Shows to see in D.C.
Thursday, Sept. 11 Kings of Leon at the 9:30 club Southern rock-revivalists the Kings of Leon will be laying down a mean set of pure southern comfort. Touring in support of its debut full-length, "Young and Young Manhood," which garnered a four star rating from The Eagle, the Kings of Leon are steamrolling across the country with a classic rock feel, born from the loins of the Rolling Stones and Neil Young. Tickets are available at the door for $10. Visit www.930.com for more information.
Friday, Sept. 12 Turbonegro at the Black Cat Reformed Scandinavian rock revivalists Turbonegro return to the states for the first time in more than five years. Many music fans have just recently been converted to the Turbonegro cult, on account of Epitaph's 2003 reissues "Apocalypse Dudes" and "Ass Cobra." The band's over-the-top live show incorporates elements of garage punk, glam rock and pop metal and has converted countless fans, including Jello Biafra. Biafra, the ex-Dead Kennedy's front man, praises Turbonegro as the most important European band ever. Friday's show will likely be a near sellout, full of people who never dreamed of seeing them live on account of their 1998 breakup. Tickets are available at the door for $15. The show starts at 9:30 p.m. on the main stage. Visit www.blackcatdc.com for more information.
Saturday, Sept. 13 Numbers with The Ex at the Black Cat Experimental '80s post-punk band The Ex will be performing its brand of socialist rock alongside Tigerbeat6 artist Numbers, a mod-revivalist, disco-punk group. Definitely an experience if you're interested in something new and different. Tickets are available at the door for $10. Take a chance on this 9:30 p.m. show. Visit www.blackcatdc.com for more information.
Andrew W.K.at George Washington University Yard Hyperactive head-banger Andrew W.K returns to D.C. for the fifth time in two years, in support of his more sophisticated sophomore effort "The Wolf." The show is free and will undoubtedly feature more hair-metal moves and sing-a-long chants than a Poison show.
Lil' Jon and The Eastside Boyz at VIP Club Get "low" with platinum selling hip hoppers Lil' Jon and The Eastside Boyz and join them for a showing of the much anticipated Oscar De La Hoya vs. "Sugar" Shane Mosley rematch. Must be 21 to attend. Call (202) 347-7200 for more information.
Nintendo Fusion Tour featuring Evanescence and Cold at Nation Nintendo brings hard rock heavyweights Cold and Evanescence to Nation. Cold is touring in support of "Year of the Spider," which it released over the summer to rave reviews, while Evanescence is touring in support of its multi-platinum wind-up debut, "Fallen." Tickets are available at the door and on Ticketmaster.com for $27.50.
Sunday, Sept. 14 Billy Idol at the 9:30 club Former Generation X frontman Billy Idol returns to the 9:30 club for a headlining show. Idol was one of the first men christened into a massive superstar through MTV. Idol will play all of his radio hits including "Rebel Yell," "Dancing With Myself" and "White Wedding." Idol has also dabbled with acting in recent years, with roles in "The Wedding Singer" and "The Doors." He was also the subject of a VH-1 "Behind the Music" where he told his story of going from college dropout to superstar, and his battles with drugs and alcohol. Tickets on sale at www.930.com for $40.