Singer. Guitarist. Actress. And on a nice Friday night at DC9, birthday girl.
Singer/guitarist Marisa Dabice may have been sniffling and coughing, signs of a still-in-progress recovery from a recent bout of sickness, but she sure as hell wasn’t going to let that stop her from leaving it all on the stage.
Michael Shuman (Queens bassist), Tyler Parkford, and Zach Dawes make it clear that when they are not playing on larger stages, they’re still making arena sized rock ‘n’ roll.
In anticipation of her third record Designer, Harding’s setlist comprised mostly of the as-of-yet unreleased album. And the DC9 crowd was utterly silent and captivated through it all.
With Teri Gender Bender serving as the eye of the storm, Le Butcherettes gave a performance that will be remembered for a long time to come.
As she sings in “Dope Queen Blues,” “I am a god, of this I am convinced.” Once you see her perform, maybe you’ll be convinced too.
This Uruguayan guitarist by way of NYC wants you to take the mic and espouse your love of fruits. Get comfortable, cause this might take a while.
The business partners are back on the road, and like any well-run business, they’ve streamlined operations and achieved maximum output and profit.
The name of indie pop duo Savor Adore roughly translates to “to know love” in French — and love is exactly what was felt throughout their short but sweet set at DC9 on November 28th. Led by co-vocalists Paul Hammer and Lauren Zettler, the band put on a show that demonstrated their ability to dazzle an audience with the help of some blissful melodies.
“So much work and thought went into every turn of phrase and every tiny shimmer of sound.” That is undoubtedly true listening to Laura Gibson’s fifth studio album Goners. It also added to the punchline when Gibson told the audience at her DC9 show that European press on her recent tour struggled to find a translation of the slang term she used as a title and pronounced in a more, well, juvenile fashion. It’s a funny reminder that you can control a lot of things in life, but you can’t control the world’s response—even when you’re careful.
Shane Butler is no stranger at this point to the psychedelic rock scene, having released three of the best albums in the last decade as part of the band Quilt. In 2012 he started Olden Yolk as a solo side project to explore one-off musical ideas, beginning with a split 7” with Weyes Blood released in 2014. Soon afterward, he was joined by multi-instrumentalist Caity Shaffer, turning it into a collaborative project. In February, the duo finally released their first, self-titled full-length record, and last Friday they came to DC9 as a five-piece band to present the songs live.
Sheffield, England-based band The Sherlocks are one of the latest indie bands to make their way here from the UK, but they’ve already got a bit of history behind them. Consisting of two sets of brothers – Kiaran and Brandon Crook, and Josh and Andy Davidson – the foursome started when they were just teens, playing covers in bars and slowly working on their own material. By 2015, they were playing at the Reading and Leeds Festivals and getting singles aired on BBC Radio 1. Drawing comparisons to their fellow Sheffielders The Arctic Monkeys for their quick rise in fame, and to The Courteeners for their sound, the band has come a long way in a short time. Now they’ve set their sights on America, and on Monday they played to a small but enthusiastic crowd at DC9.
The Melbourne-based, heavily buzzed power pop ensemble Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever (heretofore after Rolling Blackouts C.F) brought their first-ever headline tour to DC9 on May 6. Even in a small venue like DC9, playing on a difficult Sunday night slot, Rolling Blackouts C.F. demonstrated boatloads of power, hooks, and tremendous energy.
The Austin-based ensemble Loma took their very first tour to Washington DC in early May, delivering a mesmerizing set to a small crowd at DC9. Touring on the backs of their debut album on Sub Pop, Loma spotlighted two incredible assets: the vocals of Emily Cross, and the songwriting and guitar of Shearwater’s Jonathan Meiburg.
Will Johnson and Justin Peter Kinkel-Schuster are both prolific musicians steeped in the alt-country and singer-songwriter traditions. After the two met when Kinkel-Schuster’s band Water Liars toured as the openers for Johnson’s band Centro-matic on their farewell tour in 2014, it was only natural that a kinship would develop. From that Marie/Lepanto, the name taken from a road sign in Arkansas between the two towns of the same names, was born. It took a few years to come to fruition, but in January the duo released their first album of the new project, titled Tenkiller. Combining the strengths of both musicians both as songwriters and performers, it’s easily one of the best alt-country releases of the year. While their tour for the album has largely consisted of house shows, in DC the pair came to DC9 on Friday night.
The phrase ‘pop-punk’ might leave a negative connotation in people’s heads, reminding them of Vans Warped Tour bands whose time has come and gone. But Diet Cig marries fast-and-furious pop-punk power chords with simple and relatable lyricism brimming with confidence and subject matter that Blink-182 wouldn’t want to touch, like wanting to eat ice cream on your birthday. The duo of singer/guitarist Alex Luciano and drummer Noah Bowman have sold out shows all over the country, including their stop at Rock and Roll Hotel. With this tour, though, the effervescent duo became a quartet by adding Spook School bassist AC Cory and keyboardist Karli Helm. But still, it was Luciano and Bowman that stole the show as they have time and again.