Everyday, the world appears to become more volatile: police violence, racism, sexism, income inequality, political scandals, institutional corruption. It’s enough to make you go berserk. Last week, Russian protest band Pussy Riot gave voice to that angst during their performance at DC’s Black Cat.
Around nearly midnight, Claire Evans called out from the stage at the Rock and Roll Hotel on Friday: “How much time is left?” she asked.
“Five minutes!” the audience responded, informing Claire that the federal government would shut down any time now.
“It’s like fucked-up New Year’s!” Claire quipped to everyone, turning to her bandmates in Yacht on stage behind her. “Let’s enjoy the last five minutes of social services we have left.”
You’ll never meet someone as comfortable in her own skin as Amanda Palmer.
The sassy singer/vaudevillian was perfectly at home at 9:30 Club on Tuesday, and it’s clear to see she would be perfectly at home absolutely anywhere. Her wits and her talents got her by early in life, and those assets continued to do so as she embarked on a brief east coast tour with drummer Brian Viglione as punk cabaret darlings The Dresden Dolls.
Ted Leo is well known to us in DC, as he formed Ted Leo and the Pharmacists here in 1999. Wherever Ted goes, he always comes back to DC, and such is the case next week! On Friday, Sept. 8, Ted Leo releases The Hanged Man, his 13th studio album overall but his first under solely his name. Then one week later, he drops by Black Cat to play two headlining shows on Friday, Sept. 15, and Saturday, Sept. 16.