City Paper is not for tourists
“I am the Lizard King” was Jim Morrison’s favorite declaration, narrowly beating “Somebody get me an obscene amount of drugs and a bathtub, now!” The Doors frontman saw the scaly slitherer as his totem animal and spirit guide. In lieu of a reptile, Brooklyn’s Ratatat—sonic pranksters Mike Stroud and Evan Mast—relies on a white parakeet named Fellini. She appears on the cover of the duo’s latest album, LP4, and even lends her high-pitched screeches to a couple of tracks. It’s been several years since Ratatat’s last album, but the group has kept busy crafting backing tracks for Kid Cudi and remixing Animal Collective and YACHT. The extracurricular work did wonders, and the duo sounds newly invigorated. Expect a show so tripped out that you’ll feel you’ve been transported to the desert, dosed with peyote, and sat next to an anthropomorphized reptile.
RATATAT PERFORMS WITH DOM AND BOBBY BIRDMAN AT 7 P.M. AT THE 9:30 CLUB, 815 V ST. NW. $35. (202) 265-0930. SOLD OUT.