Snapshots: Mitski @ Black Cat — 11/18/16

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Mitski performs at the Black Cat on Friday, Nov. 18, 2016. (Photo by Kristie Chua)

Mitski stopped at the Black Cat on Friday to promote her fourth studio album, Puberty 2, released via Dead Oceans in June. Music critics universally cheered the hotly anticipated new album from the Brooklyn-based singer-songwriter.

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Snapshots: Beach Slang and Bleached @ Black Cat — 10/11/16

BeachSlang1James Alex takes to the stage solo at the Black Cat Tuesday. (Photo by Kristie Chua)

Beach Slang and Bleached announced a shared tour earlier this year and launched it at the Black Cat on Tuesday.

To the surprise of many, however, Bleach Slang band leader James Alex revealed only hours prior to the show that he would undertake the tour alone and without his three bandmates.

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Snapshots: Blood Orange @ Lincoln Theatre — 9/13/16

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Dev Hynes aka Blood Orange performs at the Lincoln Theatre in DC on Sept. 13, 2016. (Photo by Kristie Chua)

Earlier this summer, Blood Orange released a third studio album, Freetown Sound, and recently launched a world tour that included only a handful of US dates.

One of those dates included a stop at the Lincoln Theatre in DC on Tuesday, Sept. 13, where Blood Orange, born Dev Hynes, mesmerized the crowd with funky synthpop and orchestral R&B. Of the 21 songs he performed, only about half a dozen came from his previous work. This show was truly “Welcome to Freetown,” and it was a hit.

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Snapshots: Eskimeaux (and Basement) @ Rock and Roll Hotel — 9/7/16

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Eskimeaux performs at the Rock and Roll Hotel on Wednesday, Sept. 7, 2016. (Photo by Kristie Chua)

Gabrielle Smith, better known as Eskimeaux, visited the Rock and Roll Hotel in DC from Brooklyn last week to tour in support of a new EP, Year of the Rabbit (which is out this Friday).

Performing on Sept. 7, Eskimeaux presented songs like “Year of the Rabbit” — the title track of that EP — with air vocals and suprisingly resplendent guitars. The results remind me a bit of Scotland’s Camera Obscura, but Gabrielle sounds more consistently wistful and perhaps a touch more melancholy.

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Snapshots: Shopping, Gauche, Stef Chura @ Comet Ping Pong — 8/9/16

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Stef Chura (Photo by Kristie Chua)

Last fall, UK post-punk trio Shopping released their second album, Why Choose, via FatCat and embarked on a worldwide tour in support of it.

And the stopped to play at Comet Ping Pong on Tuesday with openers Gauche and Stef Chura! Guitarist Rachel Aggs, bassist Billy Easter, and drummer Andrew Milk have only a few more US dates on this leg of the tour, including a show for Berserktown III on Sunday in Los Angeles.

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