There’s still time to nominate local icons for Best of D.C.
Touring the United States in support of its new album, My Melody, Stereo Total promises a high-energy romp through international waters. Equal parts kaffeeklatsch, goofball intellectual exercise, and exceptional music, its songs—performed interchangeably in French, German, and English—are complexly cute. My Melody’s 17 tracks use synthesizers, fuzzy guitars, sci-fi vocal effects, and charmingly obtuse lyrics to create an album somehow reminiscent of both France Gall and Cibo Matto. The band performs inventive, admirable covers of everyone from the Ronettes to Serge Gainsbourg and answers the nagging question of whether the Beatles sound even better in French. “Tu Peux Conduire Ma Bagnole” (“Drive My Car”) proves the answer is an undeniable “Yes!” These indie-pop poster children for the EU perform with Ted Leo/Pharmacists and the Walker System (which includes Washington City Paper staffer John Dugan) at 8:30 p.m. at the Black Cat, 1831 14th St. NW. $8. (202) 667-7960. (Lisa Locker)