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Once upon a time, I had a radio show that only played bands currently performing in the District. That show is super dead, so we’ve resurrected it (with way more words and far less radio) in the form of this column. Every day I’ll review a song from a band playing in D.C. that night. The rules are, 1. I can only listen to the song once and 2. I only have until the end of the song to finish my review.

FRIDAY

JASON D. WILLIAMS – WHOLE LOT OF SHAKING GOING ON

I guess this YouTube video starts a little ways into the song because it is already in full swing. It’s pretty good. Lots of stuff happening… musically. It seems like this Jason character can really play the piano. I’m most excited about the trombone solo though. Yeah, this is pretty great. Watching the video is kind of weird though, because he’s singing these sexual lyrics but his face is totally blank, which is kind of weird. Back to the piano. Alright, this is pretty impressive. I thought the song was over, but they tricked me! Oh wait, now it’s really over. Well then.

You can see Jason D. Williams tonight at the Birchmere.

SATURDAY

BLOODY DIAMONDS – BABY DON’T BE NICE

This sounds like a song on a Halloween themed CD. Which means I am 100% totally down. I am already sold on this band. So there’s some lightweight spooky stuff going on in the music video but one of the adult men in the band is wearing a tank striped top and it’s really ruining the vibe for me. Tank tops are not spooky. I don’t know why this bothering me so much. Anyway, if you like music that sounds like Halloween music then you will definitely like this.

You can see Bloody Diamonds on Saturday at the Velvet Lounge.

SUNDAY

FAUN AND A PAN FLUTE – JOHN

With a name like that how could I not review it? There are a lot of people on stage playing a variety of instruments but I already feel deceived because 1. none of them are dressed like a faun and 2. no one is playing a pan flute. I could totally be wrong about the second one though. I don’t really know what pan flutes sounds like and it’s hard to pick out individual instruments with all the jamming going on. I haven’t seen anyone play a pan flute yet, though. If you like listening to people jam then I guess you’ll like this, but I’m still disappointed.

You can see Faun and a Pan Flute on Sunday at Bossa Bistro.

 

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