Sunday, April 19, 2009

The Pulse's very own DC/MD/VA Concert Calendar

So here at The Pulse, we like to be trend setters. So we have decided to present our very own concert calendar. We will be listing the local shows in the DC/MD/Va area so YOU can check some hot bands out. We will post the upcoming concerts for every two weeks so you know when the hottest shows are coming your way. Since there are so many shows that come around the area, we have picked the MUST SEE shows. Be sure to check out each venue's site to get an updated list filled with ticket info, times, etc.

Concerts from 4/20 - 5/3

4/20/09: Acid Mothers Temple/Sonic Suicide Squad @ Ottobar
4/23/09: Travis/The Republic Tigers @ 9:30 Club
4/23/09: Jeremy Jay/The Art Department/Snowmen @ Talking Head
4/23/09: Modern Skirts @ Black Cat
4/23/09: Jeremy Jay @ Sonar
4/24/09: Kings of Leon/The Walkmen @ Patriot Center
4/24/09: My Favorite Highway @ Sonar
4/24/09: Streeligh Manifesto @ The Recher
4/24/09: Copeland/This Providence/Paper Route/Brooke Waggoner @ Rock 'N Roll Hotel
4/24/09: Action Painters @ Metro Gallery
4/24/09: Spectrum/Pontiak @ Sonar
4/25/09: Bowerbirds/Bell/Birdlips @ Rock 'N Roll Hotel
4/25/09: Simian Mobile Disco @ Sonar
4/25/09: Manchester Orchestra/Fun/The Audrye Sessions/Winston Audio @ Ottobar
4/26/09: The Water/Screen Vinyl Image/Ceremony @ Metro Gallery
4/26/09: Julie Doiron @ DC9
4/26/09: Oppenheimer/The Presidents of The United States of America @ 9:30 Club
4/28/09: Chain and The Gang/Hive Dwellers/Mahjongg @ Talking Head
4/28/09: Katie Stelmanis @ The Red and The Black
4/28/09: Paleo/Fearsome Creatures/Old Thunder Heart @ Golden West Cafe
4/28/09: Hoots and Hellmouth @ Rams Head Tavern
4/28/09: We The Kings, FTSK, The Cab @ The Recher
4/29/09: Electric Six/Living Things @ Black Cat
4/30/09: The Kills/The Horrors/Magic Wands @ 9:30 Club

5/01/09: Freeland/Alex Metric @ Rock 'N Roll Hotel
5/01/09: Sum 41 @ Sonar
5/01/09: Death By Sexy/The Whore Moans @ The Red and The Black
5/01/09: The Shackeltons/FFHH/Caestles/Fourth Grade Security Risk @ Sidebar
5/02/09: Peter Bjorn and John/Chairlift @ 9:30 Club
5/02/09: Silverstein w/ Norma Jean, Blessthefall @ Rams Head Live
5/02/09: Dinosaur Jr/Mike Watt @ Ottobar
5/02/09: Noah and The Whale/Ferraby Lionheart/Anni Rossi @ Black Cat
5/02/09: Crack The Sky @ The Recher
5/03/09: Cursive/Man Man @ Black Cat
5/03/09: The Lovetones/The Laughing Man/Embarrasing Fruits @ Velvet Lounge

A wave of new music, that's Storm The Beaches

Arising from two Baltimore area bands, Storm the Beaches is electrifying venues throughout eastern Maryland. Mark Mikina, formerly of The Autumn Sun, sings, writes and plays guitar and the rhythm section is comprised of bassist Danny Reedy, also from The Autumn Sun, and drummer Josh Yeager from Chasing Honesty. With the addition of Mark's long-time friend Wills Mayo, a bluegrass aficionado, the band began rehearsing and, soon after, recording their unique brand of music. These guys are no doubt one of Baltimore's premier musical acts. Storm The Beaches' sound is as full and rich as any world-touring band. Mark's vocals are undoubtedly strong, as well as the band's overall sound. Check them out on their Myspace by clicking on the banner below.

Saturday, April 11, 2009

They aren't your normal family, they're The Baker Family

All in the Family

During a visit to Asheville, North Carolina, I met up with music producer David Barret, who also happened to be the drummer of The Baker Family Band. During a long chat at the recording studio in University of North Carolina Asheville, Barret described the band as a "a creative, original, listenable, and danceable indie rock band". He gave me a preview of their EP that was just released this past thursday (April 9th) at the Grey Eagle* and it introduced my ears to a new sound. The best way to describe the The Baker Family (TBF) would be a folk rock band full of excitement, loneliness, judgment, and hope. Their songs range from folky country to unconventional indie rock. The Bakers have performed all around Asheville, North Carolina, Atlanta, and NYC. Now, check them out at and at where you can even download some of their songs for FREE!

Watch the music video for their single "Bakers Can't Be Choosers"

*A small club in the town of Asheville