How to Spend Your Tuesday Afternoon

You'll start things off, as always, by checking in with Freedom Rock at 2 p.m., to pester J. Freedom about why your favorite band didn't get reviewed in the paper. And whatever else is on your mind.

Today's Live Online headliner, at 3 p.m., is D.C.'s own Henry Rollins. His election night eve show at the Birchmere is already sold out, so this is your best chance to find out what's on Hank's mind. And what's in his neck. Besides lots and lots of muscles. And whether he remembers doing this.

Then at 4 p.m. head on over to WMUCRadio.com to listen to a live, in-studio performance by Jay Reatard in advance of his show at the Black Cat tonight. WMUC is the independent radio station at University of Maryland, and it was my old stomping ground, so it's always nice when they get some top talent to stop by. And these days it doesn't get much better than Reatard, who offers both quality and quantity. His recent singles compilation, "Matador Singles '08" (clever name), finds him expanding his sound from the awesome pummeling punk of 2006's "Blood Visions" to include some fuzz-pop, an appropriately sinister and claustrophobic Deerhunter cover, bedroom lo-fi and even one song ("An Ugly Death") that sounds like a long-lost b-side of the Clean. Not included on that compilation is his fantastic cover of Beck's "Gamma Ray," which according to today's Express profile, he recorded and sent back to Beck's management four hours after they contacted him about covering it. Quality, quantity and quickly, at that.

Even though some of the new material is a bit mellow, at least by his standards, when he plays live expect it to be an onslaught of Flying V guitar mayhem. Refresh yourself with my interview with from earlier this year at SXSW.

By David Malitz |  October 28, 2008; 12:24 PM ET Chat
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