Posts Tagged ‘Rock and Roll Hotel’

Photos: Obits, Title Tracks, Ex Hex, Cane & the Sticks

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, [...]

Photos: Dessa @ Rock & Roll Hotel

Last night's show by Minnesota indie hip-hop luminary Dessa was one of the more improbable shows in recent memory. Dessa was sick, for one thing, to the point of nearly passing out during the show and needing to take a one-song "inhaler break." Also, a few days ago, her band's gear was stolen after a [...]

Photos: Old Punks Playing Acoustic Songs @ Rock and Roll Hotel

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 [...]

Photos: Laura Jane Grace, Mina Caputo @ Rock & Roll Hotel

If you heard a loud sing-along happening last night between 9:15 p.m. and 11 p.m., chances are you live near H Street NE, where Against Me!'s Laura Jane Grace played to a packed and appreciative Rock & Roll Hotel last night. During the fourth show of her six-date acoustic tour, Grace led the crowd through tracks from [...]

Photos: Palma Violets

Photos: Earth @ Rock & Roll Hotel

Earth's music, which at this point in their career is less like the drone metal of the band's early years and closer to a kind of darkly oppressive Americana, might not strike the average listener as particularly exciting concert material. But, surprisingly, it is—mostly because the band appears to be in a trance as it [...]

The Very Best Go Clubbing

The Very Best, who perform at Rock & Roll Hotel tonight, won widespread acclaim for its bubbly, bright mesh of Afropop vocals and electro, indie rock and hiphop music on a 2008 mixtape and 2009 debut album The Warm Heart of Africa. Then a UK-based trio including Swedish producer Johan Hugo Karlberg, Malawian vocalist Esau Mwamwaya, [...]

Talent Buyer Vicki Savoula Leaving Black Cat

After 10 years booking music at the well-known rock club on 14th Street NW, Vicki Savoula is leaving Black Cat, effective Aug. 3.
She's not abandoning her perch for another club—Savoula, 33, is leaving the music business entirely, embarking on a new career in education. (When asked where she's headed, she declined to give specifics.) She [...]

Photos: Elikeh @ Rock & Roll Hotel

On Saturday at the Rock and Roll Hotel, Serge “Massama” Dogo and his band, the D,C,-based group Elikeh, played their own take on Afropop, a style of African pop music played on electric instruments and inspired by Western pop and soul music. They also brought in traditional polyrhythms from Togo, where  Dogo was born and [...]

Ariel Pink Is Just Another Brick in the Wall

Ariel Pink is 20 minutes late returning my phone call, and he feels bad about it. He's been back in the States less than a week since finishing a European tour, and he's swamped with phoners. He apologizes. "I need to treat my interviews more like job interviews," Pink says.
"Well, then," I say. "Are you [...]

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