Priests, Blizzard Babies | Burlington | Rock, Pop, Etc | Chicago Reader
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Priests, Blizzard Babies 

When: Fri., June 14, 9 p.m. 2013
Price: $7 suggested donation
Ever since it took shape in the early 80s, the D.C. hardcore and art-punk scene—led by the likes of Fugazi, the Nation of Ulysses, and Lungfish—has been proudly DIY focused. The city’s next big postanything band is still more likely to book a show at a punk house or church hall than at, say, the 9:30 Club—not because playing at commercial venues isn’t an option but because avoiding them is in the scene’s blood. That tradition is strong with hyped D.C. band Priests, who make their minimalist postpunk sound rousingly in-your-face despite their stripped-down instrumentation—they don’t scream over a melody so much as fervently lecture in front of raw, tinny guitar and simplistic but high-spirited rhythms. Fronted by the charismatic Katie Alice Greer (also of Ian Svenonius’s Chain & the Gang), who loves to rave about consumerism and product placement, Priests only have a small catalog so far, which includes a seven-inch and pair of tapes (one of which is dropping for this tour). But if you give a listen to seven-inch track “Radiation,” where Greer’s colorful vocals teeter on the maniacal, you’ll definitely want to see what the band can do onstage. —Kevin Warwick Blizzard Babies open.

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