Richie Ramone (Photo courtesy Bowery Electric)
Richie Ramone is the fastest, most powerful drummer who ever played with the legendary punk rock band the Ramones. He joined the Ramones in 1983 and first appeared with the band on their Subterranean Jungle Tour.
One of the few surviving Ramones today, Richie is on tour again with a show at Slash Run in DC on Monday, Sept. 9!
Cage the Elephant performs at Merriweather Post Pavilion on Aug. 22, 2019. (Photo by Rashad Polk)
The last time Cage the Elephant played the DC area was last fall at the DC Entertainment and Sports Arena. This time around, the six-piece band from Kentucky played Merriweather Post Pavilion at the DC stop of their co-headlining The Night Running Tour with Beck recently.
Vandoliers (Photo by Cameron Gott)
Dallas-based cowpunk band the Vandoliers headlined a festive evening of twangy performances that featured several musicians based in our local area. Max Jeffers of Baltimore rock group Western Star opened the show with a solo electric performance. I found myself sitting next to Max’s father, and we got to talking about his relationship with the Old 97s, who recorded their latest album at his ranch.
Vandoliers (Photo by Mike Brooks)
The Vandoliers recently released a new album, Forever, via Bloodshot Records, and the band appears at Pie Shop on Tuesday, Aug. 20, to play their new songs.
Bones UK performs at 9:30 Club on Aug. 7, 2019. (Photo by Mickey McCarter)
Vocalist Rosie Bones and guitarist Carmen Vandenberg formed Bones UK in England then moved to Los Angeles, similar to their friends The Struts, and the punk duo opened for their glam contemporaries at 9:30 Club recently.
DC Music Rocks!
DC Music Rocks, a DMV syndicated FM radio show/podcast, will present its third annual DC Music Rocks Festival at 9:30 Club on Saturday, Aug. 17, with an assortment of bands including local bands The Eli Lev Collective, More AM Than FM, Sub-Radio, Iza Flo, and Los Empresarios. You can win tickets to go with Parklife DC!
The Violent Femmes perform at The Anthem on July 30, 2019. (Photo by Mickey McCarter)
The first time I finally saw the Violent Femmes perform, which was at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in 2013, the band played its debut full-length album in its entirety. Given that “Blister in the Sun” and “Add It Up” were college-listening staples for me, I figured I would at least check a box and enjoy the show.
Little did I know the Violent Femmes would be so damn good as a live band, using that Coachella appearance to spring into annual summer touring, which this year included another stop at The Anthem recently.