Pairing one of today’s most gifted jazz guitarists (Anthony Pirog) with one of rock ‘n’ roll’s fiercest rhythm sections (Brendan Canty and Joe Lally) was always going to be a recipe for success, but on their sophomore LP Anthropocosmic Nest, Washington, D.C.’s The Messthetics are blowing past the old goals and delivering one of the most raucous and satisfying releases of the year. Wildly inventive with surprises awaiting the listener at every turn, Nest is an ecstatic proclamation of skronk-and-circumstance that says not only are The Messthetics BACK, but they’re here to stay!
This week has been a mini marathon of shows, beginning with Deer Tick on Sunday night and carrying all the way to Wild Flag w/Eleanor Friedberger last night at The Black Cat. Paul's got all your hot review action later on this weekend, but if you were there you already know: Wild Flag BLEW UP the Black Cat...AGAIN.
It was an absolutely stellar week for rock here in DC. We hope you at least got a little of piece of all the action.
Folks, I'm here to tell you that the beating heart of rock and roll is alive and well and resides deep in the chest of Anvil. We'll have a full review up over the weekend, but know this: Seeing Anvil live is what ROCKTOBER and rock and roll in general, is all about. Rageing, balls to the wall, ROCK that exists simply for the joy of it all. There's really nothing finer.
Our devil horns are raised HIGH in the air to you Anvil. And it doesn't matter if you play to 50 people in the middle of nowhere or 50,000 people; you're the biggest stars in the entire f@#@ing world in our book sirs.
Title pretty much sums it up folks. We'll have our full review of the show up this weekend (Short version: It was FANTASTIC!), so hopefully our account of the night in pictures will tide you over until then.
Click on the giant John/Lauper below to see the rest of our shots from the show
So we may have been a little late on this one, but it's only because we're totally freaking swamped and/or lazy we love The Rosebuds so much and wanted the photos to come out just right.
If you couldn't get a ticket to see the band on their last stop through DC, blame your fellow man's undying love of Bon Iver for that. It was a fantastic, albeit truncated, set that left the audience wanting more.
Well you're in luck! The Rosebuds are coming back to play the Rock and Roll Hotel on October 20th. If that date sounds familiar to you, it's because that's the SAME day that Wild Flag/Eleanor Friedberger are planning to blow up The Black Cat. Oh, unkind universe, how could you be so cruel?!!
Soooo looks like it's decision time people. You've got THREE awesome bands in town on the same night. You can only see one (well, technically 2). What do you do?
For two days this past weekend, Fort Adams State Park in Newport, RI, became an impromptu community of musicians and fans coming together to celebrate the thing that they hold most dear: MUSIC.
Just saying that this festival is special doesn't even begin to do it justice and we will have our take on the whys and hows in the coming days. Until then, we've put together a collection of shots from the weekend that we think will give you a pretty good idea of how everything went down on Saturday and Sunday at one of the most legendary festivals in the entire country.
The Arcade Fire played in Charlottesville this past Wednesday and we were there to cover the show. Our inital review of "HOLY F@$$ IS IT HOT!" didn't quite make it past editorial, so we had to go back to the drawing board, but never fear a full review of The Arcade Fire's fantastic performance will be up tomorrow. In the meantime check out the fantastic shots that Ryan scored, as well as the completely amateur in comparison shots by Andre and myself if your feeling brave.
The Cars hit the 9:30 Club Monday night, and we were there to sadly try and relive our youth check out this insanely influential band as they tore through songs both old and new. For the most part, the band did not disappoint. They hit all the right hits at all the right times, and amazingly, after all these years guitarist Elliot Easton can still shred with the best of them. The new songs fit nicely into the set but were often a reminder that not everything The Cars did was great. In between the hits on every album there were always songs that were, um, less than hits. But when The Cars are on in songs like "Magic", "You're All I've Got Tonight" and "Best Friends Girl" there aren't many bands in existence that can touch them.
If this is a victory lap for The Cars, it's a well deserved one and they will have gone out on a high note. If instead it's just the start of a new chapter, then I say bring it on. Who knows who they'll influence next.