Tune-Yards plays at Baby's All Right in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, New York on Nov. 7, 2017. (© Michael Katzif - Do not use or republish without prior consent.)

Tune-Yards @ Baby’s All Right

Tune-Yards plays at Baby's All Right in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, New York on Nov. 7, 2017. (© Michael Katzif - Do not use or republish without prior consent.)
Tune-Yards plays at Baby’s All Right in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, New York on Nov. 7, 2017. (© Michael Katzif – Do not use or republish without prior consent.)
Tune-Yards plays at Baby's All Right in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, New York on Nov. 7, 2017. (© Michael Katzif - Do not use or republish without prior consent.)
Tune-Yards plays at Baby’s All Right in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, New York on Nov. 7, 2017. (© Michael Katzif – Do not use or republish without prior consent.)
Tune-Yards plays at Baby's All Right in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, New York on Nov. 7, 2017. (© Michael Katzif - Do not use or republish without prior consent.)
Tune-Yards plays at Baby’s All Right in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, New York on Nov. 7, 2017. (© Michael Katzif – Do not use or republish without prior consent.)
Tune-Yards plays at Baby's All Right in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, New York on Nov. 7, 2017. (© Michael Katzif - Do not use or republish without prior consent.)
Tune-Yards plays at Baby’s All Right in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, New York on Nov. 7, 2017. (© Michael Katzif – Do not use or republish without prior consent.)
Torres plays at Music Hall of Williamsburg in Brooklyn, New York on Oct. 27, 2017. (© Michael Katzif - Do not use or republish without prior consent.)

Torres @ Music Hall Of Williamsburg

Torres plays at Music Hall of Williamsburg in Brooklyn, New York on Oct. 27, 2017. (© Michael Katzif - Do not use or republish without prior consent.)
Torres plays at Music Hall of Williamsburg in Brooklyn, New York on Oct. 27, 2017. (© Michael Katzif – Do not use or republish without prior consent.)
Torres plays at Music Hall of Williamsburg in Brooklyn, New York on Oct. 27, 2017. (© Michael Katzif - Do not use or republish without prior consent.)
Torres plays at Music Hall of Williamsburg in Brooklyn, New York on Oct. 27, 2017. (© Michael Katzif – Do not use or republish without prior consent.)
Torres plays at Music Hall of Williamsburg in Brooklyn, New York on Oct. 27, 2017. (© Michael Katzif - Do not use or republish without prior consent.)
Torres plays at Music Hall of Williamsburg in Brooklyn, New York on Oct. 27, 2017. (© Michael Katzif – Do not use or republish without prior consent.)
Japanese Breakfast plays at Music Hall of Williamsburg in Brooklyn, New York on Oct. 12, 2017. (© Michael Katzif - Do not use or republish without prior consent.)

Japanese Breakfast @ Music Hall Of Williamsburg

Japanese Breakfast plays at Music Hall of Williamsburg in Brooklyn, New York on Oct. 12, 2017. (© Michael Katzif - Do not use or republish without prior consent.)
Japanese Breakfast plays at Music Hall of Williamsburg in Brooklyn, New York on Oct. 12, 2017. (© Michael Katzif – Do not use or republish without prior consent.)
Japanese Breakfast plays at Music Hall of Williamsburg in Brooklyn, New York on Oct. 12, 2017. (© Michael Katzif - Do not use or republish without prior consent.)
Japanese Breakfast plays at Music Hall of Williamsburg in Brooklyn, New York on Oct. 12, 2017. (© Michael Katzif – Do not use or republish without prior consent.)
Japanese Breakfast plays at Music Hall of Williamsburg in Brooklyn, New York on Oct. 12, 2017. (© Michael Katzif - Do not use or republish without prior consent.)
Japanese Breakfast plays at Music Hall of Williamsburg in Brooklyn, New York on Oct. 12, 2017. (© Michael Katzif – Do not use or republish without prior consent.)
Charly Bliss plays at Music Hall of Williamsburg in Brooklyn, New York on Sept. 28, 2017. (© Michael Katzif - Do not use or republish without prior consent.)

Charly Bliss @ Music Hall of Williamsburg

Charly Bliss plays at Music Hall of Williamsburg in Brooklyn, New York on Sept. 28, 2017. (© Michael Katzif - Do not use or republish without prior consent.)
Charly Bliss plays at Music Hall of Williamsburg in Brooklyn, New York on Sept. 28, 2017. (© Michael Katzif – Do not use or republish without prior consent.)
Charly Bliss plays at Music Hall of Williamsburg in Brooklyn, New York on Sept. 28, 2017. (© Michael Katzif - Do not use or republish without prior consent.)
Charly Bliss plays at Music Hall of Williamsburg in Brooklyn, New York on Sept. 28, 2017. (© Michael Katzif – Do not use or republish without prior consent.)
Sad13 plays at Music Hall of Williamsburg in Brooklyn, New York on Sept. 28, 2017. (© Michael Katzif - Do not use or republish without prior consent.)

Sad13 @ Music Hall of Williamsburg

Sad13 plays at Music Hall of Williamsburg in Brooklyn, New York on Sept. 28, 2017. (© Michael Katzif - Do not use or republish without prior consent.)
Sad13 plays at Music Hall of Williamsburg in Brooklyn, New York on Sept. 28, 2017. (© Michael Katzif – Do not use or republish without prior consent.)
Blonde Redhead plays at Music Hall Of Williamsburg in Williamsburg, Brooklyn NY on Dec. 2, 2014.

BLONDE REDHEAD @ MUSIC HALL OF WILLIAMSBURG

Blonde Redhead plays at Music Hall Of Williamsburg in  Williamsburg, Brooklyn NY on Dec. 2, 2014.
Blonde Redhead plays at Music Hall Of Williamsburg in Williamsburg, Brooklyn NY on Dec. 2, 2014. (© Michael Katzif – Do not use or republish without prior consent.)
Blonde Redhead plays at Music Hall Of Williamsburg in  Williamsburg, Brooklyn NY on Dec. 2, 2014.
Blonde Redhead plays at Music Hall Of Williamsburg in Williamsburg, Brooklyn NY on Dec. 2, 2014. (© Michael Katzif – Do not use or republish without prior consent.)
Blonde Redhead plays at Music Hall Of Williamsburg in  Williamsburg, Brooklyn NY on Dec. 2, 2014.
Blonde Redhead plays at Music Hall Of Williamsburg in Williamsburg, Brooklyn NY on Dec. 2, 2014. (© Michael Katzif – Do not use or republish without prior consent.)
GEMS plays Music Hall Of Williamsburg in Brooklyn, NY on Nov. 11, 2013.

GEMS @ MUSIC HALL OF WILLIAMSBURG

When it comes to music of Washington D.C., Go-Go and early punk are probably the first sounds that come to mind. Still, GEMS — a new project from Clifford John Usher and Lindsay Pitts of Birdlips — is one of several young bands helping to shift that perception (See also: Priests). The duo’s lovely music is haunting and hypnotic with crisp Beach House-like guitar melodies, throbbing synth pads and the Pitts’ dreamy vocals. And while it doesn’t yet have a full-length record out, the band’s EP, Medusa holds a lot of promise thanks to striking pop songs like “Pegusus” and “Sinking Stone.” This is a new band already confident in its live show, and bound to fill bigger spaces soon.

GEMS plays Music Hall Of Williamsburg in Brooklyn, NY on Nov. 11, 2013.
GEMS plays Music Hall Of Williamsburg in Brooklyn, NY on Nov. 11, 2013. (© Michael Katzif – Do not use or republish without prior consent.)
GEMS plays Music Hall Of Williamsburg in Brooklyn, NY on Nov. 11, 2013.
GEMS plays Music Hall Of Williamsburg in Brooklyn, NY on Nov. 11, 2013. (© Michael Katzif – Do not use or republish without prior consent.)
GEMS plays Music Hall Of Williamsburg in Brooklyn, NY on Nov. 11, 2013.
GEMS plays Music Hall Of Williamsburg in Brooklyn, NY on Nov. 11, 2013. (© Michael Katzif – Do not use or republish without prior consent.)
GEMS plays Music Hall Of Williamsburg in Brooklyn, NY on Nov. 11, 2013.
GEMS plays Music Hall Of Williamsburg in Brooklyn, NY on Nov. 11, 2013. (© Michael Katzif – Do not use or republish without prior consent.)
GEMS plays Music Hall Of Williamsburg in Brooklyn, NY on Nov. 11, 2013.
GEMS plays Music Hall Of Williamsburg in Brooklyn, NY on Nov. 11, 2013. (© Michael Katzif – Do not use or republish without prior consent.)

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CHVRCHES plays Music Hall Of Williamsburg in Brooklyn, NY on June 18, 2013.

CHVRCHES @ MUSIC HALL OF WILLIAMSBURG

CHVRCHES plays at Music Hall Of Williamsburg in Brooklyn, NY on June 18, 2013.
CHVRCHES performs at Music Hall Of Williamsburg in Brooklyn, NY on June 18, 2013. (© Michael Katzif – Do not use or republish without prior consent.)

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Glasgow synth pop band CHVRCHES don’t even have a full album out yet; The Bones Of What You Believe is out Sept. 24 in the U.S. on Glassnote. But based on impossible-to-get-in shows at this year’s South By Southwest, and thanks to the strength of an EP and a couple singles — the indie pop jam of the year, so far, “Recover,” especially — it’s become one of the most buzzed-about young acts of 2013.

After finally catching one of the band’s recent New York shows at Music Hall of Williamsburg, it’s clear that hype is justified.

CHVRCHES’ dense electronic dance songs are mostly built around serrated computerized beats, layered synthesizers and chirping sampled voices created by Iain Cook and Martin Doherty, all of which propel Lauren Mayberry’s cute, yet commanding vocals that flutter and soars above the mix like embers in the night air. And with clean and buyoant pop hooks, CHVRCHES crafts the kind of memorable choruses on songs like “The Mother We Share” and “Gun” that can fill the club, and later, find yourself singing along to when no one is looking.

Yes, CHVRCHES is a young band. But throughout an incredibly polished 12-song set — where they debuted mostly new songs from the upcoming album that few, if anyone in the crowd had even heard, and then played a perfectly chosen Prince cover as an encore — CHVRCHES showed a confidence, both musically and in stage presence that’s rare at this stage in any group’s arc.

CHVRCHES is a promising band that seems to have arrived fully-formed, which makes it all the more enticing to watch where it will go next.