Preview: Ex Hex @ 9:30 Club, 5/10/19

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Ex Hex (Photo courtesy Merge Records)

DC breathed a sigh of relief when Ex Hex — the city’s most interesting and engaging rock trio — finally released a second studio album, It’s Real, via Merge Records in March, five years after the band’s debut album. Now it’s really real as Ex Hex headline 9:30 Club once again on Friday, May 10, in what is sure to be a killer show.

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Interview: Stephen Jackson of The Pietasters (@ Mobius Records, 4/13/19)

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Steve Jackson (center) and The Pietasters (Photo courtesy the band)

The Pietasters will reissue Willis, their 1997 record from Epitaph/Hellcat, on colored vinyl for Record Store Day on Saturday. Stephen Jackson and the band will play a free show at Mobius Records in Fairfax, Virginia, with The Loving Paupers and Ponytails & Cocktails. The Record Store Day show starts at 1pm! Visit The Pietasters website for more information. 

Mickey McCarter of Parklife DC recently sat down with Steve over quite a few drinks to chat about the Secret History of The Pietasters. Along with our own Miyun Park and The Pietasters bassist Dave Vermillion, we discussed the ’80s DC music scene that shaped The Pietasters, some of Steve’s greatest memories in The Pietasters, and what comes next for the world’s most hyper ska band. Hilarity ensued.

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Preview: Breakin’ Even Fest @ Pie Shop, 4/26-4/28/19

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Members of the DC punk band American Television started Breakin’ Even Fest in 2016. The fourth edition of the annual rock festival is now right around the corner at The Pie Shop in DC on Friday, April 26 to Sunday, April. 28, with headliners Worriers, Kali Masi, and Worlds Scariest Police Chases.

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Live Review: Karen Jonas @ Pearl Street Warehouse — 3/31/19

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Karen Jonas performs at Pearl Street Warehouse on March 31, 2019. (Photo by Mark Caicedo)

The first time I saw Karen Jonas and her musical partner, Tim Bray, perform was at Gypsy Sally’s in 2015. I had the pleasure of seeing the duo with Karen’s band again recently at Pearl Street Warehouse on the night she won the 2019 Wammy Award for Best Country/Americana Artist.

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