Don’t Miss: Ki:Theory w/ Technophobia + Pleasure Curses @ DC9, 6/11/15

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Richmond’s Ki:Theory performs tonight at DC9. He’s known for his covers like “Stand by Me” (video above), which is much different than 1962 original by Ben E. King. (Darker, to say the least?) He’s also known for remixing things like Daft Punk’s “Son of Flynn” on the Tron: Legacy soundtrack remix album.

Listen to the new single from Ki:Theory “The Way It Was,” released in January:

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Several local acts open for Ki:Theory — Technophobia and Pleasure Curses. Technophobia are a dark wave duo who recently revamped their act with new songs, all sang by Katie Petix and all synthed by Steve Petix.

The Pleasure Curses are nu disco indie pop stylists who always put on a good show as well! Jahn Alexander delivers smooth vocals while Evan Maxwell leaps from guitars to synths.

Tickets are available at the door.

Ki:Theory
w/ Technophobia and Pleasure Curses
DC9
Thursday, June 11
Doors @8pm
$10
All ages

Music Park: “Concrete” by the Pleasure Curses (New Release on 3/31/15)

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The Pleasure Curses, DC’s premier disco dance duo, Tuesday released a new song, “Concrete.”

Here it is!

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It’s one of their best, in my opinion. It starts out with a crunchier, blockier sound, but the song gets more sparkly as the band, and we, get more invested in it.

They lyrics also serve as a wonderfully polite snub to the subject of the song:

“everyone is something to someone/
nobody is nothing to no one/
but hanging out with you seems like no fun/
hanging out with you seems like no fun, no”

Essentially, some experiences can be as grey and lifeless as concrete.

Jahn Alexander and Evan Maxwell are certain to play the song live at their next gig on Thursday, April 2, at the Martin Lurther King DC Public Library.

After that, their next scheduled show, at the moment, is apparently part of an event at the Smithsonian American Art Museum on Friday, May 22 (Memorial Day weekend!).

Music Park: Pleasure Curses @ DC9 — 3/12/15

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Jahn Alexander and Evan Maxwell of the Pleasure Curses

A couple of cool synth aficionados and a sultry blonde sophisticate are leading bands that are quickly becoming DC’s most reliably entertaining double bill.

I’ve taken the opportunity to write about Furniteur, led by Brittany Sims, not long ago, but I haven’t yet had the chance to spotlight duo Jahn Alexander Teetsov and Evan Maxwell Grice of the Pleasure Curses. The two bands, which are labelmates at Prince George Records, have been pairing up for opportunities like opening for New York’s Vérité on Thursday at DC9 and DC groovemaster Outputmessage on Feb. 12 in a POV Live performance at the W Hotel.

The Pleasure Curses have been leading the charge among DC electronic bands for a few years now, refining their concert performances along the way. Last October, they released the single “Burn,” which kicked off their concert at DC9 Thursday. The song is a smoldering tribute to overcoming desire, and vocalist Jahn Alexander delivers the lyrics with smooth aplomb as he sways along to the beat.

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Don’t Miss: Operators w/ Pleasure Curses @ DC9, 2/16/15

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Note: DC9 closed early last night due to a water main break, forcing cancellation of this show! Operators have been rescheduled for Monday, Feb. 16

DC9 (1940 9th St. NW, DC) hosts a pretty exciting electronic line-up — now on Monday, Feb. 16!

The main act Operators is the latest band from Canada’s Dan Boeckner, who formerly supplied guitar and vocals to Montreal quartet Wolf Parade. Operators puts a big emphasis on dance music and the band released its first offering EP1 last year.

For Operators, Boeckner has partnered with keyboardist Devojka, hailing from Macedonia, and drummer Sam Brown (the latter of whom he also worked with in Divine Fits). Their EP1 supplies us with five tracks, including the likes of “True,” a very new wave track with funky vocals and pleasantly pulsating electro.

Listen:

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Opening for Operators is DC’s own Pleasure Curses in their first show of 2015. Pleasure Curses, hailing from the very electronic label Prince George Records, recently released the track “Burn,” a slinky single that shows off their increasingly polished, and dare we say seductive, sound.

The duo of Jahn Alexander and Evan Maxwell say they have big things planned this year, but catch up on their catalogue to date below:

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Tickets are available online and at the door.

Operators
w/Pleasure Curses
DC9
Monday, Jan. 12
Doors @8:30pm
$12
All ages