Plus ça change…: For the fan of scrappy, bookish indie pop, these are familiar-sounding times indeed. While it’s easy to attribute the loud, saccharine sound of the Pains of Being Pure at Heart and Crystal Stilts to twee-pop revivalism, Slumberland Records, the home of both those bands, has been dutifully shepherding the aesthetic for two decades. Founded in Silver Spring but based on the left coast since 1992, the label has tapped bands from its current roster (Crystal Stilts, Frankie and the Outs, Pants Yell!) and its past (’90s District acts like the Ropers and Lorelei) for a 20th anniversary bash. Sorry, record nerds, there’ll be no Black Tambourine reunion this time around, but at least you’ll have an excuse to dust off that twee as fuck” T-shirt.
THE SLUMBERLAND RECORDS 20TH ANNIVERSARY PARTY TAKES PLACE AT 8:30 P.M AT THE BLACK CAT, 1811 14TH ST. NW. $13–$15. (202) 267-4490.