It is an unfortunate reality for the serious concertgoer that on occasion, there will be more than one show on any given night that you really, really, REALLY wanna go to. Since the vast majority of us don't own a time machine, nor have the ability to either clone ourselves or split ourselves in half (or thirds or quarters, depending on the night in question), this tends to present a problem. Difficult decisions are made based on a multitude of variables (perhaps some of you even make lists of pros and cons), and ultimately, a show is chosen. But those other shows are still gonna be killer, and I'd like to give a little face time to the shows that, while I can't go myself, are highly recommended all the same.
Tonight was one of those oh-so hard decisions, friends, and I'd encourage those of you who haven't yet made up your mind for your DC weekend plans to give serious consideration to going to see Rewards along with Warpaint and Family Band over at the Rock&Roll Hotel. Rewards is the one-man, 80s-inspired juggernaut helmed by Chairlift's Aaron Pfenning. Based on what I've heard thus far, I predict many a chill will be experienced as Pfenning churns out his lovely, haunting sonic gems. But don't take my word for it. Go see for yourself.
mp3: Two Cardinals (Rewards from the forthcoming Rewards album)