Snapshots: Noveller @ Rock and Roll Hotel — 6/6/17

Noveller 10 Sarah Lipstate, aka Noveller, performs at Rock and Roll Hotel on June 6, 2017.

Los Angeles guitarist Sarah Lipstate, better known as Noveller, visited DC’s Rock and Roll Hotel to open for Mary Timony touring the songs of her former band Helium on June 6. (Read our Parklife DC review of Mary Timony!) During the sold-out show, Noveller deftly looped guitar loops through an impressive array of pedals, producing a languid noise rock that proved a great counterpart to Helium’s music.

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Ticket Giveaway: Cloud Nothings @ 9:30 Club, 5/20/17

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Cloud Nothings released its latest album Life Without Sound in January via Carpark Records. The band launched a lengthy North American tour right before its release, and they finally make their way to 9:30 Club to play on Saturday, May 20. You can win tickets to go with Parklife DC!

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Music Park: Dinosaur Jr. @ 9:30 Club — 9/8/16

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J Mascis performs with Dinosaur Jr. at Best Kept Secret Festival on June 18, 2016. (Photo by Kmeron)

Dinosaur Jr. took the stage in front of a sold-out 9:30 Club on Thursday night. Two hours later, I sat in my car and could hardly hear anything over the ringing in my ears. This is not a bad thing (although I have rethought my stance on wearing ear-plugs) because it was a result of J Mascis’ roaring guitar solos!

J’s Jazzmaster screamed as Emmett Jefferson “Murph” Murphy III (drums) and Lou Barlow (bass) provided a heavy and steady rhythm foundation. I had read about J’s ability on the guitar and seeing it for myself backed up everything I read. It’s no surprise Rolling Stone ranked him 86th on their list of 100 greatest guitarists.

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Music Park: Sleigh Bells @ U Street Music Hall — 9/7/16

_DSC0301_2Alexis Krauss of Sleigh Bells (Photo Credit: Molly Dauphin)

“It’s so loud, I can’t hear myself think!” boomed Alexis Krauss, lead singer of Sleigh Bells, during their sold out show at the U Street Music Hall on 9/7/16.

Sleigh Bells are back in full force. Their upcoming fourth album, Jessica Rabbit, releases in November. Yet, they only played three new songs, including “Hyper Dark”, which Alexis asked the crowd if they could practice playing for the first time live. Sure! “Hyper Dark” is a departure from the usual frenetic, fuzzy, distorted anthems they typically play. It leisurely builds to a chorus, “So, you like trouble, I think we have a problem”, where Alexis’ voice slowly and confidently burns over synth-laden beats. Played live, it’s hard not to love (and to stay still to). Thanks for practicing on us.

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Don’t Miss: Sleigh Bells @ U Street Music Hall, 9/7/16

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Sleigh Bells descends on DC next Wednesday, September 7th at the U Hall Music Hall.

Stepping up with their energetic brand of noise rock, they are touring in support of their upcoming fourth album, Jessica Rabbit (out November 11th).

I’ve had a chance to listen to a couple of the songs, and the first single “Hyper Dark” is a funky, slow burning song that doesn’t shred and kick like many of their previous songs. Intriguing. And for something completely different, “Rule Number One” brings us back and thrashes just as we’d expect from the Sleigh Bells.

Their newest video (released August 29th) is “It’s Just Us Now” and toes the line between the other two songs. It’s pop without the noise.

Sleigh Bells is the duo of Alexis Krauss on vocals and Derek Miller on guitar and production.

The show is sold out, but if you want it bad enough, I’m sure you can find someone willing to sell you a ticket.

Sleigh Bells
w/ Miya Folick
U Street Music Hall
Wednesday, September 7, 2016
Doors 7:00pm
$25 (Sold Out)
All ages

Don’t Miss: Dinosaur Jr. @ 9:30 Club, 9/8/16

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Dinosaur Jr. (Photo by Levi Walton)

Dinosaur Jr. have had a roller coaster ride of a journey leading to their most recent album, “Give a Glimpse of What Yer Not,” released on August 5th through independent record label Jagjaguwar.

Dinosaur Jr. was formed in the mid-80s with lead singer and guitarist J Mascis, bassist Lou Barlow, and drummer Emmett Jefferson “Murph” Murphy III. Tensions grew as they often do in bands and after three albums Lou Barlow left the band, followed a few years later by Murph.

Fast forward and the original lineup is back together and touring again. In 2009, the rock trio signed with Jagjaguwar and has since released three albums, including their latest, which they are currently on tour promoting.

The tour kicked off on August 12th and will soon be coming through the Nation’s Capital. Dinosaur Jr. will perform Thursday, September 8th at the 9:30 Club with doors opening at 7:00 PM.

“Give a Glimpse of What Yer Not” has already been received warmly and it is pretty clear that Dinosaur Jr. is not some ’80s band holding on by a thread; these guys are at the top of their game… still!

“After more than 30 years, it’s thrilling that Dinosaur Jr. are continuing to hit the festival circuit and making more fans each go-around. The fact that they’re still making new music worth hearing is another reward entirely,” said Consequence of Sound.

Check out a few of the singles from Dinosaur Jr.’s latest album below on YouTube:

Even if you have never heard of Dinosaur Jr. before now, if you enjoy rock n’ roll and sweet guitar solos, stop by the 9:30 Club on September 8th. We just don’t get chances to see bands like this very much anymore. I hope to see you there.

Cleveland noise pop trio Cloud Nothings open for Dinosaur Jr. Tickets are available online!

Dinosaur Jr.
w/ Cloud Nothings
9:30 Club
Thursday, Sept. 8
Doors @7pm
$30
All ages