1940 9th St. NW
Washington, DC, 20001
Doors 7:00 PM / Show 8:00 PM
This event is all ages
Half Waif is the project of Nandi Rose Plunkett, based in Brooklyn NY.
In the home of her Indian mother and Irish/Swiss/American father, Nandi grew up listening to a mix of Joni Mitchell, Tori Amos, Celtic songstress Loreena McKennitt, and traditional Indian bhajans. In college, she studied classical singing and became enamored with the inventive works of Olivier Messiaen and Claude Debussy. A lover of synthesizers and pop tunes, her resulting work as Half Waif features richly layered compositions of various origins. Placeless, and yet the product of many places: the imaginative wilds of Northern Massachusetts; Ohio's stark fields; Brooklyn buzzing at night; and ancestral homes across the ocean.
Formed in Washington DC in 2013, the band has released two full-length albums with multiple singles interspersed while touring extensively on the DIY circuit throughout the United States and Iceland.
Stronger Sex began as a collaborative home recording project with Johnny Fantastic and Blight Records label owner Benjamin Schurr. What started in the basement grew into a series of bands with a rotating cast of members. When this still forming group, which hadn't yet settled on its name, came in contact with kindred spirit Leah Gage, the band took on a whole new life. With their basement experiments as a foundation, Johnny and Leah re-envisioned the band, now named Stronger Sex, as a kind of Sonny and Cher with suicide as a back-up band. Dramatic harmonies drift over minimalist electronics as the two discuss themes of queerness, gender fluidity, community solidarity, the end of the world, and even the possibility of life on other planets.
Stronger Sex recently premiered their defiant pop song "Dating" on BYT. An evisceration of vapid dating culture dominated by tinder, Johnny and Leah hope the song serves as a foretaste for their upcoming album "There is No Stronger Sex" which is set for release this September.