Weekly Music Guide for March 19 - 25
Six reasons to leave your home this week:
Blue Sausage Infant bring their brand of hypnotic psychedelica to the Velvet Lounge. Expect the usual mix of ambient electronics and krautrock rhythms with a satisfying patina of drone textures. Harrisonburg’s purveyors of percussive shamanistic freakouts The Big Drum In The Sky Religion open along with DC improv-noise trip Borborites. Show at 9:00, $8.
Paper Sun hosts a two-act bill. Brooklynites SoftSpot (the band, not the label) offer a decent mix of brooding female vocals and reverby guitar. We’ve only hunted down one track from Crinkles, and it’s a promising bit of organ-driven melancholy. Show at 8:00.
Witchhouse-lite electro-pop outfit Purity Ring headlines at Red Palace. We recommended showing up early for the opening act Ava Luna. With their mix of weirdo synth soul beats and female vocal harmonies, they draw comparisons to both TV on the Radio and Dirty Projectors — somehow they make it work. Word on the street is they are a force to be reckoned with live. Show at 8:30, $14.
Thanks to District of Noise for this pick: Guitarist, composer, and jack-of-all-sonic-trades Tim Motzer headlines at Pyramid Atlantic. This guy boasts an impressive resume spanning everything from collaborations with hip-hop artist Ursula Rucker to scoring HBO’s True Blood, a show we hear is the vampire equivalent of a telenovela. Show at 9:00.
The Dollhouse hosts ultra sincere DC staple Spoonboy along with a pop-punk double feature consisting of Swearin‘ and Foozle. Bike Trip fills out the bill spindly guitar lines and lots of percussion. Show at 7:00.
Brendan Canty’s newest project Deathfix comes to Comet Ping Pong. Filling out the bill is DC trio Les Rhinoceros. We haven’t caught them live yet, but the loose, free jazz-inspired tracks they have online are promising and they’ve released an album on John Zorn’s Tzadik label — worth checking out.