Solar Fake performs at Ivy City Tavern on Feb. 7, 2017. (Photo by Paivi)
Sven Friedrich previously helmed musical projects Zeraphine and Dreadful Shadows. Since 2007, he’s been recording as Solar Fake. Last week, Solar Fake visited DC to open for Aesthetic Perfection at Ivy City Tavern.
The Naked and Famous at the House of Blues in Cleveland, OH on 3/10/14 (Photo Credit: The Zender Agenda)
The Naked and Famous punched in to the Lincoln Theatre on November 15th for one thing. To entertain us with songs from their excellent new album, Simple Forms.
No commentary. Little talking, except briefly at the end. Their focus was music. Pure. Simple. Like the album title. And their energy was palpable.
They gave us a tight 1 hour 20 minutes and a lively 16 songs, amidst a spare stage that pulsated and lit up beautifully in the dim theater. The theater may have been dimly lit, but it sparked with a packed crowd that wouldn’t sit and merged up through the aisles, eagerly exerting themselves towards the stage where Alisa Xayalith (lead vocals and keyboard) and Thom Powers (guitar and vocals) danced and sang.
Dan Croll performs at the 9:30 Club on Monday, Oct. 31, 2016. (Photo by Mickey McCarter)
Liverpudlian Dan Croll recalled the first time he performed in DC — more than three years ago in the basement of Sixth & I Historic Synagogue.
Michael Stein and Kyle Dixon of Survive perform at U Street Music Hall on Friday, Oct. 28, 2016. (Photo by Mickey McCarter)
The very full house at U Street Music Hall stood politely for more than an hour Friday as they traveled over rolling, melodic sonic landscapes.
That travel was made possible by synthpop band S U R V I V E (which we will now simply call Survive), who visited U Hall fresh off a career-making success with their summer soundtrack to the Netflix hit Stranger Things.
Dan Croll (Photo courtesy Communion Music)
Dan Croll likes things to be a little off-center, much like Norwegian siren Aurora, for whom he is opening at the 9:30 Club on Monday. (Aurora? Catch up with her in our preview of her show!)
The UK electronic folk artist sings in an agreeable manner, but he enjoys putting a bit of an uncomfortable twist on his work, such as in the video for his latest single “Swim,” released in August.
Watch the official music video for “Swim” by Dan Croll on YouTube, and see what I mean:
Dan is an intriguing musician to watch, which is what makes it compulsive to come out early and see him at the 9:30 Club on Monday, Oct. 31. “Swim” is the first single from his upcoming second album, due in 2017 via Communion Music. Judging from the new song, Dan may be angling for more of an R&B sound than he employed in his debut album Sweet Disarray in 2014, but he’s always voiced admiration for approaching pop music from different angles.
Show up early for Dan Croll! Tickets are available online.
Opening for Aurora
Monday, Oct. 31
The Naked and Famous (Photo Credit: Samantha West)
The Naked and Famous bring their electronic beats and fiery rock energy to the Lincoln Theatre on November 15th.
Having released their third album, Simple Forms, just this October, they will be seeking to entertain us with the first single “Higher” and other great new tracks like “Laid Low” and “The Runners”.
The band originally formed in New Zealand, but relocated to Los Angeles in 2012. After their second album, they went through turmoil and were on hiatus for a time, before returning with a vengeance to produce Simple Forms in 2015 and 2016, forged through the pain and passion of heartbreak and strife.
Of course, we can likely expect them to play their instantly recognizable hits from the first album, like “Young Blood” and “Punching in a Dream”, punctuated by Alisa Xayalith’s rich vocal range.
Certainly a show you don’t want to miss, as they haven’t toured in two years.
Buy your tickets here. Do it, it will feel good.
The Naked and Famous
w/ XYLØ, The Chain Gang of 1974
Tuesday, November 15, 2016
A signed copy of SHAED’s new EP, Just Wanna See (Photo Credit: Jeremy Bailey)
As the members of SHAED walked triumphantly off the stage at the 9:30 Club, the audience exploded with cheer and began to chant mightily, “One more song! One more song!”
SHAED opened (along with VÉRITÉ) for Marian Hill on Saturday, September 10th, part of the early show at the club that night (scheduled before a separate DJ set at 11pm). Opening bands don’t get an encore in that situation, but the crowd was not having it. Finally, with the expectant crowd in full chant mode, Chelsea Lee (lead singer) had to come back on stage to put the nix on our hopes.