Viewing entries tagged

12/11/18 - Special Guest: Cat Janice

This week on DC Music Rocks, Cat Janice, an artist who may reminds you of artists like Lady Gaga, and Bishop Briggs, with a hint of Amy Winehouse, stops by for a chat.  We even feature a sneak preview of her upcoming single, Crypto Kids! The episode also features great tracks by Honest Lee, Radar, Moonshine Society, and Lavender.

iTunesGoogle PlayStitcher, TuneInPocket CastsPodBeanPlayerFM, or THIS URL in your other podcast app of choice.
Tell Siri, Alexa, or Google Home "Play the podcast DC Music Rocks"!


Cat Janice Bio/Links:

Interview Video Link:

Cat Janice and the Band is an indie rock/alternative group from the Washington, D.C. area. Cat Janice mirrors groups like Lady Gaga, and Bishop Briggs, with a hint of Amy Winehouse to create a lively, driving sound. Cat has been featured on Country Music Television's popular TV Show, "Redneck Island" for her song "Fire" in March, 2016. Cat Janice is an integral part of DC's One Love Massive, a music collective and think tank. Her latest track, Pricey, came out in late November, and there are 2 more singles due to be released in January with producer Austin Bello of Forever the Sickest Kids!

Cat Janice
Cat Janice



  1. ***Let’s Go to War, by Honest Lee (Funk, Instrumental)

  2. Pricey, by Cat Janice (Rock, Alternative)

  3. Shell, by Radar (Rock, Dance Rock)

  4. ***Big Boss Man, by Moonshine Society (Blues, Roots Rock)

  5. Short on Time, by Lavender (Indie, Indie Pop)

***The first time we've played this artist for you on the show, & a new artist profile added to our DC Artist Database!  There's new artists every week!

->’This Week’s Dose Of DC Music’ Spotify Playlist<-

->’DC Music Rocks Show’ MEGA Spotify Playlist<-


Enjoy our Holiday Playlist!  We created it in collaboration with Listen Local First in DC!  Fantastic 4 hour playlist to have on at your holiday events!! Finally a playlist of holiday songs you HAVEN’T already heard for years!  Enjoy the holidays AND support DC’s music scene!



  • Melodime - Tunnels
    Single with Pop-Rock/Country Vibe - RIYL Zac Brown Band, NEEDTOBREATHE, Tom Petty

  • Tony Craddock Jr. - Won’t He Do It
    Smooth Jazz Single - RIYL Kenny G, Boney James, Dave Koz

  • Beau Young Prince - Groovy Land Deluxe
    Re-release of his Groovy Land Album with 4 additional tracks, Hip Hop vibe - RIYL Andre 3K

  • The 5:55 - Marquee
    Caught ourselves humming “I like it when you’re beggin for it…”  Pop Rock Vibe Single - RIYL Third Eye Blind, Oasis, Foo Fighters

  • Maryjo Mattea - The Other Side
    Pop Rock Single featuring a rapper, love this track! - RIYL Alanis Morissette, Liz Phair, Neko Case

  • Taylor Carson - After the Tamer Has Gone
    Indie Rock/Singer Songwriter Vibe 9 Song Full Album - RIYL Amos Lee, John Mayer, Cat Stevens, Paul Simon



Go see a show! Research shows that it reduces stress and makes you happy!

Dec 14 - Fri

Bobby Thompson @ Sofar Sounds in Washington, DC (Blues)

Leo & Cygnus EP Release Show @ Finart Gallery in Annapolis, MD (Rock)

Thievery Corporation @ 9:30 Club in Washington, DC (Jazz/World)

***Our Local Music Calendar is the only place to find where exclusively DC’s artists are playing in a 50 mile radius around DC. You can filter it down to only shows near you too!

Dec 15 - Sat

19th Street Band @ The Soundry in Columbia, MD (Folk/Indie)

Thievery Corporation @ 9:30 Club in Washington, DC (Jazz/World)

Sol Roots with special guest Ron Holloway @ JV’s in Falls Church, VA (Funk/Blues)

Dec 16 - Sun

Eric Scott @ MilkBoy ArtHouse in College Park, MD (Pop/Rock/Funk)

His Dream Of Lions @ Jammin Java in Vienna, VA (Pop Rock)

Dec 17 - Mon

Lavender @ Songbyrd Music House in Washington, DC (Rock)

Dec 18 - Tue

Flowerbomb, FuzzQueen & Time Is Fire @ Black Cat in Washington, DC (Rock/Hard Rock)

Dec 20 - Thu

Wanted Man, Elizabeth II, & Maryjo Mattea @ Black Cat in Washington, DC

Crys Matthews @ Jammin Java in Vienna, VA





Specific playlists we update weekly:

EMAIL SIGNUP LINK - For those who don't already conveniently get all this via email!


Do you like what we're doing?  Would you support us?  We'd love to grow and do more!  There’s little give aways, but for us to evolve this online platform to cover even more we really need funds and support. We're giving away shirts, and more too!  We can do so much more with your support!

HUGE shoutout to our current Patrons! 
**Daniel Warren Hill**    **David Mohl**    **Eli Lev**
**Sarah Byrne**   **M4TR**


Interested in spreading the word to our more than 12,000 DC region followers?

3/27/18 - Special Guest: Mystery Friends

Thanks to Mystery Friends for hanging out with us in the studio this week!

^^Episode Audio/Post Is Live - Click Above (might need to buffer/load, refresh page if you have any issues)^^

Podcast:  iTunesGoogle PlayStitcher, TuneInPocket CastsPodBeanPlayerFM, or THIS URL in your app of choice




  1. Voodoo Woman, by Stone Driver (Hard Rock, Rock)

  2. Keflavik, by Mystery Friends (Indie, Dance Rock)

  3. ***Aimless Kid, by Queue (Indie, Indie Rock)

  4. Fade, by Lavender (Indie,Indie Pop)

  5. ***Graves, by Kid Brother (Rock/Folk)

***The first time we've played this artist for you on the show, & a new artist profile added to our DC Artist Database!  There's new artists every week!

->Follow The Show's Spotify Playlist<-


We need your help supporting WERA 96.7FM, a big supporter of the local music scene in DC, & the station where the live version of our show airs!  Arlington County is planning to cut funding for the station by 20%, which would gut the station staff, drive up costs to the station’s community considerably, and potentially even cause the loss of the station itself.

The county board will vote on the proposed budget on April 21st. Here’s how we need your help before the vote:

1) If you live in Arlington, or know someone who does, forward them this link and sign our petition - Urging the County Board to restore AIM's funding.

2) Share Your Feedback on Arlington's FY 2019 Proposed Budget - This county survey asks Arlington residents to give feedback on the proposed budget. Must be completed by April 9, 2018

3) Write your County Board members - - Tell them you want AIM's funding restored!!  Sample letter here -

4) Speak with a County Board member at an Open Door Monday. Open to all Arlington residents.  No appointment is necessary to talk one-on-one with a County Board member on any topic. Mondays, 7 - 9PM, at locations around the Arlington. See schedule below:
Open Door Monday at Langston Brown Community Center - Monday, April 2nd


  • Stone Driver - Voodoo Woman (Single - Hard Rock - RIYL AC/DC)

  • Time Is Fire - Stories Untold (3 Song EP - Hard Rock - RIYL Gang of Four)

Our 2018 New Releases by DC Artists’ Spotify Playlist:


The Split Seconds - Come To Mary

Thievery Corporation - Depth of My Soul ft Shana Halligan

2018 Tiny Desk Contest Videos By Your Local Artist (See Youtube Playlist below)

  • Sub-Radio

  • Lavender

  • Crys Matthews

  • Nardo Lilly

  • Justin Trawick

  • Thaylobleu

  • Aztec Sun

  • Near Northeast

  • Skribe

  • Leo & Cygnus

  • Flo Anito

  • Mystery Friends

Our ‘DC Artists 2018 Tiny Desk Videos’ Youtube Playlist:

Our ‘DC Artists Official Music Videos’ Youtube Playlist:


Here’s just a few highlights for the coming week, be sure to check out the calendar for the full list of all the upcoming shows!

(RIYL = Recommended If You Like)
Fri Mar 30
-Queue @ Black Cat on 14th St (Spacy Indie Vibe, RIYL The Nationals, The Cranberries)
-Bencoolen & FeelFree @ Gypsy Sally’s (Reggae, RIYL Red Hot Chili Peppers, SOJA, Steely Dan)
-Oh He Dead @ DC9 Nightclub (RIYL Alabama Shakes, Amy Winehouse, EP Release Show)

Sat Mar 31
-Lionize & Tomato Dodgers @ Rock & Roll Hotel on H St (Hard Rock & Funk, RIYL Metallica & Cake)

Sun Apr 1
-Rare Essence @ Society Lounge in Silver Spring (Go-Go, RIYL Chuck Brown

Tue Apr 3
-Rachel Levitin @ Pearl Street Warehouse (Rock, RIYL Sheryl Crow)

Thu Apr 5
-Chris Cassaday & Sol Roots @ Union Stage (Funk Blues, RIYL Eric Lindell, The Wood Brothers, Dave Matthews, Sublime)
-FuzzQueen & Nah. @ DC9 (Rock Indie, RIYL PJ Harvey, Waxahachie, Courtney Barnett, Hospitality)

Mark Your Calendar FUTURE shows discussed during the show:

Apr 23
Mystery Friends @ DC9

May 26
Stone Driver, Black Dog Prowl, and Fellowcraft (Brian's Band) at Union Stage
Epic Hard Rock Show - RIYL: AC/DC, Metallica, Guns & Roses,   


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**
**Sarah Byrne**   **Music 4 The Revolution (Abu Jibran)**

Mystery Friends

Video - Bio - Links - Transcript

Mystery Friends's Bio:

Copy of IMG_9330.JPG

Mystery Friends is a band rooted in the DC-music tradition while forging its own path forward. Since forming in 2016, the band finds its sound from a variety of influences, but they all fit together like a weird, wonderful puzzle. The band has been likened to Chvrches and Talking Heads, among others, but never looks to copy someone else’s sound. Combining powerful vocals, angular guitars, woozy synths, and a funky rhythm section, Mystery Friends makes moderately danceable rock music for a time when people need a reason to dance.



Press Photo.jpg
Copy of IMG_20171004_183022.jpg


Brian:     On DC Music Rocks we're shining a spotlight on the great songs, artists, and incredible people behind the DC region's local music scene. Mystery Friends formed in 2016 and finds its sound from a variety of influences that all fit together like a weird wonderful puzzle. The band has been likened to Chvrches and Talking Heads among others and combining powerful vocals from Abby over there with angular guitars, woozy sense, and a funky rhythm section.

     Mystery friends makes moderately danceable rock, which we established means only extreme dancing sometimes, regular dancing other times. Moderately danceable rock I love it. Moderately danceable rock music for a time when people need a reason to dance. So and I first came across these guys, God it was probably a couple years ago. I've been following you guys for a long time since the first EP came out and I've been such a fan so for me it's a fanboy moment for me where I get to say thank you guys so much for being here. This is really cool.

Dave:     Well thank you.

Brian:     Absolutely. Now so for those folks who haven't heard it what is it that makes you guys special do you think? I hear all the time that like, "Oh we have great energy." Or something but what else, what makes you guys special or different you think?

Danny:     Reverse guitar.

Brian:     And if they don't know what a reverse guitar is what is that exactly?

Danny:     That's a guitar that you play backwards and put it into a sample pad.

Brian:     Play backwards meaning upside down and in your left hand? What does that mean?

Danny:     Yeah well that's what we tried it first.

Dave:     That's phase two.

Abby:     Yeah.

Dave:     So yeah I mean I would say part of what I think makes us unique or special would be that we take, we're a band with many influences and many, we bring a lot of different things to the table and that's could be a detriment but I think it's actually an asset because you know none of us are of the same exact musical taste and I think that ultimately that means we have like we try to write in that you know summary the combination can be interesting. You don't hear a lot of things like that because we're not all going from, "Oh I have to play like Radiohead. I have to play like whatever." Everybody has a different influence so therefore those are all represented in the music we ultimately produce.

Brian:     Got it and how did you guys come together?

Danny:     Very slowly. So I think actually the way that the name kind of works for us is that we all, so me and Dave went to high school together, but I met Robbie through his now fiancee. I met Abby through my girlfriend Kate's friend's sister. Is who Abby is. And I knew about Abby moving to DC months before she actually did and you know kind of probably scared her at a party one time when I told her I put a track on the playlist of the party that we were at. And so we kind of, yeah, so we kind of come from everywhere.

Abby:     Yeah.

Brian:     So in it, but what I'm collecting from this is that you all some how knew each other a little bit it wasn't like a Craigslist thing?

Dave:     Yeah. That's right.

Abby:     Correct. Yeah.

Danny:     Except for our drummer who's not here. Who Robbie met-

Dave:     Who was Robbie with?

Robbie:     I met his sister at-

Danny:     I met his sister at a wedding.

Robbie:     Yes.

Danny:     Yeah.

Dave:     So instead of Craigslist-

Danny:     And we needed a drummer.

Dave:     Robbie found someone at a wedding and through persuasion-

Brian:     You found someone at a wedding.

Dave:     Yeah.

Brian:     I love this combination. Holy smokes. I can't even keep track of all the things you just said but at the same time the level of connections it's like three degrees of separation from what's his name? Kevin Spacey?

Abby:     Yep.

Danny:     We probably know everybody in the DC area if-

Dave:     Yeah. Yeah.

Abby:     Somehow.

Danny:     [crosstalk 00:03:26] powers.

Abby:     Someone's connected or yeah well connected. If they're capable of something.

Brian:     That's amazing. And the name itself where does Mystery Friends come from?

Abby:     We joke 'cause it was a random name generator actually. But then we kind of landed on that and we're like that's actually really good. So-

Brian:     Now wait were you all like sitting around the name generator together at a rehearsal or did somebody find it and was like, "Hey what about this?"

Abby:     It was one of those rehearsals were I think we were let's rehearse but then it ended up being let's just eat pizza. So yeah I think there were instruments there but I don't think you can call it a rehearsal.

Brian:     So you had your phones out and you were looking on name generators and oh Mystery Friends.

Abby:     Yeah. It might've been Robbie. Yeah I don't, we had a list of like reject names and I think Mystery Friends was actually listed there and I'm like wait a minute that actually works for us. So you know all the odd connections and the friend tree that we have of how we all kind of came together so it worked out well.

Brian:     That's amazing and re-introduce yourselves real quick one more time. It's your name and what your role is in the band. Run through it for me real quick.

Abby:     Yeah Abby I'm the vocalist and the synth player.

Dave:     I'm Dave and I play guitar and synth and other stuff.

Brian:     Got it.

Danny:     And I'm Danny I play guitar and sample pad.

Brian:     Yeah.

Robbie:     Robbie here. I play bass.

Brian:     Yep and there's one more he is ...

Robbie:     Greg.

Abby:     Greg.

Brian:     Greg [crosstalk 00:04:38] he plays drums.

Abby:     Greg on the drums.

Dave:     Yeah on behalf of Greg he plays drums.

Brian:     On behalf of Greg.

Robbie:     The most mysterious of all the friends.

Brian:     Yeah I was going to say and I'm a drummer so you're the most important part and I love you man. Just so you know.

Dave:     Oh yeah. I can attest we tried playing without a drummer and I can attest that it is not as good as it sounds.

Brian:     See now you're just sucking up to me. Don't stop. Don't stop. That's so good. So now talk about you guys outside of the music. So then on the personal side, all of you guys, what are your hobbies? What do you do outside of Mystery Friends? Abby you first.

Abby:     Well it's funny because we all kind of have our corporate work jobs which kind of consume but we still find time for the band and for other things and yeah I'm really heavily involved in the events. You know industry out here in DC so I'm working a lot of events and going to a lot of events.

Brian:     Nice. What kind of events are your favorite kind of events?

Abby:     I, this is so cheesy but I love weddings. It's just, I cry at every single one of them.

Brian:     Oh my goodness. Oh that's so adorable stop it. I got ...

Robbie:     Even though she's missing mine.

Brian:     Oh.

Abby:     We're gonna do that right now aren't we.

Brian:     That's a shot over the bower. Alright.

Dave:     All out.

Abby:     That's just [crosstalk 00:05:43].

Brian:     He was waiting until now to do that. He really was.

Abby:     He was.

Brian:     Oh God that's hilarious. Alright Dave what about you man?

Dave:     So I am a also a tax lawyer. So that's less fun than music but it is what I do.

Brian:     That's so nerdy.

Dave:     Even for the synthesizers that I have. And then I also play, well I don't play so much baseball these days, but used to play baseball and now I'm auditing my [inaudible 00:06:05] shop because I'm playing music instead.

Brian:     Oh that's-

Dave:     And also Abby's being modest. She's also a successful solo artist and she just released a really cool video so you should check that out.

Brian:     Nice. And if they want to check out that video where do they go?

Abby:     It's on YouTube now and the official music video is up as of yesterday. Two days ago.

Brian:     And they should search for?

Abby:     Escape Plan by Abby Sevcik. And if you need help spelling that it's S-E-V-C-I-K.

Brian:     There it is. Alright and so next up. What do we got?

Danny:     I don't do a whole lot. I program professionally so I spend a lot of time around a computer and then I go home and play video games on my Nintendo Switch.

Brian:     Fantastic. [crosstalk 00:06:42] top two video games?

Danny:     Top two video games right now are we talking?

Brian:     Yeah. Like if you were going home now what two would you likely play?

Danny:     Probably Breath of the Wild and Golf Stories the current one. It's an RPG revolving around golf.

Brian:     And if they don't happen to know what game system are those on?

Danny:     Those are on Nintendo Switch.

Brian:     Got it.

Dave:     You thought the tax lawyer was nerdy?

Danny:     I was kind of like, "You made a mistake there."

Brian:     Oh well if you guys want to compete you know I got, that's cool. Alright and now what else? Talk to me man Robbie what do you got?

Robbie:     Yeah so I'll follow up with the day job as we all have them. I'm a real estate agent so I spend a lot of time looking at houses and et cetera. In my free time me and the fiancee [Bria 00:07:27] we love to go outdoors. We do a lot of hiking and skiing all those types of things.

Brian:     And what's the latest outdoor thing that you've done that comes to mind?

Robbie:     This is kind of weird but I'll go with it anyways. My buddy lives out in Alexandria and he decided he wanted to recycle a bunch of beer cans so we were outside. We built a kiln in his backyard and melted down beer cans and turned them into art. So ...

Abby:     Very outdoorsy.

Brian:     Oh my God.

Danny:     Yeah that's the type of outdoorsy

Dave:     Yeah the destructive fire based outdoorsy.

Brian:     Oh my God that's like, I didn't know what I was expecting but I wasn't expecting that. And then we were just talking about the nerdy level of the other two guys and now, oh wow. It's so good. I love you guys. Now one of my other favorite questions that I love to ask is if you could offer one piece of advice and this is for all of you guys, I want you to answer, if you can offer one piece of advice what would it be? Abby you're first.

Abby:     I think the best piece of advice I've been offered that I often relay is don't ever get to a point where you feel like you made it. I think that there's a lot of little success that come about that you're like "Oh my gosh this is so cool." You know I think you can kind of level yourself off if you're not careful. So just always you know remaining humble but also reaching for the next level of whatever you just obtained.

Brian:     Yeah and just out of curiosity what's the most recent success moment that comes to mind for you when you say that? Don't let it get to you but what comes to mind for you?

Abby:     It's crazy 'cause I'm sure a lot of people have experienced but this was my like, "Oh my gosh I made it." Dangerous but somebody saw me off the street and was like, "Are you in that band Mystery Friends?" I was like [crosstalk 00:09:03]. And I didn't want to know 'cause I'm sure like that was probably a friend of a friend but I'm like no I'm just going to go ahead and assume that that was a complete stranger.

Brian:     I am so glad that that happened to you. That's amazing. Alright Dave you're next man talk to me.

Dave:     I would say don't be lazy. I think, you know, if this band has been nothing else but exercise and you try there's a good chance you might just succeed even when you don't think your qualified or very good and you might not be. But if you're willing to go for it. I mean we basically shown that just trying and asking and just going of rit can be remarkably successful and it's really easy to do nothing so if you have a passion for it don't be lazy. Go for it.

Brian:     Don't be lazy. Right. I like it. And what is, is music an example of where you weren't lazy or didn't be lazy?

Dave:     Yeah I would say so. I would say I don't think the band collectively is very lazy with music. I think the first couple months we played or the first six months we played. We probably were pretty lazy you know. We sat around and played and just kind of you know tried out some sounds and hung out and ate pizza and once we decided we're actually going to do it and put a focus to it and like spend the time and money to make it right it was you know eye opening how much you can go by just being willing to go for it.

Brian:     That's awesome. Very cool. Alright next up talk to us.

Danny:     I think I mean this kind of plays into what Dave was saying but it's always worth asking the question so I mean that's how we kind of got a lot of our gigs around DC was just saying, "Hey can we play here?" And reaching out to different people I mean I think we even reached out to DC Music Rocks at some point and we're like, "Hey you know I don't think we know you but we'd love to." So I really do feel like kind of, you know, it's kind of like the Michael Scott quote, "You miss a 100% of the shots you don't take." Yeah.

Brian:     Is it Michael Scott? I feel like everybody [crosstalk 00:10:45] has been quoted. So many people have been quoted saying that actually. I heard it so many times. It was Michael Jordan, [Gramsky 00:10:52] I mean there are so many. Absolutely. Charles Barclay I'm sure one day I said it.

Danny:     He said a lot of things.

Brian:     Oh my God that's amazing. Alright Robbie. You're up man. You're in here too get up here. What do you got?

Robbie:     Keep throwing me near the mic so I'll take one from some personal experience. I think that I spent a lot of time growing up around some very talented musicians and always felt that I would not be able to play at their level and that if I did try to play along with them that I would be wrong and one thing I've learned from the band and from a lot of reading that I've done recently is you know there is no right or wrong in music until you've defined it, right? So music is supposed to be a conversation and the only way to get better is to play with other people and you know if you're lucky you'll find people who are better than you like all these folks here that'll make you become a better musician.

Brian:     That's awesome. I love it. Alright keep exploring keep doing it. I love it guys. And for those folks who want to find out more about you guys and the cool stuff that's happening with Mystery Friends where do they go?

Danny: We're on Facebook at Mystery Friends. Mystery Friends on Twitter, Mystery Friends on Instagram.

Dave:     Technically Mystery Friends band on Facebook but everything else is Mystery Friends.

Danny:     Okay. Fair.

Dave:     Some reason somebody else has Mystery Friends that is not us.

Brian:     Go figure right. And it's not a Scooby-Doo reference?

Dave:     It's not a Scooby-Doo reference.

Brian:     There it is. Okay.

Robbie:     But we are taking a mystery ...

Dave:     Yeah we are taking a van on tour which is effectively the mystery van but-

Brian:     Oh my God.

Dave:     But we will not be hopefully solving a crime.

Brian:     Please put a sticker on it or something. It would-

Dave:     We'd get sued is the only [crosstalk 00:12:23].

Brian:     Oh my God you're taking a band van. That's so good.

1/2/18 - Special Guest: Andras Fekete of Boat Burning

Thanks to Andy Fekete of Boat Burning, for hanging out with us in the studio this week!

^^Episode Audio/Post Is Live - Click Above (might need to buffer/load, refresh page if you have any issues)^^

Podcast:  iTunesGoogle PlayStitcherPocket CastsPodBeanPlayerFM, or THIS URL in your app of choice




  1. Sometime, by Free Lobster Buffet (Pop, Ska)

  2. Dangerous Ground, by Lavender (Indie, Indie Pop)

  3. King for a Day, by Emma G (Pop, R&B)

  4. Little Thing Called Love, by Melodime (Rock, Alt Country)

  5. Silent Cry, by Adwela and the Uprising (Reggae, Root Reggae)

->Follow The Show's Spotify Playlist<-


2017 DC Music Rocks Highlights:

  • Received grant from city of DC which allowed the creation and launch of our automated Local Music Calendar on our website. The only one of its’ kind exclusively about the local music scene in the city!

  • First annual DC Music Rocks festival at the 9:30 Club in September!

  • Became a syndicated radio show across 2 FM stations in the region!

  • Surpassed 300 artists in our DC Local Artist Database

  • There were multiple TV and media appearances recognizing the show including a CBS Prime Time segment in DC.

Note from Brian: “I went to see the movie, Coco, over the holiday with my family.  The story is about a young kid who aspires to be a great musician, and discovering he has a family heritage of great musicians which he didn’t know.  The movie shows the 2 ends of the spectrum, the just starting out musician, and the mega-famous musician.  It really made me think about the fact that I really support the in-between stage on DC Music Rocks.  I love that I get to shine a spotlight on the incredible local scene of really talented people who I believe could be stars.  You following this show, sharing the social media posts, bands & guests you like, it brings me so much joy and gives me energy!  I’m honored you choose to follow DC Music Rocks and to find out more about this local music scene, and for that, Thank You!  Happy New Year DC, here’s wishing you a Rockin’ 2018!”


Our ‘2017 New Releases by DC Artists’ Spotify Playlist:


Soldiers of Suburbia - Pulp Fiction

Our ‘DC Artists Official Music Videos’ Youtube Playlist:


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

Jan 5 Fri
Throwing Plates, Vim & Vigor @ Songbyrd Music House in Adams Morgan
Karen Jonas @ Roofers Union in Adams Morgan

Jan 6 Sat
Adwela & The Uprising @ Bungalow Billiards in Chantilly, VA

Jan 7 Sun
Boat Burning 100 Guitars event at 9:30 Club by U St in NW DC

Jan 9 Tue
Bottled Up @ DC9 Nightclub by U ST in NW DC
QOK Music & Dangerous Curves at the battle of the bands event @ Jammin Java in Vienna, VA

Jan 10 Wed
Three Man Soul Machine @ Gypsy Sally's in Georgetown

Jan 11 Thur
Mystery Friends @ Gypsy Sally’s in Georgetown
Thaylobleu & Fuzzqueen @ Milkboy Arthouse in College Park, MD

All Month, Jan 6 to Feb 2, in Falls Church, VA - Creative Cauldron is hosting a month long “Passport To The World Concert Series featuring local groups such as Veronneau, The Bumper Jacksons (Duo) and more.


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

Andy Fekete of Boat Burning


Andy Fekete of Boat Burning's Bio:

boat burning pic

"Enlisting the help of musicians from some of the city’s most high-profile bands, BOAT BURNING’s founder Andras Fekete unfolds a stunning massed guitar event...” --DC Music Download

Boat Burning, a five-guitar experimental rock collective from Washington D.C., plays "maximal minimalism," an intricate hybrid of composition and improvisation where simple passages played by a multitude of instruments --sometimes 70 guitars or more-- produce shimmering towers of densely-stacked harmonics. The result is majestic, evocative music that combines the wide-screen, panoramic sweep of classical with the sheer visceral thrill of punk.

Boat Burning's debut ep, produced by Mission of Burma's Roger Miller and recorded by legendary Dischord Records engineer Don Zientara, is being readied for release.

Boat Burning's core ensemble includes guitarists
Andras Fekete (Triangle Rhysing: Music for Massed Guitars), Geordie Grindle (The Teen Idles, TONE), Jonathan Matis (DC Improvisers Collective (DCIC)) and Norm Veenstra (TONE); guitarist / keyboardist Robin Diamond (Triangle Rhysing: Music for Massed Guitars The Probes); and Mark Sherman on drums and percussion.

boat burning pic


Brian:     On DC Music Rocks, we're shining a spotlight on the great songs, artists, and incredible people behind the DC region's local music scene.

     Boat Burning is a five-guitar experimental rock collective from DC, plays a "maximal minimalism," an intricate hybrid of composition and improvisation where simple passages played by a multitude of instruments, in this case, like this weekend, sometimes even 100 guitars produce shimmering towers, literally towers of harmonics and sound. The result is majestic. It's evocative music that combines a widescreen, panoramic sweep of the classical and with the sheer visceral thrill of punk. There's just so much power happening.

     I first came across Boat Burning last year when they did the show. It was 70 guitars last year at the Black Cat, and that was an overpowering event that was really cool to experience. So now I am so excited, Andras, to have you here with me to talk about it this year, so thanks for being here.

Andras:     Oh, thanks so much. Yeah, it's an honor, really.

Brian:     So now tell people a little more, then. So the Boat Burning event, let's ... First, let's talk about the band Boat Burning and then the event. First, there's the band, and the band is ... What's the instrumentation of the band and how did the band, Boat Burning, get its start?

Andras:     Okay, the instrumentation of the band right now is five electric guitars, we don't have a bass, and we have a drummer.

Brian:     So five guitars and drums.

Andras:     And drums.

Brian:     Got it. Okay.

Andras:     And that's it. And that's it. Sometimes we have an occasional keyboard, but that's usually it. The way we compensate for not having a bass is we put the guitars in a really unusual tuning that allow the guitars to sort of do clashing harmonics that sort of naturally synthesize the sound of a bass. So when you listen to the music, you don't really think that there's a missing bass. You don't really miss it. And because we also have these clashing harmonics, we don't think you need vocals with it because you also get this soaring sort of vocal component to it.

Brian:     So it's an instrumental show, too.

Andras:     Yeah. This entire show, the Music for Mass Guitars at the 9:30 Club coming up this Sunday, for the 100 guitars, it's going to be entirely instrumental, yeah.

Brian:     I see. So it's five guitars normally, and then you scale it up to be 100 guitars for this special event that you're doing at the 9:30 Club.

Andras:     Exactly right, yeah.

Brian:     I see now. Okay.

Andras:     Yeah, yeah. Boat Burning, you will see we play out in clubs like Rock & Roll Hotel and DC9 and places like that about once every month or two. I think we played at Comet Ping Pong recently. And we play in the smaller configuration, but we play the same pieces that we play in the mass guitar shows. Most of the same. Some of them are a little bit more complex, and so we're able to do more complex things when we have the smaller ensemble. And so they sound a little math rock-y whereas-

Brian:     Math rock-y, I've never heard that term. Okay.

Andras:     Well, yeah, so interesting time signatures and a little bit trickier than what you'd want to attempt with 100 guitars. But for the mass guitar shows, we take certain pieces, rework them such that we can spread out the sound among four to seven groups of electric guitars and each of them acting independently. So the staging is kind of interesting. You have an immersive sound. So you'll see that at 9:30 Club.

Brian:     The name Boat Burning, where does that come from?

Andras:     We wanted something that was light and signaled buoyancy and something airy but also kind of ominous and edgy. We thought that "Boat Burning" kind of fit the bill. There's another story that goes to that. When Boat Burning first started, it was a pure improvisational outfit, so that meant that when we got on stage, we had nothing. We would just start playing. It was kind of like improvisation without a net, so it was not like-

Brian:     We just turned this into a full-contact sport here. It's improvisation without a net. I mean, this is ... Oh, yeah.

Andras:     It was interesting. The idea was to make a full-on improvisation where you're creating everything. No preconceived notions. No jazzy sort of things where you start out with a motif and then everybody plays a theme and then does a little solo, then everybody returns to the ... No. We would just start playing. But the idea was to also, it was called "conprovisation." The idea is sort of create improvisation that had the shape and flow and narrative thrust of a composed piece. So it was like improvisation with heft. It sounded pretty good, but because we went without a net like that ...

     We like the idea of Boat Burning because it's a reference to, and this may sound a little corny, but it's kind of a reference to Alexander the Great. There's a story about him when he arrived to invade Persia. His men were faced with this gigantic army, and they had just landed on the beaches. They came to him, and they said, "We got to get out of here," and he ordered them to burn the boats. And he said, "We go home in Persian ships or we die."

Brian:     Wow, that's intense.

Andras:     It was kind of a dramatic way to look at this sort of do-or-die effort to do improvisation.

Brian:     That's it. Do or die, meaning you go up there, and you do it, there's no net, and it's on. Just go for it.

Andras:     Yeah, yeah. But we didn't end up doing an official recording of any of that period. So when I came up here, we did that for a little bit, but then we started moving-

Brian:     You said, "Come up here." Where were you?

Andras:     Boat Burning was formed in Chapel Hill, so in 2000-

Brian:     Oh, North Carolina. Wow. Cool.

Andras:     Yeah. It's a great scene down there. It was really nice working with all the bands down there. We got to make a lot of great friends down there. It was hard to leave, but when I came up here-

Brian:     And you came up to DC when?

Andras:     It was 2010.

Brian:     Wow, okay. Got it. And how long after you got up here did the big Boat Burning events like the 70 guitars or 100 guitars, how long after you got up here did those start?

Andras:     We finally started the first one in 2015, and that was at Union Arts DC. Boat Burning was still a reformed improvisational ensemble here in DC. The drummer, our current drummer, Mark Sherman, he joined Boat Burning during that period.

Brian:     Yeah. With the event coming up on Sunday, then, describe what's going to happen when somebody goes to this event. What are they going to see? There's a lot of pieces here. What are they walking into?

Andras:     Okay. You're going to walk into the 9:30 Club, and you'll see guitars lining the perimeter of the room. So we'll have a group of guitars in front of the stage on the floor, another group of guitars in front of the left bar, another group lining up in front of the right bar. Each of these guitars will have their own amplifiers, and they'll all be facing-

Brian:     So you're going to have 100 amplifiers.

Andras:     100 amplifiers.

Brian:     You are walking to a wall of sound.

Andras:     Yes.

Brian:     Holy smokes.

Andras:     Then there will be a line of guitars in the back, and then there will be a line of guitars along the balcony all pointing down to the audience.

Brian:     Holy smokes. So cool.

Andras:     Now, the stage, we're going to be using the stage. The stage will be used for three drum kits. We have a three-drum attack commanded by Mark Sherman. One of the drummers is from Time Is Fire. He also played in Gwar. And then we'll have some cellists and violinists and double bassists. They will be going through the PAs, but all the guitars will be going through their own amps.

Brian:     God, what an incredible thing. Now, there's more to this show than just the 100 Guitar event, so talk about some of the other things that are coming. You said there's an opening group that's really special. What else is happening?

Andras:     Oh, yeah, wow. The opening group, we are honored to have Trinary Systems from Boston to be coming down. Trinary System is the solo project of Roger Miller of Mission of Burma. Mission of Burma is a famous post-punk band from Boston that had a resurgence in 2000. The band, and Roger Miller especially, has been heroes of mine forever. I went to school in Boston back in the day, so I used to see them when they were a thing in the '80s, so it's quite an honor to have Roger Miller opening for us. Roger also produced our debut EP, so that's a big thing for us. Roger's Trinary System is a very angular, very tough art rock band. I think they're a suitable opening for Boat Burning, and they're going to go on at 9:00.

Brian:     Wow. You had mentioned there's some visual stuff going on, too. Talk about Robin Bell and the Bell Visuals.

Andras:     Oh, gosh. Yes. We are really pleased and honored to have Robin Bell, the DC-based guerrilla projectionist who has been dogging Donald Trump for the past year. Yes. He's the guy who has been projecting provocative statements on Trump Hotel. Recently, he followed Donald Trump to Japan and harassed him there.

Brian:     By projecting things on buildings and stuff?

Andras:     By projecting things on ... Not on little things. He's got these gigantic projectors, so these are building-size projections, so he's going to be bringing this-

Brian:     And he's bringing that to the 9:30 Club?

Andras:     Yes.

Brian:     Inside the club?

Andras:     Yes, inside the club. Yeah.

Brian:     Holy smokes. So it's a visual thing, not just a sonic ... There's 100 guitars and then a guerrilla projectionist. This has the makings for one hell of an experience. Holy cow.

Andras:     It will be immersive and kind of a full sensory experience. If you've never experienced a mass guitar show, understand that it's not this wall of noise, even though people say it's all really loud. We never use distortion. We never use any effects. So each guitarist has a really strong, clean sound. But what you get from all these amplifiers pointed at the audience, and you get to wander around in the middle and sort of change the mix just by wandering around, what you get is this incredible sound pressure level, so you feel ...

     It's kind of like Sensurround. Remember the old Sensurround movies where you felt this low, double bass rumble? It's kind of like that. You feel these subsonics, and because the guitars are in this very strange tuning, you get these phantom instruments that sort of appear and disappear. So you'll think like, "Whoa, I just heard piccolos." No, there's no piccolos. Or "I just heard bassoons or French horn." No, they're not there. It has to do with the tuning and the-

Brian:     It's just the sonic and the tuning.

Andras:     Yeah, it's really cool.

Brian:     Oh, man. That's incredible. Now, my favorite question to ask before we finish up here is, if you could offer one piece of advice, what would it be?

Andras:     Oh, gosh. Do what you love. Life is short and hard. Don't get to the end of your life and realize you could've, should've. You don't know if you haven't tried, and the audacity generally wins out.

Brian:     I feel like that's so relevant in today's day and age, too, because there's a lot of questions about everything these days. So "do what you love" is an incredibly simple answer to that question, and yet so relevant.

Andras:     Don't wait. Don't wait.

Brian:     Andras, I love it.