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Black metal and a cappella? It's not a joke

March 28, 2012 - 02:10 PM
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April Fools Day is this Sunday, which means you should take everything you see on the internet with a grain of salt, especially when logging in to your gmail account (remember the year that gmail said they were launching "gmail paper", a free printout of all of your mail?!). The shows this weekend are no joke, although they might seem so at first glance.

Alcest
Thursday, Mar. 29 at DC9, $12

Shoegaze black metal sounds like a totally made-up genre name. We're not joking: it is completely real, and France's Alcest is probably the most well-known band in the genre. They're probably more shoegaze (think My Bloody Valentine) than black metal, creating an atmospheric intensity that has garnered them quite a bit of attention outside the metal community as well.


Cartoon Johnny, Vox Pop, and Euphonism
Friday, Mar. 30 at Williamsburg Middle School, $15 (adults)/$10 (students)

A concert at a middle school on a Friday night sounds like a rockin' good time, right? In all seriousness, this is an annual show to benefit the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society featuring three fantastic local a cappella groups: Cartoon Johnny, Vox Pop, and Euphonism. (Note: the show starts at 6:30 PM and will end early, so you have plenty of time to go out later too!)

A Sound of Thunder
Saturday, Mar. 31 at Empire, $10

If we were to mention a female singer with a giant snake, you'd probably think we were talking about Britney Spears. Well, no joke: local power metal band A Sound of Thunder just released a music video for their new song "Murderous Horde" featuring singer Nina Osegueda singing to a Burmese python named Chubby. The group's concert this weekend is a CD release show for their new album Out of the Darkness and features several other local metal groups.

Fuchida
Sunday, Apr. 1 at the Black Cat, $8

Hey, there's a black metal band playing at the Black Cat on April Fools' Day! No, we're serious: there really is a black metal band playing at the Black Cat. The local club is known mostly for hosting indie-rock bands, although there is the occasional metal show on the venue's schedule. But it's been several years since we've seen a black metal band grace the club's stage, so this should be pretty cool. There's not a lot of information about Fuchida on the web, but this appears to be one of their first shows (if not their very first one); we couldn't find any of their music on YouTube, so you might just have to come check out the show if you want to know what they sound like.

These and other show listings can be found on ShowListDC

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