Leisure Sport; photo courtesy of MLloyd

Leisure Sport at Pie Shop

Leisure Sport play the type of rock and roll that’s best heard in headphones, alone in a car, or on stage. Though reminiscent of late ’90s and early 2000s indie acts like Rainer Maria, due to the jangly guitars and dueling vocals from Dana DiGennaro and Kyle Balkin, the Baltimore band isn’t trying to relive a bygone era. Instead, the band has a lot more in common with current acts like Bad Bad Habits and Hop Along to be considered a retread. And they write the type of songs you’ll listen to on repeat when seeking solace as exemplified by the four-piece’s June EP release Title Card. Those five songs connect with listeners on a personal level, making it a CD that would rarely leave your car’s compact disc player—if your car still has a compact disc player. Tracks like “Lost and Found” are for listeners mending broken hearts. While “Tennessee,” a more aggressive track, will draw concert goers closer to the stage. (And their impossible-to-Google name puts them in good company of other impossible-to-Google acts on Pie Shop’s calendar—looking at you Activity, Anxious, Cry Baby, and Doug.) Pie Shop, along with Songbyrd and DC9, are offering exceptional quality programming. And Pie Shop’s Oct. 26 lineup featuring Nervous Dater and Leisure Sport is one of many featuring not-to-miss, local-ish acts that make middle-of-the-week concert going worthwhile. Leisure Sport plays at 8 p.m. on Oct. 26 at Pie Shop, 1339 H St. NE. pieshopdc.com. $12–$15.