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Mac DeMarco @ 9:30 Club - 5/23/2017

Mac DeMarco @ 9:30 Club - 5/23/2017

Freewheeling guitars, puns, and crowdsurfing teenagers? Sounds like a Mac DeMarco concert.

The Canadian singer-songwriter released his 3rd full-length album This Old Dog in 2017, and the album is just as introspective as ever, with added vintage synths providing some extra flair to Mac DeMarco's...Mac DeMarco-ness. While the album on a whole sounds more subdued than his previous offerings, it hasn't caused DeMarco and company to slow down their infamous antics too much. In fact, the first night of their sold-out two-night run at 9:30 Club proved that DeMarco and company won’t be calming down anytime soon. (Trigger warning: fidget spinners are involved.)


Perfume Genius @ 9:30 Club - 5/15/2017

Perfume Genius @ 9:30 Club - 5/15/2017

With one critically-acclaimed album after another, Mike Hadreas has channeled the struggles of love, hate, and fitting in with society, giving a voice to those that feel disenfranchised and voiceless. In that regard, his fourth and latest album as Perfume Genius, No Shape, is no different, but is brimming with much more positivity and love than any of his previous releases. It’s no surprise, then, that his performance at 9:30 Club was a confident show of force that ran the entire emotional gamut, from anger and loneliness to unbridled joy.


Balkan Beat Box @ 9:30 Club - 4/27/2017

Balkan Beat Box @ 9:30 Club - 4/27/2017

What happens when you merge the diverse sounds of New York, Eastern Europe, the Middle East, and the Caribbean? Chances are you might get a band like Balkan Beat Box. By now, fans of the New York-based trio have come to expect one thing: a musical excursion through sounds both old and new, familiar and foreign, with a crowd as diverse as their sound. With a full backing band, the trio of singer Tamir Muskat, drummer Tomer Yosef, and saxophonist Ori Kaplan came to 9:30 Club in support of their latest album Shout It Out to once again bend genres to their will in the name of having a great time with friends and strangers.


Sinkane @ Black Cat - 2/18/2017

Sinkane @ Black Cat - 2/18/2017

Immigrants: they get the job done.

On the cover of Sinkane’s latest album Life & Livin’ It, various items are strewn about to the left and right of musician Ahmed Gallab as if he’s running a yard sale. Each of those items tell a different story. And just as well, the various places where Sinkane has grown up tell a different story. Born in Sudan to parents who sought asylum in the US for their family when he was five, he grew up listening to American music, Afro-pop, and funk music, all of which carried over into a blend of genres that can confidently be called all his own. And at his second Black Cat appearance (the first being a sold-out performance at the smaller Backstage room), he and his multicultural cast of bandmates let the music speak for itself with an enthusiastically positive performance for a world that desperately needs some positivity.