Metro Weekly

The Sounds bring their sound to 9:30

The band tours in celebration of their decade-old second album

The Sounds
The Sounds

Led by bisexual, striking, sweet-voiced singer Maja Ivarsson, the Swedish quintet the Sounds may not be mainstream or get radio play in the U.S., but you wouldn’t know it to listen to their music — hooky, punky pop/rock in the new-wave mold of Blondie, No Doubt, even older Tegan & Sara.

The band returns to the U.S. for a tour in support of the 10th anniversary of second album Something to Die For, which they’ll play in its entirety including great singles “Tony The Beat” and “Painted By Numbers.” But they also promise a few new songs and favorites across four other albums, including 2013’s Weekend. It’s doubtful they’ll play the album track “Great Day,” but in a dawning Trump era it sure might register with the crowd as a kind of sonic salve.

“I can’t believe it’s happening here,” Ivarsson sings in a song expressing despair yet nonetheless resolving to stay strong and keep your head up. It even ends in a kind of folktronica hoedown: “Well, it’s a great day to be alive.”

Monday, Nov. 28. Doors at 7 p.m. Nightclub 9:30, 815 V St. NW. Tickets are $25. Call 202-265-0930 or visit

Support Metro Weekly’s Journalism

These are challenging times for news organizations. And yet it’s crucial we stay active and provide vital resources and information to both our local readers and the world. So won’t you please take a moment and consider supporting Metro Weekly with a membership? For as little as $5 a month, you can help ensure Metro Weekly magazine and remain free, viable resources as we provide the best, most diverse, culturally-resonant LGBTQ coverage in both the D.C. region and around the world. Memberships come with exclusive perks and discounts, your own personal digital delivery of each week’s magazine (and an archive), access to our Member's Lounge when it launches this fall, and exclusive members-only items like Metro Weekly Membership Mugs and Tote Bags! Check out all our membership levels here and please join us today!