What's up with indie rock

It’s freaking hot out there, so it must mean it’s time for a bevy of good, local indie music to descend onto Artscape’s Station North Stage, including a double dose of Katrina Ford, with Big in Japan and Celebration.

In other local news Lands and Peoples and Weekends are backing up Ava Luna, a soulful New York group who speaks to Dirty Projectors’ R&B leanings. Speaking of Dirty Projectors— their latest album is another solid offering, and they’ve been touring with our own dreamy, indie rockers Wye Oak. Unfortunately, Andy and Jenn must have not been able to finagle a stop in Charm City, so you’ll have to go to Washington, D. C. to hear them at the 9:30 Club. The first date, Aug. 17, sold out so they added another show, on the 18th.

As for national acts passing through, check out dream poppers Wild Nothing with Dead Mellotron at the Ottobar, Aug. 6. Agitated and angular D.C. heroes, the Dismemberment Plan, are playing at the Metro Gallery Aug. 10. As you may have guessed, it’s already sold out.

Internationally, we’ve go two shows to look forward to in the area. First up is Iceage. The post-punk youngsters from Denmark shocked and awed last year with their bracing debut, New Brigade. They’re playing with Dirty Beaches at the Black Cat, July 24. We also have the blind, Malian couple, Amadou and Mariam, who have made it their business to collaborate with as many indie rockers as possible in the past few years. They’ll be at the 9:30 Club on July 31, ’cause apparently international acts love the District.

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