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That’s right. Experimental indie poppers Ponytail headline a free show with Screaming Females and locals Mittenfields Saturday night at AU’s Kay Spiritual Life Center as part of WVAU‘s Capitol Punishment series.

Critics have praised the Baltimore-based quartet’s live show, most recently at SXSW 2009. Vocalist Molly Siegel’s chords pack a primal punch that belies her pixie frame, and when backed by Ken Seeno and Dustin Wong’s frenetic fret work and Jeremy Hyman’s relentless assault on the skins, the result is a Dionysian dance-off. Suffice to say, you’ll get your money’s worth—and then some.

The show is the sixth of its kind organized by the student-run internet radio station in an effort to bolster AU’s presence—and that of independent bands—in D.C.’s musical milieu. Past line-ups have included True Womanhood, These United States and The Subjects.

Saturday, March 28. Kay Spiritual Life Center at American University, 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW. Metro: Tenleytown-AU. Doors open 6:30 p.m., show starts at 7 p.m. Open to the public, all ages.

*Photo by Frank Hamilton