There’s still time to nominate local icons for Best of D.C.
Since alt.country is all about stripping away modern rock’s pretense and getting back to basics, I’m waiting for the bands to out-roots each other. Whiskeytown’s entry into the sincerity sweeps occurs when leader David Ryan Adams scratches his stubble, on mike, at the end of the Black Crowsian “Everything I Do” on the band’s second album, Strangers Almanac. (OK, it’s either Adams rubbing his beard or someone lightly rocking a maraca, but it all sounds so, well, honest!) The Austin-based band plays a tried-and-true brand of rock that touches on the Replacements (“Yesterday’s News”) and the Eagles (“Excuse Me While I Break My Own Heart Tonight”). Hear Whiskeytown’s odes to the sad life with Fastball at 8 p.m. at the Bayou, 3135 K St. NW. $10. (202) 333-2897. (Christopher Porter)