Dave Grohl called them “the best opening band we’ve ever had.” That’s high praise, and something The Struts may never hear again if they continue performing with as much incredible excitement as they did at the 9:30 Club on Monday. Currently on their own headlining tour of America in support of their soon-to-be-released second full-length album, Young & Dangerous, The Struts danced and sang the night away. (Hey, check out our Parklife DC review of The Struts opening Foo Fighters at The Anthem’s grand opening in 2017!)
There are few concerts more fun these days than a Bat Fangs show, as Betsy Wright and Laura King reminded us at Comet Ping Pong on Thursday. The ladies blasted into a rollicking set that produced a rather euphoric buoyancy throughout the audience, who packed the room to catch Bat Fangs on tour with The Love Language.
Justin Hawkins is one of the most charismatic frontmen working the stage today. Surely, he would be easily as comfortable as a silver-tongued guest at the upcoming nuptials of Prince Harry or a freewheeling interloper in the seediest of bars. The singer and his band The Darkness deserve a lot of credit for a revived international interest in hard glam rock in the early years of this century, and they demonstrated their irrepressible talent in a brilliant show at Rams Head Live in Baltimore on Tuesday.
Steel Panther — the over-the-top glam metal quartet hailing from Los Angeles — have been on their 2018 Sunset Strip Live! tour since February, following their fourth studio album Lower The Bar, which was released March 24, 2017. The bawdy comic rockers blew through the DC Metro area (with hairspray in hand) three weeks ago and played a sold-out show at The Fillmore Silver Spring with Dingleberry Dynasty opening.
Last December, self-proclaimed “poop punk” band Dingleberry Dynasty released their fourth studio album, Does Fecal Matter? And now, the six-man comedy band plays the new songs and the old as they open Steel Panther at The Fillmore Silver Spring on Friday, March 30.