VOTD: Sam Smith, “Stay With Me”

Sam Smith is the man of the moment. Hot off a sold out U Street Music Hall gig and SNL appearance, Smith just released the video for his latest single, Stay With Me. The track showcases Sam’s incredible vocal range as well as his ability to evoke an overwhelming amount of emotion. He steps away from his usual electro-pop sound for an acoustic ballad that conveys his yearning for love, showing that Sam Smith can truly do it all. The video features a distraught Smith walking through London after the presumable one-night stand referenced in the lyrics. He eventually finds himself in a church with a full choir that helps take the chorus of the “Stay With Me” to a whole other level. It’s sparse yet beautiful, making the anticipation for his debut album, In the Lonely Hour, even higher.

-Kelly McDonald

FROM THE VAULT: 9:30 Video with New Politics

Their single ‘Harlem’ has been spinning around in everyone’s heads since it has entered the rotation on our radio dials. Not only are their tunes fun, but these guys are super rad. Get to know New Politics.

TOUR BUS TOP FIVE: The Postelles

We talk and walk with The Postelles to pick their brains about what they can’t live without while on tour.

Who caught them at U Street Music Hall with Arkells and Ambassadors? Favorite moments from the show?

9:30 VIDEO: Tame Impala

Kevin and Dom of Tame Impala were nice enough to answer our questions, and your fan questions, backstage before their sold out show at 9:30 Club! Check it out!

TOUR BUS TOP FIVE: Deer Tick

What can’t the lovely gents from Deer Tick live without while on tour? Watch our video to find out!

9:30 Video: Rayland Baxter

After a stellar opening set (and a surprise appearance with Grace Potter for ‘Like A Prayer’ + glittering robe) Rayland Baxter was kind enough to follow us into our alley to answer a few of our questions. This is all a lot less scary than it sounds, just watch.

Dig his set? You can win a signed copy of his album ‘Feathers & Fishhooks' by tweeting us a photo from the show to @930Club or posting it to our Facebook timeline!

9:30 Top Ten with Dan Deacon!

This week’s top ten comes from our friend Dan Deacon! The Baltimore native gives us his list of Top Ten favorite things about his city! Check it out.

Backbar Session: G. Love (solo acoustic)

He may be sans Special Sauce, but that doesn’t mean he’s lacking in sound. Watch the soulful one man band himself play the hell out of his dressing room.

9:30 VIDEO: DJ Marmon

Hopefully, you have taken notice of the fact that our friends and partners, U Street Music Hall have been booking fresh DJ talent into our Backbar to make everyone’s Friday & Saturday nights at 9:30 Club complete with THAT much more rump shakin’.

One of our favorites, and three time Backbar party DJ, Dave Marmon (DJ Marmon) was kind enough to sit down with us to talk about EDM, personal influences, and his craziest gig. Check the video above!

BACKBAR SESSIONS: Cotton Jones

Mike from Cotton Jones christens our new series by performing acoustic for us in our Backbar!

Which of our upcoming artist (openers or headliners) would you like to see do a Backbar Session?