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FSOTW: March 31

FSOTW: March 31

Featured Shows of the Week! March 31 Monday March 31 2014 Grouplove w/ MS MR and Smallpools @ Rock and Roll Hotel Since forming in 2009, LA-based indie band Grouplove has quickly become one of music’s most exhilarating young acts. By the time they released their 2011 debut full length, Never Trust A Happy Song (Canvasback Music/Atlantic), [...]

March 31, 2014 Merrijoy DC Live, events, Featured Shows of the Week, News 0

FSOTW: January 27

FSOTW: January 27

Featured Shows of the Week! January 27 Monday January 27 2014 Brandon Boyd and Sons of the Sea @ 9:30 Club Sons of the Sea is the quintessential Brandon Boyd record—an introspective, eclectic collection from the artist, author, activist, environmentalist and surfer that will tantalize longtime fans while further spotlighting his evolving interests. The acclaimed [...]

January 27, 2014 Merrijoy events, Featured Shows of the Week, News 0

FSOTW: January 20

FSOTW: January 20

Featured Shows of the Week! January 20 Wednesday January 22 2014 Phosphorescent w/ Caveman @ 9:30 Club Nearly three years on from his breakthrough album Here’s To Taking It Easy, Phosphorescent returns to the fray with his most stunning record yet: Muchacho. During the last album’s ‘cycle’, one could almost hear jaws hitting the floor [...]

January 20, 2014 Merrijoy DC Live, events, Featured Shows of the Week, News 0

FIDLAR w/ The Orwells & Shark Week at Rock N Roll Hotel

FIDLAR w/ The Orwells & Shark Week at Rock N Roll Hotel

All words and photos by John-Paul Zajackowski (JPZ Photography) All three bands brought the rage. The crowd brought the rage. I have a feeling the bouncers had a little bit of rage. An almost non-stop flood of crowd surfing, singers crowd surfing, the projector screen was even pulled down and used as a cape once. [...]

October 29, 2013 Merrijoy DC Live, events, News 0

Radiation City at Rock N Roll Hotel

Radiation City at Rock N Roll Hotel

Radiation City, aka my current and serious band crush, swung by town last week to play their second to last show on their latest tour with Typhoon at a very sold out Rock and Roll Hotel. The Portland quintet flourished under the spotlight with their 60′s-inspired style of music, drawing tracks like “Foreign Bodies”, “LA [...]

October 8, 2013 Merrijoy DC Live, events, News 0

FSOTW: September 30

FSOTW: September 30

Featured Shows of the Week! September 30 Monday September 30 2013 Stars @ 9:30 Club Sharing a fondness for sophisticated soul and pop artists like the Smiths, New Order, and Marvin Gaye, vocalist Torquil Campbell and keyboardist Chris Seligman formed Stars in Toronto. Along with friends Evan Cranley (also of Big Rude Jake) and Amy [...]

September 30, 2013 Merrijoy DC Live, events, Featured Shows of the Week, News 0

Dessa w/ Sombear at Rock N Roll Hotel

Dessa w/ Sombear at Rock N Roll Hotel

Getting a crowd to come out for a concert on a Monday night can be tough for any musician to swing by, but one of Minnesota’s finest, Dessa, defies those odds by bringing a packed house of fans together for one killer set at Rock N Roll Hotel. It was far from easy as those [...]

September 25, 2013 Merrijoy DC Live, events, in our ears, News 0

Track of the Day: Radiation City – Zombies

Track of the Day: Radiation City – Zombies

Portland’s indie-pop group supplies us with a tremendous track for the beautiful day in the district. “Zombies” is from their latest record Animals in the Median, released back in May from Tender Loving Empire. The track holds true to their vintage-pop with a bit of doo wop sound, showcasing beautiful harmonies and wistful melodies throughout. [...]

September 25, 2013 Merrijoy in our ears, News 0

FSOTW: September 23

FSOTW: September 23

Featured Shows of the Week! September 23 Monday September 23 2013 Dessa w/ Sombear @ Rock N Roll Hotel From its first track, Dessa’s new full-length Parts of Speech (6.25.13, Doomtree Records) announces itself as something different. The Doomtree veteran and inveterate wordsmith — having proved her mettle in the fields of creative non-fiction, spoken-word [...]

September 23, 2013 Merrijoy DC Live, events, Featured Shows of the Week, News 0

Honest Haloway at Rock and Roll Hotel

Honest Haloway at Rock and Roll Hotel

Local electro-pop band, Honest Haloway warmed up the RNR Hotel crowd on a happenin’ H Street last Saturday night. After hearing their Towns EP and diggin’ it, I was left wondering what that would translate to during a live show. Results were in and they were pretty great. The night marked the debut of bassist [...]

September 10, 2013 Merrijoy DC Live, events, News 0

Iceage at Rock and Roll Hotel

Iceage at Rock and Roll Hotel

all photos and words by Katie Slater Copenhagen’s punk band, Iceage, recently hit the states for a month-brief tour. Last Wednesday they performed at the Rock and Roll Hotel in Washington, DC that set up a dark and dungeon-like atmosphere to perfectly match the band’s punk persona and foreign vibe. Dramatic gestures from lead singer, [...]

June 25, 2013 Merrijoy DC Live, events, News 0

FSOTW: April 1

FSOTW: April 1

Featured Shows of the Week! April 1 Monday April 1 2013 Family of the Year with The Mowgli’s @ Rams Head On Stage “Family of the Year’s story began in 2009, when Joe assembled a band around an album, Songbook, that he completed while decompressing from a five-year stint with Unbusted, the alt-rock trio he [...]

April 1, 2013 Merrijoy DC Live, events, Featured Shows of the Week, News 0

Drop Electric at RNR Hotel

Drop Electric at RNR Hotel

I had the pleasure of seeing local-experimental band Drop Electric live last Saturday night as they, and a stream of other local bands, came together to play a benefit concert for Alex T. Finamore. Since not having seen them since their stint at recording a Blue Light Session at our studio, it was awesome to finally take [...]

January 8, 2013 Merrijoy DC Live, events, News 0

Shiny Toy Guns at Rock N Roll Hotel

Shiny Toy Guns at Rock N Roll Hotel

Shiny Toy Guns made their way back to DC last Sunday after having to reschedule from Hurricane Sandy. But the new date didn’t deter any fans from coming out as the show had officially become sold out. The anticipation was high for the electronica band as fans lined up on the stairs of the Rock and [...]

November 6, 2012 Merrijoy DC Live, events, News 0

FSOTW: August 20

FSOTW: August 20

Featured Shows of the Week! August 20 Monday August 20 2012 Screen Vinyl Image @ Black Cat Screen Vinyl Image sound like Suicide, The Jesus and Mary Chain, and My Bloody Valentine with just a touch of John Carpenter thrown in for good measure. That’s a recipe I can get behind. Tuesday August 21 2012 [...]

August 20, 2012 Merrijoy DC Live, events, Featured Shows of the Week, News, Uncategorized 0

FSOTW: July 30

FSOTW: July 30

Featured Shows of the Week! July 30 Monday July 30 2012 the Big Pink @ Rock N Roll Hotel Robbie Furze and Milo Cordell formed The Big Pink in 2007. Although both of music stock, their debut, A Brief History of Love, was the first collection of songs that either were really able call their [...]

July 30, 2012 Merrijoy Featured Shows of the Week, News 0

The Next Big Thing at RNR Hotel

The Next Big Thing at RNR Hotel

It’s no secret that Pick-Up Productions is keen on keeping up with local talent in and around the Washington DC area, so what better way to get a load of them all in one venue? Cue: The Next Big Thing at Rock and Roll Hotel. I’ve finally had the opportunity to check it out this [...]

February 20, 2012 Merrijoy Blog, DC Live, events, News, Reviews 0