing the band live added another dimension to their sound. Birds Say is at times haunting, nostalgic – the songs call back to childhood and are filled with reminders of the things we lose or forget as we grow up. Even songs like “Go Back,” inspired by Back to the Future or “Harrison Ford” (self-explanatory), which are infused with humor are also intensely personal at times. During the composition of the album, the band members visited each other’s childhood homes and there is something both personal and universal in each song. At times you are lost in someone else’s memory, and at other times it is easy to find yourself lost in your own.



For the last few days, I’ve been wracking my brain trying to think of a description of the show and I keep returning to: absolutely lovely. The band members have a great sense of humor and commentary on all of the songs was hilarious and added to the overall of fun of the show. Live, the beauty in the lyrics and arrangements are magnified. The band’s sound is more complex live – the lyrics some how more poignant, the arrangements more beautiful, and the overall sound was just, well, lovely.

I highly recommend Birds Say and will be first in line to see the band live the next time they are back in D.C.

(Also, if Harrison Ford is reading this, I echo the band’s request from Wednesday night and you should totally star in the music video. Or, Calista Flockhart, if you are reading this, maybe you could lobby on Darlingside’s behalf?)

Monday, May 2, 2016

finally! a mellow monday jam

I feel like it's been a while since we've had a good Mellow Monday jam for you darlings and I'm remedying this today. I discovered the latest track from Mutual Benefit last Friday afternoon when my eyes were getting heavy and the rain was slowly dripping down outside. This song fit my mood so perfectly and brought me so much peace. I hope it does the same for you today.



DC! Mark your calendars -- Mutual Benefit will be playing at DC9 on June 20. Hope to see you there!

Sunday, May 1, 2016

{RECAP} kingman island bluegrass and folk festival 2016

Springtime in DC is time for exploring, picnics, food trucks, outdoor music, and laying in the grass with friends. This was just what Kingman Island Bluegrass Fest was PLUS lots of puppies, adorable dancing children, and recycling.

The seventh annual Bluegrass and Folk festival on this tucked away island in DC was the perfect outdoor festival. The festival featured five stages, meaning that you were never far away from charming live music, and smart touches like s'mores stations, free steel cups (yay, zero waste!), and lovable local vendors.

Enjoy our recap of the festival by the ever-talented Caleb Hargett and mark your calendars for this event next year!


Musicians Featured: Jonny Grave, Brian Farrow & What Got Over, Bearcat Wildcat, Near Northeast
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