Jan 18, 8 PM
Pearl Street Warehouse, 33 Pearl Street SW, Washington, DC 20024
We’re 5 friends from the Washington DC area making indie rock, dreamgaze, hippie punk, or whatever you hear when you’re listening to us. Nah. began in 2015 with an almost entirely different cast of humans as the brainchild of bassist Brendan Ra Tyler, the intention behind it being a way to communicate better about mental health and healing, a purpose that has held strong for 3 years. As a group we strive to create more inclusive, loving, and safe spaces for anyone who might stumble upon one of our shows. Spaceship Sound Studios was started in 2018 in the Nah. band home by drummer Stephen Rodriguez as an effort to help boost the DIY community in DC and get more local music that we believe in on streaming services, or just out into the world for more people to hear. We’re all about music, community, and love. You’re welcome any time.
Also on the bill: Dominy, Milo in the Doldrums, The Duskwhale
The Capitol Groove Collective, made up of various contributors from Washington DC, Maryland, and Virginia, just released their first collaborative effort in response to a climate of political upheaval, disagreements on basic human rights, police brutality, and a pandemic in the hopes that music will continue to be effective in delivering a message of hope and strength for the people.
Ian Abel (pronounced “able”) is the queer fantasy lovechild of an East Village comic book nerd with a heart of gold. He was brought up in the East Village of NYC, raised on a steady diet of R&B, soul, and alternative rock. As an effeminate little 4th grader, he grooved to Destiny’s Child, bopped to the Spice Girls, and plumbed the depths of angst with Alanis. For well over a decade, Ian has been an artist and performer. He has performed around the world and with greats like Nile Rodgers, Jimmy Fallon, and the SNL band. He has sung onstage at Carnegie Hall, on Chinese national television, and in festivals in Sun Valley, New York, and Edinburgh.
In his newest track he sings about getting over his ex in a tender, uplifting, and powerfully driving ballad “Mirror Mirror,” released today. The confessional, pining track came from an experience Abel had years after his first big breakup while sifting through old emails.
Painting in broad strokes of lush guitars, bright melodies, cinematic and intimate lyrics, and shimmering rhythms, the Virginia duo—Nathan Towles and Cole Young —often pose and ponder a key question during the creative process… “What’s the location?” asks Nathan. “Songs always bring me to a very specific place. So, we try to put listeners in a physical space. Their ears inform where their imaginations go. Maybe you’re cruising on the freeway or walking around during the blue hour. There’s introspection, but it’s communal.”