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All Words by Maddie Clybourn, Photos by Andrea Diaz

This past Saturday night we got a chance to check out Moon King and Mr. Twin Sister at DC9, in what could have been the musical peak of Summer 2015. Moon King took the stage around 9 p.m. as I grabbed a drink and settled into blissful echoed guitars and layered vocals. With only three members and no rhythm section, their sound was sonically overwhelming, like being wrapped in a warm blanket of reverb. I heard a few people mention My Bloody Valentine, which I get. I think people who like MBV will enjoy Moon King. They’re one of my favorite newer bands. I bought their CD (something everyone should do at a small show) and I can’t wait to hear how their sound evolves in the future.

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Mr. Twin Sister, formally just Twin Sister, took the stage in what can only be described as an enigmatic experience. Their music is completely entrancing, and even more so live. In leopard print creepers, a pink silk nightgown and butterfly clips in her hair, Andrea Estella mesmerized the audience like a strange earth alien. It was one of the few shows where I looked around and every single person was totally into it, nodding like “yes, we will follow anywhere you lead”.  And Estella’s performance was just the tip. Everybody is so skilled, each switching between instruments like five one-man bands working together symbiotically. Gabe D’Amico has the voice of an angel but truly ascended with his wailing on the sax.

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I’ve rarely seen a live band so in sync with each other–everyone’s the brain, everyone’s the body. At the peak, the entire crowd was dancing and moving and laughing and making out and holding hands and having the best fucking time. When it was all over, I Googled their next do-able tour stop, so if you’re at the Bowery Ballroom on the 24th, I’ll see you there.

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Moon King

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