“I believe in girls who believe in rock and roll.” So opens “& Rock & Roll” from the Austin, Texas band A Giant Dog from their third album Pile. Seeing the band take the stage at a packed DC9 Sunday night, it’s clear that they not only believe in rock and roll but embody it!
The 9:30 Club transformed Saturday into a showcase for some of the finest local bands DC has to offer. The brainchild of local DJ and musician Brian Nelson-Palmer, the first annual (one hopes) DC Music Rocks Festival presented five bands, each with distinct musical pedigrees.
Ted Leo is well known to us in DC, as he formed Ted Leo and the Pharmacists here in 1999. Wherever Ted goes, he always comes back to DC, and such is the case next week! On Friday, Sept. 8, Ted Leo releases The Hanged Man, his 13th studio album overall but his first under solely his name. Then one week later, he drops by Black Cat to play two headlining shows on Friday, Sept. 15, and Saturday, Sept. 16.
Singer-songwriter Hayley Fahey and her sweet and soulful voice will play the DC Music Rocks Festival at 9:30 Club on Saturday, Sept. 2, alongside other local acts including Throwing Plates, The Split Seconds, Stone Driver, and Thaylobleu. The evening festival is an unparalleled opportunity to catch a lot of local music in one spot at the city’s top club during a long holiday weekend.
There are simply bands from whose pores you can feel the joy of rocking out. The Philadelphia-raised / California-based Dave Hause, whose path was cut while in hardcore punk bands such as Step Ahead and The Curse and later The Loved ones, seems born from rock ‘n roll.
If you didn’t know that Sheer Mag had only formed in 2014, and you heard their music, you might well think they were a classic rock band! If DC didn’t yet know Sheer Mag, the band introduced themselves in a matchless show at the Black Cat on Wednesday.