Music Park: Quiet Slang @ Rock and Roll Hotel — 7/12/18

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James Alex of Quiet Slang pours out his heart at the Rock and Roll Hotel on July 12, 2018. (Photo by David LaMason)

Beach Slang — the loud, driving, heart-on-your sleeve band led by James Alex — has been making their brand of Replacements-tinged powerpunk for a few years now. Beyond the rough and noisy exterior, Beach Slang songs are about connecting with the feeling of being different or an outsider or being yourself despite what others think.

But there’s a soft center to that hard exterior. So when James Alex announced the new quiet focus on Beach Slang songs with a project called Quiet Slang, it seemed like a natural extension. The resulting album, Everything Matters But No One Is Listening, is a beautiful retelling that sounds natural instead of forced, particularly when presented at Rock and Roll Hotel on Thursday.

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Music Park: Superchunk @ Ottobar — 2/15/17

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Superchunk rocks a sold-out Ottobar on Feb. 15, 2018 (Photo by David LaMason)

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.

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Music Park: Beach Slang @ Black Cat — 11/28/17

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Beach Slang pour their hearts out at Black Cat on Nov. 28, 2017. (Photo by David LaMason)

It goes without saying that Beach Slang have been having a difficult year. There was the well-publicized changes in band members in 2016, immediately followed by the first of two thefts where all of their gear was stolen. The second coming this past month in Seattle where their tour van was stolen. But it’s a testament to the spirit of Beach Slang that they not merely continue on or go through the motions, but they consistently play some of the best heart-on-your-sleeve-seat-of-your-pants rock ‘n’ roll every night. And at Black Cat, James Alex and Company poured out those hearts on Tuesday.

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Music Park: Reggie and the Full Effect @ The Fillmore Silver Spring — 7/21/17

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Reggie and the Full Effect perform in Chicago on Dec. 9, 2014. (Photo by Megan Leetz)

The Karate Kid took on Cobra Kai at The Fillmore in Silver Spring last Friday — and the result looked a lot like Reggie and the Full Effect.

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Snapshots: The Ataris @ Vans Warped Tour (Merriweather Post Pavilion) — 7/16/17

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The Ataris perform during VANS Warped Tour in Columbia, Maryland, on July 16, 2017. (Photo by Paivi)

Singer and guitarist Kris Roe brought the latest iteration of emo rockers The Ataris along on the VANS Warped Tour when they performed at Merriweather Post Pavilion on Sunday, July 16. Paivi caught some pix of the guys on stage!

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Don’t Miss: The Aquabats @ The Fillmore Silver Spring, 7/21/17

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The Aquabats (Photo courtesy The Fillmore Silver Spring)

From 2012-14, superhero comedy rock band The Aquabats were busy fighting evil on television with the Aquabats! Super Show! Once they wrapped the show, they took the time to enjoy a 20th anniversary tour in 2014. Now, MC Bat Commander and crew return with a new single “Dr. Space Mummy,” coming soon via Fearless Records, and a tour that lands at The Fillmore Silver Spring this Friday, July 21.

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