Greg Gonazalez fronts Cigarettes After Sex at 9:30 Club on April 2, 2018. (Photo by Mark Caicedo)
Materializing out of the mist and shadows on the 9:30 Club’s stage, the four members of Cigarettes After Sex eased into a set that at once soothed and excited the packed house. Muted lighting and an uncluttered stage produced the perfect atmosphere for what was to come for the next 75 minutes on Monday.
Cigarettes After Sex (Photo courtesy Tell All Your Friends PR)
The best things take time, and so nearly a decade after its founding, ambient pop band Cigarettes After Sex released its debut self-titled full-length album, last year via Partisan Records. Cigarettes After Sex launch a tour next week in Texas in support of the album, and the tour arrives locally at 9:30 Club on Monday, April 2.
Muuy Biien (Photo courtesy Crashing Through Publicity)
If something is “muy bien” in Spanish, that means it’s very good.
If something is “Muuy Biien” in punk rock, that also means it’s very good.
And Muuy Biien is five guys from Athens, Georgia, who make ever-evolving punk, ranging into degrees from post-punk to hardcore to experimental. But wait, the band also composes long ambient tracks? Maybe that’s why they draw comparisons to both Joy Division and The Fall?
The band is made up of lead singer Joshua Evans, guitarists Xander Witt and Robbie Rapp, drummer Jacob Lake, and bass player Parks Miller. They are preparing to release their third full-length album, and they are on the road as openers for Hockey Dad, poised for a stop at DC9 on Monday, August 29. Their third LP, Age of Uncertainty, will be released on Oct. 28 via Autumn Tone, the band announced today.
Muuy Biien released their last album, D.Y.I. (Do Yourself In) on HHBTM Records in 2014. Watch the official music video for title track “D.Y.I.” by Muuy Biien on YouTube:
Muuy Biien are touring as openers for Australian surf punk duo Hockey Dad. Read our preview for Hockey Dad! And get to the show early to see Muuy Biien! Tickets are available online.
Opening for Hockey Dad
Monday, August 29
Marissa Nadler (Photo Credit: Courtney Brooke Hall)
Singer-songwriter Marissa Nadler led the intimate crowd circled expectantly around the DC9 stage through 13 atmospheric songs about dreams and yearning and finding your way out of the woods.
In the small space of DC9, Marissa’s songs resonated with introspective lyrics and haunting vocals that were soulful and moving.
Touring on her newest album, Strangers, Marissa played at least eight of her new songs. She left the single “Janie In Love” off the setlist however, indicating she was still working on how to play the live version. The new album focuses on loneliness, and characters that are fractured, disillusioned, and delicate, hence they are the voice of ‘strangers’.
Bayonne performs at the Black Cat on Tuesday, June 7, 2016.
Austin-based electronic musician Bayonne stopped by the Black Cat Tuesday to open for Two Door Cinema Club. With vocals, synths, and drums, he proved really quite absorbing and well worth seeing!
A good deal of the crowd showed up to see Bayonne in the sold-out show. And Bayonne (born Roger Sellers) did not disappoint. He threw himself across his synthesizers, bounded around his drums, and sang intensely into his mic while performing some songs from his debut album, Primitives (released in March via Mom+Pop), and improvising some affecting synth and drum numbers.
Bayonne (Photo by Dustin Cohen)
Bayonne (born Roger Sellers) is an intriguing musician from Austin, Texas, who plays synths and drum while singing Americana-tinged ambient pop.
The man is certainly a unique performer, and tonight, he opens for Two Door Cinema Club in a sold-out show at the Black Cat!
Yes, the show is far sold out (some tickets released yesterday went fast!), but if you’ve already got your ticket, show up early for Bayonne.
Bayonne released his debut album, Primitives, on Mom+Pop on March 25, and he’s been touring to promote it. It features very catchy, melodic tunes like “Appeals,” which draw you in with its rhythm and intensity. It’s a song about a failure to launch, and the music and lyrics melt together perfectly.
Watch the official music video for “Appeals” by Bayonne on YouTube:
Interestingly, Bayonne is a big admirer of Phil Collins — and I can kind of see the influence actually.
Show up early and catch Bayonne if you’re going to the Black Cat tonight! The show is sold out.
Opening for Two Door Cinema Club
Tuesday, July 7
Music Park: Blanck Mass @ DC9 — 3/8/16
Blanck Mass performs at the festival Best Kept Secret in The Netherlands on Friday, June 19, 2015. (Photo by Jostijn Ligtvoet)
The opening track, “Loam,” on the latest full-length album from Blanck Mass begins as a confused muffle of sounds that resembles someone speaking underwater. The song then mellows out midway and becomes the sonic equivalent of a soft strobe light, electronic beats skipping gently toward a languid conclusion.
Blanck Mass, born Benjamin John Power, performed “Loam” also as an opener for his show at DC9 on Tuesday night as a stop on his tour to support the album and an ensuing EP, the Great Confuso, both released last year. He drew a dedicated crowd excited to dance to Blanck Mass’ very accessible cut on music that occasionally borders both neo-psychedelia and dark ambient pop.
Loam means soil, and it’s clear that Blanck Mass envisions this to mean “clay” as in material for sculpting a human form. The album, Dumb Flesh, thematically explores how human beings are victims of their biology, responsive to the biological stimuli of all mammals despite our intellectual yearning to strive for something more.
New Build: Felix Martin, Joy Joseph and Al Doyle at U Street Music Hall
Al Doyle and Pat Mahoney are rather moved to be sharing a stage again.
Not that the two men share a band any longer since the dissolution of LCD Soundsystem. But their two new bands are touring together in a perfect pairing, forming something of a double bill for a tour that kicked off Tuesday night at U Street Music Hall in DC. And of course Doyle and Mahoney took time during their respective sets to voice their appreciation for each other and their new bands.
“He’s like my twin brother except I’m the balder, fatter one,” Mahoney joked of his relationship with Doyle.
Doyle’s new band New Build recently released a second album, and Mahoney’s band Museum of Love have released a debut. The plan generally is for Museum of Love to open for New Build, but a car accident prompted New Build to play first last night. (Fear not, as apparently no one was hurt!)
New Build includes Doyle and Felix Martin, both of Hot Chip. And the New Build music, although its own unique form of ambient pop, sometimes resembles the slower songs from their other shared band.
They opened their show with “The Sunlight,” the first track from the new album, Pour It On. And it’s a good opening number as it slowly builds and draws you in with its sweet synths and light drums. Doyle sings gently and slowly as he references themes that recur throughout many of New Build’s songs: the struggle of people to find themselves through analogies of lightness and darkness.