Bottled Up, North by North, Loi Loi
2477 18th St. NW
Washington, DC, 20009
Doors 7:00 PM
This event is all ages
Ask Rob Stokes how he learned to write such topsy-turvy, achy-breaky love songs, and he’ll explain how he got his start in an acid-jazz troupe that once landed a gig playing fusion inside a Pittsburgh grocery store. After that, things got weird. Stokes moved to the District for college and into a Foggy Bottom group house, where he could host psychedelic jam sessions (he’d play the drums) and throw DIY rap shows (he’d befriend the rappers and, before long, was producing their tracks).
All of these musical adventures quietly saturate “Live at the Heartbreak Hotel,” an album of fluid, polyglot pop spiked with splashes of “Tropicalia, bossa [nova], blues, punk and no-wave,” the 25-year-old says. But, Stokes says, he never set out to make genre-punch. He’s more interested in mood, and he cultivates it by inviting his collaborators to score the little vignettes that pop into his head.
Bottled Up is a DC rock and roll quartet founded in Oakland, CA. Rooted in new-wave, 70's rock, and punk ethos. Sad songs w/ joyous performances.
North by North
Rock 'n' roll road-warriors North by North wear their Midwestern charm on their sleeve. All artwork is beautifully designed by the band to compliment their heavily textured blend of '70s psychedelia and lo-fi pop-infused garage rock. Much of the work helps guide listeners through the narratives and secrets that are buried in the music.
Their latest release, Last Days of Magic, is a Stephen King-inspired, femme-fatale-filled concept album that investigates the space where science-fiction and mysticism meet modern society.
And while Chicago will always be home, North by North has set out on the life-adventure of The Never-Ending Tour--performing over 300 shows since early 2017, and showing no signs of stopping. Along the way, North by North has had the fantastic opportunity to share the stage with bands including Tegan & Sara, Sheer Mag, The Pack A.D., iamdynamite, and more.
Loi Loi is an electronic synth-pop trio of Kristie (vocals, keyboards, synthesizers), Zach (bass), and Ron (trumpet and gaia synth). Loi Loi started four years ago in China, where Kristie was living and working at the time. Since her time as a Peace Corps volunteer in China, Kristie had always dreamed about becoming a Mandarin pop singer; this turned out to be an easy goal to achieve while she was stationed in Guangzhou, China. She also successfully composed original lyrics in Mandarin, pairing pop compositions with occasional radical experimental sounds vis-à-vis vis her microkorg. Loi Loi continued to develop in Spain, where Kristie tried her hand mixing original Spanish lyrics with an eclectic background of rock and roll, R&B, electronic, and soul influences. The band went fully electronic when Kristie acquired a Korg Electribe drum synthesizer. Today, Loi Loi embraces a somewhat economical setup but maximizes on a suite of atmospheric effects, original samples, and a multi-tiered song structure.
Loi Loi’s inaugural EP, Viva La Vulva, was recorded at BLIGHT.Records in March 2017, six months after Kristie’s return from Spain to Washington, DC. Each track represents a brick in the path of Kristie’s exciting cross-cultural escapades, simultaneously chronicling the hardship she encountered transitioning back to her home in the United States, which was vastly different than when she had left in 2011. In “1985”, Kristie clings to a year she barely remembers amidst the uncertainty of present times, creating a byte-by-byte whimsical reckoning. “Responsabilidades”, Loi Loi’s first video release, is an upbeat but ironic Spanish language song which playfully laments the state of play of being an outsider in the not-serious dating scene in Madrid. “Trying to Remember” premiered on All Things Go on November 22, shot and directed by Jen Meller and featuring a continuous reel of nightmare scenarios in unrecognizable terrain. New video "You May Be", which premiered on Impose Magazine on January 20, 2018, chronicles the intense showdown between a perpetually eyerolling, devil-may-care character confronted by a scathing accuser, who is berating her for blindness to (what the listener can easily detect as) the rise of patriarchy and its norms and abuses towards women. Newest video and single release Egipto is a dark foray into the world of a female alchemist who grapples with the intense pleasure of having the power to turn humans into gold statues, but ultimately, her guilt self-actualizes and her alchemy turns against her...
Loi Loi just came back from their first U.S. tour through the U.S. South.