Music Park: Void Vision @ DC9 — 5/11/17

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Void Vision performs at DC9 on May 11, 2017.

Charivari, according to Wikipedia, is “a folk custom in which the community gives a noisy, discordant mock serenade, frequently with pounding on pots and pans.” “Shari Vari” is also an electronic song from 1982 by A Number of Names, later covered by Detroit synth duo Adult.

Most importantly, Shari Vari is the nom du guerre of a Philadelphia musician who tours as Void Vision, and Void Vision opened for Adult. (somehow completing a circle) at DC9 on Thursday, May 11, in a synth show destined to please electronic enthusiasts of all stripes. Void Vision certainly wasn’t “a noisy, discordant mock serenade,” however! Certainly, just the opposite — deep, affecting, and melodic. (Hey, check out our review of Adult. while you’re here.)

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Don’t Miss: Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds @ Electric Factory (Philadelphia, Pa.), 6/5/17

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Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds (Photo courtesy Nasty Little Man PR)

Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds will release a long-awaited greatest hits complication, Lovely Creatures: The Best of Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds 1984-2014, on May 5 through Mute/BMG. The package covers the first 15 albums by Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, From Her to Eternity to Push the Sky Away. Meanwhile, Nick and company will hit the United States later this month to begin a tour in support of their 16th studio album, Skeleton Key.

While the band have no DC date, they land somewhat nearby in Philadelphia at Electric Factory on Monday, June 5.

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Music Park: Beach Slang @ Black Cat — 3/24/17

Beach Slang 03 James Alex fronts a new Beach Slang at Black Cat on March 24, 2017.

James Alex of Beach Slang found himself in an unexpected situation when he performed at Black Cat last October. He came solo on the heels of the band’s second studio album, A Loud Bash of Teenage Feelings, released in September via Polyvinyl.

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Don’t Miss: Beach Slang @ Black Cat, 3/24/17

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Beach Slang (Photo by Charlie Lowe)

The new and improved Beach Slang returned to the United States last night, and they are making a beeline to DC to open for Minus the Bear at Black Cat on Friday, March 24. The show is sold out, but make sure to arrive early for Beach Slang if you’re already going!

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Don’t Miss: Daryl Hall & John Oates and Tears for Fears @ Verizon Center, 6/26/17

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Daryl Hall and John Oates (Photo by Mick Rock)

Daryl Hall and John Oates broke through in the early ’70s with undeniably catchy songs of blue-eyed soul, and went on to create 18 studio albums, selling more than 40 million records. Roland Orzabal and Curt Smith formed Tears for Fears in the early ’80s, creating alternative synthpop, which also produced #1 hits (they had two while Hall and Oates had six, if we are keeping count).

The Americans and the Englishmen were both very popular in the mid-1980s, as their songs climbed the charts and their videos were in heavy rotation on MTV. Now, the two bands are touring together, and they perform at the Verizon Center in DC on Monday, June 26.

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