Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Live Review: Toadies @ Black Cat, 4/27/14

It's been 20 years since the release of Rubberneck, and the gents of Toadies decided (quite rightly so) to join the album-centric show bandwagon and tour it up good and proper. And so it was that it was time to party like it was 1994 at the Black Cat on Sunday night. 

The Toadies, impressively, packed the heck out of the Black Cat, which on a Sunday night is no minor feat. Playing their seminal swampy, grunge rock masterpiece in its entirety, the Texans turned the clock back and then some. The crowd, already warmed up good and proper by an excellent Supersuckers set, let it rip with abandon as the songs were unleashed. For their part, the songs sounded much as they do on record, which means gritty and snarling and wonderfully loud. 

The crowd ate it up, and I can't deny feeling tingly with nostalgia when they launched into teenage favorite "Possum Kingdom." After steamrolling through Rubberneck, it was time for another batch of Toadies goodness, including a pretty dang good cover of Blondie's "Heart Of Glass." All told, it was a night of good, sweaty, rock and fucking roll. 

As one of their tees proudly proclaims, Toadies fucking rock. And rock they did. Those shirts don't lie. For those of us not lucky enough to see the band tour this record years ago, it was a hell of a lucky second chance.

[photo by Megan Petty]

[posted 4.30.14]   

Bands On Film #51: CHVRCHES @ 9:30 Club, 4/29/14


[all photos copyright Megan Petty]

[posted 4.30.14]

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

The Week In Shows: 4/29-5/4

A gloomy as all get out, rainy Tuesday morning is as good a time as any to plot ones weekly live music schedule, I think. Let's take a look at what's happening in the greater DC metro this week, with the added bonus of filling you in on what I may or may not be taking in over the course of the week. Hot diggity!

April showers, who knew? It's fixing to rain cats and dogs for a couple days, but that won't stop the rock. This is a fine week for shows in the DC metro, and April is going out/May is coming in on a high note. You never know, I just might see you out and about during the week, and as always, anything that's starred has a high forecast of yours truly being there.

TUESDAY, 4/29/14

-CHVRCHES + The Range (9:30 Club - SOLD OUT)**
-Wake Owl + Mimicking Birds (Jammin Java)
-The Standells + Jake Starr & The Delicious Fullness (Black Cat)
-David Gray (Lincoln Theatre - SOLD OUT)

WEDNESDAY, 4/30/14

-CHVRCHES + The Range (9:30 Club - SOLD OUT)
-Jessica Lea Mayfield + Gambles + The Petticoat Tearoom (Rock & Roll Hotel)
-Eddie Izzard (Warner Theatre)
-Lane 8 + Caleb L'Etoile (U Street Music Hall)
-Bravenoise + Ghost Hotel + Eureka Birds (Jammin Java)
-Chrome Sparks + Infinity Shred + LanceNeptune (DC9)

THURSDAY, 5/1/14

-Foul Swoops + Neonates + Flesh Panthers + The Sneaks (The Dougout)
-Megafaun + Grandma Sparrow (DC9)
-Future Islands + Ed Schrader's Music Beat + Oh Hang (9:30 Club - SOLD OUT)
-Eddie Izzard (Warner Theatre)
-Say Hi + Big Scary (Black Cat)

FRIDAY, 5/2/14

-The Whigs + Nikki Lane (Rock & Roll Hotel)
-The Both + Nick Diamond (9:30 Club)
-Bad Veins + Ghost Hotel (DC9) 
-Eddie Izzard (Warner Theatre)

SATURDAY, 5/3/14

-Typefighter + Shark Week + Sunset Guns + Teen Mom (Rock & Roll Hotel)
-The New Mendicants + Sklyar Gudasz (Iota)
-Matt Pond PA + The Lighthouse & The Whaler (Black Cat)

SUNDAY, 5/4/14

-Kohoutek + Taiwan Housing Project + Tulsa (Velvet Lounge)
-Sean Hayes + Dear Creek (6th & I)
-A Minor Forest + Two Inch Astronaut (DC9)

[posted 4.29.14]

Bands On Film #50: Toadies @ Black Cat, 4/27/14


[all photos copyright Megan Petty]

[posted 4.29.14]