J. Tillman has more focus (pun) than your average songwriter.
Since the Sex Pistols shouted about anarchy and the Queen, England has proved capable of giving the world some pretty kick ass punk rock. One of the UK’s latest punk rock concoctions, Gallows, bring together the aggression and punch of Black Flag with a modern day spin. Their latest release, and their first on a major label, Grey Britain shows that these guys aren’t just a passing fad. You can catch them Saturday at the DC9 with two amazing D.C. punk bands, The Scare and the Mostly Dead. Tickets are $15 advance, $18 at the door.
J. Tillman is a bluesy guy who you’d normally catch in the context of the psychedelic Fleet Foxes. His laid back acoustics bring to mind the delicacy of Damien Rice’s best songs along with the rhythm and beat of Sun Kil Moon. Fans of Fleet Foxes would probably love this, and it’s even more accessible. For a good way to wind down in the middle of the week, I’d recommend spending your Wednesday night with J. Tillman at the 9:30 Club for $15.
Or if “winding down” isn’t what you’d like to do in the middle of the week, maybe you’d like an outlet of aggression and anxiety instead. Maybe you’d enjoy a Baroness show at the Rock ‘n’ Roll Hotel. Easily comparable to Mastodon in sound and quality, but unique enough to be spared of that statement carrying a negative, copycat, connotation. They’ve just released a new album called Blue Record to compliment 2007’s Red Album, and no one has done the sludge better in a while. Tickets cost $12.
A little band by the name of The Jesus Lizard will be performing at the 9:30 Club this Thursday. Apparently a big deal during the early 90s, when they released a slew of pseudo-grunge-post-whatever releases which are still unparalleled today. It’s an understatement to say that these guys are original, or that they kick ass. Back together after having disbanded in ’99, this is a chance to see one of the tightest bands of the underground. Tickets cost $25.