Preview: Too Free and Exotiq Intl @ Black Cat, 7/16/21

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Too Free (Photo by Emily Geller)

DC electronic pop trio Too Free make their first post-pandemic appearance in a show with new Sister Polygon labelmates Exotiq Intl at Black Cat on Friday, July 16.

Join these fresh breakout acts for a carefree evening of tunes that are sure to move your feet!

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Song of the Day: “Cake” by Lydia Ainsworth

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Lydia Ainsworth (Photo by Zoe Koke)

“Cake,” the new single from singer, songwriter and producer Lydia Ainsworth’s forthcoming album Sparkles & Debris, is out today with an accompanying video directed by Takeshi Suga and shot in Tokyo before the start of the pandemic.

The album, which follows 2019’s acclaimed Phantom Forest and blends live drums, guitars and bass with Ainsworth’s signature vast electronic landscapes, is due May 21 via Zombie Cat Records.

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Song of the Day: “A Tall Tale” by Union of Knives featuring Helen Marnie

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Helen Marnie (Photo courtesy the artist)

Glasgow-based electro rockers Union of Knives self released “A Tall Tale,” their first of two collaborations featuring Ladytron’s lead vocalist Helen Marnie.

The trio is composed of Chris Gordon, Ant Thomaz (Dope Sick Fly), and drummer Pete Kelly, who returned from a decade on tour with The Kills and Ladytron, and brought Marnie into the fold. These songs will appear on their forthcoming album Endless from the Start, which will be released this spring.

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Song of the Day: “Starstuff” by Blanck Mass

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Blanck Mass (Photo by Harrison Reid)

Blanck Mass — the project of musician Benjamin John Power — announces his new album, In Ferneaux, out Feb. 26 on Sacred Bones, and shares “Starstuff,” a single edit from the album. It’s the follow-up to 2019’s Animated Violence Mild, which “channels the horrors of the surveillance state and the creeping dread of everyday life into the most aggressive music of [Power’s] career” (Pitchfork). In turn, In Ferneaux explores pain in motion, building audio-spatial chambers of experience and memory.

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Song of the Day: “Space Phone” by Electric Grandmother

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Electric Grandmother (Photo courtesy the band)

“Sitcom-core” DC duo Electric Grandmother recently debuted a video for new song “Space Phone” from the band’s latest album, Relaunch. The music video for “Space Phone” consists of stop-motion animation created entirely by the band’s Mary Alice Hamnett.

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Livestream Preview: KAG @ Twitch, 8/7/20

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Katie Alice Greer fronts Priests at Songbyrd Music House on April 13, 2019. (Photo by Ben Eisendrath)

We Fought the Big One, DC’s longest running monthly underground music listening party, is hosting a very special livestream show via Twitch on Friday, Aug. 7! KAG, or Katie Alice Greer, former vocalist of Priests, performs a solo show during the indie rock livestream.

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Song of the Day: “Dissolve the Floor” by Houses of Heaven

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Houses of Heaven (Photo by Effixx)

Layering synths, guitars, electronic percussion, and live drums, Houses of Heaven fuses early industrial and techno rhythms with the melodicism of shoegaze and a heavy dose of dub-influenced effects. Formed in Oakland, California, by Keven Tecon, Adam Beck, and Nick Ott, the band follows up the Remnant EP with their first full-length album titled Silent Places, available May 1 via Felte.

Today, the band released a video for “Dissolve the Floor” from that debut album.

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