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This post was written by Hatchet staff writer Cailley LaPara.

Whether you’re into Latin-American rock, ’80s-era U.K. tunes, indie pop or the sound of a violin, we’ve got your music fix in the District this week.


Ty Segall at the 9:30 Club: California-based musician and songwriter Ty Segall blends genres of rock – like psychedelic, glam, garage and punk – to create an eclectic sound. His most recent album, “Manipulator,” was released in August.

9:30 Club, 815 V St. NW. Doors open at 7 p.m. Tickets: $18.

Madchester Monday at U Street Music Hall: The focus of this “listening party” will be ‘80s and ‘90s tunes from the famous Hacienda Nightclub in Mancester, England. Jam to entire vinyl albums by artists like The Stone Roses, New Order Technique and Primal Scream Screamadelica, and finish off the night with a set by DJ Steven Faith.

U Street Music Hall, 1115 U St. NW. 7 p.m. Admission is free for attendees over 21, $5 for those over 18.


Free concert at Black Squirrel: Black Squirrel, a pub in Adams Morgan, will host three musicians for a night of burgers, brews and good tunes. Rock d’Madera will kick off the night with Latin-American rock at 8 p.m., followed by bluesy-rock group Butterface Effect at 9 p.m. and Music Bones at 10 p.m.

Black Squirrel, 2427 18th St. NW. Doors open at 7:30 pm. Free.

OK Go at the 9:30 Club: The band, still famous for their 2005 track, “Here It Goes Again” (and its treadmill-inspired music video) will perform in D.C. on Tuesday. You’ll hopefully get to hear some songs off the group’s upcoming album, “Hungry Ghosts,” to be released in October.

9:30 Club, 815 V St. NW. Doors open at 7 p.m. Tickets: $25


Legal Seafoods Sixth Annual Oyster Festival: Wednesday marks the start of Legal Seafoods’ sixth annual Oyster Festival, which will last until Oct. 14. The festival will come to three Legal Seafoods locations in the D.C. area. Special items, like oyster stew and bacon wrapped oysters, will appear on the menu during the festival, and happy hour specials will run Monday through Friday, 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Legal Seafoods, 704 7th St. NW. Sept. 17 to Oct. 14 at participating locations.

Story League Story Contest at Busboys and Poets: Busboys and Poets will partner with Story League to host the third annual story contest Wednesday night. Pre-decided storytellers have seven minutes to tell a true, personal story on the theme of “Testy, Testy!” for the chance to win $150 and the title of Story League champion.

Busboys and Poets, 2021 14th St. NW. Doors open at 8:30 pm. Tickets: $12 presale, $15 at door.


Clean Bandit and Lizzo at the 9:30 Club: Clean Bandit, known for the popular summer hit “Rather Be,” will perform at the 9:30 Club alongside hip-hop artist Lizzo, whose debut album, “Lizzobangers,” was released last year.

9:30 Club, 815 V St. NW. Doors open at 6 p.m. Tickets: $18

Nistha Raj at the Kennedy Center: Violinist Nistha Raj’s musical background began in Indian classical music, but she has since added other, modern sounds like jazz and beatboxing to her performances. See it live for free at the Kennedy Center on Thursday.

Kennedy Center, 2700 F St. NW., 6 p.m. Free.

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This post was written by Hatchet staff writer Madison Pontz.

The Gaslight Anthem. Photo Courtesy of Big Hassle Media.

The Gaslight Anthem. Photo Courtesy of Big Hassle Media.

After the release of The Gaslight Anthem’s fifth full-length album, “Get Hurt,” last month, the band is setting out on tour, with stops at the 9:30 Club for two sold-out shows Wednesday and Thursday.

We sat down with the band’s bassist, Alex Levine, to chat about the new album, how the group’s sound has changed and, of course, midnight snack preferences. The interview was edited for length.

Hatchet: “Get Hurt” feels a bit different from your last two albums, “American Slang” (2010) and “Handwritten” (2012). Would you agree?

Levine: Yeah, I think all of that is true. We definitely tried a bunch of new things, loops and whatnot. We went about writing the songs a bit differently. We were more conscious of writing more riffs. We never really wrote a lot of riffs in our songs. Well, we never really wrote melodies around our riffs. It was more like we just kind of tried a bunch of different things, taking a bunch of our other influences. At the end of the day, it’s kind of weird as an artist when you’re trying something else. I don’t know how much at the end of the day, when it’s all said and done, you revert back to what you know and what’s natural to you.

Hatchet: Do you feel more free to experiment musically now than on the first few albums? We saw you performed the title track “Get Hurt” with strings backing you on the “Late Show with David Letterman.”

Levine:I think that, not being an expert on it, but just kind of seeing how musicians and bands kind of work, when bands want to try things differently, I think sometimes if it doesn’t work, usually the problem is it’s a 360-degree change overnight. It’s night and day. You go from a rock-and-roll record to a melodic-synth record or whatnot. I think that, at least in my opinion, it kind of organically, for us, found its way. We think of it as the last few songs we write on every record kind of set the tone for the next record. If we wrote a song like ‘Get Hurt’ with accompanied strings five years ago, people would’ve been like, ‘What the hell is this band doing?’

Hatchet: If someone was going to listen to Gaslight for the first time, which record would you suggest he or she listen to first?

Levine: I’d start from the beginning, but if you really wanted to understand what we were all about, I’d get ‘The ‘59 Sound.’ ‘Sink or Swim’ was our first record, but ‘The ‘59 Sound,’ I think people look at it as our first record. That was really our launching point, where we kind of came into ourselves as a band. Everything kind of represents, or goes back to, ‘The ‘59 Sound,’ so I’d say that.

If you had to pick just one Gaslight song that you’ve always really connected with and really loved, which would you choose?

 Levine: ‘The Backseat,’ off of ‘The ‘59 Sound.’ It’s the last song on the record. We play it 90 percent of the time as the last song in our set. There’s something about that song. It’s like everything just kind of stops and that song matters. It makes everything OK. There’s like a 30-second clip of that song toward the end that I think we, as a band, caught magic when we wrote it and recorded it and when we play it that we’ve never done with any other song. It’s like the stars align and we become completely in synch with each other.

Hatchet: Tell me a bit about Tiger Cuts, your new men’s clothing and lifestyle brand.

Levine: We’re about to launch the full fall collection in the next couple weeks, so the website is going to be back up and everything is going to be running at full speed. It’s a clothing company. It’s also a lifestyle brand. I’m a barber and I really enjoy the style of what old world barbershops represent. During that time period, fashionable, stylish men cared about the way they looked. It was the way that their appearance was a big deal. It’s kind of a nod to that time period, taking the essence of that time period and putting it out through clothing.

Hatchet: You tweeted that you were going to be giving fans haircuts while on tour.

Levine: Yeah, it’s crazy. I always get people to ask me, ‘Can I get a haircut? When are you going to open a barbershop?’ And I was like, ‘Well, I don’t really have time’ (laughs). But now I thought you know what, with these VIP packages, we’re doing a pre-show hangout where we’re going to hang out with everybody that comes to it. I figured it might be kind of cool if people want haircuts, I’ll figure it out on the road. Maybe it’ll be whoever contacts me first on Twitter, from whoever’s coming to the pre-show. We’ll do it right before the pre-show, outside the bus or something.

Hatchet: What is your favorite band, just in terms of personal appreciation?

Levine: Of all time, ever? The Clash, that’s an easy one.

Hatchet: It’s 3 a.m. and you’re hungry. What would you grab to eat?

 Levine: I guess depending on what’s in the fridge. A bowl of cinnamon Life cereal, that’s always a good standby.

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Don’t let the last weekend of summer go to waste. Here are a slew of parties happening throughout the weekend, from Bao Bao’s first birthday to a 2000′s-themed dance party. Plus, two evening art shows.


Fatboy Slim performs at 9:30 Club. Photo by Flickr user thisisbossi.

Fatboy Slim performs at 9:30 Club. Photo by Flickr user thisisbossi.

Hot in Herre 2000s Dance Party at the 9:30 Club: DJ Duo Will Eastman and Brian Billion are back to host their third “Hot in Herre” dance party at the 9:30 Club. The party will showcase hits from the 2000′s (think Missy Elliot, Outkast, Kelly Clarkson and more). You won’t even have to pretend you don’t know every word to Kelly Clarkson’s “Since U Been Gone” because everyone else will be shamelessly belting the lyrics along with you. Eastman and Billion are known for selling out shows, so buy your tickets ($15) in advance.

9:30 Club, 815 V St. NW. Doors open at 9 p.m. Tickets: $15.

Rosslyn Summer Film Festival Presents “Anchorman”: Not only is this event both Will Ferrell-related and free, but it’s also the Rosslyn Film Festival’s last summer screening. As if you need another reason to go, the festival also offers a pre-show scavenger hunt at 7:30 p.m. that could win you VIP seating. But whether or not you choose to participate in the hunt, it’s best to arrive early to the 8 p.m. show for a good seat. Don’t forget to bring a blanket, lawn chair and some snacks.

Gateway Park, 1200 Lee Highway. For pre-show events, arrive at 7 p.m. Film begins at 8 p.m. Free.

Art After Dark at the Art Museum of the Americas: Join the Art Museum of the Americas for a night of art, food trucks, live music, prizes and more at the 5th installation of their “Art After Dark” series. The museum exhibitions and outdoor garden will stay open until 1 a.m. Though the $50 cover charge seems pricey, it gives you access to live music by DJ Shea van Horn and others, performance art, a gorgeous outdoor venue and a selection of beer, wine, champagne and sangria. Still not convinced? Check out photos from Art After Dark’s third installation, and complete the museum’s online survey for 10-percent-off tickets. Just remember to leave your heels at home for easy walking through the museum’s outdoor garden.

Art Museum of the Americas, 201 18th St. NW. 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. Tickets: $50. This is a 21+ event.


Bao Bao’s First Birthday at the National Zoo: Celebrate the birthday of D.C.’s most prized possession. (No, not the Declaration of Independence or the National Gallery of Art, the other prized possession.) The National Zoo’s adored panda cub Bao Bao turns 1 year old Saturday, and naturally the entire city is invited to celebrate. Hosted by Bearitos, a kids’ healthy snack company, the party will take place at the entrance to the zoo’s Clint Fields Plaza and include games, giveaways, free samples of Bearitos snacks and the opportunity to sign a birthday card for the baby panda.

Clint Fields Plaza at the Smithsonian’s National Zoo, 3001 Connecticut Ave. NW. 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Free.

Bao Bao in his habitat at the National Zoo. Photo by Sharon Sipple.

Bao Bao in his habitat at the National Zoo. Photo by Sharon Sipple.

Red Wanting Blue and The Alternate Routes at The Hamilton: All-American rock bands Red Wanting Blue and The Alternate Routes join forces for their “Sounds Like Summer” tour, which hits D.C. Saturday evening. With soulful, bright rock riffs from their album “Little America,” released in July, Red Wanting Blue is the perfect complement to The Alternate Routes’ warm, rough-around-the-edges rhythm. Catch the bands live at The Hamilton, and make sure to grab your tickets online before they sell out.

The Hamilton DC, 600 14th St. NW. Doors open at 7 p.m. for the 8:30 p.m. concert. Tickets: $17 in advance, $20 at the door.


Denim Customization Style Workshop with Topaz + Arrow: DIY-enthusiasts and fashion gurus alike can learn how to dye, bleach, fray and embellish denim at Topaz + Arrow’s August workshop Sunday afternoon. Tickets are $37.50, and include materials, instruction, complimentary drinks provided by Honest Tea and Boulevard Brewing Company and snacks provided by Meats & Foods and KIND. Walk away with a customized denim piece you can brag about and that can’t be found anywhere else.

Wild Hand Workspace, 716 Monroe St. NE, Studio No. 8. 2 to 4 p.m. Tickets: $37.50, pre-registration required.

Karma Yoga Bruch III at Epic Yoga DC: At this fundraiser event, you can perfect your om and enjoy a healthy brunch all while giving to charity. For a minimum donation of $20, guests are invited to a one-hour all-level yoga class followed by a vegan brunch, with grub provided by Khepra’s Raw Food Juice Bar, Chef Anu and The Waterhole Community. Proceeds will go toward the Howard University chapter of Engineers Without Borders, a nonprofit that raises funds to build water purification systems for communities in El Salvador.

Epic Yoga DC, 1323 Connecticut Ave. NW. Tickets: Minimum donation of $20.

RAW:natural born artists at Penn Social: RAW:natural born artists hand selects artists in the creative spheres of visual art, film, fashion, music, beauty, photography, modeling and performing arts for showcases across the country. The arts organization comes to Penn Social on Sunday for a night of artistic discovery and inspiration. Guests can expect a film screening, musical performance, fashion show, art gallery and more, including 43 featured artists. Cocktail attire is recommended for the 21+ event.

Penn Social, 801 E St. NW. 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. Tickets: $15 in advance, $20 cash only at the door. This is a 21+ event.

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It’s the last weekend of July. We can’t believe it either.

But don’t mope around. We’ve found plenty to do this weekend.

The National Building Museum. Photo courtesy of Wikimedia user AgnosticPreachersKid under the Creative Commons License

The National Building Museum. Photo used under the Creative Commons License.


Mixtape at the 9:30 ClubThis monthly dance party blasts anything you can dance to, from house and electric to alt-pop and indie rock. Tickets are $12, and doors open at 11 p.m.

Ghost Tours at the National Building MuseumNot in the mood to party? Spend your Friday night on a ghost tour of the National Building Museum. You never know what spooky stuff is hidden around the museum after-hours. Non-member tickets are $25.


Bliss at U Street Music HallU Street Music Hall co-owner Will Eastman will host this monthly dance party Saturday night. Remember to buy the $10 tickets ahead of time if you’re under 21, and make sure you grab a pair of limited-edition U Street shades. Free until 11 p.m. for 21+.

Capital Fringe Festival: Still don’t want to party? That’s OK. The Capital Fringe Festival is winding down, but you can still catch some performances Saturday night. You need to buy a $7 Fringe button and a $17 ticket to attend a show, but it’s worth it.


Chain & the Gang at Black CatThe D.C.-based band is back to rock the Black Cat on Sunday. Tickets are $12, and doors open at 8 p.m.

Capital Fringe Festival: Once again, we urge you to check out this festival. This is the last day, so if you missed all the fun comedy, dance and drama, you have one last chance. Don’t spend the last Sunday of July at home.

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Photo by Robert Redfield, courtesy of Elastic Artists.

Photo by Robert Redfield, courtesy of Elastic Artists.

D.C. has waited a long time for up-and-coming Canadian singer Mac DeMarco.

DeMarco, with his new indie-pop album “Salad Days,” played the last show of his U.S. tour Saturday night at the 9:30 Club.

The line of teenagers, dressed much like DeMarco in white shirts and baseball caps, flowed off the sidewalk hours before doors even opened for the show that sold out almost immediately after tickets went on sale in April.

The crowd could not control its excitement for the Canadian idol. Even as Mac DeMarco and his touring band watched the opening acts from the balcony, fans pointed him out to their friends and took pictures of him with their phones.

DeMarco finally stepped on stage. His songs are often described as “jizz jazz,” with the swing and flow of the rhythm complementing a giddy chorus.

“This song’s called Martha Stewart’s pussy,” DeMarco joked before playing the comforting song “Blue Boy.”

From the moment the band started playing its first song, “Salad Days,” the entire crowd sang along with DeMarco until the end of the set. DeMarco fed off the crowd, staring into fans’ eyes to “find a vibe” and thanking them for paper notes they handed him.

Everything that could happen at a concert did. Someone requested “Free Bird” – and the band delivered. About 30 people crowd-surfed, including band members and DeMarco. “Rock and Roll Night Club,” one of DeMarco’s most well-known hits, made it on the setlist with bassist Pierce McGarry’s usual high-pitched ending.

In his “Simpsons” tee, DeMarco belted out the lyrics to “Cooking Up Something Good,” with maniacal screams.

Mosh pits don’t usually come with bands as easygoing as this one, but DeMarco’s psychedelic, jazz-inspired rock had kids pushing and jumping around all night.

The band’s jokes broke up the setlist and sent the show on entertaining tangents.

“I’d like to preface this next song with some medical knowledge,” said McGarry.

The bassist informed the crowd that if you’re depressed, you should try using leeches to cheer up. Then he sang Coldplay’s “Yellow” in his now-famous whinny hollering. Hundreds in the audience took out their lighters and sang along.

The night ended with an encore of two covers,“Enter Sandman” and “Smoke on the Water,” leaving all happily basking in the rock vibes.

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Summer may be winding down, but that doesn’t mean you have to follow suit. Keep your week alive with some concerts, comedy and films.


Ceremony at Rock & Roll Hotel: All the way from California, the punk-rock band Ceremony is coming to the Rock & Roll Hotel. The group has toured with rock bands like AFI, and its pre-hardcore, punk-inspired songs are sure to get you in a rocking mood.

La Bomba! Stand Up Comedy at Little Miss Whiskey’s Golden Dollar: Punk rock not your thing? Head out to this weekly stand-up comedy show instead. Free and 21+.


Us the Duo at 9:30 Club: A love story for the ages: Michael and Carissa Alvarado fell in love and started writing music together before becoming Us the Duo. Their soft pop-folk songs and covers skyrocketed them to internet fame. Their beatbox-infused duets made them stars on Vine, and now you can catch them at the 9:30 Club for $20.

The Clientele at Black Cat: Experience a little more of the pop-rock genre with The Clientele at Black Cat. Catch the British band for just $15.


“Moonrise Kingdom” at the Bethesda Outdoor Movie Series: Head out to Bethesda to catch this Wes Anderson favorite outside. The movie will start when the sun goes down at about 9 p.m. A limited number of seats are available, but you can bring your own chair or blanket. Maybe it’s time to crack out that GW towel you got at Colonial Inauguration.

Coen Brothers Double Feature at Washington Jewish Community Center: For just $12, you can see “A Serious Man” and “The Big Lebowski” back to back. The first showing is at 6:30 p.m., followed by the second at 8:30 p.m. Don’t want to spend the whole evening watching movies? Your ticket is good for two movies that week, so you can always catch the next one on Thursday, Saturday or Sunday.


Official Flume Afterparty at U Street Music Hall: Couldn’t get tickets to the sold-out Flume show? Tickets to this 18+ event are $10. If you are going to the Flume show, you get in for free with your ticket stub or 9:30 Club stamp.

Hospitality and Ex Hex at Rock & Roll Hotel: Catch these female-fronted rock bands at the Rock & Roll Hotel. Hospitality is touring to promote its latest album, “Trouble,” which earned a 7.5 rating on Pitchfork. Tickets are only $13.

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This post was written by Hatchet staff writer Everly Jazi.

Lead singer Jordan Lee of Mutual Benefit. Photo courtesy of the Windish Agency.

Singer-songwriter Jordan Lee of Mutual Benefit. Photo courtesy of the Windish Agency.

Before other musicians joined Jordan Lee on stage, Mutual Benefit started as a solo project with a second-hand karaoke machine.

But last Saturday, the collaborative project, known for its heavy use of string instruments like violins and guitars, opened for indie-rockers Wild Beasts and played for a full house at the 9:30 Club.

The band’s performance struck the same melodic outline as the album tracks, but with several recording group members skipping the tour, improvisation from the artists on stage filled the gaps.

After collaborating with many musicians, Mutual Benefit has a consistent lineup for this tour that performs well together.

Lee, whose first breakout success came last fall, started Mutual Benefit in 2009 with the eerie “Figure in Black” EP.

“At first, it was just a solo recording project,” Lee said. “I was playing in a rock band in Texas and I wanted to have an outlet for other kinds of music, and I went to the thrift store and I bought a broken karaoke machine that recorded right on to a cassette player.”

He said the musicians he works with now “occupy some position in between” touring members and bandmates. A couple of members on tour contributed to “Love’s Crushing Diamond,” but Lee said he doesn’t know who he wants to have on the next record.

“I guess for better or for worse, it’s a flexible thing. But I’ve really, really been enjoying playing with this lineup,” he said.

After headlining a sold-out show at the Black Cat in February, Mutual Benefit played for a mixed crowd during its opening performance at the 9:30 Club. As they set up, the bandmates joked that they had convinced the U.K.-based Wild Beasts that they were a big deal in the U.S.

Tours with big crowds are a new experience for the band. Lee, who spent the last two years playing house shows, said he was nervous before his performance at the 1,200-capacity 9:30 Club, even after he recently had higher-profile exposure on popular radio shows.

“Even being on KEXP or even playing a venue like the Independent in San Francisco that I’ve always wanted to play, but then seeing what it’s like on the back end and talking to the hospitality guys and stuff like that, it just kind of makes everything less magical than how you hoped it would be,” Lee said.

As the heavy drum ending of “Advanced Falconry” gave new life to a normally softer sound, the crowd pulsed with the rhythm. Even the Wild Beast fans, who did not seem to jive with the opener, swayed a little.

Lee has only written a couple of songs since the album, but hopes to record his next project in the Columbus Theatre recording studio in Rhode Island.

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Fourth of July celebrations dominated last week, but the red, white and blue won’t be here to yank you out of bed and pry you away from Netflix this weekend.

Made it through another week of your internship and looking for something to do? Here are a few options to make your mid-July weekend more than just some R&R.

Photo courtesy of the official Morrison Brothers Band Facebook page.

Photo courtesy of the official Morrison Brothers Band Facebook page.


The Morrison Brothers Band at 9:30 Club: The L.A.-based country band, known for touring with Keith Urban, Alison Krauss and Tim McGraw, will perform at the 9:30 Club with Amy Wilcox. Tickets are $20.


Once you’ve watched the Netherlands and Brazil fight for a third-place finish in the World Cup, the 9:30 Club has the grooves to celebrate a win or forget defeat.

Wild Beasts at 9:30 Club: Wild Beasts are bringing their 80s-inspired sound on Saturday night. One-man band Mutual Benefit will open for the group. Tickets are $20.


World Cup watch parties: The World Cup has captivated the nation, even a town that is hyper-focused on politics. And now the final match is here: Germany vs. Argentina. It’s going to be intense, so pick a side and grab some friends (and a beer).

Cheering on Lionel Messi and Argentina? Head out to Del Campo.

Have a preference for the well-organized team play of Germany? Then Biergarten Haus is the place for you.

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Sir Sly From left: Jason Suwito, Landon Jacobs and Hayden Coplen

Sir Sly band members (from left) Jason Suwito, Landon Jacobs and Hayden Coplen. Photo courtesy of The Windish Agency.

Before their sold-out show at the 9:30 Club this week with The 1975, the band members of Sir Sly – a Los Angeles trio comprised of Landon Jacobs, Jason Suwito and Hayden Coplen – sat down to discuss their upcoming album, why they wouldn’t copy Led Zeppelin’s writing style and the time their trailer broke near the Canada-U.S. border. The interview has been edited for length.

Hatchet: Your sound aesthetic is very distinct. Had you always intended to put a darker, moodier twist on indie rock or did that happen naturally after the three of you began making music together?

Landon Jacobs: Jason and I got together and wrote the first song, “Ghost,” and it started I think. Originally it was just on the guitar, and then the first thing that happened was that synth bass sound and then the darkness came from there (laughs). And lyrically, the content is all pretty dark as well. So musically, it follows. There’ll be a few songs on the full-length that won’t be as dark, but the stuff we’ve released so far has that cross between electronic and real instrumentation.

Hatchet: How does that affect your live performances? Do you find it difficult to strike a balance between the acoustic and electronic in your live shows?

Jacobs: I’m really excited for you to see it tonight, actually. I feel pretty proud of the way that it’s been able to translate into a live experience. It’s hard to say this from the inside, I guess, but to me it comes across as a little harder, and people are expecting it to be a little cleaner. But it’s [still] dirty, you know, more of a traditional rock show on stage, just with some electronic elements. Videos like this stripped recording of “Ghost” come from the idea that we’re a band that started on the internet, and that’s where the majority of people were seeing us before we got a chance to play live.

Hatchet: You’ve said before that you’ve mixed 30 to 40 songs in preparation for your album release this year. How do you decide which content you want to use?

Jacobs: Gut instinct, really. There was some disagreement at the end – there were some outliers. There’s 12 or 13 tracks – well, really 11 – that we all really agree on and a couple that we have some disagreements, and those are where we start to nit-pick a little bit more. As far as gut reaction, we all feel really strongly about those and we’re still trying to write some more so that it can feel perfect. Like I would personally put more slow songs on the record, probably, and I don’t think either of these guys would. Those are the types of the discussions we have. It’s all really friendly. There’s no harshness there.

Hatchet: What’s your favorite song that you’re either considering or that will definitely be on the album?

Jacobs: There’s a song called “Helpless.” That’ll be on the record.

Jason Suwito: And there’s a song called “Nowhere” that we actually play live a lot. Yeah, that’s probably my No. 1 favorite. I love that song.

Hayden Coplen: In my opinion, it’s one of the most emotionally charged moments on the album. There’s an instrumental section that feels like a palate cleanser. It’ll be in the middle of the album, so it’s good timing, too.

Hatchet: Tell me about the tour. You’ve played a string of sold-out shows with the Bad Suns and The 1975.

Jacobs: It’s been insane. We’re definitely guests on this tour, but it feels good to know that we’re carving out a little space in fans’ hearts night by night. They come and they show up and they’re really excited to see – in most cases – the one band that they know. And they all show up early, which is amazing. It’s fun to play in front of people who are open and excited to hear new music.

Coplen: The audiences of these shows have been fantastic. I mean, it skews toward a younger age but they’re intelligent and discerning. They hear music all the time. Some people have the impression that because they’re younger they’re into anything – but that’s not the case. There’s a lot of competition, there’s a lot of bands vying for their attention. And in some ways that’s a refreshing challenge to know that you’re going to go on stage first. You can be fighting an uphill battle and you have to go play your ass off and work hard and [show] that these are songs you care about.

Hatchet: When you’re not on tour, how often are you playing?

Jacobs: Never (laughs). We practice a lot in rehearsals and write a lot, but we almost never do one-off shows. We had a new song we had that we were going to throw into the set, before South by Southwest, actually, and we practiced for like a week or two before that, and then we practiced for another week or two before this tour. We want it to be perfect.

Writing is how we spend most of our down time. We don’t jam. We jam more during sound checks, and that’s because the other two bands we’ve been playing with jam a lot during sound check, too. But to me, it’s useless. I don’t know, songs are really important to me. I don’t think I could ever write something important while I’m jamming. I don’t know. That might be really rude to someone who writes while jamming. ‘You can’t record while you’re jamming, Led Zeppelin.’

Hatchet: What’s your craziest, weirdest or most memorable moment on tour?

Suwito: A trailer fell off. Right by the border. We were in Canada coming into the U.S. and just hit a speed bump and heard this crash behind us. Was that the most memorable moment of this tour, really? (laughs). We’re pretty meticulous so crazy things don’t usually happen to us. I guess going to the fan trailer and having kids lined up for pictures and stuff is crazy.

Coplen: It’s been wild. Like playing at Terminal 5 was amazing. I don’t get rattled playing shows. I’m more comfortable there than at most places, and T5 made me nervous. That never happens. Hopefully someday we’ll come back and headline.

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Thursday, May 8, 2014 10:02 p.m.

HAIM rocks first 9:30 Club show

Emily Holland | Culture Editor

Left to right: Alana Haim, Danielle Haim and Este Haim. Emily Holland | Hatchet Staff Photographer

HAIM rocked the 9:30 Club in a guitar-infused flurry of hair flips, fist pumps and shouts Wednesday.

The band, comprised of lead singer and guitarist Danielle Haim, bassist Este Haim and rhythm guitarist and percussionist Alana Haim, had its first of two sold-out performances at the popular District venue.

After some riling, the crowd jammed along with the three sisters. HAIM’s sound, often called a mix of Fleetwood Mac mixed and R&B, doesn’t lend itself to crazy dancing, but the sisters had high expectations for the crowd.

“I want to see some asses shake,” Este said as she pounded her bass with a ferocity that made the speakers rattle to “My Song 5.”

Este Haim playing the bass | Culture Editor Emily Holland

Este Haim’s nickname is “Bass Face,” which comes from the animated expressions she makes while strumming. Emily Holland | Hatchet Staff Photographer

All three sisters made a point to talk with the audience, even turning on the house lights so that they could better see the crowd.

With only one full album to fill their set, fans were guaranteed to hear their favorite songs. Plus, the band added a hard-hitting cover of Fleetwood Mac’s “Oh Well” to the mix.

HAIM fit the 9:30 Club’s vibe perfectly. The trio wasn’t interested in any big production. With the sisters poking fun at each other, the show didn’t feel so much like a performance as it did a family bonding experience.

The group showed some sibling rivalry as each band member compared her section to the others, boasting that her own was the most energetic. They picked favorites among the crowd and vied for the audience’s whole-hearted affection.

Lead singer Danielle Haim | Culture Editor Emily Holland

Lead singer Danielle Haim. Emily Holland | Hatchet Staff Photographer

“If you’re not dancing, I’m not looking at you,” Alana said, convincing the people who weren’t in her line of sight to jump and scream.

They showed a mastery of their instruments, with each playing a string instrument and some percussion, adding to the other sister’s versatility. While most of the vocals on the album came from Danielle, both Este and Alana had the opportunity to sing at least one full song.

The night took a turn from spunky rock songs when the group performed the more solemn “Running if You Call My Name,” and Alana asked the audience to help her sing the lyrics.

But after the emotional interlude, the pep was back, including an encore of their hit single “The Wire” and a final drum collaboration at the end of “Let Me Go.” The sisters whipped their hair, pounded their drums and played the songs in a final burst of energy.

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