The Hives perform at Franklin Music Hall in Philadelphia on May 18, 2019. (Photo by Kyle Gustafson)
Look, I don’t make the rules. But the rules clearly state that if THE BEST DAMN LIVE BAND ON THE PLANET decide not to play D.C. on their tour, but they are playing Philadelphia on a Saturday night, well you gas up the car and hit the road. So that’s what we did, trekking north to the City of Brotherly Love to catch Howlin’ Pelle Almqvist, Nicholaus Arson and the rest of The Hives on the opening night of their all too brief US tour.
Mary Timony and Betsy Wright trade riffs at 9:30 Club on May 10, 2019. (Photos by Mickey McCarter; Words by Juliet Van Wagenen)
You know you’ve made it when you’ve got your own ice cream. But DC darling garage punk band Ex Hex’s signature ice cream “Another DiMINTsion” (of the mint-chocolate-chip variety, aptly named for their song “Another Dimension” and sampled for journalistic purposes, of course) wasn’t the only thing bringing chill, hometown flavor to the 9:30 Club this Friday.
Nick Lowe performs with Los Straightjackets at The Hamilton Live on April 7, 2019. (Photo by Ari Strauss)
I’d never seen The Hamilton as completely full as it was for Nick Lowe’s recent concert. It was completely sold out, seated and standing room alike. Nick Lowe deserved that reception.
Le Butcherettes perform at DC9 on March 2, 2019. (Photo by Andy Jillson)
Led by founding member and singer/guitarist/keyboardist Teri Gender Bender, Le Butcherettes slaughtered a sold-out crowd at DC9 Nightclub recently. This fearless musical force is another one of those bands that I never miss an opportunity to catch performing live.
Ty Segall performs at Ottobar on Feb. 25, 2019. (Photo by Andy Jillson)
As a rule, I never miss an opportunity to catch a performance by prolific garage rocker and rock ‘n’ roll slave Ty Segall. This time around, he paid a visit to Ottobar in Baltimore with fellow musical genius and American musician/singer-songwriter Tim Presley aka White Fence.
Cherry Glazerr performs at U Street Music Hall on Feb. 13, 2019. (Photo by Andy Jillson)
Cherry Glazerr brought their LA-style mix of dreamy, yet somewhat dark, garage rock to DC’s U Street Music Hall recently; and there was no shortage of passion, vulnerability, and punk rock attitude.
Cherry Glazerr (Photo by Pamela Littky)
Los Angeles noise poppers Cherry Glazerr released Stuffed & Ready, the band’s third studio album, via Secretly Canadian on Feb. 1. The group performs at U Street Music Hall in support of the record on Wednesday, Feb. 13.