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The Pietasters, Kill Lincoln, Catbite at 9:30 Club
The past, present, and future of local ska on one bill. D.C.’s finest eight-piece band, The Pietasters, are in their third decade of classic third-wave (if that’s possible) ska. This day-after-Christmas homecoming show should be everything longtime devotees are looking for: the comfort of Pietasters’ familiar sound in the beloved 9:30 Club. Also on the bill, D.C.’s Kill Lincoln make this reasonably priced show even more appealing. While they haven’t logged as much time as The Pietasters, they’ve been putting D.C. ska on the national map for the past decade, representing a modern sound with bona fides such as split releases from the likes of Less Than Jake. But it’s openers, Catbite, that make this show especially worth the time and money. Catbite feature some of Philadelphia’s finest ska vets, including Tim Hildebrand from the Snails and Dull Blue Lights and Chris Pires from Last Martyrs of a Lost Cause, but it’s lead singer Brittany Luna that sets the band apart. Her voice has tinges of Joan Jett and Brody Dalle from the Distillers, giving the ska band a welcome edge. Their sophomore LP, 2021’s Nice One, is ten tracks of ska pop crossover appeal. The longest track runs three minutes and 26 seconds, never allowing for any fat. If you’re a fan of the Specials and wish Olivia Rodrigo had some horns, really great keys, and a few claws, consider Catbite. You might like ‘em even if you don’t like ska. The show starts at 7 p.m. on Dec. 26 at 9:30 Club, 815 V St. NW. 930.com. $20. Proof of COVID-19 vaccination and masks required.