You may already know Kelcey Ayer as a vocalist and pianist for Local Natives. Kelcey, however, released his debut solo album, Tasha Sits Close to the Piano, under the moniker Jaws of Love via K-Rizzla Records/House Arrest in September. He’s on tour to support the album, and he plays tonight, Dec. 6, at DC9.
Emily Haines, the always melodic lead singer of Metric, released Choir of the Mind, a solo album with her project The Soft Skeleton, in September via Last Gang Records/eOne. Emily launched a solo tour that arrives at Sixth and I Historic Synagogue on Saturday, Dec. 2.
How can so much brilliant sound come from two people? If you’ve heard anything of the thunderous rock of Japandroids — the duo of Brian King (guitars/vocals) and David Prowse (drums/vocals) — you’d have some clue to the answer. One part Bruce Springsteen and two parts Replacements with more than a dash of punk rock thrown in for good measure, Japandroids brought spectacle and inspired energy to Rams Head Live in Baltimore Monday night!
Originally created as a home recording project, Cloud Nothings, the brainchild of Dylan Baldi (guitar/vocals), is definitely one of the most dynamic bands around. There’s a hard edge to many of their songs, especially after their first, self-titled LP, but they are layered with hooks that were impossible to avoid at Ram’s Head Live in Baltimore on Monday.
There are certainly bands that make great records but when you see them live there’s something missing, and then there are bands that make great records and their live show takes those already-great songs and transforms them. They become the catalyst for an amazing experience, and you can’t help but get drawn in.
In this latter category, you will find the manic, organized chaos of New York-based band Charly Bliss. And on Sunday night, whether the squeals of guitarist and frontwoman Eva Hendricks were of pure energy or pure joy — that feeling was palpable!
Color Palette, a DC indie rock quintet, was one of the bands opening for Broke Royals during their third anniversary show at Rock and Roll Hotel on Saturday, May 13. Paivi caught some photos of Color Palette in action.
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.