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It’s said that art tends to flourish under bad government, and the political climate right now feels just toxic enough to start sprouting a few fresh turd blossoms. Take Chicago alt-rock duo Local H, which recorded its first proper album in four years just to express its disgust with politicians on both sides of the aisle. The band first became known for its 1996 hit “Bound for the Floor,” an angsty song you’ve probably heard but can’t really remember; its members have since transitioned into skewering lousy politicians. On Hallelujah! I’m a Bum, Local H namechecks liberal enemy No. 1, Ronald Reagan, and yes, even samples some Sarah Palin soundbites, but they zero in on those who have allowed politics to come before the needs of the middle class. It’s a suitable record to perform less than two miles from the Capitol while we teeter on the edge of the fiscal cliff. Also, Chicago expats, take note: Despite its keen interest in Washington, Local H still reps the Windy City. Listen for the sounds of the L train on two of the album’s cuts.
Local H performs with Lady Cop at 8 p.m. at Rock & Roll Hotel, 1353 H St. NE. $13–$15. (202) 388-7625. rockandrollhoteldc.com.