Like sand through the hourglass, another July has come and gone, taking with it rose-colored memories of revelrous cavorting at the first anniversary of our monthly All Things Gold dance-a-palooza. While the bands were great, the crowd was better, and the night will go down as one for the ages, the best part of ATGold 013 is that it marks the dawn of a new era for All Things Go. This Thursday, August 9th, when the sun goes down, head to U Street Music Hall where we will be bringing you a fresh installment of All Things Gold, this time featuring the Hood Internet, Capital Cities, and Magic Man.
Here’s why: It’s been over two years since I first saw the Hood Internet perform live in Georgetown’s Bulldog Alley, the glorified supply closet that has witnessed many an endorphin and 4 Loko fueled fête. I may have been young, the sparkle paint covering my body may have contained some slightly hallucinogenic chemicals, but that night’s show lives on in my memory like an aurora borealis of glow sticks and R. Kelly samples.
For those of you who have never experienced them, The Hood Internet is a Chicago-based production duo best known for their mashups, a genre that reveals the greatest and most devastating effects that the Wide World Web has had on the music industry. Despite swearing off the ilk after overhearing three lax-pinnie clad 13 year olds praise the genius of Feed the Animals, the Hood Internet roused my long-latent affinity with their expert blending of the freshest indie rock with hip hop tracks ranging from mainstream to deep underground. With their sixth mixtape under their belts and their first original album slated to drop in September, the Hood Internet is just the galvanizing force we all need to shrug off the dog day doldrums and kick off what’s shaping up to be an even better second go-around for ATGold.
So as you sit and watch that last grain of July sand trickle down to meet its peers, you could lament its loss, or rather than weeping into your couch and pondering your mortality, you could carpe the diem and say “Hey, [Your Name Here], snap out of it!” grab that hourglass and flip it upside down. You are young, you are able, and you have plenty of time left to enjoy another raucous dancefest without having to hide your sequins below several layers of frumpy winterwear.