Snapshots: The Body @ Black Cat — 2/27/17

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The Body performs at Black Cat on Monday, Feb. 27, 2017 (Photo by Paivi).

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.

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Don’t Miss: Lol Tolhurst @ Songbyrd, 2/21, @ Little Miss Whiskey’s, 2/22

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Lol Tolhurst (Photo by Scott Witter)

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.

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Music Park: Cold Cave @ Rock and Roll Hotel — 1/25/17

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

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.

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Don’t Miss: Austra @ Black Cat — 1/28/17

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Katie Stelmanis of Austra (Photo by Renata Raksha)

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.

Tickets are available online.

Austra
w/ Lafawndah
Black Cat
Saturday, Jan. 28
Doors @8pm
$18/$20
All ages

Don’t Miss: Cold Cave @ Rock and Roll Hotel, 1/25/17

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Amy Lee and Wesley Eisold of Cold Cave (Photo by Mara McKevitt)

Cold Cave released a new EP, The Idea of Love, on Sept. 9 via Heartworm. 

The title song is a synthpop dirge that veers a little bit more into industrial territory than some of Cold Cave’s more recent offerings — although the band certainly continues to occupy that perfect space encompassing the poetry of Joy Division with the middle-period electronics of Depeche Mode.

With the release of the single, Cold Cave began touring again, and the band visits the Rock and Roll Hotel in DC on Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2017.

As Cold Cave, musician Wesley Eisold started out with very artful pop in 2007 and then flowered into well-defined synthpop gems with very good albums like Love Comes Close and Cherish the Light Years. He has certainly not been shy about spreading his artistic wings on his own Heartworm Press label, however!

Watch the official music video for “The Idea of Love” on YouTube:

Still very much the standard-bearer for darkwave dance music, Wesley reminded us of his pop sensibilities with a very lovely cover of “Your Silent Face” by New Order earlier this year.

According to the Guardian, “Wesley Eisold is an absolutely new, young god of nihilism and despair — he brilliantly captures Cold Cave’s aesthetic: the Morrissey of ‘How Soon Is Now’ wailing over Nitzer Ebb beats and New Order melodies.”

It’s great that Cold Cave visits DC regularly, and we look forward to seeing Wesley again in January! Los Angeles goth trailblazer Drab Majesty opens for Cold Cave. Tickets are available online.

Cold Cave
w/ Drab Majesty
Rock and Roll Hotel
Wednesday, Jan. 25
Doors @7pm
$15
All ages

Music Park: The Faint @ 9:30 Club — 10/8/16

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The Faint (Photo by Bill Sitzmann)

Taking in the reaction from the crowd attending The Faint’s show at the 9:30 Club Saturday night, it’s clear that I’m amidst a pack of longtime fans.

While the band’s video for “Agenda Suicide” was on my playlist at some point way back, I am otherwise rather pathetically uninitiated with their extensive catalog. It’s evident that the band richly deserves the enthusiastic fan base that surrounds me, though. They let it be known that they have been paying attention for the preceding seventeen years.

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