Weekextension—irresponsible partying opportunities with Alex DB
From the grown’n’sexy to the all-ages grimy, here is a list of essential “shit to do” this week brought to you by WTGG's newest contributor, local DJ & Mary Christ front woman ALEX DB!
THURSDAY, APRIL 26:
Over on H St., maniacal journeying geniuses Quintron and Miss Pussycat grace Red Palace with their collective presence, delivering noisy, avant-garde sounds that are as much a science project as they are synthy, "Swamp-Tech" masterpieces. Hopefully Drum Buddy will be in tow. They are joined by D.C.’s own Heavy Breathing (mysterious drone sample-core) and ice-cold post-punkers Lenorable (whose recent release The Prince EP is melting my heart).
If you’re looking to show off your finely-honed dancing skills (we’ve seen your questionably-coordinated ass at Chief Ike’s) while sampling from a world-class beer list and saving yourself cash (no cover!) head over to Dodge City for REVOLVER: Nuns with Guns Edition. DJs WolfBlister, Dianamatic, and Doktor Schlank will be on the decks, spinning synth, stone-cold grooves, post-punk, psychedelic floor fillers, italo and more. I don’t even know what “Nuns with Guns” refers to specifically, but I ain’t mad.
FRIDAY, APRIL 27:
A powerhouse night of shows! Holy crap!
First off, St. Stephen's church hosts a benefit show for the D.C. Trans Coalition. Philly purveyors of “loud music to survive” Trophy Wife, Baltimore's self-described "early Metallica meets Bikini Kill"(!) outfit War on Women , hometown-early-‘90s-indie-tinged-heroes Fell Types, and Fires take the stage. This is lineup is pretty damn unstoppable. Admit it.
Down the street at Black Cat, indie heroes Ted Leo and the Pharmacists perform their legendary album The Tyranny of Distance in its entirety to finish out the 10th anniversary of its release. Dischord mainstay/filmmaker Brendan Canty will also be filming the performance (as Ted puts it, “for us to do something with at some point in the not too distant future”). D.C. indie rockers The Tender Thrill and (my band, full disclosure, the most shameless of self-promotion) all-lady grunge punkers Mary Christ will open.
SATURDAY, APRIL 28:
Who likes to party? Who likes bass? Who likes being able to eat and drink and get their party on, ALL WHILE BEING OUTSIDE?! OUTSIDE is EightyEightD.C.’s closer for Forward Fest, a 5-day festival featuring local and international greats in the electronic music/culture sphere. While you should definitely check out the other events in the fest, I wanted to highlight this one because, um, it’s outside. And free! And it features queer DJ darlings Keenan and vAnniety Kills in a faceoff set. C’mon!
Everyone’s favorite local radical doula collective D.C. Doulas for Choice will be hosting a screening of everyone’s favorite movie about choice, Dirty Dancing. (If your first thought was Juno, rest assured I am smh!) Booze and snacks will be served, and guests are encouraged to dress up: “Think cuffed jean shorts, canvas tennis shoes, dance attire and dresses with full skirts that will twirl when you dance.” The event, co-hosted by D.C. Zinefest will feature zine readings by Moonroot (Baltimore) and Deafula (Philadelphia). All proceeds will benefit DCDFCC.
SUNDAY, APRIL 29:
This Sunday, H St. Country Club will be overrun with undiscovered golf pros for the D.C. Abortion Fund’s Abortion Access Hole-A-Thon, a mini-golf tournament raising money for patients in need of financial assistance in the DMV. There will be much boozing, merriment and, really, who wouldn’t support an event called “Hole-A-Thon”?
Later that night the Ted Leo extravaganza continues at Black Cat, this time with organic garage rockers Sunwolf and stalwart queer post-punk heartbreakers noon:30 opening. This show, like the Friday date, is sold out. But Craigslistis your friend, and this ish is not to be missed!
Now. Let’s all take a deep breath and brace ourselves, shall we?
Written & compiled by Alex DB