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Can't-miss events at DC's Forward Festival

Today marks the start of the Forward Festival, DC’s own five-day celebration of electronic music, art, and culture. Now in its fifth year, Forward’s lineup is arguably its best yet, with wide-ranging events staged in venues across the city. Not just a music festival, Forward also features educational panels, workshops, and film screenings. If you bought a festival pass and plan to devote the rest of the week to Forward, you’re in for a treat. But what about those dabbling in the festival? Here are my picks for Forward’s standout events.


Even though the existence of monthly Moombahton Massives has lessened their sense of urgency, the party is still an essential part of DC’s homegrown genre. The 14th (!) edition of MM brings, as usual, Nadastrom and Sabo alongside Toronto’s Slowed crew, Torro Torro and Lucie Tic.


While U Hall keeps the party going with techno pioneer Jeff Mills, my money is on something different, as Distal and DFRNT perform at Patty Boom Boom. Nothing says “forward” more than future bass DJs taking over a venue whose soundsystem usually pumps out reggae and dancehall.


Predictably, my pick for Forward’s best showcase isn’t house or techno, but bass. Head over to the Warehouse Loft for the type of lineup rarely seen in DC, including Freq Nasty, Silkie, B. Bravo, and the (underbilled) Jacques Greene. The $30 ticket is more than justified by the five rooms of music, live art, and dancers – both aerial and with fire, and the fun goes until 5am.


Finally, it’s block party season! Join the Forward family at a private lot for a free party that features a host of DC’s up-and-coming DJs.


If you’re still standing on Sunday night, keep an eye on Meltdown. It’s next to the Rock and Roll Hotel, the lineup is a closely guarded secret, and it’s free. As the Facebook event says, “Only the strong survive.”

Weekend plan: EASY listening, and the underground at Velvet Lounge

At this point, Steve Starks and Nacey need no introduction, and if you spend any time at DC’s weirder, deeper dance nights, you already know Lxsx Frxnk (aka Morgan Tepper). This Friday, the three will come together at Zeba Bar, a sleek neighborhood spot in Columbia Heights, for EASY. The promo mix provides an idea of what to expect: sunny dance tracks, groovy indie rock, and R&B-inflected bass music (and edits of Nacey’s upcoming project with Misun). Like the best things in life, the party is free.

Malha Funk – Vira de Ladinho
Spoon – Don’t You Evah (Mike 2600 Remix)
Wordlife – Reese Cup
Misun – July (Nacey Remix)
Douglas Greed – Back Room Deal
Cascandy – Escapade Escapade (Super Flu Remix)
Luscious Jackson – Naked Eye
Misun – The Sea (Steve Starks Remix)
Maxxi Soundsystem – There’s No Love
MJ Cole – Sincere
Brenmar – Let’s Pretend
Jacques Green – Another Girl
Outkast – Spottieottiedopalicious (Steve Starks Oh My Blend)

On the other end of the musical spectrum – both sonically and in tone – is a Sunday night concert at the Velvet Lounge that brings together three of DC’s darkest bands (and some like-minded Chicagoans). Headliner Washerwoman is a stripped down incarnation of Phonic Riot that delivers the same brand of post-punk. Live, vocalist/guitarist Angela Morrish and drummer Nathan Jurgenson focus their fury into something brutal. Similarly, Lenorable plays goth rock that is more expansive than their two-person configuration should allow.

Also featured on the bill are lo-fi thrash punks Lions & Tigers & Whales (LTW), fronted by local provocateur Denman. When not spinning grime and future bass, Denman is known for wielding his microphone, blowing out eardrums and bashing in skulls (usually his own). LTW’s performance promises to be a different kind of wall of sound than that of their show mates.

Starting this Wednesday, get lost with Nacey at Lost Society

2012 begins as one of the musicians at the figurative center of the DC scene launches a residency at the literal center of the DC scene. This Wednesday, DJ/producer extraordinaire Nacey begins Lost Wednesdays at Lost Society, the lofty new hotspot that overlooks the intersection of 14th and U Streets.

Having established himself as a part of Nouveau Riche and KIDS (RIP), Nacey is branching out on his own this time around. He plans “to keep it deep, dark, and weird, but still dancey.” Whereas his other parties have been neon-drenched hipster havens, Lost Wednesdays promises a different feel from the maturing DJ/producer. It also fills the Wednesday night void left when DJ Lil’ Elle’s Ill Element ended over a year ago.

For a taste of what’s to come, download and listen to Nacey’s Lost Vol. 1 mix. Moody and melodic, the mix includes “The Look,” an unreleased original track that is ready for the dance floor. Don’t miss Lost Wednesday, and be ready to get weird.

Lost Wednesdays with Nacey is free at Lost Society (2001 14th St. NW) from 9pm – 2am.

Trentemøller – Shades of Marble
Dapayk & Padberg – Island ft. Caro (Noze Remix)
Tomcraft – Room 414 (Citizen Kain Remix)
Massive Attack ft. Hope Sandoval – Paradise Circus (Gui Boratto Remix)
Blaqstarr – Get Up On the Floor
Zomby – Digital Flora
Eats Everything – The Size
Tabi Bonney – Nuthin But A Hero (Nacey Martin Brothers Rocket Surgery Edit)
Recloose – Antares
Mighty Dub Katz – Magic Carpet Ride (Teaser)
Style of Eye – Wiz Kid (Audiojack Remix)
Subb-an – This Place (Nic Fanciulli Remix)
Nacey – The Look
Maceo Plex – The Feelin’
Joe Alter – I Feel You
Trentemøller – Shades of Marble (Trentemøller Remix)

The Cool Kids Unofficial After Party, presented by Postcultural

The Cool Kids’ Bake Sale EP was released in 2008, but for some reason it feels like it’s been even longer. Maybe it’s because their long-awaited debut album When Fish Ride Bicycles was stuck in record label purgatory for so long. Or maybe it’s because their trademark 808 boom-bap style is anachronistic by nature.

Either way, the group that brought ’88 back is ready to rock parties across the nation. The duo (comprised of Mikey Rocks and Chuck Inglish) stop by the Rock and Roll Hotel tomorrow night (tickets are still available). Their Midwestern nonchalance and sing-along lyrics are perfectly suited to the dog days of summer.

As always, after the party, there’s the after party. Join DJs Matt Rose and Blake Nine upstairs for the festivities. To sweeten the deal, grab this $10 coupon for $25 worth of food and drink and be sure to grab a Floridano sandwich with your PBR.

We Live In the Club: Trouble & Bass Takes Over DC

Trouble & Bass’s monthly takeover of DC’s U Street Music Hall has consistently been the preeminent dance club’s finest night. In a no-frills club built with bone-rattling bass in mind, who better to play God (or Satan) than the pioneers of the global bass movement?

In an attempt to outshine previous T&B DCs, the crew (represented this time by The Captain) brings an all-star lineup to the club next Thursday. Leading off is new DC resident Willy Joy, who has already brought the house down on several occasions. Moving from a DC newbie to a DC veteran, next up is Nouveau Riche bass fiend Steve Starks, whose latest track is, well, a “Problem.”

Forget the haters: club music is very much alive. Newark’s own Brick Bandit Tim Dolla brings his brand of Jersey club to U Hall. Expect to hear plenty of hip hop and R&B hits chopped up into swagged out bangers. Headlining the night is Brenmar, whose future bass take on club music makes him a producer to watch.

Building songs around the perfect sample, be it Aaliyah or Marques Houston (as he does in “Taking It Down”), Brenmar’s jams are a perfect way to come down off that bass high. DC: don’t miss Brenmar and company. You’ll be sorry.

Thursday July 28th, 10pm – 3am
U Street Music Hall
1115 U St NW
Washington DC
$10 Advance tickets | $5 before midnight
+18 to Enter

Originally posted on the Mishka Bloglin.

Join Jackie O and Denman for the newest Monday night destination

Slowly but surely, DCs Velvet Lounge has become an incubator for local DJ talent. The U Street dive bar hosts everything from Tropixxx, the moombahton mecca hosted by Cam Jus and Billy the Gent, to Lost & Sound, with house heads Chris Nitti and Mr. Bonkerz. Starting tonight, Velvet Lounge plays host to something more sinister.

Presented by nrdgsm, DJ Jackie O and Denman begin a new bi-weekly party: DESTINATION. These two have found a home at the equally grimey 9:30 Back Bar, but bringing the festivities to Velvet improves both the sound quality and the drink prices.

As for the sonics, Jackie O and Denman promise tons of bass: from hip-hop and club to grime and dubstep; think Trouble and Bass in DC’s own little laboratory. Not specific enough? Then listen to Denman’s brand new mix, Hell is From Here to Eternity, which moves from future bass to trap music to unforgiving grime. At exactly an hour in length, it’s a microcosm of DC’s latest destination event.

9-Close // 21+ // FREE
The Velvet Lounge
915 U Street NW, Washington, DC

Shameless self-promotion: Me Against the Music

On June 14 (tomorrow night, coincidentally my mom’s birthday if she’s reading this), I’m proud to be a part of Me Against the Music: Branding Marketing and Surviving the Music Industry, a panel at Brightest Young Things‘ not-quite-a-popup-shop. Appropriately, the discussion of music – specifically the tension between craft and business – in the digital age is being held at an online magazine’s vitaminwater-branded art space.

The panel will be hosted by Marcus Dowling (late of True Genius Requires Insanity, and too many other publications of note). Also featured are:

Shannon Emamali, Executive Director, GRAMMY, Washington, DC Chapter
Casey Rae-Hunter, Communications Director, Future of Music Coalition
Jonathan Fischer, Arts Editor, Washington City Paper
Steve Lambert, Hood Booking (concert booker for DC9, Rock and Roll Hotel, Red Palace)
Substantial, Noted MC, QN5 Music

Music listeners are always broaching this topic: the invisible hands that guide the market of what we discover, listen to, and share with each other. It will be great to get different perspectives on this ubiquitous issue. Hope to see you there!

Tuesday, June 14
7:30 PM – 9:30 PM
vitaminwater uncapped LIVE
2217 14th Street NW
Washington, DC

Unofficial OFWGKTA After Party, presented by Postcultural.com

In LA, Tyler, the Creator was detained by the cops.

In Boston, a meet-and-greet at Newbury Comics nearly turned into a riot.

In Detroit, the audience threw glass bottles, Hodgy Beats attacked an audience member, and the Wolf Gang called it a night.

Is DC ready for Odd Future?

What press-captivating antics will transpire before, during, or after Wednesday night’s sold-out show at the Rock and Roll Hotel are a mystery. But if the show is anything like the collective’s Valentine’s Day gig at U Street Music Hall, it is sure to be a memorable night.

That’s why Postcultural is proud to present the unofficial OFWGKTA After Party, featuring the DJ stylings of Matt Rose and Blake9.

The last time an eagerly-awaited performer graced the stage at the Rock and Roll Hotel, he spent some time upstairs, mingling with fans. Will the same be true tomorrow night? Come hang out after the show to find out. Just don’t ask about Earl.