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

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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

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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

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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
$15
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

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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.

Television
w/ Chris Stamey
9:30 Club
Tuesday, Sept. 6
Doors @7pm
$35
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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Don’t Miss: Muuy Biien @ DC9, 8/29/16

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Muuy Biien (Photo courtesy Crashing Through Publicity)

If something is “muy bien” in Spanish, that means it’s very good.

If something is “Muuy Biien” in punk rock, that also means it’s very good.

And Muuy Biien is five guys from Athens, Georgia, who make ever-evolving punk, ranging into degrees from post-punk to hardcore to experimental. But wait, the band also composes long ambient tracks? Maybe that’s why they draw comparisons to both Joy Division and The Fall?

The band is made up of lead singer Joshua Evans, guitarists Xander Witt and Robbie Rapp, drummer Jacob Lake, and bass player Parks Miller. They are preparing to release their third full-length album, and they are on the road as openers for Hockey Dad, poised for a stop at DC9 on Monday, August 29. Their third LP, Age of Uncertainty, will be released on Oct. 28 via Autumn Tone, the band announced today.

Muuy Biien released their last album, D.Y.I. (Do Yourself In) on HHBTM Records in 2014. Watch the official music video for title track “D.Y.I.” by Muuy Biien on YouTube:

Muuy Biien are touring as openers for Australian surf punk duo Hockey Dad. Read our preview for Hockey Dad! And get to the show early to see Muuy Biien! Tickets are available online.

Muuy Biien
Opening for Hockey Dad
DC9
Monday, August 29
Doors @8:30pm
$10-$12
All ages