Nick Murphy has continued to evolve his sound not only on Run Fast Sleep Naked, but in the live adaptations of Chet Faker classics like “Talk is Cheap” and “1998.”
Do lines like “ICE to ISIS, migrant crisis/ Gleeful cruelty at the top/ Endless shootings, venal or stupid/ Con men on the nuclear clock” ruin a dance party? Apparently not.
Through thick and thin, The North Country prevails. This fact bore out time and time again, with this particular again being the addition of Margot MacDonald to their shifting lineup. A favorite in the DC music scene and member of the (unfortunately) now defunct The El Mansouris, MacDonald’s solo music displays not just the power of her voice, but her mastery of vocal loops and effects. She is, to put it mildly, multifaceted.
In fact, the entire ensemble that leader Andrew Grossman has assembled can lay claim to such musical diversity, with most members juggling multiple musical projects (Bal Boheme, Near Northeast, California Accent, and Lotion Princess, just to name a few) outside of their residency in The North Country. They are, with no hyperbole, DC's premier indie-pop supergroup.
Houston synth-pop trio Wild Moccasins are destined to wow you. The group, recently off a trip to SXSW, recently released their first record in four years, Look Together. The album was made in the aftermath of a breakup between singer Zahira Gutierrez and guitarist Cody Swann. Instead of breaking up the band, they crafted a powerful aural attack that demands your attention, easily seen in songs like “Boyish Wave,” one of the highlights of the night.
Hot off the release of their latest album Violet Street, Local Natives played two nights at 9:30 Club with songs spanning their decade-long career.
Welcome to the weird and wonderful world of Superorganism. There are more than enough glittery cloaks, rainbows, memes, and catchy tunes to go around.
Foals’ two-night return to DC was so electric that lead singer/guitarist Yannis Philippakis jumped off the second floor balcony into the crowd. If that’s not rock and roll, what is?
Eighteen months since their last show in the U.S. Capital, the boys of Bad Suns made their long-awaited return to Washington D.C. to play a sold-out show at the 9:30 Club.
“We finally fucking sold it out!” Tom McFarland yells halfway through Jungle’s groove-filled set in DC on Thursday night. And with good reason. Despite a chilly and drizzly night in DC, Jungle transformed 9:30 Club into a heated and hazy 70’s club.
The meteoric rise of Maggie Rogers can’t be ignored. Once again, she danced her way into people’s hearts on night two of her sold-out two-night run at 9:30 Club.
Singer and songwriter Clarence Greenwood was born in Memphis and raised in Washington, DC where he broke out of the local music scene as Citizen Cope in 2002. Just two days after releasing his first album in seven years, his hometown fans were ready to sing along to every song.
On their recent stop in Washington, D.C., Small Pools lead vocalist Sean Scanlon took the concept of “connecting with the audience” to a new level. Jumping into the crowd and standing on the barricades while belting their latest hits, Scanlon and the rest of the band kept the audience awake and jubilant all night.
Kelly Zutrau stood center stage barefoot, getting personal and chatting with her audience in between songs about her sweaty palms caused by nerves and the nation’s capital. The lead vocalist of Wet, could not have had a more authentic stage presence. Touring behind their latest LP Still Run The New York native band, comprised of Zutrau, Joe Valle, and Marty Sulkow, attracted audiences of all ages, at their recent stop at the nearly-full 9:30 Club.
Kelly Zutrau stood center stage barefoot, getting personal and chatting with her audience in between songs about her sweaty palms caused by nerves and the constantly-dramatic news cycle.
The Wood Brothers are native to the foothills of the Rockies, and their sound was perfectly nestled among the mountains at the Telluride Bluegrass Festival last summer. But even at sea level, their show at 9:30 Club on a snowy Thursday night lifted an attentive audience’s spirits to 8,000 feet.
Hearing Colter Wall’s voice--described as “Johnny Cash’s [voice] in the morning” — coming out of his wirey, 23-year old frame is surprising and exhilarating the first time you hear it. The road-weary tone and rustic storytelling on his most recent album Songs of the Plains are also remarkable given the current state of popular country music. Colter Wall’s sound is a throwback that has launched him into a constellation of contemporary country artists (Jason Isbell, Sturgill Simpson, and Chris Stapleton) linked by the producer of Wall’s first two full-length records, Dave Cobb. Cobb has said that his work is driven by unique voices that can carry a story. At Colter’s 9:30 Club his voice was clearly the main attraction.
Allen Stone’s Thanksgiving Eve show at 9:30 Club was full of gratitude. Touring ahead of the release of his fourth album (release date, TBA), the soulful Washingtonian—the state of—performed soulful favorites and new singles “Brown Eyed Lover,” “Taste Of You,” and “Warriors.”
Wild Nothing’s return back to the 9:30 Club on November 18th was their first time headlining the beloved venue, and they made sure to show their gratitude in the form of a surreal, atmospheric 90 minute-long set.
The Billie Eilish concert experience is as unique and incomparable as Eilish herself, which explains why she was able to easily sell out both an early and a late show at 9:30 Club. And even more impressively, she doesn’t even have a debut album out yet.
St. Lucia played their second DC show of the evening to a packed crowd on election night, bringing synths, stage production, and all around good vibes. The band kicked off the show with a build up into “September” from their 2013 album, When the Night.