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Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti at the Rock N Roll Hotel July 28

Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti, retro sound, retro photoshoot

Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti hails from Los Angeles, but Pink and his band may as well send their music to Earth from space. Space sometime in the late 1960s. Pink has been releasing music for over a decade now, often recorded in his bedroom and shrouded in mystery. Lately, he’s taken an actual band on tour to support his newer, more polished songs. 2010’s Before Today has critics drooling, and the album’s sure to appear on many a “Best Of” list come year’s end.

A quick spin of the record gives plenty of evidence as to why. Pink writes songs that sound straight out of the garage and soul worlds of the ’60s and ’70s, though they never sound dated or borrowed. Rather, he puts his own touch on this multi-faceted, immensely catchy — even sunny — songs. Megajam “Round and Round” is the album’s standout, and it serves as a perfect introduction to Pink’s newer sound, blending backing 4-part harmony vocals with a bouncing bass line and a guitar hook right out of a Vegas nightclub. It’s wonderful stuff, and it’s sure to induce pure bliss when he plays it and other cuts at the Rock N Roll Hotel on Wednesday, July 28th.

Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti / Magic Kids / Puro Instinct (formerly Pearl Harbor)

When: Wednesday, July 28th

Doors at 8PM, Show at 830 PM

Tickets $14

Where: Rock N Roll Hotel

1353 H St NE, Washington DC