Violet Says What???

Posted: October 17, 2011 in Bands, Shows/Events

I make plans to see Mambo Sauce whenever they come to NoVA and their show at Fat Tuesdays this weekend was no exception. While Mambo Sauce was as amazing as ever, the standout performance of the night was Violet Says 5. My band had a chance to play with these guys a few years ago but I don’t remember their show being anything like the set I saw this Saturday. It was tight, full of energy and the songs were catchy as hell.

The sound feels fresh but familiar. There’s some Frusciante-esque guitar and enough funk for any Chili Peppers fan but the vocals really help set it apart. The lead tends to be more R&B than the straining-ramble of Keidis. The production of the material is also quite strong. It’s lean and never feels overblown or gratuitous. I don’t know enough about the band to give you a recommendation on their best record but I logged about 2hrs on MySpace, YouTube and their website and would recommend downloading “Lo High” ASAP.

Favorite Tracks: Lo High, Who’s the Man
Where to Find Them:
Next Show: November 12th @ Sonar / Baltimore, MD

It’s rare I hear a band and can’t imagine why they aren’t famous yet. Juniper Lane are one of those bands. I’ve been hearing about them for years but I’m embarrassed to say that I’m just getting around to listening. While “Wake From Yourself” (released 2008) is packed with moments reminiscent of Radiohead, The Cure, and Coldplay, it’s a very unique and well written record. The songs are powerful, intimate, emotional, and delicate all at the same time. On top of that, the production is exquisite and the mix is perfect.

While I’m late to the party on “Wake From Yourself,” the band have a brand new CD on the way. They will debut “Standing on the White Line” at their CD release party at IOTA on October 8. I’ll be there to get my copy!

Favorite Tracks: Take Me Home, Getting the Human Out
Where to Find Them:
Next Show: October 8th @ IOTA / Arlington, VA

I don’t think it’s possible to count the number of bands in DC claiming to be influenced by post-punk these days. At best they are bland, boring ghosts of their influences with no appeal or substance. That’s why Dance for the Dying was such a surprise. I’ll admit that I’ll fall for anything with Peter Hook or Simon Gallup influenced bass lines but there is so much more to the songs than that – personality, depth, atmosphere, great lyrics and hand claps for God’s sake.

What’s nice is that they’re taking chances. Sure they’re using synths and some Bernard Sumner-like guitar but these songs are unusually anthemic. The choruses are huge and you will be compelled to sing along with them immediately. While the production is excellent, it is decidedly indie and I think the songs could be better served with a bigger sound. All in all this is a phenomenal set of songs and I’m glad they’re from our town.

Favorite Tracks: Death in the Garden, El Monstro
Where to Find Them:
Next Show: October 7th @ Velvet Lounge, DC

The band is finishing the final mix of their next single and preparing to shoot the video. The video release party will take place at Tortoise and Hare in Arlington, VA on October 15th. So, just what do “Red Gloves” have to do with a video release party? Well, you’ll have to see the video! Also, if you wear Red Gloves to the show, you’ll receive a FREE download of their new single. The red gloves can be of any style… mittens, dress gloves, latex, boxing gloves, socks, etc. Be creative!

Burn The Ballroom Needs You!

Posted: September 16, 2011 in Bands, Shows/Events

Burn The Ballroom have written their first full-length LP but they need some financial help for an official release. The goal is to raise $2,000 for recording, producing, mixing/mastering, pressing, marketing, promoting, and distribution. They have released demos to Facebook and iTunes and have gotten a phenomenal response. A full production would certainly be a boost for the band. If you’d like to help them out, go to their FB page for more info

Pietasters Play Memorial Show!

Posted: September 16, 2011 in Bands, Shows/Events

The event is billed as “a beer swillin’, whiskey drinkin’ memorial to Sgt. Sean T. Callahan.” Proceeds go to “Guitars For Troops.” Other bands on the bill include Daycare Swindlers, Walk the Plank, and Brother Bill.

The show takes place on 9/23/11 at 8:30 PM and is 21+
$10 Advance Ticket/ $12 Day of show and you can get advance tix at