“Lovely melodies and reverb-drenched harmonies abound; think Ecstasy and Wine-era My Bloody Valentine with a Smiths fetish. While there have been some wonderful moments scattered across this Brooklyn trio’s prior releases, this album is where the band pulls it all together and truly earns its place alongside top-tier early-’90s shoegaze predecessors like Lush, Ride, and especially Ian Masters-era Pale Saints (to whom the band most closely resembles). It’s a modern masterpiece of the genre.”
Indie pop trio Violens performs new album, “True,” [Slumberland Records] (release date: May 15) at Rock & Roll Hotel on May 4.
True finds the Brooklyn three-piece further amplifying their innovative songwriting with a palette of exquisitely crafted sound. The band’s music expertly blends percussive guitar work and silky harmonies, seeking the silver lining yet to be discovered between the sounds we know and love. With a wash of 90s sonic pop drawn from artists like Cocteau Twins and McCarthy and sitting pretty alongside contemporaries such as Deerhunter and Wild Nothing, Violens paint soft watercolor notes across their compositions, adding crucial emotional depth via layered vocal harmonies.
This will no doubt be one of the best indie rock performances in Washington DC of 2012.
Violens was formed in 2007 by Jorge Elbrecht (a producer, multi-instrumentalist, and founding member of the art company Lansing-Dreiden). Their debut album Amoral was self-recorded, self-produced, and is best understood as digital collage; a dark, guitar and synth-pop voyage of melodic and rhythmic collision.
The Race for Hope DC, a 5K course in the nation’s capital, is a fun and inspiring way to join forces in the fight against brain tumors by raising funds for research. It is one of the largest fundraisers in the country benefiting the brain tumor community and the proceeds support National Brain Tumor Society and Accelerate Brain Cancer Cure.
Through generous gifts from individuals and company sponsorships, the Race for Hope – DC has raised more than $15 million in its history. Join thousands of runners and walkers supporting the brain tumor community on May 6 to participate in the 15th Annual Race for Hope – DC at Freedom Plaza in Washington, DC.
Register for the walk here or by joining us at Barcode on Sunday!
More Than Just Politics DC Mayor looks to add hour to last call on weekends.
District of Colombia Mayor Vincent Gray recently proposed his 2013 budget plan for the city of Washington.
In trying to avoid tax increases and service cuts, the $10M plan would raise an extra $5.3M by passing a law allowing DC bars, restaurants, lounges and nightclubs to serve alcohol until 4AM on weekends.
More Money for DC More Press for District Entertainment & Nightlife
With “The Most Powerful City in the World” for a nickname, it’s difficult to imagine getting more press for the US capital. While politics will always be king, the Washington DC Nightlife and Entertainment community is thriving.
Live Nation venues like Warner Theater and the recently opened Fillmore Silver Spring bring world renowned music and comedy acts weekly. Productions like Fela!, Come Fly Away and more show regularly at Sidney Harmon Hall, the world famous Kennedy Center and other DC theater venues. The city is known amongst jazz and blue fans throughout America as the birthplace of the legendary Duke Ellington.
The above-mentioned activities however, are generally closed by Midnight.
Washington DC restaurants, lounges, bars and nightclubs provide invaluable revenue for The District primarily through sales tax on liquor. American nightlife meccas such as New York, Miami and Las Vegas not only have extended hours, they are also recognized as international destinations. Tourism thrives in these cities in part due to their ability to offer late night activities.
Allowing Washington DC nightlife venues to remain open until 4AM on weekends will create fresh buzz for a city dominated in the news by politics.
An extension of liquor sales on the weekends would cascade to the food, transportation, safety and tourism industries to name a few; and create more jobs in a rebuilding economy.
Nightlife entrepreneurs feel the extra hour will serve more than just their own business interests.
“It’ll be a tremendous boom for the DC economy; providing much needed revenue without effort from the government, or extra taxes on residents. Not only will it be generating more tax revenue, it will also generate more money in terms of salaries for nightlife employees and police details,”
– Panorama Productions owner Antonis Karagounis
DC council members concerned with stability and public rowdiness issues made the following comments:
“We don’t want any of that. We don’t want a Bourbon Street atmosphere.”
“Any suggestions about changing hours of alcohol sales will be met with concerns.”
“… concerned about people in cars, out later at night, drinking for longer periods.”
We feel it’s unfair to equate a 4AM last call with turning DC into one massive Bourbon Street party. The infamous New Orleans party destination is home to bars, restaurants, strip clubs and souvenir shops. All Mayor Grey wants is an extra hour at the bar.
We agree that there are issues that need to be addressed, but being out late in and of itself is not an argument against anything. People driving drunk is a concern whether it’s lunch time, happy hour, dinner or beyond.
Do the Pros Outweigh the Cons?
If DC nightlife is granted an extra hour to serve alcohol on Friday and Saturday nights, it will potentially pay for over half of the Mayor’s proposed budget for 2013. If not from liquor sales tax, where will the money come from? Would you rather pay more taxes out of your pocket? Or would you rather have an extra hour at the bar and let the clubs pay to keep DC great?
Dress Code: In Effect after 10PM on weekends: No Sweats/athletic wear, hats, boots, baggy/offensive/see through clothing, sleeveless t-shirts, chains, hoods, camouflage, white tees, sunglasses at night
Atmosphere: The center of it all. Grand Central is right in the thick of it every week in Adams Morgan. It’s got 2 levels, a slightly sunken dance floor and like most of the bigger places in AdMo, it’s full of people looking to have fun, party hard, get wasted and hook up.
Grand Central features a relatively simple layout. Walking in passed a patio that’s great in the warmer months, guests find an old-time photo booth should they want before, during and after shots of the evening. To the left is a sunken dance floor ‘room’ with entrances on each side. DJs spin the typical pop you hear on the radio.
Straight ahead is the main bar and standing room. Looking up, patrons suddenly realize why Grand Central is named after the famous Manhattan train station. The rounded, patterned ceiling is modeled after the storied hub of NY travel. A massive portrait of ‘The Most Interesting Man in the World’ adds the perfect touch.
Between the dance floor and main bar is a staircase leading to an upstairs bar and tables.
Sports Affiliations: Buffalo Bills and Sabres, Syracuse Orange, Washington Capitals $5 Captain Morgan drinks during Caps games, $3 Labatt during Buffalo games, $3 Bud/Bud Light ’til Midnight during baseball games. Sun/Mon/Tues: Bocce Court M – F: Happy Hour 6-9PM Tuesdays: Bocce League Wednesday: Flip Cup League Thursdays: Bocce League
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The center of the center. Upstairs is a more low key 2nd floor bar, beyond his shoulder is the dance floor, and behind the camera is the main bar.
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The Red Palace in Washington DC is the love child of Vaudeville and a Circus Sideshow, mixed with alcohol of course. This unique venue offers burlesque shows, indie rock concerts, a beer menu as eclectic as their decor and an outdoor patio. If you are into an offbeat and freakish venue with a laid back crowd and dress code- Welcome to the Red Palace.