A lot of our local bands have been making the rounds at venues in Baltimore and DC and so I was inspired to do a little web surfing and put together a list of the best weekend concerts coming up at some of my favorite venues. Maybe we’ll see you at a few!
J Roddy Walston and The Business (w Silent Old MTNS ) @ Rock and Roll Hotel , DC Fri, Sept 7th
Who wouldn’t want to see one of our best local indie rock bands open for the magnificent Baltimore boys J Roddy Walston and The Business. It’s the perfect opportunity to spend a night in DC with all your Frederick friends and get your socks rocked and rolled with one of the most fun and high energy rock bands in all of Baltimore . J Roddy brings the crowd too. The tent was packed at Flying Dog Brewery’s Gonzo Fest and he’s got a strong following in northern Virginia, DC, and Baltimore, so expect this show to sell out. I haven’t even mentioned that show will be at the super hip and super eclectic Rock and Roll Hotel. You can’t help but feel like a rock star in that place, so come on out and support Silent Old MTNS and party with J Roddy.
Dan Deacon , Height with Friends @ Ottobar , Baltimore Sat Sept 15th
Dan Deacon’s on the verge of releasing his new album America and this will be his local release party show. If you are not familiar with Deacon, he is nothing short of a Baltimore icon on the national indie rock scene. His unique brand of high energy experimental electronic dance and his continued support in building a music scene and community in Baltimore has earned him a special place in the hearts of locals as well, so it should be “off da hook” as they say. As icing on the cake, Height With Friends, a Baltimore hip hop rock endeavor, who also just released a new album that has been receiving a lot of press will be opening. This is going to be a hometown who’s who right in the nest of the Ottobar.
Patrick Sweany @ The Purple Fiddle , Thomas WV Fri, Sept 21st
Ok, so this isn’t a “big city” show, but it’s still worth mentioning. Patrick Sweany is one of the best solo blues rock artist on the verge of making it big out there. I know because I’ve scene him live everywhere from Baltimore to Portland and at dive bars and big stages like NPR’s Mountain Stage opening for Johnny Winter and the like. There’s just something really personable about Sweany’s music, you can’t help but sing along or tap your foot in rhythm with his stomp box. If you have never seen him, the intimate Purple Fiddle should make for a great introduction. See some Sweany, do some hiking!
Frontier Ruckus @ Red Palace , DC Sat, Sept 22nd
Frontier Ruckus is an eerily powerful American folk-rock band with some building local connections to bands like Cotton Jones. Between deep alliterative lyrics and fresh combinations of folk sounds, each show has always managed to capture my full attention. I really like the Red Palace also. When your down stairs or out on the street you get the DC city vibe, but as soon as you ascend upstairs its all about you and your rock band.
Crocodiles @ The Black Cat , DC Sat, Sept 29th
California , shoegaze, garage rock baby! I discovered the croc’s about two years ago when they only had an EP and some singles available, but this past June they released a new album entitled Endless Flowers ( stream it ) that takes a dreamier and more pop oriented approach to garage rock… not a bad direction to head in. I should mention also that, The Black Cat is THE place to see any garage rock band in DC.
Willis Earl Beal @ Red Palace , DC Sat, Oct 6th
An all around mysterious and artistically expressive Chicago artist, Beal is something out of the ordinary procession of Americana, folk, indie rock bands through Red Palace . Willis Earl Beal released his first solo album entitled Acousmatic Sorcery this past spring and the tracks are simple yet intriguing. I would take the chance and go to the show out of curiosity if nothing else.
Swans @ The Black Cat , DC Fri, Oct 12th
Another in the series of “classic” alternative bands that you probably never saw growing up but you should see now that you older and wiser (right?). The Swans were one of those quintessential 80’s – 90’s post punk bands from New York that have inspired so many other goth, alternative, indie bands that have succeeded them. Don’t worry about who’s still in the band or who isn’t like with other “re-united” bands, Swans has had a revolving line up since inception almost, but yet they still manage to be consistently great. They have also just released a new album entitled The Seer , so be cool and go respect your elders. The Black Cat will provide a complimentary vibe for this show also.
The Growlers @ Ottobar , Baltimore Sat, Oct 13th
The Growlers create their own worldly dimension of psych garage rock seemingly pulling on Jim Morrison style Californian influences. It’s so easy to get entranced in their tunes, both Hot Tropics and Are You In Or Are You Out ? were winter past favorites of mine. The Growlers are going to turn the Ottobar into a shimmering cave of shifting shadows and devilish entities grooving to a pied piper. Dig?
Generationals @ Red Palace , DC Sat, Oct 20th
Still one of my favorite pop rock electronic tinged, yet underground bands out there to date. Kind of like Matt & Kim, if Kim was a dude and they were both from New Orleans . The Generationals have three albums to date and are working on a fourth. The Red Palace show should provide a fun opportunity to dance with your friends and not care too much about what everyone else thinks.
Lagwagon @ The Black Cat , DC Sun, Oct 21st
The perfect 90’s punk rock band with songs full of teenage angst and irony. I’ve owned, lost, and replaced more of their CD’s than teeth. This aint no reunion tour either, Lagwagon is currently rocking a world tour right now and DC happens to be on the list.
Say Anything @ The Filmore , Silver Springs Sun, Oct 21st
What a great opportunity to check out Silver Springs newest venue, The Filmore. Say Anything is the embodiment of early 2000’s emo punk rock from California . Being a Sunday show, this should be a pretty laid back show to see what The Filmore is all about whilst enjoying some classic tunes from your younger years. The tix are only $17 to boot, which is below the venue’s $35 average.
The Dirty Guv’nahs @ Rock and Roll Hotel , DC Fri, Nov 16th
The Dirty Guv’nahs are a fun southern fried pop rock band that keep moving up and up in the world. They were playing at the Red Palace only last year and I bet next year they’ll be at venues like the 9:30 club. Catch’em up close while you can.
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