From the opening notes of Floating Features, the new album by La Luz, it’s obvious that something is different: The Los Angeles band aren’t trying to simply rouse the surf gods anymore, they’re plowing past the sunset into the psych-rock netherworld, to the rim where warhorses like Ty Segall and Thee Oh Sees dwell. La Luz’s ethereal vocal harmonies are still intact, but the music underneath uncoils with fresh counterpoints as drummer Marian Li Pino and bassist Lena Simon trade hustle for muscle, generally ditching the sandy-towel shuffle of 2015’s Segall-produced Weirdo Shrine and 2013’s It’s Alive. The band’s commitment to classic reverb remains, but on tracks such as “Mean Dream,” “My Golden One,” and “The Creature,” it’s exquisitely deployed, almost like a fifth instrument instead of just a texture. These songs will certainly give La Luz a different pace onstage—it’ll be less soundtrack and more cinema, with the familiar freakouts meeting far more moments of hush and expansion. Read more>>> La Luz perform at 8 p.m. at Songbyrd Music House, 2477 18th St. NW. $13–$15. (202) 450-2917. songbyrddc.com. (Joe Warminsky)
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Yacht rock legends Hall & Oates perform with ubiquitous pop band Train at Capital One Arena. 7 p.m. at 601 F St. NW. $29.50–$149.
Los Angeles-based R&B duo THEY. performs at Union Stage. 8 p.m. at 740 Water St. SW. $25–$35.
Author Lauren Groff discusses her new book, Florida, a collection of eleven short stories, at Politics and Prose. 7 p.m. at 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. Free.
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