weekend curfew


Curfew Microupdate 04/07/2009

In this flash of an update, The Downtown Fiction is playing a SOLD OUT show at Jammin’ Java this Friday, April 10. They’ll be supported by Parachute, along with The Goodnight Anthem, which should be one star studded event. In need of tickets? Maybe you could try MySpace or Craigslist or something.

Check out AbsolutePunk.net for a good stream of music news, including today’s releases. Also check out SupJustin.com for new music, releases, interviews, tours…basically anything you could ever want. I don’t know who he is, but he has some awesome job that lets him follow bands and do cool things. Of late, he’s reported on new Taking Back Sunday and The Secret Handshake, nevershoutnever’s upcoming EP, an interview with Hit The Lights, and even Hey Monday’s new video–which I admit isn’t bad, though I would’ve liked it better when I was in high school.

Meanwhile, I’m not sure what’s more exciting between Blink-182 getting back together, new music from Taking Back Sunday, or Brand New. Here’s a new one from Brand New, “Gasoline” (different than the links above, you should click those too).



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.



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.



Curfew Update 01/14/2009
January 14, 2009, 11:28 pm
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A whole ton of shows coming up, along with some just announced dates and a look further ahead.

  • 1/15 Hotspur w/Goodnight Anthem, Time Tells All, The Baby Grand @ Jammin’ Java – Fairfax, VA
  • 1/16 Dangerous Summer w/The Downtown Fiction, Select Start, School Boy Humor, Sing Me Insomnia @ Jammin’ Java – Fairfax, VA
  • 1/27 The Bigger Lights w/Thieves and Villains, Fight Fair @ Jammin’ Java – Fairfax, VA
  • 1/28 The Killers @ GMU Patriot Center – Fairfax, VA
  • 1/31 Nouveau Riche (DJs Gavin Holland, SteveLove, and Enaisee) @ DC9 – Washington, DC
  • 2/12 Ben Folds @ Rams Head Live – Baltimore, MD
  • 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)
  • 2/28 The Hint w/Mercy Mercedes & others @ Sonar – Baltimore, MD
  • 3/22 Bloc Party w/ Longwave (tickets go on sale 1/17) @ The 9:30 Club – Washington, DC


Curfew Update 10/22/08

First things first, the awesome guys in Charlottesville’s Tim Be Told are playing at Ebenezer’s Coffee House in Washington, DC. They’ll be playing with Zelos this Friday, Oct 24 from 7:30 to 9:30pm. The band, fronted by Tim Ouyang (vocals/keys) and rounded out by Luan Nguyen (guitar/vocals), Andrew Chae (guitar), Jim Barredo (drums) and Parker Stanley (bass), was recently picked up by Black Water Management and has a new album in the works. You can listen to their older recordings on their website and their myspace. I saw them play at DC9 in September, and boy their sound has matured over the past year. I also helped them film their award-winning music video for song, “Gravity’s Hold” during the summer. It’s directed by my friend Gretel Troung. Check out their show Friday night, check out their band blog, and check out the video:

In further update news, I’ll be gone for the next two weeks and wanted to bring everyone up to date on what shows will be coming up in the DC area.

  • 10/30 Braddigan (Brad Corrigan, ex-Dispatch) @ Jammin Java – Vienna, VA
  • 10/31 Metro Station w/Tyga, The White Tie Affair & Cash Cash @ Sonar – Baltimore, MD
  • 10/31 Panic at the Disco w/ Dashboard Confessional, Plain White T’s and The Cab @ GMU Patriot Center – Fairfax, VA
  • 11/2 Anberlin w/ Scary Kids Scaring Kids, Straylight Run & There for Tomorrow @ The 9:30 Club – Washington, DC
  • 11/6 Secondhand Serenade & Cute Is What We Aim For w/ A Rocket to the Moon @ Recher Theatre – Towson, MD
  • 11/ 7 Hellogoodbye w/ Ace Enders, Never Shout Never, & Play Radio Play @ Sonar – Baltimore, MD

Also, just announced: All Time Low is playing a hometown Holiday Show at Rams Head Live in Baltimore, MD on Dec 28. Tickets for that show go on sale this Saturday, Oct 25.



Flawless

Just less than two weeks ago I was able to catch Sparky’s Flaw at Jammin’ Java, one night following the Danger Radio/Farewell/nevershoutnever show I reviewed in the last post. I’ve followed this band loosely over the past several years at the University of Virginia. They’ve built quite a fanbase in their hometown of Charlottesville, VA and have begun touring since signing with Mercury Records last year.

The band has seen many lineup changes since I first discovered them in 2004, and who knows how many before then. Currently, Sparky’s Flaw is comprised of Will Anderson on vocals/guitar/keys, Johnny Stubblefield on drums, Alex Hargrave on bass, Kit French on sax/keys/synth, and Nate McFarland handling lead guitar. Major label stardom hasn’t hit quite yet, but these guys have their share of devoted fans. The gathered crowd of mostly teen and tweenage girls had no reservations singing the words back to frontman Anderson. The headliners played tracks off their latest release, Sparky’s Flaw EP, which can be streamed from the band’s website and on sale on iTunes.

Despite the fact that I’ve known about them for years, this was the first time I watched them play an entire set. Sparky’s Flaw did not dissapoint. They have a great, radio-friendly sound. Drawing from the bias of my own collection, I’d compare them to a mix of The Rocket Summer with a bit of Dashboard Confessional, all without the whining. Anderson’s voice rings with a unique clarity that melts into the piano/sax/rock sound. Now if only a member of the band had been on the Disney Channel, then Sparky’s Flaw would be selling out arenas across the world.

Even though this was my first full Sparky’s Flaw experience, I’m no stranger to at least some of the band members. I remember seeing the band with six or seven or even more members, complete with various faces and horns. I worked on a film earlier this year featuring music from McFarland’s solo side project, The Nightdrivers. However, I first heard of Nate as a member of the band Deep Space Romance, whose drummer was none other than Sparky’s Flaw tour manager Luke Rabin. The history lesson continues as I’ve seen both Nate and Will in concert, but as members of the University of Virginia a cappella group, the Virginia Gentlemen. This influence can be seen in this video, a personal favorite, featuring a live performance of the unreleased track “Losing Sleep.”

Sparky’s Flaw has released dates for acoustic shows on their myspace, so definitely try and catch them out on the road. For the DC/Northern Virginia area, they’ll be back at Jammin’ Java on November 10. I’ll be there. Won’t you join me?



nevershoutFarewell

On Tuesday evening I had the opportunity to check out the Make Like a Leaf and Fall Tour 2008 at Jammin’ Java in Vienna, VA. This show featured Photo Finish RecordsDanger Radio as the headliner with support from Farewell, nevershoutnever, Red Car Wire, and other local acts. Upon arrival, I was surprised to find that the cafe/venue was at capacity, leaving me to wait outside and eventually in the rain.

By the time I actually got in, Joplin, MO’s own Christofer Drew was mid-set. This 17 year-old one-man act has garnered heavy attention online, earning himself internet fame as one of the top unsigned artists today and since the release of The Yippee EP, Drew has appeared on MTV’s TRL. To be honest, I was a bit skeptical before I saw the kid play. I wasn’t sold on his haircut alone, but man, he’s has some talent. He’s got a mean set of pipes and has a knack for songwriting. As seen in the linked video, he can surely hit the high notes and has developed a strong following, arguably drawing the biggest crowd that night. I’ll be very interested to see what this kid is able to do beyond standing alone on a stage with an acoustic guitar and also how his songs translate to a full electric band. Until then, the kid is so fresh out of homeroom that he even referred to a past period of time as “tennis season.”

Next up were Greenboro’s Farewell. The hard hitting synth-pop-rock sextet rocked the stage to an unfortunately lackluster crowd. Emerging from a recent lineup change, the guys delivered a full-on energetic, chest pumping performance. Memorable moments included a couple fans stomping around on stage with bassist Buddy Bell, and frontman Marshall Davis belting lyrics until his face was red with asphyxia. Playing tracks off their Epitaph debut Isn’t this Supposed to be Fun!? Farewell sounded like a well rehearsed, headline worthy act. Though this was the first time I had seen Farewell live, I’ve been following the band for about a year and can’t wait to see them play again–whether it’s on MTV or on their own national headlining tour.

The headliners were Danger Radio. I didn’t stick around to watch their full set. However, I have seen them before, supporting Cute Is What We Aim For. I don’t know know if it was the small venue or the flu going around or what, but frontman Andrew De Torres was not at the top of his game, missing notes. I’m sure the band won’t let my words get them down, from the last time I know that their sound is quite infectious and inspires many a dance party.

Anyway, this marks another time when I had to go to a concert by myself. Sad, yes I know. I just don’t have that many friends with similar music tastes in the area. Next post will be about another lonely show, featuring Sparky’s Flaw.