Don’t Miss: Bleached @ DC9, 4/13/16

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Bleached (Photo by Nicole Anne Robbins)

The talented Clavin sisters, Jen and Jessie, once fronted a garage band called Mika Miko in Los Angeles. Despite the band’s popularity, they left it to join bassist Micayla Grace in a new garage project, Bleached.

The resulting punk band borrowed a sneer from Joan Jett and girl band pop vocals from the likes of The Shangri-La’s. Thematically, they deal with bad romance and bad habits. Bleached released a debut album, Ride Your Heart, in 2013, and they now have returned for their sophomore effort, Welcome the Worms, released April 1! The ladies have hit the road on a tour in support of the album, and they stop at DC9 on Wednesday, April 13.

Watch the official music video for “Keep on Keepin’ on,” the lead single from the new album, by Bleached on YouTube:

Said to have recorded the album during difficult personal times, Jen and Jessie poured themselves into it, finding a creative outlet for their tumultuous circumstances and making a helluva record. Of the result, NPR Music said, “Bleached’s furious and fun sound, mixed with a slacker vibe, invites you to enjoy your youthful worries while they last.”

L.A. punk quartet No Parents open for Bleached. Tickets are available online!

Bleached
w/ No Parents
DC9
Wednesday, April 13
Doors @830pm
$12-$14
All ages

Don’t Miss: jennylee (of Warpaint) @ Black Cat, 2/25/16

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Feb. 8 Update: We have been told by Beggars Group that jennylee has canceled her US tour. We hope she reschedules soon, because I am loving this album!

jennylee aka Jenny Lee Lindberg, bassist of dreampop quartet Warpaint, kicked off a solo career last year, dropping her debut album right on! in December via Rough Trade Records.

On the album, the Los Angeles artist demonstrates a lovely, lush voice that pairs well with the agreeably droning ambient pop running through the record’s 10 tracks. Lead singer “Never” is one of the jauntier tracks on the album, smacking of middle period Siouxsie Sioux singing an Echo and the Bunnymen song. Song and video certainly emanate an appealing old school new wave vibe.

Watch the official music video for “Never” on YouTube:

More typical of the album’s tracks is the droning “Boom Boom,” which moves at a slightly slower yet still engaging pace.

Watch jennylee dance with a chap named Micky Adams in the official music video for “Boom Boom” on YouTube:

It appears jennylee’s solo stuff is an excellent complement to the music of Warpaint without being derivative. jennylee takes off in a direction all her own here, and it’s one that should be very satisfying to fans of her band and newcomers to her music.

“It’s a good record for the winter, reflecting long nights, and the search for comfort and safety, the desire to wrap ourselves in layers,” said Pitchfork, which also hailed her voice as “uncluttered and distinct.”

jennylee only first hit the road with her new band in October, and she’s back by a guitarist, bassist and drummer. (Indeed, we are told that Warpaint drummer Stella Mozgawa is along for the ride!) This is a fantastic opportunity to see them in early days.

Denver experimental rock band Facial and DC post-punkers Den-Mate open for jennylee.

Tickets are available online.

jennylee
w/ Facial and Den-Mate
Black Cat
Thursday, Feb. 25
Doors @7:30pm
$15
All ages

Don’t Miss: DESTRUCTO @ 9:30 Club, 2/3/16

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Gary Richards aka DESTRUCTO (Photo courtesy MSO PR)

Dark grooves with sprinkles of crystalline keyboards? The new single “Bodyback” from LA-based DJ and producer DESTRUCTO delivers with danceworthy gusto.

Have a listen to the track, released last November via Night Bass, on Soundcloud:

Although based in Los Angeles, Gary Richards, aka DESTRUCTO, originally hails from DC! And the EDM innovator founded HARD Events, a concert series recently bought by Live Nation. More recently, DESTRUCTO is getting back to doing what he loves best: spinning exciting house music for discerning listeners.

And so DESTRUCTO returns with his Ship2Ship Tour, which he launches next week in Austin, Texas. He brings the tour to DC to perform in a late show at the 9:30 Club on Wednesday, Feb. 3. Co-headlining with Justin Martin, he fits the tour nicely in between twin appearances at the 2016 Holy Ship! electronic dance cruises — the first of which wrapped up yesterday and the second of which launches in February.

Hey, while we are talking about Holy Ship!, one of DESTRUCTO’s entire live DJ sets is also available from one of the 2015 cruises at Soundcloud. Have a listen:

Opening for DESTRUCTO and Justin Martin is ingenuous young DJ REZZ (born Isabelle Rezazedeh) from Niagara Falls, Canada. Tickets are available online.

DESTRUCTO and Justin Martin
w/ REZZ
9:30 Club
Wednesday, Feb. 3
Doors @9pm
$20
All ages

Music Park: Gun Outfit @ Café Saint-Ex — 12/7/15

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Gun Outfit at the Northside Fest Pitchfork Showcase (Photo by Samantha Marble)

Dylan Sharp sings with a kind of twang that takes you down empty, open roads.

His band Gun Outfit, which he formed with fellow vocalist and guitarist Carrie Keith, covers some distinct territory as its music rolls down those roads. Gun Outfit play folk music to be sure — but the band’s fourth full-length album, Dream All Over, released in October via Paradise of Bachelors, wanders into the unhurried haziness of psychedelia with an air of Americana.

When Dylan sings on “Matters to a Head,” one of the more rollicking and best tracks on the new album, he sings as a bit of a rambler who has witnessed it all. The song’s bright and lively guitar backs up the concept of a man on the move as he assesses expectations and confrontations.

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Don’t Miss: Gun Outfit @ Cafe Saint Ex, 12/7/15

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Dylan Sharp and Carrie Keith of the Gun Outfit (Photo courtesy Pitch Perfect PR)

Los Angeles-based “cowboy” psych band Gun Outfit is coming to town.

The duo quartet, originally from Olympia, Wash., released an extremely listenable new album, Dream All Over, via Paradise of Bachelors, on Oct. 16, and they have launched their very first headlining tour of U.S. East Coast cities in support of it. The Gun Outfit stop in DC on Monday, Dec. 7, to play a show at Cafe Saint-Ex (1847 14th St. NW, DC), an unusual but welcome location for a rock show to be sure.

The Gun Outfit recently published a video for the single “In Orbit,” directed by the band’s Dylan Sharp. In the video, various “alien life forms disintegrate into washes of colors,” according to the band. The music is a wistfully hazy psych-folk march.

Watch the psychedelic official video for the Gun Outfit’s “In Orbit” on YouTube:

Apparently, Dylan and fellow vocalist Carrie Keith bring a punk aesthetic to their psych guitars, and I’m eager to hear some more from them. Says The New York Times: “This band has a punk aesthetic deep at the center and, especially now, slow and drifting, double-guitar desert-rock psychedelia at the surface. Dream All Over is the latest installment in the output of a band that’s remained open-ended, slow and steady.”

DC bands Flashers and Broken Grids open for the Gun Outfit. Tickets are available at the door on the night of the show.

Gun Outfit
w/ Flashers and Broken Grids
Cafe Saint-Ex
Monday, Dec. 7
Show @9pm
$8
All ages

Music Park: YACHT @ U Street Music Hall — 11/7/15

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YACHT perform at Treefort Music Fest in Boise, Idaho, on March 28, 2015. (Photo courtesy Treefort Music Fest)

Claire Evans trailed off singing the catchy new song “Hologram” from the new album by YACHT and peered over the audience in mock concern.

“Whose phone is ringing?” she queried.

Turning to her right, she found that her own phone was apparently ringing at U Street Music Hall on Saturday night. She picked up the phone receiver, seated next to a synthesizer of course, and began to explain to the “caller” that she was at a show, so it wasn’t the best time to talk.

“What show? YACHT,” Claire said.

“No, not a boat,” she continued after a pause. “It’s an acronym. [beat] Yes, I’m sure they regret that too.”

Claire and her YACHT bandmates then launched into “Ringtone,” another catchy new album from I Thought the Future Would Be Cooler, released last month via Downtown Records.

As Claire intimated, YACHT was conceived as Young Americans Challenging High Technology by Jona Bechtolt some years ago. Jona, who plays synth and guitar, eventually would recruit Claire as full-time vocalist, and most recently Rob Kieswetter on synth and bass. The trio stopped in DC for a show in support of the new album, easily their most accessible and appealing effort yet.

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Don’t Miss: YACHT @ U Street Music Hall, 11/7/15

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Jona Bechtolt and Claire L. Evans (Photo by Ricky Tompkins)

Disco-punk duo YACHT are about to release a new album, I Thought the Future Would Be Cooler, via Downtown Records — their third full-length effort operating as a band rather than as a solo project by founder Jona Bechtolt.

After the new album’s release on Oct. 16, YACHT will appear mystically at U Street Music Hall soon after on Saturday, Nov. 7, in a tour stop to support the album.

The new album finds Jona and his songwriting partner Claire L. Evans concerned about the quality of life and the future of mankind — two themes that preoccupied them in previous albums See Mystery Lights and Shangri-La, which lyrically assessed topics like the lack of an afterlife and utopia, despite mostly being earnest dance records. Aside from being an arresting performer, Claire is also a science journalist, writing and blogging about science for the likes of National Geographic, OMNI and Vice.

The first single from the new album “L.A. Plays Itself” is a love letter to their adopted city, inspired by the 2003 Thom Andersen documentary Los Angeles Plays Itself and incorporating 163 production location signs.

Watch the video for “L.A. Plays Itself” on YouTube:

YACHT cites a mind-boggling array of influences on The Future Would Be Cooler — including 80s Japanese electronic reggae (Sandii & The Sunsetz, Haruomi Hosono), 70s and 80s post-punk and no wave (Family Fodder, The Waitresses, Suburban Lawns, Killing Joke, A Certain Ratio, Devo), Norwegian disco (Todd Terje, Lindstrøm, Prins Thomas), and Grand Royal Records-era alternative music (Cibo Matto, Luscious Jackson, Money Mark).

Tickets are available online.

YACHT
w/ Larry Gus
U Street Music Hall
Saturday, Nov. 7
Doors @7pm
$20
All ages

Don’t Miss: Marina V (Opening for Howard Jones) @ The Hamilton Live, 8/18/15

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Marina V (Photo compliments of the artist)

Singer-songwriter Marina V may have immigrated to Los Angeles from Moscow, but the redheaded siren sings universally buoyant songs that sound as if they could have come from a chirpier Tori Amos if it weren’t for the sometimes barely detectable European accent in her voice.

Born Marina Verenikina, she moved to the United States as a teenager and began making music. Her most recent album, Inner Superhero, features 10 upbeat songs of asserting yourself and living life to its fullest. Marina V is touring in support of the new album, and she makes a few stops on the tour as the opener for UK synthpop legend Howard Jones.

One such stop occurs tomorrow, Tuesday, August 18 at the Hamilton Live.

Watch the official video for single “Enjoy the Ride” on YouTube:

As you can see from her video, Marina still has strong ties to Moscow, and she films videos and performs there regularly. Don’t miss this international chanteuse when she opens for Howard Jones at the Hamilton. Tickets are available online.

Listen to clips from Inner Superhero on Soundcloud:

Marina V
(Opening for Howard Jones)
The Hamilton Live
Tuesday, August 18
Doors @6:30pm
$30-$35
All ages

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