Hey Rosetta! and Stars would have probably made it big in Canada without help from Jian Ghomeshi, the popular and recently fired talk-show host currently embroiled in a sex-abuse scandal, but in recent years, he certainly helped them gain attention in the States. On Oct. 23, Ghomeshi’s last taping of his show, Q, aired across Canada and on roughly 180 American public radio affiliates, and on Oct. 24, Hey Rosetta! became the first band to play live on Q in the post-Ghomeshi era. Stars had dropped by exactly two weeks before, and the band’s lead singer, Torquil Campbell, has been a regular guest commentator on the show since 2011. Publicity woes back home aside, both bands are now touring to support solid new albums. “Put your hands up because everybody dies!” Campbell sings on the bouncy-but-bleak title track of No One is Lost. The Newfoundlanders of Hey Rosetta! aren’t much more optimistic on Second Sight, an album that opens by comparing the sunrise to a bloody knife. Lyrics aside, both bands play danceable tunes, and having lost their biggest cheerleader at the CBC, they deserve a big, boisterous D.C. crowd to cheer them up. Stars performs with Hey Rosetta! at 7 p.m. at 9:30 Club, 815 V St. NW. $25. (202) 265-0930. 930.com.