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Perhaps one of 9:30 Club’s most visually stunning shows ever, German electronic band Kraftwerk hypnotized two sold out crowds on Friday, April 4. Through 3D glasses, we watched in awe at their interactive set and unmatchable focus. It was as if we were privy to a live time capsule, a piece of pop culture from a long gone era.
Check out more photos from the late show here. Thank you to house photographer Nicholas Karlin for capturing a truly once in a lifetime opportunity!
SHOW PREVIEW: Fanfarlo
So what exactly is a Fanfarlo? While the band’s name was derived from 19th century French poet Charles Baudelaire’s novella “La Fanfarlo,” this indie pop five-piece from across the pond boasts tunes that are far from old and stuffy. Orchestral pop brilliance ensues when old tired instruments such as mandolins, cellos, and clarinets are beautifully blended with a rousing guitar and a touch of good old stompin’ and clappin.’ Formed in London circa 2006, Fanfarlo consists of main songwriter Simon Balthazar (a dude blessed with an awesome last name and killer vocals), Cathy Lucas, Leon Beckenham, Justin Finch, and Amos Memon. For fans of The Head and The Heart, Freelance Whales, and Broken Bells, Fanfarlo’s infectious folk-pop beats are sure to inspire. 2014 is set to be one hell of a year for the five-piece, with a brand new album: Let’s Go Extinct fresh on the shelves, and a hot spring tour underway. If you’re looking for a good time, be sure to check out Fanfarlo live at U Street Music Hall April 26.
Fanfarlo will perform at U Street Music Hall on April 26.
9:30 INTERVIEW: White Laces
Mandy [9:30]: How’s the road? What state are you guys in right now?
White Laces: [Landis] Just crossed into New Mexico.
Cool! How’s the drive? You said you were driving over 1000 miles today.
[Landis] Yeah, we’re splitting it up into two days actually, where are we playing next? What’s the next city? Columbia, Missouri. So, we’re driving halfway there today, sleeping, and then driving A LOT more tomorrow.
That’s awesome. How’s the tour been, with The War On Drugs?
[Landis] Oh, it’s been amazing. They’ve been really great to us, and I mean, you know, their record is so huge right now, it’s been really amazing. You know, to go to every city, and see people go nuts over their set, and that sort of thing, it’s been really incredible.
Yeah, that’s awesome, we can’t wait for you guys to get here. Have you played D.C. before?
[Landis] Yeah actually, we played at Black Cat. I want to say, like last April or something.
Are you guys making any festival stops this summer?
[Landis] No, actually we’re in the middle of planning some of that stuff right now. We’ve been trying to like manage all our stuff while we’re on the road. So, we’re in the process of trying to figure some of those things out. But we’ve got some stuff we can’t announce yet, that will be out late summer and fall, that we’re pretty stoked about.
Awesome, we’ll be looking out for it. What about at home? Richmond has a really great music scene, what venues do you guys like to play there?
[Landis] Uh, in Richmond? We really like playing at Strange Matter, that’s a really good spot. And one of the owners actually tour managed for us, for a good chunk of the tour. Um, aside from that, Balliceaux is a really great place, we played there a bunch. And there’s Gallery 5. I don’t know, the city has a lot of really great spots. Even a lot of good house venues and kind of art spaces where they put on some really cool stuff.
Yeah, definitely. So what music do you guys like to listen to? Am I crazy, or did I like detect some sort of post-punk influence on what I’ve heard from you?
[Landis] Oh no, there totally is. I think maybe less so on the new record, a little less post-punk. In the van, I don’t know, we listen to some weird stuff. What do we listen to in the van right now guys? I’m going to pass this to Dash and let him handle it. [Dash] This is Dash. I’ve been scoping out tapes everywhere we stop. We got a couple new age mixtapes from a place in Pittsburgh, we got a bootleg Brandy tape, some Missy Elliot, some Madonna, it’s been weird.
Well that’s fun. What kind of music influences your music?
[Dash] Um, Landis is probably a better person to answer that question (laughs) [Landis] Oh, sorry, the influences? Sorry I just got the phone, this is Landis again. Man, I don’t know, at this point, we’re influences by a lot of stuff. We all team up in kind of a punk background, like our background’s punk, and like indie rock, except for Dash, who like came up with more like hip hop and a lot of electronic stuff. And so now that it’s, I don’t know, it’s a weird mix of stuff. We always are kind of switching around what we’re listening to and that sort of thing, so I don’t know how to pinpoint specific influences at this point, it’s sort of all over the place.
Well that sort of makes sense, from Richmond.
[Landis] And there’s definitely that kind of nervousness and energy from post-punk.
Yeah, definitely, I detected that when I was listening to you. I see that you put out an EP last year, can we expect anything new in 2014?
[Landis] Yeah! We actually just finished a record in December with Jeff Zeigler up in Philadelphia at Uniform Recording, and got it mastered, and we got the final stuff in for that in the very beginning of March. So we’re hoping that’ll come out either in the summer or the fall. So, we’re really stoked on it.
I’m sorry, with who?
[Landis] Oh, with Jeff Zeigler? He also did stuff with Kurt Vile, and Nothing, and also did the War On Drugs’ record as well.
Oh well that’s exciting!
[Landis] Yeah, it was a really great experience. And so, we finished the record, and literally, I think it was two weeks after we finished it, we got a call and got asked to do the entire War on Drugs tour. So, yeah, it’s been kind of surreal getting everything together. Figuring out, you know, all the stuff that we’ve had to do with this, but yeah, it’s been incredible.
That’s great. And aside from any new recordings, what’s next for you guys?
[Landis] Yeah, absolutely, we’re really stoked on the new record. And we’re kind of excited to start working on new stuff too. We’re on a roll at this point, so…
Well, that’s great! That’s all I really have for you today, but I appreciate you taking the time to talk to us, and we can’t wait to see you.
[Landis] Awesome. Yeah, I can’t wait to play there, we’re beyond stoked about it.
White Laces will perform live with The War On Drugs at the 9:30 Club on April 18.
FIRST TIMERS: Lincoln Theatre
Matt: How did you first hear about Lincoln Theatre?
Mark: Well, I’ve been a lifelong Dream Theater fan, so as soon as I heard they were coming to the area, I looked up where they were going to play.
Matt: Had you been to the 9:30 Club or Merriweather before?
Mark: I’ve been to 9:30, and I’ve played Merriweather actually! That was years ago, yup.
Matt: No way! You’re going to have to explain that.
Mark: Well, I was in the band Plunge (now Cinder Road) and we opened for Firehouse. That was about 14 years ago. Quite a surreal experience, being on that stage looking out into the pavilion.
Matt: Wow, one can only imagine! Speaking of new experiences, what are your first impressions of Lincoln?
Mark: The whole place is beautiful! Very beautiful, especially the first place you step into — the atrium or whatever. You go through the doors and you find yourself automatically looking up, down, around, everywhere… all you can think is, “Wow!” The theater itself is also amazing. The sound was great and it seemed like there isn’t a bad seat in the house. You just get this awesome, intimate vibe, like you could see anyone there.
Matt: Any favorite parts about your experience last night?
Mark: The show was insane. Three hours of prog rock at its best, that’s for sure. In retrospect though, I would have to say the best part of Lincoln is its location. It’s in a great spot that’s easily metro-accessible and just… all in all, it’s an awesome building that I would hope to see many more shows at!
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VOTD: Chrissie Hynde, “Dark Sunglasses”
Bummed that SXSW is now a whole year away? Don’t worry, Pretenders super-front-woman Chrissie Hynde has you covered. The video for Hynde’s first solo single “Dark Sunglasses” plays like a portrait series of alt-America small town life, featuring ATX’s inhabitants wearing (you guessed it) dark sunglasses. The track is catchy, well-made, and as friendly as the folksy folks about town. Warning: may make you desperately crave an organic burger.