BY SARAH SOPHER AND SYDNEY SPENCER // Our hope for Crystal Castles’ first DC show of the year was that the group would deliver an original performance laced with raw emotion and passion. That’s what we were used to with Alice Glass, at least.
In front of a giant mural depicting a battered and beaten Madonna, the show opened with clashing noises and flashing green lights taking over the room. Ethan Kath was camouflaged in the corner of the stage delivering the epic beats that Crystal Castles’ fans know and love. However, the performance left a lot to be desired.
Edith Frances joined Crystal Castles in 2015 to replace the group’s former vocalist. Alice Glass, who once performed sick and vomiting between verses, was known for her confrontational and volatile shows. Many would say Glass held a fundamental role in creating Crystal Castles’ wild and unique reputation.
BY SARAH SOPHER & SYDNEY SPENCER // CrystalCastles is heading back to DC for the second time this year to show off their manic and mysterious electronic sounds. We can’t wait to head to the 9:30 Club on Saturday, September 30 to experience the upbeat, yet dark vibe of the CrystalCastles duo.
In August 2016, CrystalCastles released their fourth studio album, Amnesty (I). This is the duo’s first album featuring the band’s latest vocalist, Edith Frances. While many fans, ourselves included, were extraordinarily disappointed when the band’s iconic singer Alice Glass resigned, since then CrystalCastles has kept up their pioneering spirit. They’re creating sounds that continue to break boundaries and put listeners in a state of fascination and awe.
SARAH SOPHER // On June 30th, Ernest Greene of Washed Out released the project’s most recent album, Mister Mellow and is now touring to share its live experience. Washed Out will be playing at the 9:30 Club on August 31st.
The London-based duo is becoming exponentially more popular as music lovers discover their retro, yet innovative sound. They have been topping charts on Hype Machine since their first release, a remix of “It’s Too Late” by Wild Belle. Since then, they’ve joined high quality artists including A$AP Mob, Christina Aguilera, Justin Timberlake, and Shakira, as a part of RCA Records. Snakehips has released one EP and toured all over the USA, Europe, and Australia. Lucky for us, they’re coming to DC’s very own 930 club this Friday.
What I like most about Snakehips is the way that they incorporate old school R&B and hip hop into electronic sounds. Their most popular single “All My Friends,” combines house beats with heavy bass and hip hop samples to produce a bumpin, catchy song. Snakehips, Tinashe, and Chance the Rapper collaborated to incorporate all of their talents into this work of art.