DC9 Nightclub presents The Exits, Metro to Paris, and Robert Hunter and Slayder Smet this Thursday.
Brooklyn indie rockers The Exits bring fresh energy to a genre ready for new ideas. A tight trio, The Exits have a swaggering style in the vein of New York predecessors like The Strokes and The Velvet Underground, coupled with a songwriting approach inspired by everything from Jazz standards and beat poets to the rock and roll lineage from The Beatles to Nirvana.
The Exits are Jared Michaels (guitar/lead vocals), Ryan Calabrese (drums/vocals), and Tom Harrison (bass). Michaels and Calabrese met as students in college. The Exits’ songwriting delivers tales of city life and romance through catchy melodies that bend your ear on their way to firmly lodging themselves in your brain. Add to the mix a solid groove from the rhythm section and you’ve got the DNA of a serious rock band.
The band’s presentation is unmistakably rock & roll but the group is no throwback. The Exits are defined by modern songwriting and production, and their forward-thinking approach, with hints of electro and R&B, can help the genre hit refresh.
Metro to Paris
Metro to Paris is four-piece band based out of Washington, DC/ NoVA. Members include Casey Wilkins on guitar and vocals, John Michael Rabil on piano, Garrett Henkle on bass, and Spencer Jessee on drums. Their debut LP is slated for release in Summer 2019.
Robert Hunter and Slayder Smet
Robert will be performing cuts from his new record Revival and signing copies of his highly celebrated new novel Relapse: A Love Story. Since March 2018, the Hunters have traveled over 100, 000 miles across forty eight states and have performed for more than 500 events varying from book signings to intimate acoustic performances to full band concert exhibitions. The nationwide Relapse + Revival Tour was inspired by Robert’s wife Becky who battled adversity and triumphed over a very aggressive, hard to treat cancer. Today, the pair are on the road – celebrating life and embarking on the 50 state adventure Becky wished for – with the new book, Relapse: A Love Story, and the new record, Revival.
Thu May 30
Doors: 7:30 pm / Show: 8:00 pm
1940 9th Street NW
Washington, DC 20001
Flow-bending artist aSanTIS discusses art, culture, and whether sound can solve the world’s problems in celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month.
My interview with Amy Santis aka aSanTIS began in the most unexpected way. The Maryland-based flow-bending artist and lyrical storyteller came prepared to engage in conversation around questions I had posed – and she also brought one or two of her own thoughtful prompts based on her curiosities around my view of learning.
This practice of taking in her surroundings deeply through observation and inquiry has come naturally to aSanTIS ever since she was a young child. In terms of her early starts in music, she notes that she began as a discerning listener. “Just listening to music from my mom, on the radio, just being a consumer in the world of sound. But I think mainly, my mom has always loved dancing and listening to music, so that was sort of like second nature. We play music at gatherings, we play music in the car, and these songs are sort of like diaries that take us into a specific place.”
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