Hold Steady onto that microphone, eh? Ha Ha Ha Ha
The Canadians sure know how to play indie rock, evident in the vast catalogs of Broken Social Scene, Feist, Cursed, and various others. So it sure wasn’t much of a surprise when Mother Mother came out in 2006 with one of the most rocking albums to be heard in who knows how long. This five piece band released their newest album, O My in 2008, which lead to something fun known as critical acclaim, securing them a spot on 2007’s Virgin Festival in Vancouver. Tickets cost a mere $10 for their upcoming show at the Rock ‘n’ Roll Hotel. That can barely buy you a Big Mac meal anymore; spend your money a little more wisely and check out Mother Mother live.
The Hold Steady’s latest album, A Positive Rage, came out on April 7th of this year. A double disc combining both a live CD and a documentary style DVD gave fans a brief overview of what to expect from this band live. If the praising reviews of this album are any indication, their live set is not to be passed up. Performing at the 9:30 Club August 29th, The Hold Steady are bringing their unique live chemistry to D.C. Teenage heartthrob Daniel Radcliffe called The Hold Steady “the best band this year by far” in 2007, and chances are their effect hasn’t worn off yet. Tickets are $25, and I wouldn’t think to call Harry Potter a liar.
I’ve promoted shows by Pygmy Lush throughout summer, but for many this will be the first opportunity to catch them in concert. Playing a backstage show at The Black Cat for only $8, Pygmy Lush will be bringing their unique crossover of relaxing folk and hardened rock and roll back to the D.C. stage for all to admire. Spawned from the ashes of Pageninetynine, one of the most unique hardcore bands of the 90’s and early 00’s, these fellows decided to go in a completely different direction. Songs like “Dead Don’t Pass” and “The Boys of Swift Creek Reservoir” lull listeners into a confused state of bewilderment and calm. The other acts, Little Gold and Des Ark, offer a variety of lo-fi folk/country tunes and discordant rock and roll. This show is obviously the best way to have the first day of classes come to a close.
Everyone is familiar with Jinx Proof, Georgetown’s one tattoo shop that is conveniently located on M Street between 33rd and Wisconsin. Well, maybe you don’t know that they’ve reached their lucky 13th year anniversary, and the celebration will occur at Rock ‘n’ Roll Hotel September 3rd with some of the hardest hitting hardcore bands of yesterday. The punk/thrash crossover Cro-Mags will be performing their particular brand of NYCHC, while D.C.’s own Worlds Collide will be reuniting for the night for this particular celebration. Tickets are $20, and there is the burden of having to sit through a Hatebreed set (hahahatebreed), but this is one hell of a show otherwise.