Music Park: The Soft Moon @ DC9 — 4/29/18

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Luis Vasquez aka The Soft Moon performs at DC9 on April 29, 2018. (Photo by Paivi)

In his recordings, Oakland, California’s The Soft Moon, aka Luis Vasquez, sounds distant and submerged, stitching together a mosaic of murky shapes on frameless canvasses. Amidst a backdrop of ominous tones and layered guitars, the heavily treated vocal parts often seem to emerge from the vortex of sound like leaves in an updraft. It’s the kind of technique that works well in the studio, but can be difficult to present live. So as I awaited their set Sunday night at DC9, I was curious to see how it translated to the stage.

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Don’t Miss: The Soft Moon @ DC9, 4/29/18

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The Soft Moon (Photo by Marion Costentin)

The Soft Moon aka Luis Vasquez released Criminal, his fourth studio album, via Sacred Bones in February. In the wake of its release, he’s now on tour, and he will perform at DC9 on Sunday, April 29.

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Snapshots: Covenant @ Ivy City Smokehouse — 4/15/18

Covenant @ Ivy City Tavern, Washington DC, 04/15/2018
Covenant perform at Ivy City Smokehouse Tavern on April 15, 2018. (Photo by Paivi)

Swedish futurepop band Covenant released The Blinding Dark, their ninth full-length album, in 2016 via Dependent Records. Fronted as ever by Eskil Simonsson, the band is now on The Blinding Dark USA Tour, which included a stop at Ivy City Smokehouse Tavern on Sunday. Paivi was there to capture the show.

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Snapshots: Boy Harsher @ DC9 — 10/29/17

Boy Harsher @ DC9, Washington DC, 10/29/2017
Boy Harsher performs at DC9 on Sunday, Oct. 29, 2017. (Photo by Paivi)

Electronic duo Boy Harsher performed at DC9 on Sunday on the heels of releasing Country Girl, their latest EP, on Oct. 13 via Ascetic House. Augustus Miller and Jae Matthews played some of their latest dark electronic music in a very satisfying show on a brief US tour that takes them to Kingston, New York, tonight.

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Don’t Miss: Boy Harsher w/ Technophobia @ DC9, 10/29/17

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Boy Harsher (Photo by Adriana Iris Boatwright)

Hailing from Northampton, Massachusetts, dark electronic duo Boy Harsher released Country Girl, a new EP, on Oct. 13. Augustus Miller and Jae Matthews then picked up some tour dates, and they perform at DC9 on Sunday, Oct. 29 with DC’s own dark electronic duo Technophobia.

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Snapshots: Youth Code @ Baltimore Soundstage – 10/14/17

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Sara Taylor of Youth Code perform at Baltimore Soundstage on Oct. 14, 2017. (Photo by Paivi)

EBM duo Youth Code have been touring as openers for Chelsea Wolfe, and they appeared at Baltimore Soundstage on Oct. 14. Paivi capture Sara Taylor and Ryan George in action on Saturday. (See Paivi’s pictures of Chelsea Wolfe.)

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Snapshots: KMFDM @ State Theatre — 10/5/17

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Sascha Konietzko of KMFDM performs at the State Theatre in Falls Church, Virginia, on Oct. 5, 2017. (Photo by Paivi)

KMFDM, the industrial collective founded by Sascha Konietzko in 1984, visited the State Theatre in Falls Church, Virginia, on Thursday to play songs from across the band’s catalog.

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