The Hotelier at DC9 Monday, August 4

Home, Like Noplace Is There, the second album from the Hotelier, drips with desperation. Over nine tracks, the Worcester, Mass., band formerly known as the Hotel Year touches on suicide, drug abuse, and depression; vocalist Christian Holden sounds like he’s close to sobbing more than once. Their sound falls somewhere between screamo champions Taking Back Sunday and contemporary folk-punk act Andrew Jackson Jihad, pleasing those music fans who like to yell their feelings instead of internalizing them. Lyrically, Holden keeps his subjects vague; he could be directing his crackling roar toward a lover, a parent, or a political system. Draw your own conclusions when the quartet stops at DC9. The Hotelier performs with Foxing and Prawn at 7:30 p.m. at DC9, 1940 9th St. NW. $10 (202) 483-5000. dcnine.com.

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