Prettiest Eyes, The Shandies, Head Hurts
Feb
23
10:00 PM22:00

Prettiest Eyes, The Shandies, Head Hurts

Poster by Shan Murphy

Poster by Shan Murphy

Friday, February 23, 2018
Prettiest Eyes + The Shandies + Head Hurts
$12 - Doors 10:00pm - All Ages

Prettiest Eyes (Castleface Records)
Psych-synth music from Los Angeles
prettiesteyes.com
instagram.com/prettiesteyesss
facebook.com/prettiesteyes
Listen to Prettiest Eyes' new record 'Pools' - https://soundcloud.com/castle-face-1/sets/prettiest-eyes-pools/s-aY9N9

"They live and breathe early Los Angeles punk vibes while still innovating at every turn. There is electricity in this sound. They simply rule and what a pleasure to hear the album doesn’t stray far from what makes them just melt it in person. Recorded perfectly to harness the animal on a nice inanimate slab of plastic you can take home.

For fans of Screamers, Suicide, Chrome, and yes, a hint of a down unda Birthday Party." – John Dwyer (Oh Sees)

The Shandies (VA)
Rock 'n' roll jangle pop
https://theshandies1.bandcamp.com/

Head Hurts
Head Hurts will make your head hurt and blood squirt. Voltroned together from the shards of a demystified shamanic empire, three travelers seek to inspire aggressive inaction and polite violence."

https://headhurts.bandcamp.com/releases

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Ed Schrader's Music Beat
Mar
3
10:00 PM22:00

Ed Schrader's Music Beat

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Poster by Alan JB

Poster by Alan JB

$12 - Doors 10:00PM - All Ages

Ed Schrader's Music Beat

Ed Schrader's Music Beat are proud to release their new album, Riddles, onCarpark Records this spring. In search of a fresh direction, Ed and Devlin invited their close friend Dan Deacon to help them realize their dream of a fuller, layered sound as the album’s producer, arranger, and co-writer.

Working steadily in Dan’s studio for two years in total collaboration, three evolving musicians pushed through an intense period of personal tumult and found purpose in the sounds they were committing to record. The result: a polished and passionate masterpiece of nuanced alt-rock. From driving opening track “Dunce” and the soaring single “Riddles” to the disarmingly gorgeous closer “Culebra,” Ed and Devlin apologetically channel a personal pantheon of pop and rock gods while growing into the band—and people—they’d previously kept caged inside.

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Crumb, Nappy Nappa
Mar
6
9:00 PM21:00

Piramid Scheme, Snax, Brightan Black
Feb
16
10:00 PM22:00

Piramid Scheme, Snax, Brightan Black

Poster by Alan JB

Poster by Alan JB

Piramid Scheme (DC)
New garage, glam-rock band featuring Lisa Said, Darrien Day (Atta Girl), Andrew Toy (Drummer), and Howard Rabach - Session Bassist.

SNAX (Berlin)
snaxonline.org
On his newly release album Shady Lights, Snax peppers his
sound with his own profound life experiences from the past
several years. The album comes at the end of a period
marked by the pain of surgery, the selling of his childhood
home, and the loss of a loved one to suicide, but also the joy
of marriage and commitment, and a terrific new studio space
for working through all these ideas. But Snax counters with
an album that takes all these themes and imbues them with
a dose of hope. Shady Lights' seventeen tracks (including
some strategically placed instrumental codas) swing and
groove with confidence, filled with earworm choruses and
slinky musical accompaniment, derived from influences as
disparate as abstract pop, musique concrète, R&B, and punk
rock. The puzzle process that guided the album is
camouflaged by a sequence of distinct songs that flow
together with purpose, sort of like life's unconnected events
forming a whole.

Brightan Black (DC)

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Bat Fangs, Faunas, Warm Sun
Feb
9
10:00 PM22:00

Bat Fangs, Faunas, Warm Sun

Poster by Marissa Paternoster (Screaming Females)

Poster by Marissa Paternoster (Screaming Females)

$12 - Doors 10:00PM  - All Ages at Comet Ping Pong

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Bat Fangs (NC/DC)
Superghouls Bat Fangs pick up where Roky & the Aliens blasted off-- cranking acid-soaked 80s hard rock for the living and the dead. Making heady heavy music for third eyes and stiff upper lips, Betsy Wright (Ex Hex) shreds 'n' howls over Laura King's (Flesh Wounds/Cold Cream) deep-thunder drums. Let the Bat Fangs sink in!

Read about Bat Fangs on NPR Music!

Album of the Week on Stereogum!

Faunas (DC)
Featuring members of BIG HUSH and Governess.

Warm Sun (DC)
Featuring members of the EFFECTS, Beauty Pill, The Aquarium, and Soccer Team.

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The Effects, Savak, Patois Counselors
Jan
20
10:00 PM22:00
Dec
22
10:00 PM22:00

Owen Ross + Teething Veils at Comet Ping Pong

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$12 - Doors 10:00PM  - All Ages at Comet Ping Pong

Owen Ross (Berlin)
"His sound is a fusion of opposites: delicate and dissonant, ethereal and nebulous, sensual and forlorn, organic and electronic. Goste's tracks reflect the duality within the human spirit. He takes us on a journey through his mind as he artfully connects his lyrics with skillful wordplay." -- Huffington Post
owenrossmusic.com

Teething Veils (DC)
Chamber folk band
teethingveils.bandcamp.com

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TK Echo + Glue Factory + Mick Barr
Nov
25
10:00 PM22:00

TK Echo + Glue Factory + Mick Barr

TK Echo (Photo: The Vinyl District)

TK Echo (Photo: The Vinyl District)

$12 - Doors 10:00PM  - All Ages at Comet Ping Pong

 Facebook Event

TK Echo (DC)
Featuring Josh Blair (Orthrelm/Supersystem), Fiona Griffin (Et At It, Meltdown), Aaron Leitko (Protect-U) and Chris Richards (Q and Not U).
twitter.com/tkechodc

Glue Factory (DC)
New band featuring Erin McCarley (Governess/Faunas/Pygmy Lush), Andy Gale (The Shirks/Pygmy Lush), Mike Benish (Passing Phases), and Pat Vogel (Sick Fix/Sem Hastro).

Mick Barr (NY)
A solo performance by avant-metal guitarist Mick Barr (Orthrelm, Ocrilim). One of the most extreme and virtuosic guitar players today, Barr creates compositions of repetitive and non-repetitive modular structures with speed, intensity and a profound inner logic. Brilliantly combining the power of rock with a classical asceticism, this is unique and mysterious music from a masterful young musical experimentalist.
facebook.com/mickbarr1212/
mickbarr.info

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DJ Taraka Larson (Prince Rama)
Nov
17
to Nov 18

DJ Taraka Larson (Prince Rama)

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DJ Taraka Larson (of the "now age" psych-dance band Prince Rama) spins music you can dance to!

Tighten Up! DJ Night

Friday, November 17, 2017
Free - 8:00PM  - All Ages at Slash Run
Facebook Event

14th Annual Transformer Silent Auction & Benefit Party

Saturday, November 18, 2017
8:00PM - Katzen Arts Center at American University
Facebook Event | Buy Tickets

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Frankie and the Witch Fingers + Coral Benders at Slash Run
Nov
14
10:00 PM22:00

Frankie and the Witch Fingers + Coral Benders at Slash Run

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$8 - Doors 10:00PM  - All Ages at Slash Run

Facebook Event | Buy Tickets

Frankie and the Witch Fingers (CA)
Psychedelic Garage Rock 'n' Roll from Los Angeles
frankieandthewitchfingers.bandcamp.com
 facebook.com/FrankieandtheWitchFingers

Coral Benders (DC)
Surf, Psychedelic, Pool Goth. DC's premier surfgaze band: wet, loud, and spacey.
coralbenders.bandcamp.com/releases
facebook.com/coralbenders

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No Age + Psychic Subcreatures
Nov
12
9:00 PM21:00

No Age + Psychic Subcreatures

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$10 Adv, $12 DOS - Doors 9:00PM  - All Ages at Comet Ping Pong

No Age (Los Angeles)
facebook.com/noagela 
noage.bandcamp.com
noagela.org

No Age are a 2 piece punk/experimental band from Los Angeles, California. Dean Spunt (Vocal, Drums) & Randy Randall (Guitar) have released 3 LP's on Sub Pop Records (US) and 1 collection of singles on Fat Cat (UK). They write and perform loud, fast, dreamy, noisy, cathartic songs that make you want to jump out of your skin and melt into the floor. After recording/writing/touring for over 10 years, Spunt and Randall have matured into elder statesmen of the Los Angeles art/pop/weirdo scene centered around the all ages venue The Smell that has spawned bands like: Ty Segall, HEALTH, Bleached, Best Coast, and Cherry Glazerr.

Psychic Subcreatures (DC)
psychicsubcreatures.bandcamp.com

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Shilpa Ray + Elampi + Plastic Plant at Comet Ping Pong
Nov
11
10:00 PM22:00

Shilpa Ray + Elampi + Plastic Plant at Comet Ping Pong

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$12 - Doors 10:00PM  - All Ages

Shilpa Ray (Brooklyn) 
New York punk with a twist of blues. New album Door Girl out on September 22 via Northern Spy.
facebook.com/shilpa.ray.9
shilparay.bandcamp.com
shilparay.net

Elmapi (Lentonia Records)
French synth-electro pop, from the underground electronic music scene of Paris.
facebook.com/Elmapimusic
lentoniarecords.bandcamp.com/album/circe
elmapi.eu

Plastic Plant (DC)
https://electra7.bandcamp.com/releases

 

 

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U.S. Girls
Nov
1
9:00 PM21:00

U.S. Girls

U.S. Girls

U.S. Girls

$12 - Doors 9:00pm - All Ages

U.S. Girls (4AD)
https://www.facebook.com/yousgirls
https://usgirls.bandcamp.com/
http://yousgirls.blogspot.com/

2017 marks 10 years of U.S. Girls as the unapologetic pop revisionist we know and love. What better way to celebrate than to witness creator Meg Remy, accompanied by a 9-piece sample emulating band, attempt to swing all fates toward love. The expatriate returns Stateside with a plan to dance beyond reality. Performing compositions that Pitchfork has called “part Shangri-Las, part Sun Ra” alongside new material from the soon-to-be-released follow-up to 2015’s celebrated, 4AD-backed, “Half Free”, this tour will be North America’s first look at the next 10 years of U.S. Girls. Which begs the question, what will the world be like in 2027?

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Mdou Moctar + The Messthetics
Oct
12
9:00 PM21:00

Mdou Moctar + The Messthetics

Mdou Moctar

Mdou Moctar

$13 adv / $15 dos - Doors 9:00pm - All Ages

Mdou Moctar (Niger)

An exhilarating desert blues singer/songwriter who pushes the boundaries of the genre, Mdou Moctar and his trio have shaped an unconventional style that has won them worldwide accolades through several releases on the Portland-based Sahel Sounds label. Mdou Moctar gained notoriety in 2015 the now cult film Akounak Tedalat Taha Tazoughai, a Saharan homage to Prince’s Purple Rain. Starring Moctar (with purple guitar strapped to his back as he rides through the desert on his motorcycle), the movie is a testament to Prince’s global influence and the universal nature of a vanguard musician fighting for his place in the sun. 

“Moctar is a miraculous Tuareg guitarist and singer from Niger, a master of hypnotic Saharan electro-drone blues… fresh and vital guitar music unique to this millennium.” —Village Voice

The Messthetics (DC)
New project of Brendan Canty, Joe Lally, and Anthony Pirog

Mutliflora Productions co-presents this concert as a part of its first annual DIY international music festival for the whole month of October in multiple venues across Washington, DC.

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Escape-ism + Light Beams + Cold Beat
Sep
23
10:00 PM22:00

Escape-ism + Light Beams + Cold Beat

Light Beams

Light Beams

Saturday September 23, 2017
Escape-ism + LIGHT BEAMS ~ Split 7" Release Show! + COLD BEAT
$12 - Doors 10:00pm - Comet Ping Pong

Escape-ism (DC)
Found-sound dream-drama with Ian Svenonius of Chain And The Gang

Light Beams (DC)
https://www.facebook.com/lalaLIGHTBEAMS
https://lalalightbeams.tumblr.com/

Cold Beat (San Francisco)
Featuring members of Grass Widow
http://www.facebook.com/coldbeatsf 
http://soundcloud.com/cold-beat-2 
http://coldbeatsf.tumblr.com/

Poster by Mazzy Ortiz

Poster by Mazzy Ortiz

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Mount Eerie at St. Stephen & the Incarnation Episcopal Church
Sep
8
7:00 PM19:00

Mount Eerie at St. Stephen & the Incarnation Episcopal Church

  • St. Stephen & the Incarnation Episcopal Church (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

*This is a seated show.

Mount Eerie (Washington state)
https://pwelverumandsun.bandcamp.com/

In high school in Anacortes, Washington, in 1996, Phil Elverum started calling his tapes of self-recorded noise and songs "The Microphones." Since then he's produced two decades worth of records that span a wide spectrum from studio heavy atmospheric landscaping to simple raw songs.

After five albums the project was renamed Mount Eerie just as the Microphones were getting some unexpected attention from the widespread acclaim of "the Glow pt. 2" (2001). The Mount Eerie recordings got weirder and broader, and Elverum left K Records and began releasing everything himself, ultimately building a self-contained small town operation in Anacortes called P.W. Elverum & Sun. Radical self-sufficiency has been a theme and obsession; all all ages shows and never though a manager or booking agent, always self-recorded, hands on in all details.

Mount Eerie's albums have always aimed to push into new territory, both in sound and idea, but the thread of Elverum's voice has remained constant throughout, soft and human amid the wide range of textures and worlds. Often the lyrics have attempted to grapple with big questions, the briefness and the smallness of human life being a running theme. On occasion the music has been called "black metal" ("Wind's Poem," 2009), "dream landscape" ("Clear Moon," 2012), and "raw and direct" ("Lost Wisdom," 2008).


The new album, "A Crow Looked At Me", sounds closer to the latter; minimal instrumentation, no production, clear and heavy words right up front. The difference here is the subject matter. In 2015 Elverum's wife, the French Canadian cartoonist and musician Geneviève Castrée, was diagnosed with a bad cancer just after giving birth to their first child. She died a year later. Elverum wrote and recored the album throughout the fall of 2016 in the same room where Geneviève died, using mostly her instruments; her guitar, her bass, her pick, her amp, her old family accordion, writing the words on her paper.

The songs are about the brutal details of that experience, from the hospitalizations to the grieving, the specific domestic banalities that become existential in the context of such huge and abrupt loss. These songs are not fun. They are pretty and they are deep, and they find a love that prevails beneath the overwhelming and real sorrow. It is unlike anything else in the Mount Eerie catalog in its unvarnished expressions of personal grief, metaphor-free.

The writing draws inspiration from Karl Ove Knausgaard, Julie Doiron, Gary Snyder, Sun Kil Moon, and Joanne Kyger (whose poem "Night Palace" is on the album's cover). The sound was influenced by the spare production of the 1996 Will Oldham album "Arise Therefore".

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Tyvek + Penguin at Comet Ping Pong
Aug
28
9:00 PM21:00

Tyvek + Penguin at Comet Ping Pong

Tyvek

Tyvek

Sasha Lord Presents...
Monday, August 28, 2017
Tyvek + Penguin
$12 - Doors 9:00PM - All Ages at Comet Ping Pong

Tyevk (Detroit, In the Red Records)
https://www.facebook.com/tyvekx/
https://intheredrecords.com/collections/tyvek

Penguin (DC)
Members of Faraquet, Medications, the EFFECTS, Beauty Pill, Warm Sun, Shortstack and Alarms and Controls have started a new band that focuses on a more heavy and psychedelic rock sound.

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Puff Pieces, Governess, and TK Echo at Comet Ping Pong
Aug
26
10:00 PM22:00

Puff Pieces, Governess, and TK Echo at Comet Ping Pong

Puff Pieces

Puff Pieces

$12 - Doors 10:00PM  - All Ages at Comet Ping Pong

Puff Pieces (DC)
 http://puffpieces.bandcamp.com/

Governess (DC)
https://governessdc.bandcamp.com

TK Echo (DC)
A new D.C. band featuring Josh Blair (Orthrelm/Supersystem), Fiona Griffin (Et At It, Meltdown), Aaron Leitko (Protect-U), and Chris Richards (Q and Not U).

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Jul
2
9:00 PM21:00

Birdcloud and Abby Rasheed at Comet Ping Pong

Sasha Lord Presents...
Birdcloud + Abby Rasheed
$12 - Doors 9:00pm - Comet Ping Pong

Birdcloud (Nashville, BURGER RECORDS)
https://www.facebook.com/birdcloud
http://www.birdcloudamerica.com/
Salty songs from a country duo. Birdcloud is Makenzie and Jasmin from East Nashville and Cottontown, respectively. Birdcloud met in Murfreesboro and immediately didn’t like eachother. At a party in 2009 they had some whiskeys and became friends and started dicking around on guitar, writing their first song, a song about going down on your best friend, now lost to the sands of time. Despite a lukewarm reception at Nashville’s Bluebird Cafe, they have been sitting on each other’s faces ever since, showing each other their bruises, and generally doing whatever they want when it works out that way.

Abby Rasheed (VA)
https://abbyrasheed.bandcamp.com/
https://www.facebook.com/abbyrasheedmusic
Folk rock about friendship and broken furniture.

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What Cheer? Brigade and Anna Connolly at Comet Ping Pong
Jun
18
9:00 PM21:00

What Cheer? Brigade and Anna Connolly at Comet Ping Pong

What Cheer? Brigade (Providence, RI)
http://www.facebook.com/whatcheerbrigade 
http://twitter.com/whatcheerb
http://www.youtube.com/user/WhatCheerBrigade
http://www.whatcheerbrigade.com/
Marching band meets punk with this 19-piece brass band from Don Giovanni Records. Very loud. You'll dance.

Anna Connolly (DC)
featuring Stefan Bauschmid and Joe Lally
https://www.facebook.com/AnnaConnollyMusic

Poster by Julian Earle

Poster by Julian Earle

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TONE, James Wolf, and Show Pony at Comet Ping Pong
Jun
16
10:00 PM22:00

TONE, James Wolf, and Show Pony at Comet Ping Pong

TONE

TONE

TONE (DC)
http://tone-dc.com/ 
Founded in DC by Norm Veenstra and Gregg Hudson, TONE has relentlessly explored the often unpredictable, always epic sonic path of a dedicated instrumental ensemble. Currently a five-piece band, the ranks of TONE have swelled to as many as nine through the years to include multiple guitarists, bass players and drummers. TONE's latest recording, Priorities, is available from The Kora Records.

James Wolf (DC)
facebook.com/jwolf333/
A solo violin project

ShowPony
facebook.com/ShowPony-185266874857501/ 
Instrumental Post/Math Rock Band

Poster by Idris Battou

Poster by Idris Battou

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