MisterWives (New Date)

9:30 Club presents at U Street Music Hall.

MisterWives (New Date)

Marian Hill, Handsome Ghost

Friday Apr 10

6:00 pm


Sold Out

This event is all ages

All tickets for the 3/27 show will be valid for the new date. Refunds available at point of purchase until 3/27/15.

MisterWives - (Set time: 8:30 PM)
MisterWives was formed in 2012 where the 3 New York natives set out to produce, and perform their independently composed music. Their sound has been described as indie-pop-soul and has been well received in some of New York's most notable venues. The core members include Mandy Lee (vocals/keys) William Hehir (bass) and Etienne Bowler (drums).Their live set however incorporates other musicians that contribute sax, trumpet, guitar, and strings to their well-rounded sound. The band is currently working on their EP that will be released in the spring of 2013.
Marian Hill - (Set time: 7:25 PM)

Marian Hill is Jeremy Lloyd (production/songwriting) and Samantha Gongol (vocals/songwriting), an electronic duo producing songs that sound like a cross between Drake and Ella Fitzgerald, marrying bass-heavy, idiosyncratic beats and seductively soulful vocals.

The duo grew up together and their chance meeting in middle school, starring opposite each other in The Music Man as Marian Paroo and Harold Hill, now serves as the basis for their name. While pursuing separate musical paths, the two began writing together over college breaks, spending hours together perfecting lyrics and melodies — in the last of these sessions they wrote and recorded Whisky. Jeremy blindly emailed Whisky to sixty blogs and within 2 weeks the track had climbed to the chart on Hype Machine. The buzz grew, the label calls began, and in early 2015 Marian Hill signed with Photo Finish / Republic Records.

“Got It” sees sexy vocals sail above early-Neptunes-era glitchy beats and handclaps before a melody transfixes, singing a mantra to individuality veiled in sly innuendo. The beat’s sparse backbone came to Jeremy on a bus ride home to Philadelphia for a writing session, and the song was completed by the end of the following day. On “One Time” finger-snaps and a bass boom keep time as Samantha’s voice casts a spell, twisting the old one-night stand into a song of female empowerment.

Their sound has just started to percolate throughout the zeitgeist at large, soundtracking numerous promotional campaigns, television shows, and packed nightclubs. Now prepping their debut full-length debut, they seek to push the limits of their content and sonics even further.

“We love the control you have in modern songwriting, because it’s not just music and lyrics – it’s everything. We’re writing an album of true, focused songs – where every component, from the choice of snare drum to the choice of lyric, is driven by one specific idea.”
Handsome Ghost - (Set time: 6:45 PM)
Handsome Ghost

You might say Handsome Ghost's spirit arose from a personal and creative deconstruction—a classic scenario of life after death with a modern spin.

Tim Noyes began writing folk songs as a fresh-faced philosophy major at a small college, five hours west of his native Boston. After graduation, he taught high school English in New York City and played open mics in the evenings. The contrast of clubs and classrooms couldn’t last, and a publishing deal encouraged him to make the leap to full-time musician.

Eventually, Noyes grew disenchanted by the limitations of folk music. As his tastes became more eclectic, “One month I love R&B and then it’s today’s pop or 90’s hits,” the acoustic world seemed smaller and smaller until it held little interest. With a return to academia feeling more and more imminent, the singer and specter trekked to a snowbound Vermont studio for one last shot, this time with a different approach. Though he’d still sketch each song with vocals and guitar, next he’d adorn them with synths, soundscapes and various sonic accoutrements, enriching the compositions and heightening the emotion in the process.

"The electronic elements were so intriguing to me," Noyes explains. "Certain things are off limits in other genres. I love Handsome Ghost because we’ll try anything.” The one rule he followed—a nod to his folk background—was absolutely no electric guitar.

"Blood Stutter," a demo from those sessions went viral on Spotify with 7 million plays and counting and drew acclaim from the likes of USA Today. Photo Finish Records inked a deal with Handsome Ghost in 2014, and Noyes headed to Los Angeles to cut his debut EP, Steps, with producer extraordinaire Matt Squire (Ariana Grande, Youngblood Hawke).

Far away from New England, Noyes grew to embrace his beginnings, and his naturally defenseless vocals emerged front and center. “Handsome Ghost isn’t folk music—we have big drums and production, synths etc. But I like to think that above all that stuff is the song itself, and I hope that listeners can connect with my words and melodies more than anything else.”
Venue Information:
U Street Music Hall
1115 U Street NW
Washington, DC, 20009