If you’re in Los Angeles this weekend, you may well want to pop out to S. Broadway for some nights of dark pop at The Globe and The Tower Theatres on Friday and Saturday. That’s where you’ll find the Cloak and Dagger Festival – Dusk Till Dawn, featuring headliners The Jesus And Mary Chain, KMFDM, She Wants Revenge, Poptone, TR/ST, Com Truise, The Soft Moon, HEALTH, Cold Cave, and many more.
The lovely Sarah Cracknell took to the very crowded stage at U Street Music Hall to coo gentle reproaches and remembrances to a respectfully full house last week, rekindling our romance with the sublime UK synthpop trio Saint Etienne.
Yelle, the winning and winsome French electropop group, reminded DC of the irresistibility of their music in a sold-out show at U Street Music Hall last week.
At one point during her show, Alison Moyet shared memories of her mother to a sold-out house at the Historic Synagogue at Sixth and I on Monday night. The British chanteuse misses her mother dearly, she intimated, but she could never escape the matron’s fierce protection of proper grammar.
“I would write her letters and send a red pen because I knew she would mark them up anyway,” Alison said with a sly smile.
Maternal perfection and remembrances combined in Alison’s lush new song “The English U” from her terrific new album Other, the release of which in June via Cooking Vinyl inspired a world tour — the North American leg of which launched in Washington, DC, on Sept. 11.
A little over a year ago, Crystal Castles released Amnesty (I), its fourth studio album, via Fiction Records and Casablanca Records. The record debuted the new team of founder Christopher Chartrand and vocalist Edith Frances, who have been touring since the album’s release. Crystal Castles arrive at 9:30 Club on Saturday, Sept. 30, and you can win tickets to go with Parklife DC.
As we mentioned earlier, Working Order Records, the record label of DC synthpop duo Technophobia, threw a benefit show for House of Ruth at Black Cat on Saturday, Aug. 19. A few other bands joined the show, and we got some pix of synthwaver Void Vision from Philadelphia.