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1/23/18 - Special Guest: Turtle Recall

Thanks to Erin and Guido of Turtle Recall for hanging out with us in the studio this week!

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  1. The Motions, by FeelFree (Reggae, Alternative Rock)

  2. DC Tour Company, by Turtle Recall (Rock/Punk)

  3. Time Bomb, by Bells and Hunters (Rock, Blues Rock)

  4. Fort Worth Lady, by Human Country Jukebox (Country)

  5. Vision Hazy, by Matt Tarka (Rock)

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Are you a parent?  Have a young niece/nephew/cousin?  Did you know DC’s local music scene has kid-targeted family friendly music?  We caught Rocknoceros at The National Theatre in DC on Sat Jan 20.  Picture kids everywhere dancing, mom’s dancing with babies, and even a few dads showing their moves!  Everyone was smiling and laughing, it was hard to believe we were in the middle of dc with demonstrations and a government shutdown surrounding us within 2 blocks.  Songs we caught included: What Is Your Favorite Animal,  I Wish We Used The Metric System, Harry Elephante, and The United States Of America (they named all 50 states). We have a profile for these guys in our DC Artist Database so you can catch them around, they play regularly in the area.  We hope you’ll bring the kids and check them out

Our Instagram, @dcmusicrocks, started 6 months later than our facebook, but just surpassed 1000 followers and is about to overtake our facebook presence!  On instagram each week, we post pictures of the artists we share on the show and include interesting facts about them.  We also share concert shots of artists we’ve featured on the show when we’re at their shows.  We’ll keep the good content comin!  If you don’t follow us already, we hope you’ll come join the fun!  Thanks for making us a part of your instagram!



Jonny Grave - Fever

Ras Slick New Mini Documentary

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Check the calendar, linked below, for the full list!

Fri Jan 26
-Exnations, My French Roommate, Mystery Friends @ Rock N Roll Hotel on H St in NE
-Justin Trawick Album Release Show @ Pearl Street Warehouse in SW at the Wharf

Sat Jan 27
-Elikeh @ Gypsy Sally’s & Scott Thorn @ Gypsy Sally’s Vinyl Lounge in Georgetown

Sun Jan 28
-Venn @ DC9 Nightclub by U St

Tues Jan 30
-Tomato Dodgers @ DC9 Nightclub by U St


Would you support us?  We'd love to grow and do more!  We're giving away shirts, access to our private facebook group, and more!  We also intend to set aside 10% to contribute directly in the DC Local Music Scene through charities, sponsorships, events, etc.  We want to continue to pay it forward!

HUGE shoutout to our current Patrons! 
--Daniel Warren Hill    --David Mohl    --Eli Lev

Turtle Recall


Turtle Recall's Bio:

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Turtle Recall is pop/folk/rock that does mashups and medleys of Top 40, Rock, 90s, oldies, and country. No backing tracks here tho it’s 100% live music and we bring the energy and the party to every show. We have two albums of original music including our own happy birthday song so we never get stuck playing that dirge. Featuring vocal harmonies and electric fiddle atop punk-inspired rhythms is sure to bring the hype.

Housy (john currie’s house) has had so many parties it has it’s own Facebook page and our new drummer Clayton hosts an annual open jam front yard party called Farmaroo that is attended by so many musicians it’s like having a legit cover band playing all day. Farmaroo IX is in May 2018. We are playing Clarendon Grill on New Year’s Eve!


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Brian:     So, on DC Music Rocks, we're shedding a spotlight on the great songs, artists, and incredible people behind the DC region's local music scene. Turtle Recall is a pope ... A pope. It's a pope. No, it's definitely not a pope.

Erin:     Could be.

Guido:     A religious band.

Brian:     Wrong. It is a pop/folk/rock ...

Erin:     All the above.

Brian:     ... band that does mashups and medleys of top 40 rock, 90s, oldies, and country. There's no backing tracks. It's 100% live music, and they bring so much energy with every party that they do. They've got two albums of original music, including their own Happy Birthday song, which I want to hear one day. I haven't heard that one yet. They feature vocal harmonies, electric fiddle, atop punk-inspired rhythms, which bring some serious hype to every show. I've seen them live, I've seen them do this, and it's phenomenal.

Guido:     Oh, thanks.

Brian:     So, I've been a fan for a while, and it's freakin' awesome to actually have you guys here. Thanks for doing this.

Erin:     Thank you.

Guido:     Your show's cool.

Brian:     Thanks guys. So now, first, actually let me ... Tell me about the name. Where does Turtle Recall come from?

Guido:     I like turtles.

Erin:     Well, basically, yeah. We like turtles. I think we ... There's been an inside joke between all of us since high school. Most of us went to high school together, South Lakes High School, in fact.

Brian:     Nice, okay.

Erin:     Yeah. We were all in different areas of the art wing.

Guido:     You were, like, chorus.

Erin:     Chorus.

Guido:     I was the band kid.

Erin:     Yeah. Then, Matt was-

Guido:     Orchestra.

Erin:     ... orchestra, yeah. I was also in the fine arts. I did actual, you know, painting.

Guido:     John-Currie's your theater boy.

Erin:     Theater. He's the thespian.

Guido:     The theater.

Erin:     Yeah. So, we all knew each other in different ways, which was really fun.

Brian:     How many of the ... Now, there's six people. Introduce the names and instruments in the band.

Erin:     We have John-Currie-

Guido:     He plays the bass and sings.

Erin:     Yeah. And this was his New Year's resolution, to start this band. So, he gets a lot of credit.

Brian:     When was that? What year was that?

Erin:     I don't know, two-

Guido:     Would've been January 1st, 2009.

Brian:     Wow.

Erin:     But I was not in the band back then though.

Brian:     Got it.

Guido:     Yeah, we didn't pick up Matt and Erin until 2010. That's really when the band started.

Erin:     Yeah, he suckered me into it later.

Brian:     Oh, that's awesome. All right.

Erin:     Yeah, and then we have Guido who also does guitar and vocals. We have Matt who we call the talent. He's on fiddle, but he also does sound, he does lights, he created this crazy light board, and he can stomp on it and change the whole vibe of the show whenever he feels like it. And he also does harmonies, so you can tell why we call him talent.

Brian:     Get out of here. God, talent, yeah, seriously. Okay.

Erin:     We have Sam who does lead guitar.

Guido:     And trying to keep his eyes open.

Erin:     That's another, yeah, another one of his tasks.

Brian:     Okay, we'll stick with guitar then. All right, he's lead guitar, and then there's got to be drums.

Guido:     Clayton.

Erin:     Clayton.

Guido:     We kind of have a running Spinal Tap joke almost with the drummers in this band. We've easily clipped a baker's dozen, but we're really, really happy playing with Clayton right now. He's a great guy.

Brian:     That's awesome. So, Clayton's the current drummer. And then, of course, Erin on lead vocals, and harmonies, and all kinds of magical vocal things, right?

Erin:     Vocals, yep. I clap in one song, so I would like to be known for that.

Brian:     I've seen you with a tambourine. Some tambourine action.

Guido:     She plays a mean tambourine.

Erin:     I've been known to tamb-o.

Brian:     Nice. I love it. Now wait, where was that ... So, for folks who don't know that school that you mentioned, where is that?

Erin:     Reston, Virginia.

Brian:     So, you're all local Reston guys.

Erin:     Yeah.

Brian:     Wow, that's amazing.

Erin:     Yeah. Can never leave.

Brian:     Now, what is it that makes ... If people go see a Turtle show, what makes a Turtle Recall show special from maybe some of the other shows they could catch?

Guido:     I mean, I guess I'd have to go back to sort of what you mentioned in the intro. I really think the fact that we do everything live. It's just six people, we're ebbing and flowing tempo-wise as necessary for the feel, we can go to the next thing, and you can just do things that you can't do when you have piped-in music.

Erin:     We're also constantly rotating music. We mix up old school stuff, like a lot of classic rock, with the newer pop music. So, it kind of hits every crowd, I think, which is really fun.

Brian:     Nice. I mean, I've seen ... They have a medley they do, which I'm inspired-

Erin:     We have a couple medleys.

Brian:     Well, it's a medley, but it's also, like, 40, 50, 60 minutes, something straight where there's no stopping all the way though.

Erin:     Yeah.

Guido:     I think we're almost up to an hour now, and it probably covers about 30 songs.

Brian:     Holy smokes.

Guido:     So, I'm not trying to encroach on power hour territory here-

Erin:     We're close.

Guido:     ... but if you wanted to drink while we change songs, I wouldn't hold it against you.

Brian:     Please say that next time you do it. That's actually a really fun drinking game.

Erin:     I'm pretty sure Guido did encourage that at the last show.

Brian:     Yeah? Okay. That's amazing. I love that idea. All right, so now, you guys have a lot of fun, and you know each other. So, talk about funniest moment that comes to mind with Turtle.

Erin:     Funniest moment?

Guido:     Yeah, I think I got a good one for this one.

Brian:     Yeah?

Erin:     Go for it, go for it.

Guido:     I believe it was at Level X Lounge. I don't even know if it's called that anymore. That's up on U Street. So, they had a movie on. It was probably a Cinemax movie or something. That movie ended, and they were still projecting that channel on the wall. We were playing, I think it was Magic, you know, that B.o.B song with Rivers on the-

Erin:     (singing)

Brian:     Nice, okay.

Guido:     Well, let's just say, Cinemax turns to other forms of entertainment at that time of night.

Brian:     So, you were playing the soundtrack to a very interesting display on the screen? No way.

Guido:     Particularly, you know, not-

Erin:     Graphic.

Guido:     ... just not the right song for, you know.

Erin:     It definitely changed the vibe of the whole thing.

Guido:     But I didn't even know it was happening at the time. Our friend had a video of us, and he kind of just panned to the left to it.

Brian:     Oh man, that's amazing.

Guido:     I saw it the next day.

Brian:     Little did you know, you guys became a backing band for incredible cinema experience? That's awesome.

Erin:     Yeah, I've always wanted to be famous for something like that, so I feel like we checked it off the list, you know?

Brian:     That's awesome. What about you guys on a personal side? So, outside of this music thing, what do you guys do? Are you hobbies? What do you do outside of that?

Guido:     Can I be, like, super DC right now because this is what I do with all of my free time. This is what I do to have fun. What I do during the day is I work for the Department of Energy.

Erin:     Boo.

Guido:     So, we can be super DC and, "What do you do for a living?"

Brian:     Got it.

Erin:     I think I just fell asleep.

Brian:     Oh, okay. All right. So, there's Department of Energy during the day, and then there's all this music stuff. And speaking of all this music stuff, share the other bands because you're in some other bands now.

Erin:     I think there's seven now? Guido, are there seven?

Brian:     Seven? Stop it, Jesus.

Guido:     You know, I'm kind of getting a lot of flack for this, you know. I may be on the easy side.

Erin:     But we love him the most. So, let that be known.

Brian:     All right. We'll share him then. What do you got?

Guido:     But I'm really excited about a new project I'm starting with Casey, formerly of Tempercrush, called Boayt, B-O-A-Y-T. We don't really have anything up yet, but look out because we've got, like, a discord feel coming.

Brian:     Oh, nice.

Erin:     Look out.

Guido:     It's along the high-energy vibe-

Brian:     Got it.

Guido:     ... again.

Brian:     And then I know there's Bells and Hunters too. We're going to play one of those songs coming up, so you get to taste that.

Guido:     Bells and Hunters is, like, second band family. I mean, I just love everyone, and that band is such a good group of friends.

Brian:     That's awesome.

Erin:     I can vouch for them all too. They're all great.

Brian:     That's amazing. What about you, Erin?

Erin:     Oh, I don't do much. No, I have a pretty big family, so I try to prioritize them. They all live back in the area now. I have a couple of nieces.

Brian:     When you say "pretty big family" and "they all", how many people are we talking?

Erin:     I have four siblings, and a mom.

Brian:     Four siblings including you, or that means five kids altogether?

Erin:     No, five total.

Brian:     Wow, okay.

Erin:     We're all musical, so we all like to sing together.

Brian:     Oh, that's adorable.

Erin:     We've been singing together since we were little. But I try to hang out with them as much as I can. I also have a small business of my own doing marketing, and websites, and graphics, and stuff like that. So, it's an aside.

Brian:     Nice, yeah, I know man, it's like-

Erin:     I ride my bike, you know. I'm really cool, so I just want everyone to know.

Brian:     I was going to say, speaking of all this stuff you're sharing, you do sound pretty freakin' cool, I got to say.

Erin:     I'm super cool.

Brian:     I love it. And this marketing thing on the side, if people want to know about that, do you want to share that, or is that-

Erin:     Sure. I guess I've never advertised for it before, it's all been word of mouth, and it's just been really fun for me. I mean, you could go to if you want.


Erin:     I've never said that out loud before, but it's a thing.

Brian:     That's Erin, E-R-I-N, and Girardi is G-I-R-A-

Erin:     A-R-D-I.

Brian:     There it is.

Erin:     Dot com.

Brian: Check it out. Check her out.

Erin:     I'm impressed that you even got most of the way there.

Brian:     I feel cool now, thanks.

Erin:     You are very cool.

Brian:     I appreciate it. All right. Now, what about ... One of my favorite questions to ask on these interviews is, if you could offer one piece of advice, what would it be? From both of you guys.

Erin:     Oh, man. I know Guido has better advice than I do. Be nice to people. That's my advice.

Brian:     Be nice? Say more on that. Where does that come from?

Erin:     No, it's hard. Are you talking about being in a band? Is that what your advice-

Brian:     It's up to you. You can answer however you like.

Erin:     It's hard. Everyone knows being in a band is hard. Creative people are very emotionally attached to the things they're doing, so it's cool to get a bunch of impassioned people in the same room working on a project, but sometimes, hard conversations have to be had. So, going into it knowing to be open-minded, and listen, and be gentle when you're talking about someone else's art I think is important.

Brian:     God, so true. So true. I like it. All right, be nice. What do you got, Guido?

Guido:     I would ... Maybe preaching to the choir with this audience, but go out and see your friends' shows. Go see strangers' shows. It's always really fun, and it's really inspiring to see what other people are doing. We just had ... I didn't know you were going until I saw you there, but we just saw Juxt last Thursday at Union Stage-

Erin:     True, and they rule.

Guido:     ... and master class in stage performance.

Erin:     Yeah, they were awesome.

Brian:     Nice.

Erin:     There was some rolling around on the ground, I mean.

Brian:     Oh, excellent. Any time it goes all the way to the ground, you know that's just-

Erin:     There was a jumpsuit involved.

Guido:     And you know roXplosion caught it.

Brian:     Of course, there's going to be pictures.

Erin:     And those pictures were pretty awesome.

Brian:     And if you don't know who they're talking about, roXplosion is a photographer in the scene. He takes some of the best photos, and he actually was one of the first DC Music Rocks episodes. So, you can go back in the archives to one of the very first episodes-

Erin:     Aw, Alec.

Guido:     Number one.

Brian:     ... and catch an interview with him because he is an awesome dude.

Erin:     Such a winner.

Brian:     We love roXplosion. That is it. All right, now, last little bit here. If they want to find out more about Turtle Recall and follow what you're doing, and where do they find this information?


Brian:     Nice. And if you're on the social medias, what is it?

Erin:     We are Turtle Recall Music probably on all of them.

Brian:     All of them. Excellent.

Erin:     Yeah.

9/5/17 - Special Guest: Singer-Songwriter, Matt Tarka

Thanks to Matt Tarka, Singer-Songwriter from Montgomery County, for coming by the studio this week!

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  1. Battle Scars, by Laura Farrell (Indie, Folk)
  2. Very Little, by Matt Tarka (Rock)
  3. You and I, by The Sidleys (Rock/Soul)
  4.  Afraid of the Rain, by Yellowtieguy (Rock)
  5. Woman in Black, by Tomato Dodgers (Funk/Interstellar Funk)
  6. Bruises, by Bells and Hunters (Rock/ Blues Rock)

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     Thank you so much for your love and support of the DC Music Rocks Festival, which happened on Saturday 9/2.  To see 100+ pictures and videos everyone took at the event, go on instagram and check out the hashtag #dcmusicrocks930.  Thank you so much to everyone for supporting and coming out to this event.  A BIG thank you to the bands, Christian Hunt of the Capital City Showcase for MCing the evening, Tara G of Logan Circle Events, Rachel Levitin, Taylor Thomas and her husband JD, the 9:30 Club team, and so many more, there’s just so many people that we’re grateful for which helped in the creation of this event!   

     DC Music Rocks was featured in the DCist’s Article “DC’s 9 Best Local Music Podcasts.  Also featured friends of ours such as Sean Russell who was last week’s featured guest and his podcast “The Circus Life”, another one of our favorites, “Hometown Sounds”, the guys from “chunky glasses” that we’re dying to meet, and so many others.  Hope you’ll check it out, and thank you so much to Julie Strupp and the DCist for the spotlight!  We’re grateful and honored!


Allthebestkids - Confetti/Unafraid (2 Song Single)
Ms. Fridrich - Last Brick Laid (4 song EP)
Joshua Rich - Come On Over (14 Song Album)

Allthebestkids - Confetti

Paperhaus - Nanana


Fri Sep 8
Black Masala @ Songbyrd Music House in Adams Morgan in NW DC
Lauren Calve @ Gypsy Sally’s in Georgetown in NW DC
Taylor Carson @ Jammin Java in Vienna, VA

Sat Sep 9
Nappy Riddem & Rare Essence @ 202 Arts & Music Festival on M St in SW DC

Sun Sep 10
Leo & Cygnus, Hayley Fahey Music @ Takoma Park Folk Festival near Silver Spring, MD
Den-Mate @ DC9 Nightclub by U St in NW DC

Mon Sep 11
FuzzQueen @ Black Cat near 14th & U in NW DC

Wed Sep 13
Lionize, Tomato Dodgers @ Black Cat near 14th & U in NW DC
Veronneau CD/Album Release Party @ Blues Alley in NW DC

Matt Tarka



Matt Tarka DC Music Rocks

Have you ever had a moment where you’ve realized that you were late to the party, that you’ve spent too much energy on trying to please the wrong people or you’ve been deceived by those closest to you? If the answer is yes then the rock-inflected folk music of DC-based artist Matt Tarka will speak directly to you. Weaving isolated moments of heartbreak and rejection into his songs he continues the traditions of artists such as Tom Petty, Wilco and Carole King.

These themes flow from his new EP, Vision Hazy - recorded at Low Watt Recording in Savannah, GA with Ted Comerford (Jukebox The Ghost, Jonas Sees in Color) at the production helm, and subsequently mixed by Mitch Easter (R.E.M, Pavement, Dinosaur Jr.) at The Fidelitorium in North Carolina. Taking his folk origins and unleashing them, with the help of the occasional guitar flourish or fluttering drumbeat, the record sees Tarka bolster his sound with a rockier element. Sonically it’s his most advanced creation to date.

The considered nature of the tracks belies the slightly chaotic nature of his creative process. Ideas are roughly written down on index cards, notebooks, on scraps of paper left under the bed in case of night-time inspiration, or recorded into a dictation machine. Out of these assorted thoughts come the lyrics, which then shape the sound of his music. Demos are recorded onto an old cassette recorder, giving them a timeless feel from the very outset, and order is finally formed from his disorderly ruminations.

It’s a process that has evolved since his debut in 2008, as Tarka continues to follow his muse. As he says himself, ‘don’t let anyone tell you what kind of music you should be making, or how you should be making it. There are enough outside distractions in the world. Be true to yourself.’ You can hear this mantra ringing out in his honest lyrics and heartfelt delivery.

In an intimate live setting Tarka’s music takes on a different lease of life, careening and questing further from his tight recordings. Having already played in Baltimore, Philadelphia, NYC and DC (anywhere with a barbeque joint nearby), with new shows coming up there’ll be plenty of chances to hear the songs of Vision Hazy performed live. You needn’t worry if you’re late in discovering the sounds of Matt Tarka …. Now’s the perfect chance to catch up! 



Twitter: @MattTarka
Instagram: @MattTarka

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Brian:     On DC Music Rocks, we're shining a spotlight the great songs, and incredible people behind the DC region's local music scene. So Matt Tarka is an artist from Montgomery County. He describes his style as rock inflected folk, which we definitely heard in that track right there, for sure. He continues the tradition of artists such as Tom Petty, Wilco, and Carol King, by weaving isolated moments of heartbreak and rejection into his songs. And yet, he's a smiley, positive dude. He's sitting here with me. I first came across this guy because my Show coordinator, Daniel Hill, the yellow tie guy helps me put this together, and he and Matt know each other. He introduced me to Matt's music, and I've been a huge fan. So Matt, thanks for being here man.

Matt:     Yeah, thanks for talking to me.

Brian:     You're welcome. I'm glad we got that out of the way. So now tell us about you. When did music enter your life? How did that happen?

Matt:     Probably fourth grade. I started off playing alto sax in elementary school, and middle school band. Continued that track for about four or five years, just playing in elementary school and middle school band, and then later on I think ... What eventually happened was it was baseball season, and I was in early high school. A friend of mine to convince my mom and dad that I should join a band that he's starting right now, that it kind of looked like I could play bass. So without really any knowledge of what was going on, my friend Jeff decided to con my parents into buying four string Peavey Fury bass guitar. So I think that was really ... I always really enjoyed rock and roll music and stuff before that, but I think that really kind of solidified the deal.

Brian:     The four string bass sucked you in, huh?

Matt:     Sucked me in-

Brian:     That's amazing-

Matt:     [crosstalk 00:02:02] Peavey Basic 60 solid-state amp, that I just tormented my parents with for years [crosstalk 00:02:09]-

Brian:     It sounds like such fond memories that you and them both have, absolutely. Now Montgomery County, were you born and raised there? Or was that-

Matt:     No, I'm not originally from Montgomery County. I'm originally from Hershey, Pennsylvania.

Brian:     No way, Hershey Park, Pennsylvania?

Matt:     Hershey Park, yeah-

Brian:     That's what you're talking about, okay.

Matt:     So I had an amusement park and a chocolate factory in my backyard. It was a charmed life.

Brian:     Every kid's dream.

Matt:     Yeah-

Brian:     Right there-

Matt:     Yeah, charmed life I led.

Brian:     And when did you get to DC?

Matt:     Late 2001.

Brian:     Got it.

Matt:     I came down here for work.

Brian:     Awesome, have you been here ever since?

Matt:     Yeah.

Brian:     That's awesome, and now what about, so obviously music is a big part of your life, outside of music, what do you do? Hobbies, interests, what do you got?

Matt:     I'm an avid swimmer.

Brian:     What does that mean?

Matt:     Well, I-

Brian:     Twice a week, three times a week? How far?

Matt:     About three times a week. I usually swim consistently for about an hour or so, just continuously swimming laps.  Focus on freestyle, and breaststroke, and all that good stuff. I think it's a good cardiovascular activity, and [crosstalk 00:03:22]-

Brian:     Were you on the swim team as a kid or something?

Matt:     Meditative as well.

Brian:     Yeah.

Matt:     Yeah, I was on a swim team growing up. I think beginning of first or second grade.

Brian:     Oh wow-

Matt:     And continued on through middle school. So about the time that the saxophone lessons ended was when I decided to end my time on the swim team.

Brian:     Wow, alright-

Matt:     And really focused on music.

Brian:     I gotcha, so lots of swimming. What else?

Matt:     Let's see, I'm a huge college basketball fan.

Brian:     Really? Which team?

Matt:     Go Tar Heels. UNC-

Brian:     There it is-

Matt:     I'm a diehard Tar Heels basketball fan. It originates back to ... In the late '80s I was a fan of a player named Jeff Lebo, who kind of grew up around my hometown in Carlisle. So I sort of followed his career when I was younger and-

Brian:     Yeah-

Matt:     Yeah, went to he and his dad's basketball camp that he had, growing up around my house. So getting that sort of encouragement from somebody that I idolized I thought, this seems like a good school, a good college basketball school to follow. So that was my indoctrination into the world of the Carolina Tar Heels basketball-

Brian:     There it is. Go Tar Heels-

Matt:     History-

Brian:     I love it. Alright, now what do you have in your music collection that might surprise us?

Matt:     Well, I'm a huge fan of Dinosaur Jr., even though a lot of the music that tends to fall out of my head is more folk rock. A band like Dinosaur is just extremely aggressive from a decibel point of view.

Brian:     For those folks who don't know Dinosaur, what kind of music is it? Are we talking hardcore heavy metal?

Matt:     I think it originated in hardcore, but it just gradually worked its way out of hardcore somehow, and it's just really loud, melodic metal, with a little bit of a classic rock, Black Sabbath bend towards it.

Brian:     Wow, alright-

Matt:     But the main vocalist has I think a lot of influences with Neil Young.

Brian:     Got it, and that name one more time, if people want to check that out.

Matt:     Dinosaur Jr.

Brian:     Dinosaur Jr.

Matt:     They're a band based in Amherst, Massachusetts-

Brian:     Oh, look at that-

Matt:     They've been around for I think a little over 30 years.

Brian:     Wow, okay-

Matt:     Yeah, so they've got some history.

Brian:     And what about ... So funniest moment that comes to mind when you think on your music career so far?

Matt:     The funniest moment that comes to mind? Well, I was playing an open mic at now a defunct music venue in Bethesda. I was playing an original song called Indigo Bunting. That's off my first EP called Motorcycle Breakfast. One of the owners of this particular establishment told me, "Hey, I really like that song, but it sounds like you are doing a really terrible job of impersonating Elvis Costello." I was just kind of like, "What the heck are you even saying right now?"

Brian:     I see-

Matt:     It sounds nothing like Elvis Costello, but if I was a sucky version of Elvis Costello at that point in time, there are worse compliments, or lack thereof, that could be shared with you after you performed.

Brian:     I was gonna say, that'd be a funny moment, but I think I'd try to find a way to look at that one positively, just because I got compared to Elvis Costello. So I guess if that's what he thinks of when he hears you, then there's a lot worse ways that could go. That's for sure.

Matt:     Yeah, I took it a little bit harsh at first, but afterwards I just thought, whatever.

Brian:     It's kind of funny.

Matt:     Yeah.

Brian:     Wow, that's wild. Now tell us a story about a time you tried and failed.

Matt:     Tried and failed? There were plenty to count, but to really just pinpoint one in particular, I was at an IOTA Open Mic trying out some new material. And for some reason, my body temperature was going all over the place. Some of it might've had to do with the fact that it was over 100 degrees outside. My instrument was all out of whack. I hadn't humidified, probably the way that I should have, leading up to this Wednesday night open mic. My pick hand just was really clamming up. I just couldn't get my act together. There were at least two or three instances where I just dropped my pick halfway through certain songs. It felt very, deeply pathetic at the time. You get people saying, "Yeah, keep going, keep going." But at that point, the songs are just kind of ... It's sort of a done deal. I wasn't going to make the impression with this material that I was really proud to share for the first time.

Brian:     Yeah, man-

Matt:     So that was a sincere failure.

Brian:     So how'd you pick yourself up off the ground from that one? Because I mean, you gotta move past these things. You're still here doing this, so that didn't kill it for you.

Matt:     Honestly, I just picked up the pick and said, "Well, let's give it another shot. Let's keep going."

Brian:     Yep.

Matt:     Let's just keep going.

Brian:     You know, sometimes you have to do that. So then, my favorite question to ask on this one is, if you could offer one piece of advice, what would it be?

Matt:     Play shows. Honestly, play shows. Don't be afraid to try new material. Connect with your local artist. Go out and support them. Utilize any open mics that are happening in your hometown to meet other musicians. It's a great opportunity to not just hear new music, but potentially show swap, or set up shows with one another. I think the more opportunities you give yourself to bounce your own ideas off of your fellow artists, you create that sort of support, and reciprocity. I think you grow as a person, you grow as an artist. People, they will be more inclined to come out to one of your shows, and follow what you're up to on a regular basis.

Brian:     Absolutely-

Matt:     For me, it's all about giving back to a scene that you're a part of in whatever way you feel is true to you.

Brian:     Yep, I mean, I created a radio show about it. So I feel you on that, pay it forward, absolutely. So if folks want to find out more about you, and follow what you got going on, where do they go?

Matt:     Well, they can go to The easiest way to remember my last name is that it rhymes with parka.

Brian:     You clever man you, look at you go, parka-

Matt:     With a T-

Brian:     Parka with a T, okay-

Matt:     [crosstalk 00:10:42] music, You can follow me on all kinds of different social media-

Brian:     Yep, which one is your favorite?

Matt:     [crosstalk 00:10:49]. My favorite right now is probably Instagram.

Brian:     Lot of Instagram?

Matt:     I haven't used it as much as I've wanted to, but I really enjoy the sort of instant gratification of it. I also like Twitter. Facebook is okay. I also put out a newsletter through ReverbNation that you can sign up for as well.

Brian:     Cool, and so all of these places, obviously if they tune into those, they'll also find out about that upcoming EP you've got coming out?

Matt:     Absolutely, yes.

Brian:     Fantastic, and what was that date again? September-

Matt:     It's September 29.

Brian:     Nice, and it's called?

Matt:     It's called Vision Hazy.

8/01/17 - Special Guest: Steve Schillinger of Braddock Station Garrison

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  1. Spotlight by Bencoolen (Rock) 
  2. Go Home, Sally Mercy by Braddock Station Garrison (Rock/Power Pop) 
  3. Balance on the Wire by The Lantern Slides (Indie/Dream Pop)
  4. Me too, Flower Girls by Bells and Hunters (Acoustic/Rock) 
  5. Chase the Moon by Jahnel Daliya (Indie/Folk)
  6. Footprints by The Sometimes (Rock/Country)

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Jen Miller - Hometown (Single)
The Buzz  - Summer of ‘17 (5 song EP)
In Your Memory - Failure To Launch (8 Song Album)


There's so many!  Visit our Local Music Calendar to see the full list!  These are just the few we discussed on the show to get you started.

Fri Aug 4
Jahnel Daliya @ Music On The Mill in Occoquan, VA
Sub-Radio, Fuzzqueen @ Rock N Roll Hotel in DC

Sat Aug 5
Skribe @ 7 Locks Brewing in North Bethesda, MD
Sol Roots @ Iota Club and Cafe in Arlington, VA

Sun Aug 6
Veronneau @ Villian & Saint in Bethesda, MD

Mon Aug 7
Bencoolen @ Bullpen at Nationals Park in DC
Vim & Vigor @ Jammin’ Java in Vienna, VA

Wed Aug 9
Wylder @ Gypsy Sally’s in DC

Thu Aug 10
Bells & Hunters, Fellowcraft @ The Black Cat in DC




Steve Schillinger DC Music Rocks

Steve Schillinger is the singer and rhythm guitarist for DC-based band Braddock Station Garrison. The band's music can be described as power pop meets Americana with a healthy dose of classic rocknroll. The band has recently released their third album, Saint Stephanie and the Stones. While playing shows around the DC area in support the new album, they are already working on songs for their fourth record, which they plan to release in 2018


Twitter: @BSGRockNRoll

Instagram: braddockstationgarrison



Brian:     On DC Music Rocks, we are shining a spotlight on the great songs and incredible people behind the DC region's music scene. Now let's get to know one of those folks, Steve's here with Braddock Station Garrison. Steve Schillinger is the singer and rhythm guitarist for Braddock Station Garrison. The band's music can be described as power pop meets Americana with a healthy dose of classic rock and roll. The band has recently released their third album, Saint Stephanie and the Stones. I've played a show with this guy. I've seen him live in action.

Steve:     Good times.

Brian:     I've seen their shows. Good stuff coming from these guys. It's such a treat to have you hear.

Steve:     That's a high compliment coming from you my friend. High compliment.

Brian:     Oh shucks. You're making me blush here. It is a treat to have you. Thanks for being here.

Steve:     Thank you for having me. It's an honor to be here.

Brian:     Now, talk about Braddock Station Garrison and talk about the band and how that happened, where it came from.

Steve:     We've been together for about five years now, started with me and my friend Tom, who plays the lead guitar in the band. We used to play softball together. He was always telling me we should get together and jam. I was always hesitant because I had only done like singer, songwriter kind of thing, and one day he sort of just finally wore me down. I went over with a song book and a guitar, and we started playing, and it just clicked. We found a rhythm section fairly quickly after that and the rest is history, as they say.

Brian:     That's wild. Where does the name come from?

Steve:     The name comes from, so Braddock Road, we kind of both live just off of Braddock Road. We liked the idea of Braddock. At the time, we were kind of thinking we would be sort of like a Virginia band, sort of like a Neil Young, Crazy Horse kind of thing and something sort of rustic and like that. If you drive enough around Virginia, you're going to find places like [inaudible 00:01:44] and I thought of, Braddock Station, that's kind of neat. Then the Garrison, is sort of like because I'm a Civil War buff. Garrisons are kind of the soldiers who were left behind to like guard the rail crossing or the town. We thought, Braddock Station Garrison. That sounds pretty good. That's a mouthful, but we like it. My wife will claim that I did BSG on purpose because to link us to Battlestar Galactica but that is a complete and total happy coincidence, no matter what she says.

Brian:     Battlestar Galactica. That was an accident that did not happen on purpose.

Steve:     A happy accident.

Brian:     Very cool.

Steve:     I have not received a cease and desist letter from the Sci-Fi Channel yet.

Brian:     We're in the clear. Don't stop man. Keep it going. Keep it going. You've been in DC for a while now.

Steve:     Yeah, I came here for college in the summer of 1991. Yeah. I went to American University. I was born in Chicago.

Brian:     Another AU grad.

Steve:     Another AU.

Brian:     Look at you, alright.

Steve:     I was born in Chicago, but grew up in Dallas and came here for college and just never left.

Brian:     Wow. I like that.

Steve:     26 years now.

Brian:     Where did guitar and music enter your life? How did that happen?

Steve:     Oh well I was always, since I was a little kid, a big music fan. My parents were both big music fans. My mom was a big Beatles fan. That's where that came from. My dad was a big fan of a band called America. Like Horse with No Name and Sister Golden Hair and songs like that.

Brian:     Oh yeah.

Steve:     I used to remember listening to them as a little kid and that kind of just sank in. Just been loving music ever since. Didn't really pick up the guitar until about 10 years ago. No, no longer than that. Maybe about 1999, so that's like 17. Time flies. Yeah, I just picked up the guitar. A buddy of mine, my friend Tom he showed me some chords on a guitar and I just kind of took to it. Started writing songs and here I am, on the air.

Brian:     I'm glad you took to the guitar and you started writing song.

Steve:     I wish I had done it earlier.

Brian:     All this great stuff, yeah. I mean, previous albums, I've been a fan of your music for a while.

Steve:     Thank you.

Brian:     This is cool. What about on the personal side now. Aside from being a musician, what's life like for you? What kind of hobbies do you have?

Steve:     I'm like a normal person. I read a lot. I collect vinyl records. That's the newest expensive hobby I have. I'm one of those nerds.

Brian:     Awesome.

Steve:     Like I said, I'm a Civil War buff, so some of that and yeah. I love going to Nationals games. I know one of the bands, I think Ben Coolin is going to be at the little bullpen outside Nats park, so I'm a big Washington Nationals baseball fan, but my heart is always with the Cubs.

Brian:     Uh-ho. Those Chicago roots come through.

Steve:     They come through. I figure I can root for the Nationals. It's okay because I was here before them. It's alright. It's not like I moved to like Los Angeles and become a Dodger fan. That would be cheating. I was here first, and they came to me, so it's okay. Yeah, we like to go to the games. It's a good time. They play the Cubs, I bleed Cubby blue.

Brian:     There it is.

Steve:     Sorry folks.

Brian:     Chicago roots.

Steve:     Don't hold it against me.

Brian:     You heard it here first. It's nothing to love because you're a DC musician, so I don't care about your baseball preferences when it comes to music. That's cool. Alright, now what do you have in your music collection that might surprise us?

Steve:     To surprise us? I kind of like everything. I'm a big metal fan, especially like a kind of Joni, stoner rock kind of stuff. I love that stuff. If I was actually adept at playing guitar, I would probably be in that kind of band. I'm just a strummer and a singer.

Brian:     Okay.

Steve:     It's where you get[inaudible 00:05:27]. I love metal. I love good pop songs. I was on Facebook and a friend of mine was lamenting about the best selling debut records of all time, and mentioned like Boston's first record and then like Guns and Roses. Then he mentioned the first Mariah Carey record in a derogatory way. I said, "Man, don't knock that first Mariah Carey record. That is a great pop record. Come on."

Brian:     Yeah it is.

Steve:     It's good. After that, it's down hill, but you know?

Brian:     That's right. I have a soft spot for him as well. It's really true.

Steve:     A good song is a good song, whether it's done loud and heavy or sweet and sugar.

Brian:     Wow, so for metal to Mariah Carey.

Steve:     All ports in between.

Brian:     I feel that's a T-shirt we should make for you, from metal to Mariah Carey. I don't know. That's got the makings of something.

Steve:     Like any song writer, I went through my Americana phase, my alt-country phase. Last night I was at the Birchman seeing a show. Saw Nikki Lane there. That was a great show.

Brian:     Wow.

Steve:     Great place.

Brian:     That's cool.

Steve:     I like a lot of different kinds of music.

Brian:     A good variety, cool. What about, funniest moment that comes to mind with Braddock Station Garrison.

Steve:     Funniest moment? Well, I would actually say the funniest moment was when I did a solo show a couple weeks ago down at O'Sullivan's right down the street here in Arlington.

Brian:     Yeah.

Steve:     I was playing Wednesday nights from 9:30 at night to 1:30 in the morning. Yeah.

Brian:     That's four hours but that's wow.

Steve:     That's exhausting. At the end of the night I'm packing up and these kids are kids. Everybody is a kid to me, like 20 year olds. The kid comes up to me. He's obviously has had a few and comes up to me and says, "Man, I want to say that I really, really like your music." I'm like, "Okay. Thanks. I appreciate that." He says, "I got a question." I said, "Okay." He says, "Do you know where we could maybe get some cocaine?"

Brian:     Stop it, really?

Steve:     He did. He did. I said, "No. I don't." I thought, that's what I have become now. I am now the guy who looks like he knows where to get cocaine, for whatever that's worth. Met all my [inaudible 00:07:34] in life.

Brian:     I don't know whether that's status or not man.

Steve:     I'm not sure I should be proud of that or not.

Brian:     Yeah, one look at you, and I'm going to ask you where to get coke. Holy crap.

Steve:     Get some blow. I don't know. For the record, I do not know.

Brian:     The things you learn. I love it. What about, first memory performing. Go back in time now. When you started with music, where were you? When did that happen?

Steve:     The first time, it was an open mic. I don't remember the name of the place but it was over near a Tyson's Corner. It was just a bar. I forget the name of it. I don't even think it's there anymore. I had just started to play. I maybe had been playing guitar for about a year. Some friends of mine, I said, "Let's go out. I want to try playing out in front of people." I did a couple covers. I think, I don't even remember what they were. I played with a couple other guys to sort of make it a little bit more easier, so it's not just me up there by myself.

Brian:     Sure, yeah, yeah.

Steve:     It's with friends. It's kind of solidarity. Then the place was empty, so there was nobody else for the open mic. He said, "Do a few more." They said, "Steve, you just do a couple on your own." Did them and had a great time, and they kind of sunk into me. Music bug drug me in.

Brian:     I was going to say, the music bug caught you in Tyson's Corner. What do you know.

Steve:     Who knew? Tyson's Corner.

Brian:     I was going to say, there's a lot of things I've heard about Tyson's Corner, and the music bug-

Steve:     It's not like Liverpool, but it'll do.

Brian:     Not quite Liverpool. Alright. Now, if you could offer one piece of advice, what would it be?

Steve:     In terms of like performing or song writing, or playing?

Brian:     I kind of want to leave that up to you.

Steve:     I'll say it for the aspiring guitarist, people who are just like wanting to learn to play the guitar and are kind of intimidated by it. The first thing I would say, there's two things. When you're picking out a guitar, find one that feels good when you hold it. That's not just in your hand but when you're sitting down and the guitar is in your lap, and it's up against your chest, find a guitar that is comfortable, that isn't like awkward when you put your arm over it. If you're not comfortable when you're doing it, you're never going to play and you're never going to pick it up. It's going to just gather dust.

     The second thing I would say is learn your chords. Don't try just learning how to do the solo to Stairway to Heaven. That's nice. That's great. I've had people like, folks say, "Listen to this." They play like Eruption. I'm like great, can you play a song? They're like, "No." I was like, alright, well if you learn, DCG, you can play any Oasis song. You're on your way. Learn your chords.

Brian:     Alright. Learn the chords and make sure the guitar fits nice.

Steve:     Make sure it's comfy.

Brian:     Make sure it's comfy.

Steve:     Comfortable.

Brian:     I dig it. Alright.

Steve:     Rock is all about comfort.

Brian:     For those folks who want to find out about you and Braddock Station Garrison, where do they go?

Steve:     You can go on the interwebs and we have a website, We're on the Facebook, so find us there. We're on Instagram. I think it's just Braddock Station Garrison. Twitter is BSGrocknroll and our band camp page. That's a good place if you want to check us out. It's just

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  1. Color to Your Gray by Albino Rhino (Funk/Rock)
  2. Folks on Medicine by Wanted Man (Rock/Blues)
  3. Bayhouse by Wylder (Indie/Indie Folk)
  4. Stand Alone by Native Deen (Hip Hop/R&B)
  5. Planes by Bells and Hunters (Rock/Blues Rock)
  6. Do you Know What Time It Is? by Rare Essence (R&B/GoGo)
  7. LTLA by Fellowcraft (Hard Rock/Blues Rock)
  8. Cumbia by Empresarios (Latin/Rap)
  9. Drunk On a Sunday by Cruzie Beaux (Rock/Post-Funk)
  10. Black Cat by Lionize (Rock/Blues Rock)
  11. The Margins by Shooting Down Asteroids (Hard Rock/Indie Rock)
  12. Travelling Minus Zero by Lisa Said (Folk/Rock)

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August 9, 2016 - Special Guest: Christian of Capital City Showcase

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  1. Native Deen - M-U-S-L-I-M (Hip-Hop/R&B)
  2. Nappy Riddem - Rastar (Funk/Hip-Hop)
  3. Bells and Hunters - Weddings and Funerals (Rock)
  4. Rachel Levitin - Secret's Safe (Pop/Rock/Indie Rock)
  5. Yellowtieguy - War (Should I Be So Surprised) (Rock)
  6. Adrian Krygowski - Elbow Grease (Country/Bluegrass/Folk)
  7. Justin Trawick & The Common Good - Goodbye (Bluegrass/Rock/Americana)

Live Music Venue Spotlight (as discussed on the show, site of this week's Capital City Showcase): Atlas Brew Works

Christian of The Capital City Showcase

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Christian Hunt DC Music Rocks

The Capital City Showcase is the variety show that features the best performing artists in the DC area.  Hosted by comedian and life-long Washingtonian Christian Hunt, the Showcase has featured some of the best stand-up comedians, improv comedians, storytellers, rock and funk bands, acoustic singer-songwriters, and hip-hop artists in the scene.  For over five years, we have put the spotlight on DC's vibrant arts scene and shown the DMV is a premiere place for top-level talent.  Showcase performers have toured across the country and been featured on national television programs such as The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, Conan, Last Comic Standing, and The Voice






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