Music Park: “Concrete” by the Pleasure Curses (New Release on 3/31/15)


The Pleasure Curses, DC’s premier disco dance duo, Tuesday released a new song, “Concrete.”

Here it is!

It’s one of their best, in my opinion. It starts out with a crunchier, blockier sound, but the song gets more sparkly as the band, and we, get more invested in it.

They lyrics also serve as a wonderfully polite snub to the subject of the song:

“everyone is something to someone/
nobody is nothing to no one/
but hanging out with you seems like no fun/
hanging out with you seems like no fun, no”

Essentially, some experiences can be as grey and lifeless as concrete.

Jahn Alexander and Evan Maxwell are certain to play the song live at their next gig on Thursday, April 2, at the Martin Lurther King DC Public Library.

After that, their next scheduled show, at the moment, is apparently part of an event at the Smithsonian American Art Museum on Friday, May 22 (Memorial Day weekend!).

Don’t Miss: Torche @ DC9, 3/29/15


Torche are a metal band that’s not metal. They have a metalesque sound, and they have signed to metal label Relapse, but to hear the band tell it, they are here to rock.

And I have to agree. On first listens to new songs like “Loose Men” from their most recent album Restarter, released in February, the hard rocker quartet — consisting of lead singer and guitarist Steve Brooks, bassist Jonathan Nuñez, drummer Rick Smith, and guitarist/vocalist Andrew Elstne — are more apt to remind me of Van Halen than they are Avenged Sevenfold. (Although make no mistake, they sound like neither one.)

Press for the band say the band merges “huge infectious melodies with down-tuned, crushing sludgy rock,” which could appeal to those who like Dinosaur Jr., Sonic Youth or the Melvins.

Pitchfork called Restarter “an absolutely killer rock record — one that’s likely to appeal to listeners into any stripe of heavy music from the past 20 years.”

You have the chance to put this to the test, as Torche hit DC9 on Sunday, March 29 for the last date of their current tour in support of Restarter. You’ll get a lot of bang for your buck, as Torche bring along opening act Wrong (from their shared hometown of Miami) and local acts Jeff Carey and Black Clouds jump onto the bill as well.

w/ Wrong, Jeff Carey, Black Clouds
Sunday, March 29
Doors @7pm
All ages

Music Park: Scythian @ ShamrockFest — 3/21/15

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Scythian perform in Dublin, Ohio, last year.

Scythian, DC’s homegrown Celtic band, stole the show at the ShamrockFest last weekend during their performance at RFK Stadium.

The polished banter and showmanship among the four current members was fully on display as they kicked off their set with their well-known “Irish Polka,” calling out to the crowded field before them to dance to your left! to your right! to your left! And they welcomed revelers to bounce back and forth with beers in hand.

Alexander Fedoryka, Josef Crosby, Danylo Fedoryka, and Tim Hepburn put on a spirited display of a group united as they earnestly enjoyed their time on stage as much as the audience. They appeared at ShamrockFest as part of a tour for a new acoustic album, Old Tin Can, technically scheduled for release on April 23. But some of the liveliest songs came from last year’s Jump at the Sun, including “Paint This Town” and “Fields of St. James.”

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Music Park: The Caribbean @ Bossa Bistro & Lounge, 3/25/15


The Caribbean, DC pop trio (or quintet, depending on when you catch them), perform tonight at Bossa Bistro & Lounge (2463 18th St. NW, DC) in support of their new album, Moon Sickness.

New song “Echopraxia” sounds like a pleasant blend of twee pop and folk music wrapped in a layer of sophistipop:

For more information, visit the Facebook event page for the show.

Local bands Time Is Fire and Insect Factory open for The Caribbean tonight.

The Caribbean
w/ Time Is Fire and Insect Factory
Bossa Bistro & Lounge
Wednesday, March 25
All ages

Music Park: Polyon @ DC9 — 3/20/15

Polyon – ‘Crest’ from Polyon on Vimeo.

On their Facebook page, trio Polyon describe themselves as “sludgie fuzzpop b/w of post-grunge.” While the sludgie part is hard to argue, critics (like WAMU and DCist) generally have agreed that Polyon represent an interesting addition to post-rock — and for good reason. The avant-garde mix of synths to a rock band along with an untraditional approach to songwriting have produced something that sounds like it could have emerged from an early ’90s basement recording session, but then took wing once emerged.

Their first EP, appropriately titled Three Songs, includes the tracks “Crest,” “More” and “Cough,” which they performed in concert to several dozen appreciative people at DC9 (1940 9th St. NW, DC) on Thursday night.

I’m really splitting hairs here, but “Crest” and “Cough” each soar amthetically in performance while “More” is more down to earth in the post-grunge that the band finds in itself.

In Polyon, each of the band members pull their own weight. Vocalist and guitarist Ryan McLaughlin (also of Typefighter and other projects) marks the proceedings with a gruff voice but convivial spirit. Adam Lake on synths adds an element of playfulness to the “sludgieness,” while drummer Brandon Korch is really loud with arena-like stickplay.

The band have played roughly a dozen shows since their debut roughly six months ago, and Ryan announced they were set to go into the studio next week to record another EP, likely to be released online and in cassette format soon, which will include new songs already being performed such as the catchy “False.”

Polyon is an interesting project, and worth checking out if you are looking for something that isn’t afraid to sound different while still rocking out. While their next show has yet to be announced, they are likely to turn up with their new EP at DC9, the Pinch, or another DC venue very soon!

Don’t Miss: Firefly Music Festival @ The Woodlands of Dover International Speedway, 6/18-6/21/15

The crowd goes crazy at Firefly Music Festival 2014. (Photo courtesy Firefly Music Festival)

The Firefly Music Festival is returning for its fourth year to The Woodlands of Dover International Speedway in Dover, Del., for a long weekend of Thursday, June 18 to Sunday, June 21.

Festival ticket sales are underway, and early bird tickets already have sold out. Currently, music lovers can purchase $299 festival passes for the entire weekend or VIP packages at higher rates.

But the festival will not offer single-day passes this year, as it anticipates selling out its capacity of 90,000 attendees with full weekend passes, Red Frog Events, the organizer of the festival, announced Wednesday.

“We’ve seen an unprecedented increase each year since Firefly’s inaugural 2012 festival derived from our success in multiple areas,” said Greg Bostrom, director of Firefly Music Festival, in a press release. “This, in turn, eliminated our ability to offer single day general admission passes in 2015 as we plan to welcome 90,000 attendees, which will bring us to capacity this year.”

Headliners for the festival this year include the legendary Paul McCartney, who will close out Friday night. Kings of Leon headline Saturday night and the Killers close out the festival on Sunday. On Thursday, indie pop movers and shakers like Chari XCX and the Kooks are set to appear.

The 2015 lineup also includes Morrissey, Snoop Dogg, Foster the People, Bastille, Modest Mouse, Zedd, Hozier, Empire of the Sun, Kid Cudi and nearly 100 additional acts performing across seven stages, according to Red Frog.

Once the festival sells out of four-day passes at the general admission price of $299, it may offer “Encore” passes at $329.

Tickets are available online, and a payment plan is available for those who purchase before March 31. For more information, visit

Firefly Music Festival
The Woodlands of Dover International Speedway
Dover, DE
June 18-21, 2015
$299 general admission
All ages