Dead Horses perform at Songbyrd Music House on April 14, 2018. (Photo by Mark Caicedo)
Americana is one of those musical labels that can apply to a wide variety of styles (folk, country, rock blues, or gospel) and thus become practically meaningless. However, as a descriptor for Dead Horses’ music, and paired with the band’s origin story, the term takes on a specificity and uniqueness all its own.
Dead Horses — Sarah Vos (vocals/guitar), Daniel Wolff (double bass/vocals), Jamie Gallagher (drums), and Ryan Ogburn (mandolin) — stopped at Songbyrd Music House on Saturday. Touring in support of its third album, My Mother the Moon (released on April 6), a modest but enthusiastic crowd was treated to a lively performance of songs drawing on a wide range of influences that includes folk, bluegrass, gospel, rock, and blues.
Yoke Lore performs at Songbyrd Music House on Jan. 29, 2018. (Photo by Isaiah Hattix)
Adrian Galvin, formerly of Walk the Moon, now has a solo project called Yoke Lore. He recently launched his first headlining tour, which visited Songbyrd Music House on Jan. 29, on the heels of several EPs of new music.
Yoke Lore (Photo courtesy No Big Deal PR)
Adrian Galvin, formerly of Walk the Moon, struck out on his own with solo project Yoke Lore, and he released Far Shore, his debut EP as Yoke Lore, in 2016. He followed that up with Goodpain, a second EP, last summer. Yoke Lore will perform at Songbyrd Music House on Monday, Jan. 29, and you can win tickets to see the show with Parklife DC!
Near Northeast performs at Songbyrd Music House on Oct. 8, 2017. (Photo by Mark Caicedo)
October’s first weekend was a frantic one for Near Northeast. On Saturday, the band performed at Porchfest in Adams Morgan, then loaded up their gear for a quick trip to Norfolk, Virginia, for a secret SoFar show. Then it was back up to the District to support headliner Sam Amidon at the Songbyrd Music House Sunday.
The quartet, named for the D.C. neighborhood where it originated, takes its work and art seriously: relentlessly performing whenever and wherever a gig is to be had.
Drab Majesty perform at Songbyrd Music House on Sept. 22, 2017. (Photo by Paivi)
Rob Sheffield of Rolling Stone, one of my favorite music and cultural commentators, described New Order as “goth-disco kingpins” in his review of a New York City performance in 2016.
Drab Majesty performs at Wave Gotik Treffen 2017 in Leipzig, Germany, on June 5, 2017. (Photo by Paivi)
Drab Majesty, composed of Deb Demure and Mona D, excited folks who last caught them in DC when they opened for Cold Cave at the Rock and Roll Hotel in January. Now, the duo returns to DC in a headlining show at Songbyrd Music House on Friday, Sept. 22.
Dan Andriano and Matt Pryor perform at Songbyrd Music House on April 15, 2017. (Photo by Daniel Webb)
Former member of Tuesday, bassist of The Falcon, bassist and co-singer of Alkaline Trio, and one talented solo singer-songwriter, Dan Andriano is a complete badass and my personal favorite musician since I was an angsty punky preteen.
Dan Andriano (Photo courtesy Asian Man Records)
Dan Andriano is perhaps best known as the bassist for punk outfit Alkaline Trio, but he’s been impressing most in his solo stuff recently as he records and tours under the name Dan Andriano in the Emergency Room. Dan is on a long tour right now, and he will visit DC to play at Songbyrd Music House on Saturday, April 15.
Dot Dash (Photo courtesy the band)
Last Day Deaf Webzine recently published a five-song EP of B-sides from DC power pop band Dot Dash. You can download the EP for free!
Lol Tolhurst reads from his memoir at Songbyrd Music House on Feb. 21, 2017.
Lol Tolhurst, founding member of The Cure, was chatting with Robert Smith in Hawaii in 2013 when he had an epiphany: He would write a book.