There’s still time to nominate local icons for Best of D.C.
About 10 years ago, I caught my would-be-poet roommate and his wannabe-vampire girlfriend giving each other big nasty hickies as my copy of His Name Is Alive’s Livonia played quietly in the background. I liked the album, but, after that, I just had to get rid of it. And I never checked out any of the band’s later releases. Now, listening to HNIA’s career-spanning Always Stay Sweet, I’m thinking I might have made a mistake. The goth-tinged tracks pulled from Livonia still creep me out a little, but the rest of the disc is full of catchy, quirky, and sometimes beautiful little pop songs, including jaw-droppingly gorgeous readings of both Big Star’s “Blue Moon” and Rainbow’s “Man on the Silver Mountain.” I can’t decide which cover is more audacious, but both suggest that I’d be foolish if I didn’t catch up with HNIA when the band plays with Jenny Toomey, Flashpapr, and Heart & Hand at 8:30 p.m. at the Black Cat, 1831 14th St. NW. $9. (202) 667-7960. (Leonard Roberge)