A full house greets Tokyo Police Club at Union Stage on Nov. 20, 2021. (Photo by Mickey McCarter)
Happy and relaxed, vocalist Dave Monks beamed at the capacity audience at Union Stage in DC recently, wrapping a tour that celebrated 10 years of his band Tokyo Police Club’s sophomore album, Champ.
Dave had a lot to be happy about and the jangly, singalong songs of Champ set the perfect mood for celebration on the last night of a North American tour.
Tokyo Police Club (Photo by Taylor Ohryn)
Tokyo Police Club hits the road on their Champ 10 Tour, celebrating the 10th anniversary of their beloved and acclaimed sophomore album, playing the album in full on Saturday, Nov. 20 at Union Stage.
Born Ruffians (Photo by Vanessa Heins)
Toronto-based indie rockers Born Ruffians — Luke Lalonde (guitar/vocals), Mitch DeRosier (bass), and Steve Hamelin (drums) — return with their second album of 2020. The digital-only SQUEEZE will be out on Oct. 2 via Yep Roc Records.
For your listening pleasure, we present the track “30th Century War” from the new album.
Born Ruffians (Photo courtesy Paper Bag Records)
Editor’s Update on March 21: DC9 has canceled the Born Ruffians show tonight due to snow in DC. Luke Lalonde says the band will seek to reschedule!
Post-punk rockers Born Ruffians put on a great live show, and they will put on such a show at DC9 on Wednesday, March 21, in the wake of the release of Uncle, Duke & The Chief, their fifth studio album, which they released on Feb. 16 via Paper Bag Records.
Dizzy perform at Rock and Roll Hotel on Dec. 8, 2017. (Photo by Isaiah Hattix)
Canada’s Dizzy dropped by Rock and Roll Hotel to open for DC bands SHAED and Foreign Air on Friday. Isaiah was there to shoot the show!
Dizzy (Photo courtesy Royal Mountain Records)
Canadian quartet Dizzy have been on tour to open DC bands Foreign Air and SHAED! The tour rolls into DC for a performance at Rock and Roll Hotel on Dec. 8.
Junior Boys (Photo by Tom Weatherill)
Techno duo Junior Boys released a new album, Big Black Coat, via City Slang on Feb. 5, and they have launched a tour in support of it. That tour stops at the Black Cat on Tuesday, March 29.
The new record is the first Junior Boys album in five years, and on it, Jeremy Greenspan and Matt Didemus meld electropop with techno with a firm hand.
The first single, “Over It,” demonstrates the light, glittery touch the men from Ontario, Canada, bring to the album. Pitchfork’s Cameron Cook really digs the new stuff, saying, “On Big Black Coat, you hear some mid-era Kraftwerk, a big debt to Detroit techno, that sweet spot in the mid-’70s when krautrock met disco, several of Arthur Russell’s many house aliases, and even Prince circa Controversy.”
Watch the official music video for “Over It” by Junior Boys on YouTube:
Jeremy produced the latest effort from alt R&B musician Jessy Lanza, who hails from the Junior Boys hometown, and she comes along as an opener for this show. Dark electronic artist Jason Borys (aka simply Borys) is also along for the ride.
Tickets are available online.
w/ Jessy Lanza and Borys
Tuesday, March 29