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Loud Times Ahead With The Tennis System

One of DC’s loudest bands, the Tennis System, has had an insanely awesome/busy month, and are about to keep the streak going through November. A few weeks ago, they began working on their next LP Teenagers (following The Future Of Our History,) up in Philly, and most recently had some gigs at CMJ up in New York. They’ve got several dates lined up (with their new line-up) all over the area in the next few weeks including St. Mary’s (11/4), Black Cat (11/9), and the Red Palace (11/30). So if you haven’t seen a decent shoegaze noise fest in a while- now’s your chance to find out why they got shut down by Austin cops at SxSW this year. In other words, bring earplugs. Loves it.
   

Black Cat's Halloween Ft. America Hearts, Foul Swoops, & the Cheniers

More Halloween madness, this Sunday at the Black Cat get a triple dose of Yeah Gates Records with America Hearts, Foul Swoops, and the Cheniers, with two of these label mates releasing 7"s that very night.  America Hearts spout cute and quirky pop on Be My Jones, featuring a tune with lyrics inspired by vocalist Jess Matthew's 3 year old nephew.  Then on the gritty side of the rock spectrum, Foul Swoops churn out the rough and raw sounds of traditional DIY recording, bound to sound most excellent on vinyl.

   

CD of the Month: Weekends "Strange Cultures"

After literally and figuratively creating an impressive amount of buzz with their debut album and two follow up EPs, Baltimore's up and comers Weekends have recently released their first full length record, titled Strange Cultures. Like similar two-man guitar-drums bands No Age and Japandroids, Weekends' Brendan Sullivan and Adam Lempel produce a chaos of sound, full of texture and depth that would make many other larger bands painfully jealous. In their newest collection of songs, Weekends splash a thin shimmery veil of tropical vibes over a mess of noise rock, transforming a seemingly schizophrenic cacophony of guitar wails into something melodic, foot stompingly powerful, and entirely enjoyable. Strange Cultures finds the band bringing all facets of their sound to the table, making for an eclectic combination of head-swirling fuzz that sees the vocals taking a back seat to the scorching guitar lines and rock solid drum licks. The mostly instrumental closer, "Raingirls" is emblematic of their sun-soaked, axe-thrashing sound, part surfer-brah, part punk rocker. -Brooks

   

Painted Face Making DC Dance

Painted Face

Allie Alvarado (formerly of Blood Lines and Telepathe) , a DC transplant with Brooklyn blood, has teamed up with her dance music producer brother Alvin Risk, spawning Painted Face; an electro pop solo project that is easily, the next best thing in DC. The debut EP Undreamt recently released, is bound to get some serious spins on dance nights for sure; with a gorgeous track like "Undreamt" providing swirling beats and lushy vocals reminiscent of Kate Bush and Bat For Lashes.  So download it, and perfect your moves!
Alvarado recently gigged it up at Rock & Roll hotel with School of Seven Bells.  BYT was there to cover it, check out their review.

   

Beasts of No Nation/The Shirks/Maybe Baby Go Loco with Legends this Halloween

Beasts of No Nation @ DC9

Every Halloween, Velvet Lounge knows how to throw down.  This year they'll bring back the legendary Latino punk band The Zeros, who once upon a time played "Beat Your Heart Out" 8 times in a row in San Francisco, then called it a night.  This Halloween they are joined by DC's The Shirks, Beasts of No Nation, and Maybe Baby.  Beasts have risen fast in the DC hardcore scene since their first show barely two months ago.  But with an incredible line-up consisting of members from notable acts Darkest Hour, Trial by Fire, the Explosion, and Majority Rule, it was inevitable.  They'll have a 7" out in a few weeks so we'll check in with them again.  Right now, Maybe Baby's S/T EP is available through Windian Records, and after this show, they're hitting the road for a cross country tour. So get dressed up- it's the Legendary Velvet Lounge Halloween Bash!