The time has come - I'm proud to introduce you to Hemlines, a four-piece feminist punk band from Washington, DC whose explosive rage manifests itself through ferociously conscious vocals and heavy, dynamic instrumentation. Their debut EP "All Your Homes" features five fiery tracks that unapologetically challenge patriarchal oppression with a focused anger, demanding respect and taking no prisoners.

The band has hit the ground running and after a fantastic collection of shows on the road, they're back in town tonight at the Black Cat for their EP release show with Homosuperior. Don't miss your first chance to grip your copy of the limited-edition, hand-dubbed-with-love, smokey-red cassette (click pic for details).

"[Hemlines] zigzags through a swath of the punk spectrum with observable skill... [they] weave pop-punk melodies around moments of raucous hardcore. Sonically, the effect is eye-opening...true vocal viciousness. Hemlines crosses a kind of line between empowerment and revenge fantasy...consider keeping your head on a swivel, Hemlines might be coming for you." - Washington City Paper
“[All Your Homes] explodes out of the gate... a no-fucks-given feminist machine. All Your Homes runs the gamut of the feminist feelings spectrum: at once fiery, inspiring, and heavy. Five energetic but concentrated tunes meld the anxieties many feel but don’t know quite how to express." - DCist
A few other DZ darlings have some fun things planned for the near future as well, don't sleep on these shows:

Sunday, October 4 at the Pinch
Big Hush w/ Warm Sun, Brief Candles, and Neiv
(click here to RSVP)

Thursday, October 15 at Above The Bayou
Big Hush w/ The Goodbye Party, Missing Earth, and Collider
(click flyer to RSVP)

Sunday, October 18  at Ottobar in Baltimore
Romantic States w/ Wildhoney, Pity Sex, Spencer Radcliffe, and Blacksage
(click flyer to RSVP)

Plenty of good things in store, don't miss out on these gigs and get your ears ready for DZ18.


the next generation

Production for the next project is under way, and I'm proud to announce DZ17 will be the new Hemlines EP. The four-piece feminist punks are taking their show on the road for the first time and the tour will be bringing them around the mid-Atlantic and East Coast, starting down south in North Carolina, going up to New York, then back to the District on September 30 for the official cassette release show at the Black Cat with Homosuperior.

While everyone involved is super excited for what's to come, thankfully there's fun to be had between now and then...

Two of my favorite bands from anywhere are playing on tonight at 453 Florida as Big Hush and Two Inch Astronaut play host to New Yorkers ADVAETA (click flyer for details).

Then on Sunday September 13, the sixth installment of the Escape From DC Brunch series at (my new abode) Hole In The Sky showcases some groovy out-of-town talent with Mild High Club and Laser Background, featuring local support from BRNDA (click flyer for details).

Two more things to touch on here before closing out:

With In It Together Fest 2 in the rearview mirror, I'm proud to announce we raised over $7000 for DC Abortion Fund, Collective Action For Safe Spaces, and We Are Family DC.

And I want to send a big shout out and much love to tenley tapes for their contribution of a new(-to-me) Telex stereo cassette duplicator with which DZ will flourish in quite an imminent sense. Stay tuned for DZ17 and more releases before the end of 2015. ✌



Now that In It Together Fest 2 is behind us (more on that later), it's time to look forward to more fun in the setting summer sun:

Beginning tomorrow Romantic States will be joining Beach House on tour around the Northeast to help celebrate the release of their new album Depression Cherry on Sub Pop, and will have a limited second run of yellow tour-only cassettes at the shows!

The final show of the tour is an all-day Windjammer at Pier Six Pavilion in Baltimore with additional performances by Future Islands, Dan Deacon, Ed Schrader's Music Beat, and more. Best of all, the event is a benefit for Living Classrooms' Believe In Music program, serving to uplift Baltimore City students academically, culturally, and spiritually, while promoting self-expression and community awareness through music education. Tickets for that one are long gone, but check out the full tour schedule here for your chance to close out the summer with a bang.

Meanwhile back in DC, the second In It Together Fest was a wild success, and though we're still working to finalize the total amount of funds raised for our partner organizations, preliminary calculations suggest we'll more than double last year's numbers! Stay tuned for more details as things fall into place, but for now enjoy some of the moments that made the second In It Together Fest an incredible weekend of artistic expression, community building, and progressive action.

Bless (courtesy of Matt Dunn)

Cayetana (courtesy of Matt D. Cohen)

Wildhoney (courtesy of Andrade)

Thou (courtesy of Sharon)

RDGLDGRN (courtesy of Matt Dunn)

Chester Hawkins (courtesy of Matt D. Cohen)

Wing Dam (courtesy of Xaq)

June Gloom (courtesy of Sharon)

Mark Andersen of Positive Force with DC Councilman David Grosso

Until next time, keep a curious eye on things to come. DZ17 and other fun news is just around the corner...