Don’t Miss: Gogol Bordello @ The Anthem, 12/31/17

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Gogol Bordello (Photo by Rene Huemer)

Gogol Bordello loves a good New Year’s Eve show, and they are delivering one as openers for the Thievery Corporation at The Anthem on Sunday, Dec. 31.

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Music Park: Reverend Horton Heat @ 9:30 Club — 12/3/17

ReverendHortonHeat08 Reverend Horton Heat performs at 9:30 Club on Dec. 3, 2017. (Photo by Neal Keller)

I don’t consider myself to be a Christmas Curmudgeon; I’m not a hipster Grinch. While I often rise to a level of pretentiousness that rejects many forms of sentimentality, I do embrace the spirit of the holiday season.

Having said that, I will go out of my way to avoid most Christmas music. I’ve got a few faves, but most of it inspires in me the same negative reaction that I feel toward showtunes. But the Reverend Horton Heat very much changed my attitude toward Christmas music at 9:30 Club on Sunday.

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Music Park: Priests @ 9:30 Club — 12/1/17

Priests 930 Club 06 Katie Alice Greer fronts Priests at 9:30 Club on Dec. 1, 2017. (Photo by Ben Eisendrath /Instagram+Twitter: ConspiracyCaptures/GrillworksBen)

From the opening moments of “Appropriate” by Priests at 9:30 Club on Friday, the very full house could tell this was a different sort of Priests show.

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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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Ticket Giveaway: Priests @ 9:30 Club, 12/1/17

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DC quartet Priests have been winning the world in recent years. And so now it’s only fitting the DC punk darlings will play their first headlining show at mecca 9:30 Club on Friday, Dec. 1 after a world tour celebrating their first full-length album, Nothing Feels Natural, via their own Sister Polygon Records. You can win tickets to see Priests with Parklife DC.

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