The Verge: The #DirtyPopTour

Welcome to The Verge: a column dedicated to music on the edge of a breakthrough. Let’s talk about pop, pop, pop music.

From our coverage of Lady Gaga and Justin Bieber, to our teen pop extravaganza FRIENDS, it’s clear that TGRIOnline is committed to bringing you everything pop music related, no matter how saccharine or ephemeral. So it should be no surprise that a concert with a Twitter-friendly name like the #DirtyPopTour would be on our radar.


The #DirtyPopTour brings together three up-and-coming bands, each with a different take on pop music, to six cities this summer, including DC9 on Tuesday, July 6th. The bands have put together a little mixtape for the occasion, which you can download for free on Bandcamp.

Electroclash popsters Menya, after playing Virginia and Maryland in April, are hitting the road hard this summer and will bring their unique party vibe to DC a few times. The trio of Good Goose, Angie Ripe, and Coco Dame best exemplifies the “dirty pop” moniker, effortlessly shifting between Top 40 re-works and sex-crazed club bangers. For a taste of the former, check out their recent cover of Motown classic “You Can’t Hurry Love.”


NYC’s TVTV specializes in new wave flavored rock. The band will be releasing its debut record on Mom and Pop Records, the home of Sleigh Bells and Metric, and has a sound closer to that of the latter. TVTV combines big riffs, smooth synths, and catchy hooks on their lead single, “Much Too Much.”

Headliners 2AM Club play a radio-friendly mix of blue eyed soul and pop rock, with touches of electro and hip hop. Think Maroon 5 meets Gym Class Heroes. The band is coming off a tour with Chiddy Bang, and has a track on – I shit you not – Now That’s What I Call Music. Check out their video for “Worry About You” and you’ll see why these guys are on the verge of serious crossover success.


The #DirtyPopTour hits DC9 next Tuesday, and you could do a lot worse than an evening of guilty pleasure pop music.

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