Peaches For Free in the Deap Vally

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Peaches For Free in the Deap Vally

Canadian artist Peaches approached prominence in 2003 when her track “Fuck the Pain Away” was featured in the cultishly popular Sofia Coppola film, “Lost in Translation.” But, the artist’s empowering explorations of various types of sexuality remain a bit idiosyncratic for mainstream tastes. Her October 2015 performance at Washington, D.C.’s 9:30 Club was raw and — literally — stripped down, the artist  eventually clad only in tights and pasties. Her ultimately minimalist attire was in contrast, of sorts, to earlier sections of the show that featured dancers festooned as giant, ambulatory vulvas.

15 years after the release of that seminal track, Peaches showed that, though she remains an unlikely occupant of the popular imagination, her themes of gender and sexual inclusion have never been more influential.

Opening up the show, Los Angeles-based duo Deap Vally provided a perfect combination of 70s grit and glam, presented alongside contemporary no holds barred feminism.

 

Deap Vally | Katherine Gaines
9:30 Club, October 28, 2015, Washington, D.C.

 

Peaches | Katherine Gaines
9:30 Club, October 28, 2015, Washington, D.C.

 

Deap Vally | Katherine Gaines | Portraits

 

 

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Behrnsie has a love for music that dare not speak its name. He attends many shows and can often be found counting out the beats for no discernible reason. He played alto saxophone in his middle school jazz band, where he was best known for infuriating his instructor when it was revealed that he played everything by ear, and could not in fact read music. He takes great pride that this is the same talent/affliction that got Tori Amos kicked out of the Peabody Academy. He does not live in his parents’ basement….except during the holidays.