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Paperhaus plays DC Nine on 7.13

Paperhaus’ “Silent Speaking” (streaming below) beckons you in unabashedly with chaotic rumblings resembling a stampede of cymbals, hi-hats, batucada-esque drumming, and jittery bursts of guitars. The arrhythmic clamor works at once both with and against one another before evening out and transforming into a high energy tune of angular riffs and melodic shifts. The Virginia based band, whose previous work gives a hearty nod towards psychedelic blues with hints of math rock, finds itself leaning ever further into the angular soundscapes of the latter with its most recent single. However, the fervent energy that made their self-titled debut so dynamically spectacular remains ever more present in their sound. If this single is any indication of what we should expect from Paperhaus in the future then color me intrigued. Definitely keeping an eye out for them! Catch Paperhaus on July 13 at DC Nine. - Adriana S. Ballester


Virginia's Milo in the Doldrums play Velvet Lounge on 6.29

Just a month ago Milo in the Doldrums, hailing from the sandy beaches of Northern Virginia, released their self-titled debut EP. The EP is tinged with a touch of melancholy but charged with an electrifying sense of life, a heart vibrantly pounding with every drum beat and a rush of blood coursing through the guttural strums of the guitars. May’s vocals, at times razor sharp and smooth and then quivering, glide elegantly over the weighted guitars, which break out in bouts of heavy and melodious riffs, often building up to a climax before stripping back down to merely vocals and then beginning the whole process again. Milo in the Doldrums will be playing DC’s Velvet Lounge on June 29 but you can listen to their EP streaming below.


Songstress Sara Curtin to headline at DC9, 6/18

You've certainly seen her name and probably heard her music around town. DC's own folk songstress Sara Curtin is set to headline a show at DC9 on Saturday, 6/18. She has a lovely, hypnotic voice that'll certainly entrance you into exploring more of her music. Hailed as one of DC's finest musicians, she pours out sultry, slow, almost haunting melodies akin to Sharon van Etten. Her latest album, Michigan Lilium, is a masterpiece of smart lyrics and alluring music and was recorded in her very own home studio. Come out and catch this wondrous singer-songwriter's early show at DC9, 6/18, headlining with Post Sixty-Five and Fellow Creatures. Doors at 6:30, $8. -Jonathan Goodwin 


Richmond speed punks Cloak/Dagger to open for Bad Sports, Radioactivity at Black Cat, 6/12

You have plans for Saturday night now. If you had any already, you have new ones now. Richmond-based Cloak/Dagger will be shredding and thrashing and tearing up the Black Cat's backstage when they open for Texas bands Bad Sports and headlining Radioactivity. It's gonna be a hell of night for punk fans with these three fantastic acts. Cloak/Dagger burst right into furious, pounding guitars and roaring, raspy vocals that'll surely have the crowd headbanging along. They haven't put out an album in quite some time, it seems, but some signs suggest they'll be putting out new material for the masses soon. Give them a listen and catch what's bound to be a frenzy of punk rock this weekend. Doors at 7:30, $12. -Jonathan Goodwin



Richmond noise punk Cherry Pits rocked out at Strange Matter, 5/29

Shredding at insane speeds from the outset, Cherry Pits is the Richmond punk band you need to see live and don't want to mess with. Their stage presence is electric and defiant, blasting out all that's good about their noise punk flavor and keeping their Sunday night show at Strange Matter going full speed ahead even after a forced guitar switch. Each member of this fearsome foursome performed his piece flawlessly, effusing contagious energy and displaying a mastery of what it means to play in a punk band. Smooth, yet raw, Cherry Pits takes names until there aren't any left. Give these powerpop-influenced punks your ears and catch a show when you can. -Jonathan Goodwin




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