File this one under endurance tests: The latest art-punk orgy at Comet Ping Pong doesn’t get started until 10:30 p.m., and that isn’t even the most difficult thing about it. K-Holes came out of Atlanta’s neo-garage scene, have nestled nicely into New York’s artier version of the same, and make spooky sax-punk dirges that draw equally from James Chance and The Cramps. The evening also includes DJ sets from two regular fuzz-rock party starters, Kid Congo Powers and Baby Alcatraz, and, for good measure, video art from Ryan Hill and Rob Parrish. But the biggest probable mindfuck comes via The Gumbas, a “forest punk” quartet from St. Petersburg, Russia, whose members are professional ballet dancers. Intriguingly, their Soundcloud page has 1) just two 40-second song clips; and 2) the same Lewis Hine photograph The Walkmen used on the cover of their debut album. Enigmatic! But here’s one mystery solved: The show is starting so late because one member of The Gumbas has to perform earlier in the evening with the Mariinsky Ballet at the Kennedy Center.
“The Year of the Long Count” begins at 10:30 p.m. at Comet Ping Pong, 5037 Connecticut Ave. NW. $10. cometpingpong.com. (202) 364-0404.