Alan Palomo of Neon Indian performs at the 9:30 Club on Nov. 16, 2019. (Photo by Brenda Reyes)
Neon Indian took the stage recently at the 9:30 Club. Sporting a Toyota sweatshirt, Alan Palomo led his bandmates in a show that revealed what a Neon Indian concert is. Also, Brad Oberhofer warmed up crowd while also playing later with Neon Indian on synth/keys.
Big Thief performs at the 9:30 Club on Nov. 10, 2019. (Photo by David LaMason)
Big Thief is one of those bands that is as true to the idea of a band as can be. Each time I’ve seen them, I come away with the feeling that each piece of the whole works so well together. And that cohesion over each record seems to get tighter and seem like second nature. Even when, as she did Sunday night to a sold out audience at the 9:30 Club, singer/guitarist Adrianne Lenker started the evening solo for a newish song “Zombie” (which has been in rotation for their live shows for the last year or so). The rest of the band focused their attention as if performing along through some telepathy.
Alice Merton (Photo by Danny Jungslund)
German electropop sensation Alice Merton recently released an expanded edition of her hit album MINT, and she’s hitting the United States for a few select dates. She performs at 9:30 Club on Tuesday, Nov. 19, and you can win tickets to go with Parklife DC.
Billy Strings plays to a sold-out crowd at DC’s 9:30 Club, Nov. 9, 2019. (Photo by Ari Strauss)
Billy Strings is hailed by many as the future of bluegrass music. And the future of bluegrass is strong — if the fervent reaction of a sold-out crowd packing 9:30 Club recently when Billy’s tour stopped in DC is any indication.
Neon Indian (Photo by Karo Cantú)
Neon Indian (aka Alan Palomo) released the long-awaited follow up to 2011’s Era Extraña and this year’s standalone single “Annie,” producing Vega Intl. Night School via Mom + Pop in October. He visits 9:30 Club for a performance on Saturday, Nov. 16.
King Princess performs at 9:30 Club on Nov. 7, 2019. (Photo by Katherine Gaines)
King Princess exploded onto the 9:30 club stage for two nights of sold-out shows recently in a blinding haze of strobes. She let us know she has arrived, in more ways than one.
The New Pornographers perform at the 9:30 Club on Nov. 5, 2019. (Photo by Matt Ruppert)
I remember when I first discovered The New Pornographers: My roommate blasted Twin Cinema in the late morning after classes, their adventurous pop songs flirting with the saccharine and well-balanced with touches of bitterness, surreality, and unflinching honesty. The interplay of Neko Case’s, A.C. Newman’s, and Dan Bejar’s voices added textures that allowed the songs to float from gauzy to meaty in three minutes.