Illiterate Light perform at DC9 on Jan. 25, 2020 (Photo by Casey Vock)
It was sweaty inside DC9 before the opener even took the stage, always a sure sign that the night would deliver its promise, or, at the least, help you burn some calories. Elbow-to-elbow in the 149-person, dimly-lit, second-level of the small 9th Street NW bar, fans—many of them authentic locals, including relatives of the band—were wise to get there early. After all, there won’t be too many more chances to catch Illiterate Light perform in a venue with such tight confines.
Dentist (Photo courtesy the band)
Dentist, our new favorite surf-garage band, recently released a Christmas song, covering “Mele Kalikimaka,” written by Robert Alex Anderson and famously covered by Bing Crosby and the Andrews Sisters.
Give it a listen below!
Ex Hex performs at Ottobar on Dec. 14, 2019. (Photo by David LaMason)
Roller skates, pinball, and rock ‘n roll. These are things that my mind is immediately drawn to when I hear the music of Ex Hex.
Twin Peaks (Photo by Cooper Fox)
“Nothing is forever, but don’t let it get you down”
Although surely accustomed to the cold, Chicago’s Twin Peaks received a fiercely warm welcome on this sub-30 degree night recently in our nation’s capital. The 5-piece rock band delighted the nearly sold-out room at Black Cat, showcasing a wide range of musical styles and catchy tunes, not to mention some heavy guitar petting.
Cage the Elephant performs at The Anthem on Dec. 3, 2019. (Photo by Kyle Gustafson)
It’s been a good year for Cage the Elephant fans in DC. The band has been through town twice this year, playing Merriweather over the summer with Beck and Spoon and also headlining the recent DC101 holiday shindig at The Anthem. Add in October 2018 performance at the new Entertainment and Sport Arena, and that’s three shows in just over a year. Not too shabby.
Los Straitjackets (Photo courtesy Yep Roc Records)
Asked about the humor in his music, Frank Zappa said that music is supposed to be entertaining. I imagine that the members of Los Straitjackets would say the same thing. Los Straitjackets, who played the Pearl Street Warehouse recently, lean all the way into their gimmick of luchadores-turned-instrumental rockers. Dressed in matching suits and Mexican wrestling masks, they address the audience only in Spanish.
Mudhoney blew the doors off the Baltimore Soundstage on Oct. 18, 2019. (Photo by David LaMason)
Thirty years is a long time for anything, but for being in a band it can be a lifetime. That often means beating the odds and then some. But that’s just how long Mudhoney has been making some of the best garage rock ever put to plastic. The band took some of that great music to the stage at Baltimore Soundstage on Friday.
The Black Keys drummer Dan Auerbach performs to a sold-out audience at The Anthem, Oct. 12, 2019. (Photo by Ari Strauss)
Grammy Award-winning rock duo The Black Keys performed to a sold-out audience at DC’s premier live music venue The Anthem recently. The Oct. 12 performance was part of the band’s Let’s Rock North American tour. When tickets for this concert went on sale, they sold out so fast, The Anthem, which holds in excess of 6,000 people, quickly added a second date on Oct. 16.
Mudhoney (Photo by Emily Rieman)
Storied Seattle alt rockers Mudhoney recently released Morning in America, an EP of seven songs that were recorded during the sessions for the band’s 2018 album, Digital Garbage. Mudhoney performs at Baltimore Soundstage on Friday, Oct. 18!
The Regrettes perform at U Street Music Hall on Oct. 1, 2019. (Photo by Katherine Gaines/ ambienteye.com)
Not long ago, The Regrettes released their second studio album, titled How Do You Love?, and even more recently the quartet performed their new songs at U Street Music Hall. Katherine Gaines caught the action for Parklife DC.