Monday, May 22, 2006

DC Summer Concert Preview

It's that time of year -- lawn chairs dusted off, five or six new coozies broken in, zero sight-line lawn tickets purchased. Comanche/soul is pretty excited about the concert lineup in the DC area this summer, so I thought I'd run down some of the highlights here. Check back for frequent updates as they get announced.

The Walkmen w/ Mazarin. May 25, 9:30 Club. Hometown boys return in support of their newest album, A Hundred Miles Off. Mazarin opens, joined by former Bigger Lovers' and current Pernice Brothers' ace drummer Patrick Berkery.

Pearl Jam w/ My Morning Jacket. May 30, Verizon Center. Pearl Jam's latest is supposedly a return to form, but there's still no denying it: there is no band more to blame for the rise of Creed. Still, MMJ in a big arena might be worth the price of admission.

Eels w/ The Spinto Band. June 11, 9:30 Club. Mark E. leads the Eels back out on tour after releasing a live album and DVD, done with a string section. Their last proper LP, Blinking Lights and Other Revelations, was a bit watered down, but still had some great moments ("Going Fetal" and "Last Time We Spoke").

Cat Power and the Memphis Rhythm Band. June 14, 9:30 Club. Chan Marshall takes her Stax house band out on tour after being delayed due to an unnamed illness. Expect persistent stage fright, charmingly bad dental work, and probably the cutest girl in indie rock. Look for regular c/s reader Greg Lohmeyer front and center.

Dungen. June 14, Black Cat. Swedish psych group Dungen hit the District, very excited about this show, hope to be there.

Alejandro Escovedo w/ Marah. June 24, 9:30 Club. Maybe the best double bill of the summer: veteran cowpunk Escovedo, recovered from his bout with Hepatitis, hits the road again. Philly Springsteen worshippers Marah open.

The Futureheads w/ French Kicks. June 28, 9:30 Club. Sunderland's favorite acapella-post-punk quartet come back to the States for a summer club tour, in support of their sophomore album News and Tributes. Caught them in Minneapolis in early '05 and they're a very tight live band who did great covers of Neil Young's throwaway "Piece of Crap" and the Television Personalities' "Picture of Dorian Gray".

...more shows to follow, stay posted. Also, comanche/soul will be at the Nissan Pavilion on Sunday to see none other than the Boss himself as he takes his Seeger Sessions band on the road. 25 bucks for a lawn ticket seems like a hell of a deal.

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