Babe's Anniversary

Babe City Records & 9:30 Club Present:

Babe's Anniversary

Young Rapids, The Sea Life, The Max Levine Ensemble, Den-Mate, The El Mansouris

Sat, August 22

Doors: 8:00 pm


Babe's Anniversary
Babe's Anniversary
This August marks one year since we decided to get together and make records and change the world. Figured we should throw a party to celebrate, and our friends at 9:30 Club wanted to help.

Yes, you read that right: Babe City Records 1 Year Anniversary Party at THE 9:30 CLUB on SATURDAY August 22. Featuring the wonderful sounds of:

Young Rapids / The Sea Life / The Max Levine Ensemble / Den-Mate / The El Mansouris

See you then. Plenty of special updates to come.
Young Rapids - (Set time: 11:40 PM)
Young Rapids

The new Young Rapids reemerged this year from their hiatus with purpose, though the expressive core of the DC dream pop group remains as strong as ever. As with their earliest recordings, today’s Young Rapids carefully and artfully synthesize their interests in storytelling and experimentalism into a vast yet direct sound that’s at times reminiscent of Radiohead, TV on the Radio and The Walkmen, while remaining uniquely original. Pretty Ugly is fully formed, each twist and turn reinforcing the album’s character, all leading to the catharsis of closer “Ugly”. “Now I understand,” croons Dan Gleason at the record’s end. And somehow, we do too.

The Sea Life - (Set time: 10:45 PM)

Contrary to what the schemers in Silicon Valley say, navigating life in the 21st century is no easy feat. Sure, you can have someone come to your home and do your laundry or deliver a burrito or smoke you up at the touch of a button, but the hidden costs come in the form of general anxiety and implacable angst. The Sea Life know that imbalance all too well.

This is music for people who are trying to stand on their own two feet. The fluid rhythm section swells with crisp, sweet melodies, only to slam against the uneasy the walls of panic and static, embodied by the noisy combo of affected vocals and tube-distorted guitar. Meanwhile, the lyrics dance around themes of disillusionment and self-awareness, while still infused with a real push for something, anything better. Their songwriting and performances are urgent and immediate, like an engine that would stall if it ever came to a stop. Rather than give in to the dumb ease of today, the members of The Sea Life trudge on into that good night the only way they know how: rocking your face off.

The Max Levine Ensemble - (Set time: 10:00 PM)
The Max Levine Ensemble

Sometime around the turn of the century a small gang of boys grouped together in the noble pursuit of transcending suburban boredom through the traditional performance of punk rock songs. 3 of these young products of white America never moved on from this adolescent rebellion phase, and some 15 years later The Max Levine Ensemble continue to rock basements, bombed out buildings and other holes in the fabric of the status quo, with lofty aspirations of creating moments of pop catharsis for angsty teenagers and maybe shaking punk rock from the mediocrity of its ritualistic lulls. Which is to say, here's another punk rock band. You've definitely seen this before.

Den-Mate - (Set time: 9:15 PM)

The intimate music of Den-Mate—the latest project from DC
songwriter/producer Jules Hale—is arresting, like peering into a funhouse mirror. Her sparse, dreamy jams reflect and distort private nighttime thoughts of desperation and isolation, transforming abstract fears into throbbing bass lines and static-washed riffs. Drawing a bridge from Chimes Records' dreamy guitar pop and the exciting world of progressive electronica, Den-Mate brings a new style for adventurous listeners in DC and beyond.

The El Mansouris - (Set time: 8:30 PM)
The El Mansouris
The El Mansouris is a new experimental-pop supergroup fronted by two vocalists, Fiona Kohrman and esteemed live-looper Margot MacDonald, and includes sound artist and multi-instrumentalist Alex Braden (also of Young Rapids, formerly of Bella Russia), bassist Drew Hagelin of Cigarette, and Sam Raymond, formerly of Rival Skies, on the drumkit.

The El Mansouris kept quiet about their act until February, when they performed hour-long sets at three sold-out shows in D.C. arts spaces—Hole in the Sky, Transformer, and Studio 1469. It was a deliberate, carefully positioned debut that made it seem like the band had dropped straight from the heavens with a full repertoire of rich, synth-y grooves and heartrending vocal runs.

-- Christina Cauterucci, WCP

Venue Information:
9:30 Club
815 V St. NW
Washington, DC, 20001