Cut Copy at Echostage Thursday, March 20

In 2001, Dan Whitford, then the owner of an Australian graphic design company, toggled through the choices on his MacBook’s edit menu and stopped on two words: cut and copy. The words became a source of inspiration; Whitford traded in the computer keyboard for a musical one and formed the synthpop quartet Cut Copy. In just six short years, the group went from recording their own demo tapes to performing with Daft Punk. Tonight the band plugs in at Echostage and fills the venue with the sound of pounding bass and vamps off their latest album, Free Your Mind. Those familiar with Cut Copy might find that the band’s newest album diverges a little from the usual: Psychedelic sounds join Whitford’s ethereal vocals and catchy synth chords to conjure up a brand of acid house potent enough to intoxicate audiences. If you’ve always wanted to see a band named after Photoshop commands, or just crave a solid evening of dance music, here’s your chance. Cut Copy performs with Jessy Lanza and Turkish Prison at 7 p.m. at Echostage, 2135 Queens Chapel Road NE. $35. (202) 503-2330. echostage.com.

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