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Tonight: Marnie Stern at the Rock & Roll Hotel

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BwFVFvpgeoE

On her 2007 debut, In Advance of the Broken Arm, Marnie Stern introduced the world to her fierce guitar style, which is best described with overused, hyperbolic words like “shredding” and “wailing.” In other words, Stern’s bonafides are no joke. That much of her press revolves around the shouldn’t-be-remarkable-but-still-is fact that a (gasp!) woman can yield such a mean axe speaks to the dispiriting state of the rock gender gap (to say nothing of the meathead dialogue of the Brooklyn Vegan’s commenters on posts about Stern). Her new self-titled album, released this month on Kill Rock Stars, is yet another stunner: Stern's found a musical kindred spirit in Hella’s Zach Hill, who with is frenetic drumming is probably the only man in the biz able to keep up.

Stern performs with Gentleman Jesse & His Men, the Barreracudas, and Math Panda at 8:30 p.m. at the Rock & Roll Hotel, 1353 H St. NE. (202) 388-7625. $12.

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