Last fall’s CMJ Music Festival had 1,436 bands playing 84 venues across New York City, and Little Green Cars rose from the din to make the “15 Artists to Know” in all the Best Of lists. Similar things went down last week at a little musical Clustercrunch in Austin, Texas (you may have heard about it), and now Ireland’s next big export is boomeranging its way across North America in a mad dash before returning to the British Empire for the summer festival schedule. Lucky for you D.C. is one of the towns on their list of places to unleash some harmony, and even luckier for you it’s going down tonight at DC9 and tickets are still available.
Little Green Cars have been compared to everyone from old school R.E.M. to Arcade Fire to Magic Numbers, and their debut album, Absolute Zero, comes out next week on Glassnote Records (which is also the home of Mumford & Sons and Two Door Cinema Club). Absolute Zero is a mish mash of vocal harmonies, lush compositions, and pretty clever lyrics all wrapped in a giant American alt-countryish ribbon. Your future self will thank the hell out of you next year when Little Green Cars are selling out much larger venues, and you can give your current self a high-five for being so effing cool. Maybe it’s a SXSW hangover effect that makes us want to share things you shouldn’t be missing, but seriously, we can’t believe tickets are still available. Pounce on ‘em right now if you know what’s good for your ears.