Last night I went to the Black Cat Club in DC (the small, “Backstage” area), to see two bands. The Soft Moon was headlining and their opener was Majical Cloudz (see a few posts below to grab a link to a free album of theirs). I did not really know what to expect from either band. Majical Cloudz were a duo; a singer and a knob twiddling music man. And pedals. They played a mellow form of future r & b that I really dig. Next up was the Soft Moon. Three guys, and tons of volume. Their set up included a bass player, a drummer who was also triggering samples and using other electronics, and a singer/guitar player who also played on a Moog and some bongos. Their blistering set of darkwave inspired rock reminded me a bit of the sonic brutality of a Ceremony or A Place to Bury Strangers concert. All in all it was a fun way to celebrate my birthday.