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For members of the cult of John Reis and Rick Froberg—the two garage-rock heavyweights from Rocket From the Crypt and Drive Like Jehu—the 2005 demise of their band Hot Snakes felt like a knife in the gut. They went on to form Obits and The Night Marchers, temporarily appeasing their rabid fanbase (which is composed mostly of alternative-weekly contributors), but news of a Hot Snakes reunion takes the cake. The group’s sparse East Coast “tour” consists only of tonight’s show at Rock & Roll Hotel and the Metallica-curated Orion Music Festival in Atlantic City, N.J., then a final show at All Tomorrow’s Parties in Asbury Park, N.J., this September. Consider us very lucky. Plus, tonight’s opener is History Repeated, which features John Stabb, a man whose storied tenure with Government Issue has earned him his own loyal flock of followers.
Hot Snakes performs with History Repeated and Last Year’s Men at 9 p.m. at Rock & Roll Hotel, 1353 H St. NE. $18 in advance, $20 day of. rockandrollhoteldc.com. (202) 388-7625.