Local Rock Faceoff
If you want to hear some of the best rock music that has come out of D.C. in the past few years, then you need to pull yourself away from American Idol Wednesday night and head out to one of two shows. One option is Q and Not U at the Black Cat. Over the past couple of years the group has successfully stepped into the "band that most embodies the D.C. music scene" role that formerly belonged to Fugazi. You know, being the face of Dischord Records, playing cheap, all-ages shows, performing at benefits for Positive Force, etc. Power, the band's most recent album, features some new wrinkles on their sound, including more hip-shaking tunes. It's the sound du jour these days, and more often than not the results leave a lot to be desired, but Q and Not U gives it the right amount of, well, power, to make it work.
There won't be a lack of power a mile or so away at the Warehouse Next Door, where Dead Meadow will showcase its monster riffs. Pegged as "stoner rock" (that would be heavy, sluggish and loud, in the vein of Black Sabbath) from their beginnings around 1999, the band's latest, Flowers won't disappoint longtime fans, and even has some - gasp - pop songs thrown in for good measure. As if the band needed more muscle, they have recently added Corey Shane as a second guitarist, which makes their beefy sound even beefier. I've seen plenty of loud bands, and Dead Meadow is certainly among the loudest. But in a good way. Still, you might want to invest in a pair of earplugs if heading out there.
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