Ego Likeness headlined a big show of dark electronic music in Baltimore on Friday, enlisting the assistance of Technophobia, Nahja Mora, Stars and the Sea, Fun Never Starts, and DJs Sex Charges and Candy Corn to fill out the bill at Metro Gallery.
Baltimore industrial quartet Ego Likeness are hosting a hometown gathering of like-minded musicians for an evening of music at Metro Gallery (1700 N. Charles St., Baltimore, Md.) on Friday, April 7.
In a sold-out benefit for Planned Parenthood Monday, Portland metal duo The Body dropped by the Black Cat backstage to entertain alongside a few experimental DC bands.
Lol Tolhurst is a founding member of The Cure, and he played keyboards with Robert Smith and company until his departure from the band in 1989. Last fall, Lol published Cured: The Tale of Two Imaginary Boys, a memoir of his life as a musician.
The book brings him to DC next week for special appearances at Songbyrd Music House and Record Cafe (2477 18th St. NW, DC) on Tuesday, Feb. 21, and Little Miss Whiskey’s Golden Dollar (1104 H St. NE, DC) on Wednesday, Feb. 22.
“This is an appropriate place to play this song,” suggested Katie Stelmanis at the Black Cat in DC on Saturday.
Cold Cave open their show Wednesday night at DC’s Rock and Roll Hotel with “Love Comes Close,” coincidentally the song that first initiated my interest in the band. For the duration of their opener, the look of the stage is appropriately understated.
Canadian vocalist and producer Katie Stelmanis has been receiving praise with the upcoming third album by her band Austra, which is visiting the Black Cat on Saturday, Jan. 28.
“Stelmanis’ personal satisfaction derives from artistic validation… and having a voice… and with ‘Utopia’” she’s found both in the form of a steely cold and cascading swirl of a track. One that’s anthemic, too, in a way that encourages you to find your own resolve, as well,” said Stereogum in praising the song “Utopia” from the upcoming album, Future Politics, due Jan. 20 via Domino.
Watch the official music video for “Utopia” by Austra via YouTube:
In a statement, Katie said the new album has a point: “a commitment to replace the approaching dystopia.”
The goal then is to inspire hope and thus spur individual people to make the right decisions (and while offering good dance music, of course). “Not just hope in the future, but the idea that everyone is required to help write it,” she said.