Hear Daft Punk’s ‘Random Access Memories’ at U Street Music Hall

May 17, 2013
You don't have to go to Wee Waa, Australia, to hear the new Daft Punk album: Just head to U Street on Tuesday night. (Photo by Seb Janiak)
You don't have to go to Wee Waa, Australia, to hear the new Daft Punk album: Just head to U Street on Tuesday night. (Photo by Seb Janiak)

There is an insane amount of hype surrounding Daft Punk at the moment. "Random Access Memories," which drops May 21, is the first album Thomas Bangalter and Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo have released in eight years. (No, the "Tron: Legacy" soundtrack doesn't count.)

If internet clips and interviews have you impatient to hear the actual album, head to U Street Music Hall on Tuesday night, where the robot mask-rocking duo's new release will be played, in uniquely 20th-century fashion, on vinyl.

Sure, the full album has been streaming on iTunes this week, and in this age of album leaks and internet streaming, an album release party seems archaic. But a chance to hear the year's most anticipated album on the city's best sound system? That's a no-brainer.

Doors open at 8 p.m. Posters and other merchandise will be given away to early arrivals. Admission is free for everyone 21 and over, and $5 for those under 21. Just for fun, here's the video for the album's first single, "Get Lucky," with Pharrell Williams on vocals.

Fritz Hahn has written about bars, drinks and nightlife for the Washington Post Weekend Section since 2003, but he also writes about everything from Civil War battlefields to sailing classes. A product of Prince George's County public schools, Fritz majored in journalism at the University of Maryland and lives in the District.
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