Snapshots: Beach Slang and Bleached @ Black Cat — 10/11/16

BeachSlang1James Alex takes to the stage solo at the Black Cat Tuesday. (Photo by Kristie Chua)

Beach Slang and Bleached announced a shared tour earlier this year and launched it at the Black Cat on Tuesday.

To the surprise of many, however, Bleach Slang band leader James Alex revealed only hours prior to the show that he would undertake the tour alone and without his three bandmates.

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Snapshots: In the Whale @ Black Cat — 10/2/16

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In the Whale perform at the Black Cat on Sunday, Oct. 2, 2016. (Photo by Ben Eisendrath /Instagram+Twitter: GrillworksBen)

In the Whale, a punk rock duo from Denver, Colorado, performed at the Black Cat on Sunday night as the opening act for the Electric Six. They played loud and fast, and they left a good impression on folks who turned up for the main act.

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Music Park: Buzzcocks @ 9:30 Club — 9/28/16

Buzzcocks 07 Steve Diggle often stole the show during Buzzcocks 40 at the 9:30 Club on Sept. 28, 2016.

The Buzzcocks buzzed into the 9:30 Club for a 40th anniversary show last Wednesday, delighting a strong gathering with speedy guitars and lyrical anguish.

The extraordinary Manchester quartet, led by vocalists and guitarists Pete Shelley and Steve Diggle, weren’t given much to contemplating their 40th anniversary, and indeed the 40th anniversary of the UK punk explosion, but rather they got down to playing a 21-song set that reviewed their colorful history.

At the 9:30 Club, Steve was the de facto star of the show. The Englishman was grinning ear to ear, barreling down on his guitar like a punk titan, and then pulling it up in the air with a flourish as the crowd in front of him cheered for more.

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Don’t Miss: Beach Slang @ Black Cat, 10/11/16

Beach Slang (Photo courtesy Grandstand Media & Management)

Philadelphia punk trio Beach Slang make impressively dynamic punk, at turns explosive or reflective.

James Alex (vocals, guitar), Ed McNulty (bass), and Ruben Gallego (guitar) play songs about finding your place or making your way forward on their second full-length album, A Loud Bash of Teenage Feelings, released Sept. 23 via Polyvinyl Records. Beach Slang are touring to promote the record, and they stop at the Black Cat on Tuesday, Oct. 11.

By Beach Slang’s account, “teenage feelings” consist a lot of looking out for yourself but they also involve a heck of a lot of energy. The new song “Atom Bomb” for example is a wonderful two-minute rock-n-roll celebration of feeling larger than life.

Listen to “Atom Bomb” by Beach Slang on Soundcloud:

“We need endorphin-heavy, heart-on-sleeve, major-chord, grin-inducing punk rock right now. I mean we need it. There’s a goddamn duty of care: punk has to hold people to account and spit against authority, but sometimes you need to smile like an idiot and let go,” Noisey said of Beach Slang.

The punk gents of Beach Slang are touring with the punk ladies of Bleached on a double bill at the Black Cat. (Revisit our review of Bleached from their show at DC9 in April.) California rockers Hunny open the show.

Tickets are available online.

Beach Slang & Bleached
w/ Hunny
Black Cat
Tuesday, Oct. 11
Doors @7:30pm
All ages

Ticket Giveaway: Buzzcocks @ 9:30 Club, 9/28/16

Buzzcocks Buzzcocks (Photo by Leone Collinane)

Punk exploded in the United Kingdom in 1976, and nowhere was that more true than specifically on June 4, 1976, when the Sex Pistols played at Manchester’s Lesser Free Trade Hall. Pete Shelley and Howard Devoto — the two men who would form the Buzzcocks, Manchester’s most enduring punk band — organized that gig for the Sex Pistols.

In the film 24 Hour Party People, Factory Records impresario Tony Wilson, portrayed by the actor Steve Coogan, estimates that are 42 people in the room during a recreation of the show, and many of them went on to form monumental bands like Joy Division, The Fall, and even The Smiths.

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Music Park: The Dirty Nil @ Rock and Roll Hotel — 9/14/16

The Dirty Nil (Photo courtesy Girlie Action)

The Dirty Nil hit the Rock and Roll Hotel in support of headliner Billy Talent last Wednesday night. The performance was high-speed, high-energy, and high-volume!

The Dirty Nil hail from Ontario, Canada, and are made up of Luke Bentham (guitar, vocals), Kyle Fisher (drums), and Dave Nardi (bass). The group released their debut album via Dine Alone Records back in February — an album titled Higher Power.

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Don’t Miss: The Dirty Nil @ Rock & Roll Hotel, 9/14/16

The Dirty Nil (Photo courtesy Girlie Action)

Canadian rock trio The Dirty Nil will come crashing through DC’s Rock and Roll Hotel on Wednesday, September 14th. Hailing from Ontario, this three-piece group has a reputation for being loud and destructive, in a good way. The self proclaimed “rock-n-roll band” is on a nationwide tour sharing their much-anticipated debut album, Higher Power.

Childhood friends Luke Bentham (guitar, vocals) and Kyle Fisher (drums) had been playing together for years, mainly for fun, until bassist Dave Nardi joined them in 2009. The band toured and played around North America, releasing singles here and there. The Dirty Nil eventually signed with record label Dine Alone and released Higher Power earlier this year.

The album has 11 tracks and includes some of their more recent singles such as “Zombie Eyed” and “Wrestle Yü To Hüsker Dü.”

The video from “Wrestle Yü To Hüsker Dü,” shot using a VHS video camera, gives you a taste of what you might experience at a Dirty Nil show. This will not just be a show to hear, but a show to feel. When I say “feel”, I’m not talking just feeling the emotions of the music. What I mean is that by all accounts you are going to physically FEEL this music. Be warned: your ears may be left ringing for a few days after this concert. It should be a great atmosphere and a fun time. Doors are at 7, show starts at 8. I look forward to seeing you there.

The Dirty Nil are opening for Billy Talent! So get there early to catch them. Tickets are available online.

The Dirty Nil
Opening for Billy Talent
Rock and Roll Hotel
Wednesday, September 14
Doors @7pm
All ages

Music Park: Muuy Biien @ DC9 — 8/29/16

Muuy Biien 18 Joshua Evans of Muuy Biien snarls at DC9 on Monday, August 29, 2016.

Joshua Evans, vocalist of Muuy Biien hailing from Athens, Georgia, likes to prowl the stage. At DC9 on Monday night, he first appeared bored, bouncing a tambourine off his hip. But as the show progressed, Joshua became increasingly a creature of his music.

That music is largely composed of sleazy beats that Muuy Biien like to churn slowly or thrash kinetically as they pound out material like the news songs from their upcoming album, Age of Uncertainty. The full-length, their third, is due out on Oct. 28 via Autumn Tone.

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Don’t Miss: Television @ 9:30 Club, 9/6/16

Television today (Photos by Adi Leite)

Tom Verlaine. Richard Lloyd. Richard Hell. Billy Ficca.

If those names catch your eye, you might recognize the elder statesmen of punk. The proto-punk band Television ignited a scene in New York City at CBGBs, ground zero for a decade of unfiltered yet lustrous music that turned music on its head. Formed in 1973, Television only ever released three albums and wasn’t active in the 1980s at all. But Tom and Billy now carry on the band still with bassist Fred Smith (truly an original as he’s been there since 1975, no?) and guitarist Jimmy Rip (a collaborator of Tom’s dating back to 1981).

Television is coming to perform at the 9:30 Club on Tuesday, Sept. 6 in a show that connoisseurs of excellent music cannot deny. Marquee Moon, released by Television as the band’s debut album in 1977, has been hailed as a peerless triumph over the past 40 years.

Roy Trakin wrote in the SoHo Weekly, “forget everything you’ve heard about Television, forget punk, forget New York, forget CBGB’s … hell, forget rock and roll—this is the real item.”

VH1 ranked it in its list of the 100 Greatest Albums of Rock and Roll. Rolling Stone placed it at #128 on the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time. Uncut magazine called it #2 of 100 Greatest Debut Records. Pitchfork said it’s #3 in the Best Albums of the 1970s.

Watch Television perform “Foxhole” on the Old Grey Whistle Test in May 1978 via YouTube:

By the way, Richard Lloyd, who amicably left the band about 10 years ago, visits Bethesda Blues & Jazz locally to open for Midge Ure on Oct. 4. (Check out details here.)

North Carolina singer-songwriter Chris Stamey opens for Television. Tickets are available online.

w/ Chris Stamey
9:30 Club
Tuesday, Sept. 6
Doors @7pm
All ages

Music Park: Julie Ruin @ Black Cat — 8/19/16

Julie Ruin 10 Kathleen Hanna sings with the Julie Ruin at the Black Cat on Friday, August 19, 2016.

Kathleen Hanna is angry. She seethes about her hatred for an alcoholic father. She rails against unwelcome attention from men. She spits on Internet trolls.

All of this naturally fuels some rather self-assured punk rock, such as with “I Decide,” the first single by her band the Julie Ruin from their new album Hit Reset, released on July 8 via Hardly Art.

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