Just 7 short years ago, five friends came together to form one of the most influential and successful indie-pop bands of the 21st century: Grouplove.
The band, characterized by high energy set performances, dazzling light shows, and an impressive amount of hit songs, released their debut EP Never Trust a Happy Song, under Canvasback/Atlantic Records back in 2011. The album was an instant success, with its hit song, “Tongue Tied” hitting #1 at the US alternative charts at record speed, and being played on popular radio stations across the US and Europe.
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.
Aurora Aksnes was just 16 years old when she released her first track, “Puppet.” Four years later, the 20 year old Norwegian singer-songwriter now known mononymously as Aurora, is headlining one of the most prestigious venues in North America, the 930 Club. Perhaps best of all? The dark-pop singer is performing on Halloween. There could not be a more fitting act to headline the 930 Club on Halloween, with her haunting and beautiful lyrics and minimalist musical style.
Aksnes is a talented songwriter, writing her first melodies when she was just six years old and singing her first lyrics at age nine. She has also released two short films about her background and her motivations as a musicians, featuring stunning cinematography and her native home of Bergen, Norway. She starts her most recent mini “auto-documentary” saying that she is “making this video because I’m afraid of what might happen. I might not be here tomorrow or the day after, so I want to make this video to keep the things that inspire me alive.”
The Scottish indie band Chvrches (pronounced Churches) is completing their 2016 world tour at none other than D.C.’s own Echostage. Their lead singer Lauren Mayberry and bandmates Iain Cook and Martin Doherty have been creating unique indie-pop sounds since 2011 in Glasglow.
They’ve been touring their sophomore album Every Open Eye which was released in 2015 following The Bones of What You Believe in 2013, finding their way into all of our indie hearts with “The Mother We Share” and “Never Ending Circles.”