Live Review: Boy Harsher @ Black Cat — 4/10/22

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Boy Harsher perform at Black Cat on April 10, 2022. (Photo by Mickey McCarter)

Boy Harsher have begun to break out of a niche and find a wider audience, and this is quite a good thing, as evidenced by the very crowded room in their recent show at Black Cat.

Early in their set, Boy Harsher, a duo of vocalist Jae Matthews and synthesist Gus Muller, presented “Give Me a Reason,” a song from their most recent project, this year’s soundtrack album to their film, The Runner. Left to its own devices, the song sounded 100 percent as if it could have sprung from the chart lists of eastern Europe in the very early ’80s. Jae intoned huskily over a bounding synthline, each allowing the sound plenty of room to breathe and a lot of space to mesmerize the enthralled gathering.

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Live Review: ACTORS @ Pie Shop — 4/3/22

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ACTORS play live at Pie Shop in DC on April 3, 2022. (Photo by Mickey McCarter)

ACTORS, a quartet hailing from Vancouver, have garnered some attention over the past 10 years for creating music hailed by the North American goth crowd. But as evidenced by a recent concert at Pie Shop in DC, the dark wave band fully possesses an abundance of rock ‘n roll chops that distinguished them from many of their peers.

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Preview: Boy Harsher @ Black Cat, 4/10/22

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Boy Harsher (Photo by Courtney Brooke)

Boy Harsher — the duo of Jae Matthews and producer Augustus Muller — recently released the video for “Autonomy,” a standout track from their new album, The Runner (Original Soundtrack), out now via Nude Club/City Slang. The synthpop duo bring their new tunes to a show at Black Cat on Sunday, April 10.

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Preview: ACTORS @ Pie Shop, 4/3/22

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ACTORS (Photo by Kira Clavell)

Canadian dark wavers ACTORS released their sophomore album, Acts of Worship, in 2021. Acts of Worship is an album of driving beats, massive hooks, and dramatic atmospheres — equally melancholy and electrifying.

ACTORS now make their DC live debut in a show at Pie Shop on Sunday, April 3!

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Song of the Day: “Nothing Is Never Enough” by Mensa Deathsquad

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Mensa Deathsquad (Photo courtesy Reyebee Inc.)

Brandon Phillips laid in a Kansas City hospital through the winter of 2019-2020 as his own album release (the unintentionally but appropriately named Patient Zero by his alt-synthwave band Mensa Deathsquad) passed by in the outside world.

But you can now check out “Nothing Is Never Enough,” the latest single by Mensa Deathsquad.

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Livestream Preview: Technophobia @ Twitch, 5/31/20

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Technophobia (Photo courtesy the band)

DC dark electronic duo Technophobia were set to perform at Wave-Gotik-Treffen in Germany this year before the COVID-19 pandemic shut down the world. Undaunted, Technophobia performs a livestream show at the exact time they were to play WGT — on Sunday, May 31, via Twitch.

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Song of the Day: “Impulse Control” by VOWWS

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VOWWS (Photo by Eric Fain)

LA-based duo VOWWS reveal the official video for their latest single “Impulse Control.” The song arrives on the heels of a partially completed world tour with Poppy (including a stop at U Street Music Hall) during which time VOWWS wrote the menacing, angular DEFCON 1 anthem.

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