Don’t Miss: Moonrise Festival @ Pimlico Race Course (Baltimore, MD), 8/12-8/13/17

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Porter Robinson and Madeon (separately) are among the acts performing at 2017 Moonrise Festival in Baltimore. (Photo courtesy Girlie Action)

Moonrise Festival, Baltimore’s flagship electronic music festival, returns to Pimlico Race Course on Saturday, Aug. 12, and Sunday, Aug. 13. I have a playlist to get you excited about this outstanding festival, which features headliners Afrojack, Big Gigantic, Porter Robinson, Run The Jewels, Zeds Dead, and many more!

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Music Park: Caravan Palace @ 9:30 Club — 7/5/17

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Zoé Colotis fronts Caravan Palace at 9:30 Club on Wednesday, July 5, 2017. (Photo by Mickey McCarter)

Caravan Place released their third studio album <|°_°|>, also known as Robot Face, capturing ears across the world in 2015, and they have spent the last two years on tour conquering our hearts. The French septet most recently dropped by DC to charm a sold-out crowd at 9:30 Club with their splendid mix of French house, electro swing, and jazz on Wednesday, July 5.

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Ticket Giveaway: Caravan Palace @ 9:30 Club, 7/5/17

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Looking for something different, yet fun and embraceable, for your dancing pleasure? Look no further than the French septet Caravan Palace, who cite among their influences Cab Calloway *and* Daft Punk.

The electroswing collective is coming to the United States again off their very strong third album <|°_°|> (pronounced “Robot Face”), and they perform at 9:30 Club on Wednesday, July 5. You can win tickets to go with Parklife DC.

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Don’t Miss: Paul van Dyk @ Echostage, 4/29/17

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Paul van Dyk (Photo by Christoph Köstlin)

Trance DJ Paul van Dyk recently released a new single “Touched by Heaven,” and he’s spinning it in clubs on a 12-date North American tour presented by Insomnia’s Dreamstate trance brand. PvD will appear locally at Echostage in DC on Saturday, April 29.

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

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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

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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

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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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