Summer vacation! If you’re in school, it’s almost here, and if you’re not, it’s almost time to pretend it still exists. This Friday, May 22, you should kick off your real or imaginary summer of love at Washington City Paper‘s seasonal music showcase at the Smithsonian American Art Museum.
At 6 p.m., beautiful and fascinating people will gather in the Luce Foundation Center, a three-floor gallery space with skylights and a diverse collection of artworks, to hear two D.C. bands Arts Desk is digging these days.
First up will be Pleasure Curses (below), a tight electro-pop duo that goes heavy on disco beats and synth riffs that’ll throb in your ribcage all day. I dare you not to dance to the three tracks from the group’s most recent release, Pure/Lust.
Next up, we’ll have Young Rapids (top), a fourpiece of highly skilled musicians and songwriters who released a gorgeous, ambitious new album, Pretty Ugly, in March. Their new stuff encompasses both groove-driven art-pop jams and woozy landscapes of reverb and meandering instrumentals, which will sound extra-epic in the Luce Foundation’s space, what with the high ceilings and marble floors and general glamour.
Meet us at 6 p.m. sharp on the third floor of the American Art Museum for the tunes and free beer tastings from D.C.’s Hellbender Brewing Company. And don’t forget—we’re also hosting a concert featuring Kokayi and the El Mansouris (which counts Young Rapids’ Alex Braden among its members) on June 24 at AMP, Strathmore’s new food-and-music venue.
Stream tracks from Pleasure Curses and Young Rapids after the jump.