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Acclaimed songwriter Devonté Hynes - better known by
his moniker Blood Orange - is set to stun D.C. fans on Sept. 13 at The Lincoln
Theater. The London native gained international attention in 2007 while writing
and producing for a variety of artists ranging from Florence + the Machine to
Health-conscious AU students, especially those who frequent The Davenport Coffee Lounge, are probably already familiar with Jrink. For a time, the company’s colorful, cold-pressed juices were available as a healthier alternative to the campus mainstay’s usual caffeinated concoctions. While the company no longer delivers to The Dav, Jrink may be back in the AU neighborhood soon — and that’s because co-founder Shizu Okusa has had a very busy year.
It’s no secret: Monday night concerts are usually hit or miss affairs. Luckily, Seattle-based indie-rock outfit Telekinesis blends synth-pop sensibility with tack-sharp lyrics that should easily keep the Monday blues at bay. The band released its fourth LP, “Ad Infinitum,” in September 2015 and will bring its tour to the Black Cat on Oct. 19. Fellow Seattle-ite and indie-pop veteran Eric Elbogen (aka Say Hi) will perform an opening set.
Concertgoers wound around the block at the 9:30 Club, waiting in line for Mew’s headlining show on Oct. 9. The Danish pop-rock band, usually found playing to massive European audiences, packed their energy and charisma into a high-octane show that kept 9:30 visitors moving throughout the performance. Eclectic indie-rock duo The Dodos played a brief but stellar opening set showcasing songs from its newest releases, 2015’s “Individ,” and 2013’s “Carrier.”
Danish three-piece Mew is set to bring its pop-soaked electronic rock to the 9:30 Club on Oct. 9. The international upstart is currently touring in support of their sixth studio release, “+ -.” Alt-rock veterans The Dodos will perform an opening set—their first D.C. show since an appearance at the Black Cat earlier this year.
Amidst steady floods of fluttering riffs and tidal waves of room-shaking bass, the Black Cat was awash in an ocean of sound throughout El Ten Eleven’s Sept. 26 show. The Los Angeles duo, known for using extensive loops and effects in its live shows, showcased songs spanning six studio releases over a 13-year career.
American University students, especially documentary fans, may have already heard El Ten Eleven and never even known it. The L.A. based duo creates music that is cerebral and peaceful yet relentlessly energetic, and has been featured in Gary Hustwit’s documentary films “Urbanized,” “Objectified” and “Helvetica.” El Ten Eleven will bring its expansive, harmonious sound to the Black Cat on Sept. 25.
For AU students staying the summer and DMV locals alike, D.C. offers plenty of outdoor entertainment options. As a bonus for those who can stand the sweltering summer heat, lots of those outside options are free. The National Park Service announced its summer concert lineup on July 2 and added another handful of free outdoor events to the city’s summer to-do list.
Emo-punk quartet You Blew It! and midwest emo up-and-comers Tiny Moving Parts played a high-octane, ear splitting set at DC9 on Feb. 23. A sizable, energetic crowd packed into DC9’s upstairs stage despite temperatures below 20 degrees. Emo-punk outfit Rozwell Kid performed an early set, followed by Tiny Moving Parts and then You Blew It!
Funk legend George Clinton and the Parliament Funkadelic collective brought their iconic funk to the Howard Theatre on Feb. 18. More than 12 performers filled the theater’s sizable stage for close to two hours, and performed a seamless set of jam-heavy songs from across the extensive Parliament Funkadelic repertoire.
Armed with nothing but his voice and a single nylon-string guitar, indie rock veteran Kevin Devine had no trouble filling the cavernous Sixth and I Historic Synagogue on Feb. 4.
It’s not uncommon for AU students to graduate with more than one degree, nor is it unusual for alumni to pursue a masters degree or work abroad. But opening a queer bar in Berlin and executive producing a counter-culture millennial road trip film? That was AU alumni Derek Marshall’s idea of living wild and free in the post-collegiate world.
With a musical career spanning over a decade, Kaki King’s instantly recognizable percussive techniques and genre-bending style have made her a modern day guitar god. Since her 2012 release, “Glow,” King has continued to push the boundaries of the world’s most popular instrument while exploring new artistic elements in her live performances. King took some time to talk about her life as a musician and creating the new show, which she will perform on Jan. 30 at The Hamilton Live.
Dads, the brainchild of songwriters John Bradley and Scott Scharinger, brought its dynamic brand of indie-emo rock to DC9 on Oct. 24.
For health-conscious students, local juicery Jrink has teamed up with the Davenport Coffee Lounge to provide a nutrient-packed alternative to everyday coffee or tea.
Minus the Bear, a five-piece outfit from Seattle, brought its endearingly unconventional blend of alternative rock to the Rock & Roll Hotel on Oct. 19.
Foxygen, the indie-rock duo of Sam France and Jonathan Rado, brought its mesmerizing psychedelic experimental-rock to 9:30 Club on Oct. 5.
Indie rock up-and-comers Foxygen will perform at D.C.’s 9:30 Club on Oct. 5. For fans of vintage and neo-psychedelic alike, the performance promises to be a must-see mix of songs from the duo’s critically acclaimed “We Are the 21st Century Ambassadors of Peace & Magic” and brand new material from their upcoming album, “…And Star Power.”
The D.C.-based record label All Things Go hosted its inaugural Fall Classic music festival on Sept. 13, packing hundreds of people into Union Market’s Dock 5 despite questionable weather for an energetic and crowd-pleasing event.
Local performance band M.H. and His Orchestra took a modest but dedicated crowd on a musical journey at D.C.’s 9:30 club on Aug. 30, rewarding its loyal fans (so-called “honeymooners”) with a performance they’d surely never forget.