4 concerts in the DC area: 22.-28. July


Warpaint returned earlier this year with the band’s first album in six years, a delay that – like so many others – has been prolonged by the pandemic. Meanwhile, the members of the LA-born quartet have been busy, working on solo albums, collaborating with the likes of Courtney Barnett and Suzanne Ciani, writing film scores and having a baby. But don’t call it a break or a comeback. “It’s just four people living in this world who are fortunate enough to express themselves and make music together and at a strange time honing their individual creativity and individual skills,” said drummer Stella Mozgawa. As dreamy and moody as its predecessors, ‘Radiate Like This’ takes a foray into Stevie Wonder-inspired soulshine before ending with the decidedly sensual ‘Send Nudes’. July 22 at 8 p.m. at Capital Turnaround, 770 M St. SE. Capitalturnaround.com. $27.50.

With a tone like Lana Del Rey’s off-pitch, Ethel Cain’s vocals are heavy with reverberations and regrets, her self-confessed, transgressive lyrics replacing Del Rey’s Americana obsession with Bible Belt imagery: blood and baptisms, bar fights and bruises. On her stunning debut album, Preacher’s Daughter, Cain conjures whatever she chooses, emerging from the spirit world to reveal slow-burning country ballads, distorted piano instrumentals, strip-club sleaze and shoegaze nightmares. The alter ego of 24-year-old singer-songwriter Hayden Anhedönia has the makings of a southern gothic pop star. The standout track “American Teenager” is a deceptive anthem about the Friday night lies sold over the counter to the nation’s children. July 24 at 8 p.m. at the Union Stage, 740 Water St. SW. unionstage.com. Sold out.

Bonbon is a “mini-festival” that brings together several of the city’s top DJs and artists to support SMYAL, a DC non-profit organization that supports LGBTQ youth through leadership and mentoring. Founding member of the collective Noxeema Jackson, Dvonne brings together influences ranging from Luther Vandross and Notorious BIG to Goth Industrial and Raver Club. Veterans of the DC dancefloor, Tommy C and Kristy La Rat expertly mix tracks from across the disco-house-techno continuum and pan-Latin diasporic dance music, respectively. Rounding out the lineup are Pwrpuff, Aphroditus, FRANXX and Gabberbitch69 – a purveyor of punishing high-tempo tracks – and features a performance by Bambi, producing “genderless and gendered fantasies” as the mother of Haus of Bambi. July 24 at 5 p.m. in Songbyrd, 540 Penn St. NE. songbyrddc.com. $25.60.

For much of Laura Veirs’ career as a solo artist, her music has been inseparable from Tucker Martine, an indie superproducer who has helped helm her albums and is also Veir’s ex-husband. While 2020’s “My Echo” was released after her divorce, just released “Found Light” is the first in which the singer-songwriter processes, prepares, and moves into a new phase of life and music. As she told NPR, “The whole process of making the record was intertwined with my ex — who’s a great record producer, but I wanted to do it my own way.” On “Found Light,” Veir’s lyrics are vibrant poetry, full of senses and more stimulating Images like “Vermillion Suns” and “Pomegranate Fingertips,” and the songs explore how she learned from pain, freed herself from burdens, and returned to nature – and herself. July 27 at 8 p.m. on the Union Stage, 740 Water St. SW. unionstage.com. $20.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/music/2022/07/20/concerts-dc/ 4 concerts in the DC area: 22.-28. July

Chris Estrada

Chris Estrada is a 24ssports U.S. News Reporter based in London. His focus is on U.S. politics and the environment. He has covered climate change extensively, as well as healthcare and crime. Chris Estrada joined 24ssports in 2021 from the Daily Express and previously worked for Chemist and Druggist and the Jewish Chronicle. He is a graduate of Cambridge University. Languages: English. You can get in touch with me by emailing: chrisestrada@24ssports.com.

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