Snapshots: Black Rebel Motorcycle Club @ 9:30 Club — 1/29/18

Black Rebel Motorcycle Club @ 9:30 Club, Washington DC, 01/29/2018
Black Rebel Motorcycle Club performs at 9:30 Club on Jan. 29, 2018. (Photo by Paivi)

Noise rockers Black Rebel Motorcycle Club (BRMC) released Wrong Creatures, their eighth album, on Jan. 12 via Vagrant Records. The band then hit the road for a North American tour, which stopped at 9:30 Club on Monday, and Paivi was there to photograph it!

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Don’t Miss: Bat Fangs @ Comet Ping Pong, 2/9/18

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Bat Fangs (Photo courtesy Don Giovanni Records)

Betsy Wright is the bassist for DC power pop trio Ex Hex. Laura King is drummer for North Carolina garage rockers Flesh Wounds. Together, they are also Bat Fangs! The band releases its debut self-titled album on Friday, Feb. 2 via Don Giovanni Records. One week later, Sasha Lord presents Bat Fangs playing that new album at Comet Ping Pong on Friday, Feb. 9!

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Don’t Miss: Black Rebel Motorcycle Club @ 9:30 Club, 1/29/18

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Black Rebel Motorcycle Club (Photo by Tess Angus)

Noise rockers Black Rebel Motorcycle Club (BRMC) will release Wrong Creatures, their eighth overall album, on Jan. 12 via Vagrant Records. Immediately after, BRMC will hit the road on a North American tour, which stops at 9:30 Club on Jan. 29!

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Don’t Miss: White Reaper @ 9:30 Club, 12/30-12/31/17

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White Reaper (Photo by Jesse DeFlorio)

Spoon is set to ring in the new year at 9:30 Club on Dec. 31. In fact, Spoon have sold out two shows for Saturday, Dec. 30, and Sunday, Dec. 31. If you’re going, don’t miss White Reaper, the garage punk band from Louisville, Kentucky, opening both shows!

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Music Park: The Fleshtones @ U Street Music Hall — 10/20/17

Fleshtones 04 Peter Zaremba sings with The Fleshtones at U Street Music Hall on Oct. 20, 2017. (Photo by Ben Eisendrath /Instagram+Twitter: Insomnigraphic/GrillworksBen)

Lower Manhattan long will be regarded as one of the epicenters of great American rock music, in particular for the bands that came out of New York in the mid-to-late ’70s. The likes of Blondie, the Talking Heads, and the Ramones burst from CBGBs and Max’s Kansas City, putting Manhattan on the musical map.

While many of Blondie’s contemporaries have faded, it came as some small surprise to me that one of the better groups of the era never took a break and still tour strong today. The Fleshtones performed at U Street Music Hall to correct my oversight on Oct. 20, and I was easily won over by their ear for really great tunes and their eye for smart stagecraft.

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