UPDATE: The show has been cancelled.
Violent Femmes, the folk punk heroes behind such indie staples as “Blister in the Sun,” “American Music” and “Add it Up,” are playing a free show as part of WTMD’s Live Lunch series.
The group is squeezing in the free gig on July 31, in between shows in Washington D.C. and New York on a tour in support of “Hotel Last Resort,” the band’s 10th album. The record is due out tomorrow, and to the delight of hardcore fans, the website AllMusic.com said it “follows the formula the Violent Femmes have been perfecting since their inception, delivering an above average batch of their wiry, smart, and sometimes tortured songs.”
As the name Live Lunch suggests, the show at WTMD’s studios starts promptly at noon. Doors open at 11:45 a.m., and spots are first-come, first-seated.
Landing a band that is playing at a massive venue like The Anthem in D.C. for an intimate in-studio show is a big get for the local indie music station.
“Not only are the Femmes one of the most influential bands to emerge from the electrifying ’80s underground, but they are one of the few that are still making vibrant and significant music,” Scott Mullins, WTMD’s station manager and program director, said in a statement. “We are thrilled to welcome them to the WTMD studios and offer our listeners an opportunity to experience this legendary band in our intimate live performance space.”