Boggia, Bleu, and Bonham: Invasion of the Killer B’s

Flash Tour: Three Artists, Four Cities, Four Nights Tracy Bonham, Bleu, and Jim Boggia will be appearing together in four cities from March 1 - 4, 2011.  They'll hit everyone's home base: NYC (Bonham), Philly (Boggia), DC (me:), and MA (Bleu).  We first featured Bleu as a Free Friday pick, and were very impressed by [...]

By | February 26th, 2011|Gig Bag|

Atomic Tom: The Moment

Among the influences listed on Atomic Tom's Facebook page are The Cure, The Smiths, and New Order (twice).  The UK Pop/Rock sound of the 80's comes through on many of the cuts from their first full-length record, The Moment. Recorded not in a home studio, but in an apartment studio in Brooklyn, The Moment explores [...]

By | February 19th, 2011|Gig Bag, iThing|

DC Music Fest: Finally a festival to call our own

Washington DC's First Ever Annual Music Festival for Local Talent Arrives! The wait is finally over. An annual music festival dedicated solely to celebrating the wealth and diversity of music talent in the nation’s capital has arrived! The all-new DC Music Fest will showcase the next generation of DC area music talent, as well as [...]

By | December 28th, 2010|Gig Bag, x|

Margot MacDonald: Using Electronics for the Forces of Good

Rock & Roll Hotel Modern Times Christmas Show - Thu 12/23 7PM Among the many acts at the Rock & Roll Hotel on Thursday will be Margot MacDonald: DC native, product of Duke Ellington High School, and recent Artist-in-Residence at the Music Center at Strathmore.  Some singers use vocoders, auto-tune, compression, and other effects to [...]

By | December 22nd, 2010|Gig Bag|

Erin McKeown: “Queen of Quiet” Live at IOTA

We tipped you off to Erin McKeown's Distillation 10th Anniversary Tour a couple weeks ago, and are pleased to bring you exclusive multimedia coverage of her stop at IOTA on 10/23/2010.  For the first set, she played the entire Distillation album in reverse sequence, closing with "Queen of Quiet."  Sure, you can download the album, [...]

By | October 26th, 2010|Gig Bag, Guitar, Songs|

Open Auditions: YouTube Symphony Orchestra 2011

Sydney Opera House - March 14 - 20, 2011 You have until November 28, 2010 to submit your video audition for a spot in the the 2011 YouTube Symphony Orchestra.  Selected performers will win a paid trip to Sydney, Australia and participate in a week long summit leading up to a concert at the Sydney [...]

By | October 18th, 2010|Gig Bag|

Free Friday: Esperanza Spalding Edition

What makes music "beautiful"? While we wrestle with the metaphysical aspects of this question, in practical terms, one answer is "Esperanza Spalding".  The bassist, vocalist, and composer recently released her second album: Chamber Music Society, a follow up to her well-received 2008 debut, Esperanza. Where Esperanza melded jazz, funk, and latin rhythms with [...]

By | October 1st, 2010|Bass, free friday, Songs|

Dear New Orleans – A Benefit Concert at the Black Cat

Washington, DC - Monday, October 4, 2010 - 8:00 PM to 11:30 PM The Future of Music Coalition (FMC) and Air Traffic Control (ATC) are pleased to announce "Dear New Orleans - A Benefit Concert." taking place at the Black Cat, Washington, DC on Monday, October 4. The gig will showcase several of the artists [...]

By | September 28th, 2010|Gig Bag|

Arcade Fire at MSG: The Aftermath

Individual videos for many of the songs from Arcade Fire's concert at Madison Square Garden last week are now available on their Vevo Channel.  The live show garnered excellent reviews, as did Terry Gilliam's webcast production. From MMT HQ, the sound and video quality were both superb, unfortunately, they were not always in [...]

By | August 10th, 2010|Gig Bag, Songs, Tech|