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Cults return to the Black Cat tonight with a ‘sway-gazing’ new sound

One-time couple Madeline Follin and Brian Oblivion are the heart of Cults, the indie-rock-meets-'60s-soul act that was one of the most buzz-garnering bands of last year (they sold out their last two D.C. shows).  Though they called it quits on their love affair, the pair have doubled-down on Cults, returning with a new album on Columbia Records, "Static," and a tour that brings them back to the Black Cat tonight.


Cults' Madeline Follin sings during one of the band's previous D.C. shows. (Josh Sisk for The Washington Post)

In his review of the album this week, critic Christopher Kompanek calls out the band's heavier sound, writing: "The tension between punk and pop impulses imbues the songs with an intriguing energy that may give birth to a new genre: sway-gazing."

Read: Cults album review: "Static"

Get tickets for tonight's show here.  Watch the band's new video, for the awfully catchy "High Road," below.

Lavanya Ramanathan is a features reporter for Style.
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