Locals You Should Know: Summer 2018 DMV Recap

Summer is winding down and yet the air is hotter and thicker than ever. As you wait for the temperatures to break, we’ve got a cure for your heat-induced insanity: a season’s worth of new music from the DMV.

Here’s a wrap-up of all the great local music that has been released over the past few months. It should keep your ears occupied until the leaves turn orange.

(But if you want to narrow your listening selection down a bit, check out the “For Fans Of” (FFO) line to see which releases may float your boat.)

Band: Phase Arcade

Release: Glooming – EP

Release Date: May 4, 2018

Hometown: Baltimore, MD

Genre: Punk/Math Rock

FFO: Tera Melos, Pity Sex, American Football, Hella



Band: Human Resources

Release: Champagne

Release Date: June 1, 2018

Hometown: Charleston, SC

Genre: New Wave/Dance Rock

FFO: Daft Punk, St. Vincent, Tears for Fears, Air



Band: Bad Magic

Release: what’s wrong with my eyes?

Hometown: Richmond, VA

Release Date: June 19, 2018

Genre: Garage Rock

FFO: Sleater-Kinney, Screaming Females, Tacocat, Tori Amos



Band: Mock Identity

Release: Paradise

Release Date: June 21, 2018

Hometown: Washington, D.C.

Genre: Punk

FFO: Sonic Youth, Palberta, Shopping, Bikini Kill



Band: Naomi Alligator

Release: Battery-Operated Sunbeam of Love

Release Date: July 2, 2018

Hometown: Charlottesville, VA

Genre: Singer-Songwriter

FFO: Cat Power, Laura Marling, Angel Olsen, Kimya Dawson



Band: Persona La Ave

Release: Blue Silk

Release Date: July 3, 2018

Hometown: Florence, SC

Genre: Experimental Funk

FFO: Com Truise, Flying Lotus, George Clanton, Kraftwerk



Band: Young Scum

Release: S/T

Release Date: July 6, 2018

Hometown: Richmond, VA

Genre: Jangle Pop

FFO: Girlpool, Teenage Fanclub, The Smiths, Alvvays



Band: At The Graves

Release: Lower – EP

Release Date: July 17, 2018

Hometown: Baltimore, MD

Genre: Metal/Doom/Shoegaze

FFO: Slint, Russian Circles, Pelican, And So I Watch You From Afar



Band: Spooky Cool

Release: Every Thing Ever

Release Date: August 3, 2018

Hometown: Richmond, VA

Genre: Psych Rock/Pop/Indie

FFO: Fuzz, Camp Howard, Deerhoof, Paul Simon



Band: Sunndrug

Release: Bleed Your High b/w Collider

Release Date: August 17, 2018

Hometown: Virginia Beach, VA

Genre: Industrial/Alt-Rock

FFO: Nine Inch Nails, Norma Jean, Queens of the Stone Age, Deftones