City Paper is not for tourists
After boozy New Year’s Eve parties and noisy holiday gatherings, kicking off 2016 with a quieter musical lineup sounds like a pleasant alternative. Rock & Roll Hotel seems to think so, as it’s booked a trio of local electronic musicians for a show on New Year’s Day. Headlining the festivities is Lance Neptune, a producer based out of Glenarden, who blends percussive clicks and brushes with pulsing brass tones to create a calming, ethereal effect. Upping the energy level is Rockville’s Chomp Chomp, whose bolder, bass-heavy beats sound like they could back a pop song but resonate better on their own. Closing out the trio is James Artimus, perhaps the most experimental of the three. “She’s Got Shamwow” opens with what sounds like the hollow clanging of pipes and builds into a symphony of syncopated synths. Lance Neptune performs with Chomp Chomp, Louis Weeks, and James Artimus at 9 p.m. at Rock & Roll Hotel, 1353 H St. NE. $12. (202) 388-7625. rockandrollhoteldc.com.