Saturday night found Alvvays playing the first night of two sold-out shows at Rock & Roll Hotel. Even an hour before the doors opened, the line to the venue stretched down H Street NE, a testament to the band’s growing fanbase. And it’s certainly not hard to see why.
Mackenzie Scott is a powerful force. Her confessional lyrics seem magnified by the force of each performance, and on Friday night at the Rock and Roll Hotel it was no different –just as mesmerizing and just as strong as ever.
Some shows are good, some shows are great, and some have the power to simply lift spirits. Rainer Maria brought what can only be described as a feeling of homecoming on Thursday at the Rock & Roll Hotel (even though the band originally formed in Madison, Wisconsin, and reformed together in New York after years of living in various corners of the globe).
Some bands simply exude fun and bring with them a visceral cool that infects those in the audience, and on this late-summer (it was still a balmy 90 degrees outside) Saturday night, Jay Som brought with them a much needed chill.
Brooklyn emo band Rainer Maria released five studio albums and then apparently called it a day in 2006. It is a pleasant surprise then that the emo trio returned with S/T, an album of new material released in August via Polyvinyl Records. Rainer Maria are currently on tour with a stop at Rock and Roll Hotel on Thursday, Sept. 28.
Mackenzie Scott, better known as Torres, will release Three Futures, her third studio album, via 4AD on Friday, Sept. 29. That very same day, the Brooklyn-based singer-songwriter will perform at Rock and Roll Hotel!
British singer/songwriter Dan Croll demonstrated a canny knack for translating studio techniques into an arresting live performance when made a stop in DC on Friday at the Rock and Roll Hotel.