The Donkeys + Seán Barna
Jul
18
9:00 PM21:00

The Donkeys + Seán Barna

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The Donkeys + Seán Barna (Album Release) at Comet Ping Pong
$12 10:00 PM All Ages

The Donkeys - San Diego
http://www.donkeysongs.com/
California places a distinct sonic stamp upon the music born within its boundaries. Owens had his Bakersfield, Parsons his Joshua Tree, and Malkmus his Stockton, and in their tunes you can hear dust, desert highways, and skateboards gliding over suburbia. The Donkeys have San Diego, and from that environment have woven a fundamental ease in their music - a rock, a roll, a sway, a slide - you could even call it a breeze. On Ride the Black Wave, The Donkeys continue their easy rolling, classic vibrations, but add a mystery and tension that make this record their most lyrically and instrumentally compelling.

Ride the Black Wave embodies what Jack Kerouac described of California's coast as having an "end of the land sadness." The Donkeys stare out at the ocean in a "fantastic drowse" - a kind of pensiveness towards their environs that summons the elements of sound and style that belong only to them. In "Blues In The Afternoon", a collective mantra, the band runs out of land and asks of the ocean to offer suggestions about their fate. It is songs like these that prove the Donkeys are a band in the true sense of the word, sharing each other's worry and wonder. With RTBW, The Donkeys have further caged their craft and have accomplished the delicate and artful challenge of taming the captured, while also letting it be wild.

Seán Barna (DC)
Album Release Show
www.seanbarna.com

Seán Barna is a singer, songwriter, and drummer based in New York City.

Employing a highly-visual lyrical panache and an atypically full-throated singing style, Barna is preparing to release Cissy, a gasping, 5-song exploration of isolation, anxiety, queerness, and mortality. Written and recorded in a marathon four-day session in an old tavern-turned-studio in upstate New York and featuring a collaboration with Adam Duritz of the Counting Crows, Cissy is a measured, brutally observant deconstruction of masculinity, where the main players in the story – drag queens, mothers, queers, office workers, and wanderers – come together in the name of excess to achieve a well-worn life. Whether redefining gender norms and savoring a cheap beer the morning after a big night, these characters find peace on their own terms, with drugs, sex, fashion, and beautiful music.

Barna plays both drums and guitar on Cissy, but it is his rare poetic bravado and stream-of-consciousness vocal delivery – theatrical and pained but grounded and honest – that guides us, shines a light on our traumas, and invites us in for a drink.

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Alice Bag + Homosuperior + Faunas
Aug
11
10:00 PM22:00

Alice Bag + Homosuperior + Faunas

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Saturday, August 11, 2018
Alice Bag + Homosuperior + Faunas


$15- Doors 10:00 PM - All Ages at Comet Ping Pong

Alice Bag (Los Angeles)
alicebag.com
Alice Bag is a singer/songwriter, musician, author, artist, educator, and feminist. Alice was the lead singer and co-founder of The Bags, one of the first bands to form during the initial wave of punk rock in Los Angeles. The Alice Bag Band was featured in the seminal documentary on punk rock, The Decline of Western Civilization. Alice went on to perform in other groundbreaking bands, including Castration Squad, Cholita, and Las Tres. She has published two books, including the critically acclaimed memoir Violence Girl in 2011 (Feral House) and the 2015 self-published Pipe Bomb For the Soul, based on her teaching experiences in post-revolutionary Nicaragua. Alice's work is included in the Smithsonian exhibition, American Sabor. Alice's self-titled 2016 debut album received critical acclaim and was named one of the best albums of the year by AllMusic. Her second album, Blueprint, will be released in March 2018 on Don Giovanni Records.

Homosuperior (DC)
homosuperior.bandcamp.com

Faunas (DC)
faunas.bandcamp.com

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Soundscape Yoga
Aug
13
6:00 PM18:00

Soundscape Yoga

  • The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS
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A class in conjunction with Yoga Activist, set to a soundscape of synthesizers and melodic-based sounds. This will be a benefit and yoga mat drive for Stronger Than Maria, a Puerto Rican non-profit that will be teaching yoga classes in Puerto Rican schools and after school programs.

This performance is featured as part of the Kennedy Centers free daily performance series on its Millennium Stage in the Grand Foyer: http://www.kennedy-center.org/video/upcoming

We regret that as the theatre reaches capacity, seats cannot be saved for patrons who have not arrived or not next in line.

No free parking is provided for this event.

Directions: Kennedy-center.org/pages/visitor/directions

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Ava Luna
Sep
9
9:00 PM21:00

Ava Luna

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Sunday, September 9, 2018
Ava Luna (New York City)

$13- Doors 9:00 pm - All ages at Comet Ping Pong

Ava Luna has always been a conversation between its members—sometimes inward-facing, but always uniquely worth eavesdropping on. Soul and funk, krautrock, post-punk, R&B, gospel and even reggae influences all bounce off each other in sync with each participant’s idiosyncratic background and interests. With Moon 2, that specificity has only tightened but, as in any relationship that has existed for the better part of a decade, the conversation has evolved. 

New Album:

Moon 2 comes out September 7 on Western Vinyl. Listen to Felicia sing on the first single, "Deli Run," up now on The FADER.

http://www.thefader.com/2018/06/26/ava-luna-deli-run-song-moon-2-album

Album art by Aaron Denton

 

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Jun
30
10:00 PM22:00

Pylon Reenactment Society + Knife Wife

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$12 - Doors 10:00PM - All Ages at Comet Ping Pong
https://www.facebook.com/events/373595613137382/

Pylon Reenactment Society (Athens, GA)
pylonreenactmentsociety.com

The band Pylon is considered to be one of the most influential bands at the beginnings of what would become known as the “Athens, GA music scene.” 30 years ago, Pylon, along with The B-52’s and R.E.M., were heavily featured in the original feature documentary, "Athens, GA: Inside/Out," which propelled them into the international spotlight. Pylon was every Athens, GA band’s favorite Athens band. Their musical naïveté, southern upbringing, art school smarts, and house-party roots exploded together to create something quite improbably amazing simultaneously hitting the listener on a mental, physical, and spiritual level. Fronted by Vanessa Briscoe (now Briscoe Hay), whose inimitable vocal textures and phrasing defined the band’s sound for most listeners, Pylon’s celebrated history came to a sudden end in 2009 with the death of iconic guitarist Randy Bewley. Pylon was, and always will be, HayBewleyMichael Lachowski, and Curtis Crowe.

Pylon Reenactment Society was created in 2014 when local Athens’ musician Jason NeSmithwas in charge of the music committee for the first annual Art Rocks Athens, an event exploring the connection between the art and music scene in Athens between the years 1975-1985.  He approached Hay about performing a short set of Pylon songs (all four members had attended Lamar Dodd School of Art at UGA).  NeSmith’s band, Casper & The Cookies, had already recorded and performed with Hay as Supercluster.  The response was very positive.  The following year found PRS opening for Fred Schneider (of The B-52s), touring with Dressy Bessy, and performing shows in conjunction with the release of Pylon Live.  What started as a one-off gig transpired into a tight, touring unit.  In addition to Hay and NeSmith, PRS is rounded out with Kay Stanton (Casper & The Cookies) on bass guitar and backing vocals, Damon Denton on keyboards (Big Atomic), and Joe Rowe (The Glands) on drums. 

PRS released a 6-song EP, "Part Time Punks Session," on Chunklet Industries in October of 2017 to rave reviews! Creative Loafing gave it a 4 Star review saying, "From the first 30 seconds of opener 'Feast on My Heart,' Hay’s signature growl retains the infectious force that helped enshrine the Gyrate track in the post-punk canon. Though the rest of the band members weren’t actually in Pylon, they faithfully revive the interplay between its original member as jagged guitars, dance-floor drum rhythms and mammoth bass erase the lines between punk and disco. Released via Chunklet, 'Part Time Punks Session' may generate renewed interest in one of Athens’ most venerated but perpetually underground bands, while convincing longtime fans that the Pylon Reenactment Society charts a fresh and faithful course."

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By The People
Jun
24
5:00 PM17:00

By The People

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Punk Latitudes at By The People Festival

Featuring Sneaks, Taraka Larson (Prince Rama), The Messthetics, Loud Boyz, DJ Baby Alcatraz, DJ Alec Mackaye, and Bradley Friedman

$35 - 5:30PM - Union Market, Dock 5

Punk Latitudes is a showcase of legendary bands and immersive programming from guest curator Sasha Lord, in support of the inaugural arts and dialogue festival, By The People. Punk Latitudes will feature musical performances from SneaksTaraka Larson (Prince Rama),The Messthetics, and Loud Boyz. Between sets, DJs Baby Alcatraz & Alec Mackaye will spin a mix of soul & several decades of punk. The performances will be framed by LA based punk video pioneer Bradley Friedman featuring past to present videos, a panel discussion also including Bradley Friedman, DC punk community authors, musicians, curators, and journalists who have documented the underground music scene. The showcase title Punk Latitudes is a reference to DC and LA being at similar geographic latitudes, DC at 38° and LA at 34°. Despite both of these cities having well known dominant powerful industries, (entertainment and politics) this factor does not hinder the thriving underground culture. In the spirit of the By The People mission to create a space for discourse, Punk Latitudes will foster dialogue bridging the culture from the east and west coasts, as well as from emergent to legendary artists.

halcyonhouse.org/punk-latitudes

 

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Mary Ocher + Odetta Hartman (solo) + Dumb Waiter
Jun
10
9:00 PM21:00

Mary Ocher + Odetta Hartman (solo) + Dumb Waiter

 Poster by Shan Murphy

Poster by Shan Murphy

 Mary Ocher

Mary Ocher

$12 - Doors 9:00PM - All Ages

Mary Ocher (Berlin)
maryocher.com
Mary Ocher is back in North America with her new album "The West Against The People" and its companion release "Faust Studio Sessions", following a European release tour of 20 countries. 

Mary has been persistently creating passionate, uncompromising work, raw, thought provoking, socially and creatively pushing against the current, dealing with subjects of authority, identity and conflict. Her work is as enchanting as it is polarizing, ranging from traditional folk to raw 60s garage, ambient with ethereal vocals and abstract synths, to experimental pop with African and South American rhythms, when accompanied by her drummers.

"The West Against The People" was released on the German label Klangbad in spring 2017 and recorded with Hans Joachim Irmler of Krautrock pioneers Faust. It features solo tracks, as well as tracks with her two drummers Your Government, and elusive cult legends Die Tödliche Doris and Felix Kubin. It also features an essay elaborating on the themes of the album and analyzing the current sociopolitical climate*. The album is currently in its second edition, it was hailed by the British music press and featured in various "Best of 2017" lists. 

The additional 10" vinyl "Faust Studio Sessions and Other Recordings" (a co-release of Klangbad with Swedish label Sing A Song Fighter) features additional collaborations with cello player Julia Kent and German experimental artist Hans Unstern. A special tape edition for the tour is released on Related Records. Her previous solo release was produced by Canadian Psych Rock&Roll guru King Khan

Odetta Hartman (solo) (NYC)
https://odettahartman.bandcamp.com/
With a heart - stopping voice & wide - ranging instrumental talent, Odetta Hartman carries cowboy soul into an era where country can clash with computers, and bluegrass isn't afraid of bass. Her debut LP 222 -- an experimental, bedroom-produced hybrid of folk, musique concrète and psychedelia -- was released on Northern Spy Records in 2015 to critical acclaim. Alongside her partner, sound artist and producer Jack Inslee, Odetta continues to explore the sonic vernacular created by their uncanny collaboration: badass banjos, detuned violins, field recordings, superstitious soundscapes, and vocal stylings ranging from sensual to spooky. 
Odetta's new album, Old Rockhounds Never Die, is set to be released on Northern Spy Records in August 2018. 

Dumb Waiter (VA)
dumbwaiterva.bandcamp.com
Dumb Waiter is an American avant-jazz rock band formed in late 2012 in Richmond, VA who write a melodic amalgam of math rock, jazz, metal, and punk. The band is comprised of four members who have varying levels of musical education, but have achieved a high level of technical proficiency on their respective instruments. Together they blend a love for heavily distorted tones, melodic complexity, volatile energy, and augmented chord shapes to create "Dumb Waiter". Thumping blast beats and effected bass grooves lay the bottom layer over which spiraling guitar work and free-wheeling sax noises progress and thrive.

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Weather Warlock + Escape-ism
May
30
9:00 PM21:00

Weather Warlock + Escape-ism

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$12 - Doors 9:00PM - All Ages

Weather Warlock (New Orleans)

A band based around an instrument of the same name, created by musician / inventor Quintron. The instrument is a large analog synthesizer which is controlled completely by the weather and employs sun, rain, wind, temperature, moon, and lightning to affect an F major drone chord with special sonic events occurring at sunrise and sunset. Learn more at http://weatherfortheblind.org.

Europa My Mirror, the new book by, Quintron, will be available at the show! Europa My Mirror is a multi-layered tome that pays tribute to the perilous world of devoted musical road-dawgs.

Escape-ism
https://escape-ism.bandcamp.com/
Special Guest, Ian Svenonius!

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Doomsana Metal Yoga
May
26
3:00 PM15:00

Doomsana Metal Yoga

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$12 - 3:00PM - Yoga District [1922 I St NW]

DOOMASANA is yoga set to drone, dark, and black metal music. Allow yourself to be slayed (and Slayer-ed) to soul-stirring dirges of the darker kind. All levels welcome. Heads will roll...in yoga poses. Prepare to exorcise (and exercise) your demons, the healthy way!

Class teacher: Toni

yogadistrict.com

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Los Sadicos (Los Saicos Tribute Band) + Chico + Weird Babies
May
19
10:00 PM22:00

Los Sadicos (Los Saicos Tribute Band) + Chico + Weird Babies

 Los Sadicos

Los Sadicos

$12 - Doors 10:00PM - All Ages

Los Sadicos (DC/Peru)

Los Sadicos is a tribute band to Los Saicos: a garage rock / Proto-Punk band formed in 1964 in Lima, Peru, who have become recognized as global pioneers in punk rock. In a short amount of time during the 1960s, they became one of the most successful groups in their own country, fashioning a unique surf-influenced garage sound, that would anticipate certain aspects of the later punk rock movement of the 70s.

CHICO (Nashville)

Four-piece psychedelic garage-prog band born and raised in Nashville, TN.

Weird Babies (DC)

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Time Is Fire, Head Room, Raw Silk
Apr
14
10:00 PM22:00
Mar
23
10:00 PM22:00
Crumb, Nappy Nappa, Dove Lady
Mar
6
9:00 PM21:00
Ed Schrader's Music Beat, Sneaks, Palette
Mar
3
10:00 PM22:00

Ed Schrader's Music Beat, Sneaks, Palette

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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.

Sneaks

(Merge Records; Baltimore/Washington DC)
Catch Sneaks before they hit the road with SPOON!

Palette

(Washington, DC)

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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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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

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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
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14th Annual Transformer Silent Auction & Benefit Party

Saturday, November 18, 2017
8:00PM - Katzen Arts Center at American University
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