Don’t Miss: Angus Tarnawsky @ 9:30 Club, 3/27/16

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Angus Tarnawsky (Photo by Gina Garcia)

Tasmanian musician Angus Tarnawsky is a jack of all trades. Dividing his time between Vancouver and Brooklyn, the electronic artist and drummer runs a record label, In Context Music, which explores the intersection of electronic and acoustic music. And he released his first solo EP Pitched via Inner Surface Music in 2014.

Angus is coming to DC to perform some of his music as the opener for Savages at the 9:30 Club on Sunday, March 27. Resident Advisor said of Pitched, “Throughout, Tarnawsky deploys the kind of sound palette you might associate with Raster-Noton—bursts of sculpted static, clear synthetic tones, bass that sounds like amplified ground hum.”

Listen to “Expand Contract” by Angus while watching some hypnotic visuals for the techno track on YouTube:

Angus enjoys improvising, employing heavy bass as well as crystalline ambience, to create a unique performance. He’s sure to deliver an absorbing performance when he’s in town.

Tickets are available online.

Angus Tarnawsky
Opening for Savages
9:30 Club
Sunday, March 27
Doors @7pm
$25
All ages

Music Park: I Want My 9:30 TV @ Public Television, April 2016

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A crowd watching a show at the 9:30 Club! (Photo courtesy 9:30 Club)

The 9:30 Club is launching its own television show on public television in April. The music variety show will be called “Live At 9:30,” and it will air nationwide, owners of the club said yesterday.

Situated now in the booming real estate subdivision known as “North End Shaw,” the 9:30 Club has won quite a few prominent accolades as the best concert venue in the United States. With the television show, everyone will be able to see exactly why that is so, and not just those of us who live, work, or travel to DC.

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Music Park: DESTRUCTO @ 9:30 Club — 2/3/16

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DESTRUCTO tweaks the knobs at NORAD Dance Bar in Denver, Colo., on Sept. 13, 2013. (Photo by messycupcakes)

Gary Richards was born in DC, and so when the globe-hopping DJ appeared at the 9:30 Club last Wednesday, he turned up with some gents who have known him since he was born.

Clearly exhilarated to be playing a show to a DC crowd, Gary, better known as DESTRUCTO, didn’t waste a lot of time introducing his entourage. Rather, he got down to work spinning some R&B and house tracks.

Among those tracks was his new release, “4 Real,” featuring collaborators Ty Dolla $ign and ILoveMakonnen. As you can tell from this smooth ditty punctuated by minimal instrumentation, DESTRUCTO knows how to produce G-House.

Watch DESTRUCTO’s official music video for “4 Real” (featuring Ty Dolla $ign and ILOVEMAKONNEN) on YouTube:

Said DESTRUCTO on Soundcloud: “The second night of HARD Summer 2015, Ty told me he wanted to go back in the studio. He could only do it the next day, So, I went down to his house with Waxy and he just started singing, ‘I’m for real’ ‘I’m for real’ over this beat we had written. I had already spoken to Makonnen about the track, so Ty shouted him out. Makonnen then returned the favor. After we got all the vocals back we were like dam we need to make this track the best it can be. We went back in and re-worked the entire thing. Wax brought in his homie Stylaz Fuego to make it even tighter and 6 months later bang here we go. G-House 2.0.”

HARD Summer 2015, of course, is part of the HARD Events DJ concert series DESTRUCTO founded.

You can pick up “4 Real” and other tracks by DESTRUCTO over on his Soundcloud page:

In addition, DESTRUCTO spun other crowd-pleasers like “Where Ya At” by The Future and Drake and “Choices (Yup)” by E-40 to a very full room of kids who danced hard throughout the late-night set. DESTRUCTO couldn’t resist inviting a kid dressed in a monkey costume up to the stage to dance a bit, which led to more people dancing on the stage.

It was clear the crowd didn’t get enough of DESTRUCTO’s style of house, so we’ll likely see him back soon.

Don’t Miss: Best Coast (with Wavves) @ 9:30 Club, 2/16/16

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Best Coast, co-headlining with Wavves, come to the 9:30 Club on Tuesday, February 16 for their Summer is Forever II Tour. The first Summer is Forever Tour was held in 2011.

Best Coast, formed in 2009 and composed of singer/songwriter/guitarist Bethany Cosentino and guitarist Bobb Bruno, play indie rock by way of Southern California. And of course their name symbolizes how the West Coast is best. Sorry DC.

Bethany Cosentino’s voice has a certain melancholy undercurrent and purity of sound that often reminds me of Neko Case. They also list artists like The Go Gos, Gwen Stefani and Patsy Cline as influences.

Best Coast recently released their third album, California Nights, with infectious songs like, “In My Eyes” and “Feeling Ok”.

Bethany describes the rationale behind the album title, “In LA, or maybe just personally to me, when the sun sets – I feel like there is a large sense of calmness in the air, and I feel like everything that happened to me prior in the day, whether crappy experiences or good ones, at night, it all goes away and I sink deep into this different kind of ‘world’.”


Come out to the 9:30 Club and give the Summer is Forever II Tour a listen. Tickets are available here.

Get excited that Summer is coming in the Winter.

Best Coast & Wavves
w/ Cherry Glazerr
9:30 Club
Tuesday, February 16
Doors @ 7:00pm
$30
All ages

Don’t Miss: DESTRUCTO @ 9:30 Club, 2/3/16

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Gary Richards aka DESTRUCTO (Photo courtesy MSO PR)

Dark grooves with sprinkles of crystalline keyboards? The new single “Bodyback” from LA-based DJ and producer DESTRUCTO delivers with danceworthy gusto.

Have a listen to the track, released last November via Night Bass, on Soundcloud:

Although based in Los Angeles, Gary Richards, aka DESTRUCTO, originally hails from DC! And the EDM innovator founded HARD Events, a concert series recently bought by Live Nation. More recently, DESTRUCTO is getting back to doing what he loves best: spinning exciting house music for discerning listeners.

And so DESTRUCTO returns with his Ship2Ship Tour, which he launches next week in Austin, Texas. He brings the tour to DC to perform in a late show at the 9:30 Club on Wednesday, Feb. 3. Co-headlining with Justin Martin, he fits the tour nicely in between twin appearances at the 2016 Holy Ship! electronic dance cruises — the first of which wrapped up yesterday and the second of which launches in February.

Hey, while we are talking about Holy Ship!, one of DESTRUCTO’s entire live DJ sets is also available from one of the 2015 cruises at Soundcloud. Have a listen:

Opening for DESTRUCTO and Justin Martin is ingenuous young DJ REZZ (born Isabelle Rezazedeh) from Niagara Falls, Canada. Tickets are available online.

DESTRUCTO and Justin Martin
w/ REZZ
9:30 Club
Wednesday, Feb. 3
Doors @9pm
$20
All ages

Music Park: 9:30 World’s Fair @ 9:30 Club — 1/5-1/9/16

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Outside the storied 9:30 Club on V Street NW (Photo by Avie Schneider)

To observe its 35th anniversary, and the 20th anniversary of its location on V Street NW, the 9:30 Club has turned itself into an exhibition hall where you can explore the club’s history as you walk through from the downstairs Back Bar to the main stage.

I checked out the proclaimed 9:30 World’s Fair, a Double Anniversary Exhibition Celebration, on Tuesday evening, and I rather enjoyed the opportunity to look around the entire club and reflect upon the totality of modern musical acts that have passed through its doors at 930 F Street NW and 930 V Street NW since 1980 and 1995, respectively.

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Music Park: The Arcs @ 9:30 Club — 12/14/15

The ArcsDan Auerbach of The Arcs (Photo Credit: Monelle Chiti)

When a band features two drummers, a keyboardist, a bassist, a chorus line from an all female mariachi band, and a lead singer who shreds his guitar in a state of estatic bliss, you know you’re in for something more. Something alive. Something visceral.

Dan Auerbach’s project, The Arcs, because it is clearly no one else’s, is raucous and funky and unique in ways that are not just about music, but about life. Living to the fullest. Not giving a shit what anyone else thinks. Crying out “this is who I am, thank you coming, but I’ll still enjoy what I do, whether you do or not.”

That The Arcs exist, is a testament to Auerbach’s need to create, to express himself passionately, to find outlets where he can bare his soul, and experiment musically outside of The Black Keys.

And The Black Keys are great. I’ve seen them three times already (unfortunately, most recently at the first Firefly Music Festival), so I was intrigued to discover what The Arcs were all about. What they represented in comparison and in contrast.

The Arcs still have Auerbach’s garage rock and blues sensibility, with his unmistakable voice. It would not be a stretch to mistake The Arcs’ sound for The Black Keys.

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