LA’s Classixx have been tearing it up for some time now, and this Saturday they will hit the decks with Will Eastman, Micah Vellian, Ed Dudes at U Street Music Hall. Cop their ballin’ XM Mixtape 1 below for a preview. Classixx – XM Mixtape 1 (Box)


If there was one thing we wish Washington had more of in the summer, it would be big block parties with music, food trucks, grilling – the works. Thankfully, local streetwear label Durkl (durkl.com) is giving us the perfect Memorial Day Sunday with a free outdoor party in a large parking lot behind its Chinatown headquarters at Fifth and I streets NW. (The actual entrance to the parking lot is



The Radio Dept. are back! I’ve been a fan of these guys since their 2002 Labrador records ep Where Damage Isn’t Already Done and was pleased when they subsequently released records with label-of-many-many-fantastic-and-big-artists, XL. They kinda went radio silent after that, at least for me, but it’s a treat to have them back and this song is a perfect soundtrack to a roof top party or night cap, just in


New York sensation Penguin Prison has busted through the iron bars of music industry mundanity to deliver some fresh dance pop hits. Unabashed in his sugary and juicy attempt at Prince-like pop stardom, Penguin Prison is sparkling and delicious. I’m a sucker for pseudo-sad-love songs about cars, and Penguin Prison doesn’t disappoint with his new single “The Worse It Gets,” chalk-full of buoyant piano riffs, chiming synths, funk-guitar lines, groove-able