Yukimi Nagano fronts Little Dragon at 9:30 Club on Wednesday, Aug. 9, 2017. (Photo by Theresa C. Sanchez)
Good things come in small packages.
Standing just barely 5 feet tall, the Swedish singer-songwriter Yukimi Nagano is no exception. Last Tuesday and Wednesday night, Little Dragon fans in attendance at the 9:30 Club were transported to the future, and not just the weekend. Attendees accustomed to rock and roll gigs might also argue the neon kaleidoscope-colored lighting and the mobile-like twinkling backdrop also transformed the space into that of a rave. The soulful, electro pop quartet who formed in 1996 (while still in high school) played back-to-back shows promoting their much-anticipated fifth studio album, Season High. They added an additional performance following the quick sellout of their first night.
Little Dragon (Photo by IB Kamara)
Little Dragon released their latest album Season High on May 5 via Loma Vista Records. The band are touring this summer with two dates at 9:30 Club! The first date sold out, but you can win tickets to go to the second date on Wednesday, Aug. 9, with Parklife DC.
Muse perform at Firefly Music Festival on Sunday, June 18, 2017. (Photo courtesy Live at Firefly/Firefly Music Festival)
Sunday was a big day at Firefly Music Festival in Dover, Delaware, capped by a stunning headline show by English art rock trio Muse to close out the entire festival.
While we were there, I took the time to catch two other favorite acts for a third day of reporting on performances at Firefly 2017, by all measures a smashing success enjoyed by 90,000 people who poured into The Woodlands to watch more than 125 concerts over four days.
Saint Etienne (Photo courtesy Heavenly Recordings)
Saint Etienne released their latest album Home Counties on June 2 via Heavenly Recordings, and the English synthpop trio will launch a US tour in Boston on Sept. 24, arriving in DC several days later to perform at U Street Music Hall on Wednesday, Sept. 27.
Zola Jesus performs at Motorco Music Hall in Durham, North Carolina, during Moogfest 2017 on May 19.
Touring sporadically in recent months, Nika Roza Danilova, better known as Zola Jesus, dropped by Moogfest 2017 recently to perform a haunting set at Motorco Music Hall in Durham, North Carolina. Intense and introspective as ever, Zola Jesus performed some new songs in the outdoor venue as she weaved her body into her music.
Gorillaz (Portrait by Jamie Hewlett)
Gorillaz, the world’s must successful virtual band, will release Humanz, this Friday, April 28, via Parlophone and Warner Bros. Records. And your favorite animated band — Murdoc Niccals, Noodle, Russel Hobbs, and 2D – will hit the road for their first US tour in seven years, including a stop at Merriweather Post Pavilion on July 17. Tour venues in Chicago, Boston, and Philadelphia already have sold out, but tickets remain for Merriweather!
Donna Lynch of Ego Likeness performs at Metro Gallery on April 7, 2017. (photo by Paivi)
Ego Likeness headlined a big show of dark electronic music in Baltimore on Friday, enlisting the assistance of Technophobia, Nahja Mora, Stars and the Sea, Fun Never Starts, and DJs Sex Charges and Candy Corn to fill out the bill at Metro Gallery.