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Paul Santori's Random Opponent

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Band/Artist Name: PSRO

Recommended if you like: PSRO

Story behind your band/artist name: PSRO is an acronym for Paul Santori's Random Opponent. Paul is a product of the punk/proto-alternative scene in Chicago where he had several bands before moving to the DC area in 2012. In 2013, a woman in England was playing Scrabble online and, having run out of turns late one night, hit the random opponent button and got Paul. One thing led to another and now that English woman, Inez, and Paul are happily married with Inez handling management for the band. So, Paul Santori's Random Opponent is in fact Inez and that's where the name comes from.

Band Members: Paul Santori, guitar and vocals; Dr. Thorne, bass; Seth "The Machine" Koppisch, drums.

What part of the DC region is the artist tied to and how? Where is the artist's current home base if not DC : All band members live in NOVA.

At least 3 interesting/entertaining facts about the band related to persons/events in Washington DC area: Entire band risked electrocution by playing in the flooded basement bar area at Jake's Boiler Room in DC.
Endured cannon fire on the Potomac aboard a steamboat while playing at Paul's wedding. 
Band debuted at State Theatre in Falls Church with a show featuring Paul on solo acoustic followed by PSRO and a reunion show of Paul's Band from Chicago, The Watchmen.

Anything else we should know, or you want to share:

Official Website URL: www.psro.band

Facebook URL: https://www.facebook.com/paulsantorisrandomopponent/

iTunes Link: https://itun.es/us/Fxbs-

Spotify Link: https://open.spotify.com/album/6zifXyeTyQLSJJlmV4fAVL

Other Links: https://www.reverbnation.com/paulsantorisrandomopponent?profile_view_source=header_icon_nav

Main Genre: Rock

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Pleasure Train

PLEASURE TRAIN DC MUSIC ROCKS

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Band/Artist Name: Pleasure Train

Recommended if you like: Valerie's vocals have been compared to Amy Winehouse, Alabama Shakes, Alicia Keys, and Florence Welch. The rest of the band has wide ranging influences from indie rock to deep house to funk-disco-R&B and jam bands.

Story behind your band/artist name: Early in the life of the band, some of us were sitting around drinking beer and trying to come up with a good band name. Our keyboardist, Mike, offered up “Pleasure Train” almost as a joke, and it just stuck. It took some of the other band members a while to come around, but eventually we all realized it’s a really awesome band name. It’s evocative, provocative, and memorable–and it does a pretty good job of distilling our band’s vibe and general approach to music and life! Also, if we ever find ourselves embattled in legal issues and unable to use our band name anymore, we can always change it to Treasure Plane.

Band Members: Valerie Vega (vocals), Ian Dandridge (guitar), Richard Fiegel (guitar), Mike Paquette (keyboards), Will Berger (bass), Andrew Gabor (drums)

What part of the DC region is the artist tied to and how? Where is the artist's current home base if not DC : Five out of the six members of Pleasure Train grew up in the Northern Virginia (Fairfax) area.

At least 3 interesting/entertaining facts about the band related to persons/events in Washington DC area: Our first gig together was the SLUTROCK--an outdoor sexual assault awareness event at the National Sylvan Theatre in DC on a cold November day. Our fingers almost fell off playing a 3 song set!

Many of our best songwriting session take place in a secret grotto affectionately known as "the Poon Palace," where we allegedly conduct ritual sacrifices and occult rituals in pursuit of our creative muse.

For the past two years, we've volunteered for the American Heart Association's Greater Washington Area Heart Walk, playing a live set on the corner of 14th and Madison Streets NW for hundreds of volunteers as they walk to raise money and awareness for causes related to heart and vascular disease.

Anything else we should know, or you want to share: We are releasing an EP in Spring 2017, which will be our first release of new recorded material in over 2 years!

Official Website URL: http://www.pleasuretrainmusic.net/

Facebook URL: https://www.facebook.com/pleasur3train/

iTunes Link: https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/calabasas-single/id1178839538

Spotify Link: https://play.spotify.com/artist/0CeIg7L8sY1eFcskQy0jvO

Other Links: https://pleasuretrain.bandcamp.com/releases

Main Genre: Rock

Other Genres: #SEXGROOVE, indie rock, funk, soul, disco, jam, alternative rock, synthpop

The Private Contractors

The Private Contractors

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Band/Artist Name & Pronunciation: The Private Contractors Th-uhh Prie-Vet-Con-tract-ers

Recommended if you like: Weezer, blink 182, The all american rejects, All time low, Green Day, The Pixies

Story behind your band/artist name: Well John is a personal trainer and Greg was studying to become a Real Estate Agent. So on a 12 hour drive home from Nashville to DC we decided to start a band and Greg thought of the name because we both had a profession of being a contractor.

Band Members: John (Vocals and Bass), Greg (Guitar)

What part of the DC region is the artist tied to and how? Where is the artist's current home base if not DC : Chevy Chase DC. Currently live in a house over here.

At least 3 interesting/entertaining facts about the band related to persons/events in Washington DC area: 1. Huge Redskins fans! John's mom even was a Redskins Cheerleader in the 80s.
2. Greg bikes rock creek park frequently on his $9000 mountain bike
3. John Works at Washington Sports Clubs which can be found all over DC and Maryland

Anything else we should know, or you want to share:

Official Website URL: https://www.instagram.com/theprivatecontractors/

Facebook Full URL: https://www.facebook.com/ThePrivateContractors/

iTunes Link: http://itunes.apple.com/album/id1434633971?ls=1&app=itunes

Spotify Link: https://open.spotify.com/album/2Eu7K9ISymOXxRr7enay2W?si=mOHp0KfyTaqA5p9l6mHI3Q

Twitter Handle: @ThePCsBand

Instagram Handle: @ThePrivateContractors

Main Genre: Rock

Other Genres: Pop Rock, Punk Rock, Alternative Rock,

Rent Party

Rent Party

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Band/Artist Name & Pronunciation: Rent Party, Re-nt Par-tee

Recommended if you like: Black Keys, Arctic Monkeys, Strokes

Story behind your band/artist name: Rent Party is a social occasion where tenants hire a musician or band to play and pass the hat to raise money to pay their rent, originating in Harlem during the 1920s.

Band Members: Finn Cohan (vocals, guitar), Ryan Conway (vocals, guitar), Michael Silverglade (bass), Jack Kessler (Drums)

What part of the DC region is the artist tied to and how? Where is the artist's current home base if not DC : From Silver Spring MD.

At least 3 interesting/entertaining facts about the band related to persons/events in Washington DC area:

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Official Website URL: http://www.skylynerecordco.com/rent-party-bio

Facebook URL: https://www.facebook.com/RentPartyMD/?ref=bookmarks

iTunes Link: https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/involved/id1234917060?i=1234917284

Spotify Link: https://open.spotify.com/artist/3jk1yQcbMrS85reL0jWCwF

Other Links: Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/rentpartygram/
Bandcamp: https://rentpartymd.bandcamp.com/
Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/rent-party-42228825

Main Genre: Rock

Other Genres: Alternative Rock, Blues Rock, Indie Rock

Radar

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Band/Artist Name & Pronunciation: RadaR / RAY-DAR

Recommended if you like: Metric, Radiohead, Walk the Moon, New Politics, U2

Story behind your band/artist name: Coming from diverse realms of rock, Charles (lead vox and keys), Robzie (Drums), Joey (Bass) and Jaymes (guitarist) joined forces to create something authentic and fresh. While they have different backgrounds ranging from punk to pop, the common denominator is the genuine passion for rock and roll. After numerous tours and enterprises throughout Europe, UK, and parts of the States, Jay, Charles and Robzie landed side-by-side. Mindblown, they believe that their love of music and pursuits in creating music brought them together. They think that much like actual radars, people send frequencies into the world through every action they take and thought they have, leading to finding and being found by others on the same wavelength. RadaR celebrates their journey both in the studio and on stage through the deep resonating sounds and thumping rhythms they create together. A contagious and powerful energy leaves spectators wanting more. A live band you'll love.

Band Members: Charles Maven (lead vox and keys), Robzie Trulove (Drums), Joey Garcia (Bass) and Jaymes Lunsford (guitarist)

What part of the DC region is the artist tied to and how? Where is the artist's current home base if not DC : Maryland

At least 3 interesting/entertaining facts about the band related to persons/events in Washington DC area: RadaR can't keep plants alive, not even cactus.

RadaR rented a U-Haul and shoved a couch in the back to play at a local show once. 

We did a show at Velvet Lounge where we covered people in facepaint and transformed the space into a glow-in-the-dark dance party. That was pretty cool.

Anything else we should know, or you want to share: RadaR won two consecutive awards through MASC for our songs Rage (2018) and Any (2017), both off of our debut EP, The Wavelength Vol. One.

Official Website URL: www.radarrockband.com

Facebook URL: www.facebook.com/radarrockband

iTunes Link:  https://geo.itunes.apple.com/us/artist/radar/1339209954?app=itunes

Spotify Link: https://open.spotify.com/artist/7ClKy92UBEXqjNxM4LSjUe

Other Links: https://www.presskit.to/radar#home

Twitter: @Radar_DC

Main Genre: Rock

Other Genres: dance rock, indie rock, hard rock, pop, rock, pop rock, instrumental, industrial, electronic, shoegaze, indie, dance

RHESTORED

rhestored dc music rocks

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Band/Artist Name: Rhestored

Recommended if you like: General rock

Band Members: Ray, Philip, Dodjie, Calvin, Jordan

What part of the DC region is the artist tied to and how? Where is the artist's current home base if not DC : NOVA

At least 3 interesting/entertaining facts about the band related to persons/events in Washington DC area: 2 cds both on iTunes ad Spotify and many others.

Anything else we should know, or you want to share: Recording 3rd CD have an additional lead female singer.

Official Website URL: Http://www.rhestored.com

Facebook URL: https://www.facebook.com/Rhestored-558218530884456/

iTunes Link: https://itunes.apple.com/us/artist/rhestored/id613695665

Spotify Link: https://open.spotify.com/artist/1rPBi0FqSTEmiCWUCZ2kET

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Main Genre: Rock

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Root Deco

Root Deco

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Band/Artist Name & Pronunciation: Root Deco

Recommended if you like: Yardbirds, Kinks, Byrds, Bobby Fuller Four

Story behind your band/artist name: With roots that run deep into the decaying DC club grind, Root Deco made its mark as an eccentric trio embellishing its blues, country and retro-rock covers with psychedelic, Celtic and Eastern flourishes. Today the influences linger but the music is original. The sound is “decorative roots” or Root Deco. On the group's full-length and EP CDs and free Internet downloads the wry vignettes are grounded in hard-won experience and spin the emotional compass from chronic unemployment to the alien agenda. The propulsion is wailing harp, 6 and 12 string guitars, feedback and low tuned drums. Listen, dance, or listen and dance. It's all the same to Root Deco.

Band Members: Larry Vilchek (vocals, guitars); Paul Johnson (vocals, drums)

What part of the DC region is the artist tied to and how? Where is the artist's current home base if not DC : Northern VA

At least 3 interesting/entertaining facts about the band related to persons/events in Washington DC area: The band performs as a duo. The majority of Root Deco songs are originals, in a variety of genres.Root Deco has received radio airplay around the world.

Official Website URL: www.rootdeco.com

Facebook URL: www.facebook.com/rootdeco

iTunes Link: https://geo.itunes.apple.com/us/artist/root-deco/id6318867

Spotify Link: https://open.spotify.com/artist/6SgHGFEHcHqCi42bQYe7tY

Main Genre: Rock

Other Genres: blues rock, garage rock, blues rock, psychedelic rock with a touch of country and jazz at times

Silo Halo

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Band/Artist Name & Pronunciation: Silo Halo (Sigh-Low / Hay-Low)

Recommended if you like: Lee Ranaldo, Mission of Burma, Ride, The Bad Seeds, Slowdive

Story behind your band/artist name:

Band Members: Silo Halo is a band from Los Angeles and Washington, DC, comprised of Christopher Goett (The Undercast, Girl Loves Distortion) and Greg Svitil (Teething Veils, The Antiques). The band played its first show in the spring of 2010. Additional members have included Ivan Basauri, Alejandro Castaño, Christin Durham, Chuck Engel, Nathan Jurgenson, Stacey Lockerman, and Davis White.

What part of the DC region is the artist tied to and how? Where is the artist's current home base if not DC : Petworth DC. Chris and Greg lived 10 blocks apart in the zip code 20011 for 10+ years.

At least 3 interesting/entertaining facts about the band related to persons/events in Washington DC area: Empress of Sound Studio (EOS) is an artist-run analog and digital recording facility in the Petworth neighborhood of Washington, DC. It was founded in 2009 by Greg Svitil and Christopher Goett. 

EOS remains an important hub of rehearsal and music-creation for Silo Halo to this day. Upcoming song "Casa Alta" from the band's pending 2017 release was arranged and recorded there.

Early musical collaboration between Chris and Greg included recording and mixing Fangs Out's debut LP "Speech Shadowing" (2010) as well as mastering Locrian's "Endless Plains / Flat Horizon" cassette (2009).

Anything else we should know, or you want to share: The band is self-managed and operates under the umbrella of Etxe Records, an independent label founded by Christopher Goett and label-partner Jenn Thomas in 2007. The band maintains a preference to engage in activities that enhance community. We've actively participated in Girls Rock DC and other benefit shows within DC.

Silo Halo will have a new release in the the fall of 2017 (currently being mastered) featuring 10 songs.

Official Website URL: http://www.etxerecords.com/silo-halo

Facebook URL: https://www.facebook.com/silohalo/

iTunes Link: https://silohalo.bandcamp.com/

Spotify Link: https://silohalo.bandcamp.com/

Other Links: http://www.etxerecords.com/silo-halo-press/

Main Genre: Rock

Other Genres: Post-Punk, Post-Rock, Shoegaze, Dark-Wave, Noise-Pop

Shark Week

Shark Week DC Music Rocks


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Band/Artist Name: : Shark Week

Each current band member: First name, nickname (if any) and instrument: : Ryan Hunter Mitchell - vocals guitar, Dan Newhauser - drums, Danielle Vu - bass, Alberto Pacheco - guitar

What part of the DC region is the artist tied to and how? Where is the artist's current home base if not DC? : Petworth, Mount Pleasant, Columbia Heights, Baltimore

At least 3 interesting/entertaining facts about the band that are related to persons/places/things/events that happened in the Washington DC area. Give us fun stuff, not normal bio stuff! : Ryan owns and operates Eaatern Confederate hair salon and Suns Cinema in Mount Pleasant. 
The band hosts shows at their Petworth practice space in the summer.
Dan is a political journalist.

Anything else we should know, or you want to share? :

Band/Artist Official Website: : www.sharkweekmusic.com

Band/Artist Facebook URL: : www.facebook.com/sharkweekdc

The Sea Life


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Band/Artist Name: The Sea Life

Recommended if you like: Modest Mouse, Surf Curse, WU LYF

Story behind your band/artist name: unfortunately not

Band Members: Jon Weiss- Guitars/Vocals, Jordan Sanders-Bass, Payton Brown- Guitars/Vocals Jules Hale- Vocals/Drums

What part of the DC region is the artist tied to and how? Where is the artist's current home base if not DC : Manor Park / Petworth

At least 3 interesting/entertaining facts about the band related to persons/events in Washington DC area: Jon Weiss books the music venue at Songbyrd and started Babe City Records.
Drummer Jules Hale is the songwriter for DC-based band Den-Mate.

Anything else we should know, or you want to share: :)

Official Website URL: thesealife.bandcamp.com

Facebook URL: facebook.com/thesealifemusic

iTunes Link: https://itunes.apple.com/us/artist/the-sea-life/id396347696

Spotify Link: https://open.spotify.com/artist/0nyMJtZpZxOGzxgn1cpZVQ

Other Links: https://babecityrecords.bandcamp.com/
http://www.babecityrecords.com/

Main Genre: Rock

Other Genres: garage rock, shoegaze, dreampop

Spirit Plots

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Band/Artist Name & Pronunciation: Spirit Plots

Recommended if you like: Wire, the fall, the clean, guided by voices

Story behind your band/artist name:

Band Members: David johnston-bass/vocals, Javier Diaz-guitar, Sammy Ponzar-drums

What part of the DC region is the artist tied to and how? Where is the artist's current home base if not DC : Falls church/silver spring/arlington

At least 3 interesting/entertaining facts about the band related to persons/events in Washington DC area: Javier also plays in hit band 'trajectories', he realizes that spirit plots are scraping the bottom of the barrel
Spirit Plots is Sammy and David's third outing as failed DC rhythm section. See also: America hearts,teenage aviation
Spirit Plots has two 'interesting/entertaining facts about the band'. Most other local bands have at least three - possible explaination for 1. and 2. above

Anything else we should know, or you want to share:

Official Website URL: https://spiritplots.bandcamp.com/

Facebook URL: https://www.facebook.com/spiritplots/

iTunes Link: http://itunes.apple.com/album/id1134260705?ls=1&app=itunes

Spotify Link: https://open.spotify.com/artist/73BJglyMxFPBbVu8OJ0xgH?si=uDVIdDPdTTSfDD4_eV6O3Q

Main Genre: Rock

Other Genres: Garage/indie rock

Sean Chyun

Sean Chyun

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Band/Artist Name & Pronunciation: Sean Chyun - Pronounced Sean Chun

Recommended if you like: The Beatles, Tom Petty, U2

Band Members: Sean Chyun

What part of the DC region is the artist tied to and how? Where is the artist's current home base if not DC :Bethesda, MD

Official Website URL: http://www.seanchyun.com

Facebook Full URL: http://www.facebook.com/seanchyunmusic

iTunes Link: https://itunes.apple.com/us/artist/sean-chyun/139211822

Spotify Link: https://open.spotify.com/artist/1c8cJTgxQudmd3OexNRfUq?si=UtSStVqIRpG1wNGn30pYug

Twitter Handle: @seanchyun

Instagram Handle: @seanchyun

Main Genre: Rock

Other Genres: Pop

Schreiner

Schreiner

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Band/Artist Name & Pronunciation: Schreiner (Sh - rah - eener)

Recommended if you like: Justin Timberlake, Maroon 5, Lenny Kravitz

Story behind your band/artist name: The story behind Schreiner is pretty straightforward, it’s the last name of frontman and lead singer, John Schreiner. But as with any life, the story that goes with that name is anything but simple. A DMV native, John Schreiner has spent his entire life working in music. He started writing and performing at age 12, won numerous regional and national competitions over the years both for singing and songwriting, has an earned degree in Vocal Music Performance (Lee University, 2012), and worked as a songwriter in the vibrant music scene of the southeast for 6 years. He returned to the DMV in 2015, formed the trio in 2016, and looks forward to continuing the lifetime of dedication to the craft of music, encapsulated in the trio’s simple handle: Schreiner.

Band Members: Jay - Bass Guitar, Zach - Drums

What part of the DC region is the artist tied to and how? Where is the artist's current home base if not DC : We perform mostly in DC and Northern Virginia. Our home base is in Haymarket, VA.

Official Website URL: https://www.schreinermusic.com/

Facebook Full URL: https://www.facebook.com/JohnSchreinerMusic/

iTunes Link: https://itunes.apple.com/us/artist/schreiner/159282791

Spotify Link: https://open.spotify.com/artist/4k3lyM2sy661UBcr77swwa

Instagram Handle: @schreiner_music

Main Genre: Rock

Other Genres: pop rock, R&B vocals, modern rock, southern rock, blues, blues-rock.

The Sidleys

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Band/Artist Name & Pronunciation: The Sidleys

Recommended if you like: Annie's voice is usually compared to Amy Winehouse, Adele, Chaka Khan and Ann Wilson. Music is crossover with soul/jazz and rock influences in the vain of Stevie Wonder, Celo Green, Coldplay, The Internet, Lake Street Dive.

Story behind your band/artist name: The thumping bass and hypnotic drums can be heard from miles away in the modest Cape Cod style home tucked away in suburban Bethesda, Maryland. This is where the magic happens, where music is created and sweet harmonies fill the home of one of Washington, D.C.’s most well known musical families. The Sidleys are two generations of family that create amazing music together: longtime DC area favorites singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalists Annie Sidley (guitar/vocals) and Steve Sidley (guitar/vocals), along with their three musically gifted sons, Colin Sidley (bass/vocals), Ian Sidley (keyboards/vocals) and Sean Sidley (drums). Together, they are known for their memorable songs, powerful vocals, effervescent harmonies, accomplished musicianship and energetic live shows.

Band Members: Steve Sidley (vocals/guitar/keyboards), Annie Sidley (vocals/guitar), Sean Sidley (drums), Colin Sidley (vocals/bass) and Ian (vocals/keyboards)

What part of the DC region is the artist tied to and how? Where is the artist's current home base if not DC : Bethesda, MD

At least 3 interesting/entertaining facts about the band related to persons/events in Washington DC area: Family band
Kids home schooled for 8 years
Steve and Annie Sidley met when they were teenagers and have been together for over 3 decades!

Anything else we should know, or you want to share: All of the music was written and produced by Annie & Steve Sidley. 
Mixed by Doug Derryberry (John Mayer, Dave Matthews)
Mastered by Michael Fossenkemp (Michael Jackson, Elton John)

Official Website URL: http://www.thesidleys.com/

Facebook URL: https://www.facebook.com/thesidleysmusic/

iTunes Link: https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/the-love-you-make/id1236370775

Spotify Link: https://open.spotify.com/album/2wbYdt05p9g9kM8nwFcY7H

Other Links: https://www.reverbnation.com/thesidleys
https://soundcloud.com/thesidleys/sets/theloveyoumake
https://twitter.com/thesidleys
https://www.instagram.com/thesidleys/

Main Genre: Rock

Other Genres: soul, r&b, jazz, pop, AAA