City Paper is not for tourists
Yelling about marginalization and feeling disconnected from yourself isn’t anything new, especially in D.C. But Brooklyn hardcore band Big Ups, which performs at Comet Ping Pong with Washer and Polyon, taps into a vein of political, heaving melodies that should draw in even the most jaded local punk. The band’s second album, Before a Million Universes, released early this month, builds on its ability to straddle the line between overt political statements and more intimate questions about drug use, family, and personal expectations. Live, the charisma and raw power of frontman Joe Galarraga’s chaotic lunges into the audience put the band a step ahead of its screaming peers. Wednesday’s show will test the upper limit of Comet Ping Pong’s decibel range; local noise band Polyon’s psychedelic compositions seem loud enough to make your ears bleed. Big Ups performs with Washer and Polyon at 9 p.m. at Comet Ping Pong, 5037 Connecticut Ave. NW. (202) 364-0404. cometpingpong.com.