Music Park: Humble Fire @ Rock and Roll Hotel — 8/11/17

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Nefra Falta fronts Humble Fire at Rock and Roll Hotel on Friday, Aug. 11, 2017. (Photo by Mark Caicedo)

If variety is the spice of life, the Rock and Roll Hotel served up a flavorful mix of D.C. musical dishes this past Friday, Aug. 11.

As the appetizer, Near Northeast opened the evening’s fare with its eclectic mix of Americana-, jazz- and rock-inflected melodies. Frenemies’ complex power pop felt like we were having dessert first. Nuex (pronounced “new”) then took the stage and reset the table with its soulful electronic pop. The main course arrived on stage with Humble Fire, celebrating the release of its newest album, Builder.

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Music Park: The Rocket Summer at The Rock and Roll Hotel – 8/1/17

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The Rocket Summer performs at Kingdom in Richmond, Virginia, on June 15, 2012. (Photo by Alexandra Bellink)

Bryce Avary aka The Rocket Summer made a stop at Rock and Roll Hotel on his Do You Feel 10-year anniversary tour on Tuesday. In doing so, he imparted the rarest of gifts in an attentive audience, stirring the desire to create.

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Don’t Miss: The Rocket Summer @ Rock and Roll Hotel, 8/1/17

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The Rocket Summer (Photo by Ben Zucker)

It’s been 10 years since The Rocket Summer released Do You Feel, breaking ground for Texas musician Bryce Avary. Bryce has been working on a new seventh album as The Rocket Summer, but he’s taking some time to celebrate the 10th anniversary for his influential third album with a tour that includes a stop at Rock and Roll Hotel on Tuesday, Aug. 1.

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Music Park: Thurston Moore @ Rock and Roll Hotel — 7/23/17

ThurstonMoore12 Thurston Moore performs at Rock and Roll Hotel on Sunday, July 23, 2017.

Happy birthday, Thurston Moore! The 59-year-old singer songwriter beguiled a very full house at Rock and Roll Hotel in DC on Sunday, taking us on a journey of psychedelic vibes and experimental noise.

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Don’t Miss: Thurston Moore Group @ Rock and Roll Hotel, 7/23/17

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Thurston Moore Group (Photo by Phil Sharp)

Guitar virtuoso Thurston Moore released a new album, Rock n Roll Consciousness, on April 28 via Caroline International. After releasing Rock n Roll Consciousness, what choice does Thurston have but to play at the Rock and Roll Hotel? None at all, I say, and he’s there on Sunday, July 23.

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Snapshots: Noveller @ Rock and Roll Hotel — 6/6/17

Noveller 10 Sarah Lipstate, aka Noveller, performs at Rock and Roll Hotel on June 6, 2017.

Los Angeles guitarist Sarah Lipstate, better known as Noveller, visited DC’s Rock and Roll Hotel to open for Mary Timony touring the songs of her former band Helium on June 6. (Read our Parklife DC review of Mary Timony!) During the sold-out show, Noveller deftly looped guitar loops through an impressive array of pedals, producing a languid noise rock that proved a great counterpart to Helium’s music.

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