2.23.2015

better

This weekend wraps up Romantic States' month of mini-tours as the band makes their final stops in Pennsylvania and New Jersey:


Meanwhile here in the District we've got a special Sunday matinee lined up for March 1 featuring some incredible and eclectic talent from around the East Coast to promote the next In It Together Fest.

Pile from Boston, who are starting off a nationwide tour in support of their new album 'You're Better Than This' on Exploding In Sound Records, will be headlining the bill. Playing alongside them in the afternoon will be Radiator King and The Effects, and as the day turns into night things will be get jazzed up with the help of Moor Mother Goddess from Philadelphia, Hypercolor from Brooklyn, and Ian G. McColm from Richmond.

Click the flyer below to RSVP and get more info:


Down in the southwest, Adam Torres hits the road this week, kicking off his tour with shows in Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, and California:
More info on Adam's tour and other big things in store can be found on his website.

2.18.2015

man and his symbols

Adam Torres has been hard at work over the past year, putting together some fantastic new work in preparation for big things to come in 2015, starting with a tour out west to kick things off later this month. Click the poster below to check out Adam's site for more details on these shows.


Additionally, Adam's 2006 release Nostra Nova will be re-released in April on vinyl c/o Misra Records and is currently available to pre-order here. Check out this recent interview with Adam in which he discusses music, literature and his past, present, and future with Highway Hearts, then revisit the classic track "Breakneck Jane's Fifteen Minute Escape" with this video directed by Brian Wiebe.


Romantic States are bringing the caravan down south this weekend with shows in Virginia and North Carolina. If you're in the area for one of these fine gigs, make sure to stop on by:
Big Hush cassettes are now officially sold out from the DZ merch store, but if you missed picking up a copy you can still get them at the Dischord Records distro while supplies last.

And lastly, I've been keeping pretty busy with a new project gathering audio archives of events from the DC DIY scene and have yet to post any of the live recordings I've captured since late last year, but I thought it'd be nice to cap off this post by sharing the music of Emperor X from his DC show last month. Take a listen and stay tuned for more live recordings in the very near future!

2.11.2015

give more

And so begins a month of weekend-long tours for Romantic States. After staying up until 3am getting wild at the cassette release show in Baltimore on Friday, a Saturday afternoon of soothing dissonance was well-needed. Thanks to everyone who came out and/or volunteered at the matinee Radio CPR benefit show (special shout-out to Ian MacKaye) as well as Mattress Financial and The Creature People for playing their hearts out as always. I'm happy to say we raised a modest sum for the station, and I'm looking forward to getting more involved in the near future.

Romantic States (courtesy of Chris Taylor)
"On this new self-titled record, Romantic States have traded in the synthetic bleeps and bloops of old, the stuttering tape machines, the more “experimental” side of things in favor of more traditional arrangements for guitars, drums, and voices. The result is a poised approach to songwriting, tunes that are skeletal in nature. While it may appear thin, oblique, and fragile, you’ll be surprised just how resilient and mercurial this collection of songs can be." - Gelatinous Blog
Next up for the band is this gig in Newark, NJ on Friday, February 13 at The Hollywood Bungalow (click here to RSVP) with Charm City chums Et Al. and Garden State locals Apparus.

On that same day here in DC will be another great show, this one a benefit for Casa Ruby LGBT Community Center, who is raising funds to open a homeless youth house in the district. The show features radiant dreamers Crimson Wave from Baltimore, activist sludge warriors Jail Solidarity, feminist grunge rockers Hemlines, and local unsung heroes Tereu Tereu and Jack On Fire. Check out the sweet show poster below c/o Rachel Porter and give it a click for more details and to RSVP.


I'm very happy to be involved with this show and am more than pleased with the serendipitous link between the two events happening all in one night at the same venue. Just downstairs will be a reading by contributors to the Collide Zine #3 speaking on the challenges of living with physical and mental illness, and additionally Sean Gray from Accidental Guest Records fostering a discussion on accessibility in the DIY community and spreading awareness of his site Is This Venue Accessible?, a growing collaborative resource to catalog accessible and inaccessible performance spaces.

Hope you get the chance to check out some live music in the coming week - don't forget to bring your lovers and your manners. ♥