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11/27/18 - Special Guest: Broke Royals

This week on DC Music Rocks, Broke Royals, a band that always deliver premium rock & roll, stops by for a chat with host Brian Nelson-Palmer.  The episode also features great tracks by RVSSLL, Sub-Radio, Reed Appleseed, and Luke James Shaffer.


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Broke Royals

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Broke Royals was not supposed to be a band. In 2013, Colin Cross and Philip Basnight met at The College of William & Mary in Virginia. Basnight was playing as a solo acoustic act and Cross was breaking ground on a recording studio after years as a touring musician.

After finishing his studio in 2014, Cross needed demos to entice potential clients and he invited Basnight to record some of his songs in the new studio. In their first sessions, the chemistry was palpable and musical partnership was born under the name Broke Royal. 

Over the last four years, Basnight and Cross honed a singular sound and toured the country. Joined by live members Taimir Gore and Ben Wilson, Broke Royals always deliver premium rock & roll. True to the roots of their earliest moments in the studio, Basnight and Cross continue to find new ways to meld the genres and inspiration that define their exciting new sound, which Billboard called "arena-ready" and earned them the title as "one of the best live bands in DC" by CBS. 


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  1. ***Be Me (feat. ZaZa Maree), by RVSSLL (DJ, Funk, Alternative)

  2. Bad Chemicals, by Broke Royals (Rock/Folk)

  3. We’re All a Little Crazy, by Luke James Shaffer (Indie, Folk)

  4. ***Boxes and Boxes, by Reed Appleseed (Folk, Alternative)

  5. Flashback, by Sub-Radio (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!

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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!



  • Wylder - Ready To Break
    (Indie Single -  RIYL One Republic, Maroon 5)

  • Eli Lev - One Road
    (Indie Single - RIYL Tom Petty, Mumford and Sons, Johnny Cash, Ben Harper, The Lumineers)

  • Uptown Boys Choir - Get Help
    (8 Song Rock Album - RIYL Death Cab For Cutie, Ryan Adams, Butch Walker)

  • Black Dog Prowl - Fine Lousy State
    (5 Song Hard Rock/Metal Album - RIYL Soundgarden, Nirvana, Fu Manchu, Alice in Chains and Foo Fighters)

  • Christos DC - Still Living Dub
    (Instrumental Reggae Dub Single)

  • Wings Denied - Message In A Bottle
    (Hard Rock/Metal Cover of old tune by The Police you might like)

  • Mackenzie Fisher - Doors
    (Indie Single - RIYL Birdy, Christina Perri, Nora Jones, Colbie Caillat)




Do you have any shows on your personal calendar to see coming up? Here’s a few of the upcoming shows we’re stoked about!  Our custom local music calendar is the only place online showing you exclusively where DC’s talent is playing around DC! So see a show…or two…or three…research shows that it reduces stress and makes you happy!

Nov 30 - Fri
Jason Masi @ Tally Ho Theater in Leesburg, VA
(Pop, Album Release with a band, this one’s gonna be good, likely worth the drive, RIYL Amos Lee, John Mayer, Ben Harper)
Wylder @ Gypsy Sally's in Washington, DC
(Pop/Folk/Indie Powerhouse, don’t play around too often, this one should be good!)
Flasher @ Black Cat in Washington, DC
(Rock, been out touring for months, a rare show back home. RIYL Priests, Ought, Sneaks, a-ha, Duran Duran)
Surprise Attack & Throwing Plates @ Rock & Roll Hotel in Washington, DC
(Funk/Jam Band AND Indie/Folk?! This one should be good!)

Dec 1 - Sat
Elizabeth II @ Songbyrd Music House in Washington, DC
(She talked about this when she was our guest on 11/13, awesome rock guitarist, RIYL Halestorm, Hole, Foo Fighters)
Eric Scott @ Birchmere in Alexandria, VA
(Awesome Funk/Pop/Rock Mix at a comfortable venue, opening for a great act, RIYL Marc Broussard, John Mayer, Marvin Gaye, Amos Lee)
Caustic Casanova @ Atlas Brew Works in Washington, DC
(Album Release! Ready to rock…HARD? RIYL Melvins, Queens of the Stone Age, Rush, Black Sabbath, Torche, Kyuss, Clutch, Boris, Soundgarden)

Dec 2 - Sun
Luke James Shaffer & Frass Green @ Songbyrd Record Cafe and Music House Washington, DC (Pop)
Lauren Calve @ The Birchmere in Alexandria, VA (Girl can SING! Beefy Folk/Rock)
woodgrove @ Black Cat in Washington, DC (Hard Rock)

Dec 3 - Mon
Sydney Franklin @ Jammin Java in Vienna, VA (Delicious R&B)

Dec 4 - Tue
Veronneau @ Blues Alley in Washington, DC (incredible Jazz group)

Dec 6 - Thu
Odetta Hartman @ Rock & Roll Hotel in Washington, DC (normally out touring, rare home show, Indie artist)


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