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#MNniceforlife: Night Moves at DC9

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Night Moves at DC9

Minnesota-based band Night Moves is going to be in Washington, DC on April 24.

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For the first time in 2 years, scruffy haired Midwesterners John Pelant and Micky Alfano (the co-founders of Night Moves) will be back in the district (this time joined by Jared Isabella, Aaron Baum and Charles Murlowski) to present their brilliant new album live at DC9. The recently released album, titled Pennied Days, is an existential journey through space and time that will surely only be more incredible live on stage.

Wherever you are from, Night Moves will remind you of home. This is especially true in my case because John Pelant and Micky Alfano were just across the river from my residence, in St. Paul, skateboarding and attending Southwest High School at the same time I was frequenting shows by bands like theirs in unfamiliar basements. This long-anticipated album will blow you away with its twangy nostalgic sounds and intellectual lyrics. At only $10, this show is not to be missed.


Pennied Days

The cover art alone speaks to the dreamy escape that is Pennied Days. From "Carl Sagan" to the end of the album, each track is a new destination that feels familiar. Reminiscent of fellow Minnesotan Bob Dylan, Pennied Days evokes a 1970's feel with meaningful lyrics that resonate with catchy hooks from Pelant. 

 Pennied Days cover

Pennied Days cover

A lot of the songs are about trying to find yourself and what your future will look like and who you are – life overall.
— John Pelant in "Los Angeles: Night Moves at the Echo" for Evensi
Pennied Days seems to be dominated by heartbroken young men in a cool climate.
— Mark Deming, AllMusic
Night Moves have sunk their claws into me through Pennied Days, and I don’t think I can turn back. I’m tapping my heels to every hook, I’m desperately trying to sing along to every chorus and my neck moves in patterned circles to every bang on the keyboard. It’s real with you, Night Moves, and I’m slightly addicted.
— Alexandra Graber, Slug Magazine

Carl Sagan

Album opener “Carl Sagan” is equal parts quaint and strange. The refrain, “oh you’ve been around, slowly turning”, which was likely written, as its title suggests, about celestial bodies, could just as easily be describing a character in a small town routine, slowly turning from one haunt to another.
— Ryan Deringer, Pop Matters

Now available wherever you get your music, you should listen to this album yesterday. 


Night Moves: Pennied Days AllMusic Review by Mark Deming

Review: Night Moves - Pennied Days by Jack Quinn for Indie Current

REVIEW: Night Moves - Pennied Days by Aaron Lee for pressplay 

"Los Angeles: Night Moves at the Echo" from Evensi

Night Moves: Pennied Days by Ryan Deringer for Pop Matters

REVIEW: NIGHT MOVES – PENNIED DAYS by Alexandra Graber for Slug Magazine