Music Park: The Belle Game @ 9:30 Club — 9/20/17

BelleGame12 Andrea Lo (front) and Katrina Jones perform with The Belle Game at 9:30 Club on Sept. 20, 2017.

The Belle Game gently ensnared a very full house at 9:30 Club on Wednesday, soothing souls while lifting spirits with atmospheric dreampop.

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Don’t Miss: Hope Sandoval & The Warm Inventions @ 9:30 Club, 10/19/17

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Hope Sandoval (Photo courtesy Grandstand Media)

Hope Sandoval and The Warm Inventions released Son of a Lady, their new EP, via Tendril Tales on Sept. 15. The band, consisting of Hope Sandoval of Mazzy Star and Colm Ó Cíosóig of My Bloody Valentine, are touring with a date at 9:30 Club on Thursday, Oct. 19.

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Don’t Miss: Jay Som @ Rock and Roll Hotel, 9/23/17

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Jay Som (Photo by Ebru Yildiz)

Melina Duterte, better known as Jay Som, released Everybody Works, her sophomore album, via Polyvinyl Records and Double Denim Records in March. She’s been subsequently touring quite a lot, and she stops at Rock and Roll Hotel for a headlining show on Saturday, Sept. 23.

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Snapshots: Ships in the Night @ Black Cat, 8/19/17

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Ships in the Night performs at Black Cat on Aug. 19, 2017. (Photo by Paivi)

Wow, Working Order Records certainly hosted quite a few innovative electronic music acts during its House of Ruth benefit show at Black Cat on Aug. 19. In addition to Working Order Records’ own Technophobia, Alethea Leventhal, better known as Ships in the Night, arrived from Charlottesville, Virginia, to bewitch the audience with her breathy vocals and haunting synths.

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Music Park: Humble Fire @ Rock and Roll Hotel — 8/11/17

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Nefra Faltas fronts Humble Fire at Rock and Roll Hotel on Friday, Aug. 11, 2017. (Photo by Mark Caicedo)

If variety is the spice of life, the Rock and Roll Hotel served up a flavorful mix of D.C. musical dishes this past Friday, Aug. 11.

As the appetizer, Near Northeast opened the evening’s fare with its eclectic mix of Americana-, jazz- and rock-inflected melodies. Frenemies’ complex power pop felt like we were having dessert first. Nuex (pronounced “new”) then took the stage and reset the table with its soulful electronic pop. The main course arrived on stage with Humble Fire, celebrating the release of its newest album, Builder.

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