Eight Gigs: Walk the Moon
Tues., March 17, 7 p.m., Ace of Spades, $20
Cincinnati's Walk the Moon takes its name from a Police song. After forming six years ago, the group's debut single “Anna Sun” was featured on The Vampire Diaries and in American Eagle Outfitters stores. The punchy power-pop energy recalls OK Go and the textured thrum of the Fray's swirling synth-laden modern rock on tracks like last year's alt-rock chart topper, “Shut Up and Dance.” By comparison, Aussie quartet the Griswolds' 2014 debut Be Impressive is more dance-rock with bright, treble-y, reverb-laden melodies and brittle snare beats. They're almost British in their penchant for lush, airy theatricality and overwrought emotionality, and they'll round out the bill on this night. 1417 R Street, www.walkthemoonband.com.