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TVD Live Shots: The
6th Annual Gwar BQ at Hadad’s Lake, 8/15

It’s not every day that we run 2 features back to back on the very same event—but every event simply isn’t the annual Gwar BQ, now is it? You can catch a full recap below this feature—and highlights of the live sets right after the jump. —Ed.

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TVD Live: The 6th Annual Gwar BQ at Hadad’s Lake, 8/15

Blöthar. Beefcake the Mighty. Sexecutioner. To the uninitiated, these may seem like names from a twisted, perverted comic. To the Bohabs, or devotees to the band known as Gwar, well, you’re still not too far off. For three decades now, Gwar had been pushing the limits of musical outrageousness with their twisted music and their gore-filled live shows have become a thing of legend.

In recent years, one of their latest ventures has been the annual Gwar BQ in their hometown of Richmond, VA. Correction, adopted hometown, as they claim Antarctica as their home on Earth. The Gwar BQ has been picking up steam, as the annual event has grown bigger each year, and that was most apparent with this year’s lineup.

Three stages, featuring some of punk and metal’s heaviest hitters like Down, Clutch, the Descendants and Of course, Gwar themselves.

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TVD Recommends: The Do Likes record release at the Black Cat, 8/16

The Arlington, VA quartet, The Do Likes—Jorge, Matt, Mark, and Rob—have released their first full length, self titled LP for which an album release party is set for this Sunday, August 16th at the Black Cat with Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb and The Combs.

The Do Likes describe their music as “a band out of time, stuck in the heartaches and harmonies of another era.” They like to be thought of as a “living, breathing record collection, even if at times they are huffing and wheezing up the stairs.”

So try on their new album above—and for the best listening mode see them live this Sunday. The show is all ages.

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The DC Record Fair returns to Penn Social this Sunday, 8/9!

It’s the “Dog Days of Summer Edition” with everything you’ve come to expect from DC’s twice yearly vinyl event!

There’s the 40+ vinyl vendors from up and down the East Coast, the DJ line up (stay tuned!), the bar, the food, Zeke’s Coffee is back with their bold brew, we’ve got pretty killer raffle items up for grabs just for coming through the door, plus the random other surprises that make the DC Record Fair a special community event.

Our friends at the Fillmore Silver Spring put together this piece a while back that outshines any descriptive copy we could devise:

11:00 – 12:00 – Matthew Allen, (Ambassadors, Showmobile)
12:00 – 1:00 – Marcello Bentine (SushiSamba)
1:00 – 2:00 – Rick Taylor & Brandon Grover, (We Fought the Big One)
2:00 – 3:00 – Donn T (D-Tone Victorious Records)
3:00 – 4:00 – Mike Murphy (Mellow Madness, WRIR)
4:00 – 5:00 – DJ Amen Ra

Mark your calendars! 

Sunday, August 9, 2015 at Penn Social, 801 E Street, NW
11:00–12:00, Early Bird Admission $5.00
12:00–5:00, Regular Admission $2.00
RSVP at the Facebook invite!

The DC Record Fair is brought you by Som Records, DC Soul Recordings, and TVD.

Our thanks to Jon Gregory for the killer poster!

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TVD Live Shots: Faith
No More and Refused
at Merriweather Post Pavilion, 8/2

Delivering an (ahem) epic show, Faith No More, the legendary band from San Francisco, performed Sunday night for an enthusiastic crowd at the DC area’s premier outdoor venue, Merriweather Post Pavilion.

Wrapping up the east coast leg of their tour with supporting act Refused, their stage was adorned with white linen draping the amplifiers and speaker cabinets and what one might consider an obscene abundance of floral arrangements bloomed among their stage setup. The band members themselves took the stage in white linen looking far more spiritual then I had remembered them.

Whatever peaceful vibe the crowd took from the serene stage backdrop was contrasted by the crisp and super-tight melodic metal tones that would pierce the night. FNM today sounds far better live then most bands might ever aspire to—and a totally different animal from their recorded material.

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TVD Live Shots: Deftones and Highly Suspect at the Fillmore Silver Spring, 7/31

Friday night the Deftones along with their support act Highly Suspect performed for a sold out Fillmore Silver Spring and hammered the Maryland fans with their unique brand of high energy, no frills metal.

It’s amazing to witness the energy that the crowd feeds upon from the instant the Deftones leap into their set—the entire venue comes to life. It’s refreshing to know this kind of power still lives in their music. Fans of all types of metal music everywhere will be glad to know that there was no shortage of stage diving, crowd surfing, and general chaos with the Deftones in town.

Their set list included: “Diamond Eyes,” “My Own Summer (Shove It),” “Lhabia,” “When Girls Telephone Boys,” “Sextape,” “Swerve City,” “Knife Party,” “Bored,” “Royal,” and many more.

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TVD Live: Brandon Flowers at Echostage, 7/29

PHOTOS: TOREY MUNDKOWSKY | On Wednesday night, one of the more high-energy rock concerts currently touring came through DC. Brandon Flowers belted out a fun, hour and a half set at Echostage that had the crowd buzzing well after the show ended.

Brandon Flowers achieved notoriety as the lead singer and keyboardist for the Las Vegas rock band The Killers, whose success began with their debut album which reached triple platinum status and has continued in the decade since. The band made it clear that Flowers’s first solo album, Flamingo in 2010, was a project in addition to The Killers, not a departure.

While Flamingo was a successful release, Flowers really found his footing as a solo artist with his second album released earlier this year, The Desired Effect. The credits feature Bruce Hornsby, Tony Levin, and other notable musicians who add a dimension that was lacking from the first album. Over half of the songs on the LP are potential singles, and he showcased many of them during his set.

Flowers displayed his Vegas roots as he hopped on stage and donned a shimmering gold suit jacket, bowed to his audience, and ripped into the first track from The Desired Effect, “Dreams Come True.” Flowers’ accompaniment, which included two backup singers, a small brass section, along with the standard guitar-bass-keyboard-drum set up, was shrouded in smoke and shadows, allowing Brandon’s high energy showmanship to run the night.

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TVD Live Shots: Interpol at Echostage, 7/28

PHOTOS: RICHIE DOWNS | Nestled on a seedy DC street is one of the area’s biggest clubs, Echostage. Generally a spot known for EDM, there has recently been an uptick in rock shows circulating through. On Tuesday night, Interpol lit up the mega club ripping through their set as one of the best rock bands to come to DC this summer. The band members do not put on a big spectacle in the performance. Clad in all black, the focus is drawn to the music as opposed to the musicians, yet they managed to put on an energetic and electric show.

Known for monotone vocals and heavy, staccato basslines, Interpol has been a staple in the American alt-rock scene for 15 years. Founded in New York in 1997, they are touring the US and Europe this summer to promote their fifth album, El Pintor. This is the band’s first tour without founding member, bassist Carlos Dengler, and although his decision to split from the band left a hole in the album, the performance showed no sign of the loss.

Ever-serious frontman Paul Banks whirred through the hour and a half set to an increasingly excited crowd that went from head bobbing to all out jumping around. Songs from their 2004 album Antics, including “Evil” and “Slow Hands,” were undeniably the cause of most excitement, but the crowd remained relatively enthusiastic for the lesser known songs too.

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TVD Live Shots: Dinosaur Jr. and History Repeated at the Black Cat, 7/19

Alternative rock legends Dinosaur Jr. performed for a sold out crowd on the Black Cat’s main stage last Sunday night and unleashed a full-scale noise assault on their DC fans.

Playing a mix of early and newer material from their enormous catalog, Dinosaur Jr. seems to be able to squeeze the essence of their career into a one hour-long set leaving the audience satisfied, but still wanting more from the Amherst, Massachusetts-based trio. While most of their set derived from You’re Living All Over Me and Where You Been? eras of the band, the trio did sprinkle their set with staples from their celebrated album Bug, and even managed to include their beloved rendition of The Cure’s “Just Like Heaven.”

Having 10 full length studio albums, countless singles, and numerous solo projects under their belts, J Mascis, Lou Barlow, and Murph should now be considered more of an institution rather than a group aging indie artists.

Dinosaur Jr. were pioneers within the alternative rock scenes of the ‘80s and ’90s and introduced the world to a sound that had not been heard prior and influenced a countless number of acts to follow. One of the fundamentals for Dinosaur Jr.’s specific sound is the shear volume of their live show—and that reputation held true Sunday night.

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TVD Recommends: Incredible Change at Fort Reno, 7/23


No plans tonight? Synthpop stars Incredible Change will be headlining everyone’s favorite local outdoor music series Fort Reno. Their self-titled debut album was released last month and is available for free on SpotifyBandcamp, and Soundcloud.

Ra Ra Rasputin lead singer Brock Boss has worked on Incredible Change as a side project for a few years now, with a goal “to incorporate more analog synths and focus on vocals.” Most of the songs on Incredible Change were written over the past two years, with Boss writing and recording songs and then scrapping them en masse, until the album was just right.

He is happy with the strength of the songs after having them in his head for the past two–and one song for four–years. Boss remembers, “Riding on the metro an hour to work and back, listening to parts of songs, imagining what fits, sitting at a desk in my apartment, recording vocals, drinking too much, rambling off whatever came to my mind. Listening back to them the next day, perceiving words I may have never said, but understood, and recognizing a tone or mood in the songs.”

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