Music Park: KATIEE @ Black Cat — 7/23/15

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KATIEE (Photo by Sabine Rogers)

With a low and smoky voice, Katie Eastburn likes to let her inner cinephile run wild when composing songs with her latest band, KATIEE, a smart electronic quartet from Brooklyn.

In performance backstage at the Black Cat on Thursday night, Katie described their song “Sudden Fear,” for example, as inspired by the 1952 movie of the same title starring Joan Crawford.

KATIEE certainly have a sound appropriate for a modern reflection on such film noir, combining Katie’s sometimes hushed voice with unhurried percussion and ambient synths. Jim McHugh, Jeff Tobias and Jason Robira fill in the atmospheric sounds of assorted synths, saxophone, guitar and drums along with Katie, who plays a synthesizer herself.

Resulting tunes like “Bad and the Beautiful” are crisp and sometimes a little eerie. “Bad and the Beautiful” of course takes its title from another classic movie starring Lana Turner and Kirk Douglas.

The artful video for “Bad and the Beautiful” reflects the feeling of listening to KATIEE’s songs, and it also underscores Katie’s keen experience and continued interest in choreography.

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Don’t Miss: NE-HI @ DC9, 8/16/15

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NE-HI (Photo by Xavier Juarez)

Chicago quartet NE-HI have planned a tour of more than a dozen dates throughout August, bringing their jangle pop to DC9 on Sunday, August 16.

The band consists of guitarist/lead singers Alex Otake and Jason Balla, bassist James Weir, and drummer Mikey Wells, and they recently released a new single, “Drag.”

Listen to “Drag” by NE-HI on Soundcloud:

The new single follows a self-titled album from March 2014 released by Chicago’s Manic Static. Of that record, the Chicago Tribune said, “The quartet’s guitar-driven indie rock hits that magic spot — evoking nostalgia and familiarity while sounding excited and young, melding disparate eras (surf licks, ’80’s college rock) into something whole.”

Listen to the self-titled album NE-Hi on Bandcamp:

Initially, the four musicians pooled their talents to score a film for a friend but then stuck together, citing college rock such as R.E.M. as an influence. But now they are flying free and rolling across the country to DC9.

Tickets are available online and at the door. Local indie rockers StereoRiots open for NE-HI.

NE-HI
w/ StereoRiots
DC9
Sunday, August 16
Doors @8:30pm
$10
All ages

Don’t Miss: Laura Marling @ 9:30 Club, 7/31/15

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In support of her new album, Short Movie, Laura Marling comes to the 9:30 Club this Friday, July 31st. Short Movie is her fifth full length album, and has been described as ‘bolder and looser’ than her previous work. The album is an introspective work, brought about by time spent reading (poetry), hiking (near the Joshua Tree) and reflecting, which led to songs about salvation, peace, and humanity.

Rolling Stone said “Marling is the most compelling singer-songwriter of the U.K. roots-revival scene, with a voice that conjures young Joni Mitchell.

Marling is from Eversley, England and won the 2011 Brit Award for Best British Female Solo Artist. After three of her previous albums were nominated for the Mercury Music Prize, and having received critical acclaim for her last album, Once I Was An Eagle, she brings a new sound and a new attitude.

Let’s join her this Friday!

Tickets are available here.

“I Feel Your Love”

Laura Marling
w/ Marika Hackman and Johnny Flynn
9:30 Club
Friday, July 31
Doors @ 8:00pm
$30
All ages

Music Park: Memory Tapes @ Carpark Sweet Sixteen Basketball Picture Disc, 7/24/15

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Dayve Hawk of Memory Tapes (Photo courtesy Carpark Records)

Carpark Records released its limited edition 12″ picture disc in honor of its 16th anniversary today!

Among the featured bands on the Carpark Sweet Sixteen Basketball Picture Disc is Memory Tapes, which performs at DC9 on Sunday, July 26. Memory Tapes shared their contribution to the 16th anniversary pictures disc — “Go Play Outside” — premiering it on Tiny Mix Tapes.

Tiny Mix Tapes called the song “an incredibly warm slice of mandarin computer-juice, with a distinct flavor of summer sloth and citrus.”

Listen to “Go Play Outside” by Memory Tapes on Soundcloud:

Memory Tapes’ Dayve Hawk said of the contributed track, “It’s been a rough year, and Carpark have always been very supportive, so I was happy to contribute to their anniversary compilation. At the time, I was looking after my youngest daughter and after making off with the mic she ended up singing on the track.”

The disc costs $16, and all proceeds go to the Little Kids Rock charity. You can order the disc now through Carpark Records.

The track list follows:

Side A
1. Young Magic – NETS
2. Montag – Drop A Dime
3. Safety Scissors – Orange Roughy
4. Jayson Gerycz – Dribble Dribble
5. Young Magic – All Net (Celebration Dance)
6. TEEN – Dylan and Chong Playing Basketball
7. Thomas J Duke – Manute Bol
8. Jake Mandell – 2008
9. Signer – Roll, Pick, and Roll Again
10. Skylar Spence – Turnover
11. Sadie Dupuis – Theme from Babadook
12. Montag – Basket Case
13. Ear Pwr – I Would Rather Be Shopping
14. Jason Urick – Double Dribble
15. Memory Tapes – Go Play Outside
16. Lowt Ide – Your Turn

Side B
17. Skylar Spence – Practice
18. Dan Deacon – 1 Wand from the 9 Piles
19. So Takahashi – Dribble Commander
20. Jimmy Whispers – Mugsy Bogus
21. Chandos – Traveling
22. GRMLN – Buzzer Beat
23. Toro Y Moi – Space Jam
24. Greg Davis – Paxson
25. Ear Pwr – Beyond the Arc
26. Dog Bite – Hoops
27. Adventure – Ewww
28. Speedy Ortiz – Basketball (Demo)

Buy the disc, and go see Memory Tapes at DC9 on Sunday.

Memory Tapes
w/ Computer Magic and School Dance
DC9
Sunday, July 26
Doors @8:30pm
$10-12
All ages

Food Park: Healthy Breakfast Series w/ Ezekiel Emanual @ Masseria, 7/25-26, 8/1-2

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Zeke Emanuel tests the menu for this weekend’s breakfast series at Union Market’s new Masseria restaurant. (Photo by Travis Vaughn)

One of the most anticipated new DC restaurants, Masseria (1340 4th St. NE, DC), will be teaming up with a renowned healthcare pundit for a healthy breakfast series over the next couple of weekends.

Ezekiel “Zeke” Emanuel, healthcare pundit, will run the breakfast series on Saturday and Sunday, July 25 and 26, and Saturday and Sunday, August 1 and 2, from 8 a.m.-1 p.m. at the 42-seat Masseria, the first standalone restaurant in orbit of Union Market, by Nicholas Stefanelli.

As guest chef, Zeke will produce breakfasts built around his goal of “wholesome living.” His menu will consist of nutritious foods appealing to both health food advocates and political wonks, reflecting his values in healthy and affordable eating as detailed in his books “Healthcare, Guaranteed” and “The Ends of Human Life.”

A percentage of the proceeds from the breakfast series will benefit Martha’s Table, DC Central Kitchen and the Good Food Awards. Reservations are taken on a first-come, first-serve basis by emailing reservations@masseria-dc.com.

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EDENS Director of Culinary Strategy Richie Brandenburg and Zeke Emanuel. (Photo by Travis Vaughn)

Don’t Miss: Cosmicide (Opening for Interpol) @ Echostage, 7/28/15

Brandon Curtis, formerly of Secret Machines, is making music again with his latest band Cosmicide. As Brandon has been a touring keyboardist with Interpol, he’s coming to Echostage on July 28 to open for the New York post-punk outfit.

A few weeks ago, Cosmicide introduced a video for a new song, “A New Disaster,” on Noisey, giving us a taste of things to come. You can watch the video for “A New Disaster” on YouTube above.

Although Cosmicide has not yet released a full-length album, the band published a single, “Talos’ Corpse,” in 2014. Brandon took some time off from Cosmicide after the death of his brother Benjamin, who worked alongside him in Secret Machines, and while touring with Interpol.

Listen to “Talos’ Corpse” on Soundcloud:

Working with London’s Duly Noted Records, Cosmicide may offer more sparkling neo-psychedelic pop in the near future! Meanwhile, Cosmicide open for Interpol on Tuesday, July 28, at Echostage as Interpol wind down their tour in support of fifth album, El Pintor.

Tickets are available online.

Cosmicide
Opening for Interpol
Echostage
Tuesday, July 28
Doors @7pm
$48.60
All ages

Food Park: Alex McCoy @ Food Network Star — 7/19/15 (S. 11, Ep. 7)

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A row of food trucks at the 2012 DC Curbside Cookoff (Photo by Alex Levine)

Hot Slap Tacos!

If you’ve been watching Food Network Star this season, you have encountered the phenomenon sparked by the team of Chefs Alex McCoy and Dom Tesoriero. In the last episode Sunday, the two paired together for a food truck challenge, and things got heated! But more on Hot Slap Tacos in a minute.

First, let’s recap the beginning of the episode. Food Network Star, Season 11, has featured Chef Alex from DC, and we’ve been cheering him on to win the competition. The last episode (#7) on Sunday, July 19, featured a challenge where contestants operated food trucks.

Prior to that, the six remaining contestants engaged in a smaller challenge, where Food Network Star host Bobby Flay directed the chefs to make a version of their favorite brunch, but to make it portable. The winner of this mini-challenge would get an advantage in the bigger challenge — a typical scenario in Food Network Star.
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