Music Park: Saint Etienne @ Union Stage — 9/7/18

StEtienne02 Sarah Cracknell fronts Saint Etienne at Union Stage on Sept. 7, 2018.

Sarah Cracknell is a picture-perfect Gen X diva. Wrapped in a feather boa and armed with a sultry smile, the Englishwoman brings wit and warmth to fronting synthpop outfit Saint Etienne, which dropped by Union Stage on Friday to mark the 20th anniversary of their fourth studio album, Good Humor.

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Music Park: Alvvays @ Rock & Roll Hotel — 10/7/17

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Alvvays plays blissed out pop at the Rock & Roll Hotel on Oct. 7, 2017. (Photo by David LaMason)

Saturday night found Alvvays playing the first night of two sold-out shows at Rock & Roll Hotel. Even an hour before the doors opened, the line to the venue stretched down H Street NE, a testament to the band’s growing fanbase. And it’s certainly not hard to see why.

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Ticket Giveaway: Tennis @ 9:30 Club, 3/19/17

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Tennis (Photo by Luca Venter)

Husband and wife duo Alaina Moore and Patrick Riley started their band Tennis after a sailing expedition down the Eastern Atlantic Seaboard. Fittingly, they have recorded part of their latest album at sea during a sailing trip through the Sea of Cortez.

Drop anchor at 9:30 Club on March 19 and catch Tennis on their tour celebrating their fourth album, Yours Conditionally, out March 10 on Mutually Detrimental via Thirty Tigers.

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Ticket Giveaway: Los Campesinos! @ 9:30 Club, 3/9/17

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Los Campesinos! (Photo courtesy Chromatic Publicity )

In about a month, noise pop septet Los Campesinos! will launch a US tour to promote their sixth studio album, Sick Scenes. The UK collective will release Sick Scenes via Wichita Recordings on Feb. 24, and their tour will take them to the 9:30 Club soon after on Thursday, March 9.

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