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.
Bob Mould releases Sunshine Rock, his new album, on Friday via Merge Records, and then he drops by 9:30 Club for a show on Thursday, Feb. 14. Spend Valentine’s Day with the Bob Mould Band!
HC McEntire at Jammin Java on Feb. 2, 2019. (Photo by Matt Ruppert)
I remember when I first saw HC McEntire play on a stage with Mount Moriah, knees shivering with the music, her voice echoing off the tin ceiling and walls of Boot and Saddle in Philly. Cavernous, passionate, and ultimately transformative, in many ways. I read my journal from around that show and it has a quote I think is worth sharing – “Shimmying, we are alive,” which is a reference to the song, “Hail, Lightning” from their eponymous album.
Her recent show at Jammin’ Java was equally transformative.
Waxahatchee, aka Katie Crutchfield, will release her Great Thunder EP on Friday, Sept. 7. The next day, she performs at The Miracle Theatre in a show presented by Union Stage.
Hailing from Chapel Hill, North Carolina, Superchunk has been blazing punk riffs for just shy of 30 years. Although the band needs no introduction perhaps what is needed is a reintroduction. Superchunk — consisting of Mac McCaughan (vocals/guitar), Laura Balance (bass), Jim Wilbur (guitar), and Jon Wurster (drums) — just released their 11th studio album, What a Time to Be Alive, this past Friday. On the night before, they played to a sold-out crowd at Ottobar in Baltimore.
Dan Bejar is an artist who paints in colorful and sometimes disjointed lines of verse. Each song feels purposefully crafted, and each album a separate work of art, often with a completely different feel from one album to the next. Although Dan is a frequent collaborator in The New Pornographers, Destroyer has been his sonic vehicle for the past 23 years, and he refreshed that vehicle’s art in a vigorous show at Black Cat on Sunday.
Hiss Golden Messenger released Hallelujah Anyhow, the band’s latest studio album, via Merge Records on Sept. 22. Vocalist MC Taylor is bringing the show to 9:30 Club on Monday, Dec. 11, and you can win tickets to go with Parklife DC.