There’s still time to nominate local icons for Best of D.C.
In summer 1998, Hot Water Music played its last show. It was highly publicized, and people came from all over the countryand even the worldto say goodbye. The show was set to be recorded for a posthumous live album. It would be a fitting end for a band whose primary draw was the raw emotion it brought to its performances. Then, shortly before the show began, the members of the band decided that whatever irreconcilable differences were driving them apart could be solved. So, halfway through their set, they announced that they weren’t breaking up after all. Three years later, the band is still churning out upbeat-emocore-meets-’80s-hard-rock, topped with gruff vocals and honest lyrics. And though the tunes may sound the same, now it seems that the sincerity that was once their backbone is now just a necessary stage act. Hot Water Music plays with Alkaline Trio, Cave In, Thrice, Mike Park, Selby Tigers, and Eyeliners at 6:30 p.m. at Nation, 1015 Half St. SE. $15. (202) 554-1500. (Jacob Long)