We know D.C. Get our free newsletter to stay in the know.
Contrary to popular belief, third-wave ska did not die in the ’90s, though it has become damn near extinct. One of the few bands to emerge from the ashes and carry on the legacy, Bomb the Music Industry! fuses its ska and punk roots with a distinctly 21st-century digital DIY aesthetic. The band’s early albums were mostly recorded in the home studio of frontman Jeff Rosenstock. All of its music is available free online, and the group has even offered stencils for fans to make their own T-shirts. The music, meanwhile, is a pastiche of computerized drum beats, rapid time signatures, driving synths, and fist-pumping sing-alongs that critique everything from homeland security to metalcore. But after eight years and 10 full-length albums, Rosenstock recently announced that he may be ending the band, saying this tour stands a “very, very good chance [of being its] last time coming through most of these cities.” Catch the group now, before its ska/punk fusion descends into a cultural purgatory.
Bomb the Music Industry! performs with Hop Along at 8 p.m. at Black Cat Backstage, 1811 14th St. NW. $10. (202) 667-4490. blackcatdc.com.