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TVD Premiere: Brett, “Confidence” (Golden Touch Remix)

We’re so pleased that Brett, the alter-ego spin-off of bi-coastal dance-pop all-stars The Dance Party, has asked us to share the newest remix of their track “Confidence.”

The single was given a disco twist by Grammy-nominated producer Jesse Rogg. You may know Rogg better under his own moniker, Golden Touch. While on the Left Coast, the DC boys recruited the LA-born, Munich-raised DJ, who is Sam Sparrow’s writing, production, and touring partner. Golden Touch received a Grammy nomination for his work on Sparrow’s hit “Black and Gold.”

Surely another Grammy nod is in the cards if Brett and Golden Touch continue to collaborate like this.

Brett plays DC’s Submerge art exhibition this Saturday, November 17. Tickets are still available.

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TVD at CMJ:
The Showcase Sprint

This year’s CMJ Music Marathon has come and gone in its usual debaucherous rush. Last week’s five-day sprint of official and unofficial showcases and parties (day-, after-, etc.) was enough to exhaust even the most diehard of music fans, journalists, and photographers, but somehow we all made it out alive.

While we had our own sold-out showcase with partners Beyond Beyond is Beyond Records and Easy Apple at Arlene’s Grocery on the opening Tuesday night (10/16) of CMJ, TVD was fortunate enough to include among its many, many collective stops last week:

NYCTaper at CMJ 2012 at Cake Shop (10/18), a day party where we caught alt-country North Carolinians and recent Merge label signees Mount Moriah.

Notes From the Underground: Modular Recordings at CMJ at Ace Hotel (10/18), an event so low-key that I doubt many of the attendees in the hotel’s busy lobby had any idea that it was a CMJ-related event.

Vitalic Noise CMJ Launch Party at The DL (10/18), which featured the Miami Horror DJs in a body-to-body meltdown, accompanied by lazers.

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TVD Recommends:
The 9 Live at the Black Cat, Listen Local First Birthday Edition, 10/19

DC music advocate Listen Local First is celebrating its first birthday with a unique showcase of nine talented musicians collaborating with each other live.

The aptly named 9 Live hits the Black Cat Mainstage tomorrow, Friday, October 19th. Formed in 2008 by singer-songwriter Justin Trawick, the Washington, DC-based collective, a rotating ensemble of solo artists, will perform up to 30 songs in rotation.

Over 100 artists have participated in the “The 9 Songwriter Series,” but the nine showcased this Friday are all artists who have been featured by Listen Local First over the past year. Check out each of the 9 Live before you swing by the Cat Friday night.

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TVD Ticket and Signed Vinyl Giveaway:
Divine Fits at the 9:30 Club, 10/18

Perhaps one of the most-beloved, critically-acclaimed new supergroups of 2012, Britt Daniel (Spoon), Dan Boeckner (Wolf Parade, Handsome Furs), and Sam Brown (New Bomb Turks), otherwise known as Divine Fits, released the new video for the single “Would That Not Be Nice” just last week.

Stereogum premiered the video, elaborating that the “terse and hard-pounding first single together … is quietly proving to be one of 2012′s greatest, most enduring rock songs.” We have your chance to see it live when the power trio stop by the 9:30 Club next week because we are sending one of you plus a friend to the show for free.

Not only that, but the winner will receive a signed copy of the Divine Fits’ debut LP, aptly titled A Thing Called Divine Fits, which was released via Merge at the end of August.

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TVD Ticket Giveaway: Bob Dylan and His Band plus Mark Knopfler at Verizon Center, 11/20

Tickets go on sale Friday (at 10am), but one of you will already have a pair of tickets to see Bob Dylan November 20th at the Verizon Center because we’re giving them away before you can even buy them!

If you read TVD, you surely can already appreciate being given the opportunity to see this living legend, whose accomplishments include winning eleven Grammys and being inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, but just in case, 5min.com has a nice little (five-minute) recap of the life of the folk-rock-poet-political-activist.

Over the past fifty-plus years, in Bob Dylan’s exceptional and prolific career, he’s inspired countless musicians and had at least one band name themselves after one of his albums (Blonde on Blonde from the late ’60s, also a Nada Surf song).

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Virgin FreeFest
Lineup Announced

This morning, the long-awaited line-up for Virgin Mobile FreeFest was announced via select Twitter followers. The Billboard-award winning festival returns to Merriweather Post Pavilion on Saturday, October 6th, once again featuring two stages and a Dance Forest.

The line-up boasts Jack White and Skrillex anchoring the stages, along with support from M83, NAS, ZZ Top, Santigold, Alabama Shakes, Ben Folds Five, The Dismemberment Plan, Allen Stone, Trampled by Turtles, Portugal. The Man, Das Racist, Future Islands, and Justin Jones. The Dance Forest will feature Above & Beyond, Porter & Zedd (Back to Back), Thomas Gold, Nervo, Alvin Risk, and Penguin Prison.

Tickets will be “on free” to the general public at noon on Friday, August 24th. Twitter followers of Virgin Mobile Freefest (@virginmlive), Virgin Mobile customers, and prior Virgin Mobile Festival ticket buyers be invited to participate in a private presale, held on Thursday, August 23rd.

Get your trigger fingers ready to do some clicking because the popular festival “frees out” in minutes every year. Who are you most excited to see?

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TVD Recommends: Shark Week EP Release Party at Montserrat House, tonight, 8/10

Rejoice! Fans of local DIY sensation Shark Week can now relive their killer live shows with the release of their debut 3-track EP today, aptly titled EP.

The pay-what-you-want EP is now available from Bandcamp, and the quartet kicks off the release with a show at Montserrat House tonight. Presale tickets are still available until 4pm today, so hurry! Tickets at the door will be limited and are sure to sell out.

When not practicing law, reporting on the government beat, or running Mount Pleasant’s “premiere basically-legal hair salon,” the members of Shark Week make laid-back-but-vibrant, punk-infused garage rock with a throwback vibe.

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TVD Video Premiere and Ltd. Ed. Vinyl Giveaway: Big Tree, “Augury”

California-by-way-of-New-York quintet Big Tree recently released their sophomore LP This New Year on absolutely stunning “autumnal split color” vinyl (see a snapshot of the test pressing below), and we have a chance for one lucky reader to win his or her very own copy of the official release.

Big Tree was kind enough to let us premiere their new video for “Augury” from This New Year, a TVD exclusive. The rolling grasslands and beaches in the video are a fitting backdrop for the lush vocals of Kaila McIntyre-Bader and Anna Ghezzi.

Soul Step Records released this limited edition run of only 100 split color records, which are sure to sell out soon. The album, the Lexington, Kentucky label’s second release, is also available on black vinyl.

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TVD Live: Fiona Apple
at Warner Theatre, 6/26

In an upcoming V magazine interview set for newsstands on July 5th, Fiona Apple admits that as part of growing up, “I became less inhibited. I don’t care about being judged.” 

This was quite apparent on Tuesday night at the Warner Theatre. A gaunt, muscular Apple, no longer the malcontent ingenue of her explosive debut Tidal from sixteen years ago, treated a sold-out and appreciative audience to an emotionally dense set that drew from her entire career, showcasing songs from all four albums.

Backed with a jazzy five-piece band, Apple left us transfixed with her powerful, still-sultry voice, beginning with “Fast As You Can” from her sophomore effort, When the Pawn… Of the handful of songs where her plaintive wails were accompanied by her grand piano under changing-colored lights, “Shadowboxer” was an early and obvious favorite. Expectedly, the set was punctuated with huge applause and a standing ovation. In fact, Apple delivered everything that was expected, and more.

Now grown up, the crying waif who shocked audiences in the late ’90s and early ’00s still has a defiant streak, but it is now better harnessed and controlled, tempered by maturity, even if there are glimpses that even though she is more comfortable in her skin, she is a bit weary at times. During “Sleep to Dream” Apple stomps a booted foot angrily, in a stance with hands on hips; at other times, she broodingly sings with eyes closed, perhaps to lovers not yet forgotten, dancing in memories, gyrating underneath the familiar feel of hands long gone; still other times, she sings to the corners of the theatre, coquettishly wide-eyed, gazing out instead of lost in her own reverie.

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TVD Recommends: Mother Trucker at Capitol Skyline Hotel, tomorrow

Tomorrow is supposed to be clear, sunny, and 90 degrees. You know what that means. It’s time for a pool party.

Mother Trucker returns to the Capitol Skyline pool with some of the best DJs in DC. There will also be food trucks! Drinks! Hot bodies! Girls with hula hoops! A fire breather! Corn hole! Slip and slide! Aerial suspension artists! A photo booth!

If that weren’t enough exclamation points, Fort Knox Recordings is taking over Mother Trucker tomorrow with a slew of artists from the label DJing sets poolside. The pièce de résistance is that Fort Knox Five will be battling it out with Thunderball (ESL Music)—two DJs on four turntables.

To celebrate all this Mother-Trucking fun, FK5 have released a free download of a remix of Three Dog Night’s “Mama Told Me (Not to Come).” Grab it below with your email address.

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