REASONS TO COME EARLY: Ex Hex
DC Punk comes full circle with the eruption of local all-ladies punk band Ex Hex. The band features Mary Timony of Autoclave, a short lived DC all-girl punk band who released a few albums on Dischord Records. They have been pretty mysterious since their recent signing to Merge Records, with only one song, “What Kind of Monster" (incidentally a cover of a song by another all-girl punk band, Slant 6), available for streaming. Expect an EP in March and a full-length out sometime in 2014, but catch them opening for the Hives on December 10 to satisfy your Riot-Grrrl cravings until then.
SHOW PREVIEW: RDGLDGRN
If you went to Warped Tour this summer, your ears may have been blessed with the auditory miracle that is RDGLDGRN. These Reston dudes recorded their breakout record at Sound City Studios in LA where music giants from Neil Young to the Chili Peppers have cut legendary tracks since 1969. RDGLDGRN combines reggae, hip-hop, the unique DC go-go sound, and indie rock to create some unique tunes. Their first album, RDGLDGRN, features Dave Grohl on the drums and producer artist extraordinaire Pharell Williams co-writing on ‘Doing the Most’. Red on guitar, Gold on bass and vocals, and Green on vocals and guitar; these guys know what they’re doing.
The DC go-go sound evolved out of funk, R&B, and early forms of hip-hop which also features a syncopated, dotted rhythm. Chuck Brown and the Soul Searchers are recognized for cultivating most of the go-go trademark sound. Having RDGLDGRN shout out to music specific to their roots while giving it a new and marketable sound gives them even more potential for future success. No matter what kind of music you are into, these guys stand out among their peers and cannot be overlooked.
U STREET HAPPENING: Lake Shaw Ice Rink
Picture this: you feel like heading to the local ice rink to skate with some friends…but wait. There isn’t an ice rink in the neighborhood…yet! Imagine how cool it would be to have an outdoor ice rink for the community to call it’s own. The Lake Shaw Ice Rink has plans to open at the site of the Old City Farm and Guild, on the 900 block of Rhode Island Ave NW.
The rink aims to be a hub for the community and bring aspects of the local culture, history, and even food and drinks from neighborhood restaurants to the ice.
The Lake Shaw Ice Rink is currently being crowd funded and the project needs your help! There are a few incentives that go along with the donations that include:
So this holiday give a little something back to your community! The ice rink needs your help and think of all the great times that will come out of having one in the community.
DAILY GRAM: Love from the left coast.