D.C.’s best garage-rock fest returns for its third year — and it’s now on its third name: Hail Hail Rock’N’Roll Fest. But much like the classic music it promotes, nothing else has changed.
On Thursday, four trash-punk bands — including Greece’s Acid Baby Jesus, South Africa’s Black Mamba Beat and D.C.’s Beach Bloods (ex-Points) — will have a treble-off at Asefu’s on Ninth Street NW. Friday’s three-band bill at Comet Ping Pong is more welcoming of bass frequencies: Brooklyn headliner Sorceress extend its T. Rex arms to embrace other forms of prehistoric rock.
Hail Hail closes Saturday at Silver Spring’s Quarry House Tavern with a free show featuring D.C. power-poppers the Spectacles, Brooklyn’s Les Sans Culottes (Francophone rock) and New York City’s Sorrows, pictured. The Sorrows formed in 1977 and sound like the Sex Pistols if they highlighted their early-Beatles side. The 2010 reissue collection “Bad Times Good Times” inspired bandleader Arthur Alexander to give performing another go — because garage rockers are always ready for one more round.