Music Park: Tiny Cat Dark Music Festival @ Black Cat — 8/3-8/4/18

Hante. @ Black Cat, Washington DC, 08/03/2018 Hélène De Thoury of Hante performs at Tiny Cat Music Festival on Aug. 3, 2018. (All photos by Paivi Salonen. Words by Mickey McCarter)

Working Order Records, home to DC’s own synthpop duo Technophobia, held its first Tiny Cat Dark Music Festival to celebrate “dark electronic music” over the weekend at Black Cat. By any measure, the first edition of Tiny Cat was a wild success, drawing 10 bands of remarkably different soundscapes together over two nights of immersive music.

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Snapshots: Drab Majesty @ 9:30 Club — 7/21/18

Drab Majesty @ 9:30 Club, Washington DC, 21/07/2018
Drab Majesty performs at 9:30 Club on July 21, 2018. (Photo by Paivi)

Los Angeles dark wavers Drab Majesty, consisting of Deb Demure and Mona D, returned to DC on Saturday to open Deafheaven at 9:30 Club. Paivi was there to capture the action!

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Snapshots: Cold Cave @ Black Cat — 6/16/18

Cold Cave @ Black Cat, Washington DC, 06/16/2018
Cold Cave performs at Black Cat on June 16, 2018. (Photo by Paivi)

Wesley Eisold assembled a full band or a live performance as Cold Cave in the wake of releasing a new EP, You & Me & Infinity, via Heartworm Press, and the group performed at Black Cat on Saturday. Paivi was there to shoot the show.

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Don’t Miss: Cold Cave @ Black Cat, 6/16/18

Cold Cave @ Rock & Roll Hotel, Washington DC, 1/25/2017
Cold Cave performs at Rock and Roll Hotel on Jan. 25, 2017. (Photo by Paivi)

Cold Cave, aka Los Angeles synthesist Wesley Eisold, released You & Me & Infinity, a new four-song EP, on June 1 via Heartworm Press. Cold Cave performs song from the new album, as well as other dark wave favorites, on the mainstage of Black Cat on Saturday, June 16.

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Snapshots: Clan of Xymox @ Saint Vitus Bar (New York, NY) — 3/26/18

Clan of Xymox @ Saint Vitus Bar, Brooklyn NY, 03/26/2018
Ronny Moorings fronts Clan of Xymox at Saint Vitus Bar in New York City on March 26, 2018. (Photo by Paivi)

Dutch goths Clan of Xymox danced their way through a brief US tour that included two sold-out stops in New York City. The quartet — consisting of founder Ronny Moorings along with Mojca Zugna, Mario Usai, and Sean Göbel — closed their tour at Saint Vitus Bar in Brooklyn on March 26, and Paivi was there to shoot the show!

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Snapshots: Boy Harsher @ DC9 — 10/29/17

Boy Harsher @ DC9, Washington DC, 10/29/2017
Boy Harsher performs at DC9 on Sunday, Oct. 29, 2017. (Photo by Paivi)

Electronic duo Boy Harsher performed at DC9 on Sunday on the heels of releasing Country Girl, their latest EP, on Oct. 13 via Ascetic House. Augustus Miller and Jae Matthews played some of their latest dark electronic music in a very satisfying show on a brief US tour that takes them to Kingston, New York, tonight.

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Snapshots: The Soft Moon @ Cloak and Dagger Festival — 10/21/17

The Soft Moon @ Cloak and Dagger Festival, Los Angeles, CA 10/21/2017
The Soft Moon performs at the Cloak and Dagger Festival in Los Angeles on Oct. 21, 2017. (Photo by Paivi)

In mid-October, The Soft Moon announced he would release his fourth studio album, Criminal, on Feb. 2, 2018, via Sacred Bones. He dropped “Burn,” his latest single, then headed to Los Angeles to perform at the Cloak and Dagger Festival on Oct. 21. Paivi caught him on camera.

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