Feeling angsty about city life? Alberta Cross feels you. The British rockers despised living in Brooklyn so much they wrote an album about it how much it sucked, ditching the acoustic gang-sings of their debut EP for wailing, wallowing grunge. But if the gratuitous use of exclamation points on the band’s Twitter feed is any indication, the guys are feeling much better now that they’re back on the road. After all, the songs of frontman Petter Ericson Stakee—who grew up in perpetual transit (his father was an itinerant musician)—tend to reflect geographic restlessness: As a Londoner, he wrote Americana; as a Brooklyner, he wrote about wanting out of New York. Washington is the third-to-last scheduled city on Alberta Cross’ current tour, leaving open to question whether the band is preparing to settle down again—and what that might sound like this time.
ALBERTA CROSS PERFORMS WITH HACIENDA AT 9 P.M. AT THE BLACK CAT, 1811 14TH ST. NW. $10. (202) 667-4490.