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Photos By Armando Gallardo, Words By Hanna Hultman, Armando Gallardo

A surprising, almost clashing, pair had the audience going from folky Americana to psychedelic indie-pop as Beau and Swedish band, Miike Snow, took the stage at the 9:30 club. Their musical styles are two very different beasts, they both had the audience enjoying themselves as if they were instructed to go through the different stages of a break-up. Go through some melancholic times as your hearts get destroyed by the constant reminder of your loved one’s absence and then cherish getting over them with psychedelic sounds as you start feeling butterflies all over again.

Heather Golden and Emma Rose Jenney of Beau took the stage accompanied by a male drummer and bassist. Yet, the band’s energy was heavily focused in these two women who resembled Patti Smith or even a pair of young Stevie Nicks. It wasn’t just their outfits, the music itself and their moves on stage seemed to purposely resembled these iconic rock and roll women. Beau’s setlist went from upbeat Lana del Ray’s vocal tracks mixed with a more-stripped down version of Haim, to a heavier, more melancholic folky sound that reminded me of the Beatnik generation with brushes of Fiona Apple. This doesn’t seem to be a coincidence since both Golden and Jenney were brought up in Greenwich Village by artist parents.

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Beau’s tour with Miike Snow is their first but given such a raw emotion and potential one can imagine it won’t be the last we’ll be seeing them at a D.C. venue.

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Next was Miike Snow, whose hit “Animal” took America’s psychedelic pop by storm in 2009. Knowing the positive and almost dreamy response to the song, they saved it for last. The set list include a mix of songs from their new album, iii, and old favorites such as “The Wave” and “Animal.” Though their new album was released just weeks ago, the crowd seemed to know each and every single. That said, Wyatt’s persona was hard to connect with the audience, specially when juggling its way between two places. On one side there was the out-of-his-element Wyatt standing front-of-stage with only a mic and then a more relaxed version of himself on piano.

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