Congratulations to Echostage (2135 Queens Chapel Rd. NE, DC), which was voted top club in the United States in DJ Magazine’s Top 100 Clubs poll.
Danish producer Anders Trentemøller released his fourth album Fixion in September 2016 on his own label, In My Room, and he’s hitting the United States in a long-awaited return that includes a stop at 9:30 Club on Sunday, March 26. You can win tickets with Parklife DC.
Going to see Flume at the 9:30 Club tonight or tomorrow? Then get there early to check out Silas Moldenhawer and Jonas Kenton, the Copenhagen duo known as Kenton Slash Demon, who are opening for Flume both nights.
Today, Kenton Slash Demon are dropping an EP of remixes for their latest single, “Peace,” via Future Classic. “Peace” is the latest in a string of singles on Future Classic from Kenton Slash Demon, who also recently have released the Harpe/Syko and TT/Dok EPs.
Watch the official music video for “Peace” by Kenton Slash Demon on YouTube:
Said Kenton Slash Demon of “Peace,” “We wanted to create something that sounded futuristic but classic at the same time. The drums have some ‘70s rock and disco references to them but with a modern club music punch combined with vocals that almost sound alien. It’s definitely the most pop-ish thing we’ve done as Kenton Slash Demon so far but we feel that crafting music that sticks out from more classic underground club tracks is also a part of our DNA. It’s dance music but too slow to really work in a classic club environment and that’s what we really liked about it — that it places itself between being a ‘song’ and a club track.”
After performing at the 9:30 Club, the duo go on to Charlottesville, Virginia, and Atlanta in a string of sold-out shows before going to the United Kingdom for Bestival. So show up early and dance!
Kenton Slash Demon
Opening for Flume
Friday, Sept. 2
Saturday, Sept. 3
“This place is like a time capsule,” said Jeremy Greenspan between songs at the Black Cat on Tuesday night. “It hasn’t changed in 15 years.”
Jeremy, vocalist and guitarist of Canadian synthpop duo Junior Boys, recalled playing perhaps his second show ever in the United States at the Black Cat soon after it took up residence at its current location in 2001. On Tuesday, Junior Boys appeared again to perform songs from their alluring new album, Big Black Coat, released last month via City Slang to critical acclaim.
If the Cat hasn’t changed much, the music of Junior Boys at least has matured in some interesting ways.
The new album is the first from Junior Boys in five years, and the time off seems to have been really good for them creatively. Jeremy and synthesizer player Matt Didemus enthralled a very full room at the Black Cat with their blend of technopop and R&B, giving the new songs their opportunity to shine alongside established favorites.
Techno duo Junior Boys released a new album, Big Black Coat, via City Slang on Feb. 5, and they have launched a tour in support of it. That tour stops at the Black Cat on Tuesday, March 29.
The new record is the first Junior Boys album in five years, and on it, Jeremy Greenspan and Matt Didemus meld electropop with techno with a firm hand.
The first single, “Over It,” demonstrates the light, glittery touch the men from Ontario, Canada, bring to the album. Pitchfork’s Cameron Cook really digs the new stuff, saying, “On Big Black Coat, you hear some mid-era Kraftwerk, a big debt to Detroit techno, that sweet spot in the mid-’70s when krautrock met disco, several of Arthur Russell’s many house aliases, and even Prince circa Controversy.”
Watch the official music video for “Over It” by Junior Boys on YouTube:
Jeremy produced the latest effort from alt R&B musician Jessy Lanza, who hails from the Junior Boys hometown, and she comes along as an opener for this show. Dark electronic artist Jason Borys (aka simply Borys) is also along for the ride.
Tasmanian musician Angus Tarnawsky is a jack of all trades. Dividing his time between Vancouver and Brooklyn, the electronic artist and drummer runs a record label, In Context Music, which explores the intersection of electronic and acoustic music. And he released his first solo EP Pitched via Inner Surface Music in 2014.
Angus is coming to DC to perform some of his music as the opener for Savages at the 9:30 Club on Sunday, March 27. Resident Advisor said of Pitched, “Throughout, Tarnawsky deploys the kind of sound palette you might associate with Raster-Noton—bursts of sculpted static, clear synthetic tones, bass that sounds like amplified ground hum.”
Listen to “Expand Contract” by Angus while watching some hypnotic visuals for the techno track on YouTube:
Angus enjoys improvising, employing heavy bass as well as crystalline ambience, to create a unique performance. He’s sure to deliver an absorbing performance when he’s in town.