Post-punk wouldn’t be post-punk without a certain level of resentment between murky waves of synth-heavy swells, from the broodiness of Joy Division to Talking Heads’ punchlines. For Philadelphia’s Cold Cave, it’s not so much about the revival as it is about realizing the necessity of movement. The band recently released a 7-inch titled “Black Boots,” but tonight, expect to hear older favorites and earworm throttlers from its last studio effort from 2011, Cherish the Light Years. Twinkling synth lines and drum machines punctuate the band’s throbbing dance numbers, made all the more emotive by vocalist Wes Eisold, who has a penchant for verbalizing the perfect, abrasive love song that burrows under your skin. Ditch the heels tonight. Throw on your Vans and rejoice. Dancing days are here again.
Cold Cave performs with Boyd Rice at 8 p.m. at Rock and Roll Hotel, 1353 H St. NE. $12. (202) 388-7625. rockandrollhoteldc.com.