D.C. Music Download is gearing up for their next local showcase on May 22 at the Rock & Roll Hotel! They'll be celebrating Lithium Burn, the new album from local favorites and NPR darlings, Deleted Scenes. The group will be kicking off their summer tour in their hometown of DC with the help of up and coming local act, Laughing Man, as well as New York indie-group, Celestial Shores.
D.C. Music Download is an online music magazine that highlights the best and brightest acts located in the Washington, D.C. area. They also book major music events throughout the year to showcase talented bands. They've quickly gained a reputation for having a distinctive ear and their showcases have become a DC-Must when it comes to quality local music. D.C. Music Download is now a leader for information, news, and resources for local music fans. In the two years since its inception, it has held several successful local showcases, including a sold out 2 Year Anniversary doorbuster at the famed 9:30 Club.
Deleted Scenes, a four-piece indie band, originally formed in nearby Montgomery County, Md., and is a prime example of local talent that's gained well-deserved attention. They released their first full-length album, Birdseed Shirt, in 2009, fifteen years after meeting in grade school. It was recorded mostly in group houses across the East Coast with producer L. Skell. Pitchfork praised its “thoughtful existentialism and strange, drowsy downers” (8.0 score), and NPR called it “playfully unpredictable and totally infectious.” The band will be celebrating their album release, Lithium Burn, their third recording together and first since 2009.
Celestial Shore's first full-length record entitled 10x is out now via Hometapes and Local Singles Records. Mixed by Greg Saunier, 10x expands on the band's earlier EPs with more fully-developed song structures, offering more room to employ its growing bag of tricks – the odd beats dropped here or there, muscly breakneck spazzouts, and ecstatic wind-up reveries that immediately distinguish their sound and feel.
Laughing Man has garnered impressive acclaim opening for acts such as Wavves, Blk Jks, the Love Language, Wale, the Evens, and Ted Leo. The band creates an incredibly eclectic collage of sound derived from elements of art punk, jazz, garage rock and soul music, one that's not all together easy to put into words. The Lovings ('63-'69) is the band's debut album and combines the tension and energy from the live show with a cultivated, mature studio effort. Their followup EP Be Black Baby will be out in the Spring of 2014.