Don’t Miss: Palehound @ Union Stage, 2/10/18

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Palehound (Photo by Shervin Lainez)

Boston trio Palehound today release a 7-inch single YMCA Pool and shared a new track called “Sea of Blood.” The single chases the release of A Place I’ll Always Go, the band’s sophomore full-length album published last summer via Polyvinyl Records. In a few short weeks, Palehound hits the road with Weaves, and the co-headlining tour lands at Union Stage in DC on Saturday, Feb. 10.

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Music Park: Dresden Dolls @ 9:30 Club — 10/31/17

Dresden Dolls @ 930Club, Washington DC, 10/31/2017 Amanda Palmer performs with The Dresden Dolls at 9:30 Club on Oct. 31, 2017. (Photo by Paivi)

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.

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Music Park: Bent Knee @ Black Cat — 6/8/17

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Bent Knee perform at O’Brien’s Pub in Allston, Massachusetts, on Aug. 16, 2015. (Photo by Larnel Jones)

It’s 12:36 in the morning and I have to be up at 6:30 tomorrow for work. Normally, this review would wait! Thanks to Bent Knee, that isn’t going to happen, and I am not mad about that at all. The reality is, I have never been more excited to write a review for a band than I am tonight.

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Music Park: Dinosaur Jr. @ 9:30 Club — 9/8/16

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J Mascis performs with Dinosaur Jr. at Best Kept Secret Festival on June 18, 2016. (Photo by Kmeron)

Dinosaur Jr. took the stage in front of a sold-out 9:30 Club on Thursday night. Two hours later, I sat in my car and could hardly hear anything over the ringing in my ears. This is not a bad thing (although I have rethought my stance on wearing ear-plugs) because it was a result of J Mascis’ roaring guitar solos!

J’s Jazzmaster screamed as Emmett Jefferson “Murph” Murphy III (drums) and Lou Barlow (bass) provided a heavy and steady rhythm foundation. I had read about J’s ability on the guitar and seeing it for myself backed up everything I read. It’s no surprise Rolling Stone ranked him 86th on their list of 100 greatest guitarists.

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Don’t Miss: Dinosaur Jr. @ 9:30 Club, 9/8/16

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Dinosaur Jr. (Photo by Levi Walton)

Dinosaur Jr. have had a roller coaster ride of a journey leading to their most recent album, “Give a Glimpse of What Yer Not,” released on August 5th through independent record label Jagjaguwar.

Dinosaur Jr. was formed in the mid-80s with lead singer and guitarist J Mascis, bassist Lou Barlow, and drummer Emmett Jefferson “Murph” Murphy III. Tensions grew as they often do in bands and after three albums Lou Barlow left the band, followed a few years later by Murph.

Fast forward and the original lineup is back together and touring again. In 2009, the rock trio signed with Jagjaguwar and has since released three albums, including their latest, which they are currently on tour promoting.

The tour kicked off on August 12th and will soon be coming through the Nation’s Capital. Dinosaur Jr. will perform Thursday, September 8th at the 9:30 Club with doors opening at 7:00 PM.

“Give a Glimpse of What Yer Not” has already been received warmly and it is pretty clear that Dinosaur Jr. is not some ’80s band holding on by a thread; these guys are at the top of their game… still!

“After more than 30 years, it’s thrilling that Dinosaur Jr. are continuing to hit the festival circuit and making more fans each go-around. The fact that they’re still making new music worth hearing is another reward entirely,” said Consequence of Sound.

Check out a few of the singles from Dinosaur Jr.’s latest album below on YouTube:

Even if you have never heard of Dinosaur Jr. before now, if you enjoy rock n’ roll and sweet guitar solos, stop by the 9:30 Club on September 8th. We just don’t get chances to see bands like this very much anymore. I hope to see you there.

Cleveland noise pop trio Cloud Nothings open for Dinosaur Jr. Tickets are available online!

Dinosaur Jr.
w/ Cloud Nothings
9:30 Club
Thursday, Sept. 8
Doors @7pm
$30
All ages

Music Park: Belly @ 9:30 Club — 8/13/16

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Tanya Donelly sings in Belly at the 9:30 Club on Saturday.

Soon into their set at the 9:30 Club on Saturday, jangle pop quartet Belly played… a new song!

Tentatively titled “Punish,” the song was introduced by vocalist Tanya Donelly, who invited the audience to submit better names for the tune. Then Belly performed the song, a number seemingly about dealing with the consequences of your actions. It’s a little bit heavier than a traditional Belly song and it “rocks” more than it “rolls” — but it’s pretty darn good.

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Don’t Miss: Belly @ 9:30 Club, 8/13/16

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Belly working on King in Nassau, Bahamas, circa 1994 (Photo by Stephen DiRado, http://stephendirado.com)

There was something in the air in Boston in the early to mid ’90s, when great female artists and woman-fronted bands were popping up all over the scene! Women like Juliana Hatfield, Aimee Mann, Kay Hanley, and of course Tanya Donelly were making their voices heard all over alternative radio and indie rock stages.

Well, one of those bands are roaring back in a big way as Tanya Donelly has reunited with her bandmates in Belly with new music and a first tour since 1995.

In their first run together, Belly released two much-adored albums — Star in 1993 and King in 1995. The first album singles “Gepetto” and “Feed the Tree” were particularly popular and continued to receive airplay after the band disbanded. Tanya’s sweet yet full voice was a hallmark of Belly’s songs.

Watch the official music video for “Feed the Tree” by Belly on YouTube:

Vocalist Tanya is joined by guitarist Tom Gorman, drummer Chris Gorman, and bassist Gail Greenwood. Their reunion tour is underway with a stop scheduled locally at the 9:30 Club on Saturday, August 13. Make plans to catch this exciting band as they return with what is sure to be an engaging show.

Tickets are available online.

Belly
9:30 Club
Saturday, August 13
Doors @8pm
$35
All ages