Music Park: Bleached @ DC9 -4/13/16

Bleached 01 Bleached perform at DC9 on Wednesday, April 13, 2016. (Photo by Mickey McCarter)

The ladies of Bleached brought some resplendent guitars and a devil-may-care attitude to DC9 last Wednesday in support of a punchy sophomore album, Welcome the Worms.

Jennifer Clavin sings and plays guitar with a bright vitality that often covers up a subversive lyrical streak. Early in the band’s set, Jennifer sings “Keep On Keepin’ On,” ostensibly a new song about powering through a challenge, but the narrator’s challenge is forgetting the past and the mistakes she’s made so that she can hook up with the guy she desires.

Lost love is a recurring theme in the songs of Bleached, and although it comes up quite a bit on the new album, the band also sang a lot of broken hearts and missing partners on its debut album, Ride Your Heart, from 2013. Songs like “Searching Through the Past” and “Waiting by the Telephone” from the debut album concern themselves with that absent mate but also offer up rollickin’ guitars in a sunny, punky stampede of strings.

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Don’t Miss: Porch Fest 2016 @ Rhode Island Ave NE, 4/16/16

The French Admirals

Our friends The French Admirals (vocalist Rob France and bassist The Admiral) reminded us that Porch Fest 2016 is tomorrow, Saturday, April 16, along the “Main Street” of Rhode Island Ave. NE in DC.

The French Admirals themselves perform at 3pm at Public Option (1601 Rhode Island Ave. NE, DC).

“This should be a great event with over 40 bands and performances throughout the neighborhood followed by a post-party back at Public Option at 6pm. If you’re in town, don’t miss it!” said The French Admirals.

Porch Fest occurs along a number of local porches and stoops in addition to some venues like Public Option. It covers an afternoon of music, dance, and poetry in a casual environment. And it’s free to all.

“Through the years, Rhode Island Ave. NE has been home to a variety of live music venues, including what was once Mr. Y’s Jazz Club at 16th and Rhode Island Ave. NE. On Saturday, April 16, 2016, from 2 to 6 pm, the front stoops and porches of several Rhode Island Avenue NE residents and businesses will be transformed into performance spaces where local musicians will play FREE mini concerts for the community!” said Porch Fest organizers.

The event is rain or shine!

Porch Fest released a few handy graphics to help us navigate the street festival, including a map and a schedule card.

Porch Fest 2016 map: Porch Fest 2016 Map

Porch Fest 2016 schedule card:
Porch Fest 2016 Schedule

Other artists performing include: Handsome Hound, Craig Donovan, Drive TFC, Allie & The Side Hustle, Kevin Titty, The Dolly Rockers, Friends, The GLEs, Simone Finally, The Cliffs, The Galaxy Electric, Oh He Dead, Bellwether Bayou, Talya Tavor, Violin Femmes w/ live art by Erica Wang, The Anti-Social Collective, Katharine Key, Bele Bele Rhythm Collective, Petunia, Paul Santori’s Random Opponent, Trees., The Boundary Stones, Moose Jaw, Carlos Martin Vizcarra (Shooting Down Asteroids), Accidental Ghost, Dope Francis, Sweater Weather, Higher Numbers, The Goodly Beggars, Our Kansas, Ballad’ve, Kellyn Marie Goler, Dale Holmes, Woody Talley, The Mild Thornberries, The PanTones, The Foggy Bottom Whomp-Stompers, We Wanted To Be The Sky, and DJ Fusion (FuseBox Radio Broadcast).

Porch Fest is made possible thanks to support from ZipCar, Cultural Tourism DC, DC Department of Small and Local Business Development, and Department of Housing and Community Development! For more info, visit Rhode Island Ave. Main Street’s website at

Porch Fest 2016
Rhode Island Ave. NE Main Street, various addresses
Saturday, April 16
Showtimes: 2-6pm
All ages

Snapshots: No Parents @ DC9 — 4/13/16

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Zoe Reign fronts No Parents at DC9 on Wednesday, April 13, 2016. (Photo by Mickey McCarter)

Readers of L.A. Weekly voted No Parents as “Best Band” of 2015! And the goofy skate punks, who opened for Bleached at DC9 on Wednesday night, sure have a way with words.

“No Parents are like a John Hughes movie starring the Menendez brothers: a cute comedy loaded with violence and splattered adults. For the layman who reads about punk rock in fashion mags, they’re the next FIDLAR — the new torchbearers of skate-punk,” said L.A. Weekly.

No Parents are four men strong, although there were five of them at DC9. An additional touring guitarist perhaps?

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Around Town: Final Nerds in NoMa Speaker Series, 4/19/16


Next Tuesday, Apri 19th, come out for the fourth and final session of the Nerds in NoMa Speaker Series.

The topic is ‘Climate Change’, a look at how DC is addressing issues related to climate change, all while having some free beer, wine and popcorn.

It will be moderated by Tommy Wells, Director of Department of Energy & Enviroment

With the following panelists:

  • Harriet Tregoning, Deputy Assistant Secretary, US Department of Housing and Urban Development
  • Angela Fritz, Deputy Weather Editor, Capital Weather Gang
  • Dave Good, Manager, Energy and Sustainability, Gallaudet University


Register for the free event here.


Nerds in NoMa Speaker Series
Session 4 (of 4): Climate Change
The Lobby Project (1200 First Street, NE, Washington, DC 20002)
Tuesday, April 19
All ages

I went to the session on March 15th, on “Urban Adventures”. Here is what I learned:

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Music Park: The Subways @ Rock and Roll Hotel — 4/12/16

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The Subways perform at the Rock and Roll Hotel on Tuesday, April 12, 2016. (Photo by Mickey McCarter)

Billy Lunn had a friend who lost his job at an underwear factory in Essex, England. To cheer his friend up, Billy and other friends took the unemployed chap out to an awesome ‘80s pub called Billie Jean’s. (Billy informed his audience that Billy Jean’s has since sadly closed.)

As the night wore on, the unemployed friend began to feel down because his friends were being too generous. He didn’t want to be a charity case! So although people were having a good time, the friend suggested he would retire for the night, play ‘80s music at home, and break out some video games.

To his pleasant surprise, his friends agreed to go with him, leading him to declare, “We don’t need money to have a good time!” Seized by inspiration, Billy agreed with this sentiment but rushed home to write a song — titled “We Don’t Need Money to Have a Good Time” — which ended up on the third album by his band The Subways — Money and Celebrity — in 2011.

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Food Park: Return of Truckaroo @ Fairgrounds, 4/15/16

Red Hook Lobster Pound Food TruckRed Hook Lobster Pound Food Truck

Food trucks have definitely lost a step in the popularity department over the last couple years. The hipsters have moved on to the new, shiny thing and now food trucks are ‘simply there’, serving good food (most of the time) and acting as a proper business.

Once a month in the summer, over 20 food trucks circle together in the Fairgrounds space near Nationals Park to dish up some of the best in DC’s food truck options. There is also live music, adult beverages and games like cornhole.

Open from 11am to 11pm, it’s good for lunch, happy hour and dinner!

Some notable tasty food trucks:

  • CapMac
  • Peruvian Brothers
  • Korean BBQ Taco Box
  • Surfside

Food trucks I may need to try:

  • Tacos Matadores
  • Urban Poutine (Oh Canada, help us get on the cheese curds and gravy truck…err train)
  • Due South

See the full food truck list here.


Truckaroo 2016
Fairgrounds (M St and Half St SE) near the Nationals Park
Friday, April 15
Free Admission (pay for food and beverages)
All ages

Music Park: JD & The Straight Shot @ Lincoln Theatre — 4/7/16

James Dolan of JD & The Straight Shot (Photo Courtesy: Publicity Please)

JD & The Straight Shot warmed up the crowd trickling in for Jewel’s Picking Up the Pieces Tour last week, April 7th, at the Lincoln Theatre.

Fancied as an Americana band (from New York, started in 2005) and fronted by James Dolan (aka JD), they also include Marc Copely (guitar, vocals), Bryron House (bass), and touring musicians Erin Slaver (violin) and JJ Appelton (guitar).

James Dolan (who just so happens to be the CEO of Cablevision and the owner of the New York Knicks) is quite the character indeed, he sauntered on stage sporting a red velvet jacket and told many a tale about his son, his songs and somehow managed to fit in a costume change to get into his ‘Ballyhoo’ character. Many of the tales were about songs featured in films like August: Osage County and Jane Got a Gun.

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