Bottled Up w/ Jau Ocean, DJ Mike Harvey

Friday, September 24
Show: | 8pm // Doors: | 7:30pm

Doors at 7:30 | Show at 8
All Ages

Jangly and glamorous, Bottled Up’s freaked-up art pop is a smoothie of frontman Nikhil Rao’s key obsessions: Suburban Lawns, italo disco, Alan Vega, Television (the band), television (the appliance), Andy Warhol, the entire decade of the ‘80s, Prince’s particular shade of plum purple, his old Tascam 8-track, Factory Records. Indian-American by way of Oakland and LA, Rao’s the dude-who’s-seen-it-all meets dude-about-town. A sound designer and audio engineer by trade – professionally schooled in the art of film & video game scoring- Rao’s a man informed first by the sort of his journeying one’s got to do when faced with the darknesses of addiction and a twisty adolescence in and out of religious cults.

For all of its gleaming guitars and glossy euro-flavored synthwork, Bottled Up’s filled with the mental residue one’s gets after asking the void to fuck off. Co-led with Colin Kelly – a disciple of D.C.’s avant-analog scene – joined by Michael Mastrangelo and Jeremy Ray on dueling guitars, Chloe Menderson on synths/vocals, and supplanted by Rao’s wunderkid brother, Rohit, on acid-jazz-does-punk drums, Bottled Up conjures the sort of psycho-potpurri-spirit that’s only given to the sort of band that’s able to conjure a vision of the things they love, the mountains they’ve overcome, and mutate it all into something you can dance to.

mike harvey is a student of the balearic vibe and italo lifestyle who digs deep for records to play at good and bad parties. cutting his teeth at the notorious dr. clock’s nowhere bar and beloved jimmy valentine’s lonely hearts club, plus a residency at flash, he developed a signature style of genre-agnostic deep digging and classics curation rooted in a party mindset to please freaks and lovers. in addition to his other dj engagements, mike maintains a seasonal italo disco specialty night called IL DISCOTTO. shoot him an email or ask on Twitter @djmikeharvey when the next one will be.

“Jau Ocean is chillin in DC, making records in the basement and occasionally putting together bands for shows.”

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