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03/24/2017
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To Do This Weekend: Sounds of Kolachi, Snail Mail, and Petrol Station

To Do This Weekend: Sounds of Kolachi, Snail Mail, and Petrol Station

Pakistani ensemble Sounds of Kolachi starts off most of their songs with acoustic South Asian classical string rhythms from the sitar and bowed sarangi, as well as vocals rooted in Sufi Islam traditions. But this 10-member group’s music changes as their leader, electric guitarist and composer Ahsan Bari, inserts metal and prog-rock solos accompanied by a flashy drummer, another guitarist, a bassist, and more melodramatic vocalizing. Live, such numbers can stretch out to 10 to 15 minutes and are often accompanied by flashing strobe lights and a fog machine, almost like a jam band concert. Read more >>> Sounds of Kolachi perform with Huda & Kamyar at 9 p.m. at Tropicalia, 2001 14th St. NW. $15. 629-4535. tropicaliadc.com. (Steve Kiviat)