Brooklyn emo band Rainer Maria released five studio albums and then apparently called it a day in 2006. It is a pleasant surprise then that the emo trio returned with S/T, an album of new material released in August via Polyvinyl Records. Rainer Maria are currently on tour with a stop at Rock and Roll Hotel on Thursday, Sept. 28.
The Belle Game gently ensnared a very full house at 9:30 Club on Wednesday, soothing souls while lifting spirits with atmospheric dreampop.
Coast Modern offers catchy yet meaning full songs with a down-to-earth vibe that makes them feel accessible and relatable. The charm of the West Coast natives was on full display Friday night in a very packed room at U Street Music Hall.
My favorite song by Glam Skanks is one that frontwoman Ali Cat lovingly introduces as a love song. And it certainly starts out as a traditional love song with its throwback ’50s rock ‘n roll vibe and initial cooing.
But before Ali even begins to strut across the stage, the song takes a whimsical turn for the better as she rains scorn down upon her former objet d’affection, proudly proclaiming the title “Fuck Off!” with a storm of hand gestures to emphasize the same.
Heavy metal rockers In This Moment released Ritual, their sixth studio album, in July via Atlantic Records and Roadrunner Records. The Los Angeles quintet launched the Half God – Half Devil Tour to support the album with a stop at The Fillmore Silver Spring on Sunday, Oct. 8.
Normally a bigger band, Doc Robinson arrived as a duo from Columbus, Ohio, at DC9 and played a stripped down accoustic show. They played a fantastic set on Tuesday.
Sept. 25 Update: Sadly, Lord of the Lost announced today that they experienced overwhelming difficulties in obtaining US visas for the tour, so they have canceled.
Dark metal group Lord of the Lost will release Swan Songs II, a new album of 10 songs, via Napalm Records on Oct. 6. The band will be on tour leading up to the release of the album with a show opening for legendary German industrial collective KMFDM on Thursday, Oct. 5, at the State Theatre in Falls Church, Virginia. (Read our Parklife DC preview of KMFDM.)