It's hard to top the The Hives' live show, but when you've got killer songs, theatrics aren't always necessary. And during its opening slot for the Swedish band at 9:30 Club last night, D.C.'s own Ex Hex showed it had killer songs indeed. The band, featuring Mary Timony, Betsy Wright, and Laura Harris, played its [...]
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Elvis Costello celebrated his past and present work during a sold-out solo show at George Washington University's Lisner Auditorium on Friday. For more than two hours, he used an array of Gibsons (and, occasionally, an electric piano) to play songs from five decades of his catalog, as well as several loved by his father and [...]
"If you can play a song on acoustic, and it sounds good, then you know it's solid," Juliana Hatfield said last night after her performance with Minor Alps at Black Cat Backstage. It doesn't hurt to have a copilot as talented as Nada Surf's Matthew Caws, too. Hatfield and Caws, already friends for years, decided to embark [...]
I first saw Nine Inch Nails in a 1,500-capacity club in New York City in 1991, and was blown away by the intensity. Modern-day Nine Inch Nails hasn't changed in that respect. On Friday night, lead singer Trent Reznor brought his band to a full Verizon Center—armed with The Who bassist Pino Palladino no less—and proved [...]
Not everyone gets turned on by lyrics about haunted heads and Phyllis Diller being a killer, but maybe more would if they heard them performed by the great Kid Congo and the Pink Monkey Birds. Touring in support of its latest release, Haunted Head, the band nested at the Black Cat Backstage on Saturday, attired in [...]
Brooklyn's Obits was the headliner last night at the Rock and Roll Hotel, but the support acts on the bill were some of the best in D.C.'s post-punk music scene these days.
Cane & the Sticks kicked the night off with their cool mixture of gritty and melody. Mary Timony and her new trio, Ex Hex, [...]
Atoms for Peace—the supergroup composed of Radiohead lead singer Thom Yorke, Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist Flea, Radiohead producer Nigel Godrich, Beck and R.E.M. drummer Joey Waronker, and the Brazilian instrumentalist Mauro Refosco from Forro in the Dark—brought its heavy rhythms to the George Mason Patriot Center last night.
"The gentleman back there is requesting rock music," said Superchunk's Mac McCaughan to Jim Wilbur last night at the 9:30 Club. "I think we can fulfill that."
Superchunk recently dropped I Hate Music, its first release in three years, and the typically lively band seemed especially energetic last night—despite the lack of bassist Laura Ballance, who stayed [...]
The most spot-on comment I heard about the sold-out Julie Ruin show at Black Cat on Saturday was, "It was just fun. It was dance music with a message." The Julie Ruin's creator and lead singer, Kathleen Hanna, still kicks ass and takes names on stage (with killer dance moves) much like she did in [...]
One of the events commemorating the seventh anniversary of the Rock & Roll Hotel last week included a Saturday show called simply "Old Punks Playing Acoustic Songs." For a bunch of old punks—John Stabb of Government Issue (with Derrick Baranowsky of Stabb's current band, History Repeated); Kepi Ghoulie of Groovie Ghoulies, and Kevin Seconds of 7 [...]