Taylor Lawhon towered over the audience at Black Cat and began to dazzle everyone with some catchy keyboards, very reminiscent of ‘80s synthpop. Within moments, his brother Ryan appeared to sing alongside him in a gravely voice that occasionally reminded me of Future Islands’ Samuel Herring. As Mating Ritual, the Los Angeles-based duo made for an intriguing opener for Penguin Prison last Wednesday.
Let’s take an opportunity to revisit one of the more ridiculous nights of rock and roll to take place in the DC Metro area so far this year, featuring local comic band Dingleberry Dynasty!
Steel Panther — the over-the-top glam metal quartet hailing from Los Angeles — have been on their 2018 Sunset Strip Live! tour since February, following their fourth studio album Lower The Bar, which was released March 24, 2017. The bawdy comic rockers blew through the DC Metro area (with hairspray in hand) three weeks ago and played a sold-out show at The Fillmore Silver Spring with Dingleberry Dynasty opening.
Fans of the late-‘90s and early-‘00s rock scene got a little bit of a treat earlier this month when the Goo Goo Dolls announced a 20th anniversary tour for their multi-platinum album “Dizzy Up The Girl.” Featuring the bulk of the band’s hits (like “Broadway,” “Slide,” and “Iris,”), the album was about as big as any in its genre at the end of the 20th Century. And though the Goo Goo Dolls’ newer material hasn’t quite garnered the same enthusiasm from critics or fans, the band still hits a nostalgic sweet spot for people all across the country.
New York-based house band Sofi Tukker performed selections from their debut album Treehouse to a capacity 9:30 Club crowd on Wednesday night. The duo comprised of Sophie Hawley-Weld and Tucker Halpern made DC their first stop of a six-month world tour.