The uber talented Kiesza takes over our Instagram on 9/24 ahead of her 9:30 presents show! Be sure to follow along and double tap/comment on her pictures for your chance to win a pair of tickets to the sold out show!
DC HAPPENING: Capitol Bacon Festival
There’s not much in this world we love more than music, but bacon’s definitely up there. Luckily for us, our partner Capitol Bacon Festival is blending the best of both the bacon and music worlds this Saturday, September 20!
Taking place at the Half Street Fairgrounds (near Nats Stadium), the Capitol Bacon Festival celebrates America’s favorite breakfast meat with a jam-packed day of cooking demos, bacon tastings, an eating competition, and much more. With a menu featuring 40,000+ bacon-loaded items, including candied bacon, bacon jerky, and bacon on a stick, this is truly the Bacon Lover’s Dream.
And who doesn’t love jammin’ while gettin’ their grub on? Regional bands Dale and the ZDubs, Warden, Chasing Verity, and others will be provide the perfect soundtrack for your love affair with all types of bacony goodness.
Catch us between bacon bites at the 9:30 Club table, where we’ll be giving away tickets to 9:30 presents Stick Figure at U Street Music Hall, I.M.P. presents Beats Antique at Echostage, and Run the Jewels at 9:30 Club!
THIS ONE TIME AT BANDCAMP: Volume 9
I haven’t spent a ton of time in other cities, but I have a feeling that I am a DC girl through and through. We have a thriving music scene, a beautiful city, and a diverse populace. I am a firm believer that there is a little bit of something for everyone in the nation’s capital.
The LD-50s: The LD-50s are an awesome noise rock, shoegaze outfit out of northern Virginia. Considering their whole Undone EP was recorded in a bedroom using a Guitar Hero microphone, it has that lovely fuzzy quality that you come to cherish when you spend a lot of time on Bandcamp. It’s fast, it’s loud, and definitely mosh-worthy. If you like the LD-50s, you should also check out their other recording project called Shirt/Pants, which is more along the lines of garage punk than psychedelic shoegaze.
Two Inch Astronaut: Two Inch Astronaut makes me want to run around and smash things in a true DC hardcore punk fashion. If Two Inch Astronaut had been around in the ’80s, they probably would have played at the old 9:30 Club on F St. But since that no longer exists, you can find them playing a lot of house shows in the area. Their full length, Bad Brother, comes to us courtesy of Exploding in Sound Records and is distributed by Dischord, so you know it has to be good.
Harness Flux: I get Lou Reed/Velvet Underground vibes when I listen to Harness Flux’s newest single “Slide to Unlock.” Maybe the phrase “slide to unlock” is this generation’s “peel slowly and see.” Or maybe my Velvet Underground obsession is now clouding my judgment. Regardless of whether or not Harness Flux could have hung out in the Factory in a former life, you should know the facts. The music is the solo work of John Masters, who previously made music with the band Metropolitain during the ’00s garage rock surge.
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SHOW PREVIEW: I.M.P. Presents First Aid Kit at G.W. Lisner Auditorium
Thanks to a certain band whose name sounds more like a family-owned soda shoppe, there are a ton of folk-ish bands on the airwaves right now. Not all of them are worth listening to. But First Aid Kit, a Swedish sister duo who do American roots music better than plenty of Americans, have released one of the year’s best in Stay Gold. From the train track rhythm of opening number “Silver Lining,” the sisters reaffirm their place as worthy inheritors of the spooky-sibling-harmonization tradition. Despite Johanna and Klara Söderberg resembling the cast of American Horror Story: Coven, their music is endlessly optimistic, even when it soaks in the regrets of the past. Their music is the perennial soundtrack to every Route 66 road trip, and to that scene in every indie movie where the protagonist Figures It All Out.
Tickets for I.M.P. Presents First Aid Kit at G.W. Lisner Auditorium go on sale Friday, September 19 at 10am!