The Belle Game gently ensnared a very full house at 9:30 Club on Wednesday, soothing souls while lifting spirits with atmospheric dreampop.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Danish dreampoppers Mew received a warm welcome upon their return to 9:30 Club Saturday, when a crowded room lapped up tunes familiar and new from the touring trio.