- The Washington Times - Sunday, March 27, 2016

As the weather warms and the cherry blossoms bloom, some of the music world’s best acts will be heading to the District for concerts celebrating new albums. Here are a few acts and dates to keep your eyes out for:

 

The Dandy Warhols

“Distortland” (rel. April 8)

Dine Alone Records

The Dandys are back, with more head-scratching — but still danceable — beats on their first album for Dine Alone. Of particular note is the toetapping “STYGGO” and the mysteriously haunting “Give.” “All the Girls in London” is an upbeat number, with “The Grow Up Song” a meditative closer.

The Warhols will appear at the District’s iconic 9:30 Club April 17. Tickets are $25 by going to 930.com.

 

Lissie

“My Wild West”

Imports

Lissie of Rock Island, Illinois, brings strains of heartbreak and longing on this disc for Imports. “Hollywood” is a wounding ode to the dream machine, with Lissie singing, “You broke my heart just because you could.” “Hero” is reminiscent of Patty Smith, Stevie Nicks and others in its burning strains, while “Sun Keeps Rising,” “Stay” and “Together or Apart” are heartfelt paeons to continuing on — in love or otherwise. “Ojai,” a love letter to the Southern California mountainous enclave, closes out the album in quality style.

Lissie will appear at the 9:30 Club April 14 with Tyler Lyle and Chase Cohl. Tickets are $20 by going to 930.com.

 

The Sadies

“Internal Sounds”

Yep Roc Records

Canada’s own Sadies will return to the Disrict with their unique country-western/rock sound on April 7. The fellas from the Great White North are promoting their most recent album, “Internal Sounds,” strumming through the strains on such winners as “So Much Blood,” “Leave This World Behind” and “Story 19.”

The Sadies will be hit Hill Country DC on April 7. Tickets are $12 to $15 by going to Ticketfly.com.

 

The Honey Island Swamp Band

“Demolition Day” (rel. April 29)

Imprint

Swamp rockin’ never sounded so good! “How Do You Feel?” is caught somewhere between the strains of the Rolling Stones and the Grateful Dead, while “Head High Water Blues” is decidedly more funky than bluesy. “Katie” is a mix of blues and country that has the imprint of Bob Dylan on it as well, with “Ain’t No Fun”and “Say It Isn’t True” throwbacks to some of the best of early ‘70s rock. “Through Another Day” is a lengthy number that will make you believe you’re out west, with “Devil’s Den” a suitably Southwestern album-capper.

The band will hit Gypsy Sally’s on May 5. Tickets are $18 to $20 by going to Ticketfly.com.

 

Victoria Reed

“Chariot”

Botanica

This talented Brooklyn chanteuse takes the mic for a new album for MRI. “Moonsong” aches for things both far and achievable, while “Peculiar Things” tackles such subjects as life after death and other mysteries of the universe in somber tones. “Featherweight” weighs in on the vagaries of love, with “Make It Easy” a meditation on giving your heart a second chance after being burned. “Love Once” turns heartache into art, and “The Fall” and “I Love You” close out in beautiful sendoff.

Miss Reed will appear at the District’s Lincoln Theatre April 1. Tickets are available at Ticketfly.com.

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