SHOW PREVIEW: 9:30 Presents Sondre Lerche at U Street Music Hall
Norwegian darling Sondre Lerche releases Please tomorrow, September 23. It is Lerche’s first collection of brand new songs since his 2011 eponymous album. And just three days later, he’ll be in town for a show at U Street Music Hall.
The singer-songwriter has been professionally recording for 14 years now. He was discovered as a Bergen teen, playing underage in a club where his older sister worked. He completed his debut LP, Faces Down, in 2000, but the release was delayed until 2001 in Norway so that he could finish high school. The record did not reach the States until 2002, where it was noticed. Six albums later, Lerche has maintained comfortable popularity worldwide.
Lerche is a melody-maker; a master of arrangements. He has a firm grasp of sounds, effortlessly moving throughout genres. Classifying his music is so easy, it’s hard. His cherished A-ha, Elvis Costello, and bossa nova can be heard all at once. The lyrics are quirky - at times amusing in their simplicity and flatness - an endearing quality that can be found only in the English of a foreigner. 
Slight of build, Lerche still possesses, in essence, the exact same doe-eyed-face of his 17 year old self. He is particularly beloved in his home country and recently appeared on a Norwegian postage stamp, looking like a cosmonaut. Actually, he always somewhat looks like a cosmonaut, a Soviet one—think Yuri Gagarin—bright, calm, earnest.
As Dylan’s Blood on the Tracks is often referred to as his “divorce album,” so we have Lerche’s. After 7 years of marriage, Lerche and actress/model/director Mona Fastvold quietly divorced in 2013. (They met when she appeared as “The Girl” in the music video to accompany “Days That Are Over,” off Two Way Monologue.) His label, on which Please will appear, is (still) called Mona Records. 
The first single, “Bad Law,” is uncharacteristically biting. Hear him sing-song-sneer the lyrics of the electro-dance track, alongside a fuzzy guitar. It’s fun! But almost not quite. The accompanying video features a sloppy Lerche terrorizing his way through a party - tearing down streamers, gulping liquor from the bottle, dancing like a fool possessed - and was apparently based on actual events. Check it out; he gives one hell of a performance.
Making music half his life, Lerche has remained ostensibly inoffensive, charming, profanity-free. At the risk of sounding crass, let’s look forward to some edge from this handsome boy-wonder. 
-Ren Cooper
See Sondre Lerche on Friday, September 26 at U Street Music Hall!

SHOW PREVIEW: 9:30 Presents Sondre Lerche at U Street Music Hall

Norwegian darling Sondre Lerche releases Please tomorrow, September 23. It is Lerche’s first collection of brand new songs since his 2011 eponymous album. And just three days later, he’ll be in town for a show at U Street Music Hall.

The singer-songwriter has been professionally recording for 14 years now. He was discovered as a Bergen teen, playing underage in a club where his older sister worked. He completed his debut LP, Faces Down, in 2000, but the release was delayed until 2001 in Norway so that he could finish high school. The record did not reach the States until 2002, where it was noticed. Six albums later, Lerche has maintained comfortable popularity worldwide.

Lerche is a melody-maker; a master of arrangements. He has a firm grasp of sounds, effortlessly moving throughout genres. Classifying his music is so easy, it’s hard. His cherished A-ha, Elvis Costello, and bossa nova can be heard all at once. The lyrics are quirky - at times amusing in their simplicity and flatness - an endearing quality that can be found only in the English of a foreigner. 

Slight of build, Lerche still possesses, in essence, the exact same doe-eyed-face of his 17 year old self. He is particularly beloved in his home country and recently appeared on a Norwegian postage stamp, looking like a cosmonaut. Actually, he always somewhat looks like a cosmonaut, a Soviet one—think Yuri Gagarin—bright, calm, earnest.

As Dylan’s Blood on the Tracks is often referred to as his “divorce album,” so we have Lerche’s. After 7 years of marriage, Lerche and actress/model/director Mona Fastvold quietly divorced in 2013. (They met when she appeared as “The Girl” in the music video to accompany “Days That Are Over,” off Two Way Monologue.) His label, on which Please will appear, is (still) called Mona Records. 

The first single, “Bad Law,” is uncharacteristically biting. Hear him sing-song-sneer the lyrics of the electro-dance track, alongside a fuzzy guitar. It’s fun! But almost not quite. The accompanying video features a sloppy Lerche terrorizing his way through a party - tearing down streamers, gulping liquor from the bottle, dancing like a fool possessed - and was apparently based on actual events. Check it out; he gives one hell of a performance.

Making music half his life, Lerche has remained ostensibly inoffensive, charming, profanity-free. At the risk of sounding crass, let’s look forward to some edge from this handsome boy-wonder. 

-Ren Cooper

See Sondre Lerche on Friday, September 26 at U Street Music Hall!

The uber talented Kiesza takes over our Instagram on 9/24 ahead of her 9:30 presents show! Be sure to follow along and double tap/comment on her pictures for your chance to win a pair of tickets to the sold out show!

The uber talented Kiesza takes over our Instagram on 9/24 ahead of her 9:30 presents show! Be sure to follow along and double tap/comment on her pictures for your chance to win a pair of tickets to the sold out show!

DC HAPPENING: Capitol Bacon Festival
There’s not much in this world we love more than music, but bacon’s definitely up there. Luckily for us, our partner Capitol Bacon Festival is blending the best of both the bacon and music worlds this Saturday, September 20!
Taking place at the Half Street Fairgrounds (near Nats Stadium), the Capitol Bacon Festival celebrates America’s favorite breakfast meat with a jam-packed day of cooking demos, bacon tastings, an eating competition, and much more. With a menu featuring 40,000+ bacon-loaded items, including candied bacon, bacon jerky, and bacon on a stick, this is truly the Bacon Lover’s Dream.
And who doesn’t love jammin’ while gettin’ their grub on? Regional bands Dale and the ZDubs, Warden, Chasing Verity, and others will be provide the perfect soundtrack for your love affair with all types of bacony goodness. 
Catch us between bacon bites at the 9:30 Club table, where we’ll be giving away tickets to 9:30 presents Stick Figure at U Street Music Hall, I.M.P. presents Beats Antique at Echostage, and Run the Jewels at 9:30 Club!

DC HAPPENING: Capitol Bacon Festival

There’s not much in this world we love more than music, but bacon’s definitely up there. Luckily for us, our partner Capitol Bacon Festival is blending the best of both the bacon and music worlds this Saturday, September 20!

Taking place at the Half Street Fairgrounds (near Nats Stadium), the Capitol Bacon Festival celebrates America’s favorite breakfast meat with a jam-packed day of cooking demos, bacon tastings, an eating competition, and much more. With a menu featuring 40,000+ bacon-loaded items, including candied bacon, bacon jerky, and bacon on a stick, this is truly the Bacon Lover’s Dream.

And who doesn’t love jammin’ while gettin’ their grub on? Regional bands Dale and the ZDubs, Warden, Chasing Verity, and others will be provide the perfect soundtrack for your love affair with all types of bacony goodness. 

Catch us between bacon bites at the 9:30 Club table, where we’ll be giving away tickets to 9:30 presents Stick Figure at U Street Music Hall, I.M.P. presents Beats Antique at Echostage, and Run the Jewels at 9:30 Club!

ALBUM REVIEW: Generationals - Alix

I don’t know about you, but I have been mourning the end of summer since the first day I had to wear shoes that aren’t flip flops. The upcoming days of jackets, scarves, and piles of snow have me desperately trying to hold onto the carefree feeling of summer. Well, I guess New Orleans duo Generationals heard my prayers because their new album, Alix, is the perfect summer record.

Generationals’ Ted Joyner and Grant Widmer have perfected the art of indie-rock/electronic music and are definitely delivering on their new, fourth release. Alix shows off the duo’s vocal talents, particularly their smooth falsetto, and proves that these two know exactly how to craft the perfect track. Songs like “Welcome to the Fire” have a distinct ’80s vibe but still retain modernity, mostly due to the band’s vocals.

This record was produced by alt-rock superstar Richard Swift who has also worked with The Shins, Foxygen, and Guster. His influence can definitely be seen throughout the record with some Shins-esque beats on tracks like “Now Look At Me.”

So, if you’re like me and struggling to accept the end of sunshine and sand, make sure to send a thank-you to Generationals for providing a summery gem exactly when we need it most.

-Janice Freeman

See Generationals on Saturday, October 11 at U Street Music Hall!

SHOW PREVIEW: 9:30 Presents How to Dress Well at U Street Music Hall
If I told you that you could see a super critically acclaimed, crazy talented artist perform in a super intimate venue, would you be frickin’ pumped? Of course you would. Well, it must be your lucky day because awesomely talented singer, How to Dress Well, is coming for DC on Saturday.
Since beginning his music career in 2009 by posting free EPs on his blog, Tom Krell (aka How to Dress Well) has released three very well received studio albums. The artist’s complex sounds have earned the attention of the music review website, Pitchfork, which has designated each of How to Dress Well’s albums as “Best New Music.” Stereogum listed How to Dress Well as one of the “40 Best Bands of 2010” after the debut record, Love Remains,was released.

Sonically, How to Dress Well is one of the most layered and complex artists out there. Krell’s beautiful falsetto melds perfectly with his ambient-rock-meets-R&B sound. So, get ready for an incredible, moving, and beautiful performance and make sure to get yourself down to UHall on 9/20.
-Janice Freeman
See How to Dress Well at U Street Music Hall on Saturday, September 20!

SHOW PREVIEW: 9:30 Presents How to Dress Well at U Street Music Hall

If I told you that you could see a super critically acclaimed, crazy talented artist perform in a super intimate venue, would you be frickin’ pumped? Of course you would. Well, it must be your lucky day because awesomely talented singer, How to Dress Well, is coming for DC on Saturday.

Since beginning his music career in 2009 by posting free EPs on his blog, Tom Krell (aka How to Dress Well) has released three very well received studio albums. The artist’s complex sounds have earned the attention of the music review website, Pitchfork, which has designated each of How to Dress Well’s albums as “Best New Music.” Stereogum listed How to Dress Well as one of the “40 Best Bands of 2010” after the debut record, Love Remains,was released.

Sonically, How to Dress Well is one of the most layered and complex artists out there. Krell’s beautiful falsetto melds perfectly with his ambient-rock-meets-R&B sound. So, get ready for an incredible, moving, and beautiful performance and make sure to get yourself down to UHall on 9/20.

-Janice Freeman

See How to Dress Well at U Street Music Hall on Saturday, September 20!

SHOW PREVIEW: 9:30 Presents Generationals at U Street Music Hall 
If you’re like me and are trying to hang on to summer for as long as humanly possible, look no further than Generationals. Grant Widmer and Ted Joyner, the duo responsible for these old-school tunes, have nailed indie pop. The New Orleans natives have been friends since childhood and were members of The Eames Era until 2008, resulting in creative collaborations long before Generationals came to be. Post-The Eames Era, the two began making modern day indie rock songs infused with sunshine pop from the ‘60s and ‘70s under their new name. Tracks like “When They Fight, They Fight” and “Put a Light On” are bright, airy, and so incredibly catchy, you’ll happily be listening to the band on repeat to bring back that sweet summer nostalgia. 
The bands’ fourth studio album, Alix, will be released September 16th, so that gives you plenty of time to learn those tunes before they grace the U Hall stage! Catch Generationals at U Street Music Hall on October 11th. 
-Kelly McDonald

SHOW PREVIEW: 9:30 Presents Generationals at U Street Music Hall 

If you’re like me and are trying to hang on to summer for as long as humanly possible, look no further than Generationals. Grant Widmer and Ted Joyner, the duo responsible for these old-school tunes, have nailed indie pop. The New Orleans natives have been friends since childhood and were members of The Eames Era until 2008, resulting in creative collaborations long before Generationals came to be. Post-The Eames Era, the two began making modern day indie rock songs infused with sunshine pop from the ‘60s and ‘70s under their new name. Tracks like “When They Fight, They Fight” and “Put a Light On” are bright, airy, and so incredibly catchy, you’ll happily be listening to the band on repeat to bring back that sweet summer nostalgia. 

The bands’ fourth studio album, Alix, will be released September 16th, so that gives you plenty of time to learn those tunes before they grace the U Hall stage! Catch Generationals at U Street Music Hall on October 11th

-Kelly McDonald

NEW TRACKS: Benjamin Booker, “Violent Shiver”

We can pretty much count on ATO Records to turn out a steady stream of great roots-oriented garage rock. The latest from these fine folks is Benjamin Booker, a New Orleans-based blues punker (influences include The Gun Club and T. Rex). His song “Violent Shiver” is just off-kilter enough to feel like true rock and roll. It tumbles out of your speakers with manic blues licks and passionately shouted choruses giving way to soulfully muttered verses. Keep an eye on this one.

-Kelsey Butterworth

See Benjamin Booker on Monday, October 20 at U Street Music Hall!

NEW TRACKS: Generationals, “Black Lemon”

The Generationals’ new track, “Black Lemon,” is just what we need to hang on to these last moments of summer. As with everything that Generationals produces, “Black Lemon” is sweet, easy-going, and upbeat. I’ve been following this duo for a while now (my first ever Half Past blog post was about Generationals and how much they rock) and with each album, Ted Joyner and Grant Widmer polish their retro pop foundation even more. Get psyched because album number four, Alix, comes out 9/16!

-Emily Hirsch

See Generationals at U Street Music Hall on Saturday, October 11!