New York guitarist Marnie Stern hits D.C. often, but tonight’s set will be her first here since releasing her sophomore album, titled (take a deep breath) This Is It and I Am It and You Are It and So Is That and He Is It and She Is It and It Is It and That Is That. Stern’s music matches her absurd album title: hectic, rapid-fire, staccato, and more than a little whimsical. Her math-rock-gone-pop scheming is backed by a crack band of musicians, including drummer Zach Hill of Hella. Stern shreds mercilessly but always within the confines of her tightly composed songs—throw her eager, shrill vocals into the mix and you get a concoction so volatile it threatens to completely go off the rails at any moment, which is part of its charm.
MARNIE STERN PERFORMS WITH TALK NORMAL, EXACTLY, AND CANNOT BE STOPPED AT 8:30 P.M. AT DC9, 1940 9TH ST. NW. $12. (202) 483-5000.