City Paper is not for tourists
Before you ask, yes, the members of La Femme are French, and their songs are sung in French. But your monolingualism shouldn’t stop you from enjoying the synthy surf-rock group whose music has spanned the globe. Though the band hails from the coastal city of Biarritz, it owes its international success to a group of Californians who came to town to compete in a surfing competition and encouraged the band to hit the road. What does a typical La Femme track sound like? It’s hard to say—the band switches up its sound quicker than the French whip up a chic, effortless meal. La Femme’s most recent album, Psycho Tropical Berlin, is a mélange of twangy guitars, spoken vocals, unorthodox instruments, and little moments of spooky theremin. Songs dance between serious and lighthearted, sometimes in the middle of a track. On the whole, it’s the kind of music you might hear in a fun haunted house, and this show is your cue to find a new haunt. La Femme performs at 7 p.m. at U Street Music Hall, 1115 U St. NW. $15. (202) 588-1889. ustreetmusichall.com.