Snapshots: Shopping, Gauche, Stef Chura @ Comet Ping Pong — 8/9/16

Stef Chura
Stef Chura (Photo by Kristie Chua)

Last fall, UK post-punk trio Shopping released their second album, Why Choose, via FatCat and embarked on a worldwide tour in support of it.

And the stopped to play at Comet Ping Pong on Tuesday with openers Gauche and Stef Chura! Guitarist Rachel Aggs, bassist Billy Easter, and drummer Andrew Milk have only a few more US dates on this leg of the tour, including a show for Berserktown III on Sunday in Los Angeles.

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Don’t Miss: Shopping @ Comet Ping Pong, 8/9/16

Shopping by  Jenna Foxton
Shopping (Photo by Jenna Foxton)

Last fall, UK post-punk trio Shopping released their second album, Why Choose, via FatCat and embarked on a worldwide tour in support of it.

Now the fantastically catchy band are returning to the United States for a spate of shows in 2016, with a date at Comet Ping Pong on Tuesday, August 9. Guitarist Rachel Aggs, bassist Billy Easter, and drummer Andrew Milk are making their way to the Athens Popfest on Thursday, and they will wrap in a show for Berserktown III on Sunday in Los Angeles.

Why Choose is full of hot riffs and cold relationships, such as with break-up song “Straight Lines.” Watch the official music video for “Straight Lines” (featuring the band getting naked) by Shopping on YouTube:

The New York Times pretty much nails it when they say, “Jagged guitar truncheons joust with stomping bass lines while the front woman, Aggs, howls like she’s descended from Ari Up and the Slits. The jocularity of the B-52’s bubbles up from time to time.”

This should be a great show for such an intimate space! Tickets are available online and at the door.

Shopping
w/ Gauche and Stef Chura
Comet Ping Pong
Tuesday, August 9
Doors @9pm
$12
All ages

Around Town: Grand Opening @ Lab 1270 – 12/10/15

Exterior Image - LAB 1270 at Union Market
Outside Lab 1270 (Photo by Joy Asico)

You know how you drive past those garage bays and warehouses when you’re arriving at Union Market? Well, now the market has given you a reason to stop by and investigate one of those spaces instead of driving past them.

Several startup retailers have taken up residence in Lab 1270 (1270 5th St. NE, DC), a fashion incubator of sorts, offering various clothing and lifestyle items for those seeking to reinvigorate their style.

For example, during a Thursday grand opening party, my companion Yasmin was taken by the vibrant colors and general selection at Ron David, a retailer that occupied a prime space near the front of the incubator space. Rather than simply offering the standard DC range of conservative winter wear, Ron David had an array of livelier colors and styles that caught her eye. For more info on Ron David’s offerings, visit their website at http://shoprondavid.com.

Shoppers browse Ron David at Lab 1270 in Union Market by Joy Asico
Shoppers browse Ron David at Lab 1270 in Union Market. (Photo by Joy Asico)

After browsing some clothes, we were pleasantly surprised to find a bar in the next space. But this was no ordinary bar — it was a kumbucha bar. And we were pleased to sample some refreshment from Craft Kombucha as we continued to explore the area around us.

The vendors inside Lab 1270 right now are only committed to be there through February 2016. They include, in alphabetical order, Caryn Cramer, Craft Kombucha, Dunn Lewis MC, Guerilla Vending, Lisa Shirk, Living Threads, Master Williams, Niko+Ava, Ron David, S3 Active, South Block Juice, Thursday Boot Co., and Time Off, among others.

The space also currently houses an art installation known as #ACreativeDC, and it is planning dinner events, yoga classes, and other activities through the winter. Specifically for the holidays, Salt & Sundry and photographer Emma McAlary will offer portrait sessions at Lab 1270 as well. Others will provide gift wrapping and wreath and garland workshops for all of your holiday needs.

Lab 1270 is now open Thursday through Sunday every week from 10am-4pm.

For more information on Lab 1270 and its vendors, visit http://www.unionmarketdc.com/lab1270.

Thursday Boot Co at LAB 1270 at Union Market
Thursday Boot Co. makes handcrafted boots to order. (Photo by Joy Asico)

Don’t Miss: Shopping @ Black Cat, 11/17/15

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Shopping (Photo by Jenna Foxton)

Hey, everyone, at this very moment, I’m in New York City. That’s great because I love visiting New York.

But it’s also bad because I’m missing likely one of the best shows in DC all year! London trio Shopping are holding down a double-bill with our very own Priests! Wow, I wish I could be there. But you can still go because the show is tonight, Tuesday, Nov. 17, at the Black Cat.

You likely know hometown punk quartet Priests. They are a pretty exciting band that makes some good music. We reviewed them when they were at Black Cat previously.

You may not know UK post-punkers Shopping, who awesomely capture a lot of great things about punk and post-punk music in short ditties of powerful melodic virtue.

Shopping released their second album, Why Choose, via FatCat, in October, and they are touring the United States in support of that release.

Coming together in 2012, guitarist Rachel Aggs, bassist Billy Easter, and drummer Andrew Milk do an amazing job of capturing the spirit of The Slits, X-Ray Spex, and a great deal of DEVO (as well as the lighter side of The Gang of Four).

Be blown away by the sardonic vocals and brilliant guitar riffs of single “Straight Lines” from the new album (and try to ignore the naked women) via YouTube:

Shopping are proving prolific with the release of their debut album, Consumer Complaints, only last year! They and Priests are going to make quite a team tonight. Puff Pieces open for the bands.

Tickets are available online and at the door.

Shopping and Priests
w/ Puff Pieces
Black Cat
Tuesday, Nov. 17
Doors @730pm
$15
All ages