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FREE Music for Headphones Show w/The Vandelles, The Foreign Resort & Last Remaining Pinnacles at Teri’s Diner & Bar Oct. 10

Music for Headphones is working on their debut release for XD Records which is scheduled to be due out in early 2012. But until then, they have a seriously kick-ass FREE show tonight at Teri’s Diner & Bar with The Vandelles, The Foreign Resort, and Last Remaining Pinnacles. You really don’t want to miss any of these bands. BTW: The last time I saw The Vandelles was when they opened for Creepoid at Tritone. They looked a little shell-shocked that evening. It was the classic Creepoid show where they had the drunken punk rock meltdown on stage. Glad to see that my rock ‘n’ roll crush Suzanne “Honey” Pagliorola and the rest of The Vandelles weren’t scared away from Philly! Teri’s Diner & Bar, 1126 S. 9th St., 8pm, 21+ - Q.D. Tran

Clinical Trials

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Bleed Me
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<p><iframe width="46" height="23" frameborder="0" allowtransparency="true" src=""><a href="">Whip It by Clinical Trials</a></iframe> With their new EP &quot;Bleed Me&quot; the guitar/vocalist and drummer grrrl tandem Clinical Trials steps up the noise-rock formula through the addition of orchestral and industrial elements, boosted by confident performances and songwriting. In the record's highlight track, the suspenseful and almost scary &quot;Whip It&quot;, the band takes the bold step of adding an unnerving brass section to the more traditional harsh guitar and rumble-crash drum sound. The soaring female vocals start out in a controlled manner but by song's end have progressed to throat shredding screams, in an ever-growing, cathartic tension buildup. That's what rock'n'roll is all about right there... The second track &quot;American Girl&quot; - as tense as the previous one - touches on middle-eastern rhythms for the verses, adding alienating low-toned synth bends to the mix. &quot;Sweet Machine&quot; is more bass guitar heavy, with a clean lively drum sound positioned against breathy come-hither vocals. References to &quot;beauty queens&quot; and &quot;satisfaction guaranteed&quot; completes the sex-for-whatever scenario. &quot;White Fence&quot; makes use of found audio vocal snippets (made to sound like radio transmissions) leading into a vocal delivery that pays homage to Kurt Cobain's more confessional moments. Rich organ textures pad the sonic space as lyrical points are made about &quot;cyanide moments.&quot; If only Frances Bean would make up with Courtney &ndash; they would probably enjoy checking out this band together. - <a href=""><em>Dave Cromwell</em></a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p>

New Performance Video: Swimmers Ear at KFN & Educational Video on Why You Shouldn’t Get Sooooo Effed Up at a Show

The great thing sometimes about live shows is that you never know what you’ll experience in the moment. Well, below is some video footage of newest Reading Rainbow member Al Creedon shredding it up with his other project Swimmers Ear at the Far-Out Fangtooth Record Release Party on October 1, 2011 at Kung Fu Necktie that we co-presented with YVYNYL. You’ll also see one extremely fucked up female attendee get kicked out, but not before breaking a bass, screaming an apology from stage, and dancing for the crowd. Reading Rainbow also tweeted a little more insight into the spectacle - “u can see her throw the mike into the audience which hit Rachel @sluteverforever 's hand & u can he(a)r her yell ‘ow!’ & ‘fuck you bitch!’” Woah - get that gal to rehab! (Special thanks to Tiffany Yoon for sharing the video and Reading Rainbow & Far-Out Fangtooth for bringing it to our attention.) Enjoy! (Photo by Brandee Nichols)


Modoc new album out, download "Coward"

Modoc's Fortune & Fame is now out, but if you haven't picked up the album yet and need an immediate dose, you can download the awesome track "Coward" for free here as well as hear other songs from the album. Stay tuned for a review.




Interview with Black Dog Prowl: DC Deli's Band of the Month (October)


Interview with Black Dog Prowl

- by Dawn Reed

How did the band start?
Josh Finver (guitar/vox) and Enzo Ferroggiaro (drums) played in a band together with former-guitarist Micah McCutchan before BDP called The Finver Four.  That project started out as a simple one with Josh doing most of the writing on his own.  Eventually, we all started writing together, the sound started to shift, become much more dynamic and it really was a totally different band.  So, we changed the name tightened up the bass player spot by bringing in Schuyler Allen, added Robert Peters (lead guitar) to the mix and here we are!

 Where did the band name come from?

 We get asked this question a lot and the story behind it never seems to meet expectations.  The name itself is mish-mash of thoughts and concepts that we were kicking around when we needed a new name and with all the ideas we were kicking around "Black Dog Prowl" seemed to capture the sound, attitude and image of the band.  It had a nice ring to it and people seemed to respond well, so it stuck.   

 What are your biggest musical influences?
We all have our own little collection of bands and musicians that we don't expect to fly with each other, but we are able to find a fair amount of common ground with the classics like The Beatles, Led Zeppelin, Soundgarden, STP, Nirvana, Foo Fighters...  The list goes on, but I think you can see where this is headed.

What artists (local, national and/or international) are you currently listening to?

Wow.  There is just so much stuff out there and so much about to come out in the next couple months in so many different genres that it's hard to single anyone out.  As far as records that have been getting a lot of attention from us, Josh and Sky got pretty heavy into the Black Keys and the Raconteurs most recent efforts.  We just opened for a band last month called The Parlor Mob who are absolutely awesome.  But, if anyone has anything that they'd like to recommend, we are all ears.
What's the first concert that you ever attended and first album that you ever bought?
Josh: I'd been to a handful of shows as a kid that I really can't remember all that well.  But, the one that I will always stick with me as my first rock show was a free Foo Fighters concert in the parking lot of Tower Records in Rockville.  They were about to start touring for 'Colour and the Shape' and it was just such an energetic show and I was just in awe and I remember thinking, "That's it.  That's what I'm doing with my life."

As far as my first album, I grew up stealing my parents classic rock records.  Everything from The Kinks to The Beatles, The Doors to Don McClean.  I eventually started accumulating tapes of Nirvana, Metallica and anything else I could get my hands on, but I remember the first CD that I bought was Guns n' Roses 'Use Your Illusion I'.  Great record.  I was amazed at the amount of swearing in the album.  Loved it.
Sky: My family exposed me to the concert scene early. Wherever there was a music festival or live show we would be there. The earliest show I can recall was going to see Alice Cooper at Nissan Pavilion. The mix of great music and crazy stage presence stuck with me. I believe I was 11 at the time, witnessing that greatness. It inspired me to pick up an instrument. Josh mentioned earlier that he 'stole' his parent’s records growing up. I too am guilty of that but I don't regret it because it helped shape my musical ear. I have a very eclectic outlook on music and I bounced around everywhere growing up with The Police, Alice in Chains, Tom Petty, & Miles Davis to name a few. The first record I bought was Red Hot Chili Peppers 'Blood Sex Sugar Magik'.
Robert: My first concert was Johnny Lang and Robert Cray at Wolftrap.  My first album was Steve miller band greatest hits 1968-1973.
Enzo: The first renowned band was U2’s 1998 Popmart Tour.  I got ‘Appetite for Destruction’ for my seventh birthday, but the first record I bought with my own limited income was Metallica’s “…And Justice for All”.
What do you love about DC's music scene?
DC's scene is just so diverse.  There are so many different bands from so many different backgrounds with so many different sounds.  It's wonderful.  There is so much talent and some great rooms and venues.

What would you like to see change in the local music scene?
For as much talent as there is in the DC scene, the camaraderie between the bands really isn't what it should be.  It's tough because we all know how competitive the business is and the politics involved with the DC scene.  A lot of it is just everyone trying to do what's best for themselves, including the venues and bookers, which is completely understandable.  You have to make your money, but for there to be a true up and coming music scene in DC it takes everyone moving in the same direction and to an extent just looking out for one another.

It wouldn't hurt for the radio stations to help out a little bit either.  Matt Davis does a phenomenal job and busts his ass to help Baltimore/DC/VA bands get on the radio and get even a tiny bit of exposure, but he's only one dude.
What are your plans for the upcoming year?
We just put out a new single called 'Vapor'.  Check it out on SoundCloud: And, we're finishing up work on a few more tunes that we hope to release in the form of an EP in the next few months.  Other than that, we are just trying to fill up our calendar and do whatever we can to get as many ears on our music as possible and continue to put our hearts and souls into putting on a great live show.  

During the winter it's nice to be able to go into a little bit of a hibernation and work on some new material and get a nice new batch of tunes ready for the spring.  And, with a lot of hard work and dedication, hopefully we can have the opportunity to get out on the road a little bit.  Or, a lot a bit.
What was your most memorable live show?

There are few that stick out.  Going up to New York and playing at Kenny's Castaways was an awesome experience.  The CD release show for our first record, 'Half Truths & Lies' at the Rock N Roll Hotel in DC was an unbelievable night.  We got to share the stage with some great friends and amazing local bands (Niki Barr Band, The Killer Balloons and Citizen*) and the place was packed, which is all you can ask for.

The show last month at DC9 with The Parlor Mob and D.C.’s own The Jones also ranks pretty high on the list, as does an Oktoberfest show in Alexandria where we played to a couple thousand people.  Any time you kill it in front of that big of a crowd who are really into the music, there is no better feeling in the world.
Is there someone who has helped your band grow through support?

Everyone, man.  We are so grateful to every single person who has ever taken the time to come to a show, buy our record, listen to a song or vote in an online poll.  We'd be nowhere without the unbelievable support of our friends, family and fans and we can't thank them enough.
Is there a piece of equipment you couldn't live without and why?

Josh: I am obviously a big fan of all of my gear.  It is mine, after all.  But, I feel like any musician would tell you that your tuner is your best friend.  Right, Robert?

Sky: Gear is important. How you use and maintain it determines your individual sound but, I agree with Josh, nothing holds more value then the mighty tuner. I mean, come on! No one wants to listen if you're out of tune.  
Robert:  I couldn't live without my Diamond Phantom 100 watt head. Diamonds are a girls best friend, but Diamond Phantoms are mine!
Enzo: Wood…  I mean, drumsticks.  Otherwise, how am I supposed to eat sushi?
Why do you read The Deli?

Oh, we can't read...

No, it's a great way to discover new artists all over the country.  Hear new music and just see what's going on in local and national indie scenes.  Thanks for giving us this opportunity and keep up the great work!







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