Don’t Miss: Ladyhawke @ Rock and Roll Hotel, 2/27/17

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Ladyhawke (Photo courtesy Girlie Action Media, Marketing, and Management)

Feb. 15 Update: This show has been canceled: 

Dear all US and Canadian ticket holders we regret to say due to unforeseen circumstances we are unfortunately unable to perform in the US and Canada this spring. So sorry to everybody who bought tickets, thank you for your understanding and all your continued support. Ticket refunds will be available from your point of purchase. Ladyhawke Team.

Pip Brown, aka Ladyhawke, released a third album, Wild Things, in June via Polyvinyl. The album was a reflection of her new lease on life, after conquering a few demons and becoming happily married to actress Madeleine Sami.

“Wild Things is a well-rounded, fully complete project that seeps into your bones and gets you reveling in life’s uninhibited moments,” said Nylon.

Now based in Los Angeles, Ladyhawke is taking the album on the road again with her “Let It Roll” Tour, which kicks off in Nashville on Feb. 24. She quickly finds herself in DC with a return to the Rock and Roll Hotel on Monday, Feb. 27!

The song “Wild Things” is an airy paean to cleaning up and settling down, “a dreamy nostalgic love song about reminiscing on your wayward youth,” and it makes fantastic use of Ladyhawke’s lovely contralto voice. Watch the official music video for the title track “Wild Things” by Ladyhawke on YouTube:

When I last saw Ladyhawke, at the Rock and Roll Hotel in 2012, I was struck by her growth as a performer even then. I wrote at the time, “Ladyhawke was much more confident in this appearance than when I saw her the first time, at the 9:30 Club in a showcase sponsored by blogger Perez Hilton. In that performance, Ladyhawke was content to play with her hair in her face, hunched over almost like a little old man. This time out, she stood comfortably, her fresh and attractive face uncovered and guitar in hand.”

Ladyhawke last visited DC at U Street Music Hall on June 25, so we’re lucky to receive her a second time in such short order. And I don’t think we’ll ever tire of seeing that fresh, fair face of hers!

Tickets are available online.

Ladyhawke
Rock and Roll Hotel
Monday, Feb. 27
Doors @7pm
$20
All ages

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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Don’t Miss: The Naked and Famous @ Lincoln Theatre, 11/15/16

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The Naked and Famous bring their electronic beats and fiery rock energy to the Lincoln Theatre on November 15th.

Having released their third album, Simple Forms, just this October, they will be seeking to entertain us with the first single “Higher” and other great new tracks like “Laid Low” and “The Runners”.

The band originally formed in New Zealand, but relocated to Los Angeles in 2012. After their second album, they went through turmoil and were on hiatus for a time, before returning with a vengeance to produce Simple Forms in 2015 and 2016, forged through the pain and passion of heartbreak and strife.

Of course, we can likely expect them to play their instantly recognizable hits from the first album, like “Young Blood” and “Punching in a Dream”, punctuated by Alisa Xayalith’s rich vocal range.

Certainly a show you don’t want to miss, as they haven’t toured in two years.

Buy your tickets here. Do it, it will feel good.

The Naked and Famous
w/ XYLØ, The Chain Gang of 1974
Lincoln Theatre
Tuesday, November 15, 2016
Doors 6:30pm
$35
All ages

Music Park: Broods @ 9:30 Club — 8/1/16

Broods 22 Georgia Nott of Broods puts her heart into song at the 9:30 Club on Monday, August 1, 2016. (Photo by Mickey McCarter)

At about a third through their set on Monday, siblings Georgia Nott and Caleb Nott moved from their stations to chairs at the edge of the stage.

The duo, who perform under their band name Broods, got their start playing covers around clubs in their native New Zealand, Georgia explained to the sold-out crowd at the 9:30 Club. And they wanted to dedicate a few songs to replicating such an intimate experience as much as possible, albeit with their own original songs and to an audience of 1,200 people or so.

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Don’t Miss: Broods @ 9:30 Club, 8/1/16

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Broods (Photo courtesy The Windish Agency)

Brother and sister musical duo Broods have come a long way in a short time! Hailing from New Zealand, Georgia and Caleb Nott released their debut album in 2014 and then toured extensively. Now they’ve returned with a second album, Conscious, and they are performing at the 9:30 Club on Monday, August 1.

The sophomore album, released June 24 via Capitol Records, boasts a few key collaborations, including a guest appearance by Tove Lo on “Freak of Nature” and co-writing from fellow New Zealander Lorde on “Heartlines,” the upcoming next single from the record.

The first single, released in April, is “Free,” a pounding R&B-tinged synth track. Watch the official music video for “Free” by Broods on YouTube:

Broods recorded the new album in Los Angeles and New Zealand with production assistance from Joel Little (Lorde, Ellie Goulding, Jarryd James) as well as Alex Hope (Troye Sivan) and Captain Cuts (Halsey, Tove Lo).

Speaking of Jarryd James, the Australian alt-R&B singer is opening for Broods on this tour! Last month, he released a new single called “1000x,” which features a guest appearance by Broods! Give it a listen on Soundcloud, and turn up early to see Jarryd:

Tickets are available online.

Broods
w/ Jarryd James
9:30 Club
Monday, August 1
Doors @7pm
$27.50
All ages

Music Park: Yumi Zouma @ DC9 — 6/8/16

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Yumi Zouma, by way of New Zealand, captivated the DC9 crowd on Wednesday, June 8th with a fine mix of dreamy pop, synth hooks and Christie Simpson’s exuberantly clear voice.

With their name etched in cursive, hovering in the stage background in bright lights, Yumi Zouma played 14 fun, breezy songs from their new album and two previous EPs.

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