Weekend Shots!

It has been two weeks too long, let us reunite with a band that is all the rage, old souls, and a super group for your last weekend in February.

Friday, 2/22: Parquet Courts with Roomrunner and Foul Swoops at Black Cat

Texans now living in Brooklyn, Parquet Courts, have been making music since 2010, however you’d think they just arrived on the music scene with the rapid coverage the band has received over the past months. Andrew Savage (lead vocals, guitar), Austin Brown (guitar), Sean Yeaton (bass), and Max Savage (drums) released their debut album, American Specialties, on a limited cassette release, but now have moved toward releasing their latest album, Light Up Gold, originally released last August via Dull Tools, re-released by What’s Your Rupture? this year, leaving behind the lone cassette tape.

Parquet Courts were originally set to play a house show in DC last month, but with their quick rise, cancelled and are now playing Black Cat’s Mainstage. However don’t let their fast rise to indie fame fool you, these twenty-something men wear their heart on their sleeve. “Emotional honesty isn’t encouraged in our generation; cynicism is encouraged. It’s not in vogue really to wear your emotions on your sleeve, mostly because people take that to be too nostalgic or romantic– but I don’t.”

Get to the Cat and check out what all the buzz is about, this time the bees are right and get there early for Foul Swoops- a headliner in their own right.

Saturday, 2/23: Pressing Strings at Velvet Lounge

Annapolis, Maryland band, Pressing Strings is a mix of Americana, reggae, jazz, and rock music. The quartet, Josh Kachura, Jordan Sokel, Bob Novak, and Nick Welker have been hard at work for years, having success opening for The Beach Boys and Sam Roberts. In 2012 they released a self-titled album, which was funded entirely by the donations of fans.

Tone down your weekend and get your old soul fix this Saturday night with Pressing Strings, sure to impress your ears.

Sunday, 2/24: Alarms and Controls with The Torches at Galaxy Hut

Dischord and Mud Memory super group, Alarms and Controls, is singer and guitarist Chris Hamley of Circus Lupus, bassist Michael Honch of Hunger Artist, and drummer Vin Novara of Crownhate Ruin. They released a four song 7-inch in September, “Reanimus Cataract” b/w “Kirtland’s Warbler,” and describe themselves as a combination of Minutemen and Can.

Get to Arlington Sunday night to catch this band made up of DC post-hardcore veterans in the intimate setting of Galaxy Hut, you won’t regret the short ride over the bridge.

Get out DC, you music freaks.

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