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James Murphy’s LCD Soundsystem at the Austin City Limits Music Festival in 2016.

LCD Soundsystem to christen DC’s newest concert venue

The Anthem will host the legendary dance-rock group for two nights in October

One of the most influential bands of the 2000s, LCD Soundsystem, is set to be the fifth band to headline DC’s newest concert venue, The Anthem.

Fresh off the heels of their comeback album, “American Dream,” the dance-rock pioneers are embarking upon a U.S. tour that will end with a residency in New York at the end of the year. LCD Soundsystem will be playing on Oct. 17 and Oct 18 before heading to Nashville.

While their latest album spends much of its time mulling the endings of things such as friendships and ideals, the band appears to be in the midst of a rebirth. After playing an epic, final show at Madison Square Garden and putting out a live album, the band called it quits in 2011.

Prior to the MSG show, LCD Soundsystem had put out three stellar albums that blended genres seamlessly, and with clear reverence to their predecessors.

The Brooklyn-based band, fronted by the captivating music icon James Murphy put out their first full album in 2005 to massive critical acclaim. Singles like “Losing My Edge,” and the punchy, danceable “Daft Punk is Playing in My House,” brought a self-deprecating sense of humor and unique voice that felt lacking in the mainstream.

The band’s second album, “Sound of Silver,” and third, “This is Happening,” contained songs, and sounds, that would help define modern city life in the 2000s. Themes of age, change and love were approached by Murphy in ways that could make you laugh, and cry, at the same time.

Although the band’s return was met with some initial skepticism, fans came around after the release of “American Dream.” While the album may be a slow burner, it still is as inventive and clever as almost anything the group has done before.

LCD Soundsystem will be playing on Oct. 17 and 18 at The Anthem. Limited tickets are available here. Doors at 6:30 p.m.

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