SHOW PREVIEW: Big Star’s Third
Boy, oh boy, are we in for a big treat this Saturday at the Club!
Most music buffs are by now familiar with Big Star’s delayed success story, but here’s a quick recap. The Memphis power poppers were initially active from 1971 to 1974, during which time they recorded three albums: #1 Record, Radio City, and Third/Sister Lovers. None of the albums achieved commercial success upon their releases, and Big Star soon disbanded. It wasn’t until 1978, when Third had a proper, widespread release through PVC Records, that Big Star’s genius was finally noticed. 
Although Big Star was at that point inactive, Third became a cult classic and eventually landed a spot on Rolling Stone's “500 Greatest Albums of All Time" list. Numerous bands formed in the early 1980s, including R.E.M., The Replacements, and The Jesus and Mary Chain, were inspired in part by Big Star’s newfound eminence. Now deemed "Memphis’ answer to The Beatles,” Big Star’s legacy is undeniable, as depicted in Nothing Can Hurt Me. 
To further the legacy, as well as commemorate Big Star mastermind Alex Chilton, founding drummer Jody Stephens, along with Chilton-collaborator Chris Stamey (of The dB’s), hatched “Big Star’s Third” tour. Stephens and Stamey called upon friends, including Mike Mills of R.E.M. and Pat Sansone of Wilco, to embark on a four-day stint of performing Big Star’s two most celebrate albums, Third and #1 Record, in their entireties. 
This Saturday’s Club stop on the once-in-a-lifetime tour features, in addition to the above star-studded list of musicians, special guest Lesa Aldridge (Chilton’s muse for much of Third) and a twelve-piece chamber orchestra. Bring tissues, because the experience just might make you misty-eyed.
-Madelyn Dutt
Join us this at the Club this Saturday, August 23 for Big Star’s Third. Send your ticket confirmation to contests@930.com by 6 p.m. today (August 20) for your chance to win merch signed by Jody Stephens!

SHOW PREVIEW: Big Star’s Third

Boy, oh boy, are we in for a big treat this Saturday at the Club!

Most music buffs are by now familiar with Big Star’s delayed success story, but here’s a quick recap. The Memphis power poppers were initially active from 1971 to 1974, during which time they recorded three albums: #1 Record, Radio City, and Third/Sister Lovers. None of the albums achieved commercial success upon their releases, and Big Star soon disbanded. It wasn’t until 1978, when Third had a proper, widespread release through PVC Records, that Big Star’s genius was finally noticed. 

Although Big Star was at that point inactive, Third became a cult classic and eventually landed a spot on Rolling Stone's “500 Greatest Albums of All Time" list. Numerous bands formed in the early 1980s, including R.E.M., The Replacements, and The Jesus and Mary Chain, were inspired in part by Big Star’s newfound eminence. Now deemed "Memphis’ answer to The Beatles,” Big Star’s legacy is undeniable, as depicted in Nothing Can Hurt Me

To further the legacy, as well as commemorate Big Star mastermind Alex Chilton, founding drummer Jody Stephens, along with Chilton-collaborator Chris Stamey (of The dB’s), hatched “Big Star’s Third” tour. Stephens and Stamey called upon friends, including Mike Mills of R.E.M. and Pat Sansone of Wilco, to embark on a four-day stint of performing Big Star’s two most celebrate albums, Third and #1 Record, in their entireties. 

This Saturday’s Club stop on the once-in-a-lifetime tour features, in addition to the above star-studded list of musicians, special guest Lesa Aldridge (Chilton’s muse for much of Third) and a twelve-piece chamber orchestra. Bring tissues, because the experience just might make you misty-eyed.

-Madelyn Dutt

Join us this at the Club this Saturday, August 23 for Big Star’s Third. Send your ticket confirmation to contests@930.com by 6 p.m. today (August 20) for your chance to win merch signed by Jody Stephens!

SHOW PREVIEW: Benjamin Booker
Who’s Benjamin Booker? Well, he’s a 25-year-old blues rocker from Tampa Bay, FL, and his self-titled debut album hits stores today! The album was produced by Andrija Tokic, who has also produced albums for Alabama Shakes and Hurray For The Riff Raff. The opening track is his single, “Violent Shiver,” and the first thing you’ll notice is the extremely catchy blues riff that recurs throughout the song and leads straight into his noticeably raspy vocals. The whole album consists of plenty of fast-paced blues rock with several tracks that slow down a bit without losing your interest. 
So, he nailed down a good producer for his debut album. Pretty good start, right? Welp, there’s more. Over the course of the summer, Benjamin spent much of June opening for Courtney Barnett, as well as eight dates in July with Jack White (!), arguably the best in the biz right now. Not only that, but he scored slots in the lineups of Lollapalooza, Newport Folk Festival, and Austin City Limits… And all of this happened before the guy even released an album! This guy’s on a roll, and it’s only just the beginning. 
After all of these huge shows, now he’s playing U Street Music Hall, and seeing him in that intimate of a setting is an absolute steal.
-Alec Moss
9:30 presents Benjamin Booker at U Street Music Hall on Monday, October 20!

SHOW PREVIEW: Benjamin Booker

Who’s Benjamin Booker? Well, he’s a 25-year-old blues rocker from Tampa Bay, FL, and his self-titled debut album hits stores today! The album was produced by Andrija Tokic, who has also produced albums for Alabama Shakes and Hurray For The Riff Raff. The opening track is his single, “Violent Shiver,” and the first thing you’ll notice is the extremely catchy blues riff that recurs throughout the song and leads straight into his noticeably raspy vocals. The whole album consists of plenty of fast-paced blues rock with several tracks that slow down a bit without losing your interest. 

So, he nailed down a good producer for his debut album. Pretty good start, right? Welp, there’s more. Over the course of the summer, Benjamin spent much of June opening for Courtney Barnett, as well as eight dates in July with Jack White (!), arguably the best in the biz right now. Not only that, but he scored slots in the lineups of Lollapalooza, Newport Folk Festival, and Austin City Limits… And all of this happened before the guy even released an album! This guy’s on a roll, and it’s only just the beginning. 

After all of these huge shows, now he’s playing U Street Music Hall, and seeing him in that intimate of a setting is an absolute steal.

-Alec Moss

9:30 presents Benjamin Booker at U Street Music Hall on Monday, October 20!

SHOW PREVIEW: Charli XCX
Have you been missing some awesome, soul-lifting, smile-inducing pop in your life lately? Well, if so, worry not my friends, because Charli XCX is here for you. At only 22-years-old, Charli XCX has been featured on two number one pop hits (one of which is “I Love It" by Icona Pop), and her fantastic album True Romance has charted in the UK, Australia, and the US. The young British songstress has taken the airwaves by storm this summer with not one, but two, crazy popular hits. Charli’s second number one hit, “Fancy,” her track with Iggy Azalea, is undoubtedly THE song of the summer and “Boom Clap" has been climbing the charts around the world. It’s not difficult to see why everyone has fallen in love with her work.
Charli XCX seamlessly blends catchy pop with thumping electronic beats and sometimes contrastingly dark lyrics. Her album, True Romance, is filled with pop gems like “Nuclear Seasons" that you just can’t help but dance to. So, if you’ve been looking for an excuse to have girls/guys night out, don’t worry, Charli XCX has got you covered.
-Janice Freeman
Charli XCX will perform at 9:30 Club on Thursday, October 2.

SHOW PREVIEW: Charli XCX

Have you been missing some awesome, soul-lifting, smile-inducing pop in your life lately? Well, if so, worry not my friends, because Charli XCX is here for you. At only 22-years-old, Charli XCX has been featured on two number one pop hits (one of which is “I Love It" by Icona Pop), and her fantastic album True Romance has charted in the UK, Australia, and the US. The young British songstress has taken the airwaves by storm this summer with not one, but two, crazy popular hits. Charli’s second number one hit, “Fancy,” her track with Iggy Azalea, is undoubtedly THE song of the summer and “Boom Clap" has been climbing the charts around the world. It’s not difficult to see why everyone has fallen in love with her work.

Charli XCX seamlessly blends catchy pop with thumping electronic beats and sometimes contrastingly dark lyrics. Her album, True Romance, is filled with pop gems like “Nuclear Seasons" that you just can’t help but dance to. So, if you’ve been looking for an excuse to have girls/guys night out, don’t worry, Charli XCX has got you covered.

-Janice Freeman

Charli XCX will perform at 9:30 Club on Thursday, October 2.

SHOW PREVIEW: Metronomy
Is it just me, or does the fact that Metronomy’s first album came out 8 years ago make you feel old? It feels like just yesterday that Pip Paine (Pay the £5000 You Owe) came out. The debut album is a true electronic masterpiece and really put electronic music on the map as a popular genre. On top of that, unlike many artists who struggle to follow-up after such a strong first release, Metronomy has somehow created three more incredible albums since 2006. Oh, and the band’s last album, Love Letters, charted higher in the UK than any of its previous releases. Now that’s impressive. 
Love Letters is still distinctly electronic, but has some soul and disco influences imbued throughout. Especially on the track “Month of Sundays,” you can hear some 1970s inspiration in the guitar and backing vocals. Metronomy’s other albums, Nights Out and The English Riviera, are incredibly impressive as well, with the latter containing the band’s biggest hit to date, “The Look.” “The Look” is the kind of song you just can’t help but shimmy to (yes, shimmy). It’s smooth, catchy, and combines the best of rock and electronic music. Basically, I’m saying Metronomy has somehow not faltered on any release to date. So, seriously make sure to catch Metronomy on its fall tour and I swear you won’t be disappointed. 
-Janice Freeman
Catch Metronomy Wednesday, September 17 at 9:30 Club!

SHOW PREVIEW: Metronomy

Is it just me, or does the fact that Metronomy’s first album came out 8 years ago make you feel old? It feels like just yesterday that Pip Paine (Pay the £5000 You Owe) came out. The debut album is a true electronic masterpiece and really put electronic music on the map as a popular genre. On top of that, unlike many artists who struggle to follow-up after such a strong first release, Metronomy has somehow created three more incredible albums since 2006. Oh, and the band’s last album, Love Letters, charted higher in the UK than any of its previous releases. Now that’s impressive. 

Love Letters is still distinctly electronic, but has some soul and disco influences imbued throughout. Especially on the track “Month of Sundays,” you can hear some 1970s inspiration in the guitar and backing vocals. Metronomy’s other albums, Nights Out and The English Riviera, are incredibly impressive as well, with the latter containing the band’s biggest hit to date, “The Look.” “The Look” is the kind of song you just can’t help but shimmy to (yes, shimmy). It’s smooth, catchy, and combines the best of rock and electronic music. Basically, I’m saying Metronomy has somehow not faltered on any release to date. So, seriously make sure to catch Metronomy on its fall tour and I swear you won’t be disappointed. 

-Janice Freeman

Catch Metronomy Wednesday, September 17 at 9:30 Club!

SHOW PREVIEW: Paolo Nutini
Paolo, oh how we’ve missed you! After a five-year hiatus, Nutini is back and better than ever. Across the pond, the Scottish singer-songwriter just released Caustic Love, his third studio album, and he’s picking up right where he left off. Paolo’s earned the headlining spots at big league festivals like Glastonbury and is set to perform all across the US in the upcoming months. 
The Scotsman broke into the music scene at just 22 years old with his impressive debut, These Streets. His hit “New Shoes” launched him into superstardom, and he’s been on the rise ever since. In 2009, Paolo released his highly anticipated second album, Sunny Side Up. The sophomore slump can be a battle for many artists, but not Paolo; Sunny Side Up was an album full of character and old-school blues that has become Nutini’s trademark, making it a number one hit in the UK. After this massive success, Paolo decided to go off the radar and take some time for himself. Lucky for us, he’s back with Caustic Love, a true coming-of-age album that reminds us why we fell in love with Nutini in the first place. It’s an album full of so much power and soul, it’s hard to believe that it came from someone who is only 27. Caustic Love is set for a US release this fall, but with UK reviews citing it as “a truly excellent modern soul record” and “the best UK R&B album since the 1970s heyday of Rod Stewart and Joe Cocker,” you know you’re in for something special when he makes his way to DC this fall.
-Kelly McDonald
Paolo Nutini will perform at the Lincoln Theatre on September 17.

SHOW PREVIEW: Paolo Nutini

Paolo, oh how we’ve missed you! After a five-year hiatus, Nutini is back and better than ever. Across the pond, the Scottish singer-songwriter just released Caustic Love, his third studio album, and he’s picking up right where he left off. Paolo’s earned the headlining spots at big league festivals like Glastonbury and is set to perform all across the US in the upcoming months.

The Scotsman broke into the music scene at just 22 years old with his impressive debut, These Streets. His hit “New Shoes” launched him into superstardom, and he’s been on the rise ever since. In 2009, Paolo released his highly anticipated second album, Sunny Side Up. The sophomore slump can be a battle for many artists, but not Paolo; Sunny Side Up was an album full of character and old-school blues that has become Nutini’s trademark, making it a number one hit in the UK. After this massive success, Paolo decided to go off the radar and take some time for himself. Lucky for us, he’s back with Caustic Love, a true coming-of-age album that reminds us why we fell in love with Nutini in the first place. It’s an album full of so much power and soul, it’s hard to believe that it came from someone who is only 27. Caustic Love is set for a US release this fall, but with UK reviews citing it as “a truly excellent modern soul record” and “the best UK R&B album since the 1970s heyday of Rod Stewart and Joe Cocker,” you know you’re in for something special when he makes his way to DC this fall.

-Kelly McDonald

Paolo Nutini will perform at the Lincoln Theatre on September 17.

SHOW PREVIEW: Grouplove and Portugal. The Man
Indie rock labelmates Grouplove and Portugal. The Man, both under Atlantic Records, are making their way to Merriweather Post Pavillion this September. Now, in Grouplove’s case, that is rather impressive since, under a year ago, they played a set at U Street Music Hall. For those of you who don’t know, that’s a difference in capacity of almost 19,000 people! Both Grouplove and Portugal. The Man having been hitting festivals across the U.S. the last few summers and growing to play larger venues, such as Merriweather.
Even if you think you’ve never heard of Grouplove, you’ve probably heard Grouplove. Their song, “Tongue Tied,” among others, has been all over TV and other mediums, and is too catchy for you not to remember at least the hook. Lead vocalists Hannah Hooper and Christian Zucconi wow audiences with their remarkable dynamics that perfectly compliment each other, luring everyone to sing along. You’re sure to be enthralled by their vigorous, energetic live performance. 
Portugal. The Man’s latest album, released last June, was produced by Danger Mouse, a Grammy-nominated producer who is a member of Broken Bells, was a past member of Gnarls Barkley, and has produced albums for Beck, Black Keys, and Gorillaz. They are led by their frontman, John Gourley, and there’s usually one thing that people notice about him right off the bat - he is almost always singing in falsetto. What really amazes people about this is how badass he is able to make falsetto sound. Overall, many of their songs are lots of fun and easy to dance to, especially in concert. But also, as they get down into the deeper tracks of any of their seven studio albums, the audience will be blown away by the amount of serious power they can bring.
-Alec Moss
Catch Grouplove and Portugal. The Man at Merriweather on September 12th.

SHOW PREVIEW: Grouplove and Portugal. The Man

Indie rock labelmates Grouplove and Portugal. The Man, both under Atlantic Records, are making their way to Merriweather Post Pavillion this September. Now, in Grouplove’s case, that is rather impressive since, under a year ago, they played a set at U Street Music Hall. For those of you who don’t know, that’s a difference in capacity of almost 19,000 people! Both Grouplove and Portugal. The Man having been hitting festivals across the U.S. the last few summers and growing to play larger venues, such as Merriweather.

Even if you think you’ve never heard of Grouplove, you’ve probably heard Grouplove. Their song, “Tongue Tied,” among others, has been all over TV and other mediums, and is too catchy for you not to remember at least the hook. Lead vocalists Hannah Hooper and Christian Zucconi wow audiences with their remarkable dynamics that perfectly compliment each other, luring everyone to sing along. You’re sure to be enthralled by their vigorous, energetic live performance. 

Portugal. The Man’s latest album, released last June, was produced by Danger Mouse, a Grammy-nominated producer who is a member of Broken Bells, was a past member of Gnarls Barkley, and has produced albums for Beck, Black Keys, and Gorillaz. They are led by their frontman, John Gourley, and there’s usually one thing that people notice about him right off the bat - he is almost always singing in falsetto. What really amazes people about this is how badass he is able to make falsetto sound. Overall, many of their songs are lots of fun and easy to dance to, especially in concert. But also, as they get down into the deeper tracks of any of their seven studio albums, the audience will be blown away by the amount of serious power they can bring.

-Alec Moss

Catch Grouplove and Portugal. The Man at Merriweather on September 12th.

SHOW PREVIEW: Sir Sly & Wolf Gang

If I told you that you could see two amazingly talented bands co-headline in a super intimate space, would you be pumped? Of course you would be. Well, it just so happens that two super awesome bands, Sir Sly and Wolf Gang, are teaming up for a rad fall tour. Sir Sly is a three-piece indie-pop band from Los Angeles which has found considerable success in its short two years together. The song “Gold” has reached 27th on the US Alt Rock charts and was featured in commercials for the popular video games Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag and MLB 14: The Show. Sir Sly’s debut EP Gold is dark but still distinctly pop and singer Landon Jacobs’ unique voice shines. Wolf Gang is a four-piece from London, England and has opened for some of music’s biggest names like Coldplay, Keane, and The Killers. The band’s debut album, Suego Faults, cracked the Top 100 on the UK Charts and singles off the record were featured on hit shows like Gossip Girl. Right now, Wolf Gang’s Black River EP is out everywhere and the second album is set for release this year. Now, seeing either of these bands live would awesome but both on one stage is a once-in-a-lifetime event. So what are you waiting for? Get on these tickets before it’s too late!
-Janice Freeman
Sir Sly & Wolf Gang will perform at U Street Music Hall on September 8.

SHOW PREVIEW: Sir Sly & Wolf Gang

If I told you that you could see two amazingly talented bands co-headline in a super intimate space, would you be pumped? Of course you would be. Well, it just so happens that two super awesome bands, Sir Sly and Wolf Gang, are teaming up for a rad fall tour. Sir Sly is a three-piece indie-pop band from Los Angeles which has found considerable success in its short two years together. The song “Gold” has reached 27th on the US Alt Rock charts and was featured in commercials for the popular video games Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag and MLB 14: The Show. Sir Sly’s debut EP Gold is dark but still distinctly pop and singer Landon Jacobs’ unique voice shines. Wolf Gang is a four-piece from London, England and has opened for some of music’s biggest names like Coldplay, Keane, and The Killers. The band’s debut album, Suego Faults, cracked the Top 100 on the UK Charts and singles off the record were featured on hit shows like Gossip Girl. Right now, Wolf Gang’s Black River EP is out everywhere and the second album is set for release this year. Now, seeing either of these bands live would awesome but both on one stage is a once-in-a-lifetime event. So what are you waiting for? Get on these tickets before it’s too late!

-Janice Freeman

Sir Sly & Wolf Gang will perform at U Street Music Hall on September 8.

SHOW PREVIEW: Bryan Ferry
Former Roxy Music frontman Bryan Ferry brings his powerful vocals and finely tailored suits to the Lincoln Theater for performances on September 28 and 29. Expect a dose of infectious ‘80s grooves, paired with a layer of distinguished elder statesman gravitas.
Ferry started Roxy Music in 1971 in England, combining elements of art rock and glam. The group included, among other members, Windows 95 startup sound composer and all-around musical legend Brian Eno. Their debut was 1972’s self-tiled album, which contained the UK hits “Virginia Plain” and “Re-Make/Re-Model.”
1975’s Siren saw the group earn its first US hit with the bouncy “Love is the Drug”. Rolling Stone named Siren one of its 500 greatest albums of all time, calling it a “delicious LP of lounge-lizard ennui”.
In the early ‘80s, Ferry turned to a solo career. His first record in this era, 1985’s Boys and Girls, brought a number of durable tunes. The slinky “Slave to Love,” wistful “Don’t Stop the Dance,” and shimmering “Windswept” all stand out.

Come on out to the show and you’ll get a fair helping of these hits and more. A look at setlists of late indicates that Ferry’s giving his audience the material they know and love. And a glance a recent live sets shows that he’s still giving it his all. Bring yourself back to a time where snare drums had the amount of reverb they deserved and join us for what will be a great experience!
-Joe Ciccarello
Bryan Ferry will perform at the Lincoln Theatre on September 28 and September 29.

SHOW PREVIEW: Bryan Ferry

Former Roxy Music frontman Bryan Ferry brings his powerful vocals and finely tailored suits to the Lincoln Theater for performances on September 28 and 29. Expect a dose of infectious ‘80s grooves, paired with a layer of distinguished elder statesman gravitas.

Ferry started Roxy Music in 1971 in England, combining elements of art rock and glam. The group included, among other members, Windows 95 startup sound composer and all-around musical legend Brian Eno. Their debut was 1972’s self-tiled album, which contained the UK hits “Virginia Plain” and “Re-Make/Re-Model.”

1975’s Siren saw the group earn its first US hit with the bouncy “Love is the Drug”. Rolling Stone named Siren one of its 500 greatest albums of all time, calling it a “delicious LP of lounge-lizard ennui”.

In the early ‘80s, Ferry turned to a solo career. His first record in this era, 1985’s Boys and Girls, brought a number of durable tunes. The slinky “Slave to Love,” wistful “Don’t Stop the Dance,” and shimmering “Windswept” all stand out.

Come on out to the show and you’ll get a fair helping of these hits and more. A look at setlists of late indicates that Ferry’s giving his audience the material they know and love. And a glance a recent live sets shows that he’s still giving it his all. Bring yourself back to a time where snare drums had the amount of reverb they deserved and join us for what will be a great experience!

-Joe Ciccarello

Bryan Ferry will perform at the Lincoln Theatre on September 28 and September 29.

SHOW PREVIEW: Bleachers
   "I Wanna Get Better," the hit single by Bleachers (solo project of Fun.’s Jack Antonoff), seems to be everywhere these days. The track is perfect for summer and is impossible not to sing along to. But, Bleachers’ catchy creations don’t stop there. Antonoff’s recently released album, Strange Desire, is a fun romp through 1980sesque pop that still feels distinctly modern. The album is full of powerful pop anthems like “Shadow,” a love-affirming song that is just begging listeners to dance. Past the Duran Duran vibe and catchy fun, however, Antonoff’s lyrics are one of the most incredible parts of each Bleachers song. He bares his soul on his tracks, letting people see his emotional struggles and find joy in his victories. This combination of soaring pop and intimate lyrics creates an unique musical experience that is both a fun and emotionally affecting. So, even if you’re not a Fun. fan, check out Bleachers on the upcoming Strange Desire Tour and you won’t be disappointed. 
-Janice Freeman
Bleachers will perform at 9:30 Club on September 3.

SHOW PREVIEW: Bleachers

"I Wanna Get Better," the hit single by Bleachers (solo project of Fun.’s Jack Antonoff), seems to be everywhere these days. The track is perfect for summer and is impossible not to sing along to. But, Bleachers’ catchy creations don’t stop there. Antonoff’s recently released album, Strange Desire, is a fun romp through 1980sesque pop that still feels distinctly modern. The album is full of powerful pop anthems like “Shadow,” a love-affirming song that is just begging listeners to dance. Past the Duran Duran vibe and catchy fun, however, Antonoff’s lyrics are one of the most incredible parts of each Bleachers song. He bares his soul on his tracks, letting people see his emotional struggles and find joy in his victories. This combination of soaring pop and intimate lyrics creates an unique musical experience that is both a fun and emotionally affecting. So, even if you’re not a Fun. fan, check out Bleachers on the upcoming Strange Desire Tour and you won’t be disappointed. 

-Janice Freeman

Bleachers will perform at 9:30 Club on September 3.

SHOW PREVIEW: The Strypes
   So, what were all of you guys doing when you were 17 years old? Were you playing in a rock band, traveling the world, and performing on David Letterman? Didn’t think so. But, for the four members of The Strypes, that is exactly how they’re spending their teenage years. Formed in 2011 in Cavan, Ireland, The Strypes are singer Ross Farrelly, guitarist Josh McClorey, bassist Peter O’Hanlon, and drummer Evan Walsh. Their sound is gritty, fast-paced, and draws inspiration from 1970s rock bands like The Rolling Stones. Their genuine, unvarnished sound is particularly surprising given their young ages. Farrelly’s swagger is mesmerizing and gives the impression he’s been a frontman for much longer than 3 years. The band’s single “What a Shame” is a growling condemnation of major record labels set to a fun, danceable track. The Strypes’ debut album, Snapshot, is a short (only 35 minutes) but incredibly memorable raucous trip that leaves you wanting more. 
-Janice Freeman
The Strypes will perform at 9:30 Club on August 19.

SHOW PREVIEW: The Strypes

So, what were all of you guys doing when you were 17 years old? Were you playing in a rock band, traveling the world, and performing on David Letterman? Didn’t think so. But, for the four members of The Strypes, that is exactly how they’re spending their teenage years. Formed in 2011 in Cavan, Ireland, The Strypes are singer Ross Farrelly, guitarist Josh McClorey, bassist Peter O’Hanlon, and drummer Evan Walsh. Their sound is gritty, fast-paced, and draws inspiration from 1970s rock bands like The Rolling Stones. Their genuine, unvarnished sound is particularly surprising given their young ages. Farrelly’s swagger is mesmerizing and gives the impression he’s been a frontman for much longer than 3 years. The band’s single “What a Shame” is a growling condemnation of major record labels set to a fun, danceable track. The Strypes’ debut album, Snapshot, is a short (only 35 minutes) but incredibly memorable raucous trip that leaves you wanting more. 

-Janice Freeman

The Strypes will perform at 9:30 Club on August 19.