Sunday, March 04, 2007


WSC / Scissor Sisters

We caught Washington Social Club at a Positive Force benefit for Empower DC last night. Great time. We got there in time to catch a few songs by These United States, who are really growing on me. They've got a rootsy, almost southern vibe to them, but they still bring the rock. Indie rock with the occasional banjo. What's not to love.

It's great to see WSC at a gig like this. They played at St. Stephen's Church on 16th Street. Small, dark stage - lit only by a single florescent light off to the side of the stage. Maybe 80 people there? I'm terrible at the numbers thing. Mostly new material, which sounds terrific. They really brought it, despite the fact that their regular drummer wasn't there. Some little cutie named Ian did a good job of filling in.

I love shows like this where you aren't packed-in with tons of drunks, shoving their way through the crowd as if you weren't there, with people who insist on yakking in your ear while the band plays, or with dozens of pushy Jennifers who think nothing of shoving you out of the way at the bar or smacking you with their purse all night.

However, I fully expect tonight's Scissor Sisters crowd to be all of the above, literally 10-times-over. And it will be fab-u-lous. I understand there may be a gay or two in the crowd. I'll see if I can spot one.

I love These United States. How were the Scissor Sisters?
They were fun, but I was a little disappointed. I'm glad I went, but I doubt I'd go again.
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