SHOW PREVIEW: 9:30 Presents How to Dress Well at U Street Music Hall
If I told you that you could see a super critically acclaimed, crazy talented artist perform in a super intimate venue, would you be frickin’ pumped? Of course you would. Well, it must be your lucky day because awesomely talented singer, How to Dress Well, is coming for DC on Saturday.
Since beginning his music career in 2009 by posting free EPs on his blog, Tom Krell (aka How to Dress Well) has released three very well received studio albums. The artist’s complex sounds have earned the attention of the music review website, Pitchfork, which has designated each of How to Dress Well’s albums as “Best New Music.” Stereogum listed How to Dress Well as one of the “40 Best Bands of 2010” after the debut record, Love Remains,was released.

Sonically, How to Dress Well is one of the most layered and complex artists out there. Krell’s beautiful falsetto melds perfectly with his ambient-rock-meets-R&B sound. So, get ready for an incredible, moving, and beautiful performance and make sure to get yourself down to UHall on 9/20.
-Janice Freeman
See How to Dress Well at U Street Music Hall on Saturday, September 20!

SHOW PREVIEW: 9:30 Presents How to Dress Well at U Street Music Hall

If I told you that you could see a super critically acclaimed, crazy talented artist perform in a super intimate venue, would you be frickin’ pumped? Of course you would. Well, it must be your lucky day because awesomely talented singer, How to Dress Well, is coming for DC on Saturday.

Since beginning his music career in 2009 by posting free EPs on his blog, Tom Krell (aka How to Dress Well) has released three very well received studio albums. The artist’s complex sounds have earned the attention of the music review website, Pitchfork, which has designated each of How to Dress Well’s albums as “Best New Music.” Stereogum listed How to Dress Well as one of the “40 Best Bands of 2010” after the debut record, Love Remains,was released.

Sonically, How to Dress Well is one of the most layered and complex artists out there. Krell’s beautiful falsetto melds perfectly with his ambient-rock-meets-R&B sound. So, get ready for an incredible, moving, and beautiful performance and make sure to get yourself down to UHall on 9/20.

-Janice Freeman

See How to Dress Well at U Street Music Hall on Saturday, September 20!

SHOW PREVIEW: 9:30 Presents Generationals at U Street Music Hall 
If you’re like me and are trying to hang on to summer for as long as humanly possible, look no further than Generationals. Grant Widmer and Ted Joyner, the duo responsible for these old-school tunes, have nailed indie pop. The New Orleans natives have been friends since childhood and were members of The Eames Era until 2008, resulting in creative collaborations long before Generationals came to be. Post-The Eames Era, the two began making modern day indie rock songs infused with sunshine pop from the ‘60s and ‘70s under their new name. Tracks like “When They Fight, They Fight” and “Put a Light On” are bright, airy, and so incredibly catchy, you’ll happily be listening to the band on repeat to bring back that sweet summer nostalgia. 
The bands’ fourth studio album, Alix, will be released September 16th, so that gives you plenty of time to learn those tunes before they grace the U Hall stage! Catch Generationals at U Street Music Hall on October 11th. 
-Kelly McDonald

SHOW PREVIEW: 9:30 Presents Generationals at U Street Music Hall 

If you’re like me and are trying to hang on to summer for as long as humanly possible, look no further than Generationals. Grant Widmer and Ted Joyner, the duo responsible for these old-school tunes, have nailed indie pop. The New Orleans natives have been friends since childhood and were members of The Eames Era until 2008, resulting in creative collaborations long before Generationals came to be. Post-The Eames Era, the two began making modern day indie rock songs infused with sunshine pop from the ‘60s and ‘70s under their new name. Tracks like “When They Fight, They Fight” and “Put a Light On” are bright, airy, and so incredibly catchy, you’ll happily be listening to the band on repeat to bring back that sweet summer nostalgia. 

The bands’ fourth studio album, Alix, will be released September 16th, so that gives you plenty of time to learn those tunes before they grace the U Hall stage! Catch Generationals at U Street Music Hall on October 11th

-Kelly McDonald

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.
-Janice Freeman
Honda Civic Tour presents American Authors with The Mowgli’s and Oh Honey at 9:30 Club on Monday, November 10.

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.

-Janice Freeman

Honda Civic Tour presents American Authors with The Mowgli’s and Oh Honey at 9:30 Club on Monday, November 10.

SHOW PREVIEW: Bob Mould
One of the kings of the punk era returns to the 9:30 Club on September 6. Bob Mould served as one of the founding members of Minnesota’s Hüsker Dü, blending heavy distortion with an abundance of energy. He is currently on tour in support of his solo album Beauty & Ruin, which came out this June.
Michael Azerrad said it well in his profile collection Our Band Could Be Your Life: “Hüsker Dü was perhaps the first post-hardcore band of its generation to write songs that could withstand the classic acid test of getting played on an acoustic guitar.” For a taste of Mould’s early work, check out “Celebrated Summer” from New Day Rising or “Something I Learned Today” from Zen Arcade. Or take a gander at this vintage piece of mid-80s video work.
The loud guitars and catchy melodies are present to this day. Beauty & Ruin is a fun set of tunes that doesn’t overstay its welcome at 36 minutes. Mould keeps the tempos up, only settling down on the restrained “Let the Beauty Be.” If you want a peek at what the material sounds like live, check out this Foo Fighter-aided take on “The War.”

Find your inner fighting spirit and come out for a night with a veteran who has graced the club many times before! It’ll be a blast.
-Joe Ciccarello
Get tickets to Bob Mould at 9:30 Club on Saturday, September 6!

SHOW PREVIEW: Bob Mould

One of the kings of the punk era returns to the 9:30 Club on September 6. Bob Mould served as one of the founding members of Minnesota’s Hüsker Dü, blending heavy distortion with an abundance of energy. He is currently on tour in support of his solo album Beauty & Ruin, which came out this June.

Michael Azerrad said it well in his profile collection Our Band Could Be Your Life: “Hüsker Dü was perhaps the first post-hardcore band of its generation to write songs that could withstand the classic acid test of getting played on an acoustic guitar.” For a taste of Mould’s early work, check out “Celebrated Summer” from New Day Rising or “Something I Learned Today” from Zen Arcade. Or take a gander at this vintage piece of mid-80s video work.

The loud guitars and catchy melodies are present to this day. Beauty & Ruin is a fun set of tunes that doesn’t overstay its welcome at 36 minutes. Mould keeps the tempos up, only settling down on the restrained “Let the Beauty Be.” If you want a peek at what the material sounds like live, check out this Foo Fighter-aided take on “The War.”

Find your inner fighting spirit and come out for a night with a veteran who has graced the club many times before! It’ll be a blast.

-Joe Ciccarello

Get tickets to Bob Mould at 9:30 Club on Saturday, September 6!

9:30 INTERVIEW: Guster
Guster is a band on the move. They’ve been working on their seventh studio record, releasing numerous live albums, and getting ready for their very own retreat, Camp Guster, in the woods of Maine. The 9:30 Club sat down to talk Guster’s Luke Reynolds about the new album and what they’ve got in the works.
Asher [9:30]: First and foremost, Camp Guster, September 14th, sounds like it’s going to be great. You’re pulling a pretty bold move, keeping it very intimate, limiting the tickets. What is this, if not a music festival? What is the idea for Camp Guster?
Luke Reynolds [Guster]: Camp Guster is something the band’s been wanting to put together for quite a while. We’ve got a new record that’s coming out, and promotion for it, so we’re trying to think of ways to help turn fans on to the music and create a real experience. So holding something in Maine, where everyone could come together and be a family for three days, was the best way that could happen.
And you won’t just be playing up onstage – you’ll be hanging out, doing some archery with the people that are there.
Yeah, we’re gonna be paddleboarding, kayaking, art, hanging, cooking. Especially Maine in the summertime, it doesn’t get much better than that.
You have some dedicated fans by now, who you probably expect to make the trek up there.
Exactly. I’m the new guy in the band, I’ve only been with them for four years. These guys have been a band for twenty years; it’s pretty awesome seeing some familiar faces in the crowd. Especially in the first few rows, those are the diehards, you know, people who are teachers and spend all their teacher vacations traveling around, seeing music, friends we’ve gotten to know over the years. It’ll be cool. To put myself in a fan’s shoes, if one of my favorite bands was holding this really cool retreat in Maine, in the summer, something with no walls, between the hang and the band, that would be something I’d be really excited to experience. We’re hoping we can make it really cool and enjoyable for anyone who’s making the effort to come.
You guys have a fairly active community of people who tape your shows, and you’ve always been pretty gung-ho about that. Having tapers is usually something that goes along with the jam band community, more than what you guys do. Do you have any thoughts on that?
I mean, to be honest, technology has changed so much that I don’t feel like there’s that many tapers at a show anymore. What I think is important is that people get to hear the music; they should be able to hear any different version of whatever song they’re looking for. They should be able to find it quickly and easily, whether that’s a bootleg off the board, or an unreleased b-side. Whatever it takes for people to find music easily, that’s where it’s at these days. Like I said before, Guster’s been around for twenty years, so earlier on, when it was harder to trade music, live taping was a way for fans to spread music around the community. Nowadays, everyone’s got an iPhone, shooting videos and putting them on YouTube; it’s like the iPhone is the new taper.
Sure. So you want to make sure music comes out to everyone, for the right reasons. Does that kind of tie in to the new album and its connection to Pledge?
For one, our new record Every Motion, is the most exciting Guster record I’ve ever heard. Everyone is confident that this is the best music the band has made it its career. We’re very ready to share it. That said, we want to make it easy for people to engage in the music as early on as possible, so we use Pledge Music. We’ve already paid for the record ourselves; this is just a way for the long-term fans to support the band, champion the album, giving back and engaging them. For us, it was really just a rallying point to help turn fans on to the music. We’re really, really stoked about the new record. It feels like the most adventurous, spontaneous sound, very new, very exciting.
That’s great! We all heard “Long Night,” and it’s different. Guster has definitely made their own territory musically over their career, and “Long Night” isn’t just the comfort zone – it’s continually looking forward, trying new things. It sounds very fresh, very alive.
Thanks man. Yeah, everyone always wants to feel that you make a record because you have something to say. The way I think about it is that every time you make a record, it should be the last record you’re ever gonna make. So make it count. So for us, part of making it count was facing the fear, stepping out of our comfort zone, really experimenting in the studio. The producer that we worked with in the studio, Richard Swift, was a perfect fit for that. He’s very free. It was pretty unconventional, in terms of the recording process, compared to early Guster albums. This one was very spontaneous, the whole thing happened very fast, and it was directly through working with Richard Swift and the environment he helped us create.

It shows a lot of focus, especially when you consider that this is Guster’s first new studio album in four years.
That’s the thing, man. I met these guys in 2003, over ten years ago, when we were recording across the hall from each other and we had the same booking agent. Keep It Together was my first with Guster, and then Ganging Up On The Sun was a new development, and Easy Wonderful felt real cool. I was joining the band, and felt real good about making new music, but a record takes a long time to write. We wrote it for almost three years, started writing it in the fall of 2011. It was a very long process, longer than we expected, but you can’t rush a record – all you can do is show up and keep chipping away. We just kept chipping away until we had a body of work we felt very confident about. Then we took that body of work and we brought it to the producer that was very inspiring to us, and worked it out very fast, not thinking too much. Not overthinking it was really good, and made it exciting to work that way with everyone.
It’s very cool that you’re continually moving forward, you know, with the new record, the multiple live albums, the Camp, you’re constantly busy. You’re not just resting on your laurels, which is very respectable.
Well, it’s like David Bowie always says, as musicians get older, the focus becomes more on finding ways to stay hungry, stay creative, and not live in comfortable territory. All of us have projects and lives outside of Guster, and we’re all creative people, and we all work really hard to fill up our lives, so when we get together to play music, we have something to say.
What are you all listening to these days? What are you listening to when you’re not listening to Guster?
We all listen to a lot of different music. There’s the FKA twigs record that just came out that I really like a lot. I was up in Vermont raising a barn this summer, and my girlfriend and I spent the whole summer listening to Deerhunter and Clams Casino. We wore those records out.
So you’re all over the place.
Sure. I listen to a lot of music, doing research about records, old bands, discovering music, learning about it… there’s a lot of listening constantly.
The day before Camp Guster, September 13th, is the show that we’re covering. It’s the Route 29 Revue, and you’re playing with a bunch of other artists – Trombone Shorty, Trampled By Turtles, a lot of big names next to yours. If you could share a bill with any artist, who would it be?
You mean at this festival?
Any festival, any time in the world, ever.
If I could put a festival together, it’d be with bands I was excited to see… Let’s see, Stephen Reich would be really exciting to play with, Thurston Moore, I would love to play a festival with him. Beyonce, that would be rad. Why not, dude? And then the Cocteau Twins. That sounds like a pretty great festival to me.
I mean, I would go!
[Laughs.] Me too, man, let’s do it!
So when the album comes out, will there be a support tour?
Yeah, man, I’m looking at our tour schedule and getting scared, I mean, we’re gonna be gone, not coming home for a long time. North America, Europe, we’re gonna be working really hard.
It shows. It’s coming out great.
Thanks, man. Thanks for taking the time. I’ll see you at the Revue!
-Asher Meerovich (@Bummertime)
Guster plays the Route 29 Revue at Merriweather Post Pavilion on Saturday, September 13th, along with Trampled By Turtles, Trombone Shorty, and Iron & Wine. Get tickets here!

9:30 INTERVIEW: Guster

Guster is a band on the move. They’ve been working on their seventh studio record, releasing numerous live albums, and getting ready for their very own retreat, Camp Guster, in the woods of Maine. The 9:30 Club sat down to talk Guster’s Luke Reynolds about the new album and what they’ve got in the works.

Asher [9:30]: First and foremost, Camp Guster, September 14th, sounds like it’s going to be great. You’re pulling a pretty bold move, keeping it very intimate, limiting the tickets. What is this, if not a music festival? What is the idea for Camp Guster?

Luke Reynolds [Guster]: Camp Guster is something the band’s been wanting to put together for quite a while. We’ve got a new record that’s coming out, and promotion for it, so we’re trying to think of ways to help turn fans on to the music and create a real experience. So holding something in Maine, where everyone could come together and be a family for three days, was the best way that could happen.

And you won’t just be playing up onstage – you’ll be hanging out, doing some archery with the people that are there.

Yeah, we’re gonna be paddleboarding, kayaking, art, hanging, cooking. Especially Maine in the summertime, it doesn’t get much better than that.

You have some dedicated fans by now, who you probably expect to make the trek up there.

Exactly. I’m the new guy in the band, I’ve only been with them for four years. These guys have been a band for twenty years; it’s pretty awesome seeing some familiar faces in the crowd. Especially in the first few rows, those are the diehards, you know, people who are teachers and spend all their teacher vacations traveling around, seeing music, friends we’ve gotten to know over the years. It’ll be cool. To put myself in a fan’s shoes, if one of my favorite bands was holding this really cool retreat in Maine, in the summer, something with no walls, between the hang and the band, that would be something I’d be really excited to experience. We’re hoping we can make it really cool and enjoyable for anyone who’s making the effort to come.

You guys have a fairly active community of people who tape your shows, and you’ve always been pretty gung-ho about that. Having tapers is usually something that goes along with the jam band community, more than what you guys do. Do you have any thoughts on that?

I mean, to be honest, technology has changed so much that I don’t feel like there’s that many tapers at a show anymore. What I think is important is that people get to hear the music; they should be able to hear any different version of whatever song they’re looking for. They should be able to find it quickly and easily, whether that’s a bootleg off the board, or an unreleased b-side. Whatever it takes for people to find music easily, that’s where it’s at these days. Like I said before, Guster’s been around for twenty years, so earlier on, when it was harder to trade music, live taping was a way for fans to spread music around the community. Nowadays, everyone’s got an iPhone, shooting videos and putting them on YouTube; it’s like the iPhone is the new taper.

Sure. So you want to make sure music comes out to everyone, for the right reasons. Does that kind of tie in to the new album and its connection to Pledge?

For one, our new record Every Motion, is the most exciting Guster record I’ve ever heard. Everyone is confident that this is the best music the band has made it its career. We’re very ready to share it. That said, we want to make it easy for people to engage in the music as early on as possible, so we use Pledge Music. We’ve already paid for the record ourselves; this is just a way for the long-term fans to support the band, champion the album, giving back and engaging them. For us, it was really just a rallying point to help turn fans on to the music. We’re really, really stoked about the new record. It feels like the most adventurous, spontaneous sound, very new, very exciting.

That’s great! We all heard “Long Night,” and it’s different. Guster has definitely made their own territory musically over their career, and “Long Night” isn’t just the comfort zone – it’s continually looking forward, trying new things. It sounds very fresh, very alive.

Thanks man. Yeah, everyone always wants to feel that you make a record because you have something to say. The way I think about it is that every time you make a record, it should be the last record you’re ever gonna make. So make it count. So for us, part of making it count was facing the fear, stepping out of our comfort zone, really experimenting in the studio. The producer that we worked with in the studio, Richard Swift, was a perfect fit for that. He’s very free. It was pretty unconventional, in terms of the recording process, compared to early Guster albums. This one was very spontaneous, the whole thing happened very fast, and it was directly through working with Richard Swift and the environment he helped us create.

It shows a lot of focus, especially when you consider that this is Guster’s first new studio album in four years.

That’s the thing, man. I met these guys in 2003, over ten years ago, when we were recording across the hall from each other and we had the same booking agent. Keep It Together was my first with Guster, and then Ganging Up On The Sun was a new development, and Easy Wonderful felt real cool. I was joining the band, and felt real good about making new music, but a record takes a long time to write. We wrote it for almost three years, started writing it in the fall of 2011. It was a very long process, longer than we expected, but you can’t rush a record – all you can do is show up and keep chipping away. We just kept chipping away until we had a body of work we felt very confident about. Then we took that body of work and we brought it to the producer that was very inspiring to us, and worked it out very fast, not thinking too much. Not overthinking it was really good, and made it exciting to work that way with everyone.

It’s very cool that you’re continually moving forward, you know, with the new record, the multiple live albums, the Camp, you’re constantly busy. You’re not just resting on your laurels, which is very respectable.

Well, it’s like David Bowie always says, as musicians get older, the focus becomes more on finding ways to stay hungry, stay creative, and not live in comfortable territory. All of us have projects and lives outside of Guster, and we’re all creative people, and we all work really hard to fill up our lives, so when we get together to play music, we have something to say.

What are you all listening to these days? What are you listening to when you’re not listening to Guster?

We all listen to a lot of different music. There’s the FKA twigs record that just came out that I really like a lot. I was up in Vermont raising a barn this summer, and my girlfriend and I spent the whole summer listening to Deerhunter and Clams Casino. We wore those records out.

So you’re all over the place.

Sure. I listen to a lot of music, doing research about records, old bands, discovering music, learning about it… there’s a lot of listening constantly.

The day before Camp Guster, September 13th, is the show that we’re covering. It’s the Route 29 Revue, and you’re playing with a bunch of other artists – Trombone Shorty, Trampled By Turtles, a lot of big names next to yours. If you could share a bill with any artist, who would it be?

You mean at this festival?

Any festival, any time in the world, ever.

If I could put a festival together, it’d be with bands I was excited to see… Let’s see, Stephen Reich would be really exciting to play with, Thurston Moore, I would love to play a festival with him. Beyonce, that would be rad. Why not, dude? And then the Cocteau Twins. That sounds like a pretty great festival to me.

I mean, I would go!

[Laughs.] Me too, man, let’s do it!

So when the album comes out, will there be a support tour?

Yeah, man, I’m looking at our tour schedule and getting scared, I mean, we’re gonna be gone, not coming home for a long time. North America, Europe, we’re gonna be working really hard.

It shows. It’s coming out great.

Thanks, man. Thanks for taking the time. I’ll see you at the Revue!

-Asher Meerovich (@Bummertime)

Guster plays the Route 29 Revue at Merriweather Post Pavilion on Saturday, September 13th, along with Trampled By Turtles, Trombone Shorty, and Iron & Wine. Get tickets here!

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.