WASHINGTON, DC: Delta Rae performs a sold-out show at the 9:30 Club on Saturday, January 5, 2013. ? Brandon Wu / For the Washington City Paper.

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North Carolina’s up-and-coming Delta Rae played to a capacity crowd at the 9:30 Club on Saturday night. The ensemble’s 2012 record, Carry the Fire, is competent if fairly straightforward pop-rock featuring four vocalists, but its live show is a different beast entirely. The six-piece band blew through its set, including a couple of new pieces, with an infectious energy that made its songs seem both more powerful and more dynamic than on record—-which is exactly what a good live show should do.

Check the slideshow for photos, including of openers The Wild Feathers and Jillette Johnson.