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The Weekend Playlist: 01/19/17

Yes. The name of that band is Dr. Slothclaw. You’re welcome. It’s the weekend, friends. The fine band above, named after Mr. Slothclaw himself, will be taking the Cafe 611 stage Saturday night. You’ll want to take note. Also this weekend, the fabulous tap room concert series at Flying Dog continues as the fabulous Lucas Laws takes the stage. Remember Lucas and the Lovelys? We do. We miss them. Elsewhere, Thunderball will be rocking and rolling at Champions. Vini Culture is going to be hosting music two nights this weekend and that promises to be fun with a capital F, U and N. There’s The Deraileurs. There’s Staff Infection. There’s Atrox Terra. There’s Moon Music. And then, of course, there’s Boo Quostic, whatever the hell that means. Did you check out Cheshi’s Celebrity Playlist earlier this week? If you didn’t, you have all weekend to get hip. Be good. Be nice. Be honest. OK. Bye now.

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Celebrity Playlist: Cheshi’s Ashli Cheshire

Oh, it’s that time, friends. Precisely one month from today – that’s Feb. 16, to be exact – the third installment of the Frederick Music Showcase will be going down at the Weinberg Center. Cheshi – who will be releasing their debut EP at the show (!) – will be performing and yes, you should care. In fact, you should care a lot. A real lot. A real, real lot. Anyway, we recently caught up with the band’s namesake, Ashli Cheshire, for our latest edition of Celebrity Playlist. There’s a lot of neat stuff in here, friends, including some killer Nina Simone action and a whole plethora of legends that ought to make you excited. Remember: Tickets for the Showcase are only 10 bucks now, but they’ll head up to $15 on the night of the show. Not sayin’ … but just sayin’.

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The Weekend Playlist: 01/12/17

Ahhhh, it’s our dear old friend Pete Goodwin, of the band 3:AM, performing a Paul Simon classic. It may have even been the first video we ever posted to YouTube. Weird, right? Anyway, his band is going to be at JoJo’s Saturday night, and you ought to take note. Other things of which you should take note? How about the second installment of the concert series going on at Flying Dog’s tap room this evening? It will feature our dear, old, great, fabulous friend Luna and her blend of awesomeness. Also neat? Phil Kominski, who we podcasted years ago, will be making an appearance at The Blue Side this evening. He’s a load of fun, as evidenced in this observation of him playing the Preakness last year. There’s the great Jeff Cosgrove, who has something new cooking for all y’all to digest sooner rather than later. There’s the rebirth of Cosmic Halitosis, which we talked about yesterday. There’s some Drunk Naked Pirates. There’s some Film @ Eleven. There’s Empty Ecstasy. And, of course, there’s some Stripmall Ballads. Because who doesn’t need those? We are in the dawg days of winter, friends. And yet it’s like 60 degrees out. Who knew? Be good this weekend. Tip your waiters and waitresses accordingly.

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Future Sound creates future for EDM in Frederick

Photo by Sam Yu.

Note: The following story was written by the great Imade Borha, who also pens an occasional Music & Mental Health column for us. It appeared as the cover story in today’s issue of 72 Hours. If you dig, you can follow Imade on Twitter here.

On a frigid Thursday night in December, lovers of electronic dance music packed Café Nola at a celebration of Future Sound’s fifth anniversary. The monthly event transformed Café Nola into a dance club with strobe lights, projected video clips, and a wall of LED lights behind the performing DJs.

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Big Hoax: ‘Mirror Image / Mirage’

You can say that Luke Alexander isn’t the long lost brother of Dave Matthews, but if you can’t even concede that, at the very least, he falls under the same family tree … well, you don’t know what it’s like to crash into anyone. The similarities in voice are uncanny, sure, but even the subject matter rings true to how the pop star approaches songwriting. Love. War. Loss. Hope. It’s like the guy either signed up for a DMB Doctorate or the two singers somehow became separated at birth.

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A Q&A With Cosmic Halitosis

Cosmic Halitosis. You know who we’re talking about, right? The brainchild of one, Mr. Matt Henry, who seems to have his hands in so many different musical projects around town, the band formed years ago and now it’s getting a jumpstart back to life. This Saturday, they will be playing at The Squat with Trunkweed, Mac K’enemy and The Fun Boys, and we recently caught up with Henry to talk about why he decided to get the band back together, what this means for all his other bands, and precisely what we can expect from the show this weekend. The fun kicks off at 7 p.m., friends. Be there. Don’t be square.

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Flying Dog Is Hosting Concerts In Its Tap Room And You Should Care

So, as we said last week … this is fun. The fine people over at Flying Dog Brewery have decided to show their immense kindness by hosting a live concert series each Thursday night in their tap room. As we pointed out in last week’s Weekend Playlist, the series kicked off last Thursday with Big Hoax, and a video from that very performance can be seen above these very words.

But, how about the rest of it? Glad you asked. As it goes, we currently have the rest of January ready (and rarin’) to go. So … well … we thought we’d share. Check it out:

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The Weekend Playlist : 01/05/17

So, this is cool, friends. Tonight in the tap room at Flying Dog Brewery, a Thursday night concert/art/awesome series is going to kick off, and leading the way will be one, Mr. Luke Alexander (along with a few friends), performing for your entertainment. The fun starts at 6 p.m. and even better? It’s free. As in, all you have to do is come hang out. And that’s it. That’s the list. Also of note: We’ll be publishing our review for Big Hoax’s latest LP next week on this very website. Be on the lookout. Elsewhere this weekend … well, it’s a First Saturday, and that’s important, right? Right. Atomic Mosquitos, who helped us ring in the inaugural installment of The Thing last year, will be at Guido’s and they don’t play out all that much, so whenever you get the chance to see them perform … well, you know what to do. Samuel Powers will be at Cafe Nola and who doesn’t love Screech? Red Sammy, with all their Charming Trespassers, are coming to The Blue Side, and if you remember, we reviewed their latest album not all that long ago (here’s a hint: We liked it). Also at The Blue Side? Ginada Pinata, who were kind enough to offer up a Celebrity Playlist last month, and we’re super grateful for that. And then there’s 100 years of love songs. So … yeah. One hundred years is an awfully long time to be in love, you know. Stay warm this weekend. T-minus six weeks until the third installment of our Frederick Music Showcase. We’ve got some neat stuff cookin’ up in the interim. Check it. Rock it. Roll it.

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Celebrity Playlist: Lost Keys

And for the first post of 2017, we have … a Celebrity Playlist! Check out these picks from all the dudes in local pop/rock/soul group Lost Keys. That’s right, friends – all the dudes picked some stuff. Now, isn’t that fun. The answer is yes. Yes, that is fun. The band has an EP they are prepping for release any day now, and as we wrote a couple weeks ago, it’s definitely worth your time (word has it that they even released one of the songs on The World Wide Internet this week). Dig what you hear? You can check them out at Guido’s on the 15h and at the Bright Box Theater in Winchester, Virginia, on the 20th. Check it. Rock it. Roll it.

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2016: The Year In Music

Since 2011, I’ve been compiling my favorite local songs, national albums and national songs for all to ignore at the end of each year. By now, you may or may not know the drill: Because we review a local record once every other week, the pool from which to pluck songs is much bigger than the pool from which we can pluck entire albums. Thus, our year-end, best-of list is comprised of local songs, not complete records. And remember, the list is compiled from songs we wrote about this year, not necessarily 2016 releases (i.e., if you released something in 2015, and we didn’t get around to writing about it until the first part of 2016, you were eligible for this year’s list). Got it? Good.

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