Snapshots: Solar Fake @ Ivy City Tavern — 2/7/17

Solar Fake @ Ivy City Tavern, Washington DC, 2/7/2017
Solar Fake performs at Ivy City Tavern on Feb. 7, 2017. (Photo by Paivi)

Sven Friedrich previously helmed musical projects Zeraphine and Dreadful Shadows. Since 2007, he’s been recording as Solar Fake. Last week, Solar Fake visited DC to open for Aesthetic Perfection at Ivy City Tavern.

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Around Town: Synthpop Party @ Dodge City, 2/9/17

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Nick Rhodes of Duran Duran performs at MGM National Harbor on Dec. 31, 2016. (Photo by Mickey McCarter)

On the second Thursday of every month, we pop over to Dodge City (917 U St. NW, DC) for our Careless Memories party, and play some new wave tunes for you while you have some drinks and maybe break out some dance moves.

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Music Park: VOWWS @ 9:30 Club — 2/1/17

VOWWS 10 VOOWS perform at 9:30 Club on Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2017. (Photo by Mickey McCarter)

VOWWS may be a band dealing in dark synthpop, but the duo play with a light grace that makes them a quickly accessible and compelling watch.

Based in Los Angeles, VOWWS visited 9:30 Club in DC on Feb. 1 to open for England’s White Lies. (Read our Parklife DC review of White Lies at 9:30 Club.) Guitarist Matt and synthesist Rizz played eight tracks mostly from their debut full-length album The Great Sun, released in 2015 via Cleopatra Records.

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Don’t Miss: Careless Memories @ Dodge City, 2/9/17

Freezepop @ Subterranean, 7/16/15
Sean T. Drinkwater of Freezepop performs at Subterranean in Chicago on July 16, 2015. (Photo by Kyle Gaddo)

Traditionally, February is an icy month here in the DMV. And yet midmonth, our hearts turn warm with romance at the arrival of Valentine’s Day.

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Music Park: Cold Cave @ Rock and Roll Hotel — 1/25/17

Cold Cave @ Rock & Roll Hotel, Washington DC, 1/25/2017 Wesley Eisold of Cold Cave sings at the Rock and Roll Hotel on Jan. 25, 2017. (Photo by Paivi)

Cold Cave open their show Wednesday night at DC’s Rock and Roll Hotel with “Love Comes Close,” coincidentally the song that first initiated my interest in the band. For the duration of their opener, the look of the stage is appropriately understated.

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