North London electro-pop trio Ou Est Le Swimming Pool fall somewhere in between MGMT and Duran Duran, nothing especially unique or daring, but definitely infectious and worth a listen. Ou Est Le Swimming Pool – Dance The Way I feel (mp3)

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 ( 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