City Paper is not for tourists
Most of the local acts playing tonight’s Brightest Young Things-curated show at The Hamilton don’t have much in common, genre-wise. But a lot of them do share a skill for crafting radio-friendly jams. Take producer and MC Incwell, who’s never made a secret of his ambition to appeal to mainstream tastes; listen to his1980s-referencing Colinco Visions EP and his Auto-Tune-heavy RGIII tribute for proof. Then there’s MoCo outfit The Static (formerly Hotspur), who, if you’ve been on the lookout for some Carly Rae Jepsen-level slicked-up dance rock, should be your favorite local band. Meanwhile, the dudes in Beyond Modern (shown) deliver a similarly souped-up pop sound, but on the hip-hop side of things. D.C. band Shark Week may be the grungiest band on the bill, with its old-school approach to rock ‘n’ roll. Meanwhile, Aaron Estes’ Black Hills approaches pop slightly more crabwise: On “Dangerous,” Estes manages to make his soulful electro-pop sound both sexy and folky with dashes of guitar.
The show begins at 8 p.m. at The Hamilton, 600 14th St NW. $20 –$22. (202) 787-1000. dcsampler-bytprod.eventbrite.com.