Scythian perform in Dublin, Ohio, on Aug. 4, 2014. (Photo by Paul and Cathy)
We know that Saint Patrick’s Day is a little over four months away yet, but given how warm it is this DC weekend, it’s hard not to think of that portal to Spring that comes with waves of green.
And so it is that exactly three months from tomorrow, on March 12, 2016, you will have an opportunity to celebrate with ShamrockFest, returning again to the grounds of RFK Stadium.
As announced recently, ShamrockFest will feature headliners Dropkick Murphys and Flogging Molly as well as Street Dogs, Scythian, Go Go Gadjet, Fighting Jamesons, and more than 25 additional bands, DJs, and performers across six stages.
Aimée Collet Argote of Des Ark (Photo Credit: Marc Krause)
Listening to Des Ark’s latest album, I had to chuckle at some of the song titles.
Des Ark, coming to Comet Ping Pong on Wednesday, December 16th, is primarily singer/guitarist Aimée Collet Argote with a mix of rotating members.
It is clear Aimée likes the word ‘motherf***r’ a great deal, as two of the songs feature the word in the title. It is also clear that she has a bit of a sense of humor, with songs titles like, “French Fries are Magical” and “Don Taco & His Hot Sauce Toss”.
Everything Dies is the title of their third full length album, and is a quietly strong set of songs that are both sentimental and slightly folky in nature.
Apparently (though I have yet to experience it myself), their shows are a wide mix of music styles, from loud rock to the softer, compelling ballads.
Their video, “Snake Stuff”, is more akin to the softer side.
Come out to Comet Ping Pong and see what the fuss is all about.
w/ Pygmy Lush and The City And I
Comet Ping Pong
Wednesday, December 16
Doors @ 9:00pm
Gun Outfit at the Northside Fest Pitchfork Showcase (Photo by Samantha Marble)
Dylan Sharp sings with a kind of twang that takes you down empty, open roads.
His band Gun Outfit, which he formed with fellow vocalist and guitarist Carrie Keith, covers some distinct territory as its music rolls down those roads. Gun Outfit play folk music to be sure — but the band’s fourth full-length album, Dream All Over, released in October via Paradise of Bachelors, wanders into the unhurried haziness of psychedelia with an air of Americana.
When Dylan sings on “Matters to a Head,” one of the more rollicking and best tracks on the new album, he sings as a bit of a rambler who has witnessed it all. The song’s bright and lively guitar backs up the concept of a man on the move as he assesses expectations and confrontations.
Dylan Sharp and Carrie Keith of the Gun Outfit (Photo courtesy Pitch Perfect PR)
Los Angeles-based “cowboy” psych band Gun Outfit is coming to town.
duo quartet, originally from Olympia, Wash., released an extremely listenable new album, Dream All Over, via Paradise of Bachelors, on Oct. 16, and they have launched their very first headlining tour of U.S. East Coast cities in support of it. The Gun Outfit stop in DC on Monday, Dec. 7, to play a show at Cafe Saint-Ex (1847 14th St. NW, DC), an unusual but welcome location for a rock show to be sure.
The Gun Outfit recently published a video for the single “In Orbit,” directed by the band’s Dylan Sharp. In the video, various “alien life forms disintegrate into washes of colors,” according to the band. The music is a wistfully hazy psych-folk march.
Watch the psychedelic official video for the Gun Outfit’s “In Orbit” on YouTube:
Apparently, Dylan and fellow vocalist Carrie Keith bring a punk aesthetic to their psych guitars, and I’m eager to hear some more from them. Says The New York Times: “This band has a punk aesthetic deep at the center and, especially now, slow and drifting, double-guitar desert-rock psychedelia at the surface. Dream All Over is the latest installment in the output of a band that’s remained open-ended, slow and steady.”
DC bands Flashers and Broken Grids open for the Gun Outfit. Tickets are available at the door on the night of the show.
w/ Flashers and Broken Grids
Monday, Dec. 7
Glen Hansard sings with a young lad live at Vicar Street in Dublin on Nov. 25, 2013. (Photo by Silvia Pititto)
Glen Hansard was determined.
“I have a friend who always ruins the moment,” Glen told an audience at DAR Constitution Hall on Saturday night. “He’s the kind of person that finds the fault in everything even when everything is going well. He’ll find that one thing that will ruin it for everybody.”
So to brighten his friend’s spirits, Glen said, he brought him along on tour. Glen also wrote a song dedicated his American friend, Thomas Bartlett, called “My Little Ruin,” which captures the spirit of being able to find that fault in everything.
Glen Hansard (Photo courtesy Sacks & Co.)
Irish folk singer Glen Hansard is well-regarded for his groundbreaking role and performance in the movie Once, and thereafter as half of The Swell Season, and he recently released his second solo album, Didn’t He Ramble, via Anti- Records.
The new album has received very good reviews, with Rolling Stone comparing Glen to another Irish great: “Didn’t He Ramble evokes a feeling similar to one of Van Morrison’s Celtic-soul fever dreams, burnishing the prevailing sense of romantic fatalism with some low-key bravado on the standout track ‘Winning Streak’ (a kissing cousin to Bob Dylan’s early-Seventies’ chestnut ‘Forever Young’).”
Glen is touring in support of the new album, and he makes a stop in DC this Saturday, Nov. 28, at DAR Constitution Hall. (Hey, St. Louis, he’s at The Pageant tonight!)
Watch the official video for “Her Mercy” from the new album on YouTube:
Don’t miss out on what is certain to be a moving show as Glen and his voice are at the top of their game. British folk artist Richard Thompson opens for Glen!
Tickets are available online.
w/ Richard Thompson
DAR Constitution Hall
Saturday, Nov. 28
Aly Spaltro aka Lady Lamb (Photo by Shervin Lainez)
Lady Lamb, born Aly Spaltro, plays pleasant folk pop with an occasional feisty kick.
She brought her growing catalog to the 9:30 Club Monday night to open for Philadelphia psych quartet The Districts in a crowded show, where a great deal of the audience was there specifically to see her.
Lady Lamb introduced the audience to songs from her new album, After, released much earlier this year via Mom + Pop Records. Near the beginning of her set, she plays “Billions of Eyes” from the new record — a jaunty pop song that captures her solid work on the guitar, ever affixed to her hips. The song is about finding peace when you are out of synch, and perhaps that peace comes from returning home after some time away? All the same, Lady Lamb’s chirpy voice and the jangly guitar complement each other well, and the sound sets the stage for a wholly pleasant listening experience.