weekend curfew


Facts and Fiction

The Downtown Fiction w/Parachute & The Goodnight Anthem @ Jammin' Java 4/10The Daily Chorus has reported that Fairfax,VA’s The Downtown Fiction has been causing quite the stir as of late. Their self-titled EP debuted on iTunes’ top 30 albums of last week. And if you thought that things couldn’t get any sweeter for the local trio, TDF also debuted at #93 on the Billboard HeatSeeker chart. I admittedly have no idea what  it takes to get on the Billboard HeatSeeker chart, but I assume that its quite an acheivement. The band, comprised of Cameron Leahy on guitar/vocals, David Pavluk on bass/vocals, and Eric Jones on drums/samples, will make their next local appearance at Jammin’ Java in Fairfax with Parachute (ex-Sparky’s Flaw, Parachute VA) and The Goodnight Anthem. I got a chance to meet Pavluk last year at Jammin Java where he worked and also performed with his former band, The Midnight Appointment. I wish him and his band the best, and hopefully I’ll be able to see them when they’re in town.

In other news, I was able to catch Tim Be Told when they played at Ebenezer’s Coffee House in DC. It was a great show and fun to watch. If anyone has heard that they may be changing their name to either Luan Be Told or Jim Be Told, that’s completely untrue.

Finally, look out for new releases next Tuesday, March17. St. Patrick’s Day album drops include Where Are You Now by This Providence, I Am The Hint by The Hint, and When I Hit The Ground by Ace Enders & a Million Different People. I’ve been looking forward to This Providence’s new album since the release of The Bright Lights EP in October 2008, and I’ve been a fan of Ace Enders since The Early November‘s beginnings. Justin Goldberg of SupJustin.com had some good words for Ace’s latest effort on his Twitter account.



TBT at Ebenezy’s

Tim Be ToldI just wanted to take a second to focus the spotlight on a couple of local shows.  First, Tim Be Told will make their second appearance at Ebenezer’s Coffee House in Washington, DC this Friday March 6. The Charlottesville based five-piece last played the coffee shop’s basement venue last October. Tickets for this show will be $10 in advance and for students, $12 at the door.  Check out the band’s MySpace and preview tracks from their upcoming EP.

nevershoutneverAlso, Christofer Drew aka nevershoutnever, will be playing at Jaxx in Springfield, VA this coming Sunday night, March 8. Drew is set to perform with The Scene Aesthetic, The Honorary Title and The Bigger Lights as part of the Let’s Get Happy Tour. Tickets however, appear to be sold out after checking on the Ticketmaster website the past two days. The Joplin, MO teenager has a new EP due out this spring, though its first single “Happy” is already available on iTunes. For some free downloads check out the tour’s Purevolume page.



Curfew Update 02/19/2009

Blast of newish stuff right here right now. As mentioned in the last post, both acoustic and full band versions of Parachute VA’s new track, “She Is Love” is now available on iTunes.  Thursday’s new album came out earlier this week. Their latest effort is entitled “Common Existence.” Meanwhile, earlier this month Two Tongues released their long awaited self-titled album. Two Tongues is band founded by Max Bemis of Say Anything and Chris Conley of Saves the Day. From start to finish, this is a great album and I especially have high praise for its first track, “Crawl.”

Michael Gergory has teamed up again with Barely Political, this time starring in a video with Obama Girl for his song “Obama Girl Stimulus Song.” Check out his YouTube channel here, and check out the video below:

Upcoming Shows:

  • 2/19 Mae w/Brooke Waggoner & Barcelona @ Jammin Java – Fairfax, VA
  • 2/20 Ludo w/ Sing It Loud, This Providence, The Morning Light @ The Rock and Roll Hotel – Washington DC
  • 2/22 Sub City Presents the Take Action Tour 2009 featuring Cute is What We Aim For w/Meg & Dia, Breathe Carolina, Every Avenue, Anarbor @ The 9:30 Club – Washington, DC (also 2/20 @ Rams Head Live – Baltimore, MD)
  • 2/26 Ben Kweller w/ The Watson Twins & The Jones Street Boys @ The 9:30 Club – Washington, DC
  • 2/28 The Hint w/Mercy Mercedes & others @ Sonar – Baltimore, MD
  • 3/6 Tim Be Told @ Ebenezer’s Coffee House – Washington, DC
  • 3/8 nevershoutnever w/ The Scene Aesthetic, The Honorary Title, & The Bigger Lights @ Jaxx – Springfield, VA
  • 3/22 Bloc Party w/ Longwave @ The 9:30 Club – Washington, DC – SOLD OUT
  • 4/24 AP Tour feat. 3OH!3 w/Family Force 5, The Maine, Hit The Lights & A Rocket To The Moon @ The 9:30 Club – Washington, DC – SOLD OUT

Finally I’m on Twitter, so check me out @dtra. Get with the picture tweeple and follow me. Tumblr is under construction.



Parchute VA Gets Skin-ny

Ladies and blog monsters, just in time for Valentines day, Mercury Records’ Parachute VA is featured in a television ad for NIVEA brand lotion. An acoustic version of “She Is Love” plays while a couple is canoodling on a couch. Check it out:

The track is currently streaming on the band’s Myspace page and will be available for purchase on Feb 10 on iTunes. According the band’s site, a full band version of the track will be available the following day Feb 11. In addition to Myspace, the video appeared online on YouTube and Facebook Monday(2/2)  and has already drawn blog coverage. No word yet on when the spot will air next, but I’d love to catch it live. What program audience does a caps-heavy brand like NIVEA aim toward? Am I going to have to watch an episode of Gossip Girl to see this ad?