Snapshots: Thundercat @ U Street Music Hall — 3/5/17

Thundercat 08 Thundercat performs at U Street Music Hall on Sunday, March 5, 2017. (Photo by Chris Castillo)

On Feb. 24, Thundercat released his new album Drunk, a 23-track “journey into his often hilarious, sometimes dark mind,” according to record label Brainfeeder. And then came to U Street Music Hall on Sunday in an accompanying tour!

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Snapshots: Solar Fake @ Ivy City Tavern — 2/7/17

Solar Fake @ Ivy City Tavern, Washington DC, 2/7/2017
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.

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Music Park: The Naked and Famous @ Lincoln Theatre — 11/15/16

The Naked and Famous (3/10/14)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.

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Music Park: S U R V I V E @ U Street Music Hall — 10/28/16

SURVIVE 10 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.

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