Live Review: Helado Negro @ 9:30 Club — 5/4/22

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Roberto Carlos Lange performs as Helado Negro at 9:30 Club on May 4, 2022. (Photo by Casey Vock)

For all of American music’s collective dynamism, how many artists truly celebrate that diversity with their sounds? What would that even look like?

Helado Negro, a musical project led since 2009 by South Florida native Robert Carlos Lange, is one of the few endeavors to take up such a task. Earning a number of grants and awards bestowed upon him by various organizations, Lange became prolific in the past decade, imbuing a cross-culturalism into an inventive, revolutionary take on experimental/avant-pop and digital folk — with the words of his songs often spoken in two languages.

Roberto made an anticipated stop at 9:30 Club recently as part of his current tour in support of Far In, his 2021 studio album released on 4AD.

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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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Snapshots: of Montreal @ 9:30 Club — 3/2/20

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Kevin Barnes fronts of Montreal at 9:30 Club on March 2, 2020. (Photo by Katherine Gaines)

Of Montreal appeared at 9:30 Club recently for a different kind of show. You see, frontman Kevin Barnes fell in love. And with that, he’s been a bit more carefree, a bit more open, and a bit more himself. That inner self shined brightly at 9:30 Club, and Katherine Gaines captured this glory on film.

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Live Review: Helado Negro @ U Street Music Hall — 6/28/19

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Helado Negro (Photo courtesy of RVNG Intl.)

What does black ice cream taste like? If you’re Roberto Carlos Lange, you may say it’s a combination of flavors that inexplicably vary with every lick. The producer and singer-songwriter, better known as Helado Negro (“black ice cream” in Spanish), served up an eclectic mix of synth-pop, electro-folk, and Latin music during a recent performance at DC’s U Street Music Hall.

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Preview: Let’s Eat Grandma @ 9:30 Club, 4/1/19

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Let’s Eat Grandma (Photo by Charlotte Pattmore)

Editor’s note: This show has been cancelled.

Let’s Eat Grandma released I’m All Ears, the band’s second studio album, last year via Transgressive Records. The British avant pop duo now will headline a show at the 9:30 Club on Monday, April 1.

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