City Paper is not for tourists
Silver Spring rock trio Two Inch Astronaut (see profile, page 31) often gets heralded as the modern evolution of D.C.’s ’80s and ’90s hardcore scene. The influence is there, but it’s not the only sound that comes through in its music. What makes Two Inch Astronaut so compelling is its stew of ’90s rock ‘n’ roll sounds. The sharp angles and turn-on-a-dime rhythms pull from Polvo. The vocals are a bit aggressive but thoughtful, in the spirit of Superchunk. This mix sounds better than ever on the lead singles from the band’s upcoming LP, Personal Life. “Good Behavior” is among the catchiest songs the band has ever written, with a towering up-and-down melody. The title track mows over listeners with charging guitar and bass. Joining Two Inch Astronaut to celebrate its record release are two local bands to add to your must-listen list. Laughing Man uses distortion and echoes to make its punk feel like it’s attacking from all sides. Hemlines’ patriarchy-smashing punk takes no prisoners and makes no apologies. A local rock showcase has never wailed quite this well. Two Inch Astronaut performs with Laughing Man and Hemlines at 7:30 p.m. at the Black Cat Backstage, 1811 14th St. NW. $10. (202) 667-4490. blackcatdc.com.