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!
CONTEST: Signed Copy of MØ’s No Mythologies to Follow
If you haven’t yet heard MØ’s No Mythologies to Follow, what are you waiting for?! The Danish singer-songwriter’s debut album is a twenty-song amalgamation of electronica, indie pop, and soul that keeps spirits high and smiles wide. As we found out at the energetic songstresses’ U Street Music Hall show earlier this year, songs like “Walk This Way” and “Don’t Wanna Dance” are even dancier live, which we didn’t think was possible!
Needless to say, we’re pumped to dance with MØ again this Monday at the Club and want to see you there! For your chance to win a pair of tickets to the show and this beautiful, signed copy of No Mythologies to Follow (the cover of which features MØ blowing a bubblegum bubble), do one of the following:
- Post an Instagram selfie of yourself blowing the biggest bubblegum bubble possible. Be sure to tag us (@930Club) and hashtag #MØ930.
- Send a selfie of yourself blowing the biggest bubblegum bubble possible to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Submit your entry by 6 pm on Friday, September 19 for your chance to dance! Get to blowin’ them bubbles!
NEW TRACKS: Julian Casablancas + The Voidz - “Human Sadness”
"Human Sadness" is dark, abstract, and spans a whopping 11 minutes. While this is still Julian Casablancas, he certainly contrasts his work compared to what he showcases in short and vibrant Strokes songs. The length and content of this song are beautiful, with great sound effects including distorted guitar riffs. I love the distinct turns that this song takes, from muted and lonely to loud and powerful. It is great to hear Casablancas’ voice take on a new project with the Voidz. Luckily, we have only a few more weeks until we are able to hear all of the uniqueness that Tyranny is sure to bring when the album drops on September 23rd.
We’re conducting a Twitter Q&A with Parachute on Wednesday at 1pm! Have any burning questions for the band? Submit them on Twitter using the hashtag #Parachute930!
SHOW PREVIEW: American Authors
2014 has been quite a year for American Authors. The band’s single “Best Day of My Life” was featured in multiple TV ads and reached the #11 spot on the US charts, and the four-piece performed the track at the Kids Choice Awards. Not too shabby, right? American Authors’ debut album, Oh, What A Life, also came out this year and charted in the US, UK, Germany, Canada, and Australia. The album is uplifting, catchy, and seamlessly blends genres like pop, rock, and folk. Unafraid to experiment, American Authors brings in unexpected instruments like the banjo and mandolin and features them prominently on multiple tracks. The album is a perfect mix of catchy, upbeat tracks like “Hit It” and moving ballads such as “Home.” The band’s energy comes through on every track and their passion for their music shines on each song. So, make sure to catch American Authors this November and don’t forget to bring your dancing shoes.
NEW TRACKS: Interpol - “The Depths”
From their new album, El Pintor, Interpol take us on a trip to “The Depths.” Yes, Paul Banks does a bit of lyrical wallowing, but the actual sound of the track is pretty sleek and shiny. It has a lot of distinctively Interpol elements, with some slight differences.
Drummer Sam Fogarino kicks things off with a meaty beat, four-on-the-floor with a handful of tasteful inflections. Guitarist Daniel Kessler adds some drawn-out chords, covered in reverb. There’s more space in the mix than in the past, likely due to the group now only having one guitarist. It’s a little more U2 than Television, at least from an instrumental perspective.
On the vocal side, Banks remains reliably deadpan. When he sings of being “out selling bibles to babies,” you have to appreciate his commitment. And he has a way of making existential ennui sound compelling, rather than listless. You’re right there with him, lost and adrift in the big city but as resolutely cool as ever.
Listen to “The Depths” here.
ALBUM REVIEW: The New Pornographers - Brill Bruisers
The Vancouver rockers with the cheeky name present another round of offbeat earworms on Brill Bruisers. Frontman A.C. Newman continues to craft catchy hooks, and the production value gives them the scale they need. Surrounding him is an excellent cast of musicians, particularly Neko Case and occasional songwriter Dan Bejar.
To start things off, the title track erupts with a burst of happiness, the band united behind a wordless chant. It gets right into the action much like the opening to 2005’s Twin Cinema. These guys know how to do instant gratification power-pop when they want to.
“Champions of Red Wine” brings down the intensity level a bit. It begins with a bubbling electronic figure laid over lightly strummed acoustic guitar. Neko Case enters, her voice welcoming but with a hint of sadness. A few verses later, Kathryn Calder joins in to harmonize. Her singing complements Case’s well, as it has a higher and breathier quality.
The fourth track, “War on the East Coast,” is the first on the album written by Bejar. It feels at times like it’s right at the edge of spinning out of control, but in a good way. Bejar winds up tension in the verses, singing over a chugging single chord. The last few minutes feature a repetition of the chorus with frantic drumming and psychedelic fragments of sound.
The next two tracks reflect an expanded use of electronics. “Backstairs” opens with a robot voice effect straight out of Daft Punk. About halfway through the song, there is a bridge with a dance music style buildup. On “Marching Orders,” an arpeggio shimmers constantly in the background, giving the feeling of a less dramatic Muse song.
Track ten, Bejar’s “Spidyr,” is an interesting specimen. He starts the song half-singing, half-speaking. A wash of synth turns into a murmuring line, which then leads to a wistful harmonica solo. Bejar repeatedly calls out to the title character, a mysterious but magnetic figure. And then it all explodes into a wall of sound. It’s an impressive evolution, moving from restrained to anthemic in just two and a half minutes.
The New Pornographers have a clear idea of their sound and don’t stray too far from it. They’ve managed to find ways to keep making accessible songs with just enough eccentricity to stay fresh. The addition of stylistic touches like electronics, as well as Bejar’s quirky writing, helps with this. Case’s voice also works as a mature, grounding presence. All together, these factors make Brill Bruisers another strong entry in the band’s catalog.