Small Black at Rock & Roll Hotel Thursday, March 6

Brooklyn chillwave (but don’t let them hear you call it that) band Small Black emerged in 2009 with the type of synthy pop music fans craved that year. Since releasing its self-titled EP, recorded in a Long Island attic, the band has collaborated on a split 7-inch with lo-fi pop brethren Washed Out and expanded its sound on a pair of LPs including last year’s Limits of Desire, a more heavily produced and polished take on the same sound. The band drops a new EP, Real People, on April 1 and its first single, “Lines of Latitude,” is a rich tapestry of synths, bass, and moody vocals. When they kick off their spring tour at Rock & Roll Hotel tonight, expect the band members to dish out melancholic verses over lush guitars and pounding percussion. Their danceable sound may have matured but you’ll still be tempted to sway in time. Small Black performs with Oberhofer at 8 p.m. at Rock & Roll Hotel, 1353 H St. NE. $13–$15. (202) 388-7635. rockandrollhoteldc.com.

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